Saranac Nut Brown Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by LucaBrasi:
2.48/5 rDev -19.7%
Appears a nice transparent reddish brown color with a very small head. The head shrinks but it does lace the glass.
Smell is could be sweet with a hint of maltyness.
Taste is slightly malty with a small nutty flavor this finishes with a hoppy bitter feel.
Mouthfeel is slightly oily low carbonation.
Drinkability is average.
Not very flavorful or distinct at all I wouldnt recommend this.
01-05-2006 02:00:00 | More by LucaBrasi
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev +14.2%
This was one from the Saranac line I had never seen so I picked it up,a nice pour a medium to darker shad of brown with a light head that leaves a generous amount of lacing,a light aroma got a litle chocolate touch to it and an ever so slight hop aroma.Taste is pretty earthy with a nice roasted finish the hop is present but in the background.Not a bad brew really easy to drink but not overly complex.
11-28-2003 22:19:00 | More by oberon
2.65/5 rDev -14.2%
12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
A- Wafer sized dressing of lace, bright reddish brown color show off the clarity.
S- Mildly estery with an faint solvent alcohol and sweet caramel malt smell.
T&M- Mild astringent bite throughout, malty with a medium body and smooth mouth feel. Slight fume of solvent and estery alcohol comes after each sip and then a mild harshness. Maltiness is lost and hops are drawn to this harshness which only adds to the problem.
D- Could not finish the bottle, just too harsh for me. I'm used to mellow easy drinking Brown Ales which this is not.
12-29-2005 02:31:58 | More by Jason
2.23/5 rDev -27.8%
Brown pour, decent clarity, not so much decency in forming a head/foam. Aroma was mild, muted, boring (hate to rely on that, but when it fits. . . ).
Smooth if you can get over the metallic tinge, lacks complexity, malt substance, variance. Of course, like all saranacs, even the ipas, no hops, but easily forgivable in this style. Acrid like coffee, but without its pleasantness. The alcohol mouthfeel would make you think this is a 10% beer.
Just too rough and not in a good way to be a decent brown ale. Another dearth beer from the Stan Dersh of breweries.
08-16-2011 16:49:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5 rDev +7.8%
A nice dark amber color looks good,but the one finger head that disappears quickly is a bummer.The smell is OK,a little nutty and very sweet.This tastes malty with alot of sweetness.It's not that nutty,alittle,but there is a little carmel aftertaste.The mouthfeel is a little weak,I think I'm being generous giving them a 3.0.To sum this up,this is a nice smelling average beer,not bad,not good.
10-30-2005 02:31:15 | More by jmz62565
2.65/5 rDev -14.2%
Clear, amber-copper in hue with some bronze as well; I really love how this beer looks! Off-white head, sadly the bubbles didnt form a very big head. At the apex the head was a half finger tall and then it quickly faded to a soapy cap, almost naked in the middle but thicker around the edges. It is a damn shame the head aspects are not better. Plus there was no subsequent lacing. After I poured this beer and caught glimpse of the attractive liquid it all went downhill from there.
The nose doesnt exactly say, Brown Ale to me. This is one of my favorite styles, when done right. What I smell just aint right. Oily nuts (is that better then sweaty nuts?), toasted grains, dull malt, and some fingernail polish remover; the solvent aroma is at the back and fairly sharp. Whiffs of (pleasant) alcohol are also in the mix. Aside from a hint of flowers the nose is clean. While I dont find the nose offensive I dont call it inviting either.
The first have of the palate has a soft and distant nutty taste, some caramel malts, some toasted grains, and even a dash of honey. It is also a tickle earthy and flowery. There is moderate bitterness, not too sweet but agreeable. However, in the middle this beer turns for the worse and it was lost forever; just like Yoda told Luke, If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. I taste veggies, solvent, rust and then nothing. Empty finish; there is almost no aftertaste, just some metal notes. Yikes. What a buzz kill. Even at its worst point this beer isnt awful but it something I dont want to drink.
Medium-light in body, thin, watery at the back; the carbonation doesnt help matters. The mouthfeel is vacant.
Overall, this is not a drinkable beer. Half my glass will not go down my throat. I am in a sharing mood, so Ill give the rest to my sink. This is the first Saranac beer that wasnt worth a damn. This offering was part of a 12-beer sampler that I purchased in Lawrence, KS. Its a dud, I say skip it.
02-03-2006 14:24:27 | More by bditty187
3.43/5 rDev +11%
Appearance was dark brown had to hold it to the light to see the color. Smell Nutty malty some hints of fresh baked bread and the taste was pretty much the same with enough hop to make it balanced. Mouthfeel was mediem in body but drikability was just average I would have another but wont break down doors to get one.
02-08-2008 01:14:13 | More by BeerTaster
2.88/5 rDev -6.8%
Not to bad looking, nice brown huge with a tan head, nice lace. A nutty aroma on the nose, hints of malt and a light hint of hops. Wait! A note of caramel? Flavor is sweet all the way with a bitter bite in the end. OK in the mouth, sort of light. Not to overly impressed with this brew. Overall ok.
02-05-2006 19:16:21 | More by Stubbie1
2.23/5 rDev -27.8%
Got this in an Adirondack Trail Mix sixer. I usually love brown ales, but this is an exception. Poured a ruby color that was hard to get over. The smell and taste were nutty as usual, but there was this smokiness and bitterness which I could not get over, which translated to the mouthfeel. Unthinkable, undrinkable. Try a Sam Smith's Nut Brown instead, its a masterpiece.
01-31-2010 22:56:26 | More by tjd112
3.33/5 rDev +7.8%
A: Clear brown, thick persistent foamy head with a heavy tenacious lace.
S: Nutty, light
T: Very hoppy with a sharp smoky and apple mellow flavor
M: rather thin
D: Acually pretty good, a spicy beer would go well with well spiced dishes. I'd buy this again, it's good, interesting, but not top shelf
01-27-2005 01:49:22 | More by TAMU99
2.9/5 rDev -6.1%
This beer was found in the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter Variety pack. The Nut Brown Ale pours amber with a smallish white head. The head quickly gives way to lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty without any hop presence. The taste is malty sweet and there really isn't much more to say about it. The bottle says it's brewed with honey and I think I pick this up during the finish and into the aftertaste, but it's hard to tell if the bottle put the suggestion in my head. Ultimately, this beer is disappointing in its simplicity. There's nothing to think about and I'm left very bored. There's nothing really wrong with it, it's just boring. It's almost worse than the Caramel Porter in that at least the porter elicited some emotion from me!
12-05-2005 18:50:58 | More by Hagbard
2.55/5 rDev -17.5%
From the Holiday 12 pack.
Appearance = Average looking brown ale, a bit too light and clear. Head was 1/4'' that faded immediately into weak film, lacing is OK.
Smell = Very nice scent of brown sugar and malt with a definite hop presence in the background. This is probably the best smelling Saranac beer I've encountered. It has a pleasant warming feeling. The alcohol is detected in the nose.
Taste = Argh..I've been very disappointed with a lot of these Saranac brews. This one suffers from some of the same faults as their IPA. Sour, watery, lacking any depth and intense flavor. Not balanced and overly bitter. Mouthfeel is thin and unimpressive.
Overall = Another Saranac beer I'm never going to buy again. It certainly started off great in the nose...the taste was very disappointing though.
12-30-2005 20:17:06 | More by LPorter33
3.18/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a clear bright almond with a finger of beige head that quickly subsides, some spotty lacing. Smell is fairly nutty overy a doughy malt, no hops. Taste is the same nuttiness over a slightly roasted malt, definite some honey sweetness, and a faintly bitter finish. Pretty unexciting but nothing off about the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and finish is quite dry. I have no problem drinking this, but it's not one I'm going to really look forward to again.
12-14-2005 23:01:16 | More by cubedbee
3.15/5 rDev +1.9%
a: transparent brown color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing, an inviting look
s: faint sweet malts kind of a coffee light hop presence in aroma
t: like the aroma it is fairly faint, coffee taste is present as well as a slight hop presence
m: medium to light bodied adequete carbonation
overall this is a very faint tasting beer but it as very refreshing
03-31-2007 18:49:03 | More by happygnome
Saranac Nut Brown Ale from Matt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.