Saranac Stout
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #811
Ranked #47,093
3.25 | pDev: 13.23%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac StoutSaranac Stout
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Reviews by JayNH:
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3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours black with a huge foamy tan head. Ample lacing is left on the glass.

S- smells sweet and slightly boozy.

T- Upfront the taste is very watered down. The brew leaves an aftertaste on the palate of spicy burnt coffee and grassy hops.

M- Light bodied, smooth and a bit creamy.

D- OK, overall a decent brew, just fairly bland. This stuff cost me $11 for a twelve pack so I wasn't expecting a world class stout at that price point.

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Photo of harsley
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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

I enjoyed this one tonight while watching Duke get schooled and watching Memphis bend over and take it and utterly end any chance I had of coming back from behind to miraculously win the office pool. Goodbye five bones. Oh well, easy come, easy go. On to the brew.

Pours an almost black color with respectable head and lacing. The nose is a medium chocolate with coffee lace.

The expected dark malt push is only mediocre but matched by a hop offensive that is initially satisfyingly bitter but soon dissolves into a cloying, Stalingradesque (definitely not a word) stalemate mess with the assembled malt. Balance but no joy. Too much carbonation and a thin texture don't help.

Despite these obvious flaws, this is a drinkable stout at a manageable price. You could do worse.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a decent light brown head. Minimal retention. Smells of caramel, coffee, some raostiness. Tastes of more light roastiness, burnt caramel, some coffee notes, light hop bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This certainly looks like a decent stout, a slight bit light in color when in direct light. A dark amber glow can be seen through it, but it appears black without a bright light. Easily one of the healthiest head formations I've seen from a Saranac brew. It's still not wicked thick, but retention is good, comes down slow and easy. It's a dark mocha color, clumpy and then slightly thin in the end.

The Aroma reminds me very much of a milk stout, it's a got a nice current of vanills sweetness over a very robust chocolate and coffee aroma. Musty herbs can easily be detected underneath the malt. slight graham cracker edge underneath an eartghy mustiness.

The flavor is very acceptible for a stout, a robust malt, mild choclate tucked away underneath a zesty-musty, earthy roastiness and a smooth vanilla-like current. The complexity is not high, but it's interesting. The feel is a bit on the light side for a stout, it's smooth, but not full bodied, not even medium, it's a very light, crispy feel but there is a slight smoothness in the finish which is the best part.

not at all hard to drink, but don't expect anything classic here.

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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 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 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 fatbatcat
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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 lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of TheTrevor
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with a fluffy two-finger head. The smell is roasted malt with a tiny bit of hops. The taste starts off with slightly-sweetened coffee that fades away quickly to some fairly off-putting old coffeeground flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty watery with an average amount of carbonation. I'm not a fan of this beer, the aftertaste is pretty obtrusive and really hurts the drinkability.

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of animal69
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of glid02
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with an underlying sweetness that I also noted in the Brown - though in this case it's probably closer to raisins than green apples.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors up front followed by a mild fruit sweetness that lets off right before the lightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I drank this because it was there, not necessarily because I was excited about it.

Overall this is a stout that I wouldn't say to avoid, but I can't say that I recommend it.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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 Rsobotka
3.79/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, coffee color, with a thick head, moderate carbination
S: toasty, rich coffee, dark caramel smell
T:toasty, burnt cappachion taste with hint of caramel and malty hoppy bitterness
M: foamy and full...enjoying from tip to tonsils.
D: Nice taste, tasty almost a burnt taste...i liked it but enjoy ones that are a little smoother and not so harshly burnt

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Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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 oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a lot of Saranac products but never saw their stout until it was included in the "What Ales you" mixes 12 pack.

An above average, no frills stout. Has a great mouthfeel to it, very creamy and has a good weight to it which I like from a stout. Some nice roasted taste to it with some definite coffee and lite-caramel flavor tones. A little subdued on the taste but it sure looks great in the glass! If you want a strict stout to buy I'd look elsewhere but as a throw-in in the mixed 12'er it was very good.

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