Saranac Oatmeal Stout - Matt Brewing Company
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2.4/5 rDev -25.9%
12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
A- Two fingers of froth show some potential, deep brown color is nearly black ... clarity is fine, not that it matter much with a dark beer.
S- Smells of cheap French Roast coffee and slow cooked porridge.
T&M- Smooth and slick on the tongue with a medium body. Acrid burnt flavors form the start and the finish only gets worse with a mouthful of dry charcoal.
D- Could not finish this bottle, the burnt flavor just did not agree with me. I prefer my oatmeal stouts with more sweetness and a balanced roasted grain flavor.
12-29-2005 02:39:29 | More by Jason
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3.43/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a deep deep brown with a thin off white head already with the pour it looks thin,light roasted malt aromas and a touch of coffee but quite muted.The roasted malt flavors in the beer grew on me the more I drank it the oats imparted a decent roudness in the finish but the thin somewhat prickly mouthfeel took away some of the flavor perks.I have had wors oatmeal stouts but I have had far better as well.
11-24-2005 02:00:22 | More by oberon
2.55/5 rDev -21.3%
This pours a darkened color, although not pitch black. The head is a descent size and a nice tan color, while lasting only a short time. The smell is overwhelmingly of hops (with ones eyes closed the first thought is that of the Saranac Pale Ale, rather than a stout). The first taste is surprisingly pleasantly smooth (perhaps the taste buds were primed from the smell for an IPA?). But subsequent tasting shows a lack of character, being watery. There is actually no discernable tatse other than a unpleasant bitter bite. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
01-04-2006 23:32:24 | More by BadBadger
4/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
10-27-2008 21:47:36 | More by WVbeergeek
2.85/5 rDev -12%
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...
01-14-2008 03:41:48 | More by dacrza1
3.8/5 rDev +17.3%
After a vigerous pour into a SA 16 oz glass it's showing a totally opaque blackness with a healthy two-finger, dense and clumpy mocha-brown head that proves strong with good retention.
smokey, semi-sweet chocolate malt, vanilla smoothness with oats and a herbalized hop scent, overall pretty aromatic.
This is one of the better Saranac offerings with a deep, bold roastieness under a chocolate malt but much more herbal and grainy than I expected, the balance of smokey, sweet and herbal is right on with a zesty hop later on and a mild current of fruit.
Saranac tends to make clean but thin feeling brew, this one looks like it should be full bodied but the feel is much more medium bodied, it's smooth and crisp but not hefty or thick, which is how I like my oatmeal stouts.
I'm a sucker for a decent oatmeal stout and this one is not too bad.
11-19-2007 17:45:49 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
2.83/5 rDev -12.7%
This pours an ink black with a nice head.The smell however ,is very slight and unappealing.I don't know what Saranac does,but all their beers smell horrible.A metalic,wet newspaper,cooked veggie smell.Not exactly looking forward to the taste.You can taste the coffee and chocolate in this. It's not as pronounced as good stouts,but for this brewery it does taste good.It has a very uneven,watery m/f,but it's still not that bad.
This is a good beer from Saranac,unfortunatley all their beers are below par so this is the tops.
11-05-2005 23:21:46 | More by jmz62565
3.3/5 rDev +1.9%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Looks opaque initially, but it's really almost a dark amber when you shine some light on it. Crazy spotty and surprising lacing left on the glass from an initial 1" head, which dissipates rather quickly but still leaves some frothiness around the top as I drink.
Smell: Not much of anything because I keep getting metal -- from the cap I assume. What's causing this? The only thing I can get is the slight toasted malt feel and slight malt sweetness, even as it warms.
Taste: Altogether the beer is a bit too watery, almost like someone poured an oatmeal stout and accidentally added water to it (though I don't know how you'd do that). Some toasted and burnt malt at the forefront, with the slightest malt sweetness discerned before the swallow. Finishes dry, burnt, and crisp, with some slight hop bitterness lingering in the later stages after the swallow.
Mouthfeel: A little too slick, and the body is a bit too thin, though it ends with some thickness and a nice burst of carbonation to even some of it out.
Drinkability: A pretty decent offering from Saranac. This seems to be a hard style to really make awesome, like Troegs, Samuel Smith's and Young's in my opinion. Therefore, for an attempt and considering the overall package for the price, it's not a bad stab at it.
11-28-2005 03:24:39 | More by asabreed
3.48/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
07-27-2009 01:37:43 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev +10.5%
Got it from... you guessed it, the 12 Beers of Winter.
Pours a nice black with a short head that desnt hang around too long. Sweet roasted and oatmeal aroma, but a little thin. Nice roasted malt flavor with the oatmeal sweetness mixed in. Not a lot to his beer, but it's tasty and goes down easy. Had it for dessert with a chocolate chip cookie.
If saranac sold this in a cheap 6-pack, I'd most definately pick one up to help convert some friends. Not amazing, but sure gets the job done.
11-19-2005 03:19:45 | More by tempest
3.05/5 rDev -5.9%
This pours black with brown tinges, a moderately retentive 1cm tan head. There is a smell of hops and stout.
The initial taste tells you all about thisone. It is coffee, some faint sweet roasted oats, some nice hops and some bitterness. The finish is dry. The mouthfeel is watery and thin with a fake tasting carbonation. The overall flavor is not unpleasant, but this is not a big full bodied beer; This is a beer to casually enjoy, and it is better in winter. It beats cheap wine, cheap vodka, and it sure is better than most macro-lager stuff.
12-21-2005 13:30:34 | More by andjusticeforale
2.8/5 rDev -13.6%
Dark ruby in hue, brown is infused as well; in spots it is almost black. Taupe head, at the zenith the foam was one finger tall; however the bubbles quickly faded away to a scrawny, soapy lid. Its unimpressive thus far. The subsequent lacing was zilch. At best this is an average looking Stout.
The nose is lacking complexity; I smell sweet oats, really watery coffee, semisweet chocolate, some char, and a faint earthy backdrop. Low potency, I do smell everything Id want in an Oatmeal Stout, just not in the quantities to be impressive. Sure, I found the aromas inviting but I want more. No, I need more depth. It lacks passion.
Wow! The palate is wimpy. Roasted malt weak, watery coffee notes, hints of powdered chocolate, earthy and dry at the finish. And that is about it, there is some residual sweetness that might be oats. Like the old lady in the Wendys commercial said, Wheres the beef? I would have loved more malt a bushel full of it. The palate just isnt impressive. It doesnt taste bad or offensive but it just lacks heart and soul. I cant thing of many Oatmeal Stouts that have been this poor.
Light in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is Kate Moss thin. I would have been happy with Kate Winslet curvy. I would prefer Kate Smith portly. Maybe this is a case of I get what I pay for.
Yawn. Sure this beer is easy to drink; there is nothing here. From start to finish this beer is wimpy. What is the point of it? The Stout aspects are so woefully underdone. I dont really taste much in the way of oats either. Ive been on a run of lame to bad Saranac beers. This one is lame. Ill put it out of its misery. This offering was part of a 12-beer sampler that I purchased in Lawrence, KS. Its a dud, I say skip it.
02-08-2006 16:46:00 | More by bditty187
3.65/5 rDev +12.7%
This may Saranac's best that I can recall tasting (although i'd have to confirm it with some other reviews in the past). As it warms to 45-50 degrees, the oatmeal, chocolate, and caramel really takes on a nice quality and balance to its maltiness. I've had much better oatmeal stouts (Samuel Smith), but since I did not expect much from the Matt brewing company, this one was a nice surprise.
11-21-2005 03:47:01 | More by Backer2004
3.8/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
02-11-2008 23:43:07 | More by edchicma
3.53/5 rDev +9%
Deep dark black with a thick long lasting tan head. The head does give way to some stubborn lacing. Roasted malt nose with hints of coffee mixed in, even found mild hints of chocolate. Taste was very smooth and thirst quenching. Nice roasted malt feel with semi sweet middle and a mild bitter finish.
This one was a surprise for me. Really a decent brew and easy to enjoy one or many.
12-17-2005 18:45:38 | More by Stubbie1
3.7/5 rDev +14.2%
Black as night, no light penetrates past the glass. A thin tan head forms and dissipates quickly leaving lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma jumps out of the glass, a little surprising in its strength. Smells of bitteresweet chocolate and roasted dark malts. The taste is very smooth. Hints of chocolate and an initial sweetness. It finishes with a bit of roasted malt bitterness reminiscent of coffee, which hangs around for a long time in the aftertaste. There aren't any off flavors and nothing is over the top so it is an extremely drinkable example of the style. I really enjoyed this beer because it tastes very clean. There is nothing intense about it, just a smooth easy drinking stout. Probably a great gateway beer for people who enjoy Guinness. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, maybe a little thin.
11-28-2005 15:06:44 | More by Hagbard
3.45/5 rDev +6.5%
12 ounce bottle, part of the Saranac 12 beers of winter pack. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma. There is a bit of grain noticable in the taste. Body/mouthfeel is light/medium, with medium carbonation. Seems a bit thin for a stout. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and not hard to drink. Overall I think it's an OK beer, but nothing special. I'd have no problems drinking it again, but I wouldn't make a point to seek it out either.
11-18-2007 03:42:03 | More by bluejacket74
3/5 rDev -7.4%
The aroma decided to take a nap shortly after I opened the bottle. I THINK I caught a hint of some malts, but you can never be sure. Though she wore no perfume this dame was a looker. Ebony with a beatiful tan head. She had considerably less depth than Id hoped for. Ohh she was smooth..maybe even what some would consider refined, but there just wasnt much there other than some feint roast coffee which now makes my woman anaology look pretty flipping silly.
03-06-2006 19:31:01 | More by Jredner
3.85/5 rDev +18.8%
The beverage poured with a dark body, with a really nice medium head that was dark brown. The smell was pretty good: a bit oaky with moderate cinnamon aromas. The taste was pretty sweet with a pretty middleground approach with malts and syrups. Nothing too strong but nothing spectacular. The drink had a medium body with a crisp, thickness. Allowed it to be more drinkable than most but wished it was fuller. Overall, nothing too strong but somewhat average oatmeal stout.
01-01-2008 21:11:32 | More by fitzy84
3.7/5 rDev +14.2%
12oz bottle into nonic.
Dark and opaque black hue with a light tan frothy head that sits at least two fingers high. As the beer slowly settles, strong thick lacing is left along the glass.
The aroma isn't as much burnt malts as it is dark coffee and chocolate aromas. Oatmeal stouts generally have a smoother aroma, however this one seems somewhat tame. If the overall aroma was stronger, it would get a better score.
Once again, the flavor seems somewhat muted. Good, but muted. The flavor is slightly bitter, but has a smooth quality to it. The coffee flavors are present in the flavor. Full bodied with decent carbonation. The finish is mostly fadding bitter malts.
This isn't a bad stout at all, just a little tame. I think all of the flavors are there but unfortunately none of them stand out. Recommended, barely.
12-09-2007 23:34:33 | More by BeerSox
3.7/5 rDev +14.2%
Black body with a mocha colored head that sits about one finger.Small patches of lace.
Notes of oatmeal,chocolate and vanilla.
Chocolate,roasty malts and some nice oatmeal lends to the taste.Sorda sour tasting.
Mouthful is sorda overcarbonated but its still not half bad.
This could be a great session beer if it was out year around.Not bad but ive had better OS.
01-11-2008 16:14:10 | More by MmmIPA
1.95/5 rDev -39.8%
This is a stout? Ok the looks aren't bad. Dark brown in color, nice thick and creamy head that settled nicely. Everything else about this beer is yucky. Mouthfeel is watery, smell is acidic, taste is watery, bland, nothing like a stout. Reminds me of a cheap lager with a bit of instant coffee stired in. Definitely towards the bottom of the list in their holiday pack.
01-01-2006 02:26:44 | More by LPorter33
Saranac Oatmeal Stout from Matt Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.