Saranac Chocolate Amber Lager - Matt Brewing Company
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2.88/5 rDev -12.2%
Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.
Light orange copper body, mostly clear, but a little difficult to see through. Good mix of slow and fast rising carbonation. Head is off white, a faint tan, very light creamy retention, and settles slowly. Not a bad looking brew.
Very faint malts, and a very close bouquet. There's not much going on here, however some powdered cacao and dryness sneaks out just a little hint of what might be coming. Virtually no malt presence at all.
Palate on first sip is really not that great. A good crisp lager like feel, but there's not malt backbone to this. A strange taste in the mid palate of bile. Aftertaste brings a little bit of dried and roasted cocoa powder. More like instant Quik, but without any depth. Clean but mostly a light yeast sensing finish if anything.
Overall the thing that I find odd on this is there is not even a hint of sweetness from the malts or anything else. I am not into sweet, but couldn't there somehow be some sweetness here and particularly malt depth to this beer? I'll pass.
02-18-2013 22:27:43 | More by smakawhat
3/5 rDev -8.5%
It hit or miss with Saranac sometimes and this missed in my opinion.
The beer has a nice color with it's auburn, copper amber color. The head is rather tall but fades.
Aroma is sweet with lager nuiances but no real chocolate aromas.
Taste has plenty of sutle chocolate nibs over, to me, a really way to sweet lager beer.
Drinks smooth and thin.
Really not my cup of tea, baby
01-01-2013 14:20:21 | More by micromaniac129
Saranac Chocolate Amber Lager from Matt Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.