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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a light layer leaving spotty lacing.

S - nice cocoa aroma with sweet caramel malt in the background.

T - subtle chocolate blends in with caramel malt and there's a light bitterness towards the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a easy drinking feel.

O - a likeable lager.

Photo of Anacrusis
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Photo of jslice99
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured round chocolate malts and a soft caramel malt.

The taste consisted of the same chocolate and caramel malt profile with a rough earthiness that livened up the flavor a bit.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a tasty malt driven lager.

Photo of drinking12many
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of kingslotty
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Mikecap
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of MattPS
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of yesyouam
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of deonreds
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of StaindProject86
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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