Saranac Imperial Stout - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:
Coal-black, color so dark, no light can penetrate it. Massive head from a hard pour, the head retention is simply amazing as the lace covers nearly all of the glass. Big aromas of dark milk chocolate, toasted cocoa nibs and mild coffee. Dark berries, slight char, ghost-like smokiness and a sweet malt tone in the nose. Creamy, slick full body with enough carbonation to bring out the smoothness. Burnt and acrid flavors are kept to a bare minimum. Sweetness comes in with burnt raisin, toffee and dark bread flavors. Dark chocolate and coffee throw a deep mocha character at the taste buds. Hop bitterness is mild but helps to balance with a bit of flavor from the middle to end. Alcohol is warming with a mild but quick pucker of dark fruit. Toasted bread crust and lingering mocha run deep in the semi-sweet finish.
Right on target for the style. Flavors seem to be meshed together well and the balance really shines. A great example of what an Imperial Stout is.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2010 14:47:35 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This beer was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
This stout is black with no light penetration. There is a short lived head that dissapates quickly.
On the nose there are bits of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee as well as some hops. Good smelling ale.
The taste was more bitter than expected with fairly assertive hops and alcohol. Still notice the dark fruit.
This stout was pretty smooth with light carbonation.
Not the best imperial stout I ever had, but not bad. I am glad I gave it a go, but do not plan on buying again anytime soon.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2013 02:11:20 | More by sajaffe1
Saranac Imperial Stout from Matt Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.