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Saranac Imperial Stout - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Imperial StoutSaranac Imperial Stout

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191 Ratings

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 151
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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-25-2012 18:27:51 | More by craftbeer31
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-18-2012 20:27:57 | More by chrispoint
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:38:44 | More by CaptDavyJones
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

02-05-2012 19:26:58 | More by jfcaa193
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 16:27:10 | More by tiltedglass
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-08-2012 13:39:37 | More by coachdonovan
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-31-2011 00:27:18 | More by Ryneb
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

12-29-2011 02:51:25 | More by Gonzoillini
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-28-2011 01:09:48 | More by GrindFatherBob
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-20-2011 09:14:15 | More by stealth
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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...


Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 05:47:12 | More by comfortablynumb1
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-09-2011 03:52:16 | More by victory4me
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-02-2011 04:13:25 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-01-2011 23:15:30 | More by djrn2
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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

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:54:28 | More by iceburger97
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-30-2011 18:20:42 | More by kelvarnsen
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-26-2011 01:34:49 | More by deapokid
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-17-2011 21:33:50 | More by tclapper
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-16-2011 01:36:28 | More by KGarrett
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New York

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-15-2011 17:47:40 | More by e234ff
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:10:31 | More by DirtyPenny
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:42:58 | More by rlee1390
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Live Review

An easy pour puts plenty of light brown foam atop a darkest brown, shiningly opaque stout. The head takes its time getting down to a thick cap and some serious legs lap elastically the glass.

Chocolate, coffee, molasses, just a hint of yeasty tart, dark roast malt, a hint of licorice, in a very alluring mix. Best nose on any Saranac beer I have ever tried, by far.

Taste wise this is not bad, but you wouldn't mistake it for Abyss despite having a similar take on basic flavor mix. Some of the darker malts in this have a bit of that ripe cherry almost coughsyrupy thing. Even despite this, the taste isn't bad, it's typical for big stouts nowadays, which says a great many good things about "nowadays" for beer lovers. It has all the great flavors in the nose, but not as deliciously presented nor balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin compared to many other IS. Carbonation is good. Cling is not clean. Finish could be cleaner for optimum.

Not a great beer, but pretty darn good for what it is, which is to say a Saranac beer, the reliable ground ball singles hitter of American breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:35:16 | More by cavedave
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3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ancona's Wine and Spirits (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.89.

A: very dark brown with chestnut highlights and solid 2-finger German chocolate cake batter beige head with good retention with spotty trails of lace.

S: It has an interesting sweet caramel note which is usually drowned out by the roasted character. There still is a nice roasted aroma with tobacco, earthy hops.

T: The flavor is unfortunately very ashy and doesn't allow the caramel notes to come through. The tobacco notes are way too strong and the maltiness is lost.

M: Thin for the style with pretty dry finish.

O: Not terrible, but the ashy nature of the flavor is off-putting and dominates.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 05:10:28 | More by argock
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New York

2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Translucent black (just a red beam of light through the center up to a light). Thin tan flat head that stays as it poured. Looks thin

B: Brown malts, a little chocolate, smells more like a porter. a touch of sweetness, a touch of roastiness

T: Not a whole lot going on. The carbonation masks most flavors for most of the taste then it emerges into a bitter chocolate finish that kind of reminds me of burnt hot dog char. I remember this being better in previous tastes. Prolly not one to age in that case. This is almost a year old.

M: Thin feel but higher than average carbonation. Burnt taste ruins this

O: Drink Fresh!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:08:35 | More by CharlieMurphy
Saranac Imperial Stout from Matt Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.