Formerly brewed at F.X. Matt Brewing Company
Style: Stout
Utica, New York USA


on tap


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Limited release from the winter 12 pack. Combines the rich roasted flavor of our traditional stout with hints of chocolate and coffee from our selection of roasted malts and barely.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2007
This was a great stout. Very reminiscent of my favorite coffee. Sweet chocolate flavor as well. Good that I dont drink this very often might get too fat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
22-Jan-11 (12-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) Granted, Ive let this beer cellar a bit longer than I intended to, but its aged impressively well nevertheless and the core is still very much there. Dry entry flavors of dark roast, coffee, molasses, and licorice are complemented by a nice, medium-sweet finish of blackstrap molasses, earth, chocolate, and cocoa. Dare I say this is actually delicious? The wonderfully aromatic and enjoyable nose offers a strong, undeniable aroma of blackstrap molasses, plus chocolate bar, licorice, chocolate milk, prunes, and a touch of coffee with milk. Very enticing indeed! Medium-plus in weight with moderate carbonation and a balanced, pleasantly dry finish. Very dark brown in color with good clarity and some transparency at the edges. The beige head pours small as expected and settles to a thin ring, leaving a fair amount of spotty lace on the glass. Overall, this is a solid beer, and its cellared unexpectedly well. Considering that this is one of my highest rated beers from Saranac in 17 years of reviewing (38 total beers reviewed, and my first Saranac rating was way back in April of 1994), I gotta wonder if its improved with age because this is much better than the mediocrity Ive come to expect from this brewery. I rarely finish a bottle of Saranac beer, but this one is enjoyable enough that I just might! Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (15946) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
I love Saranac even if their beers tend to be a little simple. Dark black pour. Nose and tastes of light mocha. Some chocolate malts. Rated 11/5/01

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2010
man this was awful., A dry bitter coffee flavor predominates this brew, but its just to much and never blends in with the other flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9982) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle. Pitch black, tall brown head. Burnt malt, coffee and chocolate aroma. Very well roasted. Very burnt flavor as well, and lots of coffee. Just a touch of sweetness balances the bitter and roasted side well. Rather creamy as well. Burnt, coffee finish that lasts a long time. Fairly well carbonated for a stout, maybe a bit too much. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Roasted malt, hints of chocolate and a light spiced note, roast y and a note of licorice. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of coffee. Tastes overly sweet with caramel and coffee overwhelming everything.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1202) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Very, very good!!! The aroma is very full of malts, chocolate, and some coffee. Its appearance is very dark close to black. Its head is about a finger and 1/2 thick. The taste is essentially chocolate, coffee, malt, and spices. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 I was impressed and enjoyed this one! Right away a strong chocolate aroma hits you, reminded me of a desert beverage. Pretty good look too, black colored, thick tan head and some moderate lacing forms on the side of the glass. After a few sips I quickly tasted a rather smooth, enjoyable chocolate taste. Theres more than just chocolate to it though. There is a nice amount of malts in there too. Slightly bitter, roasted chocolate finish and aftertaste. Saranac says theres coffee in there too, I didnt really get a lot of that. Nice, enjoyable sweet Stout.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
TonyDiUlio (663) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
ugh, this beer was terrible. Yeah it looked nice when u poured it, a dark brown, with good head, but man did it taste bad, couldnt drink more than enough to taste it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2007
had this a while back, i remembered it sucked just like 95% of there winter selection. ill rerate if i get a chance to try this swill again.

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