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Saranac High Peaks Series Chocolate Orange - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 03-02-2012

Saranac Chocolate Orange is a limited edition small batch brew from our "High Peaks" series, a line of beers that are bigger, more complex and flavorful. Brewed as a full bodied robust Baltic-style porter with five different hops and four different malts, this beer pushes the porter style to a new level.

We start with generous amounts of chocolate malt, and then add blood orange peel. In fermentation, the finest hand-selected, purest cacao nibs are added to enhance the chocolate malt flavor. Look for a dark chocolate roasted flavor finished off with a unique surprise from blood orange peel, making this an extra special treat!
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Photo of dwoolley1
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCimpi
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sonofalime
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smelt like the chocolate oragne that gets cracked open. Taste wasn't too far off but wasn't my cup of tea. If you like porters it's a nice variation to the genre.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head is a finger high and mocha in shade. Its creaminess is nice, though the head's duration is lacking. Very little lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Chocolate comes through well, in a milky and almost earthen way. This note mixes very well with the powerful roasted malt presence. Despite what other reviewers are saying, I also get a touch of orange peel. Letting it open up will reveal some brown sugar and molasses. Fairly complex, too - good work, Saranac. (3.75)

Taste: The flavor doesn't work quite as well. It starts of with a dry, roasty flavor, reminiscent of baker's cocoa. This transitions into a gentle tartness - orange peel? The aforementioned orange peel does come through, but only very subtly. It finishes with an earthy note. I don't think it's very balanced; while there are some nice individual notes, they don't come together spectacularly. (3)

Mouthfeel: Its roasted presence makes it somewhat astringent post-swallow. Despite that, it manages to reasonably nail that stout holy grail of being creamy to start and dry to finish. Carbonation pricks the tongue slightly. (3.5)

Overall: Not a fantastic porter/stout, truth be told. It has a few good elements (I can pick up slight orange peel, for instance), but it doesn't really coalesce that well. On the other hand, I could see this aging quite well. Right now, it's worth a try, but not worth seeking out. (3.25)

3.33/5: Not bad, it just needs more cohesion

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ejh06752
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

A big-ass Baltic-Style Porter with blood orange peel and cacao nibs. Big on darkness with a brown lacing on top. Big nose and palate of dark fruit and highly roasted grain, both of which give off suggestions of dark fruit and coffee ... chocolate comes from the cacao nibs obviously. Massive chewy body and the 9.0% abv is noticeable, there is some orange peel in here but this beer is just too big for it really to make a good showing. Perhaps there is a pinch of it middle to end but pretty damn subtle. Also, the addition of cacao could easily be confused for additions of dark malt ... if it was not on the label I would not even think about it. Regardless, good drinking all around.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An excellent bubble show produces a three inch mocha colored head; the liquid was black, as expected, and though the retention was better than the lacing, it still looked good

Smell: Rich, dark chocolate with floral orange tones

Taste: Dark chocolate, up front, with the sweetness growing in the middle; the blood orange doesn't make an appearance until the finish but there it is, subtle yet distinct; there is an interesting hop complexity that doesn't really cut through the sweetness but it adds another dimension to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Unlike many of the other reviewers, I was able to pick out the blood orange tones; perhaps it was the power of suggestion, but I could smell it and taste it; pretty impressed with this brew coming from Saranac - I have tasted some good beers in their High Peaks line

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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Saranac High Peaks Series Chocolate Orange from Matt Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.