Saranac Chocolate Lager - Matt Brewing Company
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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.
07-10-2013 19:20:03 | More by Samp01
2.83/5 rDev -16.3%
Appearance: Looks like an ale.
Smell: Light chocolate.
Taste: Light chocolate.
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.
04-05-2013 01:40:23 | More by TeamMathis
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.
03-27-2013 02:00:06 | More by Antikythera
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.
03-18-2013 23:59:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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.
02-08-2013 22:05:26 | More by fastrodney
3.23/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
02-04-2013 00:49:18 | More by puboflyons
Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.