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Saranac Moonshadow Black IPA - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Moonshadow Black IPASaranac Moonshadow Black IPA

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 12.2%


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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Reviews by Kendo:
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Kendo

New York

3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. On the pour it looks dark brown, but in the glass it appears black. Small khaki-colored head on top. Some lace.

S: Chocolate malt and cocoa powder are the initial impressions. Also some grapefruity hops, though fainter than the chocolatey scents.

T: On the first sip, the first impression is the too-thin body. Then I get a minerally hop bitterness at the finish. There's not enough body to give this much strength or substance. There's a modest bit of chocolatey malt and some roastiness. In some ways it drinks like a hoppy porter, but that might be giving it more credit than it deserves.

M: As noted above, it's too watery or thin in feel and heft. Carbonation is active but fine-bubbled, though not prickly.

O: Another disappointing effort from Saranac. I buy their mixed 12-packs when folks are coming over who I don't know - I figure they are likely familiar with the Pale Ale and because it's sorta local, they won't be afraid to try them. But once again, I find myself thinking I would've been better off buying a Sam Adams' 12-pack or maybe just a good sixer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 22:20:18 | More by Kendo
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ejh06752

New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-19-2014 06:07:49 | More by ejh06752
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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jmw4437

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:25:50 | More by jmw4437
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-27-2014 22:24:50 | More by PhillyNole
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Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

03-27-2014 01:31:44 | More by moochmonster
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Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

03-22-2014 22:25:53 | More by joeland
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New York

2/5  rDev -40.5%

03-16-2014 01:28:00 | More by vfgccp
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.7%

03-12-2014 02:33:22 | More by Zetcha7x
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Ohio

3/5  rDev -10.7%

03-08-2014 11:10:51 | More by crytion
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smurphy493

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

03-08-2014 00:37:29 | More by smurphy493
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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-27-2014 02:33:39 | More by Johnroby
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-25-2014 21:32:37 | More by zp6167a
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-25-2014 15:06:01 | More by RyFikes
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

02-23-2014 15:40:11 | More by dpgoblejr
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 19:53:26 | More by Brenden
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Connecticut

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

02-13-2014 01:37:32 | More by maketheheartglad
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with a large size frothy light beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, grains, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops mixed with some chocolate and grains. There is also some malts and a bit of citrus.

Overall - Just okay.. Not enough citrus hop bite to be a solid black IPA. Not something I'd pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 02:01:49 | More by spinrsx
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California

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-03-2014 20:06:51 | More by GraduatedCashew
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black. Thick tan head that quickly disappears.
Smell: Roasted malt and grapefruit.
Taste: Roasted something and grapefruit.

I really enjoyed this. The grapefruit smell seemed hidden, and finally comes out after the roasted malt. The taste is around the same, but possibly backwards. The bitter grapefruit is excellent. All this combined with an inviting look, I would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

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New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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New York

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3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark caramel, almost mahogany color with hints of red when held up to a light. Head was fairly thick but faded relatively fast, leaving behind substantial lacing for this style of beer. And by "this style" I don't mean IPA because despite the name, this is not an IPA. That must have been overlooked in the labeling for marketing. Whatever. There was very little fragrance, so far as I could detect. It tasted, frankly, a lot like a porter, but a "lighter" porter; ie, not as much (at all) smoke, less malty overall, etc. The flavor was very sharp at first, almost bitter, but did not last very long, leaving a very faint aftertaste of dilute smoke (best way I can put it, not as off-putting as it may sound though). In-keeping with tasting almost like a "lighter" porter, the viscosity was similar though less than that of a typical porter. Sparse, small, crisp bubbles are the totality of the carbonation, and the after-feel is one of being almost slippery or even oily, though not in an unpleasant manner at all. The after-feel, in my experience anyway, outlasts the aftertaste. All in all a solid beer. Not one I would make a staple in my cupboard, but one I would be happy to drink and that anyone should be happy to have on hand for winter time.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:21:56 | More by ItalianPisces84
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Saranac Moonshadow Black IPA from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.