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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

11-03-2012 01:47:01 | More by BigTrubble
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vfgccp

New York

2/5  rDev -40.8%

11-01-2012 21:47:20 | More by vfgccp
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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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BryanK

New York

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

08-10-2012 00:35:17 | More by BryanK
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

07-24-2012 03:33:08 | More by rypkr
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kingslotty

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

07-05-2012 02:25:46 | More by kingslotty
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CloudStrife

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

05-18-2012 21:21:39 | More by Mikecap
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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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vonnegut21

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

05-03-2012 17:32:44 | More by vonnegut21
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yaksurf

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

04-29-2012 17:26:42 | More by yaksurf
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Nathanhlind


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

04-21-2012 19:01:34 | More by Nathanhlind
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PGVG

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.2%

04-06-2012 19:57:09 | More by PGVG
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-31-2012 17:25:37 | More by MattPS
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yesyouam

New York

3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac Chocolate Lager is a crystal clear amber beer topped with a sand colored, waxy foam that has very good retention and lacing. It has a metallic aroma with a hint of grass and chocolate. It's medium bodied, a little watery with a slightly chalky finish. It's just a touch sweet and amply bitter. Something about it seems kind of salty. The chocolate fills the middle of the taste without much subtlety. It gets more bitter toward the end, with notes of wood, resin and metal. Well, I'm glad there's chocolate in there. I don't think this beer would stand up without it. It isn't great, but it isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 14:59:28 | More by yesyouam
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deonreds

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-19-2012 05:25:29 | More by deonreds
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting pretty (well, sat pretty) in a Leffe goblet.

A: paler than expected; a bright, clear orange/red with a half-inch of tannish lacing. Not much in the foam sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: A mix of pilsner and chocolate syrup that never quite comes together. That is, the smells are both present but they're not mingling.

T: Lighter than the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock I recently had, which makes sense. You can really taste the light lager roots in this. They sort of stay off to the side and wait
for the chocolate to do its thing, then pop in and say, "yeah, so I'm beer, and I'm here too." That probably sounds overly negative. Really, it's not bad. Decent chocolate beer.
It will not cause a state of orgasmic bliss that lasts several hours though, only yoga can do that. Chocolate flavor actually seems to weakn as it warms.

M: Smooth, wet, and a little chalky, and dry on the finish. Soft, foamy carbonation.

O: Not bad. As for readily available winter chocolate beers, if presented with this and a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, I'd go with the Sam. Good backup, and not a bad intro to chocolatey beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 20:30:26 | More by DirtyPenny
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

03-10-2012 16:29:47 | More by StaindProject86
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

03-08-2012 04:00:55 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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Amalak

New York

3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-25-2012 02:06:19 | More by Amalak
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 18:36:27 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking brown color with a decent sized head on top. The smell of the beer was minimal, not too much chocolate on the nose but some lager-like aromas. The taste has a pretty good amount of chocolate actually. It kind of tastes a little artificial to me but still better than I expected from this company. The mouthfeel of the beer was rather smooth and was very drinkable. Overall I was surprised by this beer, I never expected what I got. I'm actually kind of glad I have one more bottle to open later.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 22:07:36 | More by Knapp85
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 18:15:28 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-30-2012 01:00:33 | More by Goldfishman
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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....

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:22:46 | More by dacrza1
Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.