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Saranac Moonshadow Black IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Moonshadow Black IPASaranac Moonshadow Black IPA

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BA SCORE
77
okay

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleMalt on 10-16-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

kkmiller76, Sep 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Wortman1998, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, best before March 31, 2014. Oh well, this was a gift from a friend and he gave me the bottle about a month ago. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a mahogany color with a couple inch light tan head that sticked around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The beer smells like roasted and bready malt, chocolate, herbal hops, and some light citrusy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of dark bread and coffee noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Hopefully in the future I'll get to try a fresher bottle of this.

bluejacket74, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jrschaef, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Durandal_777, May 28, 2014
Photo of generallee
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very dark brown to black look which is nearly opaque. There is a ton of carbonation running the sides of the glass. On top there is a light tan head which hang on well and makes nice sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: There are some citrus hop notes over bready maltiness in the nose.

Taste / Palate: Up front there is a light bready malt and some citrus hop notes. Hop bitterness along with some toasted notes build up and starts to linger long in to the finish.

generallee, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Dirty_Island, May 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

rxthree, May 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

ejh06752, Apr 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

morebeergood, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of jmw4437
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The appearance of this beer is dark and roasty, typical of what one would expect of a stout. the head was quite white and dissipated to almost nothing very quickly.

S: The aroma of this brew gives scents of chocolate malts and citrus fruits.

T: Overall the hints of chocolaty malt and citrus come through most dominantly as they did in the aroma.

M: Well carbonated with a smooth texture on the tongue.

O: This would be a good session type beer for me, nothing special but very drinkable.

jmw4437, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

PhillyNole, Mar 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

moochmonster, Mar 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

joeland, Mar 22, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

vfgccp, Mar 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

crytion, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

smurphy493, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Johnroby, Feb 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

zp6167a, Feb 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

RyFikes, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

dpgoblejr, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It looks on the pour to be more like a brown IPA, but it ends up pretty dark. It's kind of a fudgy dark brown rather than black with half a finger of tan head that drops to a thick island after decent suspension and leaves spotting on the glass.
The aroma are more malty than hoppy and show more nut and toast than roast, though there is a touch. There's a hint of cocoa and the only hops are a bit of leaf and maybe citrus zest.
For whatever reason there was for a lack in the nose, hops come out more strongly on the tongue. Leaf. pine, citrus zest and grass all cut through the malt to put something out that could actually be called a black IPA. A bit of roast eases out after a lingering bitterness. This is more like it.
The body is medium, and it leans toward crisp. The feel doesn't have quite the consistency of crispness or the balancing smoothness it should, though.

Brenden, Feb 19, 2014
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Saranac Moonshadow Black IPA from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.