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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Ratings: 762 |  Reviews: 497
Photo of Murph
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown with a very thin head that sticks most of the way down. Bitter aromas of roasted barley are all that is perceptable. Nice roasted barley and burnt/chocolate tastes present with a lighter body than almost any stouts. Nice and creamy on the palate and very drinkable. I have mixed feelings about this style of beer in general. I don't like the idea of trying to make a black and tan in a bottle but I usually don't mind the result. I'm not really sure if they actually mix two different kinds of beer or they just try to duplicate the flavor of a black and tan. Regardless, usually the result is a beer that winds up tasting like a nice very light bodied stout which goes nice even in the summer

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Photo of ThreePistols
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in color with a long lasting sticky head. Roasted aroma. Malty and slighty bitter. Very smooth, slightly oily, dry finish with a lingering aftertaste. The blending of their seasonal Irish Stout and Adirondack Amber lager is a very enjoyable mix.

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Photo of jermar
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but still translucent. Roasted malt aromas. Good mix of flavors with the carbonation tickling the tip and sides of the tongue. Some lingering bitterness towards the back of the mouth and throat (tonsils if you've still got 'em). A very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of ADR
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like the label says, there are a number of flavors to "count"...that said, the dark color promises more than is delivered in terms of impact. I like this beer in that a porter-like quality is subtle -- but its fleeting and the aftertaste is a tad metallic. I grew up just 30 miles north of the Matt Brewery in Utica and I always wanted the Saranac lines to be great (Utica Club frankly reeked and their Matts Premium was a taste-free brew)...they seem to be improving though the bottles can be older by the time they get to me in the midwest.

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

Pours a decent dark brown color. Combination of lager & dark roasted malt flavor. The finish is a bit dry. This is not a bad Black & Tan at all, I much prefer a Yuengling Black and Tan. I think it is fairly decent Black and Tan. It seems that I am one in a few that actually like this style of beer.

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Photo of Todd
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Zu Zu (Middle East) in Cambridge, MA, USA.

Dark, near black in colour with a creamy / sticky head. Aroma has a buttery diacetyl / caramel smell to it. Smooth, medium-bodied with more, albeit slick, diacetyl. An acrid, semi-astringent bite melds nicely with an underlying hop character. A little dry & crisp with traditional lager flavours pulling thru as the beer warms up. Hint of chocolate. Clean finish.

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Photo of Brent
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much hoppier and less stout-like than I expected. Pleasant and drinkable, but not really much like a black and tan. If I'd been handed a glass and asked to guess, I'd tag this as a somewhat mild robust porter.

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Photo of mevans05
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

dark, reddish-brown in color. healthy creamy head. caramel arroma. hoppy, caramel flavor. seems a little weird compared to a traditional black and tan, but still a nice taste and a medium body. overall a fine mix of a stout and lager with hoppy/caramel overtones that give you a sense of each brew that composes this mix.

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Photo of xXTequila
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this beer tasted more like a stout, a weak stout, but a stout, with a crisp finish like a lager.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer tastes more like a light stout. In some ways, this is good when you don't want something too heavy or serious. I always think of these types of beers as marketing gimmicks, but if it's good, then I don't mind so much.

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Photo of John
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A blend of their stout and amber lager. Nice body, hints of bitterness and sweetness, coffee and chocolate. A good colder weather brew.

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Photo of bk3nj
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No substitute for a real black and tan, but it does taste good..

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Saranac Black & Tan from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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