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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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78
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174 Ratings
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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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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

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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.

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2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Looks like an ale.
Smell: Light chocolate.
Taste: Light chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Watery.

It's not a bad drink. It's just not exciting. The chocolate is certainly there, but it's still just a hint of it. If it has it in the name of the brew, I would expect it to be more than a hint. This is rather watery, looks like an ale, and has far too little chocolate. Odd advertisement. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't get it again.

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3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: very pretty clear tea-brown colour, surprising in a lager. Thin head.

s: toasty and chocolatey.

t: slightly nutty lager. Would like the chocolate to pop out more. A little too bitter on the finish.

m: smooth, easy to drink.

o: a little disappointing given the claims of sinful chocolate. Otherwise, pleasant for what it is. If I'm buying lagers I like buying non-standard lagers, and this could definitely be one of them.

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3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Pours a medium copper color, with a dense off white foam. The head sticks around for a few minutes and laces the glass appropriately.

SMELL: Roasted malt, caramel and a hint of powdery chocolate.

TASTE: Toasted malt, caramel and a small hit of watery chocolate. Bready and lager like with an underpinned cocoa flavor. Mild and kind of bland, but agreeable and decently drinkable.

Has a medium bodied feel with a slightly benign flavor. Decent beer, the chocolate is honed down here. I'd have it again.

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