chinchill (1246) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
BB date of 6/30/12 on bottle served in a snifter. Tad of sediment at the bottom of the bottle added mid-tasting. Nonetheless, pours clear with an amber color and a thin off-white head. A good bit of splotchy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma features light-medium roasted malt with obvious notes of caramel and toffee. Pleasant, but mild and relatively simple. Medium bodied: medium carbonation; attractively smooth. Semi-dry finish.
T: There may be only one variety of malt in this, but there is sufficient quantity to produce a solid malt flavor, and a good one at that. Hints of caramel, toffee, floral hops and, in the finish, light smoke.
O: Although made with Scottish malt, this is not a true Scottish ale, and fits about as well in the brown ale category. Good value.
Chad9976 (1064) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker glass.
Appearance: Hazy shade of dark copper/burnt umber. Some fine carbonation visible. Forms an average size, off white, foamy head which mostly dissipates but laces the glass quite well.
Smell: A light scent of cereal grain with a hint of cherry, otherwise a mild nose.
Taste: If Iím reading the bottle label correctly, it seems that Saranac Single Malt is brewed using just Scottish Maris Otter malt - the same malt commonly used in the distillation of whiskey and Scotch. But donít go into this beer thinking itís going to taste like one of those types of liquors. Itís closer to a traditional British style pub ale. A light malty sweetness all around with subtle component of dark fruit. Cherry seems to be the most prominent. Thereís a gentle dry bitterness through the middle due to the use of Fuggle hops (also a common ingredient in British pub ales), and then it finishes mostly clean, but not before a very brief peat-like flavor makes itself known.
While itís not a complex palate, these flavors and the overall delivery would be handled better through the magic of cask conditioning. In bottle form itís a very mild brew and most likely Saranacís target audience wonít pick up on the minutia it has. Thatís not to say itís absolutely delectable, though, as the mildness is just a few shades north of bland.
Drinkability: I drank two bottles of Saranac Single Malt back-to-back on a hot summerís night and they really hit the spot. The subtle fruit flavor of the palate combined with the thin, slightly flat, mouthfeel makes it surprisingly refreshing (or at the very least just an easy beer to drink). It goes down smooth and the aftertaste is clean with just a hint of bitterness. A tad too big to session, but at only 5.5% ABV itís no challenge whatsoever to drink two bottles.
obguthr (3374) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong malty and grassy aroma, very metallic. Clear copper, medium head. Barley malt flavor, well hopped grassiness. Metallic and strangely tart. Leafy and almost vegetal. The vegetable notes become increasingly distinct upon warming.Too hoppy for the style, which normally i would enjoy, but it was more like salad than the hop varieties I prefer. Good intensity, the recipe is weird, and there are quality issues.
JawVer (39) - - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep red copper with medium head. Good but not great-worse than expected.
SSSteve (3630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from íwhat ales you" sampler. clear amber with a large, off-white head. sweet, buttery, toasted caramel nose. flavor is also buttery sweet with caramel. not peaty, but overall i think it tastes good.
JFGrind (1799) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Single malt unfortunately leaves this offering from Saranacone one dimensional to my palate. Light bodied dark amber ale, with a grainy malt flavor. Unique idea for a beer, just not enough pizazz.
oflodarz (48) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
somewhat dissapointed with this beer, unclear aromas and flavor, preety simple taste with mild body and ending.
matalec1984 (115) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle,
Pours a dark copper with a solid white head that fades quickly with little lacing.
Aroma is a bit fruity and grainy. Can def smell the MO.
Taste is ok, slightly fruity with a noticeable whiskey essence that is long lasting.
Medium bodied for the style but feels a little chalky going down. Aftertaste is nice as whiskey essence holds strong and fades out nicely. Medium carbonation.
cheap (3742) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Saranac is to craft beers as old mil is to cheap pale lager. Very bubbly darker pale lager brew inthe glass. Nice creamy head. Initially builds on the taste buds. Tries to be a big beer but never quite gets there. Each sip yeilds a medium impact. As the session continues the medicinal malt bitterness does increase. Nice smelling beer. Fresh overall beer experience. Love those saranacs, yesserie!
Drake (7831) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Average head retention. Aroma of toasted and toffee malts and an earthy hop note. The taste is pale malts, sweet malts and a floral hop finish. Medium bodied.