Saranac Irish Stout
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #213
Ranked #40,085
3.64 | pDev: 10.99%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Irish StoutSaranac Irish Stout
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is black with a luscious tan head of foam that lasts and clings in sheets as you drink and then leaves spots. As it catches the light it catches your eye and you notice ruby glints from deep within. Nose is roasty malt. It seems to backed by a kind of sweet softness from hops but you cannot make too much mention of them on the nose. I think they can make a beer smell fresh even when you can't really smell too much of them. Coffee, hearty earth and light cocoa powder. Drinks smoothly. Round creamy and fullish. It's not really as full as a heavier beer as it is only 5.5 percent but it gives that satisfaction in the drink. The malts are blackened and you can just taste their bitter edge but no real astringency or harshness. As this finishes the hops show you a sweet moment from their herbal and plenty of malt. The secondary malt flavors add a bit of complexity as this finishes with moderate carbonation and just enough hop bitterness to show you all that creamy malt one last time. Coffee, bitter chocolate and earth. This is right out of the old bjcp and it fits this beer to a tee! - "For the high hop bitterness and significant proportion of dark grains present, this beer is remarkably smooth. "

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saranac Irish Stout
12 oz. brown bottle, code "1411285131350"

Notes: A decent looking glass of "Irish" stout despite the lack of nitrogen (well, that was only developed in the '60's or something anyway, right?). Brilliant lacing and better-than-very-good head retention. "Black" body, dark tan head. Aroma: roast. beer. slightly nutty. I'm getting more out of it than Guinness. Flavor: similar to aroma. some twang. minor maltiness. balanced bitterness. surprisingly well put together. no flaws, other than the fact that the style itself isn't exactly "rounded" or "balanced". Finishes dry and subtly tangy and roasty. Overall, impressive. There are a lot of breweries that have taken a stab at the style, and many have missed the mark - not Saranac.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BranfordBound
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased as a single. Poured into a DFH pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a half finger tan head. Head fades to a whispy covering. Leaves silky lacing, though.

Smells of roasted malts. Some dark fruits poke through. Maybe a coffee in the back. More smell than expected from an IDS.

Strong coffee and roasted malt note at first. Very similar to SA Cream Stout but without the creaminess. Mild chocolate in the middle which transitions into the roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, with a very small carb tickle. A little less smooth than normal dry stouts. Not overly dry, either.

Pretty drinkable, very similar to SA Cream Stout. Doesn't have the drinkability of other Irish dry's like Guinness, though.

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Photo of skenyon1811
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Great deep black color. Not much of a head but it is a nice tan color. The head looks too bubbley/soapy. I expect a thick creamy head on stouts.

S: Good malty aroma with a hint of coffee. I also get this nutty aroma. Not a very complex aroma, but a pleasant one for sure.

T: Right away I can tell the highlight of this stout is the great roasted malt flavor. This beer just tastes like Saranac, I don't know how to describe it. The brewery has this distinct taste to most of its brews. This is in no way a bad thing. This has a nice hop bite to it too, not overwhelming. Perfect hop flavor for a stout. Real nice lingering after taste.

M: A little too light for a stout. I would like to see a creamier, thicker stout.

D: It is one of the smoother drinkable stouts that I have had. I would drink three of four in a night. I would like to see what this on tap at the brewery could offer.

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Photo of sluggermatt15
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark brownish in color with a light brown lacing. About 1-2 finger head after poured from a bottle into a 12-oz. glass.

S- Definitely some malts, you can sort of smell the alcohol too. Not really that impressive.

T- Grainy, some bitterness to it. The bitter taste comes in near the end. There is also some dryness.

M- Nothing impressive here, some carbonation, but not too much.

D- Not that drinkable. I would only have 1. I think if I were to have more than one, I would have to have a glass of water on the side to counteract the dryness of this beer.

Overall I thought I was going to be more impressed with this one. However, if you are a fan of Irish beer or Irish stouts, I would say give this one a dry. It has a little less alcohol by volume than I expected (in the 6 % range). I bought a six pack of this and I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, black tint. Foamy 2 inch head with lots of lacing.

Smell - Smoked malts, coffee, raisin, minor chocolate and cocoa.

Taste - Starts out with plenty of smoked, roasted malts, a little sweet hint of chocolate. Also a little amount of sweet fruits comes out near the finish. Some hops provide a little bitterness also.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat the tongue as does some chocolate notes. Palate gets more smokey malts, chocolate and a hint of hops. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

Overall - Decent, very smooth and drinkable. Would like a little more hop bitterness since this beer is a tad more sweeter and then most irish stouts. A little weak in flavor overall but still enjoyable.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice n dark very little head retention, very little head at all. well carbonated, very bubbly.
Soy sauce. this smells alot like soy sauce, probably as a result of the roasted barley. might have steeped at two warm a temperature/too low. somethings off here.
Tastes dry and well rounded as a matter of a fact. the soy sauce smells are covered up by the dryness and the sharpenss of the carbonation.
Tingles the mouth, glides down the gullet.
decent drinkability

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Photo of jaswilson2
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of mpalestino
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in ale glass at friend's house

A: solid black, good head, nice lacing
S: spritely, carmelly, molasses--classic stout aroma
T: leathery, licorice/aniseed, horehound--all no doubt companions to the roasted barley; it's overall a solid specimen of a stout


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Photo of obrendano
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice little find at my local 7-11

A - deep black, not much light at all, nice creamy head

S - dry coffee overwhelms, roasty malt and chocolate as well. I can already tell this is going to mimic Guinness quite a bit

T - suspicions confirmed on the Guinness worship....dry dark grain taste in the Irish vein, with just a little more body and "oomph" behind it than canned or draught Guinness/Beamish/etc. noticeable brush of hops towards the middle. not bad at all

M - full, slightly slick, no true complaints honestly

D - basically if you were to compare it to Guinness, I'd describe it as essentially the taste of Draught with (almost) the body of Extra. a nice middle ground. will buy this again

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate bordering black with a coffee colored head.

In the nose is coffee, chocolate and spice.

Coffee flavors up front, then carbonation hits in the back with some bitter spice notes followed by a chocolate coating, then finishing dry with a hint of anise.

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Photo of Anacross
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours nearly pitch black with a streak or ruby coming through. Thick tan head that dissolves into a think layer that skims the surface. Good lacing withstands the sides of the glass.

S- rich and smoky roasted malts, chocolate with coffee underline, caramel, and a bit of alcohol on the back end.

T- Roasted malts up front with a bitter chocolate and coffee flavor. Finishes dry and quite bitter. Good balance of malts and hops.

M- low carbonation and velvety, but just a bit thinner than I would expect.

Overall- A solid Irish stout. Great balance of roasted malts and the bitterness of the hops.

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Photo of lic217
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of aranheaney
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

poured into a Guinness Pint Glass:

A-Inky black with a half-finger of creamy head

S-some roast, nothing out of this world

T-different, the dryness does come through, a little bitter on the backend

M-ok, maybe the after-taste detracts from it, but I'm not floored

O-maybe I was ruined by the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, but this is ok at best.

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Photo of 1BadblueSS
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured an almost black color with brown head. Very nice lacing around the glass.
Smelling the beer, roasted malts and caramel are dominant.
The taste is starting with roasted malts up front, brings in caramel and toffee in the middle and ends with the expected slight bittersweet finish of an Irish Stout.
Good inexpensive beer, which I would buy definitely again.

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Photo of swgwilt
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of deonreds
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of bubseymour
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark with brown small head
Smell - malty and slighty chocolatey with a slight balance of hops

Taste - very well balanced with slight hop bite but very subtle. Nice flavorings and realatively light and not boozy or strong at all.

Mouthfeel - Very decen and not watery for a 5.5% stoudt. Feels very full bodied

Overall - Considering the trainwreck that the Imperial Stout is, I was skeptical trying this one out. I was very pleasantly surprised by how well done this one is by Saranac. Its not overly chocolately like many American micros and seems to have a trueness to the Irish stout authentisty with well balance and not going over the top like us yank brewers tend to do. Nice job Saranac!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with light brown highlights around the edges and a thin, sparse, light tan coating on the surface. Aromas of mocha coffee, with a slight sugary ribbon to the chocolate character, and a touch of earthy characteristics. Flavors of roast and char initially, with a slick, bitter coffee backbone quickly following. Some bitter chocolate highlights, but not as much as the nose would lead you to believe. Aftertaste is rich chocolate and coffee, with a strong bitter undertone. Light, dry body with a slick, quick finish. True to the style, but a little more chocolatey and rich than you may be used to. Tasty.

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Saranac Irish Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 214 ratings