Saranac Black Lager - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
3.45/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I admit that I'm not too familiar with this style of beer.
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark red, almost brown in color. A finger and a half of white head that didn't last long. Good lacing.
Smell: Very mild. Muted malt sweetness...almost some citrusy hops in there, which I wasn't really expecting. Some caramel-chocolate sweetness.
Taste: Heavy bready malts, with a mild tang in the background. Very, very mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but there's an overall bitterness that pervades the entire beer. The bready flavors linger for awhile. It's difficult to explain the overall flavor of this beer. Mild, but smooth. Very crisp. More bitter than sweet.
Mouthfeel: A bit too highly carbonated. This is a very mildly flavored beer, and the high carbonation overwhelms some of it.
Drinkability: It's interesting. I'm not really sure what to make of it. It's my first beer of this style, so I can't really say if it's typical of the style or not. That being said, it's a solid beer. Easy to drink, but nothing spectacular. I don't know if I would seek this one out again, but it was worth the try.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2009 17:11:32 | More by StarlightSeraph
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3.2/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: A medium-light copper with excellent clarity. The head is a long lasting, off-white
S: There is a light roasted malt character that seems strange and unpleasant at first. Moderately-light chocolate malt aroma with some graininess. There is a light earthy hops aroma. Not much else, just a fairly clean lagered beer.
T: A light malt sweetness with a light cocoa flavor. The hops provided a moderately-light bitterness and a very-light earth hops flavor. The balance is even. The finish is somewhat towards the dry. The after taste is slightly of bittersweet chocolate.
M: a medium-light bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
O: Almost an amber lager like a vienna with a hand full of chocolate malt. The chocolate character is pretty light and would benefit from more support from complimenting roasted gain character.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2012 03:36:19 | More by MadScientist
Saranac Black Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.