Saranac Black & Tan | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout & Lager

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

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#39,324
Reviews:
497
Ratings:
762
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ah, the joys of the Bottle Backlog! I have some in the basement's Beerfrigerator that I brought with me in the move from my parents' house over to Chez Woody that I have not looked at in a while. I was recently inspired to make today a New Saranac Beer Sunday (or New Beer Saraunacday (Week 661), if you will) & so this is a continuation thereof.

From the bottle: "Saranac Black & Tan is a judicious melding of our Classic Irish Stout with an all-malt German-style Amber Lager. The result is a brew that is hearty, pleasantly bitter and full of flvor, yet can be enjoyed bottle after bottle. Our unique Black & Tan has multiple flavor notes ... You may even enjoy counting them. Enjoy!"; "Stout & Lager"; "Brewed in the Adirondack Foothills".

Once again, a slow, gentle pour was in order following the Pop! of the cap. I then performed an in-glass swirl which raised a finger of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention that slowly fell away. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose had a slight roastiness along with a nutty sweetness. Mmm. This has potential to be interesting! Mouthfeel was medium. I let my first draught roll around in my mouth and on my tongue. It had a definite roastiness, but it seemed like it was somehow being held in check. This actually made it tastier to me than if it had been full-on burnt/bitter/roasty. I am not sure that I would have identified it as a "Stout" since it had that cut, but it was still very tasty. I might have guessed "Porter" & then nodded when it was revealed as a blend. Finish was semi-dry, but as I said, it might not have been as pleasant a drink if it had been full-on dry & roasty.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nope!

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3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

She pours a jet black color and leaves the same colored body with a slight brown around the edges. The head dissipates within seconds. The smell has a slightly creamy sweet blend of coffee and has some toasted bread character to it. The taste is nutty and chocolate sweetness with a tinge of bitter coffee at the end. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium, slightly sessionable with a tangy aftertaste and finish. Overall, decent as a pre-made Black & Tan.

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3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looks more tan than black, but that's alright, we'll get through this. Small 1/3" tan head. Vanishes. Aroma was kinda muted, but nothing wrong with it.

Taste was way thin on the stout, the stout flavors, needs roast, and if you're not gonna drop roast, maybe some caramel and nuttiness from the tan? No? Well shit. Has some earthy wood and tobacco realm. Is there some peat going on here? Just haven't been a fan of Saranac man, this was no different.

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Saranac Black & Tan from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 762 ratings