KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a nice clear rich dark brown with a small (less than 1 finger) foamy beige head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing.
The aroma was of a dark roasted malt and a mild sweet yeast with a hint of milk chocolate, a bit of coffee and some nuttiness.
It tasted somewhat malty with a hint of chocolate in the beginning then had a slight bitter sweetness to it with a note of coffee and some nuttiness at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow leaving behind a nice satisfying aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy in texture yet a bit watery and just a tad beyond light in body with a mild carbonation.
Overall a tasty and creamy Brown Ale with a nice sweet coffee flavor that was left lingering for a decent while. A great beer and well deserving of its category.
alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from notes (2011 picked up at Kroger). Pours a clear brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have light roasted malts, toasted bread, mild nutty character, earthy and lightly bitter hops. Boring, very average.
slowrunner77 (6543) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mix pack offering is a pretty standard thin bodied Brown ale. Nothing stands out, good or bad. A touch of earthy hops And nuts over light roast and cocoa."
generallee08 (729) - New York, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The brown ale forms a thick light tan head that sits on top of a clear dark amber brew. The head makes nice lacing as it sides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is full of sweet malts. On the tongue, caramel and maple sweet malts give way to bitter dark chocolate and coffee notes. The palate is medium bodied and smooth with average carbonation. Saranacs Brown Ale is well balanced and very drinkable.
ads135 (3226) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a particularly great brown. Mild and a bit too sweet. Nice appearance, medium bodied.
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
June 2011 from bottle. Amber color, white head. Sweet malty aromas with caramel, spice and nuts. Slightly bitter finish, but nothing unusual or memorable about this brew.
shigadeyo (3124) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6/14/2011: Saranac Brown Ale... Aroma: Typical for the style. Appearance: Mahogany brown color with an average head of darkish beige foam. Flavor: Mostly toasted malts with dark roasted malt bitterness and a reserved sweetness; littler bitterness or hops shine through, but that’s expected for the style; pleasing nuttiness throughout. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth; average texture. Overall: Soft, but decent Brown Ale, but not necessarily the best offering from Saranac.
12 fl. oz. bottle from Kroger in Harrison, Ohio. Rating #243 for this beer.
Huhzubendah (2805) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is mahogany colored with an inch of tan head that leaves plenty of lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is pretty weak, with some toasted bread, malt, caramel, and nuts. The flavor is OK, with a light roast presence. The hop character is amped up a bit more than expected. The body is thin, with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a drinkable brew, but nothing special or exciting happening here.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-13-2011
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a semi-clear reddish-brown with a medium size yellowish head, and some lacing.
smell is faint, floral, brown sugar, spice, and malt.
taste is of spice, malt, caramel, and hops in the back. ends spicey and bitter.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Beerlicious iPhone app: Clear and brown. Tan frothy head. Light bitter and sour finishing bitter. Creamy thick medium body with an alcoholic finish.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Originally reviewed: 2/7/09. Pours a deep brown, but crystal clear. Lots of carbonation rising up. 2-finger off-white head, that stayed pretty well. Decent webbing, rings absent. Smelled of bread, malt, brown sugar, molasses.
Pretty good tasting beer. Taste the breadiness, some sweet malt, and finishes with just a hint of hop bite. Warming as it goes down. Good carbonation, a little on the high side. Fairly drinkable. Recommend.