Saranac Disruptio[N2] [Nitro] Brown Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Disruptio[N2] [Nitro] Brown AleSaranac Disruptio[N2] [Nitro] Brown Ale
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #71
Ranked #8,697
3.99 | pDev: 9.77%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Very Good
Saranac Disruptio[N2] [Nitro] Brown AleSaranac Disruptio[N2] [Nitro] Brown Ale
Notes: Disruption is a nitro infused Brown Ale, brewed with a distinctive mix of caramel and chocolate malts. Northern Brewer and Eastern Kent Goldings hops balance the deep maltiness, imparting their own rich earthy-fruitiness.

Disruption was once a wild, ravenous black bear but you mustn’t fret. Our brewers have tamed this mighty beast: the nitro not only gives this bear a smooth mouthfeel with a creamy finish, but it also accentuates the sweet malty character of the grains for greater depth in cocoa, caramel and coffee flavor. Pour disruption down the center of the glass and marvel at its cascading beauty. Get ready to experience the dark side of this disruptive brown ale.
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 119
Photo of daliandragon
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had dozens of different Saranac beers in the years I have been drinking, but this is my first one in a can. Dark, nearly black with a creamy tan head. Nose is caramel and sugar.

Texture is thick and very creamy. Also seems to have a lot of yeast floating around with the dry malts; chocolate and caramel and toasted wood. Alcohol is evident considering the relatively moderate abv.

The nitro creaminess is an interesting touch, and this is one of the better Saranac beers I've ever tried. Worth keeping n eye on.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Saranac made a good beer?


Creamy, chocolatey, cakey, lots of vanilla. Frothy and fullfilling.

Will we be graced by such a strange passing again?

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is, as Deputy Governor Danforth roared at Giles Corey in "The Crucible" II.2, "Disrespect, indeed. It is
[D]isruption, mister!" How dare Saranac put a Brown Ale in a Nitro CAN and expect that it will escape the notice of The CANQuest (tm)? Purchased at The Foodery (Northern Liberties) in Philadelphia, this will make a nice segue into some other N2 CANs that have recently entered the market.

The Crack! on these CANs is always amazing! There was a loud Psssh! sound as it charged up, although it also revealed a good bit of head space. Underfilled or intentional? No matter. I began an inverted Glug as directed in the Notes, only to have the bear come roaring out & up at me like I had abused one of its cubs! Backing off & away, I took note of the two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head that sat there, glowering at me like I had done something wrong. I was only following directions, I swear! Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose tended towards more roasty, very dark chocolate & coffee, less caramel. Mouthfeel was soft, but big, like a scoop of ice cream on the tongue. The taste had a mild smokiness to go along with a rich dark chocolate flavor. This was more in line with what I like in the style. Finish was dry, smoky, dark chocolaty, more like an after dinner/dessert beer. Interesting.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Nitro can punch and slam, and a great rush and thud it goes, into the glass with a cascading light mocha, but the head manages a finger and a half of supper creamy whipped and very light tan make up. Body color is walnut brown red, minor floaties on the bottom of the glass, but solid opaque. The head just sits and sits.

Aroma is straight up big chocolate. Mild hints of nut and cream but comes in with excellent milky angles, and thickness of flavor. Fairly one dimensional forgiving toasty notes, in a rush of chocolate thickness. It's a good one at least and impressive.

Mouthfeel takes the lead, but the palate doesn't really give much away. Creamy feeling whipped up icing flavors but with little malt presence. Comes off like a dumbed down milkshake with muted chocolate notes and lots of air whip cream empty feeling. A pleasant flavor at least, with much milky classic nitro thick character.

Unfortunately much of the brown ale qualities are completely over shadowed by a sweet thick creamy flavor, and muted chocolate. Comes out more like a dumbed down milkshake than a decent brown unfortunately. Ironically it would make an excellent dessert food pairing, and has a very highly noticeable ABV.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, opaque, with tight nitro bubbles that rise into a light off-white head. Lots of lacing down the edge. Very pretty, lovely.

S - Very quiet. Slight roast notes. Big caramel elements.

T - The flavor is primarily dough and dark bread, a hint of coffee, and a very slight hop bitterness in the close.

M - Very smooth, clean and full. Quite drinkable.

O - Nitro suppresses the nose and flavor, but it is still pretty tasty. A good drinker.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tall boy can in a snifter. This most excellent brown pours a muddy brown with a nice khaki head of foam that settles to a solid layer with excellent lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, a touch of coffee, and subtle bittering hops. Flavors follow the nose with excellence with a nice subtle coffee touched chocolate flavor, deeply roasted with a touch of caramel and a fading vanilla on the back. Smooth and creamy with a touch of burnt malt and subtle hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Excellent. One of the best Saranac beers I have had to date.


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Photo of cyberfranklin
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aggressively poured into a snifter. Beautiful nitro head! Smells delicious . The taste is good (and gets more complex as the beer slightly warms), but as others have discussed, isn't as exciting as the look, smell and feel. Overall a good (perhaps bordering on great) effort from Saranac. I am rooting for the Utica team!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Company "Saranac Disruption"
15.4 oz. can, coded but without freshness dating
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I'm pleasantly surprised by Saranac's Disruption. I don't normally go for brown ales, but this is a bigger beer at 7.0% abv and it's got a decent amount of malt to it; and, of course, the nitrogen lends to the mouthfeel as well, making it seem a bit fuller as well.

It looks great in the glass with a very dark brown, almost black body beneath a creamy head of tan. Guinness "invented" the nitro pour, so I guess it's fair to say it looks like a Guinness Draught, although it doesn't have quite the same lacing power.

The aroma is gently chocolaty and nutty with a light bit of golden caramel and a hint of raisin in the background. It's not complex, nor does it need to be.

The flavor follows the aroma but it's richer and fuller, bringing in some toastiness, a bit of a nut-skin bitterness, and a very mild leafy-grassiness. There's some subtle fruit at its center (red berry, juicy but not tart apple, raisin/fig), but mainly what you find is dark chocolate, caramel, and nutty grain; and again, it's not complex, but it's more than satisfying in what it is.

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth in the best way with a dextrinous medium body and super-fine bubbled, nitrogen-breakout carbonation. This is one of those beers where I wonder if it would be just as good if it was simply carbonated with straight CO2, and I'm guessing that it wouldn't be.

Overall: Really nicely rounded and balanced. Clean. Nice character with no particular aspect overriding any other, and seemingly perfectly lined up. The alcohol never shows (although it's really not that high); and the nitro-carb not only helps to corral the aroma and flavor components, but gives it a relaxing and enjoyable mouthfeel. Worth trying to be sure.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one inspired me to do an actual review after some time. Saw it on the shelf and said how could it be bad? I wasn't disappointed. this one delivers on many different fronts.

First off the Nitro pour and presentation is spot on and has a nice this head of about an inch. The nose was caramel and chocolate. The mouthfeel was solid and the taste was delicious. Its is very reminiscent of Young's double chocolate but just its lighter and less expensive little brother. Creamy chocolate and caramel.

This will be a staple brown that isn't overly sweet in my fridge.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark brown bordering on jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass (after the initial nitro cascade) and moderate amounts of dark coal brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy/creamy tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet dark, chocolate, and caramel malts with just a hint of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet dark, chocolate, and caramel malts with some hints of toffee sweetness. There is a light hint of nuttiness towards the finish as well as hints of earthy hops which impart almost no perceptible bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: A bit of a malt bomb here but with just enough hops to balance it out and prevent it from being overly sweet. Enjoyable and with the nitro very easy to drink.

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Photo of tone77
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to canned beers greatest comrade, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from what says is a 15.4 oz. can. Pours a very dark brown, damn near black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very weak, a bit of malts, very light hints of chocolate. Taste is really smooth. Nutty, malty, light chocolate, hints of coffee, it's scary how easy drinking it is for the abv. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall a quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint.

A - Poured a creamy brown color which faded into a deep ruby color. The head was tan and foamy.

S - Nutty and malty. Smelled amazing.

T - Malty and nutty with a slight bitter hop finish.

MF - Nitro creaminess.

Good stuff, Highly recommended.

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Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25


Canned 5/1/15. Bought a single in central Mass. to try about a month ago. Saranac has been coming out with some interesting new brews, but we don't see them around much in Western Mass., even though their brewery is closer to us than where I bought this.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Very dark brown/black with clear ruby highlights at the bottom when seen through light. Huge three inch tan head receded slowly to heavy evben surface foam and spotty-to-dense lacing.

s: Primarily caramel malt.

t: Follows the nose with a little hop bite following. Sweetish finish. Not tasting the brewery-cited chocolate or coffee notes, but then I associate such more with roasted-malt porters and stouts than browns. I like my browns caramel malty.

m: Medium plus, very silky smooth, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: An excellent brown, a favorite style of this reviewer. Sessionably easy drinking. The nitro adds to both appearance and mouthfeel in significantly positive ways. Although they were early into brew diversity, Saranac aka Matt Brewing otherwise has not been particularly notable in the past. Now it seems they are catching up in the craft revolution quite nicely.


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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep walnut brown with that creamy tan colored creamy head atop.a mix of roasted nuts,caramel,and chocolate in the nose,a little light but appetizing.a great creamy full body,goes down to easy.Roasted nuts caramel and light buttery toffee on the palate with a light note of chocolate in the aftertaste.Wow Saranac hit a home run here....

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given the generally positive reviews on this beer, I kept an eye out for it, and when I saw it, picked up a 4 pack. Glad I did, and I should have picked up another 4 pack. Cascades beautifully with the hard pour. Smells more like a stout than a brown, and taste-wise, would say tastes closer to stout than a brown. Having said that, I really can't say that there a lot of individual stand out flavors in this beer, but it is enjoyable. Nice creamy mouth-feel, but not as full and satisfying as Wake Up Dead Nitro, but a very solid beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Big Psst from the can, noticeable disbursement of nitro when pouring which provides a thick light tan head. Very dark for a brown ale. Bready toffee nose. Nitro smoothness, creamy full-ish body. On the sweetside with some English hopping on the palate. A bit of a malt bomb but I wonder if this would drink better, be more flavorful if it was not nitro. A decent sip none the less.

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Photo of khoff5
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful cascade, nice head, great smell, thick mouthfeel, flavors of coffee and caramel but nothing overpowering, really excellent overall. Combines the flavors/feels of coffee, ice cream and beer, awesome.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think its awesome Saranac is moving in this direction, trying new stuff, and launching a whole new package for them. its great. the beer in the can though is less impressive than the statement. it looks beautiful in the glass, heady and very dark for a brown, the cascade is quick but the resulting creaminess is there to stay. the nose smells thin and even a little oxidized, like maybe my can had been stored or shipped warm. the base brown is a simple one, nutty and with some chocolate notes, but not as deep on the roast as the color suggests, and not nearly as thick and creamy as it looks. without the nitro this would be a very average brown ale I am afraid. dark chocolate flavor in the finish, and a bit of bitter hops in there as well, but it never turns into that smooth interesting ale I want to drink all day, one can was enough for me. this is a cool mission, but the quality is a notch below what I know Saranac to be capable of.

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Photo of Dooga
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Feels like the perfect style to make a nitro beer with. Light and creamy, super delicious. Can really taste the chocolate and coffee flavors. Nothing better then watching this bad boy cascade in a pint, really makes your mouth water!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 16 oz. nitro can. Sampled on June 14, 2015.

Explosive nitro-induced pour with a deep brown color and a frothy overflowing delicate, tan head. Gotta love nitro!

Sweetness defines it. Sweet malts, sweet caramel, sweet toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and a little nuttiness with a muted hop profile.

Creamy and light to medium body.

The taste is as sweet as the aroma suggests it will be with the same characteristics of the aroma coupled with a mild earthy bitterness to tie things together at the finish. I enjoyed this a lot but I like Brown Ales in general.

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Photo of Breadboy
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great smooth mouthfeel, and amazing appearance when pouring. Smooth going down, but a little light in aftertaste. All in all, I'd buy this beer all ay long!!

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Photo of Kpasserell
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Velvety smooth head, deep brown to ruby in color. Light coffee house mocha scent. Tootsy Roll to slight licorice finish. Velvety smooth mouthfeel thanks to the nitro. I tend to prefer a little more boldness to beers like this and at this price point, but once again Saranac set out to keep this above all else, drinkable. Could pound these on a hot summer day, or sip by the fire. Remarkably drinkable for a 7% ABV. More nitro beers please!

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Photo of Grugalug
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an extremely dark brown that is very nearly black. Pours a huge and creamy three finger head. Also, because this is a nitro beer you get the fabled "cascading", which looks pretty amazing. You will have a difficult time finding a better looking beer. (5)

S- The dominant aromas seem to be big caramel, toffee, and molasses. Some brown sugar in there as well, and just a bit of nuttiness in the background. There is also a small amount of coffee and chocolate here as well. Very enticing. (4.25)

T- For all of the promise that the nose presents, the taste is something of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, it's okay. It just does not come all that close to what the aroma seems to promise. The caramel is by far the most dominant flavor, with some roasted malt and chocolate as well. None of that great molasses aroma, or nuttiness, or really anything else that I mentioned in the aroma is present. It's just surprisingly one note for all the aroma offered. (3)

M- Creamy, as one would expect. A bit watery for what I expected, although the finishing gravity might have something to do with that. Drinks pretty easy for a 7% ABV beer. (3.75)

O- A beautiful looking and smelling beer that has a flavor that just doesn't measure up to all of its other qualities. I really wanted to like this one more, as the Matt Brewing Company is local and puts out some legitimately great stuff. I love that they seem to be heading more in the craft beer direction lately, and these one-offs seem to support that. Maybe with how good their stuff has been lately it just made me have high expectations for this one. Either way, it's promising, but just not quite there. (3.65)

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Photo of Geer_Boggles
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A very unique brown ale, can't say I've had one quite like it. Very smooth, especially with the nitro upon opening. Chocolate and caramel are definitely present on the palate, great finish. Definitely recommend for any brown ale enthusiast and by far my favorite brown ale to date.

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Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: The liquid pours our fudge brown with a creamy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing; fun to watch the nitro pour develop in the glass and, with each sip, a new bubble show erupts; still, the beer blew its stack when the can was popped, which should not have happened

Smell: Chocolate and nuts, with just a hint of herbal hop

Taste: Chocolate and brown bread forward, with vanilla and nut tones developing in the middle; herbal hops add modest bitterness after the swallow and linger into the finish; residual chocolate is noteworthy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, creamy carbonation

Overall: Nice to see Saranac continue to break my expectations with some of their recent releases; not much to complain about here other than the mess on my kitchen counter

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Saranac Disruptio[N2] [Nitro] Brown Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 119 ratings