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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
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:
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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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-11-2012 23:52:04 | More by duceswild
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uustal

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-02-2012 23:25:17 | More by uustal
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mitch3114

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

09-29-2012 03:14:28 | More by mitch3114
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-13-2012 18:01:40 | More by dtx00
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-11-2012 20:36:19 | More by pavpav12
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:23:39 | More by JohnnyBarman
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-08-2012 05:50:24 | More by kbuzz
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2012 11:43:53 | More by thagr81us
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Woodysbeard

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

08-11-2012 20:28:54 | More by Woodysbeard
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: chocolate and roasted tones come through to the nose. Some alcohol is detectable.

Taste: roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, alcohol, and a decent bitterness. The orange tones are very subdued and hard to detect.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very drinkable baltic porter that leans towards the chocolate side. Pretty good beer here.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 16:59:16 | More by Gavage
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AleGal79


4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-06-2012 23:08:31 | More by AleGal79
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-02-2012 04:33:00 | More by WDJersey
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-24-2012 01:40:04 | More by thebouch01
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 22:49:00 | More by tdm168
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GTB

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

07-20-2012 23:39:00 | More by GTB
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: This beer pours an opaque dark brown color with just under half a finger of light tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: This is a sweet porter, lots of roast and dark fruit. Sweet chocolate and some mild citrus as well.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe. I'm getting some bitter sweet chocolate. There is some citrus in the finish along with a roasty bitterness. Not quite as full as I thought it would be from the smell.

Mouthfeel: The body starts out thick and creamy with large bubbles. By the end of the sip, the body seems to thin out a bit. The finish is slick.

Overall: This beer was better than I thought it would be. The orange wasn't very strong, but it was a nice addition to the roast. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:38:17 | More by oline73
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-18-2012 04:10:06 | More by RoryOMoore
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark brown with a 2" dark brown head. Random big blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Chocolate, orange peel, and some alcohol.

T- faint chocolate and roasted malts, and bitter orange peel.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Abv stands out some and effervescent at the finish.

O- Chocolate and orange isn't the first fruit/chocolate pairing that would come to mind. Beer is actually pretty good and has a nice bitter orange peel aroma and flavor. Worth a try but not sure I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:50:12 | More by kawilliams81
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lauries444

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-12-2012 01:18:35 | More by lauries444
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match1112

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: thick dark brown body with a tight one inch mocha colored head. retention and lacing are outstanding.

s: orange peel, chocolate malt, cocoa and some roasted aromas.

t: sweet chocolate with a orange kick. a nice roasted ending to it.

m: thick and creamy. great carbonation.sticks to the inside of my cheeks like syrup.

o: very well rounded porter. the 9% abv is very well hidden. the closer to room temp the better this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:50:09 | More by match1112
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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-01-2012 23:45:51 | More by bobv
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cashmier

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-01-2012 02:17:10 | More by cashmier
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-31-2012 02:09:10 | More by SFC21
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-26-2012 11:11:35 | More by nh2032
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Beejay

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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..

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 02:29:36 | More by Beejay
Saranac High Peaks Series Chocolate Orange from Matt Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.