Saranac Oatmeal Stout
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Oatmeal StoutSaranac Oatmeal Stout
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #516
Ranked #46,291
3.28 | pDev: 15.55%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Oatmeal StoutSaranac Oatmeal Stout
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 132
Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Saranac Oatmeal Stout appears a extremely dark, almost black, opaque color. The head is extremely pillowly and is a light brown in color. It has great retention and sticks very well to the glass.

It has loud smell of oatmeal, with just a slight nuance of malt.

The taste is a little disappointing. Its smell would led me to expect a stronger oatmeal taste. When in actuality it taste like most stouts, if not a little weaker.

Its mouthfeel is extremely smooth, almost like a milkshake. There is a just the right amount of carbonation not to take over the smooth feel.

Overall Saranac Oatmeal Stout drinks just like an ordinary stout. Its worth a try do to some of its unique aspects.

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Photo of therica
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Holidays 2007 batch.

A= really nice dark mahogany-chocolate, modest head.

S= strong and complex but a bit biting

T= biting on the first few sips until the beer settles to the atmosphere, yet mixed with some high sweet notes and a bit muddled in the middle. Then, it settles into a more mid-tastes blend, some roasty malts, oatmeal-typical tastes, a little thick, a little bitter-biting on the hops, almost a tinny-effect in the aftertaste.

M= not bad, not noteably exciting.

D= I'll stop at one. One is fine. Maybe two.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
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 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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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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Photo of Jwale73
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Black in color (no light penetration) with a generous fluffy light tan head that dissipated into a thin layer of foam. Thin consistent lacing throughout the tasting. Strong scent of coffee and malt. Flavor was almost non-existent however, with just a hint of coffee present; somewhat earthy tasting as well. Mouthfeel was very watery with a citrusy finish. Poor drinkability and not at all representative of the style.

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

Poured a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that dropped to a quarter inch of bubbles. Weak aroma for a stout. Taste is also a bit on the watery side. Tastes like one of those gimmicky nitro-can "stouts" only without the giant fuming head.

Not what I'm looking for in a stout.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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 erosier
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of Kendo
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Spirit Haus pint glass. Body is dark black with a 1-finger bubbly tan head. Great staying power on the head, which becomes craggly and foamy and leaves some splotches of lacing. Good start to the experience.

S: Faint is the word that comes to mind. Roasted malt is really about all I get from a pretty weak nose.

T: Burnt charcoal and roasted malt are most dominant flavors early on. As it warms a little, I get some oats and some chocolate. Finishes with a slightly charred metallic flavor.

M: Thinner than expected in heft, but smooth and creamy as you'd expect from an Oatmeal Stout -- which salvages the 3.5 rating rather than another 3. . . .

D: Goes down easily as there's not a lot there.

Notes: Not a terribly interesting version of an Oatmeal Stout -- just too thin and weak all around. A neighbor of mine gave me a bottle of his homebrewed Oatmeal Stout about the time I was drinking this offering from Saranac, and his homebrew was better than this.

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Photo of Risser09
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours dark black with a small tan head that receeds quickly. Looks thin and not so viscous. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, molasses, cane sugar, rum.

Taste: Deep malt flavor without the likely sweetness that the nose would have you believe. Chocolate and coffee are the main, and only, flavors. Not highly complex but enjoyable just the same.

Mouthfeel: Thin and not sweet, this beer goes down smoothe with some lingering coffee-like bitterness. Slight alcohol presence.

Drinkability: For an oatmeal stout, this is way too thin. The oats are supposed to bolster the chewiness. Flavor is decent, probably spot on for the price. This is a good beer for the price.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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 mnj21655
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours black with some ruby/mahogany hints at the edges with about a 1/4" of light brown head that exhibits decent retention. Pleasant aroma, not overpowering, chocolatey, roasty, and slightly sweet. Taste is, at first, slightly chocolatey but becomes noticeabley roastier into the finish. At the finish it becomes almost slightly acrid and somewhat bitter. In terms of mouthfeel this is quite good. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly silky. My complaint here is the carbonation level. Medium-high carbonation doesn't really suit this beer in my opinion. I was able to work out some of the excess carbonation and enjoyed this beer more after I had done so. In terms of drinkability this brew is good. The carbonation and slightly acrid taste are the only real detractors here. The roasty bitterness is just a bit overdone but not to an extent that would have made me dislike this beer. Overall, I rather enjoyed this brew and found it to be another solid offering from Saranac.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.19/5  rDev +27.7%
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 billybob
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
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 sbe1
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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 sraimondi
4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
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 schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Deconstructionis
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
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 auxiliary
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Dark brown clor, with a nice head.that stuck around. ( I poured 2 glass's and the2nd one has been sitting around for 20 minutes with a head on it)

smell - Rich roasted malt smell here and a smoky smell too.

taste - Very roasted and has some of a hops taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Kinda ligh body..

drinkability - I just had another oatmeal stout from another brewery and this seemed more of a dark lager to me.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Jp7010
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a 2007 winter 12-pack with my brother-in-law, came home with the leftovers, among them including one of these.

Poured coffee brown into one of my standard sampling nonics. Came with a very light head with a milk chocolate color. The aroma was of grains and coffee. The taste was sweet. Malty, with hints of oats, chocolate, and roasted coffee beans. It left a bitter aftertaste going down. Full-bodied, and smooth, with a balanced carbonation. A bit heavy, but still good. I would drink more of this, if given the opportunity, but I don't think I would actively seek it out.

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Photo of davidt
4/5  rDev +22%
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 JamesS
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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 animal69
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one from the winter sampler ; pours a deep cherry-cola colour w/ a fluffy dark tan head which lasts a bit leaving little lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, a metallic burnt coffee-like aroma w/ some faint fruity undertones ; a thin, slightly sweet roasted malt and coffee flavor, some hop bite, mixes well w/ the bitterness of the darker malts, slightly sour as well ; a bit on the light side, yet still feels rich, a good creamy texture prob. due to the right co2 level ; a very drinkable brew, i wish i could find 6 packs of this..

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