Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2008radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pretty good beer overall. Loved the nutty notes and smooth taste, one of the best from Saranac. Suffers from almost total lack of aroma, stuck my nose in it and could barely whiff anything.
Bottle from ’Beers of Winter’ pack into pint glass, clear amber color with beige head. Aroma notes of caramel malt sweetness, nuttiness and light fruity yeast. Taste adds toffee, breadiness and light bitterness. Medium-light body, moderate-low carbonation, creamy with light roast finish. Pretty solid amber lager. JDBaker11058 (2133) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2015
appearance: clear amber, beige head, minimal lacing. aroma: sweet, with a slightly nutty caramel malt note, a bit of cola, and just a bit of hops. taste: toffee, brown sugar, cola, caramel, a bit of toasted nuts, and some earthy, herbal hops. finish: lingering cola, toffee, and noble hop notes. notes: This was a pleasant surprise. Good flavors, surprisingly deep. Not overly sweet, and way better than your basic lager.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
The body had a nice deep brownish amber color with good clarity. Its head was light tan in color, big and think with very good retention. It also made lots of lacing on the glass. Its aroma has big, sweet and malty body with some light nutty and fruity notes. The flavor has a solid toasted malty character with a mellow buttery/nutty presence. Hop flavor is modest, slightly floral, and adds just enough bitterness for some balance. The hops comes out more towards the finish which is fairly clean and somewhat dryer. The texture is wet and easy drinking with average carbonation and a medium body. Overall this is a solid ale and works well as one of Saranac’s Winter Seasonal beers hopmelt (197) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Pours deep coper, slight thin head, this lacing that dissipates quickly. Bready, toffee caramel aroma. Sweet bready malt, toffee, caramel taste up front, bit of noble hop bitterness mid mouth and on the finish with more toffee and caramel. Mouth feel is thin, slightly more than medium carbonation, pleasent. Overal tasty, well made beer, not great, but good for a vienna type lager, almost a marzen flavor, but less robust and refined. UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
A nice tasty seasonal beer. I enjoyed the nut flavor. Dark amber color and nice foamy head.
ads135 (4587) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Not a bad beer, definitely special by Saranac’s standards. Good malty character, some nice breadiness. alexsdad06 (10268) - 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. foyle (421) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: ˝” thin off white head recedes rapidly, leaving light lacing. Significant amount of carbonation bubbles. Color is light brown and mostly clear.
Aroma: mild but pleasant aroma. A little hop spice but mostly malt – whole wheat bread, a little caramel and slight nuttiness.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied with heavy carbonation. Mostly watery with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: caramel and nut flavors are predominate. There is some hop spice in the finish. There is also a bready aspect—similar to yeast rolls.
Overall: a pleasant beer, not outstanding, but not bad at all. I would recommend giving this one a try. Would probably pair very well with cheddar cheese and some crackers. huggybeerwvu (1) - - FEB 4, 2013 does not count
Nice hoppy aroma, good appearance and taste, overall good seasonal beer, I would recommend MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at Boonville Hotel in Boonville, NY.
Clear, mahogany brown with small khaki head and very good lacing
Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, spices and herbal hops.
Taste caramel, brown sugar, spices and herbal hops.
Medium body and medium carbonation.
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