john44 (3331) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017 Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely the best of the Saranac brand. This is a pretty average imperial stout at a great price (got six pack for 8.50!) As has been said it is thin for an imperial stout but the hops do a good job of balancing out the maltyness without overpowering what should be the dominate feature of the beer.
Bottle. Opaque Black in colour. Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, lots of espresso coffee, liquorice, some chocolate. Hoppy; spicy herbal hops; lots of hops. Rather oily. Quite salty. Roast coffee malty with sour/bitter hop edge. Long bitter finish. Very drinkable. (2010-12)
slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2015
over a year old - better than I expect of them, though slightly lacking in style. tar, light chocolate and coffee. Medium to full body though a little fizzy. generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
It pours very thick and slowly into the glass. Its color is dark black with dark brown high lights near the edges of the glass. You could say that it has the appearance of used motor oil. The head is tan in color, thick and foamy. It has good retention and leaves behind light tan rings of lace. The aroma is full of dark roasted malts with a light herbal hops note off in the distance. The flavor has a deep roasted malt character with notes of dark toast, espresso, burnt caramel and baker’s chocolate. Hop flavors blend in well under the deep malty character of this stout and add a solid dose of bitterness. It is very thick, creamy and slick in texture with a full body and soft carbonation. This is defiantly a heavy hitter with good depth from the FX Matt Breweries Saranac line. The 9% abv. is well hidden and the silky smooth texture makes it an easy sipping full bodied beer.
Beerhunter111 (22257) - P´Castle, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
355ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Schokolade, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig süß nach Schokolade, Kaffee, leicht alkoholisch. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle date: unk
A: pour a dark soily black ale with no head formation and a mirror surface. No lace.
S: prunes and malts. Faint, but pleasant.
T: Bitter and oxidized malts are not very pleasant. Have a burnt coffee flavor and small hints of licorice and honey.
M: Medium bodied (a bit low for the style) and moderate carb. Dry finish.
O: A little too burnt in profile for me. May have potential to develop over time, but not enough to justify the investment.
Serving type: bottle
RexTalionis (3782) - FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Bottled. Pours dark brown in color with a creamy tan head. Roasted notes of coffee, some darker chocolate and light burnt notes in aroma. Taste is filled with coffee, licorice and slightly burnt chocolate. Even some sweeter notes as in raisins and brown sugar towards the finish.
Erzengel (9355) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2013
Rating from 2010: Der Geruch ist angenehm malzig-süßlich. Im Antrunk vollmundig, süßlicher mit leichter Röstmalznote. Der Hauptteil ist wässrig-flach, leicht röstmalzig-süßlich. Für ein Stout zu flach, obwohl es mit den 9% viel Körper hat. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang, malzig-süßlich. saxo (19350) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2013
--> ganz ok, aber nicht umwerfend. Für Bierstil und Preis enttäuschend! --> 9/8/10/8
Bottle. Nice creamy beige head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, bitter chocolate, hops, coffee and wood. Long bitter finish. Niko100 (2984) - Chicago, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, coffee, & chocolate; Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and some hops; Decent. thechandler (593) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Pours a thick, dark-as-night black color with a thin medium-brown head. Aroma is light and malty. Pumpernickel. Flavor is dryyyy. Black coffee notes with a bit of dry hops in the background. Not bad, but not the best Imperial Stout I’ve had.