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Saranac Vanilla Stout - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Vanilla StoutSaranac Vanilla Stout

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272 Ratings

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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4/5  rDev +18%

Mikecap, May 18, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Unibroue snifter

A: pours clear, dark red-brown in color but ends up opaque and nearly black in the glass. The short off-white head had moderate retention and leaves little lacing on the glass.

S: The sweet aroma is of roasted malts, natural vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Some alcohol appears after warming.

T: The taste is malty with a pronounced vanilla flavor: A bit overdone IMO, but certainly not unpleasant. The result is a vanilla flavored milk stout. Hops are detectable, but too low to make this seem like a typical American stout. A bit too sweet and syrupy.

M: Smooth and creamy, with a near-medium body that is not as full as it ought to be. Low-medium carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and sticky.

O: If you like dark beers with a good bit of vanilla, this one's for you.

chinchill, May 18, 2012
Photo of twobeernuts
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

twobeernuts, May 11, 2012
Photo of dtx00
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

dtx00, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of avisong
1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

avisong, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Mart1
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Mart1, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev +18%

yaksurf, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Nathanhlind
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Nathanhlind, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Gregwa, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
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.

tobelerone, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

PGVG, Apr 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

deonreds, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of PeteTheBeerDrinker
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

PeteTheBeerDrinker, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Lagerhouserules
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.

Lagerhouserules, Mar 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

jsboates, Mar 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

thegerm87, Mar 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Beer4Baltimore, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18%

mikerems, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Feb 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
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...

Knapp85, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

dugly2ugly, Feb 12, 2012
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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.

CraftBeerTastic, Feb 10, 2012
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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.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 04, 2012
Saranac Vanilla Stout from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.