Saranac Black Forest - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by maltydog:
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
First tried this beer in their sampler case last week and I liked it so much that I bought a whole case of it for this weekend. In fact, I am enjoying one as I write this review! I am sampling this out of a 12 oz. bottle poured into a footed lager glass. The beer has a rich brown going to black appearance with hints of amber. The head is rich, creamy and opaque. It does not stay with the beer long and begins to dissipate on the first sip. The smell is of caramel and malt with a slight hop background. What a wonderful combo! The tast mirrors the smell with a rich, caramel and sweet front that is nicely balanced with a great blend of german noble hops in mid quaff. The finish is clean and dry with just a bit of residual sweetness. I believ that the mouthfeel is adequate, not great. All the great flavors are there, but they do not linger on your tongue. That being said I think that this helps to create to the tremendous drinkability of the beer. In other words, no resididual flavors on the back end that make you feel like you should pause and contemplate. Just a great tasting schwarzbier that naturally tempts you to take one drink after another and another and so on! On top of all this, Saranac's Black Forest lager is a great value. So, if you enjoy malt and an easy drinking beer,,,this is the one for you!
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2003 21:37:49 | More by maltydog
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3.29/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: My aunt Jenny
Price: N/A for a variety 12-pack
Consumed: Jan. 17, 2014
Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan head. Below average sporadic lacing on the sides. Minimal retention.
Smelled malt heavy, metallic, smoky wood fire, red malts and rye hops.
Tasted caramel, toffee, amber malt, light wood fire and overall a bit lighter than I thought it would be.
Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish.
Wasn’t a fan of this beer. I probably even overrated it a bit.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 05:14:09 | More by BucannonXC5
Saranac Black Forest from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.