Crazy weather…snow is on the way and where I am, we could have 4 to 6 inches of the white stuff. I can’t remember a time when we have had any snow before Halloween. Here is to hoping the weather people are actually wrong about this, like they usually are. Yesterday I had a package on my doorstep, it was the 2nd installment of my birthday gift, the Beer Of The Month Club. Yesterdays beer was part of that so I will continue with the gift.
Beer #334 is Saranac Vanilla Stout by Matt Brewing Company from Utica, New York. Interesting to note is Matt Brewing Company is the 2nd oldest family owned brewery in the US, brewing beers since 1853. Tonight’s beer, an American Stout, has an ABV of 4.8%.
Appearance – Black as night with just a ring of a light brown head.
Nose – Smelled like cream soda with a hint of coffee.
Taste – Some roasted malt flavors of chocolate and coffee being just a tad bit sweet. The vanilla added to this reminded me of cream soda…in a way…mostly towards the back end of this and into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – The body was south of medium and north of light. There was more of a carbonation sting that I was expecting. Low alcohol content make these go down awfully easy.
Overall – This wasn’t all that bad…just nothing here made me say “wow”. I wish it was a little more heavier in the body and a bit smoother. I have two more of these from the Beer Of The Month Club (I get 4 different beers and 3 of each) that just may be good for tonight’s Battlefield 3 playing session…not that I support drinking while gaming…but it does seem to make me play better.