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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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77
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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 64
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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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ShepardCommander, Feb 01, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

brutesdad, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

dogfishandi, Jan 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Ladyfortuna
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Ladyfortuna, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

boszormeny, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -11%

100200300, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of bsm80x
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

chrishiker1409, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

iwillhaveanother, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Brenden, Aug 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

micromaniac129, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Cooker_stp, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

FreshButterbeer, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of ezterry
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

ezterry, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Mojoman8561, Jul 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

GRG1313, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Samp01
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Samp01, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

yuenglingade, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

braedon_peluso, Jun 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Johnnyv310, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

raizin, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

jburd19, May 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

spedprof, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

FrankShirley, May 02, 2013
Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.