smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2009
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 (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
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 (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
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 Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This cloudy, amber brew poured with a small, quickly fading off-white head. When I think of single malt, I think of Scotch. This one had none of the robust, full-flavored characteristics of Scotch. To be positive the malt and hops were well balanced. Both were weak and insufficient to give a satisfactory flavor. Why am I forced to use the adjectives thin and watery to describe so many Saranac beers? footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Clear amber brew with a ring of white foam.Nose is really,really malty.Not terribly sweet but malty.Taste isn’t as as I would have thought as I get some grains and malts.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Okay, it’s an average beer at best. But it’s so awesome that it’s a single-malt beer made of Scotch grains and all that stuff. A really cool, fun beer. Lighten up people. spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Not a huge fan of this style, but this was pretty good. Cloudy orange body with little/no head. Decent lightly hopped aroma with some scotch, citrus scents. Bitter first sip. Medium mouthfeel. Tangy, malty, smooth. Good beer. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Had this in lastyears sampler, it was way back in the fridge, only found it putting this years in.Poured amber with small head. Aroma of yeast and bread.Tasted light, I was lokking for more. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Appearance: a hazy bright orange color, with an impressively thick and creamy off-white head.
Aroma: a touch of citric sourness, a touch of yeast, but overall dry.
Big fruit initially, on first contact with the lips and tongue, with a huge deployment of sweet malt. A fat ballast of malt continues to waft onto the palate and caresses the senses with sweet, fruitiness. It’s a big flavor, and one I liked at first, but failed to totally grow on me by the end of the drink.
Light body, little hops, just the sweet and the fruity for as long as you like it.
That’s not always a bad thing, but nothing I’d turn to over and over again.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Clear amber color with medium but quick diminishing head. Caramel and malt are the most predominant aromas. The taste is sweet malt and a light bitter/sour finish. No real carbonation to speak of.