11 January 2008
Saranac Imperial Stout
Some time back I wrote about running across mention of Saranac's "High Peak Series"; well, now I've finally had the opportunity to try one of them, and the results are more than satisfactory. The Imperial Stout continues in Saranac's tradition of making unpretentious, earthy, drinkable dark beers (see also their Black Forest, Chocolate Lager and Caramel Porter. It doesn't present its 9.0%ABV too directly, but it's also not a beer you're going to want to drink more than one of at a sitting - and that's not a bad thing. Very flavorful, full chocolate malts and just a hint of sweetness. It's not as smooth as a Bell's stout - but really, that's an unfair comparison. Definitely recommended.