Saranac Mocha Stout - Matt Brewing Company
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3.35/5 rDev -4%
12 oz bottle
A - Pours dark black - very opaque. The head was initially large and the trademark stout mocha color. It immediately broke down into a light film. Not much carbonation apparent.
S - A smell of robust dark chocolate - very deep and smoky. Some roasted malt smell here as well. Seems very similar to some of the oatmeal stouts I've had before.
T - Starts off with some sweetness - cream flavored. Develops some balance mid-stream, although still sweet. Then boom: finishes with an assertive flat chocolate flavor. Very naturally chocolate - not that sweet stuff you would associate with candy. More earthy. After taste starts to reveal the bitterness.
M - Has a fair amount of body to it - not watery. Does have a dry texture to it. Some bite from the carbonation.
D - The ABV is more than manageable. The flavors are not so assertive that it would begin to wear. However, the flavor is somewhat one dimensional - so at times boring.
The dry chocolate flavor isn't as pleasant as I would have hoped. A solid beer.
11-27-2008 05:27:34 | More by katan
3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
I was impressed and enjoyed this one! Strong chocolate aroma, that of a desert beverage. Black color, thick tan head, and some moderate lacing. Smooth chocolate taste, slightly bitter, and a bit toasty in the finish. Didn't really get a whole lot of the coffee. This is definitely a one and done type of beer for me but was fun to try.
08-24-2008 16:15:05 | More by changeup45
3/5 rDev -14%
Dark chocolate brown with a generous sliver of dusky ruby along the bottom of the pint glass. Even though the sun won't completely crest the horizon for another few minutes, the beer looks to be opaque. Up above is an attractive crown of cinnamon colored foam that is exceptional when it comes to lace deposition.
Since mocha doesn't mean coffee, but rather a combination of both chocolate and coffee, Mocha Stout smells as advertised (more or less). As far as I can determine, the brewery didn't add coffee or coffee beans, they simply relied on the natural aromas and flavors that come from roasting barley. The nose isn't powerful and it's a bit musty besides.
Due to a shortage of malt and malt sugars (typical from these guys), SMS tastes more like an Irish dry stout than a milk or sweet stout. It's also on the simple side and has a musty, almost mineral-like, flavor that I associate with Euro dark lagers.
Getting back to the whole 'mocha' thing, coffee isn't any more prominent than bittersweet chocolate. Why the brewery decided to use this name, I have no idea. Maybe because when you have what seems like several hundred beers in your lineup, good names are hard to come by.
The barley bill includes chocolate, black and roasted. The lack of much roastedness, along with a less than stout mouthfeel, tells me that Matt Brewing wasn't exactly generous with the malt. The result is a thin chocolate-coffeeness that skates across the palate and is then gone with the swallow. A modest bitter nip finishes things off.
Again, the body/mouthfeel is less than substantial. While it isn't horrible for the ABV, it could stand to be beefed up and smoothed out. There's no problem with the middle-of-road carbonation.
Saranac Mocha Stout is par for the Matt Brewing Company course. It's inexpensive beer that tastes inexpensive. With Goose Island Oatmeal Stout (and any number of others) being as close as my local grocery, I won't be bothering with this one again.
03-26-2008 13:37:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.7/5 rDev +6%
12 oz bottle- Poured into a pint glass.
A- Rich black/brown color- some tan head- decent lacing lasting midway through the brew.
S- Smell was of roasted malts, chocolates.
T- Taste was of roasted flavors, milky sweetness, and of course mocha- not much hop flavor though.
M- Mouthfeel was much lighter than expected for a stout-- no stickyness either.
D- Good stuff from Saranac. Could drink a few of these in a sitting.
11-17-2007 18:56:36 | More by DavidSeanNJ
3.58/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark brown with a small tan head that yields some lace.
The smell is milky & chocolaty sweet with an odd soapy note.
The taste is sweet and chocolaty, a bit too sweet, no alcohol and not much hops to balance.
The mouth feel works well good body and nice carbonation. A good creamy feel through out.
The drinkability is about average. Not some thing I would seek more of. MK
07-27-2007 05:21:06 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.23/5 rDev -7.4%
12 oz bottle.
Deep brown, nearly black. Pitted, tan head that leaves a nice layer of lacing behind it.
Chocolate comes through on the aroma..with just a bit of roasted malt wafting out.
Chocolate malt flavor, sort of coffee-ish, but overall the flavor is more sweet than bitter.
Mouthfeel is a little thin..slightly sweet finish.
The first couple sips were pretty good, but it's rather cloying and doesn't really make me yearn to grab another. I think they should add some hops to kickstart a little bitterness to help balance this out.
But overall, a pretty decent offering from Saranac.
06-18-2007 01:14:03 | More by hero27
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
ok so this beer was better than i expected.
the appearance was nice witha motor oil black color and a dark tan head
the smell is not strong, sorta has a coffee aroma...not suprising.
its an ok flavor its an ok beer. there is a roasted coffee flavormaybe some caramel there is a taste that doesnt taste the best, not sure what it is, maybe alcohol, but at 5% unlikely. not sure. its a good beer, not great
05-01-2007 05:14:13 | More by Redwood21
Saranac Mocha Stout from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.