puboflyons (1677) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the "What Ales You" 12-pack dated BB-JUN 30 2012-3551-07:01. It pours medium to dark amber with a quick head and nice clarity. The aroma is of sweet malts and toffee with a clean hop drop. The body is about medium. The taste comes across more pointedly bitter with a clean but sharp finale.
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a light brownish color. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is a bit unusual. Malts, a touch of whiskey, good but different. Overall a beer worth giving a try.
redpooba (395) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aromas of spice and winter seasonings abound with a rich scotch like malty flavor
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jb (1942) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well they brought this back in ’What Ales You’, I’d tried it before, but had an old stale bottle and didn’t feel right rating it. Clear, reddish copper, decent head, retention and some lacing. Sweet floral, caramel and malty notes. Sweet palate, smoky, a nice pleasant taste but certainly not much going on here.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a light orange color with a healthy sized white head. aroma is strong whiskey malts and tastes the same. definitely has that overseas taste but lacks the consistency that traditional Scottish ales have. highly drinkable and has that lasting whiskey finish which is pleasant.
jtclockwork (6225) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice dark amber pour with white head. Nose and taste is very sweet molasses. Rated 11/23/02
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells fruity and breaddy. Tastes of sweet malt, fruity, soe peppery splashes. Interesting.
smcolw (426) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mostly malt aroma as would be expected; also note some esters and fruity (closest to peach) smells. I sense that this is a high alcohol content beer.
Light amber/dark gold in color, surprisingly light head with little retaining carbonation
Slightly oily in taste and mouthfeel; rich malt flavor, chewy consistancy, high carbonation that doesn’t remove the sweetness of the brew.
Not as malty or alcohol laden as a wee heavy, this seems to be a domesticated scotch ale, like an American amber without the hop. I think the "single malt" concept limits the complexity of the taste. That said, I enjoy the richness and full bodied-ness of this beer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From old tasting notes. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was somewhat faint but had a sweet maltines. The flavor was a bit off and odd but had a light nutty caramel presence with a touch of smoke and almost canned mushroom juice. No hops to speak of. A bit thin and watery. An interesting idea but it did not do a whole lot for me.
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saranac Single Malt is a very interesting beer. This beer is brewed with just one type of malt, imported Scottish Maris Otter, which is traditionally used by Scottish distilleries in the making of single malt Scotch whiskey. This beer is also hopped with one variety, imported English Fuggles. This was a very impressive beer. It had a very pronounced whiskey malt character in both flavor and aroma.
Saranac Single Malt pours to a beautiful, bright amber color with a nice white head that slowly fades and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is quite malty in aroma, with slight traces of peat smoke, which is a traditional feature of whiskey malt. The palate, like the nose, is a wonderful showcase of whiskey malt flavor. Slight sweet and smoky/grassy malt flavors coat the tongue. This beer finishes with more whiskey malt notes up front, and then dries with just enough hop character to balance this beer out.
This was a very impressive version of a whiskey malt ale. Many breweries use a portion of whiskey malt in brewing of Scotch ale, but few breweries do a beer that is brewed with just whiskey malt. This is quite different from a Wee Heavy, or Scotch Ale, which Saranac also features in the holiday pack. This beer showcases Maris Otter, and it is akin to drinking a single malt Scotch whiskey and water. I wouldn’t pair this one with food. This beer would make a perfect cordial, after dinner drink, or night cap