Saranac Irish Stout | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Irish StoutSaranac Irish Stout
207 Ratings
Saranac Irish StoutSaranac Irish Stout

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2010

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Ratings: 207 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of Justin23060
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with red to dark amber highlights and a one finger head. Smells chocolatey with no real hop presence as expected for style. Pretty dry from begining to end. Roasty but not smokey. Taste lingers just long enough. A little thin for the style but that didn't bother me so much because that made it more of a hot weather stout which is quite appropriate at the time of this review. I'd get it again.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, caramel colored head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled very roasty with chocolate and toffee notes. Slightly floral, too.

T - Really surprised me. This was a really tasty Irish Stout. Good roasty chocolate flavor. Nice burnt toast flavor with caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was a surprisingly good Irish Stout. I'd get some more for a good, inexpensive, sessionable stout.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sweeter version of a dry Irish stout. Black body with a creamy head. A whiff of smoke. Not so dry, and in fact a decent tastiness and drinkability. Half decent mouthfeel, a tad watery and a bit of caramel to give it some feel. If stuck, I would have it again. Thanks Radek.

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Photo of dtivp
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with hints of red, a one finger dark tan head with little retention and light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt and coffee.

Taste of roasty malt, dark chocolate a sweet dark fruit beginning with a slight bitterness of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium body, creamy with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall this is a very nice enjoyable stout that I would definately buy again.

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Photo of andyg2smooth
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black Coca-Cola like appearance with a 2 finger cream color head-4.0

S- Very nice roasted mocha smell 4.5

T- Tastes similar to the smell, very rich chocolaty with a coffee aftertaste 4.5

M- Creamy mouthfeel, very heavy and rich, but goes down smooth with a med-low carbonation 4.5

D- This is a very delicious beer, but very rich. I couldn't drink more than one. 4.0

Overall I loved this beer and give it an A minus. I compare it to a Guiness Stout, but a much better price and it is brewed locally here in NY.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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 ngeunit1
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with some brown mixed in with a finger of creamy brown-tan head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind a little lacing.

S - Aroma has some nice deep roasted malts. There is a nice blend of chocolate and coffee elements here. Just a hint of hop aroma breaks through.

T - Starts off with some roasted malt and some coffee flavors and bitterness. Little bit of chocolate mixed in. Through the middle some more roasted flavor comes through with some stronger chocolate notes. The finish has a mix of roasted flavor and the chocolate and coffee flavors with a touch of hop added in, which lingers nicely.

M - About medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Nice balanced feel, slightly creamy and not too watery. Fairly dry finish is nice.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of smooth and creamy elements. The flavor is nicely balanced and not too weak. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's St Patrick's day, so what better to review than an Irish Stout. Poured pitch black into a Perfect Pint glass. A foamy cream head has good retention and leaves bits of lace. The hyper fizzy body masks the flavors a bit. Letting the beer breathe helps calm things down. Flavors are not that great to me. Bitter coffee is the theme here. Roasted flavors dominate, but aren't helped by much else. Things get acidic in the finish. Overall, this didn't do it for me. There are better stouts out there.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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 metter98
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee and dark malts; a slight amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and packs in quite a bit of flavor.

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Photo of nukem5
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great dark rich color of almost black with reddish hues around edges, and a nice tan cap which dissapears quickly.Thin lacing down glass.

S: Notes of coffee toffee and chocolates. Hints of roasty malts.

T: Warm roasty malts with a light hop flavor in back.

M: A bit thin for me on this stlye but ok and good carbonation .

D: Good drinkability and def could drink a few.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

The color is a dark black with maroon hight-lights and a finger of foamy brownish head with some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is filled with dark malts and some raisin aroma with a touch of other dark fruits and a little burnt aroma.

The taste is a little chocolaty at first with some dark malt flavor that has a slight smoke flavor to it. Some roasty flavor with a dry with some slight bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is dry and medium bodied with a nice smooth finish and a great light aftertaste that is there for a short time then is gone.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the "What Ales You" mixed 12pk. Pours a black body with dark brown highlights. Smells like a Guinness - dark chocolate, roast, with a tinge of sourness. Tastes very much like Guinness too - roasty, dark chocolate and espresso notes, with nut and caramel notes in the background. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad. Spot-on for the style for sure. A tastier and cheaper domestic alternative to Guinness products and the like.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep deep brown, but not quite black. Two finger khaki head retains well with good lacing.
S- Smell is decent with an appreciated roasted malt aroma. Some hop character. Decent but nothing outstanding.
T- Some chocolate flavors, just a touch of coffee grounds. Slightly noticable hop character
M- Decent mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish. Not as rich or smooth as I would like.
D- A decent stout. Worthy of a try but not anything particularly world class.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black in color with a tan head. Pretty much typical fare for the stout category. Roasted barley smell, a bit of chocolate coming through.

Good solid flavor, not underwhelming and not overwhelming. Well balanced for the stout style, the roasted flavors not being so strong as to overpower the delicate hops flavor, which still comes through in the finish.

Not as strong in flavor as a Sierra Nevada stout, but does have its own set of rewarding characteristics, making it a worthy brew for any stout lover.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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 skenyon1811
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are some pretty ordinary Saranac brews, and some that try real hard. This one is not ordinary, and it tries real hard. Like some of the others, it generally works, but there is no way it's anywhere near best of breed.

What you have here is a unique, well made brew. The uniqueness seems to come from the water more than the coombinations of malts and hops, but those are well balanced.

Like any Saranac, these are worth drinking, if they are a good value.

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is, just as it should be, a thick, black stout. A creamy light brown head settles just under 2 fingers high with some sturdy hold to it, retaining itself well before fading to a strong foam that leaves thick lacing at the top of the glass in rings before dropping off to spotting.
Smoke and roasted barley are prevalent in the nose with plenty of malt backbone, a bit of wood, and some coffee. This one's a tough call; it's a 4 in quality but just doesn't quite have the strength and gusto it needs to reach it.
The beauty of this one is that it gets the balance and all the smoky, roasted barley and coffee it goes for with no harshness or astringency and offers a nice, strong bitterness that remains malt-centered. There's nothing off here. Soy sauce, I assume, would imply infection and seems to be more of a problem in roastier stouts. There's nothing of the kind here.
I'm completely impressed by the initial smoothness that just rolls off my tongue and flows beautifully. That does taper out as it goes and, as it warms, more carbonation comes through when it was perfectly attuned before. Still, a very nice mouthfeel overall in a rich, full-bodied Irish stout. As it should be.
This is one of Saranac's better offerings and a great take on a lesser loved style.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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 obrendano
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +6.4%
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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Saranac Irish Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 207 ratings
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