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Saranac Black Bear Bock - Matt Brewing Company

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: plaid75 on 11-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of alexgash
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Tan, burnt sienna body. Clear. Finger of creamy, thick, resilient, light beige head. Some lacing. Caramel and cookie dough malt sweetness on the nose, backed by toasted grains and mild cooked vegetables.

Toasted malts and nutty grains up front. Cookie dough and caramel sweetness fill in. Not overly sweet, but enough to beat out some subdued noble hops. Notes of cola and vanilla, before slight molasses, dry chocolate, and spicy hop bitterness into the finish. Plenty of lingering caramel malts. Moderate body, with a nicely carbonated feel. Not bad at all!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IronLover
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Butterscotch orange in color with a slight chill haze at the start that clarifies beautifully as the temperature rises. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Toasted and light caramel malt aromas with a hint of sweet fruit. On the more robust side of medium bodied. Big malty feel up front that grows as the carbonation rolls through. Tangy through the middle with a crisp semi-dry finish. Toasted and lightly roasted malt flavors up front with a tangy hop bite through the middle that allowS the grainy maltiness to return right before the crisp finish. A pleasant refreshing cold weather lager.

Photo of u2carew
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a good beer, but thats about it, servicable but nothing stand out. the pour is a clear copper to bronze color with a short white head. the nose is plenty of european malts, caramel, pale, and something a little darker. not much hops, but a little sweetness and some earthy tones. flavor is quite good, very wintery, with the sweet form the malt taking center stage in front of a mild english hop backing. not sure what the alcohol is, but i can taste it a little, especially in the finish. still a drinkable brew though, with great carbonation and only just a medium body. i think i like this because its a bock without all the sugar, and not as heavy as some of the spring bocks, its perfect for the season. not the star of the winter 12er, but a beer i will happily consume again.

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Saranac Black Bear Bock from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.