Radek Kliber (7320) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 11, 2008
Bottle 355 ml,
Appearance: amber-brown look with frothy, rocky creamy beige head. Mid lacing on top. 3+. Aroma: slightly smoky, chestnut, walnut with light hint of brown malts and boletus mushroom. Flavour/Palate: watery, metallic with bitter ash. Harsh palate. Average at best.
daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2009
bottle from the winter pack. This one was one of the best 6 I tried...but still not amazing. Deep amber pour. Very light tan head. Aroma of yeast, bread, nuts, honey and caramel. Flavor is a weird mix of malt, honey , bread and fruit. I didnt care for the overall flavor profile of this. Again a lackluster nut brown. mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottle. The name and the description on the bottle makes it sound like a special holiday beer. But this was just another plain old brown ale. I dislike beers that misrepresent themselves. A winter seasonal beer should be complex and warming, this was a simplex and boring beer. beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Maybe too roasted... tastes like balsamic vinegar. Sweetness here and there. Certainly not this Season’s Best. Braudog (6676) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle: Reddish amber with an ordinary looking thin head. Not a bad little caramel malt aroma. Lightly nutty, but comes off with a starchy, adjunct-like afterbite that takes it down a notch. Drinkable enough.
alexsdad06 (10284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle (2011). Pours a clear brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some toasted bread, mild bitterness, light nutty notes with mild hop character. This was a tick. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Lactic sourness, burnt umber and obviously filtered color. Unsatisfying at best: the taste is totally off and the aroma is near non-existant. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Brown color with a medium off-white head. Malty aroma with hints of toffee and almond. Unpleasantly sweet and malty flavor with hints of molasses and caramel and a metallic finish. This is some straight suck assery. dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Looks like a fruit cake with a thin white glaze spread all over the top. Dark amber-brown with a thin off-white head that fades. Nose is that prototypical ’lager’ smell that I attribute to cheap pale varieties, but also some caramel, slight nuttiness...overall entirely indistinct, no hops whatsoever. Taste is like a Bud with caramel and roast malt tones: quite malty with little hop presence and a chewy hazelnut flavor upfront. Slightly metallic finish. In the mouth this is watery, moderate carbonation, typical Saranac. I curve this up in the overall because, well, at least it is drinkable. beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Yet another mediocre beer produced by the folks at Saranac. This one at least looks promising with a clear red body and a moderate, long-lasting off-white head that left a bit of lace on the glass. Weird aroma of caramel and unsweetened iced tea. The flavor begins with weak, watered-down caramel. This is followed by a virtually flavorless bitter taste not unlike the white part of an orange. Harsh and thin at the same time, not a good combination. This stuff is not very good. I can’t say I am disappointed, because that would imply I expected something better from Saranac in the first place.