gripweed57 (2794) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2017 tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a black color and smells of malts, a touch of chocolate. Taste is roasted malts up front, some chocolate, a touch of bitterness. Overall an enjoyable beer.
From old tasting notes. Translucent brown, black color topped by a huge creamy tan head. Rich chocolatey roasted malt aroma. Bitter roasted malt flavor is creamy and finishes dry. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 18, 2014
Transfer from BA reviewed 1-23-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance -A Nice deep brown color - nearly black. It formed a small light tan head upon pouring which faded to leave good lacing.
Smell - Roasted malt with a slight coffee aroma first meet the nose. These are then lost in lieu of a milk chocolate aroma mixed with an ever so light vanilla and herbal hop aroma.
Taste - The flavor well matched the aroma. A sweet maltiness first meets the tongue which gives way quickly to a more roasty malt flavor. This persists for much of the taste profile, but then at the end gives way to a bit of hop, but quite a bit of cocoa and a small amount vanilla flavor mixed with a little bit of alcohol flavor at the very end.
Mouthfeel - The carbonation is at a very nice level, but the body/viscosity of the beer is a little too thin for the style.
Overall - An average beer. The body or lack there of, take away while. I should note though that it has some other nice qualities, such as smell. If you are looking for a stout with a bit lighter bodyfeel this stout is for you. jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Light and refreshing. Nice light hops. Very light brown appearance. Found this in the back on the fridge and enjoyed it! mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Pours a light gold with a thin head. Wild pils flavor is a little less hoppy than mosr making it very smooth and easy to drink could be an easy session beer with a medium ABV. chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter.
Pours a dark but clear mahogany with a smallish tan head. The head has some staying power, and nicely coats the glass upon tipping. It has an appealing aroma of caramel and dark roasted malts with a touch of spicy hops and a hint of chocolate. The taste follows, but with a touch of coffee in the finish.
M: medium carbonation and near medium body; semi-dry finish.
Overall: very good for the price point.
petey5927 (2) - - MAY 19, 2013 does not count
Unique combination of tastes. Definitely cool and refreshing as claimed by the product although does taste like a lager. labulla (3) - New York, USA - OCT 25, 2012 does not count
Decent beer. not amazing. Probably wouldn’t buy again but would drink again. Lamest review ever jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Had it out of the bottle. Pretty solid, if unspectacular, stout. Good roasted malts give it a nice sweetness. Medium bodied. Not too bad. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2012
I honestly didn’t have high hopes for Saranac Stout, since it’s a very generic style from a brewery not known for making mind-blowing or experimental beers. In fact, this bottle came in a discounted mix pack and the bottle was only a few weeks away from the expiration. But with all those caveats, I was very surprised to get a tasty, delectable, and highly drinkable beer. Hell yeah!
obguthr (6586) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body with a light white, frothy head. Excellent retention and lacing.
Smell: Noticeable vinous aroma plus typical stout smell underneath.
Taste: Stouts are known for being roasty and usually sweet, but Saranac Stout is surprisingly fruity with a touch of tartness and sourness. Red grape is usually a flavor found in stronger Russian Imperial Stouts, but there’s an obvious grape juice-like taste right from the get-go. It’s lightly sweet, but quickly followed by a more traditional stout flavor of roasty malt bitterness through the middle. Chocolate candy shows up briefly on the finish, as does a hint of iced coffee. But the palate comes full circle back to the original grape or cider-like taste with a tartness right before it finishes clean. I’m not sure if this is how this beer is meant to taste, but in this case it’s actually quite beneficial and certainly threw me off guard since I don’t normally get these flavors in a beer of the style.
Drinkability: I was quite surprised to find out after the fact that Saranac Stout is only 4.8% ABV. Not because it felt like a brick on my system, but because it had so much flavor for something in the more sessionable category. The thin, tepid mouthfeel enables it to go down almost as smoothly as a Guinness. The clean aftertaste combined with the light, tart palate makes it almost refreshing. Impressive!
Roasted malt, cardboard, charred wood, vanilla, and sawdust with walnut accents, quite woody. Clear mahogany, thin tan head. Tart heavily roasted malt, ash, and vanilla. Bitingly bitter char and grapenut finish. Vanilla is pleasantly ever-present. On the other hand, there is too much char and it’s too tart. Odd, but ok.