Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Saranac Season's Best (2012)

Saranac Season’s Best is actually an impressive beer for many reasons, the most notable being that it’s a lager as it does not have any of the typical characteristics you’d expect even from an amber or other dark lager. Nor does it go overboard with hops, but opts to play it a bit more mainstream.

NOTE: Read (and watch) my 2010 review here:

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (763) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint.

Appearance: Dark amber/copper/brownish hue. Clear, not much visible carbonation. Forms an average size, khaki-colored, soapy head which fizzles away rather quickly and leaves on trace lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dark malty sweetness and a hint of roasted chestnut and some other earthy scent.

Taste: It’s hard to believe Saranac Season’s Best is a lager because it doesn’t taste like one in the least bit. Though technically a Vienna-style lager, it’s more akin to a brown ale with its sweet malty taste and significant nut character. Caramel and toffee seem to be quite prominent here, plus a hint of butterscotch. A quick burst of bitterness on just before the beer finishes with a cyclical pattern of more malty nuttiness.

Drinkability: Not only does Saranac Season’s Best taste pretty darn good, it’s also easy to get it down. Bigger bodied than most brews of the type, the mouthfeel is weighty with a smooth texture and a clean aftertaste. Not generic beer fizziness here. The relatively light weight of only 5.3% ABV is also impressive considering how much flavor is to be found here.
 Grade: 8/10

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