Saranac Nut Brown Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Nut Brown AleSaranac Nut Brown Ale
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Saranac Nut Brown AleSaranac Nut Brown Ale

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RBorsato on 01-21-2003

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by buzzy:
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one from the Saranac line I had never seen so I picked it up,a nice pour a medium to darker shad of brown with a light head that leaves a generous amount of lacing,a light aroma got a litle chocolate touch to it and an ever so slight hop aroma.Taste is pretty earthy with a nice roasted finish the hop is present but in the background.Not a bad brew really easy to drink but not overly complex.

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Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Jason
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Wafer sized dressing of lace, bright reddish brown color show off the clarity.

S- Mildly estery with an faint solvent alcohol and sweet caramel malt smell.

T&M- Mild astringent bite throughout, malty with a medium body and smooth mouth feel. Slight fume of solvent and estery alcohol comes after each sip and then a mild harshness. Maltiness is lost and hops are drawn to this harshness which only adds to the problem.

D- Could not finish the bottle, just too harsh for me. I'm used to mellow easy drinking Brown Ales which this is not.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
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 ABokononist
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice dark amber color looks good,but the one finger head that disappears quickly is a bummer.The smell is OK,a little nutty and very sweet.This tastes malty with alot of sweetness.It's not that nutty,alittle,but there is a little carmel aftertaste.The mouthfeel is a little weak,I think I'm being generous giving them a 3.0.To sum this up,this is a nice smelling average beer,not bad,not good.

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of bditty187
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
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 BeerTaster
3.43/5  rDev +11%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
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 kmwilson76
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Stubbie1
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
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 tjd112
2.22/5  rDev -28.2%
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 TAMU99
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown, thick persistent foamy head with a heavy tenacious lace.
S: Nutty, light
T: Very hoppy with a sharp smoky and apple mellow flavor
M: rather thin
D: Acually pretty good, a spicy beer would go well with well spiced dishes. I'd buy this again, it's good, interesting, but not top shelf

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Photo of Hagbard
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was found in the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter Variety pack. The Nut Brown Ale pours amber with a smallish white head. The head quickly gives way to lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty without any hop presence. The taste is malty sweet and there really isn't much more to say about it. The bottle says it's brewed with honey and I think I pick this up during the finish and into the aftertaste, but it's hard to tell if the bottle put the suggestion in my head. Ultimately, this beer is disappointing in its simplicity. There's nothing to think about and I'm left very bored. There's nothing really wrong with it, it's just boring. It's almost worse than the Caramel Porter in that at least the porter elicited some emotion from me!

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Photo of LPorter33
2.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the Holiday 12 pack.

Appearance = Average looking brown ale, a bit too light and clear. Head was 1/4'' that faded immediately into weak film, lacing is OK.

Smell = Very nice scent of brown sugar and malt with a definite hop presence in the background. This is probably the best smelling Saranac beer I've encountered. It has a pleasant warming feeling. The alcohol is detected in the nose.

Taste = Argh..I've been very disappointed with a lot of these Saranac brews. This one suffers from some of the same faults as their IPA. Sour, watery, lacking any depth and intense flavor. Not balanced and overly bitter. Mouthfeel is thin and unimpressive.

Overall = Another Saranac beer I'm never going to buy again. It certainly started off great in the nose...the taste was very disappointing though.

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Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of cubedbee
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bright almond with a finger of beige head that quickly subsides, some spotty lacing. Smell is fairly nutty overy a doughy malt, no hops. Taste is the same nuttiness over a slightly roasted malt, definite some honey sweetness, and a faintly bitter finish. Pretty unexciting but nothing off about the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and finish is quite dry. I have no problem drinking this, but it's not one I'm going to really look forward to again.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of claspada
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of bsm80x
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of bryc9194
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of gonzo000
3/5  rDev -2.9%

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Saranac Nut Brown Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 86 ratings