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Saranac High Peaks Series Chocolate Orange - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac High Peaks Series Chocolate OrangeSaranac High Peaks Series Chocolate Orange

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87
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 03-02-2012)
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Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%

A- pours dark brown, nearly black with a small, fizzy dark-tan head that reduces quickly, leaving just a small ring, no lace

S- roasted cacao nibs, smoked meat, charred wood, chocolate and a bit of earthy hop notes. Really liking the smoky notes

T- smoky and roasted malts highlight a rich and creamy chocolate flavor, notes of cacao with some woodsy earthy tones, light herbal hop gives way to a dry-yet-sweet rich chocolate finish, just a bit of alcohol on the finish. I can't taste any orange while drinking, but the linger leaves a zesty citrus kick that provides a tasty finish

M- medium body and moderate carbonation, super creamy mouthfeel leads to a smooth and velvety finish, warming alcohol barely noticed.

O- I was very surprised by this one. It had about a year of age on it and I think that it brought out some of the chocolaty notes. They should make this a winter seasonal because its without a doubt my favorite beer from Saranac

Treyliff, Mar 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

I gotta say I was a little intrigued to see Matt going out and making a beer like this,I have had mixed feelings about their High Peaks series,this was a hands down big winner.Pours nearly jet black except for some ruby tinge when held in the light,a thick rocky deep mocha colored head atop.The aromas are really nice they just don't jump out ya,the blood orange comes thru along sweetish chocolate and sweet alcohol with a bit of roast as well.Really nice complexity on the palate with a mix of bittersweet chocolate,blood orange,sweet alcohol,and a healthy roastiness and earthy finish.I went back and forth on the mouthfeel between 3.5-4 and 4 and went with the 4 because it did coat the mouth and it did glide down easy.This is a great Baltic porter,the Matt guys put some real care into this and didn't cut corners,I loved it.

oberon, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

generallee, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

TimoP, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Single 22oz bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park NY. Picked up two of them, review is from the second.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut brown, with a thin tan head that survives as a thick ring. Decent legs on this brew, some lacing.

Nose is dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and a touch of sweetness.

Certainly a decent porter, no question there, with a nice chocolate sweetness, roasted malt, and dark chocolate bitterness. Really didn't get the orange flavor here, and this was a bit disappointing.

Nice body, good creamy texture.

Good porter, but I really didn't get the orange flavor they were going for. Worth trying, at any rate.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A beautiful looking dark beer with big chewy tan foam head, the lacing is thick and beautiful between sips. The body is dark, doesn't let any light through it. The aroma has big ballsy cocoa nibs and orange fruit notes of citric bursts, clean beautiful cohesion coming through. Flavor full dark malt flavors come forth with a hint of orange peel flowing along big sweet maltiness balanced with dark roass. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with even smooth flowing carbonation, pretty nice beer from Saranac...it's hard to believe they're making beer like this in Utica NY.

WVbeergeek, May 15, 2012
Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JMS1512, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev +7%

22oz bottle poured into snifter. No dating on bottle but at checkout I was told it arrived an hour before.

A: Pours a thick pitch black with a 2 finger khaki head that fizzles down to a thin film within a few minutes. Lacing from the head before I sip and would of been more if I didnt keep swirling the glass. Cant even get any light through when tilting the glass.

S: Lot going on with the smell. You can easily pull out the chocolate, hints of orange too. But to my surprise there is a lot of hop aroma. Grassy and citrus hops which I feel compliment the chocolate and orange respectively.

T: Interesting approach on a Baltic Porter here. Starts off with a creamy chocolate taste before some orange pulls through and a slight alcohol tinge. Finishing with chocolate. Please note all of this is amped up with 5 types of hops giving this some IBU all the way through. A little smokey with some great roasted malt in between sips.

M: Feels creamy in the mouth with ample carbonation. Finishes a little sticky with the resins from the hops. Not too boozy feeling for 9%.

Overall worth a try and a good Porter. I've never been a huge fan of orange chocolate myself so maybe others will like more. Would think this would improve well with aging as the hops tone down and the beer mellows out.

CloudStrife, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%

A - pitch black with a thin, thick, brown head that has decent retention

S - big, rich chocolate and roasted malts

T - rich chocolate, roasted malt, faint orange peel

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This has great flavor. It's rich, chocolaty and roasty. It's smooth and unique. If I see this on the shelves again, I will definitely buy another bomber.

tdm168, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Picked up a bomber from Brilbeck's in Syracuse. The orange doesn't come out until you give this beer time to warm up, but once it's there, the orange peel makes a fine complement to the dark malts. The chocolate here isn't that strong. The barley has a clean roasted brown malt flavor in addition to the cocoa, and I can't say I taste the cacao nibs at all. The orange component tastes sweet and a little juicy, but it doesn't overshadow the barley. The body is light for a 9% ABV porter, but not inappropriately so, and not surprising for a Saranac beer. Overall, it makes a nice, not too heavy dessert beer with the classic orange and chocolate pairing.

tempest, May 13, 2012
Photo of kingskot
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

kingskot, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, citrus, orange zest, and roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, orange, milk chocolate, and subtle dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If I am honest here, I really don’t know what they were trying to do… While the chocolate and orange aspect was definitely there, I’m not sure it worked so great together. Luckily there was some dark fruit character going on to help add a nice medium to the brew. Otherwise this one could have been a disaster. Worth trying at least once, but I would leave it at that.

thagr81us, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

mikerems, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Swift989, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

dtx00, Sep 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

apasternak, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

kbuzz, Sep 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

nyrblue2, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

- Robust Baltic porter with a blood orange peel and cacao nibs.

A: Dark chocolate pour is viscose upon the exit showing a tawny brownish-orange colored head that was frothy and sturdy retention wise. Great thick coverage on the glass with concentric foam rings adds to the visual.

S: Sweet chocolate covered cherries first come to mind. Coffee roast was fresh and dark with added orange peels.

T: The flavor was bitter and dark roast, hearty with a bit of French roast nature. Dark fruit with the cacoa nibs adding deep tones to the already dark malt base. Bitter burnt chocolate with small flashes of sweet creamy orange manage to sneak through. The 5 different hops utilized seem to have been a waste and could have been easily omitted with little flavor aspect missed. Burnt pine and burnt wood rounds things out.

M: Frothy mouthful nice body with a silty coffee roast feel on the tongue. Bitter with a stinger of coffee laced alcohol.

O: A bit blunt at first, the chocolate and coffee roast are dark and dominating while the alcohol surely flexes its muscle as well. It takes a few sips but things do smooth out a bit once your tongue becomes accustomed to the heavy handed roasty and alcohol nature. Saranac definitely amped things up a bit from their usual offering here with a dark silty roasty treat worhty of a try.

beerthulhu, May 06, 2012
Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

A: Black, like coal at midnight. The head is thick and dense, and a deep tan color.

S: I lift the glass to my nose, and suddenly it is like I am riding a dark chocolate water slide to malt town. I'm being propelled on my rich caramel inner tube by jets of earthy hop aroma, and bitter chocolate.

T: Deep and dark, with coffee and chocolate. Some earthy flavors and espresso follow through the finish. There might be a hint of orange in the finish, just a hint of peel, but perhaps I am putting it there because it says it on the label.

M: Heavy mouth feel, the carbonation is fine, smooth, and adds to the creamy mouth feel.

O: Overall it is a great stout.... I mean err.. robust porter.. But I think when you put Chocolate Orange on the label, you better make damn sure you can pick out the orange.. Really tasty.. Really chocolatey... But the Orange is MIA, it seems to possibly pick up a little as it warms but still..

Beejay, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JohnQVD, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Chugs13, Mar 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

civicm87, Nov 21, 2013
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Saranac High Peaks Series Chocolate Orange from Matt Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.