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Saranac Black Diamond Bock - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Black Diamond BockSaranac Black Diamond Bock

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 120
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | 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 sabrills70
2.56/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown botle with no freshness date. Pours a clear medium amber with a 1 finger head and OK lace. Definate malt aroma mixed with caramel and an odd smell I cant quite put my finger on - almost like a mix of alcohol and cigarettes - like the breath of someone you meet in a bar. Upon tasting is initial malts, weak for a bock, mixed with a peppery, higher than the norm hop flavor with a lingerinh hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit weak for a bock Not a bad beer but not one of the better bocks I have had. IMHO skip this one.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale copper-amber hue. Off-white soap bubble head reaches two fingers, then sinks to a sturdy cap and leaves minimal lacing. Weak nose;crystal malt and mabye some noble hops. Caramel and pale munich malt upfront, then a spicy tettnanger flavor. The bitterness is perhaps a little strong for the style, but this is more apparent because the malt character is a little thin. Semi-dry aftertaste, faint caramel notes linger somewhat. The body is light-medium, and the carbonation is medium, again a little meek for the style. Finishes with residual caramel, some tettnanger flavor, and slightly astringent tannins. It's not the best Bock on the shelf, but at least it's has a decent drinkability.

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Photo of tbruchey2112
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears with a copper amber body and forms a large tan head leaves behind fine lace around my pint in evenly strung patterns. Aromatics have mild herbal nobleesque hops roasty caramel nut edge and sweetness nothing off here just a bit subdued overall. Flavor is upfront with malt sweetness roasted character just liquid bread right?...touch of bitterness from the herbal hop profile but they really don't stand out overall I felt the flavors were just muted and I like more expressive beer than this one has to offer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a touch of syrup stickiness with even carbonation, no complaints in this department. Drinkability is decent I just come across other beers I'd rather invest my time in this one was just ummm okay for me.

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Photo of Franchise
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Saranac pours out of the bottle a caramel brown leaving a thick tan head that stays with this brew. The aroma is brown sugar, slight sour twinge, herbal grassy notes, very faint nose. The taste starts sour/tart upfront followed by a small caramel maltiness but dominated by a sour feel on the palate. The finish is weak and watery overall subpar beer nothing I will return to again.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(bottle- 12 oz. in crystal mug) Toasty amber, medium bitterness, medium body, slightly bitter. A pleasant beer for March and those in-between winter-spring moments... almost drinkable in larger quantities...should be included in their winter sampler next year...points for the goggled bear logo? This first review goes out to the Ryanza in State College...ratebeer and BeerAdvocate brotherhood unite!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear copper with and off-white almost tannish head which rose but a sliver but did last enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and a bit estery with caramel most prevalent. Some lightly vegetal undercurrents flowed in the aroma with some lightly spicy hops.

The flavor was lightly vegetal and lightly spicy with caramel malt and a mildly estery character. Some dark fruits were almost present with the beginnings of raisins being notable.

The finish was even into dry with only a lightly lasting spicy hop flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. Nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing exciting here either. The malt was just a bit light and not complex enough to be a really good bock.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish hue color with a creamy off white head.

S: Light caramel and bread notes on nose.

T: Toasted grain and bread highlight the palate with a nice dark caramel presence and lacing on the tongue. Some citrus hopping.

M: body is moderate and nicely balanced flavor wise along with a good earthy bitterness.

D: Overall flavor is decent and non offending and light enough to make for a decent session bock. Not a fan but this is one of their better attempts.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

- This brew is clear, reddish-brown color with a good sized, fluffy white head that hung for a bit before becoming a light layer of foam that left plenty of lacing on the glass. A lighter shade of 'Bock'.
- The aroma is something I have named 'The Saranac Smell'... maybe it's the yeast they use, or the water?, but most Saranac beers have a similar aroma, a bit of fresh 'funk' and some maltiness is how I would describe it.
- The flavor is of sweet roasted barley malt with a very subtle hop bitterness and a sort of earthiness to it. Not like any 'Bock' I've ever had before (is there such a style as 'lager/bock'?).
- A lighter bodied beer with a flat feel on the carbonation end.
- Drinkable? - heck yeah!, it's very reasonably priced, it's 6% abv, and it's brewed in America by a non-macro brewery.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From New York State comes this hearty bock. More carbonated than some beers, it produced a good, creamy head (hee hee) when poured which it retained well. Fermented with a lager yeast yet the aroma is distinctly bock (sort of bread-like) and you can taste the malted character up front followed by a slightly sweet finish. A little bitter, probably imparted by the higher ALC content (6%). Dark copper color, medium bodied. Not as dark as most winter beers but clearly intended to be drunk during those months.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at a little brew-pub in the Albany, NY Airport.

This was their seasonal offering.... at July 3rd... maybe a bit late for a bock.... but hey... I thought I'd give it a try.

Not bad... it was served up in a 20 oz glass with a modest 1/2" head over a coppery clear beer.

The smell was difficult to pick-up. Just a hint of maltiness and some strange fruity smell that I couldn't place.... was it apple?

The taste was good. Right on style for a bock. The malt was dominant and it had a unique fruity taste that added some complexity. I guess that I'll label the fruity tasty as apple-ish.

The mouthfeel was just a bit too fizzy for my taste. Too much carbonation... just a little too much.... maybe 20% too high in my opinion.

Drinkability: The carbonation lessened the drinkability for me.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear medium copper color with a glowing reddish hue. Creamy 1" slightly off-white head dissapating quickly to a slight coating with a few bits of spotty lacing.Not a lot of visable carbination.

Very fruity and clean nose with some nutty,burnt,carmell aromas with some metallic aromas.Good clean moderate aromas

Fruity,tart,nutty,sweet slightly burnt carmellness.Some metallic tastes but not offensive. Finishes clean.crisp with some fruity tartness. Pleasing taste a good balance not a lot of hop flavors present.

Light mouthfeel a bit watery,smooth with a slight bit of grainess.
Good drinkability could drink a few, would get bored after a while with the taste a bit lacking. Not a bad beer,not one of the better ones from Saranac.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little surprised to see this one so far south of its homeland but my younger years were full of Saranac mixed packs and sixers of the famed black and tan back in the pine forests of upstate Empire state. Cool skiing bear on the label for this one.

This bock pours a maroon tinged amber color with a residual cap of head and malt toned nose with hints of coffee. The taste does feature malt to spare and enough hop balance to avoid being one dimensional but the texture robs the flavor of any originality or true character due to its thin, watery finish and general lack of backbone. It kind of just devolves in your mouth, leaving some nasty bitterness and not much else. Maybe it's the water, but Saranac never could deliver the mouthfeel its ambitions demanded. Oh well, worth trying, anyway but probably not much more.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer overall. Pretty smooth, easy drinking and has a decent overall profile

No nose to really speak of. Kinnda sweet, but nothing really there. Over all taste is pretty malty. Pours a great amber color. some head. little to no lacing. Great matly flavor. not a malt bomb by any standards, but the dominant flavor profile is definately malt. There is a noticeible hop flavor in the finish, and while refeshing, is only there for a short period of time

Over all, pretty drinkable and nice in the winter months. worth the $20 that I paid for it, worth it if you find it

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Photo of drseamus
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a darker amber color, but not as dark as I expected. There was just a bit of head on the top that quickly disappeared. There is a sweet malty aroma that comes off of it, but it isn't that strong. It has a slightly sweet caramel flavor initially, but disappears quickly. There is only a hint of hop bitterness and a flavor that I can't place, but reminds me of a steam beer. It is light to medium bodied and has decent drinkability.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 1 1/2 bottles into a .5 liter stein,a nice pour a clear rich copper/bronze with a tight formed one finger slight off white head that settled into a creamy froth.Sweet caramel and bready malt in the nose with a hint of iron,grainy medium to full mouthfeel it coats the mouth well.Bready and grainy husk-like flavors up front with a touch of caramel sweetness but its quite dry with not alot of uniquness to it kinda bland.This has some nice things about it,its appearance and mouthfeel are good but it lacks flavor in my mind.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light coppery color. Slight head. Caramel and toffiesh aroma. Mild malt flavor-a lot of caramel flavor. Slightly sharp hop bitterness. Somewhat thin bodywise. An ok beer and enjoyable enough. Doesn't take a lot of chances. In line with Saranac's other offerings.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color. 2 fingers head with mild lacing. Aromas of orange peel and cherries. Very malty with a slight hint of alcohol aftertaste. Great beer for the cold winter months. Good overall, I would recommend to people that like other bocks.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, dull brownish amber with minimal and lazy effervescence. The initially two-and-change-fingers of tan, marshmallow-like head fade rather quickly, though they do leave plenty of nice, sticky lacing and a big, thick, foamy collar of lace. A good start.

Aroma: Brown sugar and far-away orchards of leafy, herbal, sweet fruits.

Taste: A rather soft and subtle malt profile on this one. Brown sugar, caramel, and gummy bears mix with milky, light coffee and a few stray fruity notes, largely sweet but slightly tart in their own dull way. It seems fairly well-rounded, but just a little subtle.

Mouthfeel: Mild, soft carbonation in a slick, even mouth. A little thin, perhaps, approaching but not quite reaching watery.

Drinkability: Stylistically, this is definitely a bock, and even a pretty good one at that - can't say it's the best one I've ever had though. The notes are mostly here, it's just a little dull, shallow, watery - cheap? No, that's harsh. It's good for what it is, but it's not one I'd reach for again.

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Photo of wedge
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber - very little visible carbonation. Thin head of foam eventually disappears to nothing. Smells of toasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, and pale fruits. Smooth, rich malt and faint spiced fruit flavors. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Not bad at all.

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Photo of giblet
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good bock beer. this poured a nice caramel brown color but the nicely formed head disappeared quickly. very light carbonation.

good fruity roasted malt aroma and good taste. slight stickiness in the aftertaste. a pretty darn good bock from a pretty darn good or very darn good brewer. i have only had three from them but was pleased with them so far.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of animal69
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i had this one leftover from the superbowl ; pours a clear, med. copper color w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving a good bit of lacing in my pint ; not a powerful smell, some grainy malts, and a bit of alcohol, maybe a hint of raisin ; bold and dry, more malty flavor, a deep roasted nutty/caramel up front w/ some lingering floral hop notes, a bit more of the dark fruit present as well ; a rich med. body w/ decent co2, leaves a good residual ; a very drinkable brew, esp. for a 6% ABV, def. light for a bock tho....

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Photo of zdk9
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear copper color with a finger's worth of uniformly crisp bubbles. There's just a tad of lacing.

S- Sweet aromas, with a hint of milk chocolate- this bizarly reminds me of rolos...Good though

T- Sweet maltiness, like hallah bread, or maybe yellow cupcakes. There's a bit of a honey aspect, and then also some roastiness than blends in the back really well.

M- Crisp, I wish there was more to say. Actually there is- this beer could use some more bitter bite.

D- A well rounded beer with a flavor that I'm describing poorly, but still enjoying.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a clear coppery amber color with a nice 1/2" of white foamy head. Head dissipates to a thin uneven layer of bubbles and a nice ring around the glass. Lacing is quite good.

S: Moderate malts mingle with a bread-like yeasty aroma.

T: Medium caramel malts wash over the tongue with a mostly dry character, which is interesting for a bock. The malts are prominent but the overall flavor seems just shy of balance, giving way to the malts. The bitterness is definitely there but very sly and works well with the dry flavor profile. The finish is almost entirely of the malt, in a bit of a dry linger.

M&D: Mouthfeel is of medium weight on the palate, with a creamy disposition. Carbonation is relatively fine and light but works very well with the brew. This is a fairly easy drinking lager with an interesting twist as a bock.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is semi sweet caramel with some late hop bitterness. $1.33 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Saranac Black Diamond Bock from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.