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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Chocolate LagerSaranac Chocolate Lager

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
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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2/5  rDev -40.8%

GRG1313, Jul 14, 2013
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3.01/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Samp01, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

yuenglingade, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

braedon_peluso, Jun 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Johnnyv310, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

raizin, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

jburd19, May 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

spedprof, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

FrankShirley, May 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

EFR94, Apr 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

h4ger, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of TeamMathis
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

TeamMathis, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Antikythera
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Antikythera, Mar 27, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Stinkypuss, Mar 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

ujsplace, Mar 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

stephenjmoore, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

claytong, Mar 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

tvljr, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

jp312, Feb 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

bribo, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Bapplebaum, Feb 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

mattyrubes, Feb 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

sketchyhoodie, Feb 10, 2013
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2.96/5  rDev -12.4%

Served from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Nice head that dissipates at a decent rate. Mid-to-dark amber.

S: Malty with a pleasant scent of hops.

T: This is where it gets interesting. I actually started drinking this one from the bottle; as soon as I realized this wasn't your standard chocolatey stout/porter, I decided to take a closer look (literally and figuratively). Honestly, I wouldn't have noticed the very faint chocolate had it not been advertised as such. It has a nice malty taste to it with an indistinct astringent hop back that isn't particularly pleasant. I can see it's classification as a bock, but I wouldn't be shocked to see it as a red, either.

M: Nice and thick. Medium carbonation.

O: This one's kind of a head-scratcher. Not terrible, but not great, and the chocolate is almost imperceptable. Huh.

fastrodney, Feb 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

AngusOg, Feb 05, 2013
Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.