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Saranac Black & Tan by Matt Brewing Company, The
Black & Tan
0.00 % ABV

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Review by everetends on 06/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 2010
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12 oz bottle to finish off this Saranac mixed sixer. Served up in a standard shaker pint glass.

A: Pours a Seemingly black body. Closer inspection you can see some red peeking out the sides. Sure enough, held to the light you get some dark brown body with a whole lot of red coming through. Got about a finger of off white head that falls almost immediately to a thin ring. Spotty lacing at best, but very little to tell the truth.

S: Getting some suprisingly good smells coming out here even if they are muted and the only thing going on in here. Got some nice, roasted coffee aroma coming out. That coffee has a touch of chocolate accompanying. There is a somewhat dirty, chemical smell coming in on the backend of the aroma. Kinda wierd and a bit off putting.

T: Taste is far better than exected. A really nice and light (I stress light) roasted coffee and cream flavor coming out. Touch of chocolate and nutty goodnesss. Then comes the thin, clean water lager flavor. That dirty chemical flavor is in here as well on the backend, but its not that bad in the flavor. The roasted qualities actually take over and center stage.

M: Actually pretty light in body for the color. I was expecting much closer to medium, but its light. Carbonation is medium and crisp. I feel there is a good amount of the lager in here. No need to talk about an ABV presence. Aftertaste is some roast malty goodness combined with some dirty chemical.

D: This isn't bad at all and was a bit suprising to me. I haven't had much luck with bottled black and tans and this one works pretty well. Sits nice and light and doesn't take too much out of you to drink. That wierd chemical presence and the feel bring it down a bit, but its still good. I would drink another. Now the Saranac drinking experience is finally over.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-13-2009 06:00:05

Served In: Pint Glass

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