nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 The aroma is a bit hoppy but not as nutty as I would like. it is also Sweet and somewhat spicy. The appearance is light brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall its pretty good. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Bottle: Clear dark orange with a small off-white head. Light malts in the aroma, starts and ends lightly bitter, odd grainy taste, medium bodied. amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Nutty, damp tree bark aroma with a touch of molases. Clear root beer in color. Little head. Roasted malt taste with a dark american hop finish. Not bad, but nothing to tell the grandkids sbout. waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2005
bottle 3/30/05. Very weak beer for any dark lager. Malty aroma and taste but very thin body and flavor. Pours a medium off white head. Nothing special at all. Very avergae, was expecting more from saranac on this one. scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Kinda of too much: spice, burnt hops, sour. I know that some love this seasonal offering from an other wise note-worthy brewery, but not me.
Radek Kliber (7483) - 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 (11402) - 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 (6833) - 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.