is not the kind of beer I usually associate with the Saranac brand. A
standalone 16oz brown ale in a nitro can? Well, alright. The beer isn’t
anything ground-breaking, though it’s at least a solid, to-spec brown
ale. The nitrogen makes it a bit more interesting than most of the
style, though it seems like more could have been done considering how
big a brew it is.
I poured a 16oz can into my Saranac shaker glass. It was canned on 11/24/15 and cost $3.90 ($0.24 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark brown in color approaching black; slightly translucent.
Pours to a two-finger, tan, creamy head which retains and laces fairly
well due to the nitrogen widget.
Smell: Sweet notes of mixed nuts, toffee and roasted malt.
Taste: If you want a brown ale, you get a brown ale with Saranac
Disruption. Fairly sweet with the usual flavors of toffee, caramel and
lightly roasted malt. Quite porter-ish in the presentation, but a tad
more rustic and nutty. Nitro beers all tend to have a similar taste and
you can’t help but be reminded of Guinness. There’s nothing off about
this beer, but there’s not a lot to cling to, either. It’s too mild for
its own good.
Drinkability: It’s quite surprising that Saranac Disruption is 7% ABV
since it has the mouthfeel of something much lighter. A tad watery in
texture, though that seems to be normal with nitro brews. I like the
smoothness and the fact it finishes clean. Still, for such a weighty
brew it’s far too inefficient with its palette – I expect much more
complexity and robustness. If this were 4% it’d be understandable.