Saranac S'More Porter
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac S'More PorterSaranac S'More Porter
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
American Porter
Ranked #238
Ranked #17,307
3.88 | pDev: 12.37%
Sep 28, 2022
Dec 22, 2015
Very Good
Saranac S'More PorterSaranac S'More Porter
Notes: This porter tastes like chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker. It's brewed with a blend of caramel, biscuit, brown, and roasted malts and aged with chocolate and vanilla.
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Reviewed by Noahoxley

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Drinks like a porter should. The nose is very unusual, strong scent of Honey ohs cereal and chocolate. The beer is relatively dry however, with a mild porter bitterness and vanilla+chocolate flavors that don't present overpoweringly until the after taste.
Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by ipa_luvr

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This one is somewhat heavy and has a great taste. The aftertaste is quite good and reminds me of a fire whilest camping. Not good for much more than that but would recommend for a camping trip.
Feb 02, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by generalraider from New Jersey

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Purchased as a 6-pack of bottles from Publix for $9.85. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Pitch black with a one-finger tan head that goes away fairly quickly. Wonderful lacing!
S - I'm concerned - in a good way! Graham cracker, milk chocolate, and cane sugar. A bit of lightly-roasted coffee. Malty for sure.
T - Toasted marshmallow, breakfast cereal, graham cracker, and milk chocolate. Notes of caramel and very light hint of coffee towards the finish. A bit of spice, like cinnamon or nutmeg. It's definitely sweet, but sweet like toffee is sweet.
F - Full-bodied, with medium carbonation. Sticky. Clean finish. Fairly drinkable.
O - I'm drinking this by a fire with friends next bottle instead of at my desk. Not too heavy, but heavy enough. It's almost disturbing how much it tastes and smells like a freshly-made s'more. Highly recommend to those that like the weird.
Jan 04, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jul 26, 2021
Rated: 4.61 by rejectsuperstar from New York

Apr 12, 2021
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Rated by jdezelick from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Smells exactly like s'mores!
Feb 07, 2021
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Reviewed by gestyr from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep brown which shows a nice clear ruby red when held to the light. The head is thin but long lasting. It actually does smell like a s'more. There is an overtone of chocolate Tootsie-Pop in both the aroma and taste. The taste is a lot like a s'more and the graham cracker flavor actually comes through. It is light bodied and refreshing. Overall a good drinkable brew.
Jan 28, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I tried this beer at a good friend's house in Muscle shoals, Alabama. It poured an opaque dark with ecru head that is leaving some lace. The scent had cocoa notes with hints of peanut and marshmallow. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet milk chocolate base and vanilla and subtle peanut highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.
Jul 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Lordhelmit from North Carolina

4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
VERY interesting beer. Poured from bottle to chilled glass. It poured a nice dark stout color but was clear. Finished the pour with a 1.5 finger fluffy tan head. Nose was dominated by a nutty chocolate and coffee, emphasis on the nutty. I don't smell smore here, but the smell was great - that nutty coffee chocolatey smell was yum. Taste was very much what you would expect from the nose - nutty chocolate and a backend finish with a toasted toffee wave. Mouthfeel is as expected for a sweet stout, medium. This is a great beer.

I've no idea how other people are smelling graham cracker or marshmallow, that smell simply is not present. I feel like they are swayed by the name of the beer. Absolutely no cinnamon lol
Apr 21, 2020
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of graham crackers, vanilla. Taste is, well, Saranac pulled it off. It's just like S'mores, but the cinnamon is a bit strong. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth trying.
Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle served in a lager glass
This has a dark reddish-brown body with good clarity and a decent beige head.
Really pleasing aroma with a mix of graham crackers, vanilla, roasted nuts, caramel and marshmallows. The flavor carries these same elements but in different balance and is not nearly as pleasant or rich.
Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 3.41 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jan 28, 2020
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, resulting in 2+ fingers of frothy tan head that eventually faded away. Slightly translucent brown color. Smell is primarily graham cracker. Taste is probably the closest I've had to s'mores, with graham crackers favored but still notes of chocolate and marshmallow. Not too sweet. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Definitely worth having more.
Jan 10, 2020
Rated: 2.97 by Ltdsaint from North Carolina

Dec 22, 2019
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A: Dark mahogany-brown pour is capped off by a tawny-khaki colored head, 1/2 inch high, with a creamy fluff substance and a moderate rate of retention. Nice honeycomb lace pattern on the vessel.

S: Really deep sense of chocolate marshmallow. Sweet dark sugars mix with a dry cinnamon graham cracker like backing. As far as intentions are concerned, nailed it with a strong, sweet and chocolaty-marshmallow factor. Toasty graham and sweet waffle cone, really dark chocolate that lasts deep into the experience.

T: The flavor unfortunately was not as intense, or outstanding as the nose. Chocolate-graham cracker malting, hints toasty malt and lots of marshmallow support. The malty felt a bit thin, the flavor watered down from aromatic anticipations, and is thin in substance compared to the nose. Dark rich chocolate, and cinnamon graham cracker spicing with some waffle cone and coffee like accents. Hints of dark sweet fruit, plums are also there.

M: A light to medium body, again, a little bit thinner then what was hoped for in terms of style and specialized flavoring aspect. Light carbonation, oily feel.

O: Overall the nose really brought you in, but the flavor was a bit of let down and thin in terms of anticipation and not as rich or powerful as hoped for. The nose was clearly the strong point here, the flavor decent, but the substance and variety as well body was a bit thin settling somewhere between a 3.25 and 3.5. Really sweet dessert style like drink will no doubt limit multiples. The nose delivered a hard act to follow.
Sep 14, 2019
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of chocolate and sugary sweetness. Tastes of chocolate with peanut butter and slight coffee. Beer is light bodied and fairly easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.
Apr 22, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by Fr33man from Maryland

Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by Nalid66 from Virginia

Mar 23, 2019
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Matt Brewing Co "Saranac S'More Porter"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "3388 14:16"

Notes via stream of consciousness: 6.2%, eh? Maybe we've got a solid porter here underneath whatever flavoring they've used. It's a clear, almost black dark-brown with dark ruby highlights when held to the light. The head is a short cap of tan foam. It doesn't appear to have very good head retention but we'll see. The aroma is nutty, chocolatey, caramelish, and sweetish with what seems like vanilla-sugar. It smells good; it smells like a dessert beer. The flavor follows but it's not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests it could be, which is a good thing otherwise it would probably become cloying. I first got chocolate, and then caramel, but in subsequent sips I find the vanilla and sugar first. There's a kind of a shortbread flavor to it, and also a hint of spiciness. What's in a S'mores, a Graham Cracker? I'm not sure what spices are in there but, yeah, it tastes like a Graham Cracker. I get that mostly in the lingering finish though. It's got 22 IBUs according to the label, which seems about right, The spice probably helps a bit, and it doesn't seem sweet in the finish. There is a note of sweetness, yes, mainly the vanilla-sugar thing, but it's actually surprisingly fairly dry. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. The head which dropped on me initially has persisted and continually maintained a thin but solid surface covering, and it's left some very nice lacing behind. I'm not sure I'd want to drink more than one of these in a row, but it's charming and enjoyable for at least one; and I do think it would make a very nice dessert beer.
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Mar 13, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by Satsuma from Florida

Mar 06, 2019
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Mar 05, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by StrongBelwas from New Jersey

Feb 14, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 04, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Nice dark black pour with a creamy head of beige-brown.

Aroma is totally S'mores. Every element - the graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate bar. Slight cola, some coconut, faint coin.

The graham cracker hits right out front, followed by earthy coffee, slight dark chocolate, some wet marshmallow, and dirt.

Feel is crisp for a porter, but it's welcome, heavily in the medium body territory, with earthy dryness on the finish.

Overall, a really tasty porter that I'd gladly seek out again.
Jun 02, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by TomWight from New York

May 21, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Has a marshmallow,vanilla, Graham cracker aroma. Taste is very similar but the marshmallow totally dominates. It basically delivers on the flavors promised and makes for an okay dessert beer
May 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by BltByKrmn from New York

Apr 30, 2018
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to Knapp85 for sharing this bottle.

A - Medium brown pour with nice thick, frothy toffee colored lacing.

S - Smells just like a s'more. Big chocolate, graham cracker, cinnamon, and marshmallow aroma. Period.

T - Taste isn't is nowhere near as intense as the aroma. Chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallow.

M - Medium body.

O - Smells way better than the taste.
Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 4.99 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio

Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 4.8 by NickFry9 from New York

Apr 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear dark brownish-red with a large beige-amaretto foam that settles to a thin fuzzy collar.

Aroma exhibits clear and distinct graham primarily, with some nutty chocolate wafer.

Flavors are lightly present and balanced, exhibiting tangy graham and cocoa with a hint of marshmallow and root beer via a medium-thin, smooth round drinkable body with a moderate froth that finishes semi-wet.
Feb 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Feb 25, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour.. nearly black with 2 fingers of creamy head. Falls quickly. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Sweet and sugary.. cookies and cocoa. Light roast.

T/F: Roasted grains and sugars... not as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe. Good chocolate flavor... mild coffee... cookie/graham cracker comes through. Nice bitterness for balance. Light vanilla... medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer... not as sweet as expected and surprisingly drinkable. The flavor melange mostly works, and I can actually see where they got S'more from. Not one that I'd drink often but a solid change of pace.
Feb 20, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by Jpb123 from Iowa

Feb 03, 2018
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Rated by Jeffgerace from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Sometimes you see an interesting sounding beer and it's a complete disappointment. This beer isn't and is worth the shot.
Jan 31, 2018
Saranac S'More Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 222 ratings