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Saranac Black Forest - Matt Brewing Company

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1,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 37
Gots: 57 | 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%

jeffraab, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Ablackbrew, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of tj4288
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

tj4288, Oct 08, 2009
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Kindbud, Oct 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Ljcs1973, Sep 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

smurphy493, Jul 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

blackened1339, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Anew, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Doctuh
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 -

Doctuh, Apr 12, 2007
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

spedprof, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Gilloran, Oct 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

JMCrocker, Jun 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

jbrumberg, Jan 21, 2012
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4.98/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

PatriotsRule, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

jaganes, May 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

flannelandbrews, Nov 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

voxhumana, Apr 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

WillWillows, Apr 27, 2014
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

NHOKNYCKC, May 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

GFD400, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Justin23060
4.74/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Justin23060, Apr 21, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tugdriver7, Sep 10, 2006
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4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Possibly the finest American made schwarzbier. Excellent.

John, Oct 15, 2001
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4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mrdudesir, Aug 29, 2005
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Saranac Black Forest from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.