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Saranac Irish Stout - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 188
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 6.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2010

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 (289 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pint glass, color is dark brown to black, head is light tan, very frothy and laces well.

Smell is pretty sweet a dry stout, lighter roast and coffee notes.

Taste is similar to scent, light roast, solid chocolate and light toffee leading to a sweeter flavor profile than many irish dry stouts.

Mouthfeel is a little dryer, than taste and sweetness would lead to expect, but too much so for a dry stout

Overall, it is a tasty brew, but seems more of cross between dry stout and american stout. (518 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with a dense, frothy two inch cappuccino head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick sheets of lacing.

Caramel, toasted nuts, and roast malt form the initial aroma. Notes of chocolate and coffee are subtle.

Flavor follows suit, with roast malt fruitiness segueing into a toasted malt backbone, finishing dry and fairly roasty. There's a coffee bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Body is smooth and creamy, a touch full, with minimal carbonation. There's a bit of astringency present.

A fairly dry, roasty beer, with lots of malt dominance. There's a bit of an acrid character that is a touch offputting. (639 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown-black, with heavy bubbles rising to the surface of the body; creates a light tan head just about 1/4" in size.

Smell: Smells bitter, usually what expect from Irish stouts.

Taste: Feels bitter but still smooth, light bitter chocolate and hop feel.

Mouth: Unlike most "Irish stouts" this carbonation on the brew is a tad strong, borderline heavy...I have no complaints

Overall: Good beer to have, wouldn't replace my usual Irish stouts but definitely not a disappointment. Salud! (547 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ba Review #271
Served On: 4/22/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 06/30/2013

Another one from the 2013 spring mixed 12 pack from Saranac found at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($13.99).

Look: Fairly dark with some ruby red tinges coming through. Head was a thin light-tan coating with some random lacing. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell: Semi-sweet dark chocolate with some caramelized brown sugar and roasted coffee.

Taste: First off were notes of bitter roasted coffee beans. The some faint dark chocolate notes. The finish was very dry with a hint of coffee bitterness that lingered. Very thin body and mouth feel.

This was a basic Dry Stout. I was a little taken back by just how thin the body was. It seemed on the edge of almost being a Schwarzbier with some extra dryness. (808 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bought as part of Saranac's Spring Variety pack from Beers of the World on 4/6/13 for $ 8.77.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

appearance: looks black as coal,only emits a tiny sliver of ruby when under bright sunlight. thick, 3 finger mocha head. Nice lacing.

aroma: richly roasted malt, some chocolate with a whiff of earthy hops.

mouthfeel: decent, seems appropriate for the style.

taste: slightly charred, faintly smoky with a touch of caramel and a kiss of hops.

notes: fun, easy to drink, a winner for Matt Brewing, IMO. (568 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with light brown highlights around the edges and a thin, sparse, light tan coating on the surface. Aromas of mocha coffee, with a slight sugary ribbon to the chocolate character, and a touch of earthy characteristics. Flavors of roast and char initially, with a slick, bitter coffee backbone quickly following. Some bitter chocolate highlights, but not as much as the nose would lead you to believe. Aftertaste is rich chocolate and coffee, with a strong bitter undertone. Light, dry body with a slick, quick finish. True to the style, but a little more chocolatey and rich than you may be used to. Tasty. (689 characters)

Photo of AmitC
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A dark brown colored pour. Normal thickness. About one finger thick tan colored head that fades very quickly. Black inside the glass. Opaque. Decent lacing on the sides.

Aroma is of typical dry Irish stout type. A good amount of roasted malts. Dry feel. Dark roasted malts are prominent over all.

Taste is of very dark roasted malts. Dry hops that are very faint. No bitterness. Finish is dry.

Mouth feel is medium-light bodied with a lot of carbonation. No astringency. Drinks like an easy porter.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 3.5 (584 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Awesome completely opaque black appearance with good head. Chocolate toasted caramel malts in the aroma. Great smell. Dark toasted caramel, coffee, chocolate flavor. Finishes a little bit better than it starts. Missing that milky caramel overtone and complexity to take it beyond what it is.

Bottom line: Good decent stout, but it doesn't take it to the next level. (367 characters)

Photo of GiantMidget
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in Saranac spring variety pack.
I'm a fan of most of Saranac's beers that I've had, none too disappointing, but not spectacular.

Poured this into a mug.
Immediate sweetish coffee scent balanced with malt.
About 1 finger head that stayed throughout drinking.

It's a very good stout. Irish characteristics. Like a very dark coffee, sweetened slightly and mildly fruity.
It's a solid beer that I could see drinking more of on an Irish drinking night.
The mouthfeel is a little weak. While there is some mild carbonation and the flavor is good, it's not quite as balanced as it could be.

A solid effort. (608 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep black with subtle brown hues at its edges. A half-inch cream colored and creamy-looking head settles quickly and barely holds in the form of a thin slip.

S: Acidity with a light scent of tart darkfruit. Plenty of roasted and burnt malts. Hints of espresso and burnt black coffee. Woody and leathery scent. Creamy milk chocolate in the background. Quite nice actually, and on point for the style.

T: Espresso and wood at the outset, biting acidity in the background with a tart grape and cherry taste. Old coffee, bitter dark chocolate. Perhaps a touch of grassy/herbal hops, but they are very hard to distinguish. Touch of leather. Dry, of course. Finishes with aggressive roasted and burnt tastes and a wave of dark chocolate.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, but very full, very creamy, and very silky. Light but sharp carbonation adds a bit of a crisp bite. Tight astringency from the roasted malts. Great mouthfeel.

O: This beer has two things working against it coming out of the gate: First, it's an Irish Dry stout, a style of beer that most Americans don't seem to understand or appreciate. Second, it's brewed by Saranac, a brewery that doesn't get a lot of love and has a reputation in the craft world for underachieving and making mediocre beer. For these reasons, I don't expect it to get a lot of love. That would be a damn shame though, because this is an excellent beer. In fact, this is one of the best examples of the style I've had to date. Attractive mouthfeel, highly drinkable, very tasty and textbook for the style; it's everything you could ever want. A case might be in order next St. Patrick's Day. (1,692 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours nearly pitch black with a streak or ruby coming through. Thick tan head that dissolves into a think layer that skims the surface. Good lacing withstands the sides of the glass.

S- rich and smoky roasted malts, chocolate with coffee underline, caramel, and a bit of alcohol on the back end.

T- Roasted malts up front with a bitter chocolate and coffee flavor. Finishes dry and quite bitter. Good balance of malts and hops.

M- low carbonation and velvety, but just a bit thinner than I would expect.

Overall- A solid Irish stout. Great balance of roasted malts and the bitterness of the hops. (606 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black with red traces of light in it. 1/3 inch tan head and good retention when the head fades it leaves behind some circular lacing

Smell: Roasted malt and coffee are pretty much upfront and ll over the beer. Not much more going on

Taste: Upfront is the roasted ash flavor that I associate with Irish stouts and then the beer finishes off with a subtle but nice coffee note

Mouthfeel: Medium to low body with medium carbonation

Overall: A real good example of the style very smooth and easy drinkability (514 characters)

Photo of PrivateEquity
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black body with thin head

S - Coffee nose is a little underwhelming

T - coffee and chocolate malts provide good taste

M - mouthfeel is just okay, about right amount of dryness, a little watery. Needs more body to make it more robust.

O - Decent stout. Probably will have again in the future (299 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very dark brown, basically black with no light shining through on this one at all. Rich looking head of tan on the top hung around for most of the session. The aroma was a bit light. Lots of roasted malts, with just a hint of cocoa underneath it. Really dry taste, but a little bland for me. Light cocoa and roasted malts, but it lacked alot of depth to put it over the top into another cateogory. Still though it was a decent little stout with a nice feel, and a 5.5 percent very drinkable. Not sure I would go here again though. (530 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking dark brown color. It's almost black in color. The head was a nice creamy looking tan color and left a decent lacing. The smell of the beer had the musty earthy roasted aromas going on. The taste was nicely toasted and left a pretty nice bitterness behind. The mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall I feel that the beer was decent, the body could have been a bit darker, it was almost see through. Just about everything was mediocre but drinkable. (484 characters)

Photo of drizzam
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark black topped by an ample foamy tan head. Good head retention and average spotty lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt with a decent amount of dark chocolate lingering around. Some coffee but not dominant.

T & M - Heavy roasted malt for the main body, with slight chocolate and coffee notes as an accent. Hops provide some bitterness toward the back end. Of course, the bitterness becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Medium bodied with a certain slickness or creaminess on the tongue.

D - This is my first offering from the Matt Brewing Company. It's a solid Irish Dry Stout but perhaps not the perfect example of the style. Certainly worth a try and I'm glad I got my hands on it. (705 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours porter black (translucent red/brown) with a spotty 1/4" light creme head that settles spotty

S: smells true to style. light roastiness, faint hop bitterness, smooth. you can tell there's that signature flatness akin to a nitro stout to it as well.

T: Very filling light roasty creaminess (like a dessert, but just a hint so) with a lot more carbonation than was apparent in the nose to accent the taste components. the dull hops complement the carbonation and roastiness well.

M: Not too heavy at all and I thoroughly enjoy the embodying carbonation, right on the spot. The roasted malts are a smidge drying.

O: Can't go wrong with this beer especially for the price. Done very well for the style as well. (721 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Fairly black pour, not necessarily the thickest, a nice white head about a finger thick.

Aroma, peaty malt, light roast. Smells a lot like Guiness.

Dry roast, malty, a tinge of sour or light prune. Caramel, mild dark chocolate. Finish with some roast and cocoa, fairly dry.

Body is light, but not as light as I expected actually. Carb is a little too high to be creamy. Drinks fine though.

Not sure on the age of this, but it still seems ok to me. Maybe not for long though. Probably a little better fresher. (519 characters)

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Saranac Irish Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.