Saranac Black & Tan | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Black & TanSaranac Black & Tan

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

Style: Black & Tan

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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2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of tjd112
2.19/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this in a Adirondack Trail Mix sixer. Poured into pint glass. Color is black-ruby with some good head and a lot of lacing. However, the taste and aroma doesn't impress me much, since its mostly just malts with a little bit of hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is not impressive. Much better out there.

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2.25/5  rDev -35%

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2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on January 5th, so this puppy has 6 months of aging on it...lets give it a whirl.

A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a nice mocha colored head. The head fades VERY quickly and the lacing is disgraceful. Embarrassingly bad.

S- not much of anything...slightly metallic smell. Seriously, thats all I'm getting. *really*?

T- tastes a lot like a brown ale...nutty flavor. The lager in this tastes like water compared to the stout, even when mixed. Its more of a...brown & clear? I dunno. Unimpressive.

M- feel is of water. Very thin. I know this is only half stout, but I'd like some sort of body to it. Its got the feel of a light lager, and thats not something I look for in a beer

D- I guess its drinkable. I wouldn't look to buy it again...its bland as hell. But hey, I guess thats drinkable.

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2.32/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Saranac had such a garbage reputation out here about a decade ago, that it used to be called nutsac, but I digress. On to review this not so great beer.

Looks like a decent black & tan. A little too thin for my tastes. Smells decent. But then its all downhill from there. Once you taste it, you can tell it was made for the so called East Coast/Yuenling type palates. Thin, watery, resinous old wood type of flavor that is strong on the tobacco and not much else. Mouthfeel, you just want to swallow it or spit it out. I guess it's drinkable, because it tastes like colored water, but its not desireable.

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2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I didn't realize that there is such a thing as pre-mixed black and tans. I've had the standard Guinness and Bass at bars, and I was once at a party in college where they had a keg of each and encouraged mixing them as a sort of theme party since once roommate was white and the other was black. I thought that was a pretty cool idea!

A - This is obsidian black, and only the tiniest hint of ruby light comes through when held to a light source. A flimsy one finger head disappears quickly and leaves a thin collar behind. I waited for quite a while to see if it would separate like a hand mixed B&T, but after more than five minutes, it's still borderline black with some ruby highlights. Swirling brings the head back and leaves some nice lace behind.

S - Smells like a chocolate Tootsie roll pop. It smells like what it is...a mixture of stout and light lager. It's not very assertive, but it smells nice enough.

T - Dark bitter coffee and hay-like hops with lager malts. This is really confusing....there are a few flavors that seem to oppose each other, and the taste comes of as bitter, but also very sour. Very odd indeed.

M - Light bodied with some crisp carbonation and a very bitter acidic finish.

D - Nor for me. A novel idea, but you're better off mixing your own black and tans. This one is just all over the place and very unbalanced. Odd.

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Photo of alkemy
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice dark pour with a fluffy head. The smell wasn't awful, but the taste sure is. I've had a few Black & Tans out of the bottle and none have come close the mixed before your eyes version. I would never have purchased this, but it was in a sample pack.

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Photo of bashiba
2.34/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had a nice bright clear ruby color with a thick and creamy tan head, good retention and lacing.

Had a light bit of black malts and a touch of sour yeast, not real good.

The flavor is a bit smokey with an off sourness to it that detracts from it quite a bit, otherwise typical Saranac, light and non-descript.

The mouthfeel is light and thin with some mild carbonation.

A flawed beer.

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2.36/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice dark color, though not totally opaque. Right color for a bottled black and tan. Misses full points for not being layered like a tap black and tan. May not be fair, but it is what it is.

Smells malty and a bit like caramel. Hints of a "burnt" scent--would score higher if not for this.

Bitter and chalky. Not overly so, but enough that it gets a low score for taste. I don't really care for this.

Mouthfeel scores low. It's watery and weak. I wouldn't have believed this had any stout in it if not for the label.

Not a great beer. Weak and watery; disappointing.

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2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Most Saranac productions I've tried are ok, drinkable, but nothing to go out of the way and serve to friends. This Black and Tan is more like a brown ale in apperance and taste. Nothing like mixing Harp Lager and Guinness Stout (or Bass Ale for that matter!)

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2.41/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a deep brown color with a light caramel colored head. Very light lacing is evident. Absolutely nothing detected in the smell. Very thin bodied, has some slight caramel flavors and a tinge of bitterness come through. Very dull and uninteresting, and the carbonation seemed a little strong. This leaves me wanting to go back to making my own black and tan with high quality beers.

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2.45/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Two-finger head, no lacing. Mahogany red to the light. A fizzing buring in mouthfeel... at this point, I reflect being weened on Yuengling pitchers at Good OleĀ’ Days in Bloomsburg at $1 each and my future wife smiling at only me in the haze, Ryan holding a pitcher in each hand, Jer nodding, Jay watching Sportscenter, etc. (not fair for Saranac to compete with nostalgia)... back to the beer: flat and straight in its communication, probably best had in the months where the burning would be more useful.

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2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint. Purchased as part of the 12 Beers of Winter sampler case.

Jet black with some ruby light peeking through. Very slim head (despite aggressive pour) is a burnt cream color which left rather quickly.

Scent is a bit harsh. Alcohol is detectable despite modest a 5.4% ABV. Some bitter malt hints.

Flavor is nothing special. I much prefer a Black & Tan from the taps, as I enjoy the separation of flavors. This brew is pretty much a Yuingling B&T plus a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. Definitely one of the weaker points of this sampler case from Saranac.

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2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Too fizzy. Not something I'd seek out. Bland. Was hoping for a more impressive beer. I wouldn't say to avoid this one, but nothing great here. If you are looking for a better dark beer from Saranac, try the Black Forest. It is creamier and not as harsh.

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