Saranac S'More Porter
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac S'More PorterSaranac S'More Porter
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #291
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,622
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 12.56%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
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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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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 203
Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of EMV
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I LOVE Saranac/F. X. Matt beers! The price point is always attractive, they brew loads of styles of beer, I am never totally disappointed by them, the rotating seasonal 12-packs are great & I admire their staying power. I also LOVE New Beer Sunday (NBS) with its inspiration to try something new & different each week. Today is NBS Week 672 & this is to be my first entry of the day.

From the bottle: "Fourth generation family brewery"; "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."

Haha! How can you help but be amused by a beer like this? I was stoked to Pop! the cap & begin a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. My in-glass swirl quickly raised three-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was super-sweet! OMFG. I cannot dun them (or any beer/brewery) for truth in advertising, but this was like a liquefied S'more! Wow. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly far beyond it. The taste was an interesting mélange, ranging from bittersweet baking chocolate to sweet caramel, to light smoke to vanilla to biscuity maltiness. Phew! I have to admit that it was putting my hophead self into a diabetic shock, but that was on me. Finish was super sweet, well outside of my wheelhouse, but not out of spec for the style. I'd still like to score one of the pictured jugs.

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Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. in a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with a short head.

Aroma: Wow, big graham cracker punch. Also marshmallow, brown sugar, cocoa.

Taste: Follows nose. Very forward with graham crackers. Somewhat sugary. Almost candy-like. Cola note.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable and dessert-ish.

Overall: Won this at a Yankee swap expecting it to be bad or at least weird. It’s a perfectly fine dessert beer, turns out.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a thin tan head. The smell is on point smelling just like a s’more with marshmallow, graham cracker, and chocolate. I taste chocolate and burnt marshmallows with a creamy texture yet very thin mouthfeel that is very easy drinking. Overall pretty solid beer especially made by Saranac Brewing.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours black with a finger of tan head which dissiptes rather quickly. Leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Cocoa, graham crackers.

T: Follows nose but with more graham cracker. Not overly sweet. Finishes rather dry.

F: Medium body. Smooth.

O: A real treat. Saranac is stepping up their game.

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Photo of Amateurbrewmaster
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a fine beer. The minute you put your nose up to it, you're a kid around the campfire.
This porter poured a dark color. Ruby red comes through barely. Head isn't big but it stays through out the beer leaving a lacing all the way through.
Aroma: Holy cow. That's spot on S'more smell. Graham cracker and chocolate. Smoke comes through like a roasted marshmellow. I was half excited and half nervous at the aroma.
Taste: Graham cracker and smoke are up front. Subtle chocolate. Maybe a little more chocolate would make it even more like a s'more, but as it is its pretty damn sweet. Remove the alcohol and this is a kids drink, especially if you serve it warm.
Feel: thick and sticky. I've got a sweet tooth so it wasn't too bad for my liking. Medium carbonation and a creaminess to it
Overall: this is going to excite the kid in you. It's a great summer dessert beer. I drank this on tap and I want to go and get a 6 pack for the weekend at the lake. Not the best porter I've ever had, but certainly one I'll never forget.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

**
02/06/2017

Bottle to goblet.

Aroma: much marshmallow and graham cracker.
Look: ashy black, grey head. Thin look.
Taste: light chocolate, marshmallow, roasted barley,, .
Feel: thin, weak body, low carbonation.

Great imitation of s'more's. Ok beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black body, mostly opaque, with a fat, rocky tan head, very sticky and persistent, and a ton of lacing, both large and small bubbles.

S - A strong hit of vanilla, a hint of chocolate, sweet caramel and graham cracker crust. Strongly reminiscent of the namesake.

T - The mix does not quite gel. The vanilla tastes more like extract, and is dialed way too far forward. The chocolate is backgrounded and reminds me less of a bar than cocoa powder. The middle does introduce caramel and graham cracker notes, but the close turns a bit acidic and harsh, with a strange smoky note.

M - Acidic and strangely sticky and cloying.

O - This is close in some ways, off in others. Bigger chocolate would help, as would less smokiness in the close. The stickiness in the feel is not welcome - it does not add to the experience, even if it is part of the fun for a real s'more. This is not my thing.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is chocolate and vanilla laden, giving the impression of marshmallow (albeit overpowering), with enough toasted malt and roast to counter the extreme sweetness. There's a hint of ginger adding depth.

Flavor is more chocolatey, not nearly as sweet, with deep toasted, nutty notes that linger into the roasty, dry finish. Vanilla dominates the aftertaste. Good representation of what it's intended to be. Could be better with less vanilla and a hint of sweetness in flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark brown in color (approaching but not quite black) with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a thin (just about quarter finger tall) sudsy foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of vanilla marshmallow + toasted graham cracker over the top of light to moderate aromas of chocolate and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and cracker malts with a lighter presence of caramel malts. There is a moderate flavor of toasted graham crackers as well. That is followed by moderate flavor of milk chocolate and strong flavor of vanilla marshmallow with a moderate to strong amount of sweetness. Overall there is a residual sweetness present.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: The flavors and aromas were spot on for a S'Mores porter but there was something lacking in the mouthfeel - almost seemed a little thin and flat (almost like a poorly sealed growler though this was a bottle purchased at a grocery store). Don't think I will be grabbing this one again but it is really good smelling.

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Photo of BlakeA85
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz bottle into stein, pours a pitch black color with a small, thin tan head that doesn't stick around.
Smells of roasted malt and, well, S'mores. Roasted marshmallow, a hint of graham cracker and most of all, chocolate.
Tastes sweet with a subtle hint of bitterness, but goes by the nose, but more just graham cracker and chocolate.
Feel is medium to the heavy side of light bodied. Goes down smooth, little to no aftertaste.
Overall, interesting for the summer and it's pretty cheap where I got it. Worth a try indeed.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This porter pours a dark brown mahogany with a moderate head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and light lacing. Nose of graham crackers, marshmallow, vanilla, and light dark chocolate. Flavors follow but are a bit overwhelmed in some aspects...graham hits on all sides, vanilla slides into the middle with marshmallow notes, and the rear hits hard on a bitter roasted chocolate malt that is almost unpleasant with the heavy graham notes that features lots of char with warmth. Decent mouth feel, medium high carbonation to keep it lively which is good considering the aftertaste is bitter malts, slightly watery, and a touch on the artificial side. A decent idea that is too much on some notes lacking balance. It is as it says it tastes like, but again it lacks balance and the finish is overly bitter for a porter.

I am a fan of Saranac, they are a great brewery with a wide variety of styles to choose from, but this is a bit much on the palate which is wrecked after just one. Initially we found it unique and interesting, but after a few spread out over a few days this one wears hard on you.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 32oz bottle

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized head, fades at a decent rate and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is quite sweet to the nose, plenty of sugar and definitely picking up a marshmellow vibe from it.

Taste is definitely on the sweet side, which I supposed is expected, strong sugary flavor with plenty of marshmellow and some vanilla, very much cloying and artificial tasting though which makes it a hard swallow for the amount that comes in the bottle, would have worked much better as a 12oz bottle, as it is I'm having a hard time finishing it, active carbonation with fine bubbles, surprisingly thin body considering the sweetness.

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Photo of brap
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The wife brought a 12 pack of this home and I was prepared to be sickened by this but it was better than I expected. Not as cloyingly sweet as it sounds but it is sweet. Kind of nice after a meal, a dessert beer.

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Photo of curasowa
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque, dark brown color with a huge, tan head with nice cascading bubbles. Head fades slowly with spotty lacing.

Aroma: Like walking into an ice cream shop. Caramel, cocoa, waffle cone, faint roasted notes and some tobacco.

Taste: Rich, and creamy with tons of caramel and faint burnt notes. The caramel sits heavy throughout with just a hint of earthy bitterness towards the finish and some vanilla. Finish is lingering with a pronounced tobacco flavor.

The Rest: Very interesting. One of these makes a good dessert, but one is the about all I could do. Also, there's something weirdly artificial tasting about this. I think it has to do with how intense the caramel flavor is.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown body with two finger head that slowly died and left little lace. The graham cracker aspect overpowers me in the aroma, almost like they used cinnamon graham crackers, with hints of marshmallow and bitter chocolate. An enjoyable beer but it is not as sweet and fuller bodied as I was hoping; fullness from beer thanks to cracker base with some balance thanks to bitter chocolate and something akin to marshmallow/vanilla sweetness. Easy finish and had no problem killing 32 oz bottle but can't say this is liquid smores as I could with a couple of other beers that I've imbibed.

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Photo of MECove
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum! The head is gorgeous. You'd almost think it was hot chocolate with whipped cream on top. When you first taste it, there's a sharp bitterness, but it fades quickly to be replaced by a sweet roasted flavor that's not too nutty or sweet but definitely like a dessert.

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Photo of maddogruss
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black body with red hues with off-white head with nice R&L
S: sweet, chocolate candy smell with some sweet marshmallow notes
T: sweet roasted notes with some sweet, marshmallow notes; graham cracker finish
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice M&T combo; ok beer overall

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Photo of tigg924
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Smell is amazing. Taste is big graham cracker, roasted malt, chocolate and light vanilla at the end--borderline marshmallow. Super tasty dessert beer. Is exactly what is says it is a s'more combined with a beer. This may be my favorite beer ever from Saranac. I will get more of this.

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Saranac S'More Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 203 ratings