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Saranac Vanilla Stout - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Vanilla StoutSaranac Vanilla Stout

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BA SCORE
78
okay

266 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 10-18-2008)
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yaksurf

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +18%

04-22-2012 01:52:07 | More by yaksurf
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Nathanhlind


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-21-2012 19:01:09 | More by Nathanhlind
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-15-2012 22:01:03 | More by Gregwa
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An opaque dark brown brew with more than a finger of fluffy off-white head. Retention is good and lacing is exceptional, very creamy and clinging in sheets to the sides of the glass.

Good but mild aroma; there's vanilla in there, mild roastiness, as well as a touch of coffee. Nothing too big but certainly smells appealing.

Flavor is...only okay, at best. There's a good dose of vanilla but it tastes very artificial, like a dose of vanilla extract dumped in the glass. Bitter roastiness and coffee flavors clash rather than hang together harmoniously. There's a funny aftertaste that's a little overly bitter, almost burnt, and faintly metallic. Some of the alcohol taste from the vanilla extract hangs around. Not terrible but not terribly tasty either.

The body is medium to thin, medium carbonation, feels a little too much like a soda. Not an awful beer but not one that I'd recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 03:03:50 | More by tobelerone
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-15-2012 01:40:38 | More by PGVG
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deonreds

New York

3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-11-2012 02:33:21 | More by deonreds
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PeteTheBeerDrinker


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-01-2012 02:50:51 | More by PeteTheBeerDrinker
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Lagerhouserules

New York

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep espresso color - not black, but not really brown either. Something in between. A decent head of foam, real foam, which fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice, satisfying lacing on the glass (always a plus for me). Smells like chocolate syrup, not so much vanilla. Taste is actually better than expected. I am pleasantly surprised because I thought it would have a forced artificial vanilla flavoring to it, but clearly does not. This beer was not forced together; someone put some effort into it.

The problem with Saranac is that most of their beers are just okay, like they decided to cut corners somewhere. This one doesn't really fit that mold, but it still leaves something to be desired; a little more abv might help this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 00:08:52 | More by Lagerhouserules
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jsboates


3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-11-2012 20:45:27 | More by jsboates
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-10-2012 16:31:31 | More by StaindProject86
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-09-2012 02:51:14 | More by thegerm87
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-09-2012 01:46:07 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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mikerems

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +18%

03-07-2012 06:05:30 | More by mikerems
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Saranac winter mixed 12-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a nonic, formed a 1" light brown head over the clear chestnut brew. Pillowy head dwindles gradually, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is sickly sweet vanilla.

Taste starts with dark maltiness, cold stale coffee and tart artificiality in the middle, and an acrid bitter close, with wisps of vanilla. Mouthfeel is alright, and drinkability is average at best. The clunker in the mix pack for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:26:08 | More by ppoitras
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

02-18-2012 20:27:51 | More by chrispoint
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark looking blackish brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer had a pretty big nose of vanilla with the dark roasted malts in the background. The taste of the beer was a little on the muted side, there was a decent amount of vanilla in there but it tasted a little bit artificial to me. The roasted malts weren't too bad and they helps balance the sweetness. The mouthfeel wasn't anything too crazy, it was rather generic if you ask me. Overall the nose of this beer is a really nice, the rest of it kind of leave the drinker hanging and waiting for more...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:38:34 | More by Knapp85
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.5%

02-12-2012 02:29:03 | More by dugly2ugly
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #125
Served On: 02/10/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: March 31, 2012

This was in the 2011 '12 Beers of Winter' mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a clear dark ruby red color with some light passing through. Head was a thin layer of tan film.

Smell: Notes of semi-sweet vanilla and coffee bean. A lactose quality was present. Deep roasted malts also.

Taste: First was a bland dark fruit note that quickly turned into roasted coffee with faint vanilla. The finish was a bitterness that had some residual vanilla and dark fruit mixed in. Aftertaste was roasty with more bitterness lingering.

This is a nice Vanilla Stout. I’ve had others that seemed artificially flavored, but this one seemed to offer up a very genuine palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 16:39:23 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz into Ommegang Tulip. Pours a deep black with off white foamy head. Nice vanilla and roasted malt aromas, but as always, that same Saranac alt aroma where you know its a Saranac. Nice roasty malt and subtle vanilla make this an easy tasty stout...its a bit heavy to be a session brew, but its ease of drink make it a nice beer to enjoy, just no wow factor here.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 21:38:20 | More by DrinkSlurm
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.5%

02-01-2012 03:10:18 | More by AndrewMichael
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-30-2012 01:08:06 | More by Goldfishman
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Brenden

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark brown beer that's heavy in the body but lets some light in at the edges. A sizeable tan head keeps itself together and leaves thick rings of lacing before turning thickly spotty and patchy.
The nose is a straightforward but strong blend of coffee, cocoa nib, vanilla and roast in a malts backbone.
The taste follows but adds a bit of charred wood. Overall I'm impresses, ae Saranac can be a bit light depending (though not as much as some like to claim), but this beer has a presence in a big malt backbone. One thing that would improve this beer is a little sweetness to round and balance it out, and the char does go the way of a smoky tanginess.
The body is pretty heavy and even rtich, allowing a creamy smoothness to flow, but it's a bit too heavily carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 18:54:32 | More by Brenden
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown, non translucent. A little over a finger of brownish white head. Decent lacing.

S- Vanilla and Coffee.

T- Vanilla and espresso flavors. Not too strong of a flavor. Carbonation a little bit high for a stout.

M- Drinkable, fairly well balanced throughout.

O- This beer wasn't bad, but could have been a little better for a stout. A little bit lighter then your average stout, I would maybe consider sessioning this beer. Would have liked a little bit more pronounced flavor and a little bit less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:36:58 | More by jaasen64
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mattk614

New York

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-14-2012 04:45:17 | More by mattk614
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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-14-2012 01:32:33 | More by NHSTEVE
Saranac Vanilla Stout from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.