Saranac Shilling Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Shilling AleSaranac Shilling Ale
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Scottish Ale
Ranked #43
Ranked #22,518
3.92 | pDev: 12.24%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Shilling AleSaranac Shilling Ale
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 14
Reviews by SmokySignals:
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4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into NB goblet, for nice thick creamy head.

Looks a transparent ,clear, light brown /dark amber body. Steady school of bubbles head upwards from the center...4+

I smell nice caramel butter toffee roast malt grain aromas. This seems to have a stronger nose than the others in the Irish Roots box so far, but still seems a little shy on the enticing scent's strength.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheOakKing
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ALLMUCH
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robebo44
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L:nice burnt orange color, clear. Head settles out to a foam, little to no lace
S: sort of reminds me of a nice speyside scotch. Strong sweet malt and citrus aroma. Malts bring a nice fruity sweetness, provide a soft melon and honey aroma. Hops add in touches of candied orange. Also slight caramelized sugar notes
T: repeat of nose in regard to notes. Finished dry. Good balance of sweet and bitter
F: a bit bitter which detracts from drinkability. However the beers mouthfeel is full and creamy which helps a bit. Overall smooth but a bit bitter and spritey from the carbonation
O: great beer. Been exploring more from these guys lately and have been a fan. Solid brew. This is a good beer for any occasion

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Photo of 52Skiman
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new offering (January 2019) from F.X. Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery. It is a Scottish ale with ABV of 5.6 and IBU of 26 showcased in a new Irish Roots seasonal pack

Sample was from 12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint

Appearance: Very clear medium amber color, thin short-lasting cream-colored head, decent soap lacing

Aroma: Malty as expected: toasted malts, biscuity with the barest hint of caramel in the background--well-within expectations for this style

Taste/flavor: Follows the nose: Malts forward, mostly toasted malt, biscuit and hint of caramel. Hops pretty much disappear into the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body, prickly carbonation; soft, pleasantly chewy feel

Overall: Having never had a Scottish ale before this was a new experience which turned out to be quite favorable. I found this ale to be to my liking (and I am a hops guy). Its flavor and its mouthfeel were superlative. It is well within the bounds for its style. I will try it again. Kudos to F.X. Matt Brewing Co.

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ProNR
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of O-Meg
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a solid beer, but doesn’t quite bring the crunch of leaves to mind the way i’ve come to expect from this style

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Photo of Rockhead
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a creamy off white head. Color is a dark amber.

Pretty sure this bottle is a touch skunked, but since that is on the store and not the brewer, I'll try to ignore it.

Nose is bread and buiscuits. Get quite a bit of citrus in the nose as well.

Flavor is fresh panko crumbs, some buiscuit, some notes of orange marmlade. Starts sweet, but finishes quite dry. Has a touch of butterscotch in the finish. Hop biterness comes in the help balance out the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation on the lighter side of things. The mouthfeel gets a bit watery toward the finish, making the beer quite easy drinking. No alcohol warmth detected.

Overall, this beer is an enjoyable session brew. I have experience with Scottish Ales, but this does make me want to drink more so I can compare this with them. Without regard to style, this is a good easy drinker that is malt forward and quite flavorful.

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Photo of B_More_Guy
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This has all of the attributes of a traditional ale; taste, smell and flavor that can accompany any protein-based meal.

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Shilling Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 14 ratings