Saranac Nut Brown Ale

Saranac Nut Brown Ale

Rated 3.275 by BeerPals

Brewed by F. X. Matt Brewing Company

Utica, NY, United States

Style:  Brown Ale

5.4% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 3836 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank12332
Overall Percentile75.1
Style Rank244 of 1069
Style Percentile77.2
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.367
Weighted Score3.275
Standard Deviation0.529

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9 Member Reviews

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  • CANANDAIGUA75 763 reviews
    rated 2.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 3 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    I liked the dark brown color and the creamy head of this brew. The aroma was strong-a bit nutty. However, the taste was quite disappointing (especially after reading the other reviews)....I really thought this had a iodine-like flavor and not all that pleasant.

  • BITTEEINBIT 155 reviews
    rated 3.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Not to bad looking, nice brown huge with a tan head, nice lace. A nutty aroma on the nose, hints of malt and a light hint of hops. Wait! A note of caramel? Flavor is sweet all the way with a bitter bite in the end. OK in the mouth, sort of light. Not to overly impressed with this brew. Overall…ok.

  • FOZAPD 474 reviews
    rated 3.6 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Saranac Nut Brown Ale was a decent beer on a scale of 1 to 12 (beers of winter) with 1 being the highest I give it a 4. It poured a medium brown colored body with a small head. The taste was sweet and nutty. Not bad.. another tolerable saranac.

  • ROBOTMAN 53 reviews
    rated 3.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    First of the holiday 12 pack. I see on the label "Ale Brewed with Honey" and I figured I would like this one the least as I generally do not like beer on the sweet side. But it wasn't too sweet at all. Light bodied and a little dry but overall a decent effort.

  • AABREWER318 475 reviews
    rated 3.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    my first of the 'beers of winter' mix. Saranac NBA pours amber with an average head. Sweet toasty aroma. Mouthfeel is round on a medium body with fine carbonation. Flavor is pretty wet on the nose, with some hops coming through in the finish, only a little dry. Good malt presence, which is sweet of honey. Also crisp toasted and earthy flavors of mixed nuts. I agree, this reminds me of a Marzen too.

  • HEEMER77 1009 reviews
    rated 3.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    From the winter beer sampler pack. The body is a dark amber with a very thin slightly khaki colored head.The aroma i molasses with some caramel and musty old leaves. Reminded me of a Marzen. The taste is toasted toffee with some almonds. There is also a light note of milk chocolate in the finish. A nice brown ale.

  • RANGERCG96 74 reviews
    rated 3.8 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    one of my favorite Saranac beers I have tried from the winter pack. reminds me of a draft beer of Kiligans red. Rich mahogany red color with a nice thick head, but it goes away after a few drinks. I really enjoyed the taste, no after taste to me, this is my kind of beer.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Another one from the Saranac winter samper pack. Pours an amber-brown body with a relatively thick tan head. Not much to the aroma, slightly malty with a touch of hops. A little more malt in the flavor but there was also a sour, bitter, hop bite in there as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A pretty good beer but not great. I'll say Saranac is a pretty decent choice, especially when examining the budget.

  • UPSTATEDAVE 853 reviews
    rated 4.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I liked this one a great deal. Poured a medium brown with generous tan head. There was a tremendous amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma was slightly sweet with a nice malty nose. The flavor was mellow with a strong malt preasence with a good hops finish. I was reminded of Saranac's season best as I drank. Season's best is also a great offering. I hope to be able to compare them side by side. IMO the Nut Brown is one of the best beers Saranac has produced. I hope the package it in six packs soon.

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