Saranac Imperial Stout | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

very good
198 Ratings
Saranac Imperial StoutSaranac Imperial Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AlHam on 10-22-2007

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 152
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as dark as night from a 12 oz bottle, with a freshness code on the bottle. Absolutely no light penetrates through this stout.
One finger tan colored head that dissipated very slowly.
Aroma is all chocolate, with hints of some sweet malt, licorice and dark fruits coming through.
Taste surprisingly is more on the bitter side. Right upfront there is a distinct bitterness on the tongue which slowly subsides towards the finish ending with a gentle lingering bitterness.
This is quite a robust and full-bodied stout.
Easy to drink with very nice mouthfeel.
Perhaps the second best beer from Saranac after their Black Forest. I was pleasantly surprised by this one and will even go on to say that it can hold it's own against any good imperial stout.
Overall, this is a very good imperial stout and is definitely worth a try.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of tiltedglass
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For me this is the best stout made. I've tasted only 20 or so, not including flavored stouts, and this, like the Guinness Export, is powerful but with a balanced punch. Terrific full taste that is somehow both sharp and round. Great stuff. Getting harder to find for some reason, so get yours if you see it. Try a blind taste against another stout or two and you'll see what I mean.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery snifter...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head that dissipates at a decent pace. Lacing is minimal...

S - Roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, some sweet malt, and a touch of alcohol...

T - Molasses and roasted malts up front followed by chocolate. Finishes with roast and some lingering bitter chocolate. Alcohol is present, but comes across pretty clean...

M - A little thin for my liking. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one, but not something I would go out of my way to obtain in the future. Think this one would taste better with a little age on it...


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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- black
smell- mild licorice type smell, faint smokey liquor
taste- tasted good, could not detect much of that familiar saranac flavor that seems to make their other beers taste all the same , it was mostly covered up
mouthfeel nothing extraordinary but better than average
overall a sweet and robust imperial stout with a good character and body, drinkable with good rich flavor

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Saranac Imperial Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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