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Saranac Black & Tan - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Black & TanSaranac Black & Tan

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712 Ratings

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001)
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Photo of BeerBuilder


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany in color, with a thick, creamy, light brown head. No hop aroma is evident. Has a light roast malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt, with a bit of roast malt flavor. The malt subdues the bitterness. Overall, it is a medium-bodied, smooth drinking beer. Nothing jumps out and grabs me to intrigue me to have another. This would be a good beer for those who are still not ready to jump head into a Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 06:19:53 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of SchmichaelJ


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stout/lager mix of Saranac's Black & Tan is quite different than a porter /lager or porter /ale that I'm used to. Beyond this noveIty, I still enjoyed this brew. The appearance of this interesting beer was a dark reddish brown with a thin white head that stuck around for a while, and only a small amount of lacing. Roasted malt and a little bit of hops could be detected in the intriguing aroma. The same roasted malt appeared in the taste, along with hints of coffee and a small trace of chocolate. The fuller body of the stout mixed with the lighter lager made for an almost dual-layered mouthfeel...at first heavy, but lighter than expected during the swallow. My bottle of Saranac's B&T was very enjoyable and very drinkable...complex enough for a stout, but light enough to have several of in a sitting. Nice job overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 16:49:34 | More by SchmichaelJ
Photo of aaronh


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dark, reddish brown beer pours with a 1/2 inch tan head that slowly fades to a thin layer of foam which produces nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet roasted malt with a touch of hops. The taste is strong on the roasted flavors, with a strong coffee note. A fair amount of bitterness is present to go with the malt that lends a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and rather full compared to many of the beers in the Saranac line. The beer finishes clean with a nice hop aftertatse. A little touch of the roastiness lingers as well. Overall, this would be a good beer to drink a few of. This is another solid offering from Saranac, who might lead the market in giving drinkers the most bang for their buck. A good beer at a good price.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 20:34:34 | More by aaronh
Photo of Jason


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Spiffy looking head, khaki coloured head is the best thing about this beer. Brown coloured brew with reddish highlights.

Smell: Toasted bread and some dextrin sweetness are pretty much all of the aroma.

Taste: Touch of roasted malt, earthy with a minty hop flavour and bitterness. Vague sweetness with a bitty and paper like flavours towards the end … not the oxidized paper flavour, just and odd taste. Finishes with a watery roasted flavour and faint hop oil.

Mouthfeel: Some crispness and a slickness in the mouth, medium bodied.

Drinkability & Notes: Not to bad, I prefer my B & T’s layered. This show that most of the Saranac beers are samey, blend two of their beers together and it still tastes pretty much the same as the others give or take a flaw or off flavour. This just happens to be a good blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 20:16:33 | More by Jason
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3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes just like a meld between a stout and a pale ale should. Pours a dark mahogany with a dense, tan head that laces very well. Crisp, well hopped, fruit at the start, followed by bitter chocolate and roasted grain with a dryish finish. Blends the attributes of both very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2002 09:46:18 | More by QXSTER1
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2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear ruby in color. Thin beige head leaves nice lacework. Aroma is weak. Very slight hints of roastedness and chocolate. Mouthfeel is too carbonated to make this an enjoyable brew. (The taste is not that enjoyable anyway.) The taste consists of an assortment of astringent maltiness and husky hoppiness. Not a very pleasant blend. An astringent bitterness lingers on the buds as well. Nothing about this beer (besides the appearance) is enjoyable. On the flip side however, there is nothing absolutely horrible either.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 19:45:38 | More by Bighuge
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Diacetyl, caramel malt, and toasted grains in the nose of this very, very dark brown beer. No real head, but there was a little lace.

Some bitterness from burnt grains, coffee, malt, and a nice touch of hop bitterness really fill out the body of this beer. Appropriate mouthfeel for a "Black & Tan" style beer.

I've never really been a fan of the "Black & Tan" style bottled beer, but this one is the best I've had. If I'm out, I'm sticking to the real deal if I'm in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 19:56:12 | More by yen157
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big tan head on top of dark brownish liquid. The nose is hoppy with some chocolate noted too. The taste is nicely roasty with notes of bitter chocolate. The finish is long and dryish, a nice Black & Tan to enjoy in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 17:46:12 | More by beerluvr
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3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really looks the part...brownish black with a big milk shake like tan creamy puffy head...nose is of roasted malts and an interesting sweet caramel odor...taste begins with the roasted malts and has a dark chocolate flavor, but that gives way nicely to a warmer, sweeter caramel/toffee flavor...I get a little husky hop bite on the finish....pretty decent overall...more complex than I thought it would be....not as creamy in the mouth though as I anticipated after pouring that big creamy head....much better than Younglings Black and Tan in my oipinion...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 21:20:52 | More by ZAP
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured nice from the bottel,good thick head.
Dark color kind of murky almost black body.
Good taste sure to have a few in a night, not too filling.
Finished almost cleen,no after taste.

A good dark beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2002 15:22:22 | More by Kwak
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3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy head quickly fades leaving only reminders on the wall of the glass of what could have been. Incredibly red for a black and tan. This beer tries so hard to smell like currents and blackberries, but doesn't.
Kind of tastes like the over-dry raisens on the bottom of box.
Very drinkable, still, these bottled black and tans remind me those dusty ready made Manhattens on the bottom shelf under the bitters and grenedine at the liquer store.
Why not make your own?

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 14:24:37 | More by Delirium
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New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, but not entirely opaque...a nice brownish head that remained longer than other Saranac brews.

Much more stout-ish than Black Forest, with a strong roasted malt flavor and enough bitterness to satisfy, but not overpower. Fairly sweet, almost chocolate tones. Only a hint of finishing hops, and a creamy mouthfeel. The "tan" is much less noticiable than the "black".

Could be a good choice for those wanting an Irish style stout, but boycotting Guinness due to the Smirnoff Ice explosion.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2002 23:18:31 | More by shirfan
Photo of BillyBrew


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting and solid, an odd black and tan in a bottle. Dark brown, shades to balck, colour with a creamy head that forms a sticky lace. Slight hop flowers and dark coffee and carmal malts in the nose. Interesting, it tastes bitter, it tastes malty (dark and sweet). The mouth is a bit coarse.

It is bitter and malty, kinda cool I guess. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2002 07:06:06 | More by BillyBrew
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very dark almost black amber color and formed a nice light tan head that left some lace. An aroma of malt and chocolate. The flavor was also of malt and chocolate. Fairly light in body and finish. A decenct beer, but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 21:01:31 | More by Wildman
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark , and tastes a bit bitter. it has a welcoming flavor, but i am a a fan of dark brews. it went down with ease, but i dont think i would get this one again. good, but not the cream of the crop

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2002 14:25:30 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This comes across as an ordinary black and tan, not as beefy - light to medium bodied - as say Bass & Guinness and not as dark. Good carbonation and head stayed quite a while after a two-finger pour. 12 oz bottle from their winter sampler 12-pak $9.99, Market Basket Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2002 16:10:41 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty chestnut color, with a rich, creamy tan head. Head shrinks down to a thin layer, but great lacing is left in the glass! Coffee-like nose, though not overly strong. Body is pretty good, with a nice creamy texture on the tongue. Pleasant coffee-like flavor and other roasted malts, though not exceedingly bitter. There is some sweetness at the start with the bitterness. I get some nice hoppiness at the end. Nice aftertaste.

overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

06-16-2002 10:53:20 | More by Bierman9
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3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nicely done blend of irish stout and amber ale..the dry stout hop flavor blends nicely with the slightly sweet malt flavor of the amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2002 16:44:02 | More by stoutman
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3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a cream-colored, deep head that quickly fades. Dark brown in color, with faint roasted grain aroma. Well balanced. Lighter body than expected, but nice finishing hop bitterness. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2002 14:38:59 | More by Suds
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3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have said this before -- I am not a big fan of this as a style, and am glad that there are not too many brewers who do this. If you want a real black & tan, it's easy enough to pour one yourself. But enough of that. Anyway, this is a rather dark beer, with a ruby hue that shines through if held to the light. Nice tan head that stays around for awhile. A number of pleasant aromas, including chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits, with a bit of floral hoppiness for balance. Taste is also fairly complex, again with coffee, some chocolate, slightly fruity. A little metallic tasting, but not unpleasantly so. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but otherwise this is not a bad beer (and in fact is one of the better ones I have tried from Matt).

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2002 07:16:30 | More by mophie
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very slight sweet nose. Tan head and dark deep color. Subtle roast flavor with an ok mouth. The taste is a little weak and watery. The brew does not taste as good as it looks. It seems watered down....

Reviewed again 12-02 not as watery and more flavor on the roast malt side. The finish also had a noce bitterness with some smokey tones. Medium slightly lively mouth. A little better this time.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 08:18:31 | More by frank4sail
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3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black in color. Tan head that is think and foamy, but quick to dissapate. Rich and robust in flavor, very fresh tasting. Smooth, with a trace of fizziness. Quite drinkable. Warm inviting finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2002 20:48:34 | More by psugrad98
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3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crayon black. Tan head that doesn't hold. Thinner than it looks. It came highly recomended but I'm sorely dissapointed. Seasonal and it just started selling a few weeks back apparantly. I detected a hint of rasberry. Don't drink from the bottle. I had it first from the bottle and was very dissapointed but poured it's a bit better and the color is nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2002 16:10:51 | More by packetknife
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4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was always the benchmark black and tan in my residence when we were too lazy to make real black and tans. I like the color and body as well as the fresh hop profile. All around a pretty good balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2002 06:53:43 | More by beernut7
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost black. Smells like a dark beer should, and has a short thick head that quickly dies into a thin lace. Pleasantly bitter initially but goes down the pipe very smoothly. Not as good as a homemade B+T, but very drinkable for a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2002 10:50:28 | More by IrishRedRock
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