Saranac Stout
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #786
Ranked #46,568
3.25 | pDev: 13.23%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac StoutSaranac Stout
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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.49/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A mild relatively thin, light black and dark brown stout. Aroma hit the coffee and alcohol notes first, roast much lighter behind that.

Taste, like a very mild irish stout, or porter, this just didn't have the lactose or the heft I would want from a milk stout. Saranac just always falls short for me, even if this was one of their better attempts. The lack of body and sweetness just don't cut it.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a very dark almost opaque brown. very light 1 finger tan head but dissipates quickly, leaves little lacing.
S- roasted and caramel malts
T- slight coffee, roasted malty flavor but nothing strong.
M- nice carbonation, smooth, easy to drink, coats mouth nice
O- not the best stout, not the worst. Pairs decent with a chocolate cake.

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Photo of thain709
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a dark brown body that showcases some ruby highlights...the one finger head is light brown in color and thick in appearance...recedes to a small, rocky cap and leaves decent lacing

S - Roasted malts stand out creating sweet caramel and chocolate flavors...there is a hint of vanilla adding to the sweetness of the nose

T - The sweet aspect carries over to the flavor...the vanilla jumps out more than it did in the's mainly upfront...the malts take over from the middle to the finish...they are roasted nicely at first...sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and light roasted coffee come out in the middle...towards the finish the malts give off a smokey charcoal flavor

M - Medium bodied...starts to get thin, roasty and slightly smokey

O - Not a bad stout, but definitely on the sweeter side...started off nicely, but changed big time as it warmed...probably still the second favorite of the mixed pack

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Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second for New Beer Sunday (Week 385)!

From the bottle: "Saranac Stout is the secret behind the success of our delicious Black & Tan: it is lavishly brewed with seven unique malts and grains as well as a selection of memorable hops. Look for a full-bodied taste and crescendo of complex flavor notes. This is a stout to remember ... and respect. Enjoy!"

I went with a aggro pour so as to create as much head as I could muster in the wilting humidity of the day. I ended up with just better than a finger of fluffy, foamy deep-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with only caramel highlights visible at the edges. Nose was sweet and chocolaty, more towards milk chocolate than dark chocolate although I prefer the latter. Mouthfeel was medium and I got a really smoky, almost burnt, flavor initially in the mouth. Finish was slightly tangy but the burnt taste really lingered. Color me not a fan.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours a dark but clear mahogany with a smallish tan head. The head has some staying power, but soon dwindles to a ring and island.

Has an attractive if subtle aroma of dark roasted malts and more hops than expected, with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: dark roasted malt with a nice touch of spicy hops and a hint of coffee. 3.75

M: well carbonated; medium body; semi-dry finish. A slight astringency keeps the rating from hitting 4.

Overall: better in almost every respect than the nitro-canned Guinness I had last night. Compared to that, the Saranac is markedly hoppy, aromatic and flavorful, with a much better finish. It does, of course, lack the creamy head and smoother feel of the nitro-enhanced Guinness. 3.75

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice pitch black with a good size brown head with some staying power. Smells of dark roasted malt and a tad of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of coffee and dark roasted malt, very nice. Beer is carbonated well and for its medium body, goes down pretty smooth. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks good for a stout, really digging the mocha colored had with nice lacing. Color is a deep brown almost black.

S - Smells of slight lactic powdered milk, mild roasts, and burn sugar.

T - Mostly dry burnt sugars and mild sweetness with vanilla but overall mostly lackluster. Not digging the whole metallic taste either.

M - Light to medium could be a touch creamier.

Overall not really expecting much I am not too disappointed. Might just avoid other Saranac products.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear black, brown in the light, one finger of beige/light tan head

S-Roasted malt, some coffee and a tad bit of vanilla

T-Roasted malt almost burnt notes at times, a little bit of coffee and vanilla again.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, a tad on the thin side, not much carbonation

O-An ok stout from Saranac. Kind of a boring beer, no reason to really try it twice.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the What Ale's You Mix 12pack. Pours a dark brown with some light brown hues and a light brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, earth and maybe vanilla. Taste is sweet with roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee and earth. Pretty light and thin for the style but it could work well in tthe summer. Overall, its okay, but as I said before its alot thinner than Id expect for a Stout. Works fine in the warm weather mix pack but i wouldnt seek it out.

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Photo of cavedave
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is almost pure black, opaque, nice brownish beige head that gets a couple fingers altitude before limping down to a skim.

First sniffs of this I got something in the aroma, wasn't sure if it was yeast, or what, but after tasting it now I'm pretty certain it's yeast, sort of an odd fruitiness you can get from "neutral" yeasts. There are hints of chocolate and deeper roast in there as well, all tinged with the yeastiness.

Like the first sniffs, the first tastes contain the same odd fruitiness, now more strongly accompanied by a nice, light, charry bitter. The yeast seems more tart in the taste, sort of an English twist to this, I guess. It took me a while to get to be a fan of this, but warming has given some more herbal twists to the flavor profile, and a nice bit of complexity to the flavors in th roast, including a bit of root beer in the back of this, very nice. Warmer still, this has developed into an interesting beer, though (full disclosure) at times the tart got a bit of cherry to it, and tasted like 1st stage infection (which I like in a stout BTW).

Light in the mouth, but not to a fault, medium/high carb., light body, good finish.

Looking for Samuel Smith's or even Rogue Shakespeare, this ain't it. Looking for a decent, yeast forward stout? Inexpensively priced? This might be the one.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: 2-finger head; decent carbonation; all black; excellent lacing
S: sweet, charred odor; light; inviting; a hint of cola
T: mild, sweet milklike stout; nice, subtle hops; pepper even comes through
M: needs a tab more carbonation

Pretty solid sweet milk stout; nothing spectacular, but quite solid.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some chocolate. Taste is the same, roasted malts up front, some chocolate, a touch of bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of Gmann
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cola color, dark but clear. The beige head is small and wispy, leaves a short wall of lacing on the glass. Overall, light for a stout.

The aroma is grainy with notes of roasted barley. Some scorched caramel adds some sweet notes. The aroma is a bit unrefined.

The taste is light and grainy, with light roast and toast. No depth to this stout, more of a black ale really. Some caramel and tea flavors. Kinda of nutty as it warms.

The feel is light; way too light for a stout. Quite thin and has an astringent finish. Surprisingly sticky for a watery stout.

A pretty awful stout. A notch above Guiness

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saranac Stout

Pours a dark brown, bordering black. Off white, khaki colored head forms, with little lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, with a hint of chocolates. In the taste, roasted malt, mild black coffee, and a lactose sugar sweetness. Soft husk and herbal hop flavor, this is mostly a standard stout, roasted and slight charcoal flavors being predominant. Medium to full bodied feel. Overall, an average stout from the Saranac line, still a welcome part of the mix pack.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on February 25, 2012. This has not been available for a few years but it was included in the 2012 "What Ales You" 12-pack. It pours dark brown but not quite black with a large fluffy, foamy head. It is not completely opaque because some light seems to get through it. The aromas are stout-worthy with a noted dark malt and grainy character but nothing like chocolate or coffee. The body was thin to medium. The taste has the same dark malt character with a sharp bitterness at the end.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - 1 finger head with decent retention and lacing. Black but not very solid in color.

Smell - lots of caramel scents

Taste - Decent stout flavors with roasted nuts and malts taking center stage. Some crispness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Seems ok to me for a 5.4% stout

Overall - Not sure why there is so much dislike for this stout. Although its not one of the best crafted and complex flavored stouts I've tried, it certainly tastes good, is easily drinkable and is a decent beer.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle states limited release, freshness dated to June 2012.

Pours deep brown body with nice long lasting beige head. Nice lacing curtains down the glass.
Not much of an aroma, what little there is to detect is sweet and malty. The taste follows , sweet, but unbalanced by the hop notes. Feels a bit "fizzy" on the tounge . An ok stout.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #121
Served On: 02/03/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: June 30, 2012

This was in the 2012 'What Ales You' mixed 12 pack.

Look: Clear deep ruby red color. The head was a patchy layer of tan foam. Medium carbonation level.

Smell: Sweet maple with some faint coffee notes. Some French vanilla also came through.

Taste: First were sweet vanilla and coffee notes. The middle was an interesting roasted burn that included sort of a Guinness quality. The finish was a semi-sweet chocolate that faded into a coffee bitterness. Medium mouth-feel that seemed more like a porter.

This was an ok stout from Matt. I think it follows their theme of offering very drinkable beers. In other words, noting real extreme was going with this one.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a khaki colored head that settled as a ring leaving thin trails of lacing.

S - roasted coffee beans and a hint of chocolate.

T - roasted coffee and chocolate with some espresso-like bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a good example of the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance -A Nice deep brown color - nearly black. It formed a small light tan head upon pouring which faded to leave good lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt with a slight coffee aroma first meet the nose. These are then lost in lieu of a milk chocolate aroma mixed with an ever so light vanilla and herbal hop aroma.

Taste - The flavor well matched the aroma. A sweet maltiness first meets the tongue which gives way quickly to a more roasty malt flavor. This persists for much of the taste profile, but then at the end gives way to a bit of hop, but quite a bit of cocoa and a small amount vanilla flavor mixed with a little bit of alcohol flavor at the very end.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is at a very nice level, but the body/viscosity of the beer is a little too thin for the style.

Overall - An average beer. The body or lack there of, take away while. I should note though that it has some other nice qualities, such as smell. If you are looking for a stout with a bit lighter bodyfeel this stout is for you.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark brown in color and nearly completely dark with a big tan head on the top of it that hung around for what seemed to be forever. Rich lacing up and down the sides of the glass just added to its luster. Aroma was a touch light though. Brown sugar, chocolate, hints of light coffee notes and a definite milk shale like smell, but it seemed kind of light and a touch off, no matter though. Nice full feel, dry as well, took me off guard for a moment. Cocoa, hints of sugar, light smoke note as it warms as well and a really dry finish. Very light and not nearly as filling as I thought it would be led to this one going down quite easily.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 12 oz. bottle pours dark brown with a thick, oily, dirty white foamy head. Nice aroma of malt, caramel and coffee. Palate is kind of thing for a stout, oily with some acidity. Finish is very short and dry. Flavor is of burned malt and coffee, some earthy hopes in the end. Drinkable but not remarcable stout.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.35/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A little bit black, a little thin, but hey, it's Saranac, so my expectations weren't through the roof. Aroma was alcohol and old, cold, bitter coffee. I guess its kind of a dark color, but below average for its thickness, head formation.

Taste, not bad, some roast, but again, no heft. Like they cheaped out on the malt bill. I mean, this style is usually so easy to please me with, and this didn't even come close. Ugh. Just a degree of hops, too thin, too alcoholic tasting for what it was really bringin' to the table. Just another under average effort.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am not sure when this one retired, as I drank and reviewed it but a few months ago--maybe it's the Brett Favre of beers? Pours a jet black body in a Guinness pint glass...brown, hedgelike lacing (a few holes in there)...a suitable vision early...slighty rounded with some sharper hop notes; floral with hints of chocolate and pleasant sugars... a bit oily--no, quite oily--with a creamy head that creates an interesting contrast with its rather hard and milky, slightly sweet and smoky... easy on the tastebuds and medium-bodied at that... pleasantly balanced lactic, active stout, not memorable, not offensive... a syrupy sweet finish that kind of makes the drinker shrug his shoulders and reach for something else...

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Photo of therica
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= very dark, nearly black; very little head, tan with plenty of lacing.

S= I'm searching and not finding much scent-- some hops and malts and maybe caramel or something. The hops scents seem to emerge after it sits for a little while.

T= very bitter, not all that sweet-- more like strong Swiss-chocolate, burnt; enough hops to give effect but they don't seem to contribute much; sweet roasted malts, plenty of black acidic coffee or at least that's how it impresses me.

M= flat, astringent, hints of sweetness but mostly hidden behind burnt chocolate or very black coffee.

D= one's enough for me.

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Saranac Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 126 ratings