Saranac Black & Tan - Matt Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz undated bottle served in standard pint glass.
Although I've had many Saranac beers over the years, this is the first since returning from the Czech Republic where my expectations were raised upon seeing some Saranac bottles for sale for about $6 each: this in a pub (Zly Casy: Prague) where a fine Czech beer cost about $2, a world-class Belgium about $6, and very few American beers were available.
A - quite dark for a black and tan: although a bit of light comes thru creating mahogany highlights at the edges, the beer is close to opaque. The modest tan head has a nice mixed density appearance, very good retention, and leaves plenty of lacing.
The nose is quite fine if a bit subdued, and featured hop tinged medium and dark malts. Very slightly floral.
Of course, I knew what I was drinking but still the fact that this is a mix of a lager and a stout actually seemed apparent in the taste. This failure to blend seamlessly is to be expected and actually added to the complexity and enjoyment of the beer. This even held for mouthfeel which did seamlessly combine the two into something like an average body (i.e., heavy for a lager/ light for a stout), again in a very enjoyable mix where the combination as considerably more effervescent and a bit drier than a typical stout. The finish is stronger (mainly dark malt) and longer lasting than one might predict based on the strength of the preceding flavors.
O - If memory serves me well, this is about as enjoyable as a black and tan in a bottle gets, although one can do better with various combinations of beers found on draft at a good pub. Over-priced in Prague but a bargain in Eastern U.S.A.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2011 00:16:32 | More by chinchill
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