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Saranac Oatmeal Stout - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Oatmeal StoutSaranac Oatmeal Stout

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75
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123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%


Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbnooshay on 10-27-2005)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i have been assembling full lineups from breweries and randomly doin these horizontal tastings with my family. The saranac one from a couple weeks ago was more then epic as it took months to gather all of these, but it was a hell of a fun night! Big thanks to Alex for pulling through on the bulk of these, though some may have been a bit older it was cool to have like 20 beers

The pour was very nice with a rich dark brwon, nearly black coming through right away. Nice head of maybe an inch came up over the top but settled down quickly into just a thin film across the top. Decent side glass lacing as well.

The aroma deep with notes of coffee and cocoa, almost bittersweet with a light hoppiness undercutting the deeply roasted malts. Slight peat like aroma as it warmed up. The flavor started out a little off for the style with a health dose of smoked and roasted malts, not exactly at all what I was expecting out of it, but none the matter it was still very good. Rich notes of cocoa overlayed with a hint of dark bakers chocolate and an almost molasses like flavor swirling around in there as well. The finish though was coated with licorice like flavors and very wet, leaving you almost drooling, waiting for another sip to come through. Decent feel on this one, though if I am being honest, towards the end of the session it did start to feel a little bit flat on me, but maybe it was me.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:01:36 | More by mikesgroove
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jason's bottle from mixed six-pack. Substantial roast, though weak for style. This is a dry stout with lots of oatmeal. Black with big off-white head. black with big off-white head and lots of lace. Lactose acidic. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability so-so.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:37:43 | More by Sammy
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Durge

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a solid black brown, maybe a touch of rosey color with a decent light brown head and good lacing. The aroma is a moderate smokey malt and an edge of apple fruitiness. The flavor is smokey charcoal, roasted malt in a thin bodied fizzy concoction. Not very complex, a poor follow up to Old Heathen this night! This has an edgey quality that is not friendly to my tastes. Charcoal rules but it's not a good expression of this quality. Unfortunately this seems to be the case for most brews from Saranac. They make lots of interesting varieties but most disappoint. Not even that drinkable to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 17:24:36 | More by Durge
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TMB0424

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a muddy brown body, nearly black. Light brown edges when held to the light. Creamy, pillowy tan head. Good size, good retention, nice looking. Leaves good amount of sticky lacing.

Brew smells of earthy, roasted barley. Malty. Whiffs of chocolate with a roasted coffee aroma. I'm also detecting what I think to be esters... kind of out of place.

Taste is overwhelmingly coffee. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Carbonation is very light. The roasted barley and malt smell isn't really translated into the taste at all. Very bland, to say the least.

The mouthfeel isn't very appealing. It's extremely "watery" and the aftertaste it's leaving isn't too pleasant. Old, stale coffee. It's drinkable, yes, but I wouldn't actively seek this brew out. I got it from a friend (along with a few other Saranac's) and I'm glad there's only one bottle of this in my possession. I would tire of it after the 12 ounces. It's not horrible, by any means, there's just a ton of far more superior oatmeal stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 02:25:42 | More by TMB0424
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yesyouam

New York

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Oatmeal Stout is an opaque, black-by-chocolate brown color with a light brown head that fades to a thin blotch and a bubbly ring. It has decent lacing. The aroma is dark, roasty and very sweet. The hops are just out of reach in the nose and seem piny. Coffee, chocolate and walnuts are implied here. Medium light in body. Sudsy with a tannic finish. The flavor starts off very weak and a bit like breakfast cereal. (diggum!) It swoops into bitterness-- juniper, french roast coffee and lemon peel are surrounded in a smoky ring of roast and a puddle of molasses. Looks, smells and tastes nice. Put some body in these beers, guys!
(rated Dec 12, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 04:11:54 | More by yesyouam
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark, rich black. Poured a 1 finger coarse tan head with good retention. Thick, but broken lacing.

S: Faint rroasted malt is about it.

T: Toasted and malt dominate. Some oats and slightly bitter chocolate. Finishes with a burnt flavor.

M: Light side of medium body. Smooth and creamy as you'd expect from an Oatmeal Stout

D: Goes down easily enough just not a very nteresting version of an Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:38:24 | More by Haybeerman
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black hue with a tan foaming thick head, leaves behind thick bands of lacing with each sip evenly around my pint glass. Aromatics dark roasted malts with soft sweet creamy edges, along with a herbal hop flow. Dark chocolate and oats reign supreme, not much coffee kick going down. Flavor has a steady flow of bitterness from the dark chocolate flavor but the oatmeal additions add a nice amount of soft creamy sweetness to the ordeal, decent representation of the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth carbonation doesn't stick around too long on the palate in anyway. Drinkability is a solid effort on all fronts including the sessionability of a beer this dark, too bad there's only two of these per 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 21:47:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one at a buddy's house the other night. The beer was very dark bordering between the darkest brown and black. You could definitely see the brown highlights. The head was tan and about a finger thick. Not much of a head formed, but it stuck around for quite a while. Some intermittent lacing formed.

Aroma, was of dark roasted malt and had chocolate notes.. I could also smell that mineral tone that I detect sometimes in stouts. Not sure if that comes from the yeast or grains, but it's often present in stouts.

Taste was pretty basic and covered what you'd expect. Burnt/dark roasted malt grain flavor. Chocolate tones with some coffee coming through and a bitterness that seems to come from both the hops and roasted grains. Again, I describe this as basic....

Mouth feel....burnt....medium body...drinkability... O.K. It's like a tv show that can barely keep your attention, but it's not so bad that you turn the channel. But you know you'll never watch the show again.

Bottom line is that this is no Samuel Smiths Oatmeal stout. I have a mixed six of Saranac in my fridge that I'll be getting to soon. I hope it's more interesting than the 3 beers of theirs that I've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 13:57:19 | More by Reagan1984
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engisch

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very pretty. Dark brown stout, that blocks much light. The head is nice and frothy and holds for some time. The smell is exactly what I would expect from an oatmeal stout with hints of coffee. The flavor is a nice robust burnt flavor. After the previous saranacs I wasn't expecting much, but this is a tastey stout. Not the best, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 02:08:03 | More by engisch
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter ($11.99/12 Pack)

Decent appearance and smell, but did not really remind me too much of oatmeal. I feel sometimes that this brewery does too many styles and doesn't focus enough on each one. Has a smoky sort of taste as if it was some sort of Scottish beer but a decent brewski overall, would try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:33:06 | More by marlinsfan4
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changeup45

Florida

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saranac Oatmeal Stout is included in their 12 beers of winter sampler pack. A great sampler pack with 12 different beers to try. Usually only 10 or 11 bucks for the 12 pack too. Now onto the beer... black in color with a moderate tan head. Head isn't as foamy as some other stouts but there was a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Roasted chocolate aroma with a creamy scent as well. Flavor is pretty good, although maybe a touch thin on the mouthfeel. Roasted malts with chocolate and a faint touch of hops. Pretty good balance and warming. I love the fact that they make these sampler packs! 12 different beers all in one pack! Great for reviewing and inexpensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 20:07:40 | More by changeup45
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a decent head and a foamy thin lace.
The aroma is roasted malts with hints of oats & chocolate.
The taste starts with the malts which seem well roasted and follow with oatmeal and coffee flavors. They are sweet,but a bit on the dark side.
The feel is creamy,high carbonation and a medium body with a dry,mild bitter finish.

Notes: Winter pack offering.Not something to really complain about,just an average beer for the style. I would have it again,but not buying the winter pack just to have it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 17:36:12 | More by Lexluthor33
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xenolithic

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Oatmeal Stout

Eyes: Pours dark brown with a ruby hue. Caramel color 1 finger head with good retention. Ruby haze around the outside as its held to the light. Moderate lacing as I drink it down.

Nose: Roasted malts, maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Roasty, bitter. Not much to this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body. Thinner than many stouts I've had in the past. Spicy drying finish.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, not too sweet. It is a little on the bitter side for an Oatmeal Stout though.

This is my third oatmeal stout, and I guess I'm just spoiled, but Youngs and Samuel Smith's is head and shoulders over Saranac's offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 00:48:26 | More by xenolithic
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ncvbc

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty dark, near black. Fairly creamy tan head. Smell is deep roasted malt. Mostly picking up fresh coffee grounds and a light chocolate undertone. A touch of oatmeal and grain. Taste just has a bit too much of a coffee presence to pay attention to anything else. I really think the coffee is fresh and tasty, just makes this more one-dimensional than it should be. Mouthfeel is a little thin but is smooth, just not so creamy or velvety. I can still say that this one isn't too poor. A coffee-dominated Oatmeal Stout, it could be a lot better with some balance.

Thanks to tayner for another BIF Race treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 15:02:32 | More by ncvbc
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LumpyGuitar

New York

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this in a sampler pack I bought from the brewery.

Poured a solid black with a bit of foamy tan head.

Smells nice, roasted malt and bitter coffee overtones.

Taste wasn't quite what I expected. Malt tastes a bit burnt and more bitter than I think it should be, but it goes down pretty smooth. Tastes a bit watery.

Mouthfeel here is..I don't even know. Very carbonated and not as heavy as a stout should be in my opinion. Definately feels a bit too watery.

I'm glad I got this in a sample pack because it means I only have one more. Sadly I wasn't impressed and I won't be drinking this again when there are plenty more Oatmeal Stouts that are a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 22:50:44 | More by LumpyGuitar
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hyland24

New York

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass at moxley's house with pleepleus. Poured black with 1/2 inch brown head, leaving speckled lacing throughout. Smelled of roasted malt and coffee. The taste was roasted malt, bitter coffee, and slight hint of dark chocolate. A little too bitter for me. The beer was a little too thin and a little bit too carbonated for a stout. Decent tasting beer worth trying but not a great example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 23:36:50 | More by hyland24
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Bobzilla

New York

3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice drinkable beer. Smooth on the tongue, and not alot of carbonation. Good dark brown color, with a hint of red through the light. Not alot of roasty flavors that I would have expected of a stout, but being the oatmeal variety, I suppose that would explain the softness of flavor.
Hint of caramel flavor, and a brief nuttiness. No bitterness at all. The seasonal mix that this came with definitely had some off flavors, but this one was by far the best of the batch.
Decent oatmeal stout, but I've had better. Probably has a higher rating than I would have normally given it, but compared to the remaining beers in the mix, it was much nicer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:01:56 | More by Bobzilla
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shirfan

New York

3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with some brown highlights at the bottom of the glass, and a thin but lacey tan head.

Charcoal aroma with some sweet malt behind it.

Taste is fairly good, all things considered. Mild burnt grain flavor in an otherwise balanced but slightly light-in-body stout. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a light bitterness in the finish that tastes more of hop origin than blackened malt.

Easy to drink but a little more flavor and body than something like Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 22:45:33 | More by shirfan
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown color with nice amount of head with good retention.

S: Oatmeal smell with a bit of chocolate and some roasty malts.

T: Mostly oatmeal, chocolate and malt.

M: Fairly thick, creamy feel with average carbonation.

D: This was part of a winter variety pack and was probably the least enjoyable. I really don't have any desire to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 19:50:47 | More by BeerCon5
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate with an excellent pillow head and very nice lacing. Smell is rich, roasty malt..oatmeal is there also. Taste is a tad light for the style..roasted malt is there but not overly pronounced. Mouthfeel is a bit light, yet the creaminess carries it. Very easy on the palate...very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 23:43:07 | More by edchicma
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer was dark brown with a two finger, lt. brown head. Moderate lacing and lively carbonation.

Aroma was malt, oat and chocolate.

Taste was pretty sweet with heavy malt, coffee, chocolate and a lightly bitter finish.

Hasn't received great reviews, but not bad for Saranac. Most of their beers are pretty average to me and there are certainly much better Oatmeal Stouts out there. However, for what it is, I'd say it's decent.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 15:35:56 | More by drumrboy22
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Lothar666

Rhode Island

2.45/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Dark, creamy tan head was a full two fingers thick and had to sipped off to prevent overflow- this quickly broke up into a bubbly, frothy foam that retained a constant thickness over the thick, dark nearly pitch black body.

S- Dark, roasted malts and little else. Nothing overly fancy.

T- Slightly nutty flavor without a ton of complexity- the dark roasted malts are present in the taste but not nearly so prominent as in some of the much better oatmeal stouts I have had. Flavor profile is similar to a horribly watered down and utterly ruined Sam Smith or Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, though I fail to do two of my all time favorite beers justice by mentioning them in the review of such a vastly inferior product.

M- Way too thin to deserve to be called a stout. Very disapointing.

D- Very drinkable, but only in the same way that water is. I will not be wasting my money on this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 04:45:10 | More by Lothar666
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blackie

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: Nice mocha head, slow recession, decent retention. The beer is a very dark brown in color.

s: Big roast, bittersweet chocolate, lactic oatmeal aroma, and high earthy hops.

m: Medium carbonation, somewhat smooth. Body way too light for the style, a light medium.

t: Heavy on the roasted malts with a big, earthy hop presence. Light notes of bitter chocolate and a touch of lactose. Finishes roasty with a sour bitterness. Needs a better malt backbone. Very 2-D and a little watery.

d: the acrid roast in the finish is a big minus here

winter mix pack

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 06:13:01 | More by blackie
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Came in a 12-pack winter sampler... staunch black body with a soft, creamy brown head--like a milk stout... light notes of soft roasted malt and a dash of chocolate--some hay/grass as well... carbonation indeed--head smooths initial mouthfeel into a fizzy finish... smooth (again) and thin on the toasted promise of aroma and appearance... chocolate, yes, and a bit bitter too... generally light and soft... quickly exhaled out flavor...after having a few memorable stouts this fall, this offering is best as a sampler companion than a six-pack pick-up...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 03:41:48 | More by dacrza1
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DrinkinBoy

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Saranac Oatmeal Stout appears a extremely dark, almost black, opaque color. The head is extremely pillowly and is a light brown in color. It has great retention and sticks very well to the glass.

It has loud smell of oatmeal, with just a slight nuance of malt.

The taste is a little disappointing. Its smell would led me to expect a stronger oatmeal taste. When in actuality it taste like most stouts, if not a little weaker.

Its mouthfeel is extremely smooth, almost like a milkshake. There is a just the right amount of carbonation not to take over the smooth feel.

Overall Saranac Oatmeal Stout drinks just like an ordinary stout. Its worth a try do to some of its unique aspects.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 23:29:53 | More by DrinkinBoy
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Saranac Oatmeal Stout from Matt Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.