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Saranac Irish Stout - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Irish StoutSaranac Irish Stout

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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:
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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
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

below the increasing quality of recent saranac beers this one, a thin and slightly off irish stout, not as dry as it should be, lacking any meaty body, and frankly just not all that appealing. lighter brown for the style, more of a brown ale really or a light porter than a true irish stout in looks. and the flavor is similarly watered down, the body is real thin, and there is a peculiar metallic bitterness all the way through it. i may be a little biased as this was my last beer in an evening of several world class ones, but i was still let down by this seemingly lazy offering. anyone who sips this notices inadequacies right away, namely the lack of body, but also the longer semi sweet finish, the minimal carbonation, and the partially oxidized taste in the finish. saranac has really been coming out with some top notch stuff lately, inventive and well executed, but this is the worst ive had from them in some time, and is probably at least part of the reason true beer geeks keep bashing this brand. barely passable as the style it proclaims to be, just a bit better as a dark ale, but not one i need to try again for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 22:41:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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mmmbeerNY

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-16-2014 03:54:55 | More by mmmbeerNY
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I_Like_Beer

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-04-2014 19:27:01 | More by I_Like_Beer
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xJMFCx

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-03-2014 00:29:31 | More by xJMFCx
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-18-2014 03:16:28 | More by Durandal_777
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

05-16-2014 13:58:10 | More by boszormeny
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BrandonOakes

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-28-2014 02:17:29 | More by BrandonOakes
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saranac Irish Stout
12 oz. brown bottle, code "1411285131350"

Notes: A decent looking glass of "Irish" stout despite the lack of nitrogen (well, that was only developed in the '60's or something anyway, right?). Brilliant lacing and better-than-very-good head retention. "Black" body, dark tan head. Aroma: roast. beer. slightly nutty. I'm getting more out of it than Guinness. Flavor: similar to aroma. some twang. minor maltiness. balanced bitterness. surprisingly well put together. no flaws, other than the fact that the style itself isn't exactly "rounded" or "balanced". Finishes dry and subtly tangy and roasty. Overall, impressive. There are a lot of breweries that have taken a stab at the style, and many have missed the mark - not Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 20:17:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-17-2014 18:03:11 | More by AMCimpi
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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
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-24-2014 00:48:55 | More by squack
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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
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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
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Oregon

3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-03-2014 02:10:24 | More by Diggitydustin
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lic217

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-02-2014 04:10:20 | More by lic217
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Saranac Irish Stout from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.