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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Brewed with a special blend of domestic and Belgian malts for a delicate nut-like character, you'll love this lager's rich taste and signature hop aroma. The exceptional full-bodied taste reflects our brewery's extraordinary commitment to brewing beers of the highest standard of quality. We hope you'll enjoy it. Happy Holidays!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rader58 (875) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours a clear deep reddish brown. Aroma of molasses and horse blanket. Tastes better than it smells. Slightly bitter on the initial taste with a slight molasses and malt flavor through the end. Not that good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2009
pours brown, beige head. Aroma, malty, nutty, some pine/citrus hops. Flavor, caramel malts, nutty, had this notable Belgian malt aspect, thin bitter finish of pine hops. Finishes with hints of nutty / bready malts. Not that great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2009
This is not bad, but not great either. Going down the singles section at toast looking for new stuff. Decent flavor, bit thin. Would drink again at $1.50.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours a lasting ring of beige head with a copper body. Aromas of caramelized malt and some hops. Flavor is caramelized malt, butter, grassy. Finish is roasted and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours brownish copper. Nice aroma of roasted nuts, malt, and caramel. Tastes watery wet. Stale water and malty nuts. Tastes thin. Bitter malts and stale flavors. Not real exciting. Bottle might be old and past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1501) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
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.

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