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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:
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev +6%
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 bsopko
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mattyrubes
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of sketchyhoodie
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Utica_Brew_Review
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 decaff
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of phishbone23
5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of tpauer
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of agreenman19
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of GiantMidget
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 IronLover
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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.

Photo of gregu2
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of JohnEricaLawson
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of billybob
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of claspada
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.

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 jmw4437
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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