Saranac Vanilla Stout | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Vanilla StoutSaranac Vanilla Stout
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Saranac Vanilla StoutSaranac Vanilla Stout

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Few ingredients rival vanilla’s ability to add richness and roundness to food. Made with a traditional blend of caramel and chocolate malts plus roasted barley and a hint of vanilla. Vanilla Stout will surpass your expectations. Enjoy the brew on it’s own or with a bite of dark chocolate for a real treat.

Added by Brad007 on 10-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Unibroue snifter

A: pours clear, dark red-brown in color but ends up opaque and nearly black in the glass. The short off-white head had moderate retention and leaves little lacing on the glass.

S: The sweet aroma is of roasted malts, natural vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Some alcohol appears after warming.

T: The taste is malty with a pronounced vanilla flavor: A bit overdone IMO, but certainly not unpleasant. The result is a vanilla flavored milk stout. Hops are detectable, but too low to make this seem like a typical American stout. A bit too sweet and syrupy.

M: Smooth and creamy, with a near-medium body that is not as full as it ought to be. Low-medium carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and sticky.

O: If you like dark beers with a good bit of vanilla, this one's for you.

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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

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3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An opaque dark brown brew with more than a finger of fluffy off-white head. Retention is good and lacing is exceptional, very creamy and clinging in sheets to the sides of the glass.

Good but mild aroma; there's vanilla in there, mild roastiness, as well as a touch of coffee. Nothing too big but certainly smells appealing.

Flavor is...only okay, at best. There's a good dose of vanilla but it tastes very artificial, like a dose of vanilla extract dumped in the glass. Bitter roastiness and coffee flavors clash rather than hang together harmoniously. There's a funny aftertaste that's a little overly bitter, almost burnt, and faintly metallic. Some of the alcohol taste from the vanilla extract hangs around. Not terrible but not terribly tasty either.

The body is medium to thin, medium carbonation, feels a little too much like a soda. Not an awful beer but not one that I'd recommend.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep espresso color - not black, but not really brown either. Something in between. A decent head of foam, real foam, which fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice, satisfying lacing on the glass (always a plus for me). Smells like chocolate syrup, not so much vanilla. Taste is actually better than expected. I am pleasantly surprised because I thought it would have a forced artificial vanilla flavoring to it, but clearly does not. This beer was not forced together; someone put some effort into it.

The problem with Saranac is that most of their beers are just okay, like they decided to cut corners somewhere. This one doesn't really fit that mold, but it still leaves something to be desired; a little more abv might help this one.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.44/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Saranac winter mixed 12-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a nonic, formed a 1" light brown head over the clear chestnut brew. Pillowy head dwindles gradually, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is sickly sweet vanilla.

Taste starts with dark maltiness, cold stale coffee and tart artificiality in the middle, and an acrid bitter close, with wisps of vanilla. Mouthfeel is alright, and drinkability is average at best. The clunker in the mix pack for me.

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Saranac Vanilla Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 277 ratings