jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear dark brown. Head is somewhat minimal. Smells of coffee and malt. Tastes of smoke, mocha, and coffee. Body is thin and crisp, like a lager, and very refreshing. Nice drinkabilty. Not as filling and sticky as a regular stout. Great beer.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a one finger khaki shade; it doesn’t feature the creamiest texture in the style (then again, it doesn’t dick around with nitro-can hobnobbery) or the best retention. It does seem to leave a decent amount of lacing on the glass, at least.
S: This has a healthy background of roast, along side some underlying cream. There are also hints of chocolate and piny hops. This hits all the criterion for an Irish-style stout acceptably, but without the extra ’zing’ to make it great.
T: From the get-go, this has a strong roast background. It’s roasty to the point of being charry, even. Thankfully, I like a good charred-to-fuck stout, so I’m enjoying this a bit. Like a lot of Saranac brews seemingly, it’s dry to the point of being boring. No offensive notes to be found, though.
M: This is quite dry and well carbonated. Hell, it’s even kind of watery. Ergo, drinkability is through the roof here.
O: A great dry stout should be dry AND substantial...this is just dry. As a Guinness alternative, this is solid; as an alternative to other craft stouts, this comes up short.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body is black as night and blocks out all light. On top of this dark opaque brew there is a light tan colored head which is tall (about 2 and a half fingers thick) and long lasting. It also makes great intricate lace patterns on the glass as I drink. Its aroma is full of dark roasted and toasted barley malt with inviting deep coffee notes. There is a nice mellow roasted barley and toasted maltiness with the same coffee like notes in the nose. There is only light malt sweetness here before the hops come in and adds bitterness and dryness along with earthy and herbal spice flavor. It is not bone dry but it finishes on the dryer side with nice hop notes and roasted notes quick fading off the tongue. It has a solid medium body, smooth texture and good soft yet active carbonation. Overall this was good solid dry stout. I am a fan of Saranac but this one still surprised me. I would take this over a Guinness Draught any day!
bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too shabby, but not too good either. A decent beer to round out the spring sampler 12 pack, but I would have rather had a lighter beer, maybe a wheat of sorts with a fruit flavor, but this was a nice surprise when you didnt expect much from it.
crazyvin (2009) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A black body with a thin tan head with good retention and some lace. A roasted malt profile upfront, some mild coffee qualities. Flavor seemed one dimensional. IT seemed to have just roasted malts to it, while there was a bit of coffee to it there was not enough to really make a difference. The beer was not decent and the one sided did not negatively affect the beer. It just left me wanting a little more balance. A nice dry finish.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5140) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy dark tan head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was a bit sour and roasty with a bit of vanilla. The flavor was malty, toasty and roasty with notes of vanilla and cola. Medium length malty and roasty vanilla and cola finish. Medium body.
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - MAR 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
la mejor de las 6 me dio ganas de una guiness
Deep within the heart of the Irish lies an uncanny passion for what they call "leann dubh", or black ale. Saranac Irish Style Stout is a lavish beer blended with dark malts to create a coffee like taste. Look for a roasted character that is surprisingly smooth and refreshing, pint after pint. Cheers!
Shanebrews (201) - Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is an approachable, balanced rendition of Irish stout. The aroma displays the usual roast tones. The appearance is a shade pale compared to many stouts, and the head retention is weak. The taste is malty with proper and balanced bittering. I suppose it would pair well with meaty dishes and is sessionable too.
snoworsummer (2631) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Tastes like bitter coffee, grains, dry chocolate. Light body and low carbonation. Smells Like malt and old coffee.
sonnycheeba (3864) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is lightly roasted malts, faint chocolate, faint dates, and light toffee. Flavor is a mix of chocolate and roast malts, light ash, and light earthiness; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.