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Saranac Scotch Ale - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Scotch AleSaranac Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

76 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 12.13%


Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown description about the beer on the neck label, no freshness date found. “Wee Heavy” on the front label.

Appearance: Mild chill haze, rustic amber hue with a tight and white lace that looks quite impressive.

Smell: Rich malt sweetness, light whiff of alcohol and light twang from the fermentation. Light doughy malt with hints of caramel.

Taste: Big well built medium body, faint crispness from the moderate carbonation that provides ample smoothness. Quick bite of hop bitterness, then the malt kicks in … sweetness is plentiful ranging from caramel to a shortcake like flavour. Light presence of alcohol with a trace twang from the residual hop flavour. Two sided flip flop flavour between a sweet bready flavour and hop leaf warp up the finish.

Notes: Falls shy of a real beefy Scotch Ale, more of a Scottish strong bitter … needless to say a decent beer. Unfortunately this is one of their many one offs that they throw together for the “12 Beersof Christmas” twelve pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 19:31:07 | More by Jason
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-24-2014 02:38:16 | More by buzzy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

01-05-2014 04:16:47 | More by jaydoc
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-10-2013 21:40:27 | More by harpus
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

08-04-2013 18:12:34 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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crisis44

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

07-07-2013 16:38:53 | More by crisis44
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-25-2012 17:22:43 | More by cliff1066
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Anacrusis


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-18-2012 15:28:11 | More by Anacrusis
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generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

08-29-2012 11:24:54 | More by generallee
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.2%

07-08-2012 15:41:38 | More by Dizzy242
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

05-01-2012 01:30:06 | More by drtth
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-23-2012 05:01:03 | More by imperialking
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

12-07-2011 01:52:34 | More by JohneHoodlum
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-02-2011 04:19:19 | More by rab53
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.2%

12-01-2011 23:26:38 | More by djrn2
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blackened1339

New York

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-14-2011 21:19:58 | More by blackened1339
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jason's bottle from the six pack. Passable beer, but fairly weak for its style. No smell, looks alright its a light brown and lacey, with a lasting off-white head. Above-average carbonation. Only a faint whiff of scotch taste.Not all that drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:31:56 | More by Sammy
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McClungbrew2

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Clear amber /tan.1/4" head.Small bubbles rise up from bottom of glass. Head falls to a thin bead covering the surface of the beer.

Smell- Faint malt nose. Partially attributable to the temperature of the beer. Still not very complex.

Flavor - Malty front, somewhat spicey and phenolic. Smokey aftertatse. Slightly sweet malt with some bitterness but no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Effrevescent, bubbley. Thin on body. Tingles the tastebuds.

Overall - Commendable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 17:48:09 | More by McClungbrew2
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yesyouam

New York

4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac Scotch Ale is crystal clear and tawny dark amber with a frothy, oily, off-white mocha head that has good retention and leaves great lacing. The aroma is deep, dark, wooden, sour, earthy, sweet and medicinal. It smells pretty fresh. There is a lot of roasted malt here. Smooth and medium bodied, it is a touch syrupy at the end. The roasted malt tastes pretty resiny-- almost smoked. The hops are discrete and medicinal. The balance between deep sweetness and sourness, roastiness and bitterness is nice and round. This is somewhere between sophisticated and straight-forward. Love it.
(rated Dec 1, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 04:15:01 | More by yesyouam
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a copper amber hue with a light khaki beige head, light speckled lacing. Aroma has a nice peated malt profile with caramel sweetness and alcohol coated ripened plum and apricots. Flavors bring semi sweet caramel infused with fruit and smokey peated malt accents, a real treat coming from Saranac. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied for the style carbonation is ample flows nicely with each sip. Drinkability is solid all around one that will be on most folks wish list for a regular or semi regular release from this season's 12 beers of winter.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 20:39:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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engisch

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with very little head. It smells very lightly of sweet toasted malts. I'm not expecting much before I taste it, but the taste is quite convincing of a scotch ale with malty character and a smokey aftertaste. Out of the winter 12-pack, this is the best. Although it isn't the best scotch ale that I have had (it is a bit thin), it is pretty decent and worth trying, especially as an introductory scotch ale. I would definitely try this again, if given the chance. Although I'm not buying another sampler just for this. ;)

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 03:13:58 | More by engisch
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Pleepleus

New York

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass a clear copper color, much lighter than I expected with a 1/2 inch of white foam head that dissolved quickly and left some spotty lacing. Smell was of toasted malts and caramel but left something to be desired. Tasted the caramel up front with roasted malt flavors following. A bit thin for the style, almost watery really. This is a drinkable beer but is it truly a Scotch Ale? Seems more like a Scotch Lite Ale, not bad but not worthy either.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 03:35:43 | More by Pleepleus
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter ($11.99/12 Pack)

I was highly impressed by this one. Pours a beautiful copper,red color. Very malty taste with a distinctive smoky after taste which is a great kick to the end of a sip. I feel it could have been a bit stronger alcohol wise but I would try this again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:43:30 | More by marlinsfan4
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown with a small beige head and a decent lace.
The aroma is basically roasted malts,caramel and hops.
The taste is sweet,smoky and malty.
The feel is almost bittersweet. Medium carbonation and body. A bitter finish.

Notes:It was well balanced and while not anywhere close to my favorite style it was drinkable and more suitable for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 16:41:22 | More by Lexluthor33
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Durge

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is light, clear amber with a medium off-white head and decent lacing. It has a malty spice aroma with some wheat bread mixed in. It brings a pretty strong sweet and bitter charcoal taste, fairly aqueous with tingly carbonation. It is a drinkable brew. A bit grapey and maybe some apple and cinnamon in there. Not bad, but a little too sweet to be a favorite for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 06:39:35 | More by Durge
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Saranac Scotch Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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