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Saranac Black Forest - Matt Brewing Company

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984 Ratings

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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 30
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

01-22-2012 03:11:16 | More by jeffraab
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New York

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-23-2011 03:35:20 | More by Ablackbrew
Photo of tj4288

New York

5/5  rDev +34.4%

i almost feel it unfair to rate a perfect score, because i recently reviewed another saranac brew as a perfect score, but i reviewed to style and my personal opinion and thats what i believe this beer deserves.

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

a- black body shows colors of brown and ruby when held to light. off white thick dense head hangs around the entire time. balls up when swirled. decent lacing.

s- freshness. earthy light hops. sweet malt. well balanced.

t- light earthy hops with low bitterness. also a light weak malt. well balanced yet not overly complex flavour.

m- light body, light carbonation. smooth and silky.

d- goes down easy geat price... i honestly cant get enough of this stuff. saranac black forest has been a favorite of mine for a long time and i finally got around to reviewing it. highly recomended to those who prefer a dark but not heavy or strong beer.

10-08-2009 04:39:57 | More by tj4288
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

10-20-2013 16:34:53 | More by Kindbud
Photo of smurphy493

New York

5/5  rDev +34.4%

07-24-2014 22:33:15 | More by smurphy493
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New York

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-14-2011 21:16:12 | More by blackened1339
Photo of Anew


5/5  rDev +34.4%

12-08-2011 20:34:48 | More by Anew
Photo of Doctuh


5/5  rDev +34.4%

Pours a blackened amber, light comes through in a copperish hue. The head is frothy and creamy. Hops dominate the aroma, with a hint of the caramel roast before the moment. The schwarzbier is well represented, a porter-like anticipation transforms into a smoother fading finish. The standard Saranac profile of a dominant pre-swallow taste leading to a crisp end lends itself well to this style of beer. The initial aromatics foreshadow this malty peak, slight chocolate into a roasty withdraw.

Each sip is a singular moment, each glass a individual episode. But each beer is part of a history, and a beer without history is water. In this are the beers that enlightened you to the knowledge that beer is worth reviewing. Alone in such distinguished company is that beer, the unique duality of style and brewer that made you first appreciate beer. To each their own: transcending communal rating.

One is fortunate to have a beer to bring oneself to places where they cannot physically go again. I would take a ponderous moment in this Black Forest anytime.

- Bottle pour, cellar temperature, into a pint glass -

04-12-2007 03:20:49 | More by Doctuh
Photo of spedprof

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +34.4%

12-13-2011 04:06:01 | More by spedprof
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

06-09-2012 00:27:33 | More by JMCrocker
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

01-21-2012 22:13:20 | More by jbrumberg
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4.98/5  rDev +33.9%

Black Forest never ceases to wow me. I am on a bit of a schwarzbier kick and this brew trumps just about anything I can imagine...
A: Not much head, but it looks like a beautiful dark unfiltered beer with some nice lacing
S: Smokey fruit with light spicing
T: Yes indeed this is a well-balanced craft brew. it's crisp and a perfect choice for winter
M: Leaves me hoping I will have the opportunity to delve into the black forest later on in life
O: This is one of those beers that is so smooth it leaves me scratching my head in amazement

11-18-2012 14:38:15 | More by PatriotsRule
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

12-30-2013 13:32:04 | More by Hoagie
Photo of jaganes

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

05-14-2012 17:42:52 | More by jaganes
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

11-06-2012 23:49:32 | More by flannelandbrews
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

04-18-2014 01:08:47 | More by voxhumana
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

04-26-2014 23:05:30 | More by WillWillows

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

05-26-2012 03:06:47 | More by NHOKNYCKC
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

08-30-2012 18:34:21 | More by GFD400
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4.74/5  rDev +27.4%

A - Black w/ chestnut highlights. 1/2 finger beige head that coated 'till the end.

S - Sweet chocolate and caramel, with maybe a hint of licorice.

T - Perfect example of the style. Starts sweet ends semi dry with a slight vignious linger. Taste is pretty much in line with the smell.

M - Lighter side of medium, w/ some nice carb.

O - Definitely worth trying. Captures roasty chocolate and caramel qualities while at the same time remaining thirst quenching. Because of that it is a great dark offering for the summer months.

04-21-2013 04:44:21 | More by Justin23060
Photo of tugdriver7


4.72/5  rDev +26.9%

Disclaimer: Schwarzbiers are a favorite and this one is easily the best of the US craft-brewed varieties. Deep black with red/brown highlights; moderate head retention, though it laces the glass nicely. A bit of malty lager in the nose, but the taste is a wonderful blend of crisp lager and dark coffee/carmel malts that is at both incredibly complex and yet delightfully refreshing. A real winner.

09-10-2006 21:38:25 | More by tugdriver7
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +26.3%

Possibly the finest American made schwarzbier. Excellent.

10-15-2001 15:02:26 | More by John
Photo of mrdudesir

New York

4.68/5  rDev +25.8%

Appearance: A dark brown with red tinge. Tan head diminishes quickly.

Smell: A faint, sweet caramel with malt.

Taste: Malty at first, finishes on a sweet caramel taste with light bitterness. Leaves a nice taste in your mouth that makes you want more.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation, not too heavy, perfect compliment for the taste.

Drinkability: It's easy to down a couple of these, and it's a beer I could drink daily. Quite refreshing.

08-29-2005 01:39:47 | More by mrdudesir
Photo of Corum47


4.68/5  rDev +25.8%

My new favorite beer. Wish I could find it in other than a variety pack. I found BF growlers on vacation and bought a whole case. I tend to enjoy english-style ales, but there's nothing like watching a hockey game with a few BF's. Would very much like to try it fresh from the tap someday.

03-20-2011 19:51:46 | More by Corum47
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4.58/5  rDev +23.1%

This beer is exactly what I had hoped the Caramel Porter might be (but a lighter version)...unfortunately I couldn't stand the Caramel Porter.

The appearance is rather dark...misleading in a dark room but well worth the confusion. A bit of reddish brown coming through the glass when held to the light.

It smells great with hints of caramel and that familiar coffee flavor and malt.

It tastes as it smells which is great. sweet but not too sweet, not too heavy but from time to time that does pretty nicely. Not bitter at all but certainly well rounded.

Comfortable mouth feel, light in comparison to what I'm used to but definitely a fortunate change of pace.

I could drink a hundred of these, which may or not be good...Right now it feels fantastic.

05-12-2009 01:36:59 | More by StantonRice
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Saranac Black Forest from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.