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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
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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Photo of mempath
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!

mempath, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of gboy515duo
4.6/5  rDev +36.1%

Served in a 16oz Guinness Pint. I drank this ~50 degrees F.

A: Copper Brown, with a creamy beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks like a standard lager (Yuengling comes to mind)

S: Extremely malt, hint of cocoa, and a metallic smell that comes with some more "cheaper" beers

T: Starts off citrusy, with a quick, robust flavor of chocolate rushing across your pallete, rinsing it of any trace of hops. Finishes up malty and strong.

M: Extremely smooth, no bite to speak of.

Overall: A good beer, definitely will pick up a few singles to have lying around, if not another Saranac Winter Variety pack, as the whole sampling is spot on.

gboy515duo, Dec 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

rypkr, Jul 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

JohnEricaLawson, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of 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

Hop_kulture, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Twelve ounce bottle from Twelve Beers of Winter Collection :

Pours a clear ruddy brown body with a nice beige head. The head lasts a decent time, and laces the glass nicely. Aroma was malty, sweet and light. Taste is very appealing, the chocolate is not at all overpowering,but definately present.Very slightly slick.

CaptJackHarkness, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back.

My thanks to whomever transcribed the verbiage on the bottleneck onto the "Notes" section. It saves me a whole lot of work!

From the label: "Beer brewed with cacao nibs with natural flavors added".

The pour created two fingers of fragile, tawny head that fell like a souffle in an oven whose door had just been banged shut. It left nice lacing in its wake, though, so for that, Cheers! Color was a deep amber with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see both through walls and into the future. Nose was chocolate, but a different chocolate than the Atwater that I reviewed earlier. This seemed somehow more authentic, like raw unprocessed chocolate. Nice. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not as dense as Atwater VoodooVator, but still pretty massive in the mouth. I am really glad that I drank this shortly after the Atwater Dark Chocolate as it gives me a greater appreciation for Saranac's craft. It was chocolaty, but subtly so. The chocolate had an unprocessed taste, as though the nibs were added almost as an afterthought. The finish was dry, believe me or don't! This is going to disappoint a lot of people who may be expecting a liquid chocolate bar, but for those of us who do not dig that sort of thing, this was perfect.

woodychandler, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

timbobandit, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

iwillhaveanother, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Prospero2u, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

OneWildRover, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Utica_Brew_Review, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

boszormeny, Dec 05, 2013
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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.

tempest, Jan 01, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours a dark amber with a frothy off white head that hangs around.

Smells of chocolate, yeast, alcohol, caramel, floral notes and dark fruit.

Taste chocolate up front, with a roasted nut flavor followed by caramel notes. It has a dry rounded malty mouthfeel. This is a very good beer with a lot of great flavor, but it doesn't quite come together as well as it could. With a little more harmony, this would be truly great.

Chickenhawk9932, Jan 25, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +16.9%

Appearance - nothing chocolatey about it. Copperbrown "strong/old ale" appearance with 1 finger head.

Smell - Nice smell of malts and breads and some chocolate

Taste - A very nice beer by Saranac. Nicely balance chocolate flavors with that of their lagers. Slight crispness in the finish. Easy to drink. Nothing bold here, just very well balanced and pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied for a lager.

Overall - I think Saranac made a nice beer here that is quite sessionable. Enjoy!!!

bubseymour, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.
Pours a darker amber/brown. Slight spongy foam.
Aroma is fantastic...chocolate, malts, coffee, and caramel. Taste is excellent as well. You really taste the chocolate, but is subtle and blends perfect with the malts.
This was ahuge surprise...especially when it didnt pour black! It seems that the chocolate really compliment with the typical Saranac flavor, malty. I really enjoyed this brew and would not hestitate to buy again.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 08, 2012
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3.91/5  rDev +15.7%

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger, off white head that retains itself for a while. Settles to sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear copper colored body.
S) Caramel. Yeasty. Hints of chocolate.
T) Pleasant malts up front and throughout - caramel, toasty, and slightly buttery. Finishes with a mellow hop bite.
M) Smooth. Lighter side of medium bodied. Dry finish.
O) A decent brew. I'd definitely drink another one.

u2carew, Jan 20, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +14.8%

A: Darker garnet or burnt ruby, with a big paper towel colored head that doesnt hang around long.

S: Good airy mixture of toasted bread, plum, light munich malt, and strawberry.

T: European in malt taste, with a bit of a wheat flare. Strawberry, fig and plum are the only notes I get from this beer. Slight hop bitterness is there to balance out the grain bill. Really no chocolate to speak of.

M: Light to low moderate body and adequate carbonation.

O: I think this is more of a lager than a bock, it would have a larger body if it were a bock. I enjoyed this beer more than most of the others in the variety pack.

rodney45, Dec 02, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +13.3%

a very very interesting lager, pours a see through amber color with the tint of milk chocolate and a lasting frothy mocha head. smells like a brownie... a malt brownie. brimming with a pleasant chocolate aroma akin to hot cocoa in a beer. taste is more bitter than sweet chocolate, although the malts lend a sugar component. this is a lager, which is unique for sure, it somehow stays crisp and drinkable. a great new addition to the beers of winter.

StonedTrippin, Nov 29, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +13.3%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention, solid lace.

S: Cocoa, orange, some hoppiness.

T: Definite chocolate flavour up front. Some notes of bread. Definitely reminiscent of Sam Adams Chocolate Bock though maybe not as robust.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a biting carbonation, sweet aftertaste.

O: Quite an intriguing beer, I liked the flavours, another winner from the mix pack.

Halcyondays, Dec 12, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Saranac winter mixed 12-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a nonic, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear burnished amber brew. Head falls slowly, with coating sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with a vegetal tinge.

Taste begins sweet, lightly chalky chocolate in the middle, which carries on through to the end with a light bitterness. Bit of a sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice to see a flavored brew from Saranac that isn't overpoweringly artificial like some I've had.

ppoitras, Jan 20, 2012
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Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.