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Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
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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yuenglingade

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

06-30-2013 19:18:15 | More by yuenglingade
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braedon_peluso

New York

3/5  rDev -11.2%

06-08-2013 01:47:51 | More by braedon_peluso
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Johnnyv310

New York

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

05-30-2013 05:31:09 | More by Johnnyv310
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raizin

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

05-26-2013 03:49:57 | More by raizin
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jburd19

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

05-17-2013 16:28:40 | More by jburd19
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spedprof

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-10-2013 01:15:58 | More by spedprof
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-02-2013 17:18:40 | More by FrankShirley
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

04-22-2013 01:03:12 | More by EFR94
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h4ger

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-09-2013 02:48:33 | More by h4ger
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:40:23 | More by TeamMathis
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Antikythera

New York

3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:00:06 | More by Antikythera
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 23:59:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-17-2013 19:41:29 | More by ujsplace
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-15-2013 23:00:35 | More by stephenjmoore
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claytong

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-12-2013 04:22:56 | More by claytong
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tvljr

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

02-24-2013 22:56:17 | More by tvljr
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jp312

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

02-23-2013 02:13:44 | More by jp312
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bribo

New York

2.5/5  rDev -26%

02-21-2013 21:20:00 | More by bribo
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Bapplebaum

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

02-17-2013 00:57:38 | More by Bapplebaum
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mattyrubes

New York

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

02-10-2013 13:18:55 | More by mattyrubes
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sketchyhoodie

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-10-2013 04:40:40 | More by sketchyhoodie
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fastrodney

North Carolina

2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:05:26 | More by fastrodney
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AngusOg

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -26%

02-05-2013 16:21:16 | More by AngusOg
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 3, 2013.

The pour is a copper-amber color with a lingering off-white head and lacing. I expected it to look much darker for something with chocolate in its title. But it is also a lager so that has to come into play I guess.

The aroma is light in milk chocolate with a slightly more vanilla and caramel malt feel than chocolate. Clean hops though.

The body is creamy and in the medium range.

The taste is more akin to a sweet caramel malt lager than chocolate. Actually vanilla would be the better descriptor. There is a slight lingering bitterness at the tail end. Probably my least favorite selection in the Saranac 2013 Winter Mix Pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 00:49:18 | More by puboflyons
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

4/5  rDev +18.3%

02-03-2013 00:24:15 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.