Saranac Oatmeal Stout
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #516
Ranked #46,261
3.28 | pDev: 15.55%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 132
Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sepia with generous highlights of ruby and Sunkist orange. Light isn't visible on the opposite side of the glass, but brighter light might be. The mochachino colored cap does its job well, including the deposition of a better than decent amount of lace.

The aroma is decent too. It's acceptably roasted malty, with some chocolate and a hint of vanilla. It smells like there may be a bit of a lactic tang on the taste buds, but that's rarely a bad thing in a beer of this style. So far, Oatmeal Stout is better than this brewery's average.

Too bad it doesn't hold up as well when beer enters mouth. First of all, the ABV is 4.3%. If ABV has any correlation to mouthfeel, that sounds about right. This is a thin stout, no question about it. The brewery must be using a different dictionary than the rest of the universe if they think this stuff is 'heavy' (website) and 'full bodied' (neck label). Yeesh.

The slight sourness that was present in the aroma borders on off-putting on the palate. The problem is that there isn't enough malt to power through the tanginess and reduce it to a bit player. The charred chocolate and borderline burnt coffee bean flavors are semi-pleasant, so more of them would have been good.

Though vanilla bean is a contributor to the flavor profile, it has to be searched for to be appreciated. Why add 7 types of hops to an oatmeal stout? Their bitterness is noticed (especially on the finish), while their flavor is not. Getting back to mouthfeel, the oats haven't added even a hint of silky creaminess.

Saranac Oatmeal Stout is a typical Matt Brewing Company beer. It has obvious flaws that are largely due to a lack of ingredients, yet it manages to be drinkable in an 'I don't care if I ever have another bottle' kind of way. Unless you're strapped for cash, treat yourself to a real oatmeal stout.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Shiloh
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing...watery, little character and plain.
A very deep amber with a thin crown and little lacing.
The carbonation is limited and the body is a medium.
Aroma is lightly of dark chocolate.
The taste has a very serious weakness in that it breaks down very quickly, starts a mild chocolate with a roasted nutlike back then it takes on this water property including the taste to end.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark black with a thick long lasting tan head. The head does give way to some stubborn lacing. Roasted malt nose with hints of coffee mixed in, even found mild hints of chocolate. Taste was very smooth and thirst quenching. Nice roasted malt feel with semi sweet middle and a mild bitter finish.

This one was a surprise for me. Really a decent brew and easy to enjoy one or many.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark though not quite black in color. Very nice mahogany highlights when held to the light. Low aroma-some roasted malt but more metallic then anything. Decent enough flavor-somewhat burnt more then roasted malt. Doesnt have the nice, oily and silk like feel and flavor of a good, hearty oatmeal stout. Bit thin body wise. Overall a decent beer though petty average all the way round.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a dark brown color with a tan colored head of about 1/4 inch. Rings of lace are present. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, malts, and brown sugar are present, but rather flimsy and weak. Taste is mild; some malt, cocoa, coffee and sweetness, but not much. Mouthfeel has no density and is rather watery for the style. Drinkability is decent. Not a great beer, but worth a try. Thanks to conneticutpoet for the sample.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Peaches dried the bowl, enjoying her small sample. Benji, on the other hand, did not find the aroma pleasing enough to try it.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a 1 finger brownish head with OK longevity and pretty good lace. Smells of roasted malt with the standard coffee and chocolate, but smells very balanced - that is to say if you can smell balanced. Not a ton of huge smells but tey are mixed well. Taste is again of standard stouts. A decent roasted malt with coffee and chocolate and a very nice roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. Not huge stout flavors but very nicely balanced. Probably not one for the big stout drinkers (imperial etc.) but a well made and tasty beer

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Photo of kmo1030
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

deep dark brown with a thin tan head.
weak roasted chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and maybe some slight herbal hops. it's hard to coax anything out of it, but what i do smell is pretty good.
pretty sweet tasting with chocolate and caramel, and a little roasted coffee behind that. hop bitterness is present, but i don't pick up much in the way of hop flavor. has a somewhat burnt aftertaste.
medium bodied with carbonation that is a little too strong.
good drinkability despite the sort of unpleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice roasted malt scent that boasts of black patent and roasted barley as well as oatmeal. It's dry and earthy. The taste is decent also. It has a dry, earthy flavor that boasts of patent and roasted malts. It is lighter than most, but it has a strong roasted quality. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a light oatmeal stout. It needs more body and less carbonation. Also, it should have more crystal and chocolate malts. I guess they think less is more (drinkability). They are wrong.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this beer ever since the 12 beers of Winter was announced. Poured a small, dense, cream colored head that faded slowly leaving a patches of lace. Dark brown colored beer with a chestnut hue around the edges. Mild aroma of dark roasted malts, a pinch of espresso, and a bit of oatmeal. Oatmeal is evident in the flavor along with some mildly sweet dark malts. Very clean flavor throughout with a bitter finish that is almost ashy. Light bodied, and ever so slightly slick. A tasty beer that is a good representative of the milder side of stouts. Make it black and I've got no complaints.

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Photo of clemtig76
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My second review from the 12 Beers of Winter pack and my second disapointment. This one at least looks decent, deep dark brown, nearly black and smells OK with a sweet malty aroma and burnt coffee notes. Tastes of thin, cheap coffee. Another one down the drain. Next.

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Photo of asabreed
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks opaque initially, but it's really almost a dark amber when you shine some light on it. Crazy spotty and surprising lacing left on the glass from an initial 1" head, which dissipates rather quickly but still leaves some frothiness around the top as I drink.

Smell: Not much of anything because I keep getting metal -- from the cap I assume. What's causing this? The only thing I can get is the slight toasted malt feel and slight malt sweetness, even as it warms.

Taste: Altogether the beer is a bit too watery, almost like someone poured an oatmeal stout and accidentally added water to it (though I don't know how you'd do that). Some toasted and burnt malt at the forefront, with the slightest malt sweetness discerned before the swallow. Finishes dry, burnt, and crisp, with some slight hop bitterness lingering in the later stages after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: A little too slick, and the body is a bit too thin, though it ends with some thickness and a nice burst of carbonation to even some of it out.

Drinkability: A pretty decent offering from Saranac. This seems to be a hard style to really make awesome, like Troegs, Samuel Smith's and Young's in my opinion. Therefore, for an attempt and considering the overall package for the price, it's not a bad stab at it.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night, no light penetrates past the glass. A thin tan head forms and dissipates quickly leaving lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma jumps out of the glass, a little surprising in its strength. Smells of bitteresweet chocolate and roasted dark malts. The taste is very smooth. Hints of chocolate and an initial sweetness. It finishes with a bit of roasted malt bitterness reminiscent of coffee, which hangs around for a long time in the aftertaste. There aren't any off flavors and nothing is over the top so it is an extremely drinkable example of the style. I really enjoyed this beer because it tastes very clean. There is nothing intense about it, just a smooth easy drinking stout. Probably a great gateway beer for people who enjoy Guinness. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, maybe a little thin.

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Photo of cooncat
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample was part of the "12 Winter Beers" variety pack, 2005.

The pour yielded a firm tan head (vigorous pour; beer temperature about 55-60 F. deg.) Unfortunately, the head is not long lasting, and lacing is minimal (upon swirling the glass). Color is a dark brown, but not opaque.

First aroma to hit my nose was light chocolate, followed by some even lighter coffee notes.

First mouthful, swirled over the tongue produced a taste that included the aforementioned chocolate and coffee, along with a slight smokiness. Hop bitter factor was minimal and well balanced with a light maltiness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, served up at near room temp. Finish is dry, with the smoke flavor predominant. This brew is light enough that you could drink several, but, then, I've never really considered stouts as "session beers".


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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jason's bottle from mixed six-pack. Substantial roast, though weak for style. This is a dry stout with lots of oatmeal. Black with big off-white head. black with big off-white head and lots of lace. Lactose acidic. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability so-so.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with just some hints of amber coming through on the edges, a finger of beige head that quickly subsides to a spotty cap, some moderate lacing. Nose is subdued but solid, a nice roasted malt and a pleasant sweet oatmeal, with just a hint of chocolate. Taste is solid, a very nice assertive roasted malt, nicely bitter, but balanced by a sweet slightly creamy oatmeal. Mouthfeel is medium/thin, not as thick as I'd like but what I was expecting. This is a very good simple oatmeal stout from Saranac, really capturing the core tastes, not a great example of the style, but a decent one I wouldn't be ashamed to share.

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Photo of claytri
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a nice dark amber with a small tan head. It had a good aroma of dark fruit and hops. The taste started off with hints of dark fruits, but quickly moved to a sort of generic hop bitterness. The feel was light, smooth, and dry. This is one of those I wouldn't turn down, but wouldn't seek out. The dark fruit you got in the nose was not delivered which moved this from merely an average stout to one that was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of Stimack
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew pours to a deep dark brown color, if not black with a fair sized tan head that had ok retention and did leave some lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is pretty good, has some chocolate smells malt smells wrapped around earthy tones. Has a nice flavor to it, very dry with chocolate and coffee tastes prevalent. Over all I feel that this is a pretty good brew, room for improvement. Actually wish they would replace some of their regular brews with this one.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of 2005's 12 beers of winter.
Poured a very deep reddish-brawn color with initial puffy head that feel to creamy ring. Smell is of roasted malt, with some coffee notes, but very non-intrrusive.Taste presents as very dry and bitter. There are some coffee-like tastes present, buth the bitter dryness is overpowering.Finish presents more dry bitterness that just seems to block out any other flavor. Not really that drinkable. Some improvement as the beer warms, but not much.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a VERY dark red with a good uneven tan head. The aroma is roastey and chocoaltely with some caramel Hops. and coffee in the palate with a dry finish. Very light for a stout. In the taste we have some coffee and dark chocolate hints. Not very unique. Creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. BUT!!! This doesn't taste like an oatmeal stout! It tastes like a weak porter.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light cola color with a thick, fluffy tan head. The head dissapates to sticky lacing and a thin white film

Smell: Slightly metallic with a touch of some roasted grains.

Taste: Creamed coffee, light roasted grains, and a mild bittering finish. A touch of carmelly sweetness here and there as it warms

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: Safe and quaffable. Nothing off but nothing to bring me back either. A nice example and potentially a good crossover for those not familiar with the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of BadBadger
2.56/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a darkened color, although not pitch black. The head is a descent size and a nice tan color, while lasting only a short time. The smell is overwhelmingly of hops (with ones eyes closed the first thought is that of the Saranac Pale Ale, rather than a stout). The first taste is surprisingly pleasantly smooth (perhaps the taste buds were primed from the smell for an IPA?). But subsequent tasting shows a lack of character, being watery. There is actually no discernable tatse other than a unpleasant bitter bite. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Near opaque molasses, russet brown color. Delicate, creamy light brown head that remains throughout the glass leaving a few trails of patchy lacing.

Semi-sweet vanilla; floral oats and a rich, roasted quality. Cream-filled peat smoke. Milk and dark chocolate whaffs.

Peat smoked malt right from the beginning with a rich and creamy roasted malt character. Buttery diacetyl that is a bit overpowering prior to a rough, floral hop bite. Vanilla and smoke carry into the aftertaste.

Full bodied; rich and chewy, but also creamy and buttery.

A decent Oatmeal Stout all-around, but a little too buttery. Without the diacetyl, this offering isn't half bad.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a VERY deep red-brown, with almost no head. A little more head would have been welcome, but the color was nice.

Aroma was of lightly roasted malts, with a hint of coffee, and some faint hops. Overall the smell was not strong. That seems common with Saranac beers.

Taste was of roasted malts and coffee, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel was smooth, yet surprisingly carbonated. Pretty interesting. It had some body.

Drinkability was good... better than their Belgian Ale I just had.

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Photo of mynie
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, decent head. Ruby knocks off some Blackness Purity Points where light stabs. Decent head stays decently.

Smells of harsh roasted malt. Not much complexity but it's pretty nice.

Very harsh roasted malt flavor. Zip zap zangadang, Nice oatmeal finish. Hearty, like I'm being healthy.

Decent, I guess.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.29/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It was black. Pure black. There were small beads when I poured. Minimal head and no lace to speak of. Right on standard for the other oatmeal stouts I've had. Smell was almost not there. A little alcohol and a little toasted malt, but nothing else.

Okay, so I'll say this is a pretty weak OS. It was watery, aftertaste was vaguely like a stout, but bitter was there.

Well, it's best described as "the light oatmeal drinker's stout" . It had a mildly chocolate taste, it had a bitter edge from the hops and a sweetness probably from the oats used, but it all was wrapped in a sour overall note.

This from the winter pack of Saranac beers, and well, like just about all of the Saranac beers I've tried, it's misses the mark of the style and adds something odd. This one adds a thin, cheap and sour flavor to the OS. Never again.

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Saranac Oatmeal Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 132 ratings