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Saranac Black Bear Bock - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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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:
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

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 11-15-2012)
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired as part of a variety box at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, Colorado, and served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low.

Served straight from the fridge. Side poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of slight cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Good lacing. Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical for the style, if somewhat lighter in colour than anticipated.

Sm: Caramel, toffee, and dominant toasted malt. A simple aroma of above average strength. Pretty good for a bock, though - admittedly.

T: Malty, with traces of caramel and toffee. The foundation isn't as toasty as I'd like, but it's decent. Good body. Actually surprisingly good for a mass-produced bock. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A bit too sweet for the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and thick. Carbonation is decent. Fair palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable, though not bad for the style - which isn't one of my favourites. Hides its modest ABV well. I wouldn't trifle with this again.

C-

Photo of mikeg67
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours amber with a long lasting off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and some hops in the background. Body is full and smooth. Taste is caramel malt, herbal hops and cooked vegetables. Finish is long and dry. Mediocre brew.

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"BB MAR 31 2013"

Appearance: Dispensed a clear, dark amber-hued body with a small, dusty, white head.

Smell: Toasted malts, with minor notes of caramel, grain. Low fruitiness, even lower hint of hops.

Taste: Malt delivers a taste of toast, a tickle of grain, and some caramel with a restrained sweetness. Mild fruitiness, including apple. Light Noble hop hints, subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Many of these Saranac beers are like getting socks for Christmas, it's not what you really wanted, but you don't get upset about it, and it's something you can at least utilize. OK, so Uncle Saranac bought me another pack of tube socks, big deal. Hold 'em up for the camera and feign a smile.

Photo of Kremlock
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium dark copper in colour, pours a thick 3/4 inch creamy head that is off white.

S: Some nuttiness, caramel, raisin bread.

T: Caramel, nuttiness, some melanoidins flavours present. No hop flavours, bitterness is present and well balanced.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated for style, bitterness is well balanced with the malt. A bit of a dry finish.

O: A well balanced bock. A bit thin/light bodied for style. Wish there was a bit more malt flavours, but other then that it's a good basic bock.

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Saranac Black Bear Bock from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.