Saranac Stout - Matt Brewing Company
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2.68/5 rDev -17.5%
12oz brown with no freshness date.
Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly pitch black with a densely frothy head with an above par retention.
Smell: Faint roasted aroma, more caramel and sweetness. Light earthy toasted grain in the back with some herbal hop also. Smells like some iced concoction from a trendy coffee shop.
Taste: Watery twang of roasted malt, has a dirty charcoal flavour with a weird lingering sweetness underneath. More hop flavour than bitterness with a woody earthy finish. Light alcohol and vague fruitiness lead the taste buds down a one way street.
Mouthfeel: Touch of smoothness, full-bodied yet the carbonation drops out quick after pouring to leave the palate waiting.
Drinkability & Notes: Huh? This is one weak stout, not much else I can say other than this is probably the most boring stout I have ever run into. Not so bad that it is undrinkable, just bland.
12-02-2002 18:38:14 | More by Jason
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3.3/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a dark brown with a decent light brown head. Minimal retention. Smells of caramel, coffee, some raostiness. Tastes of more light roastiness, burnt caramel, some coffee notes, light hop bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not bad.
11-30-2008 05:29:20 | More by Doomcifer
3.15/5 rDev -3.1%
From the 12 bottle holiday sampler box. Pours an opaque dark brown that reveals some garnet hues when held to the light. Huge beige head. Impressive looking. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. This is one of the few Saranacs out of the box that really has a nose. Plenty of lacing down the pint glass. Mouthfeel is creamy and is balanced well with hops and carbonation. Taste is ok for a stout. Some slight notes of dates or raisins, but malts dominate here.Appearance is the highlight here, but not bad.
12-10-2003 22:59:19 | More by merlin48
2.35/5 rDev -27.7%
A little bit black, a little thin, but hey, it's Saranac, so my expectations weren't through the roof. Aroma was alcohol and old, cold, bitter coffee. I guess its kind of a dark color, but below average for its thickness, head formation.
Taste, not bad, some roast, but again, no heft. Like they cheaped out on the malt bill. I mean, this style is usually so easy to please me with, and this didn't even come close. Ugh. Just a degree of hops, too thin, too alcoholic tasting for what it was really bringin' to the table. Just another under average effort.
08-21-2010 18:58:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5 rDev +15.4%
Dark brown/black, a little red light comes through at the bottom of the pint glass. Head is good, tan color with a submerged ring on the sides of the glass. A little cherry to the smell. Pretty deep roasted malt flavors, doesn't quite rise to a strong coffee or chocolate impression but a little sense of a slight citrus. Body and mouthfeel are good, flavor is average, though other qualities are dead on. I'd drink this again.
11-12-2002 06:32:12 | More by ADR
2.73/5 rDev -16%
Appearance: Deep ruby brown with massive tan head floating atop the body fine speckled lacing not bad. Aroma: Mild notes of dark roasts including coffee and dull chocolate notes, not horrible just a bit dumbdowned. Taste: Sweetened notes of coffee not bad just one dimensional and lacking much depth. Mouthfeel: Very thin for a stout not a chewy texture to note very much light to medium body when it should be medium to full in body. Drinkability: It's the type of stout that can be consumed in number due to the fact that the body and complexity just isn't there, nothing special won't reel me back anytime soon.
12-09-2003 09:10:59 | More by WVbeergeek
3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter.
Pours a dark but clear mahogany with a smallish tan head. The head has some staying power, but soon dwindles to a ring and island.
Has an attractive if subtle aroma of dark roasted malts and more hops than expected, with a hint of chocolate.
Taste: dark roasted malt with a nice touch of spicy hops and a hint of coffee. 3.75
M: well carbonated; medium body; semi-dry finish. A slight astringency keeps the rating from hitting 4.
Overall: better in almost every respect than the nitro-canned Guinness I had last night. Compared to that, the Saranac is markedly hoppy, aromatic and flavorful, with a much better finish. It does, of course, lack the creamy head and smoother feel of the nitro-enhanced Guinness. 3.75
06-27-2012 01:12:15 | More by chinchill
3.13/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of lightly roasted malts with an underlying sweetness that I also noted in the Brown - though in this case it's probably closer to raisins than green apples.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors up front followed by a mild fruit sweetness that lets off right before the lightly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness with nice carbonation.
Drinkability is alright. I drank this because it was there, not necessarily because I was excited about it.
Overall this is a stout that I wouldn't say to avoid, but I can't say that I recommend it.
03-15-2009 20:23:40 | More by glid02
3.2/5 rDev -1.5%
I am not sure when this one retired, as I drank and reviewed it but a few months ago--maybe it's the Brett Favre of beers? Pours a jet black body in a Guinness pint glass...brown, hedgelike lacing (a few holes in there)...a suitable vision early...slighty rounded with some sharper hop notes; floral with hints of chocolate and pleasant sugars... a bit oily--no, quite oily--with a creamy head that creates an interesting contrast with its rather hard body...rich and milky, slightly sweet and smoky... easy on the tastebuds and medium-bodied at that... pleasantly balanced lactic, active stout, not memorable, not offensive... a syrupy sweet finish that kind of makes the drinker shrug his shoulders and reach for something else...
06-25-2009 03:10:25 | More by dacrza1
3.68/5 rDev +13.2%
Saranac Stout is a "Hearty Classic Stout"!!
Saranac stout poured out black, absence of all light, with a thick thick foamy creamy head!
The smell was a roasted, burnt coffee/chocolate odor.
The taste was of burnt coffee/ chocolate.
The stout was very smooth but a little bitter on the back end.
Saranac Stout was so close to being a winner. Just a little too much on their burnt offerings!
12-01-2003 21:46:42 | More by NJpadreFan
3.68/5 rDev +13.2%
This certainly looks like a decent stout, a slight bit light in color when in direct light. A dark amber glow can be seen through it, but it appears black without a bright light. Easily one of the healthiest head formations I've seen from a Saranac brew. It's still not wicked thick, but retention is good, comes down slow and easy. It's a dark mocha color, clumpy and then slightly thin in the end.
The Aroma reminds me very much of a milk stout, it's a got a nice current of vanills sweetness over a very robust chocolate and coffee aroma. Musty herbs can easily be detected underneath the malt. slight graham cracker edge underneath an eartghy mustiness.
The flavor is very acceptible for a stout, a robust malt, mild choclate tucked away underneath a zesty-musty, earthy roastiness and a smooth vanilla-like current. The complexity is not high, but it's interesting. The feel is a bit on the light side for a stout, it's smooth, but not full bodied, not even medium, it's a very light, crispy feel but there is a slight smoothness in the finish which is the best part.
not at all hard to drink, but don't expect anything classic here.
03-20-2009 20:32:57 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a very dark brown that appears black in the full glass but reveals clear, deep mahogany highlights at the base. The frothy, light-tan head rises up quite large at the pour; and then slowly drops to a thin, creamy surface covering which holds throughout the entire glass. Sweetish caramel greets you in the nose along with some floral/grassy hops and a background roastiness. The body is medium; and combines with a fine, moderate carbonation which leaves it fairly smooth (but not creamy). The flavor offers much more roastiness than the aroma indicates, along with some nice, lightly sweet caramel maltiness and a pleasantly surprising hop flavor. It has a touch of acidity from the dark malts (which is to be expected) and a dull bitterness that combines with the residual roastiness in the finish. It's balanced but lacks vibrancy. Overall a pretty decent beer, but there are many better stouts available.
03-31-2003 17:36:29 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev +11.7%
This pours with a medium tan colored head over near opaque dark brew. Nose is deeply roasted malt with super fresh aromas. Taste is quite roasty with some light coffeeish maltiness, a bit on the dry side. Finishes smooth, drying slightly at the end.
11-11-2002 17:59:13 | More by beerluvr
2.8/5 rDev -13.8%
Pours a dark cola color, dark but clear. The beige head is small and wispy, leaves a short wall of lacing on the glass. Overall, light for a stout.
The aroma is grainy with notes of roasted barley. Some scorched caramel adds some sweet notes. The aroma is a bit unrefined.
The taste is light and grainy, with light roast and toast. No depth to this stout, more of a black ale really. Some caramel and tea flavors. Kinda of nutty as it warms.
The feel is light; way too light for a stout. Quite thin and has an astringent finish. Surprisingly sticky for a watery stout.
A pretty awful stout. A notch above Guiness
03-03-2012 04:00:04 | More by Gmann
3.68/5 rDev +13.2%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some chocolate. Taste is the same, roasted malts up front, some chocolate, a touch of bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.
03-10-2012 14:16:35 | More by tone77
3.38/5 rDev +4%
Sampled on February 25, 2012. This has not been available for a few years but it was included in the 2012 "What Ales You" 12-pack. It pours dark brown but not quite black with a large fluffy, foamy head. It is not completely opaque because some light seems to get through it. The aromas are stout-worthy with a noted dark malt and grainy character but nothing like chocolate or coffee. The body was thin to medium. The taste has the same dark malt character with a sharp bitterness at the end.
02-25-2012 21:29:33 | More by puboflyons
3.15/5 rDev -3.1%
I did not know what to expect when I opened this beer- which had been in the back of my fridge for 6months. It was solid. Nothing special, but was tasty. Not sweet, not too bitter; probably best for people who have never tried a stout; not overbearing at all
01-04-2002 21:30:59 | More by AaronRed
Saranac Stout from Matt Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.