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Saranac Black Diamond Bock - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 12
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)
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Reviews by sacfly:
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sacfly

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle, no date, but cryptic number stamped on bottle. Label has a 2006 copyright.

Pours a brilliantly clear reddish amber with an initial head of huge tan bubbles that dies down to a nice ¼ inch. Lacing coats the glass down to the last sip. Sweet malty caramel nose. Mild roast comes out when the carbonation dies down. Medium to full body is the first thing noticed on the first sip. Hints of diacetyl. Buttery grain flavor with a mild astringent quality right before fading into the mild hop bitterness in the finish. As it warms, I get more and more of a whole wheat bread nose and taste and pepper in the finish.

Good, interesting overall. Nice to see an American made standard Bock, and would love to see more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 18:14:38 | More by sacfly
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mmmbeerNY

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

06-27-2014 03:19:40 | More by mmmbeerNY
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 03:05:34 | More by sulldaddy
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MichaelStoutBeard

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-08-2014 09:24:07 | More by MichaelStoutBeard
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

09-14-2013 00:11:52 | More by ejimhof
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Cooker_stp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-18-2013 00:15:41 | More by Cooker_stp
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-29-2013 16:52:45 | More by dgherm
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lovindahops

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-28-2013 01:58:55 | More by lovindahops
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Jackal

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-26-2013 06:25:36 | More by Jackal
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-15-2013 19:38:24 | More by OldTime
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DCH

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

06-13-2013 02:33:51 | More by DCH
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

04-21-2013 05:12:00 | More by oriolesfan4
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BGsWo22

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

03-20-2013 23:42:48 | More by BGsWo22
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-29-2013 16:42:05 | More by DmanGTR
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Huffs

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-25-2013 03:32:55 | More by Huffs
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phishbone23

New York

5/5  rDev +35.5%

01-23-2013 19:17:52 | More by phishbone23
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tbruchey2112

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:14:17 | More by tbruchey2112
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-11-2012 02:05:37 | More by cliff1066
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jslice99

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-13-2012 05:58:18 | More by jslice99
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-09-2012 00:10:46 | More by generallee
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-06-2012 16:09:16 | More by CaptDavyJones
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CloudStrife

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 22:33:02 | More by CloudStrife
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-03-2012 01:49:39 | More by BigTrubble
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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-01-2012 21:49:27 | More by vfgccp
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 01:44:25 | More by DrDemento456
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Saranac Black Diamond Bock from Matt Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.