Saranac Black Bear Bock - Matt Brewing Company
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
3.45/5 rDev -0.9%
Nice amber body with a thick, sticky head. Decent caramel malt aroma and flavor; bit of hop bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness; slightly noticeable alcohol warmth. Medium bodied, smooth feel.
Good bock with a nice malt-centric character. Good balance overall. Worth a try...
04-23-2013 00:31:10 | More by beergoot
3.51/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some bready aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some super malty aromas and flavors.
03-24-2013 02:10:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.14/5 rDev -9.8%
Look: Slightly hazed orange with a dense off white foam. Definitely light for a traditional bock, looks decent enough as a beer.
Smell: Sweet bread, apple like fruit and musty yeast.
Taste: Strongly malty, with bread and light cocoa hints. Moderately acidic, grassy, lemony hop adds a layer of bitterness. A touch of mineral and alcohol. Caramelized malt and toffee round out the flavor.
Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit thin but quite drinkable.
Overall: A mellow, malty offering from Matt's Brewing Co. About average for the style, but drinks easy and makes a worthy component to any sampler pack.
03-18-2013 22:08:28 | More by Stinkypuss
2.95/5 rDev -15.2%
Malty-sweet and a with a light peppery tinge- this Saranac bockbier carries a one-dimensional sweetness from the starting gate 'til an extended finish of caramel and nuts. For it to be a bock, it has a lot in common with American amber ales as well.
And like those amber ales, it pours... well, amber of course; albeit on the slightly darker honey side. Bright clarity keeps the beer appealing with those long lager-like cold filtered appearance. Where it struggles to build a head or maintain its longevity, the foam character is slighted and reduces to a necklace to skirt the beer and glittered retention.
Medium intense aromas are heavily reliant on caramel and grain sweetness. Accompanied by tea leaves and freshly torn tobacco leaves offers an earthy counterpart to the caramel, buttered toast and honey. But its the scent of non-descript fruit gives the beer more English roots than German.
In similar fashion, the malt flavors do their part. But instead of the toasty-dry taste of those dark German lagers, the beer is caramel-rich instead. Lacking in complexity or those bock elegances, the caramel is partially balanced with herbal hops, light grass, and alcohol. Light peach, apricot, and apples play along with the more English-like themes and further disconnect from bocks.
Medium bodied from nose to finish, the beer carries an inordinate amount of tacky residual sweetness that plagues its mouthfeel. The prohibited dryness keeps the beer cola-sweet and clings to the teeth with grain sugars and sugary effects. It ignores the rich bock creaminess, its elegant dryness, and its true malt underpinnings.
In the end, there's really no bock here. Its an amber ale that shows only moderate success at that. Anyone looking for a malt-balanced, slightly ambiguous beer may find comfort here, but bock-seekers should keep looking.
03-05-2013 05:56:36 | More by BEERchitect
Saranac Black Bear Bock from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.