williamherbert (1163) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear and glassy reddish brown. Puffy styrofoam head. Takes on a ruby/mahogany color in the light.
Slightly bitter, nutty malt. Some sweetish toffee. Really well-crafted. Bitter, very nutty but biscuity. This smell is the definition of the term "nutty" in a beer. Real real good.
Malt is dark and roasted. Very nutty. Not the brown sugary taste many browns have, not at all. Dark and roasted, like amber malts bitterly mingling with darkly sweetish toffee and caramel. Bitterness of a red, sweetness of a brown.
Light-bodied. A bit ashy; feels like an amber/red. A solid beer, bitter in the amberish malt, sweet in the caramel malts. A good offering.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a copper body with an off white head. Some caramel and nut character with a nutty earth y finish and a hint of dried fruit. Not bad.
Gregis (1276) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, dark, reddish brown with two fingers of creamy beige head (and sheeting lace) that diminishes with time. The nose is of sweet nutty and caramel malt notes with a pleasant supporting notes of floral and herbal hops. Light-bodied with soft carbonation and a tight, light, yet significantly bitter finish. The palate turns a touch astringent and drying at the finish. With food, this could be a plus. As a standalone beverage, however, I find that characteristic a tad off-putting. The flavor more-or-less follows the aroma with some Munich malt character thrown into the mix and the herbal hops cranked up beyond what is detected on the nose. Overall, this is a nice interpretation of the style and a pleasant surprise from Saranac.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with some red. Decent sized head. Aroma of nuts, lightly roasted malts, chocolate, and a lot of aroma hops, probably cascade. A decent brown malt flavor, slightly nutty and chocolately, some caramel, not a lot of hop bitterness, but the aroma is there. A decent beer, not mind-blowing, but reliably well done.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
She poured clear light brown with glints of deep garnet sparkling below a huge cream-hued head of tightly packed bubbles. As the head slowly sinks in cavernous dimples, eventually all that is left are floating tufts sticking to the side of my glass. Bread crust, crackers, and malts mingle with faint caramel and molasses while brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon are sprinkled about. Each whiff of her nose finishes with a fresh lemon kiss. As enticing as her nose is, the proof is in the pudding or in her case, the brew. My first couple quaffs are clean yet thin, washing over like a wave of lightly flavored water. Granted she is a lager, not ale, but I was expecting more Nut Brown flavors like her nose promised me. A wicked tease, maybe? The longer we linger together, the more I am able to finally taste some sweet brown sugar notes with crunchy bitter nuts in the back with cinnamon and nutmeg lingering in each finishing breath. A burgeoning aura of crisp, refreshing lemon touched with a tinge of honey and apricot join her meager palate. As her last drop wets my tongue, memories of toasted bread, nuts, spices, lemon, and honey whisper sweet-nothings in my ear one more time.
Not great but not bad. Saranac’s Nut Brown Lager was highly drinkable with clean, easy flavor. The problem is she was a bit too clean and too easy in pretty much all departments. I love session beers, but they should have a full basket of flavors to balance their drinkability.
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nutty and slightly roasted, but as is my usual complaint with Saranac, its not ful bodied and lacks full flavor. Slight hop finish, but they could have pushed it further.
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a small, off-white head. Aroma is sweet and nutty, and malty as well. Flavor is a dark sweetness at first with a spicy hoppy finish. Overall pretty good.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Light roastyness, caramel, dark sugar. Clear amber brown with small white head. Brown sugar, caramel, spicy hop flavor. Not a lot of nuttiness. Medium body well carbonated. Finish is dry with moderate bitterness.
jcwattsrugger (10725) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours a retaining tan head and brown/amber color. Aroma is light/medium malt-caramel/nutty, orange, husky. Taste is herbal hops press to the front through the medium malt-caramel/nutty/roasty, some orange/resin. Crisp, enjoy. thanks to Joe/jwc215.
puboflyons (1673) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in Feb 09 from 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 2678-I157. Part of the Saranac Winter 12-pack. No expiration date listed on the bottle or case. The appearance is a gorgeous dark brown with a long standing foamy off-white head, great lacing, and nice clarity. An inviting scent of malts, nuts, and hops. Bolder mouthfeel that holds its texture even after swishing on the tongue for about 30 seconds. The taste sports a slick balance of malts and hopswith a bitter chaser and a slightly dry finish. No aftertaste to speak of. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Good job Saranac!