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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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78
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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.43%
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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2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: light caramel color; really nice, foamy head; carb is slow
S: almost nothing there
T: dry, bitter chocolate flavor; not sweet; bracing; spices are pretty minimal; tastes like a chocolate soda I once (and only once) had

Sorry, I don't recommend this one.

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2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent, dark copper color with a fairly thin 2 finger head. Retention is pretty poor. Nothing special.

S - Caramel and pale malts, indistinct hops and a very slight nose of chocolate. Very mild in strength, and a bit uninteresting.

T - Toasted caramel and toffee open, then the chocolate finally comes through. It's a nice flavor, but it feels a pit out of place among the flavors created by the foundation. The chocolate seems almost artificial though, like hot cocoa powder.

M - Medium bodied, highly carbonated, slick on the finish. Not necessarily tailored to the flavors, but I like it.

D - I can get behind what this beer is trying to do. It's an inspired and different take on the style (though I'm pretty sure this isn't a Bock), but it's poorly executed.

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before March 31, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. Acquired at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, Colorado as part of a Saranac variety box; all the others in the box were underwhelming to say the least.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a caramel-copper. Appears overcarbonated judging by the bubbles. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty underwhelming for a chocolate lager.

Sm: Caramalt, sweet malts, and some floral hop character. Generic and bland. I don't get any chocolate at all. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I'm none too excited for this one, lads. An average strength aroma.

T: Sweet and heavy on the caramel, with some good heavy-bodied malty bock notes. Some nice candi sugar notes are its only notable characteristic. It's rather simple, but it fills out nicely, hitting the demands of a bock - just not those of a "chocolate lager." Still, I'm glad it's a bock and not a schwarzbier. Lacks balance in spite of its simplicity. Built in a boring fashion, but it's enjoyable in a general sense; I do love beer itself after all. There's little to say about it given how little is going on.

Mf: Sticky, light, smooth, wet. Poor palate presence. It does feature good thickness, satisfying style conventions. Overall, it doesn't complement the flavour profile that well.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. A boring bland beer that in no way satisfies its declared style. This is not at all a chocolate lager. I wouldn't have it again, but it isn't horribly priced. Another forgettable beer from a mediocre brewery. I'm unsurprised they brew for Costco.

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2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks good, deep amber color ber with a bit of head that dissipates

S: A very strong sent of coco but very little of the beer or hops. However I suspect the hops+coco mix is causing this to come across as slightly unpleasant.

T: In short I don't like it.. coco is very up front with some bitter maybe astringent tones to the taste.

M: Not bad, despite being only amber has a nice full mouthfeel expected from a chocolate based drink, nice carbonation,

O: This was not a pleasant beer for me. A strong coco flavor and smell but very little sweat backing it up.. This might be due to the clean amber lager base. If felt is needed crystal and roasted malts to back up the coco or something to complement it. (ie. I'd rather a lagered porter with chocolate than this drink)

In short it tastes like the bitter coco and not like a rich chocolate

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer 1 of a craft pack cracked, lip smacked , now I wanna give it back.

I make it a point to choose randomly when rocking out these variety 12's and this wasn't a good start.

Lack luster appearance.. I poured into a 12oz glass and once the brew settled in, it just shrugged its shoulders and took a nap.

The smell of chocolate was pronounced but not too appealing to me.. The flavor followed suit with an artifical chocolate taste very forward..

Not a bad mouthfeel.. But i'll end up feeding the second one to an in law come Christmas.

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2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Looks like an ale.
Smell: Light chocolate.
Taste: Light chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Watery.

It's not a bad drink. It's just not exciting. The chocolate is certainly there, but it's still just a hint of it. If it has it in the name of the brew, I would expect it to be more than a hint. This is rather watery, looks like an ale, and has far too little chocolate. Odd advertisement. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't get it again.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a veriety pack. Pours amber with a long lasting, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, hints of hops and caramel. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, hint of herbal hops. Finish is medium lasting, slightly bitter. This was the first bottle from the pack I could finish.

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2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Nice head that dissipates at a decent rate. Mid-to-dark amber.

S: Malty with a pleasant scent of hops.

T: This is where it gets interesting. I actually started drinking this one from the bottle; as soon as I realized this wasn't your standard chocolatey stout/porter, I decided to take a closer look (literally and figuratively). Honestly, I wouldn't have noticed the very faint chocolate had it not been advertised as such. It has a nice malty taste to it with an indistinct astringent hop back that isn't particularly pleasant. I can see it's classification as a bock, but I wouldn't be shocked to see it as a red, either.

M: Nice and thick. Medium carbonation.

O: This one's kind of a head-scratcher. Not terrible, but not great, and the chocolate is almost imperceptable. Huh.

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Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.