jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Perhaps the worst seasonal I sampled this year although it went up against some fairly strong competition (none of which were in the same style in all fairness). Great pour and great appearance in the glass, nutty aroma - it was very Christmasy indeed as it tasted like it was brewed using components from my fraser fir. Not terrible but not the best seasonal of 2002 by any means. Jayb0 (1196) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Very solid offering from Saranac. Red-orange with a nice frothy and lasting head. Nutty sweet aroma. slightly creamy mouthfeel, a little thin. Nicely balanced, slightly spicy. Light finish leaving a great lingering nuttiness. Duke (117) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Really liked this beer. Smells sweet and nutty. Nice hop balance. Think I'll have another. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 Pours a light translucent brown with some fizzy white head. Slightly sweet aroma, but little in way of complexity or depth. Very nice nutty sweet flavor. Starts sweet, then becomes bitter finish. Very drinkable taste. Overall, pretty good. MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 Dec. 13, 2004; 12 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful copper with ample head and sturdy lacing. Nutty caramel aroma. As full-bodied, flavorful (malt & caramel with a nice hop bite on the tail-end) and satisfying as anything this brewery produces. I love this beer -- my favorite of all the Saranac offerings. I just wish it was available year ’round!
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Not a bad beer. Much more hops than malt on this brew. Pours a nice amber brown. Head lasts a while on this brew. limalimamoli (52) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Spicy and floral hop balance, with a little veggie aroma. Nice roast malt flavor and carmel likeness, not bitter but hops are evedent. Good balance, good beer beerlord (217) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Nice reddish brown color with a thin whispy head, malty arouma, malty flavor with a touch of roasted nuts. Mouth feel is a toch on the thin side. One of my favorite Saranac brews. mrant (330) - New York, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Smells nutty, roasted malts, some hops. Tastes slightly nutty with a nice hoppy zing, nice rich toasted malts. A very nice warming winter ale. ads135 (4590) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Not a bad beer, definitely special by Saranac’s standards. Good malty character, some nice breadiness.