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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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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:15:29 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best by date of MAR 31 2012. Pours a clear copper color with a small cap of beige head. Fades pretty quick and does not leave much lace.

Nose is sulfurous lager and a faint cocoa aroma. Not really sweet and the malts dont carry much heft, maybe some toasty caramel but pretty flabby overall.

Taste is much better as some of the sweetness comes out and the chocolate is light, smooth and tastefully done. Not bad...the mouthfeel is thin, being little more than the consistency of water though. I enjoyed trying this once, but its certainly one-dimensional and I dont really think Id want a whole sixer of this in the fridge. Although...on the other hand, this is probably the best one of the winter mix 12-pack my dad brought back from D.C. This pack was my first taste of the Saranac family, and I am pretty disappointed with all 6 I have tried thus far.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:46:02 | More by twiggamortis420
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

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

A- Dark amber color, transparent. Average to slightly above average carbonation. About a half finger of creamy head, good retention, good lacing on side of glass.

S- Not as much of a chocolate smell as I would have expected. Very faint chocolate/caramel smell. Mostly a malty smell with a little bit of hops. Can smell the alcohol a little bit.

T- At first the chocolate taste was very faint, however the more I drank it the more the chocolate came out as an aftertaste- sweet chocolate/caramel taste, but not overpowering.

M- Smooth, nice chocolate aftertaste makes for easy drinking.

O- A lot of chocolate beers have an overpowering chocolate taste that dominates the beer. This however is definitely not one of those. The chocolate taste is more of an aftertaste. I would have liked it to come out a little bit more, but it wasn't bad. It was one of the more interesting beers I've had to try this week. Not bad, but definitely could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:24:17 | More by jaasen64
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:02:02 | More by ppoitras
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timbobandit

New York

4/5  rDev +18.3%

01-20-2012 21:24:58 | More by timbobandit
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mattk614

New York

3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-19-2012 01:28:02 | More by mattk614
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose on this one is fairly faint...chocolate malts and a roasted note are present there but it isn't a very fragrant beer.

This beer tastes pleasant enough, although it's a bit light on flavor compared to where I'd like it to be. It definitely has a nice, silky chocolate malt taste to it, though it isn't quite as powerful as I'd like it to be as it sometimes is in other beers like this. The taste itself is good though, as I said, and is rather one-note. Towards the finish, there's a small roasted note and a tiny hop twinge....but again, really just dominated by the sweet chocolate malts on the body.

Easy drinking but nothing exciting. Decent. I could go for this sometimes, but only if I wasn't looking for something interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:18:16 | More by NODAK
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 23:59:51 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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animal69

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-15-2012 22:21:42 | More by animal69
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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-14-2012 01:32:57 | More by NHSTEVE
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:18:30 | More by blakelive784
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice looking beer; very clear dark copper color, with a good sized, slowly sinking head. Lacing is a bit weaker but leaves patches up and down the glass. Simple aroma is mostly sweet breadiness from the caramel and chocolate malts; faintly floral hops underneath.

Also a simple but appealing flavor; light cocoa sitting on top of caramel malt; just a hint of the hops in there; more grass than floral notes. Nothing really dominates; even the chocolate is subtle. On the sweet side but certainly not excessively so.

Good mouthfeel, crisp, medium-high carbonation that falls just shy of being prickly. Body isn’t too thin and everything feels right for a lager-style beer. Not bad; don’t go into this one expecting a big chocolate presence however.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 15:03:11 | More by tobelerone
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-03-2012 02:27:12 | More by AWS2111
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26%

01-02-2012 17:09:38 | More by JAHMUR
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Goregazm

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-01-2012 12:06:32 | More by Goregazm
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-01-2012 03:54:03 | More by tedho21
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:14:06 | More by bubseymour
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

2.3/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:50:27 | More by Arithmeticus
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surprenant1138

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-28-2011 20:58:12 | More by surprenant1138
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep amber or light brown with a quarter inch of off white, creamy, dense head that has great retention. The nose is yeasty with a typical lager smell and there are very faint notes of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is complex but a little unbalanced. There are notes of dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt and lager yeast. There's a sugary sweetness that is intense. The dark fruit and toffee take main stage. The carbonation is spot on and the smooth, medium body help out the drinkability.

This isn't a bad beer. The flavor could use some balance and the sweetness is a little too much at times, but overall it's drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 18:59:09 | More by tdm168
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rxthree

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-26-2011 21:57:21 | More by rxthree
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 3/31/12.

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Random small streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some subtle chocolate aromas. Taste is of malt, artificial chocolate flavoring, and some herbal/citrus zest hops. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that doesn't live up to the chocolate flavors I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 04:41:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ale207

Maine

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-22-2011 00:03:13 | More by ale207
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buyBinboaVodka

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the Taphouse Grill.

A - It came to me in a pint glass with almost no head on it and a minimal amount of lacing. The dark amber color with caramel highlights look pretty good it looks like a good beer.

S - This beer smells awesome...if it were a vanilla lager. I get almost no chocolate through the nose. I can pick up vanilla extract with a similiar scent to that of a stewarts root beer, not chocolate. There is a malt presence but not nearly as strong as the vanilla aroma.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose. I get a vanilla and malt taste but NO chocolate.

M - Thin bodied with a smooth finish.

O - Not the beer I was expecting, but not a horrible beer. There are way better choices, but if it is there and there are no other good choices, I might get it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 20:36:46 | More by buyBinboaVodka
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.2%

12-20-2011 04:25:53 | More by Gregwa
Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.