Saranac High Peaks Series Chocolate Orange - Matt Brewing Company

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87
very good

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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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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..

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 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.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark black with a nice big brown head into my glass. Lots of lacing. Lots to appreciate.

Orange peel and cacao nibs with a slight roast. Lots of alcohol in the nose too.

Lots of alcohol (unwanted) that gives way to a slight orange twang. After a minute or two, the twang gives way to creamy, roasty and chocolatey malt. Very mellow here. Just takes a bit of patience.

Ditto on mouthfeel. That alcohol burn lingers but there's enough cocoa flavor underneath to make it worth the wait.

A decent baltic porter here. Some aging will knock the alcohol down enough to bring out the chocolate and orange.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Burlington, VT

Half pour (thankfully) served in a 6oz. wine glass, deep, dark brown-black color, capped with a nice foamy mocha head. Aroma of roasty dark malts, coffee notes, probably about robust enough to be a stout. Taste of dark malts, roasty, cocoa, with a hint of citrus and pine in the finish, and a ubiquitous booziness throughout. I got more booze than anything in this one really, and it detracted from the mouthfeel quite a bit. Body is no more than middle-of-the-road medium, leaving no doubt that this is no stout, low carbonation, which was good considering it wasn't very smooth otherwise. Pretty decent overall, but I wouldn't want any more than the sample I had.

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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: 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!

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