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Saranac Black Bear Bock - Matt Brewing Company

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
On a cold winter's night, black bears can be found hiding in the Adirondacks to keep warm, while you're enjoying a beer by the fire. Saranac Black Diamond Bock is a rich malty beer, brewed with traditional German malts and hops then cold fermented and lagered for a smooth malty taste. This brew is appropriate for hibernating wherever you may be. Cheers!

16.5 IBU

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 11-15-2012)
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Reviews by drt72:
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drt72

Virginia

3/5  rDev -13.8%

03-31-2013 01:24:25 | More by drt72
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MadScientist

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

A: A good looking bock that is medium copper with excellent clarity. The head is made of creamy, long lasting, off-white bubbles.

S: A moderate malt aroma with a moderately melanoidins; the crust bread aroma starts off light but builds as it warms. pretty much no hops aroma, maybe a very light spice, or maybe that's the yeast. A fairly clean, lager fermentation with no fruit.

T: The taste is dominated by rich German malt flavors hat bring moderate toast and crusty bread flavors. There is a moderately-light hops bitterness. The balance is very slightly towards the bitter with a light lingering bitterness in the finish. No hops nor diacetyl, although there is a light spiciness in there, again I'm not sure if that's the yeast or the hops.

M: A slightly cream, medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

O: A pretty good Bock but the light bit of spicy in the nose wouldn't be to style but it doesn't detract so I'm taking away point for it. Given the fermentation character I'll inclined to call that a Noble hops character.

01-01-2013 23:37:24 | More by MadScientist
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Milkysunshine

New York

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

11-27-2012 00:28:16 | More by Milkysunshine
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

A - light amber with a thin cap of foamy, off white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - sweet caramel, faint apples

T - big earthy bitterness, caramel, faint chocolate and roasted malts

M - medium bodied, crisp, just a tad overcarbonated

This is a pretty solid bock. All of the right flavors are present. They're just not as pronounced as I would have liked. The hops are a bit more bitter than the style needs. Overall though, I wasn't disappointed, I just wanted a little more. It's worth a try.

11-16-2012 22:18:08 | More by tdm168
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

Followed up the Saranac Chocolate Lager with the Black Bear. This beer is a little richer and thicker. The malt is a little sweet with mild fruit, but the toffee, followed by caramel, dominated, before the dry toasty finish. The body is a touch thick, but it's on par for a good bock. There's a mild spicy-lemon hop character mixed into the finish, to make another balanced bock. Bocks are hard to find, but this is worth the effort if you're into the style.

01-01-2013 01:33:59 | More by tempest
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-22-2013 04:26:50 | More by cliff1066
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chrishiker1409

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

10-24-2013 17:37:40 | More by chrishiker1409
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Gmann

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a light amber/copper color with a minimal off-white head that quickly settled into a light ring. Probably a shade or so lighter than most bocks.

The aroma is bready & doughy and has the munich malt aroma so it represents the style. Some brown sugar sweetness. Not quite as robust as other bocks.

The taste is bready & doughy as well, nice munich malt flavor. Brown sugar and honey flavor provide some sweetness. A small dose of hoppy bitterness helps balance the sweetness. Its an enjoyable flavor but doesn't quite have the depth.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. I like the high level of carbonation in a bock so it works for me. Good balance in this brew.

Average bock, not terrible but good use some more depth in flavor.

12-01-2012 03:11:56 | More by Gmann
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -13.8%

07-14-2013 06:37:53 | More by GRG1313
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%

A- Pours an amber color with a white foamy head that reduces and skims the top, a bit of short-lasting lace.

S- cereal grains, roasted malt, not much hops, pretty simple

T- some grainy malt, a bit doughy, earthy, with a hops bitterness that overpowers the malt a bit

M- light body, medium carbonation with a fizzy-slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- this one was ok, it had a pretty good flavor profile, but the hops seemed to dominate a bit too much for the style.

12-14-2012 03:20:36 | More by Treyliff
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dgeebs07

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-17-2012 23:11:44 | More by dgeebs07
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.16/5  rDev -9.2%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 1, 2013.

I enjoyed looking at it. The color was medium amber or closer to reddish-brown with a small, short-lived off-white head.

The aroma has a toasted bread quality to it with sweet malts, molasses, burnt caramel but nothing that smells like hops.

The body has a smooth medium texture to it.

The taste begins fairly sweet and less toasty like the aroma with a low bitterness in there but it does not hang around much at the end. It is an alright beer but I would not go out of my way.

02-02-2013 02:03:44 | More by puboflyons
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%

Ba Review #248
Served On: 12/16/2012
Glassware: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was from the current Saranac 12 Beers of Winter mixed 12 pack.

Look: Color was a nice rich transparent copper with some orange tinges. Head was a thin cap of off-white foam that fell to a consistent film. Carbonation level was medium to low. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Very malty with some faint sour notes. A spice was in the background. Some biscuit and other typical lager notes were detected.

Taste: First up was a carbonated tingle on the tongue. Then a sweet maltiness that moved into a slight hop bite. Mount feel was nice and full. The finish was fairly clean with some hop bitterness and some malt sweetness battling over the aftertaste.

This was a solid Bock that fit the style very well. I would drink it again, but I don't know what I would ever seek it out.

12-16-2012 18:47:12 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz long neck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles quite quickly to a thin lacing on top. Clear bronze colored body.
S) Grainy. Caramel malts.
T) Rich malts tones upfront then a weakening towards the finish. Caramel. Toasted grains. Finishes pilsener-esque : dry and grainy.
M) On the light side of medium body. Mostly a dry feel throughout.
O) A decent brew. I'd have another.

01-13-2013 00:25:14 | More by u2carew
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.69/5  rDev +6%

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

This is one of the nicest looking bocks I have seen. A deep and crystal reddish bronze body, with a soupy and creamy light tan head. It billows up on the pour with a thick 3 fingers deep, and sits with a soapy retention and lace. Body has some cola carbonation stuck to the sides, but slowly dissapears. Body is filled with a mix of small slow rising carbonation, and the occasional fast rising cola bubble. Very very good looking beer.

Light toasty grains hit the nose, with a slight sticky malt. Faint caramel and grass hit a bit in the back with a little bit of spicy sense. Quite solid.

Palate seems to miss some of the bouquets qualities. Hammered down malt, but at least a lengthy sticky yeasty finish. Mouthfeel seems ok to style, but not providing much depth to the beers flavor profile. Clean but a little wet. Sticky malts and yeast travel down the palate with a light grass, but with a dominant yeast profile overtaking. Virtually no caramel sweetness.

Overall it's not a bad brew, but just not that memorable. It's certainly something I could have again and drink, but wouldn't go out of my way to really have again.

02-22-2013 20:49:16 | More by smakawhat
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -13.8%

10-28-2013 18:42:46 | More by 100200300
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metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of brown bread in the nose along with a bit of sweetness.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty and has flavors of brown bread along with a slight amount of sweetness. No bitterness is detectable, but the hops help keep this from being too sweet.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and somewhat smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a phenomenal beer, but's a good representation of the style and is also quite easy to drink when compared to other bocks. It's definitely a little filling, but I would have no problem drinking multiple glasses of this beer.

12-20-2012 01:28:56 | More by metter98
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a light amber color with a good sized offwhite head, fades at a slow rate and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty much all sweet malt with a subtle hint of toffee.

Taste starts out with a sweet malt front, hops are essentially non-existent, toffee is decent and adds a more complex layer, slightly fruity which is odd, carbonation is strong but not overdone, decent creamy body.

02-05-2013 21:05:43 | More by deltatauhobbit
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dsshuck

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

04-04-2013 00:40:22 | More by dsshuck
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plaid75

New York

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a dry earthy malt with a touch of cocoa.

The taste consisted of a dry chocolate maltiness with minimal sweetness and a cleansing herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking bock.

11-15-2012 02:01:51 | More by plaid75
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claspada

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev 0%

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a smallish off-white head that quickly recedes leaving a small cap and some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with bready, biscuity and doughy maltiness. There is some light nuttiness and a but of caramelized brown sugar sweetness.

The tastes follow the nose with the same toasted bready and biscuity maltiness coipled with the same light nuttiness. As it warms there is a little more brown sugar and honey sweetness with a small dose of hop bitterness to balance the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is slightly more than light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is lightlty toasty but mainly dry and clean.

After having the chocolate bock in the same variety pack I have to say they are pretty on par in their mediocrity. The lack the full flavor profile I desire in the style and the fuller mouthfeel generated by the traditional German styles.

01-03-2013 16:53:23 | More by claspada
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Johnnyv310

New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-30-2013 05:29:07 | More by Johnnyv310
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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-23-2012 17:54:57 | More by bubseymour
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FreshButterbeer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-29-2013 17:42:27 | More by FreshButterbeer
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kuhndog

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-27-2012 03:24:10 | More by kuhndog
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Saranac Black Bear Bock from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.