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Saranac Black Diamond Bock - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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83
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92 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phatz on 12-14-2006

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.
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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 120
Photo of vicg12
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saranac's best beer. Was brewed for limited time last winter to go with ski season but now since it was in such high demand it is an all year round brew from what I am told. Dark heavy beer but with great flavor and good drinkability. Even the label on the bottle is fun to look at, depicting a bear with skis, Saranac trys to encorperate bears into all thier labels it seems. Def. give this one a try, you will be happy you did. (429 characters)

Photo of buzzgreg
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, I have not had a bock beer in awhile- this was very good...I liked it a bit on the warm side- felt good that way- I like full flavor beers like this. Hats off for Matt to keep brewing this wonderful beer- Lucky to have a few good small brewers left, else it would be bud- coors and miller YUCK !!!
Saranac Black & Tan is very good too. THANKS AND GREETINGS FROM B INGHAMTON, NY !!! (392 characters)

Photo of thespaceman
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these the other night, so bought another 12oz to review it.

Poured from bottle into 12oz pint glass:

Appearance: Amberish brown, medium size head with good retention, pretty nice lacing as well.

Smell: Nice fruit florals mixed in with that beautiful malty caramel smell, a very good balance between the malt and the cararmel/toffee smell.

Taste: Malty, yet a tad bitter, but in a good way, the taste comes along the line of maybe liquid coffee bean, again with that hint of caramel in the backdrop. The hops are present here, and this one packs a good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness to this bock, creamy, velvety, and pretty refreshing as well.

Drinkability: For a bock, this is very drinkable. This one goes great on a cold day, and for a 6.00 ABV, it's pretty easy to slug down. A good job to Saranac on this one, I'll defintley pick these up this winter. (896 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a nice deep and very crystal clear amber. A good sized, three inch or more head formed on the top and actually had some very nice staying power to it. After a few minutes it gradually receded, leaving behind loads of side glass lace that coated the glass for a while. A good amount of carbonation was evident here as chains of bubbles streaked through to the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice look overall for the style, and no doubt that it had a lot of life left in that bottle.



S – Aroma was somewhat muted, not as strong as I would have thought. First impression was of a slightly cereal like graininess that was mixed in with a somewhat earthy, or grass like back to it. A slightly sweet presence was also noticeable, perhaps a light caramel or honey maybe, not strong but just enough to pick up. Overall the aroma was light, but yet still very pleasant. Typical malt lager like smell.



T – Very smooth, and had a definite bite to it. At first it had a nice earthy malt character to it and that pretty much dominated the flavor. As it started to warm up some more pronounced flavors began to trickle in. A decent amount of grassy notes and even a touch of some banana like characters were noted. A touch of spice in the finish seemed to give it a little bite and helped to give it that little bit extra it needed to make it stand out. Some residual sweetness left over in the aftertaste lingered around for quite a few minutes before again being replaced by that earthy malt flavor to round it out. A classic taste for the style, but with a little bit of a bite.



M – Very clean and crisp feel. Nothing slick or watered down here, this one was all flavor and lots of carbonation from the very start. Kept its lively feeling throughout and never really was a let down. Good crisp feeling to it, definatly refreshing and a decent body overall, albeit somewhat on the light side.



D – Very very nice. This was easily sessionable even by moderate standards. It was very clean and light drinking, not leaving much of an aftertaste, and not being very filling either. Had a lot of carbonation which never really let up and kept going until the very end. These made it go down almost like water, though a tad bit thicker and with a better taste. Good easily be an all nighter.



Overall this was more then pleasant, and was actually a pleasurable brew to enjoy. A good overall session or dinner brew, I had no issues with it at all. Now it was not anything fancy or abnormally special in any way, just a good solid offering. I would definitely not turn it down if it was offered my way again, unfortunately they really do not ever make it down here. But never the less, glad I could try it and look forward to some more seasonals from Saranac. (2,790 characters)

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The 2008 version of Black Diamond Bock has come my way and it is as fresh as can be. A rich caramel malt palate is balanced by expert use of hops. Although I read of this being one dimensional , this is certainly not so with a fresh case. Like Huber bock, Black Diamond is a very good example of American single bock beer. Poured into a large pilsener glass, I can think of nothing to complain about. (400 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep, polished copper color with a one finger head leaving lacing clinging to the sides of the glass
smelled of sweet, caramel malts . heavy in the nose with a very nice aroma leaving me excir=ted for a taste.
Taste was rich, malty and smooth. Full feel of rich maltiness. Caramal and German malt win the battle with the hops here. Slight bitter toich in the ending.
Very good beer. (392 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice brown color, although with very little head, but a bit of decent lacing. It has a very caramelly scent, but it's so overpowering, that's about all that comes out, besides a slight alcohol whiff. Excellent taste, though! Very deep and filling, nice and malty with great caramel flavors and a nice aftertaste glow. It goes down well for a thick bock, too.

I also find it humorous that they label it a 'dark lager' on the bottle. It's true, but it seems like they're trying to get macro lager drinkers to not be scared of it. (542 characters)

Photo of Goregazm
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A WINTER BEER YOU CAN ENJOY ALL YEAR

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown color with plenty of carbonation rising up inside it. Has a bubbly, foamy two-and-a-half finger head which dissipates in about a minute and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy on the malt and fruit, with a berry sweetness to it. Has a little toastiness, barley, and floral scents in there as well. A slight layer of hops underneath the surface can be detected.

Taste: Rich and malty, with a soothing creaminess to it. The fruits and toastiness from the scent are here, and they compliment the malts wonderfully. A very warm and soothing taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and chewy, with the carbonation giving off a very slight tingle on the tongue. Aftertaste is of bitter, toasty malts with a little bit of fruit notes.

Drinkability: This is really a great bock, and much better then I expected. It's is obvious that this beer was made to drink in the winter, but it's good enough to enjoy year round. I will definately be getting some more of this, and you should do the same. (1,067 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Slightly sweet, slightly grainy, subtle carmel notes. No hop aroma but a firm malt aroma is present. No hot alcohols just a clean malt note.

Appearance: Clear brick red pour with a sizeable white head. Lacing is prominent throughout.

Flavor: More malty base with some carmel, bready, slightly biscuity notes. A background noble hop flavor is there to keep it from being cloying. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. No astringency and no alcohol heat detected.

Overall impression: A balanced, enjoyable, highly drinkable spring bock. Very solid and should be brewed all the time. Recommended. (647 characters)

Photo of papaglide
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks- nice dark white, 2 finger head that stayed for a while topped a dark amber yet clear brew. This looks appealing.

smell- a sweet malty, breadish nose masked a TINY hop twang. The bock is here for the malt and that's it.

taste- a sweet, creamy, malt accented by some biscuit tones met my pallet. The sweetness lingered for a while and finished, well on the sweet side. A faint note of hops were present all the while but the maltiness dominated. The alcohol was present at the finish although in a very subtle way.
mouthfeel- was somewhat creamy and nicely carbonated.

drinkability- very. Another nice beer from F.X. Matt. True to style, this is one of the better bock beers that I can remember having. Good job and I recommend. (737 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy dkachur. Thanks, Dan!

A: Deep amber with a cherry hue to it. A fabulous, sparkling and foamy head, just over 2 fingers tall. Recedes in rolls, leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind.

S: Very malty... I get something that kind of reminds me of pancakes out of it. Fortunately, that's a nice smell!

T: A rather pleasant tasting brew... nice caramel malts, just a hint of smokiness, and a little bit of an herbal touch.

M + D: A little bit of a stickiness in the body, an assertive - but not overdone - carbonation. In the past, I've always detected an unusual 'metallic' type taste that I had just associated with being a Saranac thing. It wasn't really my thing, but this particular beer doesn't appear to have that quality. Quite a nice brew which has me interested in revisiting other beers from the brewery! (831 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice reddish color, with a nice large white head. Lace was present.

smell - Sweet malts are present.

taste - Nice taste of malts, with a hop taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice balance, would buy again, worth a try. Easy drinking. (277 characters)

Photo of beerkeeper
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a red to copper color with good head which went down quickly. Good lace all along the side of the glass.

S- Smelled of almost floral malts quess it was the fruit I was smelling but Ive made mistakes before.

T- Really good on the taste Very enjoyable lighter then I thought of a typical bock style lager. very strong on the malts little burnt roasted taste to it. Strong up front litghter on the finish did not stay with you to long.

M- Light but enough to let you know you are drinking a good beer

D- very drinkable i only had one that i picked up at Shawan on the singles rack otherwise i would have had another one. (631 characters)

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, not many straight-up bocks on the market and a great way to wet the palate for this round of tastings. Dark amber color, good clarity showing here. The head drops some sticky lacing on the glass. Very clean nose with a bit of toasted malt and hop twang. Lots of smoothness with a creamy medium body. Hint of clean alcohol middle to end, maltiness goes from a mellow sweetness to more of a bread crust bite. Hops come jump for balance with a quick splash of herbal flavor. Finishes a little malty sweet.

Right on target and very clean. I'm diggin this beer a lot, to hell with it being a winter seasonal ... brew it year round. (633 characters)

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber with a 1-inch off-white head that lasted longer than expected; strong lacing remained after it dissipated.

S - Aroma was that of mild sweetness and bready hops; malt comes through more as the beer settles.

T - Earthy malt tones dominate up front until a smooth hop kick enters; very well-balanced. Peppery spices finish the taste. Overall, a well-balanced, not-too-sweet-malty selection.

M - Medium body with strong carbonation and a juicy finish.

D - Much better than I expected; this was also the first time I had a Saranac on tap and not from the bottle. (627 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A warm syrupy brown with reddish undertones... Dancing spiraling carbonation... Thin, but creamy head... Looks warm and inviting...

S - Malts first and foremost... Burnt sugar... A text book bock smell... If anything it lacks for complexity...

T - Malts and hops... The hops are much more than expected, but a pleasant surprise... Kind of biting for Bock... Malts lead to intense hops which then lead the palette to a nice combination of malts and hops on the back end...

M - Creamy and smooth... Finishes dry was the hops take shape on the palette...

D - Solid offering... The Hop context to this Bock makes it a keeper... I could enjoy a couple and that's a good thing because I just bought a case on a whim... (722 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear medium copper colored beer with moderate off-white creamy head. Poor retention.

Smell shows a light touch of caramel and toffee, with a slight roasted character.

Taste is rich in malt. A firm dark fruity sweetness is backed up by a light bitterness, that augments the refreshment from the malt. Nice combination.

Great tatste retention, with a lingering toffee note.

Very drinkable. Great beer. (413 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at home from a six pack o' bottles. I poured it into a pint glass. The body is a reddish browm with a nice cream colored head. The taste is malty as hell, and slighly caramelly. The mouthfeel is moderate to light. I would be fine with doing 2-3 of these in one sitting.

Saranac seems to be on the right track with this one. Now i wish they would just redo their regular pale ale. (392 characters)

Photo of kkosmoski
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangey, light amber with a white head that displays lacing, and a lively carbonation. Smell is of toasty malt and husk with an underlying sweet aroma. Flavor profile is very clean for a bock. Everything is in balance with no aspect jumping out and dominating. Toasty malt followed by a dull sweetness and finished off by a bit of bitterness. Thought this beer also displayed some tannins just before the finish. Beer hits the mouth on the light side, and its drinkability is pretty favorable I thought.

Overall, a good late winter offering from Saranac. They could have made it a bit more interesting, but it is a nice change of pace in a season filled with barleywines, imperial stouts, and other strong ales. (727 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Vibrant looking orange/amber color. A nice light tan head rises quickly and fades slowly. A viscous ring remains at the high point of the head, but not much lacing.

Big sweet malt in the nose, intermingled with just a touch of noble-hops. Some nice caramel goodness in this bock. Taste is rich and malty, with some burnt caramel. Sweet turning mildly bitter before a quick clean finish. A little alcohol warmth joins in for the ride and is not at all out of place.

This beer is smooth despite the evident high carbonation. Maybe a little burn from the carbonation in the end. Good mouthfeel and biggish in body. I don't see what's not to like about this beer. I could easily drink another but I"m in no hurry to finish this one. (772 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this saranac offering pours a caramel/cola colored light brown, with a thin white short lived head and minimal carbonation

S - roasted malts completely dominate the aroma, it a nice a pleasing aroma, however unidimensional, but to much of a detraction

T - roasted malts are pervasive in the flavor as well, in the back of the taste are some sugary sweet toffee notes, again not very complex but damn tasty

M&D - damn fine brew, tasty and rich, goes down easy and smooth, one of saranacs better offerings, not complex or layered, just nice flavor and easily drinkable, well done (590 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, malty brew that was vey good with beef stew. Pours a medium amber with a small head. Smell is extremely malty and inviting. Taste follows the smell..sweet at the start, strong malt backbone. Mouthfeel is very nice...creamy and smooth. Very easy on the drinkability scale. Could quaff more than one. (306 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker "pint" glass. The lager appears a medium chestnut color with about an inch of fizzy ecru foam. Aroma and taste is dominated by fair amount of malt, caramel, bitter, earthy hops, a bit sweet. Nice satisfying body with ample carbonation. A nice malty bock at a good price. (323 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one out of a bartender's choice bucket at Hi5 in Raleigh, a pleasant surprise as I almost bought a single bottle earlier today at Whole Foods. Poured a deep amber color with minimal head that was quickly diminishing. Not to much to the aroma, normal malt aroma I expect from a bock. Taste wasn't the best bock I've ever had, but still good. Not too much carbonation in this one. Drinkable, but I don't buy bocks that often, not sure why, cause I do really enjoy them. (476 characters)

Photo of csmiley
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear and medium brown. Got around half an inch of head with average retention. Lacing was average too.

S - Caramel is most of what can be noticed in aroma. There is a hint of alcohol in there as well.

T - Caramel is also strong in the flavor but there is also a little bit of a nutty flavor backing it up. Alcohol is present throughout. Very, very light hop bitterness on the end.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation was excellent.

D - Drinkability is good. I could easily have several more of these. I woud recommemd this to anyone looking for a decent bock. (580 characters)

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Saranac Black Diamond Bock from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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