Saranac Brown Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by EmoBeerGuy:
3.03/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
My first review in a good long while so I thought I would return to where I started.
I went to college out near Matt's and Saranac products really got me into drinking craft beers (though I quickly found Ommegang and moved one).
This beer wasn't readily available when I was in college so I wasn't familiar with it.
It pours darker than I expected, dark molassess. One finger head, quite nice for the style. Smell is of a roasty sweatness, not much else going on here.
Taste is not really to my liking: a malty sweetness, akin to a British brown ale, which is quickly quelled by a sharp hope bite (cascade?) and then fade to nothing. No aftertaste really, as noted by a previous review. Also, it should be noted that in the transition from sweet to bitter I taste a slight metallic flavor which is displeasing. Too much hops for the style and the same yeast as all their other ales. It honestly tastes like they took the Saranac Pale Ale and just added some chocolate malt or something.
Mouthfeel is just fine.
Drinkability is always hard with a beer like this. On the one hand, I find it underwhelm overall (so why drink more?) but its not like its hard to quaff.
Honestly, this tastes a bit like a brown ale I homebrewed about 6 months back that I was not happy with. Matt's can do better.
A decent beer. Not a good one.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2008 23:20:09 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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3.3/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This one is a dark brown color, and it looks appropriate as the style tends to be exactly this color or close to it, but not heavy, and allowing some light in. The khaki-colored head is nothing impressive in size, though it is tight for a little while. it doesn't leave much of itself behind, though.
The aroma's got something to it, not as weak as the style tends to be (though some brewers are blowing the lid off it, so to speak). It's got the caramel malts with the toasty back along with light notes of brewed coffee and cocoa with a touch of something leafy and lightly earthy. It's malt-forward but with a bit of hops.
More roast comes out in the flavor, and while there's a touch of toast to start it off it's replaced by the roast. The flavor has a touch of nuttiness not found in the aroma, with caramel malts balanced by the leafy and maybe slightly citric hops that aren't quite so well in tune in the end.
The feel is good, though I'd prefer a stronger medium body to this lighter one. it is crisp without being too crisp with a little smoothness.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2013 20:59:34 | More by Brenden
Saranac Brown Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.