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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 131
Photo of drseamus
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everything looks perfect on this beer except the bubbles in the head are a bit too big and it looks more like a soda head. It sticks to the walls of the glass pretty well. The body is nice and dark with ruby notes at the edges and the aforementioned head is an off-white color. The aroma has a bunch of caramel and a good amount of sweetness. The flavor is smooth with a bunch of caramel but a touch thin for my taste. A bit of roasted malt starts to appear as the beer warms. It has decent body at the front of the palate but finishes a bit thin. Not a bad oatmeal stout at all, but not great either.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of the 12 Beers of Winter mix-pack, into a SA pint glass.

A: Poured a jet black color with two-finger head of brown foam. Looks pretty good for an American Stout.

S: Smells sweet and burnt. There are earthy, chocolaty and bready smells to it.

T: Tastes like a sweet baked bread, or a brownie made with semi-sweet chocolate. The malts are perhaps too burnt and acrid to make this a good oatmeal stout, which I usually like to be a bit sweeter.

M: Mouthfeel is full and heavy. The burnt coffee seeps into the mouthfeel, changing it into something less enjoyable.

D: I wouldn't have more than one after the other, but I don't regret having this one. It'll take you a little while to work through this one, which might be a good thing.

This brew would play the role of dessert beer or fireplace sipper fairly well, but it's not impressive enough to be memorable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, part of the Saranac 12 beers of winter pack. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma. There is a bit of grain noticable in the taste. Body/mouthfeel is light/medium, with medium carbonation. Seems a bit thin for a stout. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and not hard to drink. Overall I think it's an OK beer, but nothing special. I'd have no problems drinking it again, but I wouldn't make a point to seek it out either.

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Photo of burnstar
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a big tan head. Some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt with maybe just a hint of chocolate. Taste is dark roasted malt with some herbal hops. Not much character. Surprisingly little flavor and kind of watered down tasting. Medium to light bodied and smooth. Fairly drinkable. Overall this isn't that bad really, just not one I'd return to.

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Photo of Brad007
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent pitch black color with a small head. Aroma has some oatmeal and roasted malt in the nose. When this beer warms up, the aroma releases more oatmeal and roasted malt. Not bad. Taste upfront is mostly roasted malt with not much of an oatmeal taste. Tastes kind of burnt and not like I expected with the aroma. A nice chewy stout that would be good on its' own. The oatmeal flavor just is not strong enough to sustain this version. I'm aware that Saranac has an Imperial Stout that I'll try.

Regardless, this isn't bad for a stout if you disregard the lack of oatmeal flavor.

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Photo of riversider76
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns. Thin tan head,not much retention,and just a bit of lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts,and oats,with a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied,this beer has some carbonation. Taste is of roasted oats,with a smokey chocolate edge. Worth a try.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.38/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at 45 degrees.

A - Poured a dark brown with red highlights...large head, but it was very thin and quickly melted away.

S - Not really much detected by my nose...sort of a smoked smell if anything.

T - After trying several oatmeal stouts in the past few weeks, this is the farthest from the style. A dry-grainy taste with a few hints of light chocolate (in the background, definitely not the flavor). Smokey finish. A very bland taste.

M - Slight carbonation but a very thin body. Didn't expect it to go down this easily.

D - I doubt I'll make any effort to get another one. Almost every Saranac selection seems similar to me...not much really stands out. But I know I'll pick up next years winter pack if there's something different...strange...

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Photo of ghostwalker
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, 12 Beers of Winter.

Body is thin for a stout, dark brown with ruby red highlights. Head is 1-2 fingers of frothy white head, moderate lacing.

Nose is sour malt, slightly roasty.

Flavor is roasted malt. Light and sour. Nothing special here.

Mouthfeel is OK, pretty thin for a stout.

Drinkability is very not good. I would rather have a nitro-can of Guinness anyday.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass the beer was a "light" black color with a half-finger of tan head. No other signs of carbonation and no lacing throughout the sample.

The smell was of roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, toffee, grain, and cocoa.

An innitial malty taste that lacks a robust body. Taste is semi-roasted in character with faint chocolate flavors, slight coffee and sweetness. Thin on body and mouthfeel with an all too watery consistancy for a stout.

Overall it seems like they were headed in the right direction and stopped half way. The makings of a good beer are here but its not reflected in the finished product. Sub-par with many far better oatmeal stouts around, I won't be back to this one.

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Photo of Jredner
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma decided to take a nap shortly after I opened the bottle. I THINK I caught a hint of some malts, but you can never be sure. Though she wore no perfume this dame was a looker. Ebony with a beatiful tan head. She had considerably less depth than I’d hoped for. Ohh she was smooth..maybe even what some would consider refined, but there just wasn’t much there other than some feint roast coffee which now makes my woman anaology look pretty flipping silly.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three-finger tan head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Deep almost black amber color. Nose is chocolate. Starts as a bitter-sweet chocolate hops mainly in the background. Finish has some bitterness. 12 oz bottle from their winter sampler 12-pak $9.99, Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of bossmanjg
2.43/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was not even close to the top of my Oatmeal Stout list.

Appearance: It was a dark, but not dark enough stout. The head was nice for a few minutes, and very little lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate came through very strong, which is a plus.

Taste: The taste did not deliver on the aroma.

Mouth feel: Watery, not very thick or full.

Drinkability: This is, for me at least, not a session beer.

I will probably not partake of this brew again. But at least I can say I tried it, and that’s what opinions are for.

Now go and form your own.

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

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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 JerzDevl2000
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "12 beers of Winter" pack that I've been enjoying this week. I don't drink these type of stouts that much, but I tend to enjoy them because they're full, warming, and well-crafted. This brew wasn't as mediocre as the other brews in the pack, but I had higher expectations for this coming in.

Pretty decent pour to this, the aroma was alright and the head was fairly deep. For a stout, this was very light and I could see through the beer and onto the other side of the glass. Not what I expected! The taste had a very faint amount of oats, but espresso and a bit of chocolate can be felt here too. Those notes, like most of Saranac's other brews, just don't have any lasting power unfortunately, and the back of this beer is very watery as the flavors drop out pretty quickly. It's frustrating, since I thought the mouthfeel was enjoyable!

This is a stout only by name. It doesn't have the solid bitterness, depth, nor look of one, and the oatmeal can't really be detected that easily either. It was a decent beer to drink, but not worthy of the style it is categorized under. Possibly good as a session beer, or having the daunting task of making my purchase of the holiday pack justified...

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Photo of bditty187
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark ruby in hue, brown is infused as well; in spots it is almost black. Taupe head, at the zenith the foam was one finger tall; however the bubbles quickly faded away to a scrawny, soapy lid. It’s unimpressive thus far. The subsequent lacing was… zilch. At best this is an average looking Stout.

The nose is lacking complexity; I smell sweet oats, really watery coffee, semisweet chocolate, some char, and a faint earthy backdrop. Low potency, I do smell everything I’d want in an Oatmeal Stout, just not in the quantities to be impressive. Sure, I found the aromas inviting but I want more. No, I need more depth. It lacks passion.

Wow! The palate is wimpy. Roasted malt… weak, watery coffee notes, hints of powdered chocolate, earthy and dry at the finish. And that is about it, there is some residual sweetness that might be oats. Like the old lady in the Wendy’s commercial said, “Where’s the beef?” I would have loved more malt… a bushel full of it. The palate just isn’t impressive. It doesn’t taste bad or offensive but it just lacks heart and soul. I can’t thing of many Oatmeal Stouts that have been this poor.

Light in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is Kate Moss thin. I would have been happy with Kate Winslet curvy. I would prefer Kate Smith portly. Maybe this is a case of I get what I pay for.

Yawn. Sure this beer is easy to drink; there is nothing here. From start to finish this beer is wimpy. What is the point of it? The Stout aspects are so woefully underdone. I don’t really taste much in the way of oats either. I’ve been on a run of lame to bad Saranac beers. This one is lame. I’ll put it out of its misery. This offering was part of a 12-beer sampler that I purchased in Lawrence, KS. It’s a dud, I say skip it.

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Photo of ski271
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a tinge of red and a small, creamy, light tan head that quickly diminishes to a lasting film. Some decent lacing. The smell is fairly mild for an oatmeal stout with some pleasant roasted malts giving it aromas of chocolate, light coffee and brown sugar. The hops are quite subdued and there’s a light woodsy, smoky smell to it too. The taste is a little mild. Roasted malts bring in their usual flavors, and some light fruity hops show up on the lightly bitter, slightly astringent finish. The finish was rather short for an oatmeal stout. It has a medium body, slightly dry texture and low carbonation. This beer was a little bland and not a very good representation of the style. A little on the thin side and the flavor was forgettable. But it was refreshing and easy drinking. Not terrible, but nothing to write home about.

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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 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 PBRstreetgang
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with ruby highlights. The off-white, two finger head is dense and creamy, and holds well. Shows some nice spiderweb lacing. Oats and roasted barley make up most of the sweet aroma, some dark chocolate and coffee sneak in as well. Charred flavor presents a stiff bitterness upfront, followed by residual sweetness in the back, and a dry, herbal hoppy aftertaste. The oats lend a full and smooth character to the mouthfeel, but the flavor leans toward the bitter end and the balance is a little off. Otherwise, a medium body with just enough carbonation to break-up the sweet/burnt flavor in the finish and yield a decent drinkability.

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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 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 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 LPorter33
2.02/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is a stout? Ok the looks aren't bad. Dark brown in color, nice thick and creamy head that settled nicely. Everything else about this beer is yucky. Mouthfeel is watery, smell is acidic, taste is watery, bland, nothing like a stout. Reminds me of a cheap lager with a bit of instant coffee stired in. Definitely towards the bottom of the list in their holiday pack.

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Saranac Oatmeal Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 131 ratings