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Saranac Black Bear Bock - Matt Brewing Company

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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:
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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