Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saranac Disruption


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1258) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Disruption 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. 
Grade: 6/10