Saranac Scotch Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Scotch AleSaranac Scotch Ale

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2001

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 61
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3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jason's bottle from the six pack. Passable beer, but fairly weak for its style. No smell, looks alright its a light brown and lacey, with a lasting off-white head. Above-average carbonation. Only a faint whiff of scotch taste.Not all that drinkable.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Clear amber /tan.1/4" head.Small bubbles rise up from bottom of glass. Head falls to a thin bead covering the surface of the beer.

Smell- Faint malt nose. Partially attributable to the temperature of the beer. Still not very complex.

Flavor - Malty front, somewhat spicey and phenolic. Smokey aftertatse. Slightly sweet malt with some bitterness but no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Effrevescent, bubbley. Thin on body. Tingles the tastebuds.

Overall - Commendable.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac Scotch Ale is crystal clear and tawny dark amber with a frothy, oily, off-white mocha head that has good retention and leaves great lacing. The aroma is deep, dark, wooden, sour, earthy, sweet and medicinal. It smells pretty fresh. There is a lot of roasted malt here. Smooth and medium bodied, it is a touch syrupy at the end. The roasted malt tastes pretty resiny-- almost smoked. The hops are discrete and medicinal. The balance between deep sweetness and sourness, roastiness and bitterness is nice and round. This is somewhere between sophisticated and straight-forward. Love it.
(rated Dec 1, 2007)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a copper amber hue with a light khaki beige head, light speckled lacing. Aroma has a nice peated malt profile with caramel sweetness and alcohol coated ripened plum and apricots. Flavors bring semi sweet caramel infused with fruit and smokey peated malt accents, a real treat coming from Saranac. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied for the style carbonation is ample flows nicely with each sip. Drinkability is solid all around one that will be on most folks wish list for a regular or semi regular release from this season's 12 beers of winter.

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Photo of engisch
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with very little head. It smells very lightly of sweet toasted malts. I'm not expecting much before I taste it, but the taste is quite convincing of a scotch ale with malty character and a smokey aftertaste. Out of the winter 12-pack, this is the best. Although it isn't the best scotch ale that I have had (it is a bit thin), it is pretty decent and worth trying, especially as an introductory scotch ale. I would definitely try this again, if given the chance. Although I'm not buying another sampler just for this. ;)

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass a clear copper color, much lighter than I expected with a 1/2 inch of white foam head that dissolved quickly and left some spotty lacing. Smell was of toasted malts and caramel but left something to be desired. Tasted the caramel up front with roasted malt flavors following. A bit thin for the style, almost watery really. This is a drinkable beer but is it truly a Scotch Ale? Seems more like a Scotch Lite Ale, not bad but not worthy either.

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Saranac Scotch Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 80 ratings
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