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Saranac Chocolate Amber Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Chocolate Amber LagerSaranac Chocolate Amber Lager

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BA SCORE
76
okay

222 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2002)
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Reviews by Hhawk06:
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight out of the "12 Beers of Christmas" winter pack, I was looking forward to this one. It poured with a thin, finely beaded, off-white head and a deep brown color that was lowly carbonated. The nose gave off some good aromatics, mostly that of a dark chocolate bar. The body is medium but still manages to give off a wholesome feel, if that makes sense. The namesake chocolate is accompanied in the taste by a toasted barley aspect. Its very roasty and borderline smokey in nature. Still the bitterness of the dark chocolate edge is what defines this brew. It finishes bitterly and a tad dry, with some nice earthen grit. Almost a meal in itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 23:19:01 | More by Hhawk06
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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.

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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.
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Really not my cup of tea, baby

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Saranac Chocolate Amber Lager from Matt Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.