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Saranac Imperial Stout - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Imperial StoutSaranac Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AlHam on 10-22-2007)
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

PrimScrewhead, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

thestar30, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

donunrue, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

craftbeer31, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as dark as night from a 12 oz bottle, with a freshness code on the bottle. Absolutely no light penetrates through this stout.
One finger tan colored head that dissipated very slowly.
Aroma is all chocolate, with hints of some sweet malt, licorice and dark fruits coming through.
Taste surprisingly is more on the bitter side. Right upfront there is a distinct bitterness on the tongue which slowly subsides towards the finish ending with a gentle lingering bitterness.
This is quite a robust and full-bodied stout.
Easy to drink with very nice mouthfeel.
Perhaps the second best beer from Saranac after their Black Forest. I was pleasantly surprised by this one and will even go on to say that it can hold it's own against any good imperial stout.
Overall, this is a very good imperial stout and is definitely worth a try.

CaptDavyJones, Feb 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of tiltedglass
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For me this is the best stout made. I've tasted only 20 or so, not including flavored stouts, and this, like the Guinness Export, is powerful but with a balanced punch. Terrific full taste that is somehow both sharp and round. Great stuff. Getting harder to find for some reason, so get yours if you see it. Try a blind taste against another stout or two and you'll see what I mean.

tiltedglass, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

coachdonovan, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Ryneb, Dec 31, 2011
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

Gonzoillini, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

stealth, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery snifter...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head that dissipates at a decent pace. Lacing is minimal...

S - Roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, some sweet malt, and a touch of alcohol...

T - Molasses and roasted malts up front followed by chocolate. Finishes with roast and some lingering bitter chocolate. Alcohol is present, but comes across pretty clean...

M - A little thin for my liking. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one, but not something I would go out of my way to obtain in the future. Think this one would taste better with a little age on it...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

victory4me, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of iceburger97
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- black
smell- mild licorice type smell, faint smokey liquor
taste- tasted good, could not detect much of that familiar saranac flavor that seems to make their other beers taste all the same , it was mostly covered up
mouthfeel nothing extraordinary but better than average
overall a sweet and robust imperial stout with a good character and body, drinkable with good rich flavor

iceburger97, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

deapokid, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

e234ff, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DirtyPenny
2.13/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with a half-inch of cocoa brown head. Wide rings of lacing are left behind on the glass with every gulp.

S: Mostly getting chocolate and molasses on the nose.

T: Bitter chocolate malts and smoky cigarette ash give way to toffee and coffee, with a strongly bitter finish. Sadly, the ashy taste in the middle completely ruins this one. Tastes like someone tipped an ash tray into the mix. No booziness despite the 9% abv, which is just a comment, not a criticism.

M: Medium with light, foamy carbonation. Surprisingly light for an imperial stout, which you'd think would be kind of syrupy. And yet it's gritty and unpleasantly chalky on the tongue.

O: Saranac's Imperial Stout is the Kyle Boller of its class. You'd only put it into the game if you don't have any better options. They make a few decent brews. This one is a perpetual bench warmer.

DirtyPenny, Oct 27, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a one finger creamy brown head but it doesn't leave behind any lacing.

S-Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and possibly some alcohol.

T-Sweet, with chocolate and coffee as the main flavors. Balanced but not the full flavor experience your looking for from an Imperial Stout.

M-Thick, but for the style thin, and creamy

O-Although a great tasting beer it doesn't live up to what one would expect from an Imperial Stout. Still it ranks as one of Saranac's best. I'd say if you are having a basic stout tasting with nothing too epic, include this beer as a nice lower bound to compare to.

rlee1390, Sep 30, 2011
Saranac Imperial Stout from Matt Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.