Saranac Single Malt Whiskey Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Single Malt Whiskey Barrel-Aged Scotch AleSaranac Single Malt Whiskey Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CaptDavyJones on 05-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of logicalparadox
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cp45
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nyrblue2
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skabiski
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is mahogany. Clarity is excellent. Ruby tint. Malty nose with caramel. Not a lot of wood just an airy breath from it. Dark fruits, earthy, cocoa and peat . The bourbon is strong on the nose. No alcohol on the nose and nothing that reminds me of diacetyl.

Taste is a deep melding of mellow sweetness and a floral quality form the bourbon. Peaty with secondary smoke qualities. The wood seems dry to the palate and the caramel is very firm. It's like the taste of lightly burnt sugar. Deep and very rich. The bourbon in this is very prominent but well done so that the fullness of it's flavor is evident. The beer seems earthy like a tree trunk. Planted and rooted. The mouthfeel is full and I want to emphasize firm. Raisins , dried dark fruits. Hops add the perfect lightly herbal backnote. No alcohol on the palate at all just a friendly warming int he chest after the swallow. Finish is sweet but not syrupy. Superb! Dries out as it lingers malty.

Bold. Strong.

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown sugar and caramel notes from the malt provide a strong base, but this brew is really all about the Scotch.

It presents clean and strong on the aroma, really dwarfing the base brew profile, but in a good way.

Translation to the palate is a touch disappointing after the aroma; here is where a stronger, more together malt base would have truly elevated this beer. As it is, the Scotch is enough to carry the day.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevehagy
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StevieJ_80
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jjski
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, labeled 10% ABV. Must be batch 2
Smells malty w/ hints of whiskey
Taste: Bready malts , very,very faint whiskey. dry oakiness
Mouthfeel: thin, slick, non imposing
Overall: underwhelming but worth $10 a four pack. As a HUGE fan of the style: this is not a replacement for Backwoods Bastard ( good) or Wulver ( very good). I wish another strong brewery like Southern Tier would start making a good BA Scotch Ale that is accessible on the east coast. BA Old Chub would be nice.
Saranac brews are always inexpensive, and taste that way.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, Smooth, Creamy, Warming

Matt Brewing deemed it time again to play around with some barrel aging, a Whiskey barrel aged Scotch Ale to be exact. Right from the first sip the strength this shown though it never runs hot, mellow but thorough wood character from start to finish. Within all of this it tastes like we are drinking a loaf a bread, a true compliment for a malt bomb like this. Clearly they should be delving into this arena of “bigger” beer on a regular basis.

STYLE: Scotch Ale | ABV: 9.0% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #91 (Aug 2014)

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a cloudy dark copper with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like nutty and earthy malt and sweet butterscotch, with some copper hops.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and butterscotch, with some nutty malt and a hint of earthy heather and salt. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Fairly thin body.
D: This was a decent scotch ale, but the single malt character didn't come through as much as I hoped. The scent and taste were good, but the body was a little weak. The finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. No need to age, or try more than once.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass at fridge temps. I believe this is from 05/2014.

Appearance: poured a nice dark orange with some yellow peaking through the sides. There was some sort of a head but it dissipated very quickly.

Nose: heavily malty, cherry pie, strawberries and other fresh fruit, no hop nose at all, no barrel age smell either, fruity English Ringwood yeast aroma, maybe some DME from the brewing process to boost the gravity.

Taste/Mouthfeel: very smooth with a fair amount of carbonation, malt forward with some spicy hops in the finish, very drinkable for a 9% Wee Heavy. I do not get any barrel aging in this.

Overall: So, this is a pretty good scotch ale but I really don't get any barrel aging like it is marketed to be. I'm a fan of Scotch in general and I was really excited to see it used in beer. After all, scotch is distilled beer.

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Photo of Beejay
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: A dirty medium brown in color. A very full tan head.

S: Light caramel and bread. Perhaps a touch of orange peel in there as well. Something slightly earthy in there, but I don't get a lot of the whisky.

T: Bready, earthy and a touch of smoke. There is a little bit of a wood flavor, and a hint of whisky. There is an earthiness to this that doesn't really mesh well. There seems to be a weird mix of flavors that don't necessarily go well together. Seems harsh and a touch bitter.

F: Medium light body, with a fairly dry finish.

O: Overall this seems like an odd amalgamation of flavors. Not enough of the whisky character to single malt in all caps on the label, the bottle says rich, malty, and sweet, and the beer I'm drinking simply does not go with that description.

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Photo of Cfeezy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mikerems
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kimbo1318
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of carlmoberg
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of fscottkey
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

A: [4.25] Golden color with a hint of red color. Forms a 1 finger head - mostly dense tight bubbles with a few larger ones. Clearly lists ABV (9.0%). There is a date code that I can't translate. When the beer is tilted there is clearly alcohol legs.

S: [3.50] Smokey wood and toffee and caramel.

T: [3.25] I taste alcohol front to back. I taste some vanilla, toffee and caramel (these are subdued below the alcohol taste).

M: [4.25] This has a full body. It is smooth and creamy with no sense of carbonation.

O: [3.75] The alcohol is not hidden. It is front and center. This beer tastes like a a spirit more than a traditional beer. The alcohol hides the other flavors. I think there are definitely other Scoth Ales that I would reach for first.

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Photo of McBraniel
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Saranac Single Malt Whiskey Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 50 ratings