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Saranac Nut Brown Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Nut Brown AleSaranac Nut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

83 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RBorsato on 01-21-2003

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bditty187
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, amber-copper in hue with some bronze as well; I really love how this beer looks! Off-white head, sadly the bubbles didn’t 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 doesn’t exactly say, “Brown Ale” to me. This is one of my favorite styles, when done right. What I smell… just ain’t 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 don’t find the nose offensive I don’t 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 isn’t awful but it something I don’t want to drink.

Medium-light in body, thin, watery at the back; the carbonation doesn’t 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 I’ll give the rest to my sink. This is the first Saranac beer that wasn’t worth a damn. This offering was part of a 12-beer sampler that I purchased in Lawrence, KS. It’s a dud, I say skip it.

Photo of BeerTaster
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Stubbie1
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of tjd112
2.22/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of TAMU99
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Hagbard
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of LPorter33
2.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of cubedbee
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of happygnome
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured light brown with a thin off-white head that soon disappeared to a wisp, but left a little lacing.
The smell was of small hints of caramel, but some vague chemical-like aroma covering it.
The taste was - most notably - watery. Some caramel tries to emerge but is held down by the water and a faint plastic-like flavor. The caramel is noticeable more in the aftertaste - hardly any nut flavor, if present at all.
The feel was thin - a mild sweetness from the hints of caramel lingered for a little while, not making it a total loss.
The only bit of smoothness came more from the water than anything else. Overall - it's overly basic - a thin plastic-like taste is present over the malt - Not undrinkable - but, not a good example of the style.

Photo of Shiloh
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one must be one of the runts of the Saranac litter, nothing much here at all.
The colour was a nice surprize, a very clear amber brown, almost orange but missing its crowning glory with little lacing.
The body a medium, carbonation very light.
Aroma lightly of honey and cardboard.
Very light in taste, lighty of roasted nuts as well as cardboard, not a keeper.

Photo of ghostwalker
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 12 Beers of Winter leftover.

Body is brown and clear. One finger of thin white head.

Nose is almost non-existent.

Flavor is thin maltiness with light notes of toffee or caramel. Not a lot of "there" there, if you know what I mean.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability is average.

Photo of kmo1030
2.72/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

rusty amber colored with an off white head that doesn't stick around.
the aroma has a very unobtrusive caramel and nut smell and a metallic twang.
the taste is metallic with caramel and nut behind that. it has a little bit of a harsh tang to it. not bad, but not good either.
the body is a little watery wiht lively sharp carbonation.
average drinkability. not very good.

Photo of RBorsato
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown with a moderate beige head which dies but leaves decent lace. Sweet aroma of light caramel malt. Light toasted malt flavor with sweet honey-ish tones. Caramel character that is standard in most Saranac brews. Light bodied (leans medium) with a sweet finish.

Labe states "Classic English Brown Ale" & "Beer Brewed with Honey"

Available in the 1999 Saranac Holiday Pack. Tasted 01/18/03

Photo of wac9
2.18/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i wanna like this beer but i have like the other nut brown ales i have tasted it pours wonderful in a glass but thats it its a strong sharp taste that lingers way too much nothing else to say just skip this beer and try your luck with others do not drink it do not pass go just keep going

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad beer, but not a spectacular one either. Pours out to a mediocre brown color with a short lived head of foam. Some lace. Lower than normal level of carbonation. Aromas of burnt leaves and malts, with some ground grain scents. Taste was middle of the road; some toasty malt and weak hoppy oil flavors, with a touch of grassy herbalness. Mouthfeel was boring; could've been more substantial or heavier. Only fair drinkability. Look elsewhere for better brown ales. Special thanks to conneticutpoet for sending the sample.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.57/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of chocolate malt, floral hops, and a dash of 12 grain bread. Small, dense, dark cream colored head faded to a ring in the blink of an eye. Translucent dark amber colored beer holds strings of lazily rising carbonation. Mildly sweet malt and hop tea flavors up front are joined briefly by toasted malt in the middle. Finishes with a faint, but sharp bitterness and a dash of alcohol that feels out of place. Almost watery mouthfeel is saved by a light dose of carbonation. Nothing spectacular, but I could see myself drinking a few of these at the bar if it were available.

Photo of nlmartin
1.81/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

1 of 12 beers of winter. Poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a light amber coloration. The head was a half inch thick off white color. The head settled into a ring of foam. No lacing was present on the glass.

Smell: Some slight roastyness was present to the beer. I really could not smell much else.

Taste: There is very little hoppyness to the beer. The biggest taste present is a metalic mineral taste. The mineral taste increased as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with adequate carbonation. Tasted a whole lot better cold.

Drinkability: Very near a drain pour. Was a very drinkable beer until it started to warm up.

Photo of Suds
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear chestnut color with a nice off-white head. Its aroma is muted, but there is a pleasing bready, grainy smell. Not much of a hop aroma. Moderate sweetness, with very little malt character. There’s a little roast grain character, but you have to really go hunting to find it. A slight metallic quality is somewhat distracting. The brew dries out a little by the hind-taste. Not a lot of hops in the finish…come to think of it, there’s not a lot of anything in this brew. Considering how I enjoy most other Saranac brand beers, this one is a patent disappointment. Unobtrusively average.

Photo of claytri
2.79/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a clear light brown with an off white head. The aroma was of light malt and hops. The taste was slightly malty with just a bit of hops. The feel was light and crisp. This beer was OK, but not much of a nut brown ale, no good sweet malt here. Pretty much a lightweight effort.

Photo of Naes
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance of this ale is dark amber/brown in color with a small white head that provides minimal lacing.
The aroma is nothing to speak of, yet trace amounts of malty sweetness do surface.
The flavor is toasty with mild bitterness near the finish. It is slightly nutty and has traces of caramel malt.
Mouth feel is light bodied and actively carbonated.

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Saranac Nut Brown Ale from Matt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.