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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:
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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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 24
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3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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