Saranac Oatmeal Stout | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Oatmeal StoutSaranac Oatmeal Stout
Saranac Oatmeal StoutSaranac Oatmeal Stout

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

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 131
Photo of williamherbert
4.19/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark brown, just this side of black. Puffy light brown head. No light can be seen. Nice brown lace.

Lightly toasted malt aroma. Sweet like a mild chocolate. Sweetness is a nice mild balance. Less coffee. Hint of dark cherry/grape. Excellent.

Only slightly biter, but with a more pronounced sweet counterbalance. It's very good, and has a dry finish. Has some alcohol in the flavor.

Feels thick and grainy, sandpaper. Substantial but not a choker.

A nice, balanced stout. Has the thick chunky feel of an oatmeal, but a sweet backbone. Very nice.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice 2 finger head into a pint glass, very good sheet lacing throughout. The color is completely dark/opaque.

The smell has some roast and sweet bread, with some chocolate undertones.

Taste is all about roast and some chocolate hints. Somewhat sweet, but not cloying, given the nice roast/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel excels here, full and rounded.

A very good example from Utica. For the price, may be the best value oatmeal stout in the USA??

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Photo of Deconstructionis
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of 6 12 beers of winter this year and the best I've had so far. Poured into a tall pilsner glass, it is a an opaque very dark brown with a moderate creamy head. The aroma is not pronounced with a roasted nut tinge. It's a good tasting stout but not as high on roasted barley as most and more on the sweet stout side. The mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and creamy, very full textured. I had only one but as stouts go it is one that might be considered easy drinking.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a surprisingly good stout from the folks at Saranac. I remembered trying one of their samplers before and being very impressed at their takes on some very ambitious styles of beer. Their black and tan left me with bad memories, so I held them to a low standard, which they easily exceeded.

This one is very close to what it should be for the style. I think it tastes very chocolatey and it has a strong roasted flavor. The nose is very nice and it makes you think there is more alchohol in it than there is.

I'm not upset that there are only two in the box - as I recall, some of the others will be much more impressive (and even more surprising).

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Photo of davidt
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Twelve Beers of Winter pack. Pours a very dark black color with a thin, long lasting head. Roasted malt aroma. Starts out with a light roasted malt flavor. As the beer warms the sweetness of dark chocolate comes out. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness. A very good, not exceptional, oatmeal stout.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black hue with a tan foaming thick head, leaves behind thick bands of lacing with each sip evenly around my pint glass. Aromatics dark roasted malts with soft sweet creamy edges, along with a herbal hop flow. Dark chocolate and oats reign supreme, not much coffee kick going down. Flavor has a steady flow of bitterness from the dark chocolate flavor but the oatmeal additions add a nice amount of soft creamy sweetness to the ordeal, decent representation of the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth carbonation doesn't stick around too long on the palate in anyway. Drinkability is a solid effort on all fronts including the sessionability of a beer this dark, too bad there's only two of these per 12 pack.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
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 JamesS
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks good, a nice dark brown/black color with good starting head and very nice lacing. Has a nice stout/oatmeal scent mix; decent and deep burnt grain smell with a nice hit of oatmeal. Excellent taste, nice mix here, too, of stout (chocolate and coffee flavors are slight but there) and oatmeal (a nice bit of sweet oatmeal that adds a lot to the taste). Goes down fine. I would definitely take a six pack of this when I'm in the mood for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Bobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice drinkable beer. Smooth on the tongue, and not alot of carbonation. Good dark brown color, with a hint of red through the light. Not alot of roasty flavors that I would have expected of a stout, but being the oatmeal variety, I suppose that would explain the softness of flavor.
Hint of caramel flavor, and a brief nuttiness. No bitterness at all. The seasonal mix that this came with definitely had some off flavors, but this one was by far the best of the batch.
Decent oatmeal stout, but I've had better. Probably has a higher rating than I would have normally given it, but compared to the remaining beers in the mix, it was much nicer.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beverage poured with a dark body, with a really nice medium head that was dark brown. The smell was pretty good: a bit oaky with moderate cinnamon aromas. The taste was pretty sweet with a pretty middleground approach with malts and syrups. Nothing too strong but nothing spectacular. The drink had a medium body with a crisp, thickness. Allowed it to be more drinkable than most but wished it was fuller. Overall, nothing too strong but somewhat average oatmeal stout.

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Photo of edchicma
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate with an excellent pillow head and very nice lacing. Smell is rich, roasty malt..oatmeal is there also. Taste is a tad light for the style..roasted malt is there but not overly pronounced. Mouthfeel is a bit light, yet the creaminess carries it. Very easy on the palate...very drinkable.

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Photo of sbe1
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad oatmeal stout, could stand some improvement.

Appearance: Nice and dark black brown, light only gets through around the edges, thick creamy head that dissipates to a thick lace.

Smell: Caramel malt, coffee, traces of hops.

Taste: Surprisingly hoppy for a stout--not hugely hoppy, but more than you usually expect--roasted malt (maybe a little burnt), slightly creamy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but light for an Oatmeal Stout, smooth, a little carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. It's not a bad Oatmeal Stout at all, but far from the best.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a vigerous pour into a SA 16 oz glass it's showing a totally opaque blackness with a healthy two-finger, dense and clumpy mocha-brown head that proves strong with good retention.

smokey, semi-sweet chocolate malt, vanilla smoothness with oats and a herbalized hop scent, overall pretty aromatic.

This is one of the better Saranac offerings with a deep, bold roastieness under a chocolate malt but much more herbal and grainy than I expected, the balance of smokey, sweet and herbal is right on with a zesty hop later on and a mild current of fruit.

Saranac tends to make clean but thin feeling brew, this one looks like it should be full bodied but the feel is much more medium bodied, it's smooth and crisp but not hefty or thick, which is how I like my oatmeal stouts.

I'm a sucker for a decent oatmeal stout and this one is not too bad.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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 mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i have been assembling full lineups from breweries and randomly doin these horizontal tastings with my family. The saranac one from a couple weeks ago was more then epic as it took months to gather all of these, but it was a hell of a fun night! Big thanks to Alex for pulling through on the bulk of these, though some may have been a bit older it was cool to have like 20 beers

The pour was very nice with a rich dark brwon, nearly black coming through right away. Nice head of maybe an inch came up over the top but settled down quickly into just a thin film across the top. Decent side glass lacing as well.

The aroma deep with notes of coffee and cocoa, almost bittersweet with a light hoppiness undercutting the deeply roasted malts. Slight peat like aroma as it warmed up. The flavor started out a little off for the style with a health dose of smoked and roasted malts, not exactly at all what I was expecting out of it, but none the matter it was still very good. Rich notes of cocoa overlayed with a hint of dark bakers chocolate and an almost molasses like flavor swirling around in there as well. The finish though was coated with licorice like flavors and very wet, leaving you almost drooling, waiting for another sip to come through. Decent feel on this one, though if I am being honest, towards the end of the session it did start to feel a little bit flat on me, but maybe it was me.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
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 BeerSox
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Dark and opaque black hue with a light tan frothy head that sits at least two fingers high. As the beer slowly settles, strong thick lacing is left along the glass.

The aroma isn't as much burnt malts as it is dark coffee and chocolate aromas. Oatmeal stouts generally have a smoother aroma, however this one seems somewhat tame. If the overall aroma was stronger, it would get a better score.

Once again, the flavor seems somewhat muted. Good, but muted. The flavor is slightly bitter, but has a smooth quality to it. The coffee flavors are present in the flavor. Full bodied with decent carbonation. The finish is mostly fadding bitter malts.

This isn't a bad stout at all, just a little tame. I think all of the flavors are there but unfortunately none of them stand out. Recommended, barely.

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Photo of billybob
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours almost black with a two finger medium tan head that settles to a rocky half inch with some nice sticky lace. sort of weak in the nose with roasted malt, coffee, and hint of chocolate. big smooth rasted malt taste ending slightly bitter. mouthfeel medium and carbonation good. with its milder taste and lower abv makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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 oldirtycaffrey
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beautiful beer pours a near black with a slight, foamy tan head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet--hints of roasted barley and malt. The taste is also sweet and malty. For a stout, I didn't find this to be too bitter. Therefore, the mouthfeel was good and I really think this could be a good session beer on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This may Saranac's best that I can recall tasting (although i'd have to confirm it with some other reviews in the past). As it warms to 45-50 degrees, the oatmeal, chocolate, and caramel really takes on a nice quality and balance to its maltiness. I've had much better oatmeal stouts (Samuel Smith), but since I did not expect much from the Matt brewing company, this one was a nice surprise.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a mocha colored head that sits about one finger.Small patches of lace.

Notes of oatmeal,chocolate and vanilla.

Chocolate,roasty malts and some nice oatmeal lends to the taste.Sorda sour tasting.

Mouthful is sorda overcarbonated but its still not half bad.

This could be a great session beer if it was out year around.Not bad but ive had better OS.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep muddy mahogany with a coffee colored head.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted slightly burnt malt, earthy wood, in the nose.

Bitter coffee and chocolate up front with a slight caramel malt middle, finishes earthy, woody, and herbal.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another good looking and pouring beer from the "12 beers of winter",. Unfortunately most of the others didn't hold up after the appearance and were decidedly mediocre, although almost all were interesting.
This one pours very close to pure black with only a sliver of ruby at the bottom and a respectable tan foamy head. the nose has lots of roasted malt along with a coffee tinge mixed with oats..not shabby at all.
A nice clean malty flavor with a nice bittersweet aftertaste but could use a bit more bite of sour oats or shot of hops, after all, it is winter...kick it up.
Mouthfeel is thicker than I expect but not as much as I'd prefer.
I guess I'm being a bit critical but I simply ask that a beer fulfill its potential when it starts so strong but the truth is that this beer is among Saranac's best and doesn't embarrass itself at all. Not legendary but satisfying and worthwhile.

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Photo of erosier
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black into the glass with a short tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass. It has an aroma of dark roasted malts. The taste is pretty good. Dark Roasted malts come through and it finishes off with a nice chocolate aftertaste. Smooth, rich, and velvety, this ber has a nice mouthfeel and has a bit of a bite as it goes down. Pretty good drinkability though. I could have a few of these.

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Saranac Oatmeal Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 131 ratings