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Saranac S'More Porter | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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3.87/5
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200 Ratings
Saranac S'More PorterSaranac S'More Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,047
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
200
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
43
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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.
Review# 6,518

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StrongBelwas
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JohnDon
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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 TomWight
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 BltByKrmn
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Mooslerfitness
4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NickFry9
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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 AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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 ItsBeer4Me
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpb123
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffgerace
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Lucular
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzedup
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueKurenai
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveCash
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Saranac S'More Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 200 ratings