Saranac Imperial Stout

Saranac Imperial Stout

Rated 3.420 by BeerPals
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Brewed by F. X. Matt Brewing Company

Utica, NY, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

9% Alcohol by Volume

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Saranac Imperial Stout is part of our "High Peaks Series," a line of beers that are bigger, more complex and flavorful; beers that are meant to be sipped and savored. Saranac Imperial Stout is brewed with 11 malts to balance a deliciouse chocolate and coffee roasted flavor with a spicy herbal character of the generous kettle and dry hops.

ID: 28809 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Overall Rank4925
Overall Percentile89.6
Style Rank590 of 1768
Style Percentile66.6
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.600
Weighted Score3.420
Standard Deviation0.554

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  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Never been a big fan of Saranac but this stout seems to have improved with age.Black with a good head but thins out quickly.Aroma and flavour were of dark chocolate, burnt coffee,roasted malts and burnt toast.Mouthfeel was a little thin for the style.Oops! the burnt toast was my breakfast.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    thanks M.A! ..bought in a obscure liquor store somewhere in TN apparently... Feb19th 2012 .. 9:14pm .. . light burnt wood, light bovril, tar, and big screen black .. . light to solid mouthfeel .. . 6miles in, then we can all have breakfast .. . tasty and really slick, very well done- i liked and enjoyed this and was surprised at its quality- nothing earth shattering, but enjoyable... . . Nice bike! Where do you put the batteries?

  • UPSTATEDAVE 853 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Poured black with a thin head and visable legs on the glass from the alcohol. The aroma was strong of alcohol. I thought this took a good deal away from the beer. This had a decent stout bitterness but was hurt by the strong flavors and aromas. I must admit that I don't care for the "big beers"

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 4.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: 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. Smell: The aroma is full of dark roasted malts with a light herbal hops note off in the distance. Taste/Mouth feel: 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. Notes: 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. This is a must try for stout lovers.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma contains roasted coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Some sour notes in the flavor which also contains some chocolate and coffee. Overall this was better than I expected from my name sake brewery.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours dark, dark brown with a late emerging head which spilled all over my counter, nice lacing. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, coffee and roast. A bit thin on the tongue, but not a bad effort. Chocolate, coffee and some burned notes, a bit astingent and bitter, but some sweetness to balance. More than I would have expected from Saranac. Good show!

  • COTTRELL 588 reviews
    rated 3.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Pours black with a thick dark tan head, eventually slims down to a thin layer with sporadic lacing. Aroma is full of mocha, espresso, and molasses, with some rummy booziness showing through. Some spicy anise seed up front, bitter chocolate to follow, then an in your face bottom of the pot coffee roastedness, black peper, and burnt wood. Dries out a ton midpalate to the finish, and is bordering on astringent. Not sure what happened to all the sweetness I picked up in the nose, but it's sorely missed on the palate.

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