skippapotamus (29) - USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some of the more strong notes of what I like about Saranac wrapped up in this beer - the slight caramel roast flavor, the deep flavor of their lager, and a little bit of the hop of the pales. Inevitably, all of Saranacís beers taste the same, it tastes as if they use the same strain of yeast throughout so many styles of beers that it robs each of some character, but this has enough complexity to notice less. Certainly not at the level of mixing a good stout and a good lager with each on tap, but this one hit just right at the time I tried it and stands as a decent enough mix of two styles in a bottle.
hockeybeerguy (914) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed March 28, 2012.
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, it is a decent brew that I might have again.
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black and Tanís in a bottle never really taste like black and tanís but thereís something to be said for beer mixes. This one is decent. Has some roasted quality, some chocolate, and the mildness and mouthfeel of an amber. Off flavors abound unfortunately.
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found this bottle in the back of my fridge, and itís at least a couple of years old. The look, aroma, and taste are pure stout--there is none of the typical black and tan mix of flavors. With that said, the flavor is definitely pleasant enough, bittersweet and nutty, with a bittersweet, roasty finish.
Beergeek23322 (2038) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
July 2011. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas, chocolate and caramel. A bit on the lighter side and somewhat watery.
shigadeyo (2964) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
6/24/2011: Saranac Black & Tan (Stout & Lager)... Aroma: Coffee with creamer, milk chocolate, caramel sweetness in the background. Appearance: Hazy brunette with a nice beige-colored, bubbly head and decent lacing. Flavor: Oddly sweet and creamy with a misplaced coffee acidity and dry, roasted, and herbal bitterness in the finish; notes of artificial coffee creamer, sweet caramel, weird chocolate, and ash pop up here and there; bitterness is moderate, but is misplaced and quite PEPPERY - just not the right profile for the beer. Palate: Medium to medium-full body. Overall: Definitely not one of my favorites and definitely not a harmonious blend of stout and lager.
12 fl. oz. bottle from Kroger in Harrison, Ohio. Rating #770 for this beer.
AirForceHops (2722) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Yet another 12 oz. bottle purchased at Oliverís Beverage Center. English pint shows a dark brown color with thin off white head that died quickly. Nose is malty, nutty with hints of fruit. Taste is weak and all over the place. Chocolate, caramel with toffee tone. The off putting thing is a strange wheat sourness that really should be here. The body is toasted grain with a watery, super thin texture. Odd yeast tones. This MAYBE a way to introduce a stout to somebody who has never had one butÖ I sure the hell wouldnít. I would offer a good home brew before this. This is my 12th offering from Matt Brewing, doesnít make me want any more beer from this brewery.
maxwelldeux (3084) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin off-white head. Nose is a bit dry like a dry stout. Taste is much the same, yet feels somewhat light.
BrewBoxer (1765) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep black> Lighter body then a stout. More like a shwartzbier. Pretty good but not my favorite
nathan30533 (546) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good brew but not too stout. Pours a nice dark brown color with a good forming head. Not much aroma. little lacing. Good brew.
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt and gas. Nice lookin dark mahogany with persistent head. The stout flavors (dry cocoa and roasted nut) work well with the lager malt and hops, but there is a vinegar-ish aftertaste that kinda ruins things. OK, but could be better.