Saranac Irish Stout | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Irish StoutSaranac Irish Stout

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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black color with a tan head that thinned out to a ring and left a few spots of lacing.
The aroma is roasted malts and a milky sweetness.
The taste is good with roasted malts upfront and some sweetness midway through finishing dry.
Medium bodied with a smooth feel.
Easy to drink.

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Photo of Stimack
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this brew up for a try, new offering from Saranac. In the past been hit and miss with the new releases so was not sure what to expect. Poured to nice black color and if held to a light source you get some dark ruby color. Has a nice medium tan colored head, quite creamy, great legs and tons of lacing. The aroma comes off more roasted and toasted than burnt with a slight sweet scent, lactose? Overall a excellent aroma coming from this one. The flavor is excellent, while not complicated it has a nice roasted malts flavor, very faint astringent note, slight sweetness in the middle. Has a similar profile probably from the yeast that I get in the other offering from Saranac. That flavor works here in some of the other brews it does not. Again this one is not overly complicated, but it works extremely well for a sessional brew. Slight watery but I feel the same about most of the major Irish Dry Stouts. Now I might be called crazy but for me this brew was just as good as the Guinness or Murphy's I have had, actually like the consistence of this one better ... maybe this is me being a homer. I must say that some of the Saranac offerings have been lack luster as of late but this one is very good IMO.

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Photo of lansingj24
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Picked up a single bottle to try it out.

A: Was happy to see it poured a deep black. Even happier to see that it yielded a thick white head that had great retention.

S: Very subtle smells of coffee. Sweet scents were also there that seemed to be more like acetone.

T: Small amounts of coffee flavor initially that mellowed out. Reminded me of Guinness and Beamish with its slight sweet aftertaste. It just seemed to have the average Guinness 'Irish Dry Stout' taste.

M: Glad to see the body was similiar to an Irish stout. Moderate body that had a great creamy texture.

D: I would say I could def drink this often. Tastes like the typical Irish stout. Plus with its price you can't go wrong.

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Photo of SirSaranac
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle*.... 5.5% abv

Well, I had been looking forward to trying this... most of Saranac's newest releases had been rather tasty, and although this isn't exactly a new release, I had never tried it prior.

This brew poured jet black... 2 finger frothy tan head. Lacing was nothing memorable.

The scent was rather one dimensional... roasted malt... but nothing strong.

Decent taste. A brief sweetness that quickly transitions into a smooth yet one dimensional coffee roasted malt. *shrugs*... It's smooth, with a nice creamy mouthfeel... and very drinkable. But if you're looking for a complex stout... look elsewhere.

Although I feel that this is better than Saranac's Mocha Stout, Oatmeal Stout, or Vanilla Stout (I've never tried their traditional stout)... I would still suggest either their Imperial Stout or Black & Tan over this.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Irish Stout is a solid black ale with a foamy, tan head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a toasty and malty aroma that seems a touch sweet. It's medium-light bodied, a little bubbly, dry and crisp with a clean finish. It's a pretty mellow flavor that's well balanced. It tastes a little roasty and the finish is pretty green. It's a decent session beer.

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Saranac Irish Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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