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Saranac Irish Stout - Matt Brewing Company

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2010

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sweeter version of a dry Irish stout. Black body with a creamy head. A whiff of smoke. Not so dry, and in fact a decent tastiness and drinkability. Half decent mouthfeel, a tad watery and a bit of caramel to give it some feel. If stuck, I would have it again. Thanks Radek.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee and dark malts; a slight amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and packs in quite a bit of flavor.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat."

--Alex Levin

Burnt sienna that probably would not be opaque if the sun was above the horizon. One smooth pour produced almost three fingers of khaki colored foam that features several soft divits in its upper surface. This is pretty much what an IDS should look like.

Other than being on the weak side, the nose is fine. Pale (not appreciated) and roasted malt (appreciated) combine with Northdown and Goldings hops to provide the typical chocolate and coffee aromas of the style. Hops don't add much, which is no surprise.

Given the brewery, Irish Stout tastes and feels like it was expected to taste and feel. The brewery's website contains a graphic that puts each of their offerings on a scale of light-medium-heavy based on... color! This brew falls in the heavy range, presumably because it's dark brown-black.

Needless to say, Irish Stout isn't the least bit heavy. Nor does it have a ton of roasted malt flavor. Specifics include bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, dark caramel and a modest herbal hoppiness. Let's go with slightly above average and round up.

The body/mouthfeel is also slightly above average, but will be rounded down. The beer wanders away too quickly after tongue contact, which is usually due to a lack of malt. The carbonation, although a bit fizzy, is acceptable.

At this point, it's unlikely that The Matt Brewing Company will surprise me in either direction. Irish Stout is a serviceable Irish dry stout that was worth a single bottle purchase. A second bottle? No thanks.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, caramel colored head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled very roasty with chocolate and toffee notes. Slightly floral, too.

T - Really surprised me. This was a really tasty Irish Stout. Good roasty chocolate flavor. Nice burnt toast flavor with caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was a surprisingly good Irish Stout. I'd get some more for a good, inexpensive, sessionable stout.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Guinness tulip pint glass.

Pours a very dark, nearly opaqe brown with about a finger of tan foamy head that leaves a bit of soapy lacing behind. The nose is light coffee, toffee, and dark wheat. The taste follows straightforwardly, with the coffee taking a darker turn and placing itself further toward the van, while the dark malts and wheat march in step behind. The finish features a slight cranberry flavor, not unlike the finish you'd find from a Guinness. The body is decidedly medium, with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry texture. Overall, a solid, if somewhat ordinary, stout with a high level of drinkability.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark creamy chocolate, some coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malt character up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee come in along with some creaminess in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty decent mild stout that is worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark appearance, it does let some ruby highlights through when held toward the light. Tan khaki head builds up and lasts for a quite a few minutes before dwindling. After my fist sip even layers of fine lacing form and continue to trend after each sip. Aromatics are coming with the dark roasted malts, bringing out coffee and dark chocolate tones. Nothing about it is overbearingly sweeet, maybe a slight sour mash and an herbal hop presence. Flavor has iced coffee like presence, with herbal hops and a hint of chicory. Dark dry baker's chocolate and a tart sour dough finish. This is an excellent dry Irish Stout, I'm glad FX Matt attempted this. Drinkability is solid I hope to see full sixers of this, god knows we love the pricing of their beers especialy in WV.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry and creamy black malt scent that's earthy and coffee like. The taste is good as well. It has a stiff black malt bitterness that's dry and earthy. It goes down smooth and relatively light and finishes bone dry with a creamy coffee feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid Irish stout. It's not gonna blow you away, but it's true to style and damn drinkable.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown to black with a creamy tan head that leaves uneven lines of lacing down the glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee, sweet chocolate and a hint of (sourish) milk.

The tase is of sweet dark chocolate with roasted coffee. Slight sourish undertone. Sweetish turns to dry in the roasty finish.

It has a creamy medium body.

Matt Brewing did well with the Saranac Irish Stout!

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a case from Shangy's for $25 and shared it with friends around St. Pat's Day. Saranac did a good job of brewing a tasty Guinness-like beer, but I've had better Irish stouts. While there's a respectable sour/bitter tang, I would have liked more roast and chocolate flavor. I'm not saying it needed a lot. I'm just saying there was hardly any. Still, for the price it's totally worth trying if you like stouts.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A very dark brown with an off-white head. A little lace forms.

Smell: Roasted malt, bready.

Taste: A pretty good dry stout with a pronounced roasted character. Well balanced. A mineral water/metallic element is there but not detracting.

Mouthfeel: The high carbonation is the only shortcoming of this beer. Luckily the bar I was at had a Surger Unit (made for Guinness) which mellowed the mouthfeel out and made it smooth and creamy where it was once viscious.

Drinkability: Rates high. Certainly more flavorful than Guinness but lacks the creamy mouthfeel that is expected for the style. Still quite good.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Nag's Head, Huntington, New York.

Poured a jet black hue with a two finger frothy tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate roasted malt with a touch of coffee and smoke.

The taste was likewise full of roasted malt. Fresh tasting.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a lingering burnt grain.

Overall a very good DIS. I wish this was a year round offering as I fear I enjoyed one of the last kegs around. in any event, it is good to see a Saranac beer of tap on Long Island, as they are few are far between.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a black-opaque in the glass with an almond colored ½ finger fizzy head that dissipated soon after. The lacing was spotty at best, composed of small speckled dots and dashes that covered only a small portion of the glass. Overall a standard visual appeal.

S: A very soft roastiness along with bitter-sweet chocolate is first picked up on the nose. Light traces of powdery creamer is also detected.

T: Creamer laced coffee with a sweetness of dark roasty grains starts things off on a promising note. Sweet and roasty with juicy plums add highlights while the finish finds a blend of roasted caramel and juicy dark fruit. Overall not particularly dry per style, but I like what Saranac did here giving this a sweet and juicy aspect that compliments the well rounded soft roastiness.

M: The mouthful is medium bodied wit a good deal of tingly carbonation. A nice coffee lacing and roasty texture is felt when rolled around the tongue.

d: A nice drink, again maybe not as dry per style, but then again I think it plays to its advantage drinkability wise giving this a juicy and sweet flair on the tongue that gave me incentive towards the next sip. I could drink a few of these no problem and think matt did a good job.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Saranac Irish Stout from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.