Saranac Nut Brown Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Nut Brown AleSaranac Nut Brown Ale
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English Brown Ale
Ranked #337
Ranked #46,542
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
Reviews by cgise22:
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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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Photo of Jason
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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 oberon
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Suds
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear chestnut color with a nice off-white head. Its aroma is muted, but there is a pleasing bready, grainy smell. Not much of a hop aroma. Moderate sweetness, with very little malt character. There’s a little roast grain character, but you have to really go hunting to find it. A slight metallic quality is somewhat distracting. The brew dries out a little by the hind-taste. Not a lot of hops in the finish…come to think of it, there’s not a lot of anything in this brew. Considering how I enjoy most other Saranac brand beers, this one is a patent disappointment. Unobtrusively average.

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

This brew pours an amber color with red highlights with a big tan head that leaves very quickly, leaving a lace behind.

The smell of light hops and caramel malts make this a very pleasent smelling brew, I like the complexity.

The flavor is not as complex as I would have liked the nuttiness is present in the flavor more than the aroma. Hops are still alittle week.

Overall this is an easy drinking brew that goes down smooth.


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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 TAMU99
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 RBorsato
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown with a moderate beige head which dies but leaves decent lace. Sweet aroma of light caramel malt. Light toasted malt flavor with sweet honey-ish tones. Caramel character that is standard in most Saranac brews. Light bodied (leans medium) with a sweet finish.

Labe states "Classic English Brown Ale" & "Beer Brewed with Honey"

Available in the 1999 Saranac Holiday Pack. Tasted 01/18/03

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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 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 sabrills70
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium light amber brown with a 2 finger head after a very aggresive pour. Decent longevity and nice lace. Standard brown ale smells although a bit subdued. Slightly raosted caramel malt with some nuttiness and mild hop aroma. Not a bad brown ale. Nice roasted maltiness followed by the hop flavor and bitterness, mixed with the roated bitterness. Crisp and slightly fruity. Decent drinkability. Not a bad brown ale at all, not the greatest but pretty darrn tasty.

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Photo of kmo1030
2.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

rusty amber colored with an off white head that doesn't stick around.
the aroma has a very unobtrusive caramel and nut smell and a metallic twang.
the taste is metallic with caramel and nut behind that. it has a little bit of a harsh tang to it. not bad, but not good either.
the body is a little watery wiht lively sharp carbonation.
average drinkability. not very good.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of chocolate malt, floral hops, and a dash of 12 grain bread. Small, dense, dark cream colored head faded to a ring in the blink of an eye. Translucent dark amber colored beer holds strings of lazily rising carbonation. Mildly sweet malt and hop tea flavors up front are joined briefly by toasted malt in the middle. Finishes with a faint, but sharp bitterness and a dash of alcohol that feels out of place. Almost watery mouthfeel is saved by a light dose of carbonation. Nothing spectacular, but I could see myself drinking a few of these at the bar if it were available.

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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 Hagbard
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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 cubedbee
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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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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 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 kbnooshay
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Meh. This poured a very light clear brown with an allright head that died quickly. The smell was sweet. The smell nor the taste included honey as the label stated.The taste is sorta hoppy but bland. Mouthfeel is the typical saranac water.
Nothing special but drinkable.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.64/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear brick red pour with a thin sticky white head that disappears too quickly.

Smell: Dusty, earthy, and slightly nutty. Not much going on here.

Taste: Sweet malt balanced out by some bitter nuttiness. Rye toast and some grains here and there.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing off but no "wow" factor at all. Pretty average across the board.

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Photo of mynie
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very deep rust color with no head whatsoever.

Smells like simply sweet nutty malt. Candy sweet along with heavy hints of chewy bread and a slight bit of hop. Maybe a bit too faint, but nice.

Tastes very much like it smells, only blended a strange soapy chemical flavor that gets all the more present as the beer warms. It's not horrible, it's not even bad--the caramel and nut have plenty of charm, but jeez it ruins an otherwise very good beer.

Goes down easy.

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Photo of ski271
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark amberish-brown with a small, foamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a film. Some sparse lacing. The smell is smooth but with rather nondescript malts and a light herbal hop presence. The taste is mostly of roasted malts, with flavors of caramel and dark bread. There is a nutty flavor there that is very mild at first but comes out more toward the finish and more so as the beer warms up a bit. It has a grassy, lightly dry finish, a medium-light body and low carbonation. A little on the watery side. Nothing too special about this beer, but enjoyable nevertheless. Easy drinking, but nothing worth seeking out.

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Photo of hero27
3.19/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled as part of the "Saranac 12 Beers of Winter" variety pack.

Clear golden/rusty brown color with a thin tan head that recedes impressively quick. Smells of very subtle caramel malts and maybe a hint of nuts if I really dig deep into my imagination. The taste is light roasted malt and toffee..maybe, MAYBE a nutty character, but I wouldn't bet money on it. Mouthfeel is watery...and that's to be expected from Saranac. Decent drinkability, however not a brown ale I'd want to try on a regular basis.

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