RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Limited Release. 100% Scottish Maris Otter malt was used in the brewing. The combination of the scottish malts and slow aging process produces a unique brew as distinctive as single malt whiskey with a subtly different taste than any other beer. Look for a sweet malty taste with a backround of floral notes from english fuggle hops. To not be confused with the Scotch Ale that Saranac sells.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
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.

spokeydonkey (107) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Brown ale with a thin off white head. Sweet with dark fruit and molasses flavor followed by dry smokiness and vanilla. Finishes slightly astringent and dry.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

TimsRatings (421) - - JUL 7, 2014
On tap at The Flying Saucer (Raleigh). Pours a darker amber with a finger of head. Aroma features scotch, which is a nice deviation from my preferred bourbon barrel aged stouts. Scotch comes through very clearly in taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - MAY 18, 2014
Transfer from BA reviewed on 1-27-14 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Pours a copper/golden color with a nice white head that fades to a thin film.

Smell - Pick up mostly malty sweetness with a bit of whiskey aroma almost as though an ale had a bit of whiskey poured in it, although a little more artificial.

Taste - Pick up mostly maltiness at first. A little bit of caramel and toffee, but not too much, work their way in. A little bit of hop works its way in toward the very end, mostly floral and piney in nature. The whiskey taste is ever so subtle and present throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel - Relatively average of the standard american ale.

Overall - Right on par for an average american lager or ale, just with a bit of whiskey flavor and a little bit of hop.

chinchill (5345) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2013
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.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2012
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 I’m 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 don’t go into this beer thinking it’s going to taste like one of those types of liquors. It’s 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. There’s 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 it’s not a complex palate, these flavors and the overall delivery would be handled better through the magic of cask conditioning. In bottle form it’s a very mild brew and most likely Saranac’s target audience won’t pick up on the minutia it has. That’s not to say it’s 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 summer’s 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 it’s no challenge whatsoever to drink two bottles.

obguthr (6740) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
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
12 oz bottle. Pours deep red copper with medium head. Good but not great-worse than expected.

SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 9, 2012
bottle from ’what 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 (2073) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2012
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
somewhat dissapointed with this beer, unclear aromas and flavor, preety simple taste with mild body and ending.

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