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. IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
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.
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
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
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 (12550) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
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 (3511) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2009
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! CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Pours a transparent copper amber with a small, frothy, well-lacing head. Has a slightly toasted and nutty crystal malty nose with some English hops. Starts with average fullness and some biting carbonation with a touch of grapefruity bittering hops and dry, nutty malty flavors toward a crisp finish. Pretty smooth and drinkable, but nothing out of the ordinary. kramer (6908) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light brown body with a fizzy and foamy off-white head that actually left some lacing. The nose is nutty with some light hops and a bit of spice. The flavor is slightly grainy toasted and cereal grains with just a bit of spice on the back end. Really just the average run of the mill Brown Ale with a bit of winter spicing tossed in. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of clinginess on the back end. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, drinkable, but nothing memorable at all. ant880 (39) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
After being fairly impressed with the Indian Brown in the Winter 12-pack, this one was a bit disappointing. Very nice nutty aroma, but the taste was a bit disappointing. Seemed overly simplified. scottw86 (1179) - Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Poured a dark reddish brown with a nutty aroma. Taste was very nutty with some nice sweetness. A little too much carbonation? Not much aftertaste.