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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saranac Chocolate Lager is a sinfully delicious deep amber lager made with certified organic cacao from Belize. Our brewers looked far and wide for the highest quality cacao to create a smooth chocolaty taste that only comes from the most exclusive cacao plants. We used the roasted seeds of these decadent plants and perfectly paired them with caramel malt and German Hallertau hops to create a malty chocolate sweet flavor. You'll love savoring this beer with your favorite holiday foods or on its own for a delicious treat!

15 IBU

(Beer added by: mostpoetsdo on 11-27-2011)
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Reviews by tempest:
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%

OK, so right off the bat, in case anyone reading this wondering, this beer is nothing like the sickly-sweet caramel porter. No, there isn't a big chocolate taste, but, this is a decent bock. Let it warm up a bit, and a dry cocoa comes out in the aroma and there's a light, earthy note in the flavor's finish. Of course, there's also a big caramel, toffee, and toasted bread crust barley character. It's less fruity than your average bock, but I like the cocoa replacing the usual sugars. The body is on par with your average lager, making it fairly drinkable. This is kind of a cool beer: balanced chocolate, tasty malts, and a slightly bitter hops finish. I'd take another.

01-01-2013 00:51:48 | More by tempest
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generallee

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

08-29-2012 11:21:36 | More by generallee
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Milkysunshine

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2012 02:56:56 | More by Milkysunshine
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dogfishandi

New York

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass.

Pours out a fairly clear chestnut amber color, a little bit of a fine sediment visible. About one finger of off white head from a rather vigorous pour. Not the greatest head retention and only a little bit of lace that is quick to fall back into the beer from a swirl of the glass.

Kind of a strange meaty, cocoa aroma. Some toasted grain and lager like mineral yeast.

Light cocoa at first, cleaner than the aroma, cocoa becomes more noticeable towards the end of the glass as it warms. Along with some toasted, light caramelized grain and a bit of a mineral like lager taste. Hints of cocoa linger into the finish.

Light to medium in body, very smooth, drinks very easily.

I couldn't see myself actually buying this, but if I found it in a fridge somewhere, I'd probably drink it again. I wasn't expecting to really find any cocoa nib notes in this beer, but to my surprise there was some halfway decent flavors.

01-08-2014 22:14:06 | More by dogfishandi
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alexkeil

New York

2.83/5  rDev -16.3%

12 oz bottle from the Saranac winter variety pack, it features one of their nicer labels.

It has brillant clarity and a dark amber color with an off white disappearing head with some lacing.

Aroma of light coco, alcohol hints, and coffee with cream, some bready malts come through.

Taste is of doughy malt, a healthy amount of noble hops balance the sweet malts, alcohol is noticable, coco nibs come through and linger in finish. There is also a little bit of ripe melon in the middle.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation, even a little hoppy bitterness.

This is a creative well made lager that is nice for a holiday variety pack. Its a change of pace to try and talk about at holiday gatherings. Probably not anything you would seek out on its own, but to have during a session.

12-16-2012 20:02:55 | More by alexkeil
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Brenden

Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -2.1%

A very dark orange color, it's almost bronze, though it's completely clear. A pale tan head starts off firm and rests right around a finger tall. It takes a bit of time to fade, eventually leaving a thinner foam that clings especially to the edges but keeps itself together. It leaves some spotting behind as it falls.
A somewhat metallic note, English-style though I don't think any English varietals are used, develops as it sits. The cocoa is definitely there, though. Otherwise it's toasty with just a touch of toffee-like sweetness and a ghost of leaf.
The flavor goes fruitier. While the cocoa sneaks through underneath and into the finish, I wish it was more of a factor. The toast, a touch of toffee and the leaf make up the foremost notes, with a touch of dryness at the end. It's a decent bock, with good balance, toastiness, and a malty base with just a bit of hops for balance and depth, but it could use a little more something, and the chocolate just is too subtle.
The feel isn't bad but is a little tinny as a tea-like leafiness, which also adds some dryness, comes through. It's almost medium-bodied, maybe barely, with a steady carbonation and even, moderate crispness.

08-22-2013 14:10:23 | More by Brenden
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CloudStrife

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. BB Mar 31, 2012 on the bottle.

A: Pours a clear, ruby-copperish amber with a 1.5 finger puffy off white head. Good clarity, lots of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet lagery malt aroma with hints of grass. Has metallic characteristics in it. Subtle chocolate aroma. Sweet roasted malts become more present as it warms up and compliments the chocolate.

T: Nice dark and roasted malt taste, chocolate is certainly noticeable. Has biscuity yeast characteristics. Still a slight hop bitter in the brew.

M: Pretty light bodied, nice carbonation. Very drinkable, not overly sweet as some chocolate beers are.

Overall an enjoyable and drinkable winter beer. Would recommend to anyone who likes darker beers. Good warm up to a heavier stout.

06-03-2012 19:37:25 | More by CloudStrife
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gregb13

California

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%

Funny, if you blindfolded me and gave me this beer I would guess that I was drinking a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. There is an unmistakable Raisin Bran flavor that is very pronounced in both of these beers. It's not bad but not what you'd expect from a supposed chocolate beer, although it kind of grows on you. Just average stuff. One bottle is enough.

12-09-2011 07:07:59 | More by gregb13
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +3%

Occasion: still sick, but getting better with meds.... Glassware: nondescript pilsener... Appearance: tan brown/orange body with a thin off-white head... Aroma: fresh, cocoa hints are a quick burst; fleeting, otherwise weak malts... Palate:medium-bodied and smooth; plapable but not heavy... Taste: sweet toffee/caramel plays with the cocoa in a welcoming dance... Overall: pleasant though not overpowering--a malty chocolate seasonal that satisfies....

01-29-2012 03:22:46 | More by dacrza1
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drinking12many

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-07-2012 01:19:10 | More by drinking12many
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +3%

Pours a deep amber or light brown with a quarter inch of off white, creamy, dense head that has great retention. The nose is yeasty with a typical lager smell and there are very faint notes of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is complex but a little unbalanced. There are notes of dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt and lager yeast. There's a sugary sweetness that is intense. The dark fruit and toffee take main stage. The carbonation is spot on and the smooth, medium body help out the drinkability.

This isn't a bad beer. The flavor could use some balance and the sweetness is a little too much at times, but overall it's drinkable and enjoyable.

12-27-2011 18:59:09 | More by tdm168
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +38.5%

one of Saranac's home runs/touchdowns/holeshots...! hits on all cylinders, but mostly where it counts: taste. the chocolate plays off the maltiness perfectly, but there is a nice, not too subtle hop touch in there that keeps it bitter, much like a good dark chocolate. choosing that Belize cacao was spot on.

beautiful to behold (a nice darkish golden hue), nice hint of cocoa in the nose...mouthfeel is not too carbonated, nor flat...good balance.

glad i picked up the case. the best in the bunch. i almost forgot about another Saranac grand slam: the caramel porter.

MAKE THIS AVAILABLE IN A 6-PACK!

11-18-2012 02:13:16 | More by mempath
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-23-2013 04:48:52 | More by cliff1066
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chrishiker1409

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-24-2013 17:28:43 | More by chrishiker1409
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Hop_kulture


4.46/5  rDev +32%

not doing the astmo kinda drunk. thank you saranac 12 beers of winter

this is a wonderful winter beer. hazelnut and chocolate flavor. great mouthfeel. precisely a chocolate lager. one of my favorite ive had for the past three years. if you like sweet beers you will love this. ive always been happy with any up state new york brew

01-20-2013 07:33:41 | More by Hop_kulture
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Gmann

New York

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small, tight beige head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma has a light cacao scent to go with a very subtle metallic note. There is also some buttery caramel notes and a bit of a grassiness from the hallertau as well.

The flavor starts off with a chocolate note from the cacao. It is a bit powdery. The base is a caramel amberish malt that packs some metallic and light grain flavor. A lime presence is detected from the hallertau hops.

The feel is light with very fizzy carbonation; burns a little bit. It does drink crisp but is a tad sticky. There is an odd bitterness in the finish, which I think comes from the combination of the cacao and the hops.

Not very bockish, more of an amber lager and the chocolate is light. An ok beer, drinks fairly well.

12-03-2011 17:57:20 | More by Gmann
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Bapplebaum

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

02-17-2013 00:57:38 | More by Bapplebaum
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odbjs735

New York

1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

05-07-2012 06:43:07 | More by odbjs735
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GRG1313

California

2/5  rDev -40.8%

07-14-2013 06:39:02 | More by GRG1313
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +3%

A- pours a medium-dark amber with a one finger head that dissapates to a small layer that sustains on top, no lace.

S- toasty malt with some caramel and cocoa nibs are noticable at first, but beyond that- grains and cooked sweet corn,and just a bit of spicy hops at the end

T- sweet cacao mixes with some caramel malt with a bit of hazelnut character. Underlying under the sweetness is a toasty character with some grain. There is a light herbal hop finish on the back end, the finish is quite dry.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- I appreciate that this one holds up the malt character expected with a bock, but the combination of this with the chocolate seems a bit unbalanced. It's worth a try however, as it is quite different. Wouldn't put it anywhere near Sam Adams Chocolate Bock though.

01-18-2013 03:17:35 | More by Treyliff
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dgeebs07

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2012 23:11:33 | More by dgeebs07
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.01/5  rDev -10.9%

Bottle thanks Mikeg67. Poured a clear brown amber with a small beige head. Aroma and Taste is of mildly toasted barley, malt, some chocolate notes, mild bitterness. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. The Finish is toasted grains some light chocolate flavor and mild bitterness. Seems a bit light on the chocolate flavor needs more chocolate. Overall an ok sessional brew.

07-10-2013 19:20:03 | More by Samp01
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 3, 2013.

The pour is a copper-amber color with a lingering off-white head and lacing. I expected it to look much darker for something with chocolate in its title. But it is also a lager so that has to come into play I guess.

The aroma is light in milk chocolate with a slightly more vanilla and caramel malt feel than chocolate. Clean hops though.

The body is creamy and in the medium range.

The taste is more akin to a sweet caramel malt lager than chocolate. Actually vanilla would be the better descriptor. There is a slight lingering bitterness at the tail end. Probably my least favorite selection in the Saranac 2013 Winter Mix Pack.

02-04-2013 00:49:18 | More by puboflyons
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timbobandit

New York

4/5  rDev +18.3%

01-20-2012 21:24:58 | More by timbobandit
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Ba Review #127
Served On: 02/12/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: March 31, 2012

This was in the 2011 '12 Beers of Winter' mixed 12 pack.

Look: The beer poured a semi-clear orangish copper with a thin off-white film on top. Numerous carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom.

Smell: Sweet chocolate was at the forefront. A biscuity lager also made up a big part of the aroma. Also some faint brown sugar notes were present.

Taste: Carbonation ripped up the middle followed by the chocolate. The chocolate was not as intense as expected. The middle was more of a lager character with notes of cracker and yeast. The finish lended itself more to the lager side rather than the chocolate. A candy sweetness did seem to linger into the aftertaste.

This beer blows Sam Adams Chocolate Bock out of the water. The use of chocolate in the profile and the nicely masked 6% ABV are just couple of reasons I would prefer this over it's Sam Adams counterpart.

02-12-2012 18:36:27 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.