815. Matt Brewing – Saranac Black Forest

815. Matt Brewing - Saranac Black ForestI was up in Chicago for work today and stopped at Imperial Oak Brewing on my way home. Thanks to my friend Nate for the suggestion. So, when I got home for dinner, I thought I’d crack open another beer. I can’t remember exactly where or when I picked up this beer, but a quick bit of online research showed me it had been discontinued almost a year ago.

Location: Poured into a tall pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL

Numbers: 5.5% ABV, ~130 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s obviously black in color with ruby-brown highlights when held up to the light. It has a very thin head that barely covers the top. There’s a bit of a toasty aroma with hints of roastiness to it.

Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is smooth. The flavor up front is malty with a bit of toastiness.  The flavor leveled off in the middle and finished with a slightly roastier taste. The malty toasty-roasty flavor lasted briefly in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: I thought this beer had a smooth toasty and roasty flavor, and therefore, I would contrast that with something sweet. I think this beer would be perfect by the campfire with a s’more or at a restaurant with a Baked Alaskan.

Overall Impression: It was a very smooth beer. I enjoyed the toasty flavors, and the roasty flavors were all in the background, so it wasn’t astringent at all. I thought it was a very drinkable beer, and might be a good one to introduce macro-beer drinkers to dark beer.  Overall, I thought it was a good beer I use to show novice craft beer drinkers that dark beer can be light and smooth… that is, if it weren’t discontinued.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Author: kkozlen

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