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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Ratings: 172
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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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

rxthree, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ale207, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of buyBinboaVodka
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

buyBinboaVodka, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11%

Gregwa, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11%

Sivad, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Brouwerij78
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had very high hopes for this beer as well (see my review on the saranac vanilla stout). I bought a cold 12 pack of the 12 beers of Christmas and there were 2 of these Chocolate Lagers included. I poured yet another (wasted!) frosty mug full...and again another big fat flop. It was pretty much bland overall - not even a hint of chocolate. This one too fell short and flat of my expectations - even for a plain lager. Very lackluster and blah. Again - save your money for a real craft brew. Amen and testify.

Brouwerij78, Dec 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

BodiesLexus, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average tasting beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was copper colored and light for its name I thought. It poured a fair head. The smell was malty. The taste on this beer was weak. I tasted no chocolate ate all and actually more of a vanilla taste than anything. I did not think it well represented itself as to what is was suppose to be. Not buy again.

Minkybut, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

OneWildRover, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention, solid lace.

S: Cocoa, orange, some hoppiness.

T: Definite chocolate flavour up front. Some notes of bread. Definitely reminiscent of Sam Adams Chocolate Bock though maybe not as robust.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a biting carbonation, sweet aftertaste.

O: Quite an intriguing beer, I liked the flavours, another winner from the mix pack.

Halcyondays, Dec 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

VaterRoss, Dec 11, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is amber, nice and translucent with an off white tan head.

Smell is mild malt with solid chocolate notes, interesting, somewhat syrupy smelling.

Taste is very clean mild malt flavors with a nice chocolate sweetness, again more syrupy than a chocolate malt flavor but somewhat decent flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, the chocolate flavor does linger somewhat.

Overall, an interesting brew the chocolate flavor works well and pretty solid bock backbone.

mvanaskie13, Dec 10, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funny, if you blindfolded me and gave me this beer I would guess that I was drinking a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. There is an unmistakable Raisin Bran flavor that is very pronounced in both of these beers. It's not bad but not what you'd expect from a supposed chocolate beer, although it kind of grows on you. Just average stuff. One bottle is enough.

gregb13, Dec 09, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be the only unreviewed beer in this year's Saranac winter sampler. This appears dark copper with golden highlights, and the head never really gets going, leaves only moderate lace. Nose has faint chocolate and watery malt but doesn't really stick out.

The taste has more obvious chocolate and toasted note, along with a slight nutty flavor. A little sweet in the finish, this bock is still relatively smooth and light for the style. not something to write home about but this goes down fairly easy.

daliandragon, Dec 05, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16oz Guinness Pint. I drank this ~50 degrees F.

A: Copper Brown, with a creamy beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks like a standard lager (Yuengling comes to mind)

S: Extremely malt, hint of cocoa, and a metallic smell that comes with some more "cheaper" beers

T: Starts off citrusy, with a quick, robust flavor of chocolate rushing across your pallete, rinsing it of any trace of hops. Finishes up malty and strong.

M: Extremely smooth, no bite to speak of.

Overall: A good beer, definitely will pick up a few singles to have lying around, if not another Saranac Winter Variety pack, as the whole sampling is spot on.

gboy515duo, Dec 03, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small, tight beige head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma has a light cacao scent to go with a very subtle metallic note. There is also some buttery caramel notes and a bit of a grassiness from the hallertau as well.

The flavor starts off with a chocolate note from the cacao. It is a bit powdery. The base is a caramel amberish malt that packs some metallic and light grain flavor. A lime presence is detected from the hallertau hops.

The feel is light with very fizzy carbonation; burns a little bit. It does drink crisp but is a tad sticky. There is an odd bitterness in the finish, which I think comes from the combination of the cacao and the hops.

Not very bockish, more of an amber lager and the chocolate is light. An ok beer, drinks fairly well.

Gmann, Dec 03, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker garnet or burnt ruby, with a big paper towel colored head that doesnt hang around long.

S: Good airy mixture of toasted bread, plum, light munich malt, and strawberry.

T: European in malt taste, with a bit of a wheat flare. Strawberry, fig and plum are the only notes I get from this beer. Slight hop bitterness is there to balance out the grain bill. Really no chocolate to speak of.

M: Light to low moderate body and adequate carbonation.

O: I think this is more of a lager than a bock, it would have a larger body if it were a bock. I enjoyed this beer more than most of the others in the variety pack.

rodney45, Dec 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white. It had a one-finger white head of foam.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate and roasty malt.
Some sweet caramel notes.

T - It tasted of bitter chocolate. Nice toasty malt with sweet caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light to medium boied lager.

O - This is a nice chocolate lager. Another solid brew from Saranac.

zeff80, Dec 01, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very very interesting lager, pours a see through amber color with the tint of milk chocolate and a lasting frothy mocha head. smells like a brownie... a malt brownie. brimming with a pleasant chocolate aroma akin to hot cocoa in a beer. taste is more bitter than sweet chocolate, although the malts lend a sugar component. this is a lager, which is unique for sure, it somehow stays crisp and drinkable. a great new addition to the beers of winter.

StonedTrippin, Nov 29, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New beer from the latest 12 Beers of Winter.

A: Amber copper with off white head, decent lacing going on.

S: Hot fudge and caramel syrup, fairly artificial, but good sweetness. Mild malt.

T: Spot on with the nose. Has a nice chocolate malt taste, but not overpowering. Sweetness comes more from caramel than chocolate. More of a chocolate syrup flavor. The malt is there but. It roasty.

M: Medium body, very well carbonated, but it works. A touch creamy.

O/D: Saranac has made a really solid chocolate bock. My only complaint is that it's a touch artificial tasting. But it's a tasty offering in the 12 pack, balances out the hoppy offerings.

mostpoetsdo, Nov 27, 2011
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Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
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