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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: 3.49
pDev: 11.75%
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:
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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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

01-01-2013 19:36:21 | More by milkbone_underwear
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 16:17:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:33:59 | More by tempest
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derekdenim

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-31-2012 20:50:12 | More by derekdenim
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kuhndog

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

12-27-2012 03:24:10 | More by kuhndog
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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-23-2012 17:54:57 | More by bubseymour
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tommyd313

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-22-2012 00:08:41 | More by tommyd313
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metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:28:56 | More by metter98
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 03:06:49 | More by alexgash
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dgeebs07

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-17-2012 23:11:44 | More by dgeebs07
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Mart1


3/5  rDev -14%

12-17-2012 21:20:10 | More by Mart1
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 18:47:12 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:20:36 | More by Treyliff
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bluntedboywonder

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-14-2012 03:14:56 | More by bluntedboywonder
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buffcityx

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-12-2012 20:40:10 | More by buffcityx
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

12-07-2012 00:31:49 | More by BigTrubble
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-05-2012 14:18:52 | More by oriolesfan4
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Gmann

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/copper color with a minimal off-white head that quickly settled into a light ring. Probably a shade or so lighter than most bocks.

The aroma is bready & doughy and has the munich malt aroma so it represents the style. Some brown sugar sweetness. Not quite as robust as other bocks.

The taste is bready & doughy as well, nice munich malt flavor. Brown sugar and honey flavor provide some sweetness. A small dose of hoppy bitterness helps balance the sweetness. Its an enjoyable flavor but doesn't quite have the depth.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. I like the high level of carbonation in a bock so it works for me. Good balance in this brew.

Average bock, not terrible but good use some more depth in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:11:56 | More by Gmann
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 21:50:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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Milkysunshine

New York

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

11-27-2012 00:28:16 | More by Milkysunshine
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GFD400

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

11-22-2012 19:58:31 | More by GFD400
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dante23x

New York

3/5  rDev -14%

11-22-2012 16:58:59 | More by dante23x
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cbord459

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

11-20-2012 16:38:41 | More by cbord459
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 22:18:08 | More by tdm168
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 14:46:52 | More by mikeg67
Saranac Black Bear Bock from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.