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Saranac High Peaks Series Chocolate Orange - Matt Brewing Company

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 10
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:
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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4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 ProfessorHomer
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black, dark brown edges under strong light. Towering, thick tan head with dark brown highlights. Head lasts, with very nice lacing.

S: Coffee, first note then of dark, dark 90% chocolate. Some raisins/dates. Arousing. Interesting, no pronounced alcohol evident.

T: Immediately strong coffee: French, dark roasted coffee. Background dark chocolate note develops. Dark roasted chocolate malts. Some raisiny edge. Sorry, very little orange to this palate. Alcohol barely evident - quite a trick to hide at 9%!

Mouthfeel: Great carbonatation, creamy, wet and smooth. I must compliment another taster who said that it that "carried the flavors marvelously." Marvelously indeed! So creamy!

Summary: By far, THE BEST I've ever had from Saranac. Ever. Living in Albany, I've been there many, many times for all their beers and a number of special events. This beer is OUTSTANDING! Whilst labeled a baltic porter, this big, complex, balanced beer has a lot going on. How's they hide the 9% abc so well? A genus of a beer! Highly recommended!

ProfessorHomer, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Mohican88
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Virtually black with a 2 finger khaki head that slowly recedes. Fairly impressive lacing develops throughout the course of drinking.

Smell: Dark chocolate and earthy hops persist, seems to be lacking a citrus punch but still very appealing.

Taste: Quick burst of orange upfront that is quickly enveloped by bittersweet chocolate, chocolate malt, and roasted barley. Finishes semi-dry with a pleasant lingering earthiness and slight alcohol warmth as the beer opens up. I'm looking for more orange but don't find it other than right at the forefront of each sip.

Mouthfeel: This was very a impressive part of the beer for me. The carbonation level was perfect and created an incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel that carried the flavors marvelously.

Overall: Probably the best offering Saranac has produced to date. If you did not tell me this beer was supposed to contain orange I would not have explicitly known, but regardless this beer is a fantastic baltic porter. This beer would be excellent with vanilla ice cream and I'd even be willing to give it a shot with orange sherbet or sorbet.

Mohican88, Apr 08, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick, pitch black into my Bruery glass. Fat two finger dark tan head floats effortlessly and leaves a decent bit of oily lacing as it drips away.

S- Roasted chocolate malt, charred wood, slighty bitter black coffee and a touch of zesty orange peel as it warms. Not sure if hops play much into this at all, or if it's just the added orange peel. Definately some hints of citrus buried beneath the chocolate malt bomb that is this imperial porter/stout.

T- Really comes alive as you let it warm... Bittersweet cocoa, light coffee notes, and a wonderful hidden yet upfront citrus punch. Little touches of caramel, and some figs and dried fruit. This is really impressive from what is normally an unimpressive brewery.

M- Not overly thick, but thicker than alot of more highly rated stouts. Like eating a chocolate covered tangerine. Nice notes of citrus, coffee and of course bittersweet chocolate roll and dance on the tongue. I really dig the way the citrus peel and chocolate mingle and stick to the tongue.

O- I have got to pick up some more of this. Especially some to send out in trades. Reminds me a little bit of Stone VE 09/09/09 but thicker and more chocolatey. Very well done Saranac... very well done indeed!

Thickfreakness, Mar 17, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark brown color from a 22 oz bottle; with ABV on the label. A code on the neck of the bottle, perhaps the bottling/freshness code. Absolutely pitch black once it is in the glass, with no light penetration whatsoever.
Nice one finger dark mocha colored head with lots of glistening bubbles that dissipate to a ring around the edges of the tulip. Extremely viscous and thick pour.
Aroma upfront is all chocolate malt, with hints of cacao coming through. The orange peel is faint and becomes evident once the beer warms up. Hints of bitter-floral hops coming through also.
Wow, this is a really thick, full-bodied yet silky smooth porter. Luscious mouthfeel coats the palate very nicely.
The taste upfront is slightly sweet, with the malts coating the palate beautifully from the middle. All chocolate from the middle right to the finish. The finish is almost dry, with a lingering bitterness and hints of orange peel coming through. The chocolate flavor definitely predominates the orange in this porter. It's more like a mild liquid version of a orange chocolate bar.
This was nowhere near what I was expecting when I got a bottle of this Baltic porter from Saranac. Perhaps one of the finest beers from Saranac and one I will be seeking out soon again. Definitely worth a try and is highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Mar 03, 2012
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4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Saranac High Peaks Series Chocolate Orange from Matt Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.