Saranac Nut Brown Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Nut Brown AleSaranac Nut Brown Ale
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English Brown Ale
Ranked #332
Ranked #46,790
3.11 | pDev: 14.47%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Nut Brown AleSaranac Nut Brown Ale
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a soft dark brown color with a slight transparency about it. Just a cap of a little white foamy head slid off fairly quick leaving barely any lace.
The aroma had some sweet to roasty pecans up front with a glazed caramel/toffee malt sweetness and a crisp earthy sweetness on the back end.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the pecans and caramel/toffee malts. Light aftertaste of the same and having a light toast coming about.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt light and the ABV felt good. Nuttiness and caramel/toffee malts present a nice smoothness along my tongue.
Overall, as an English brown ale, I'd say this was quite nice. Definitely a good one for this time of the year.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.33/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown pour, upped clarity, didn't develop the a whole lot of head 1/5", couldn't form enough to retain anything. Aroma didn't kick down much in the brown malt or nuttiness department.

Shit kinda went off the rails, way too bitter, almost a copper penny bitterness in a style that should be smooth, furthermore, the lack of nuts in my beer (ahem) kinda defeats the purpose for such a style subgenre. Drank hot. Below average representation of style.

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Photo of wac9
2.18/5  rDev -29.9%
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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of tjd112
2.22/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bit too carbonated and nothing to write home about

Appearance: Deep red, brown

Smell: A bit malty

Taste: coffee flavor with smokey finish (carbonation masks much of the flavor)

Mouthfeel: Bitter throughout with lingering finish

Drinkability: Goes down like a soda; not a stand alone beer

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend gave this to me over the holidays and I poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a see-through, yet dark, amber with a light tan head on top. The has great retention that leads to very pretty lace.
Smell: The aroma is mostly nutty and toffy with an overwhelming lack of of hops.
Taste: The flavors I tasted were roasted coffee, toffy, alcohol and hops bittering.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty smooth.
Drinkability: This is a fine drinker, but there is nothing really special about it.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of changeup45
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the Saranac winter samper pack. Pours an amber-brown body with a relatively thick tan head. Not much to the aroma, slightly malty with a touch of hops. A little more malt in the flavor but there was also a sour, bitter, hop bite in there as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A pretty good beer but not great. I'll say Saranac is a pretty decent choice, especially when examining the budget.

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Photo of BeerTaster
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of happygnome
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of Stimack
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured to a amber brown color with a fair sized light tan head that had a fair amount of retention and left a bunch of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is mostly of malt scents, roast, caramel and nuttiness. The taste also seems to revolve around malt flavors as what was identified in the nose also comes out on the pallet. The one thing that comes out at the end of this brew is a sight off taste that seems to quickly dissipate but did damage to the overall taste. This definitely is not one of my favorites from Saranac but I don’t think it is a bad offering and if I get one in the 12 pack Christmas mix pack that is fine with me.

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Photo of number1bum
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a thin head. Smells malty, a bit sweet and nutty. Malts dominate the flavor, with a strange bitterness that just tastes a bit off, and the characteristic nutty flavor that gives it its name. It's fairly smooth and drinkable but whatever it is that's throwing it off a bit takes away from the beer. Average nut brown overall, but consideirng I got it on sale for $3.96 a 6er it was well worth the price.

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Photo of riversider76
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber. Thin white head, with decent retention, and a nice lace. Smell is of sweet malts,and nut. Body is medium, not much carbonation. Taste is all malts. Smooth, with a honey nut finish. Like most Saranac brews, good, but not great. Worth a try

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Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Beers of Winter 12 pack

A - Pours a clear, medium brown in color, a finger and half tan head. Carbonation evident through the glass

S - Sweet malt like caramel, some notes of toasted grain and faint hop aroma

T - A nutty, slight sweet flavor with accompanying hop backup.

M - Medium bodied, carbed a little more than style would dictate though

D - Quite drinkable in my opinion. Well balanced and smooth. Surprising, as I wasn't a big fan of the rest of the brews in this variety pack.

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Photo of ghostwalker
2.86/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of 12 beers of Winter pack
Poured a medium brown color with small slightll off-white head. Smell is malt mixed with caramel. Taste is a sweet maltiness with slight notes of caramel. Finish is more sweetness with little or hops to be found. An OK beer. Very one-dimensional.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the "12 beers of Winter" pack that I'm drinking this week. Didn't know what to expect when I opened this, and after drinking most of it, I still don't quite know what to make of it. Most of the beers in this holiday bunch have been average at best, and this one doesn't even measure up to that "lofty" standard...

Decent pour, nice head, but not a lot of aroma to this. Just a bit of nuts and roasting, but very little depth to the aroma and taste. Beer has a dark amber hue to it, and almost no lacing down the side of my pint glass. The aftertaste has a slight metallic bitterness to it, but it's not that memorable and the following watery sips don't do much to quench the palate. The alcohol in this beer can't be detected, but that's true regarding anything else about this...

This wasn't terribly shallow, but I expect a nut brown ale to have the depth and warmth of Samuel Smith's or Newcastle. It's not here, and once again, the beer is only worth remembering because of the name on the label, and not the substance of the brew. Worth a try once at best!

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Photo of clemtig76
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The last beer out of the Saranac "12 Beers of Winter." Found it in the back of the fridge along with a SA Cranberry Lambic. Pours a pale amber copper color with an off white head. The aroma is very light for the style, some toasted malts with a light herbal hop presence. Taste is nothing to get excited about either, just a little toasted malt sweetness with a little toffee flavor in the background. Very little hop bitterness. Matt Brewing makes some decent beers, this is just not one of them.

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Photo of Stubbie1
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.98/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber hue, with excellent clarity and fierce carbonation. Big three finger off-white head, turns dense and holds well. Produces waves of sticky lacing. Lots of crystal malt in the nose, with a hint of cinnamon spice, light english hop aroma if any. Nice caramel sweetness to start, then a very gentle drying hop(golding?) and nutty flavor in the aftertaste. More on the malty side, but balanced; the style is well represented. Medium body and well carbonated for a smooth english ale mouthfeel without the butterscotch effect. Bottle says it's brewed with honey, but I only noticed a cocoa-like taste developing in the finish. Not bad at all, but nothing spectacular either.

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Photo of claytri
2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Saranac Nut Brown Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 86 ratings