Saranac Irish Stout | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Irish StoutSaranac Irish Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 109
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep black with subtle brown hues at its edges. A half-inch cream colored and creamy-looking head settles quickly and barely holds in the form of a thin slip.

S: Acidity with a light scent of tart darkfruit. Plenty of roasted and burnt malts. Hints of espresso and burnt black coffee. Woody and leathery scent. Creamy milk chocolate in the background. Quite nice actually, and on point for the style.

T: Espresso and wood at the outset, biting acidity in the background with a tart grape and cherry taste. Old coffee, bitter dark chocolate. Perhaps a touch of grassy/herbal hops, but they are very hard to distinguish. Touch of leather. Dry, of course. Finishes with aggressive roasted and burnt tastes and a wave of dark chocolate.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, but very full, very creamy, and very silky. Light but sharp carbonation adds a bit of a crisp bite. Tight astringency from the roasted malts. Great mouthfeel.

O: This beer has two things working against it coming out of the gate: First, it's an Irish Dry stout, a style of beer that most Americans don't seem to understand or appreciate. Second, it's brewed by Saranac, a brewery that doesn't get a lot of love and has a reputation in the craft world for underachieving and making mediocre beer. For these reasons, I don't expect it to get a lot of love. That would be a damn shame though, because this is an excellent beer. In fact, this is one of the best examples of the style I've had to date. Attractive mouthfeel, highly drinkable, very tasty and textbook for the style; it's everything you could ever want. A case might be in order next St. Patrick's Day.

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Photo of deonreds
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of mikerems
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 BodiesLexus
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of victory4me
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of blackened1339
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black with red traces of light in it. 1/3 inch tan head and good retention when the head fades it leaves behind some circular lacing

Smell: Roasted malt and coffee are pretty much upfront and ll over the beer. Not much more going on

Taste: Upfront is the roasted ash flavor that I associate with Irish stouts and then the beer finishes off with a subtle but nice coffee note

Mouthfeel: Medium to low body with medium carbonation

Overall: A real good example of the style very smooth and easy drinkability

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black body with thin head

S - Coffee nose is a little underwhelming

T - coffee and chocolate malts provide good taste

M - mouthfeel is just okay, about right amount of dryness, a little watery. Needs more body to make it more robust.

O - Decent stout. Probably will have again in the future

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very dark brown, basically black with no light shining through on this one at all. Rich looking head of tan on the top hung around for most of the session. The aroma was a bit light. Lots of roasted malts, with just a hint of cocoa underneath it. Really dry taste, but a little bland for me. Light cocoa and roasted malts, but it lacked alot of depth to put it over the top into another cateogory. Still though it was a decent little stout with a nice feel, and a 5.5 percent very drinkable. Not sure I would go here again though.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking dark brown color. It's almost black in color. The head was a nice creamy looking tan color and left a decent lacing. The smell of the beer had the musty earthy roasted aromas going on. The taste was nicely toasted and left a pretty nice bitterness behind. The mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall I feel that the beer was decent, the body could have been a bit darker, it was almost see through. Just about everything was mediocre but drinkable.

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Photo of drizzam
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark black topped by an ample foamy tan head. Good head retention and average spotty lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt with a decent amount of dark chocolate lingering around. Some coffee but not dominant.

T & M - Heavy roasted malt for the main body, with slight chocolate and coffee notes as an accent. Hops provide some bitterness toward the back end. Of course, the bitterness becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Medium bodied with a certain slickness or creaminess on the tongue.

D - This is my first offering from the Matt Brewing Company. It's a solid Irish Dry Stout but perhaps not the perfect example of the style. Certainly worth a try and I'm glad I got my hands on it.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours porter black (translucent red/brown) with a spotty 1/4" light creme head that settles spotty

S: smells true to style. light roastiness, faint hop bitterness, smooth. you can tell there's that signature flatness akin to a nitro stout to it as well.

T: Very filling light roasty creaminess (like a dessert, but just a hint so) with a lot more carbonation than was apparent in the nose to accent the taste components. the dull hops complement the carbonation and roastiness well.

M: Not too heavy at all and I thoroughly enjoy the embodying carbonation, right on the spot. The roasted malts are a smidge drying.

O: Can't go wrong with this beer especially for the price. Done very well for the style as well.

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Fairly black pour, not necessarily the thickest, a nice white head about a finger thick.

Aroma, peaty malt, light roast. Smells a lot like Guiness.

Dry roast, malty, a tinge of sour or light prune. Caramel, mild dark chocolate. Finish with some roast and cocoa, fairly dry.

Body is light, but not as light as I expected actually. Carb is a little too high to be creamy. Drinks fine though.

Not sure on the age of this, but it still seems ok to me. Maybe not for long though. Probably a little better fresher.

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Saranac Irish Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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