1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Saranac Irish Stout - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Irish StoutSaranac Irish Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

171 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 171
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%


Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2010)
View: Beers (86) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 103 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by aranheaney:
Photo of aranheaney
aranheaney

New York

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

poured into a Guinness Pint Glass:

A-Inky black with a half-finger of creamy head

S-some roast, nothing out of this world

T-different, the dryness does come through, a little bitter on the backend

M-ok, maybe the after-taste detracts from it, but I'm not floored

O-maybe I was ruined by the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, but this is ok at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:49:29 | More by aranheaney
More User Reviews:
Photo of DrunkinYogi
DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-20-2014 13:44:03 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of AMCimpi
AMCimpi

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-17-2014 18:03:11 | More by AMCimpi
Photo of CloudStrife
CloudStrife

New York

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by June 30, 2014.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass. A cream colored head sits on top of this brew. After a minute or so the head dissipates and leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malt and dark fruits are the first thing that come to mind upon smelling this beer. Just a hint of smokiness is in there too.

T: As you would expect from a stout this one starts off with a roasted malt flavor. More true to the Irish style it isn't an overpowering malt flavor but instead

M: Creamy full bodied mouthfeel makes this one an easy drinker. Dry finish as expected from this style.

Overall an easy drinking beer that works well in this mix pack to provide some variation. Wouldnt seek it out on its own but is one of the quickest to go in the pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:43:15 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of ColdWaffles
ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-26-2014 01:50:32 | More by ColdWaffles
Photo of squack
squack

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-24-2014 00:48:55 | More by squack
Photo of wvsabbath
wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, black tint. Foamy 2 inch head with lots of lacing.

Smell - Smoked malts, coffee, raisin, minor chocolate and cocoa.

Taste - Starts out with plenty of smoked, roasted malts, a little sweet hint of chocolate. Also a little amount of sweet fruits comes out near the finish. Some hops provide a little bitterness also.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat the tongue as does some chocolate notes. Palate gets more smokey malts, chocolate and a hint of hops. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

Overall - Decent, very smooth and drinkable. Would like a little more hop bitterness since this beer is a tad more sweeter and then most irish stouts. A little weak in flavor overall but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 03:57:45 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of TeamMathis
TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black. Tan head that leaves a light lace.
Smell: Roasted malt.
Taste: Roasted malt and hop bitterness.

This looks a bit better than it tastes, but it's not super underwhelming. The smell is roasted malt through and through, but still doesn't jump out at you. The taste is basically the same in the roasted department, but adds a piney bitterness to it. Also, interestingly enough, the drink is dry, but it's also slightly watery. I wouldn't get this again by itself, although I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:27:42 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of swgwilt
swgwilt

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-16-2014 19:27:49 | More by swgwilt
Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-02-2014 02:59:55 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
Photo of jaemeno3
jaemeno3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-01-2014 20:07:05 | More by jaemeno3
Photo of bryc9194
bryc9194

Oregon

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-18-2014 21:34:13 | More by bryc9194
Photo of Mojoman8561
Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-16-2014 16:01:04 | More by Mojoman8561
Photo of Falcone
Falcone

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-16-2014 01:46:56 | More by Falcone
Photo of rolltide8425
rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-13-2014 03:25:01 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of Diggitydustin
Diggitydustin

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-03-2014 02:10:24 | More by Diggitydustin
Photo of dank203
dank203

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into mug . pours dark and thick looking. nice amount of head that fades quickly. light caramel aroma with chocolate and booze. flavor has a bit of bacon, ashy, a little hoppy, a bit of a wet finish. has a nice bite to it . its a bit harsh with alcohol burn for such a low percentage

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:37:54 | More by dank203
Photo of lic217
lic217

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-02-2014 04:10:20 | More by lic217
Photo of ShepardCommander
ShepardCommander

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-01-2014 17:52:06 | More by ShepardCommander
Photo of 1BadblueSS
1BadblueSS

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-26-2014 18:54:34 | More by 1BadblueSS
Photo of rcatalano
rcatalano

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-25-2014 16:25:30 | More by rcatalano
Photo of ThisWangsChung
ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a one finger khaki shade; it doesn't feature the creamiest texture in the style (then again, it doesn't dick around with nitro-can hobnobbery) or the best retention. It does seem to leave a decent amount of lacing on the glass, at least.

S: This has a healthy background of roast, along side some underlying cream. There are also hints of chocolate and piny hops. This hits all the criterion for an Irish-style stout acceptably, but without the extra 'zing' to make it great.

T: From the get-go, this has a strong roast background. It's roasty to the point of being charry, even. Thankfully, I like a good charred-to-fuck stout, so I'm enjoying this a bit. Like a lot of Saranac brews seemingly, it's dry to the point of being boring. No offensive notes to be found, though.

M: This is quite dry and well carbonated. Hell, it's even kind of watery. Ergo, drinkability is through the roof here.

O: A great dry stout should be dry AND substantial...this is just dry. As a Guinness alternative, this is solid; as an alternative to other craft stouts, this comes up short.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 22:00:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of rorjets
rorjets

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-15-2014 03:20:07 | More by rorjets
Photo of tdm168
tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-09-2014 21:21:04 | More by tdm168
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-05-2014 04:13:06 | More by jaydoc
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Saranac Irish Stout from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.