1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Saranac Black Diamond Bock - Matt Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Saranac Black Diamond BockSaranac Black Diamond Bock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saranac Black Diamond Bock is a rich, malty brew, made with traditional German malts and hops and fermented with a lager yeast. Aged for months for a rich but smooth malty taste. A nice reward for enduring your winter months.

(Beer added by: Phatz on 12-14-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Saranac Black Diamond Bock Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 92 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with no carbonation rising to surface and minimal edge layer of tightly packed head. Aroma is rich deep malt with some brown sugar and a toasty caramel. No real hops that I pickup here.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation that tickles my palate on each sip.
Makes the beer physically enjoyable. the flavor is sweet malt through and through. Brown sugar, caramel, a little roasted malt, some almond or nutty flavor. No hops or booze anywhere.
Definitely a malt lovers brew, that I am having no trouble drinking easily. Not a complex or crazy beer, but enjoyable for what it is and little o the sweet side without being cloying. I enjoy this one.

sulldaddy, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.7%

ejimhof, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Cooker_stp
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Cooker_stp, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

dgherm, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of lovindahops
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

lovindahops, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Jackal
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

OldTime, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of DCH
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

DCH, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

oriolesfan4, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Huffs
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Huffs, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
5/5  rDev +35.5%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of tbruchey2112
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Trying this one out of the Winter Sampler 2012. First of all the bottle art is a ten, it made me laugh really hard for no reason. The color is a red-ish/brown. Smelling it from the bottle and then from a glass, it smells a tad bit sweet. Unfortunately that's where the fun ends. The taste at first was a little weak and a little watery. The aftertaste was decent but nothing special. Good warm mouthfeel. Not sure if I'd buy this again outside of the sampler.

tbruchey2112, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

cliff1066, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of jslice99
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jslice99, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +8.4%

generallee, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

CaptDavyJones, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear copper with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Fairly large bubbles in the head, just a touch of visible carbonation.

S: Fairly light roasted and fruity malts. A breadiness as well as almost a hay like grassines.

T: Malt forward with a hint of sweetness. Some carmel malts are what make it sweet I think. Not too much hop backing.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Isnt too sticky which is a plus for this style. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall an average beer that works well in the winter season. Wouldnt seek it out on its own but has its place in the winter mix pack.

CloudStrife, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

BigTrubble, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -18.7%

vfgccp, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is now called "black bear bock"

A - Pours a nice clear dark amber brown with a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around to a great lace ring which is excellent.

S - Toasted grains, caramel malt, touch of hops, and some dark fruits.

T - Toasted grains and caramel lead with peppery hops and a smooth finish. Not bad.

M - Medium, chewy, and quite a dry finish really.

Overall pretty on par for the style but didn't really wow me. Pretty good for Saranac though.

DrDemento456, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of mitch3114
3/5  rDev -18.7%

mitch3114, Oct 01, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Saranac Black Diamond Bock from Matt Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.