Saranac Mocha Stout | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Mocha StoutSaranac Mocha Stout

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2001

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night in the glass, with a grey-tan head. Heavy dark (stout) malt in the nose with a surprising hint of hops in the taste. But what an amazing taste it is! One of the most well-balanced (in terms of taste) stouts I've ever had. Very good combination of dark (!!) roasted malts with the expected hints of chocolate and coffee; and a subtle hint of spice (hops) that just took the edge off the darkness--like a nightlight in the hallway. Excellent, rich, enjoyable. Not (at least for me) a regular or session beer, but a treat in front of the fire on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Murph
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours blacker than black with a smallish off white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. The aroma is of coffee and roasted malt/chocolate bittereness. This beer is pure bliss on the tongue. The first quality to hit you is the mild bitterness form the roasted malt and also a dark chocolate bittersweetness. The coffee flavors are next to come in with some great bitter flavor and there is also some faint earthy hops in the background. All of these bittering agents work very well together to make the brew taste exactly as a mocha stout should in my opinion. The beer is smooth and creamy across the palate and very drinkable. I would say that this is a must buy for stout lovers.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with very dark ruby garnet highlights. A pale tan head of thick cream shows a cascading effect, filling the glass quickly. Excellent retention and stubborn, patchy lacing. Roast barley and malto dextrin nose with background vanilla and lactose aromas. Coffee-like roast taste upfront, followed by heavy dextrins. Dry aftertaste, though the dextrins hang around awhile and meld nicely with a soft herbal hop character. The light body and low carbonation work in conjuction with the high level of dextrins and produces a very creamy mouthfeel similiar to your common nitro stouts. Finishes slightly residual with dark roasted coffee notes. The highlight of this beer has to be the mouthfeel, but it's also well-balanced and an genuine example of Milk Stout.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far the best of the 12 beers of Xmas...

The Mocha Stout poured a nice "light black" color with a decent beige-colored head. Very sweet smell with a strong chocolate aroma. Taste was a well-balanced wave of roasted malts with just enough hop backbone to hold it together. Hints of coffee and roasted malt abound. Great mouthfeel and superb quaffability. Only downside is that this is a seasonal. Wonder if it's availiable without the other 11 x-mas beers?

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Photo of mbatley
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall this is a very drinkable, approachable stout.

Pour nice with a opaque darkness and nice head that stood up well. I agreed with other reviews that the mouthfeel did leave a little to be desired but was not as watery as some described.

It was however very drinkable--quaffable even--making this a very good contender for a session stout.

Bought with a "holiday sampler" that was amazingly inexpensive but I might have a hard time finding a sixer or twelve pack.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown that no light is gonna get through any time soon, with a half-inch creamy tan head that retains quite well. Rich, complex aroma of roasted malt, mocha, vanilla, chocolate, and almond. Superb nose. Creamy body holds a palate of sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla, and almond. Finish is slightly bitter roasted malt. A great beer, but a bit too sweet to drink in large quantities. Definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with ruby red highlights and a nice low brown head which leaves decent lace. Nice sweet chocolate, coffee, and caramel aroma and taste: A great balancing act ! Light-medium bodied with a light creamy mouthfeel.

Label states "hints of chocolate and coffee from our selection of roasted malts and barley"

Available in the 2001 Saranac Holiday Pack.
Tasted: 03/04/03

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Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours almost total black color with a three quarter inch tan head that fades to just cover the beer and some sticky lacing. hints chocolate and rich coffee aromas. taste of chocolate and coffee malt milkshake and sweet toffee. mouthfeel light and good carbonation for a stout. very tasty, would buy again.

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Photo of beerluvr
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a towering rocky head. medium tan in color. Clear deep ruby red liquid. Coffee and malty nose, flavors of caramel and highly roasted barley. Finishes a little weak in the mouthfeel dept. yet remains a good tasting brew. Good choice for those delving into specialty brews

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Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was by far the best of the mediocre "12 beers of Xmas." Great chocolate and coffee undertones made this more complex than I was expecting. Interesting interplay between sweetness and bitterness. Normally hop bitterness offsets malt sweetness. In this one there was a almost a maple syrup-like sweetness that was nicely offset by the bitterness from burnt grains and roasted coffee flavors. Nice job considering I don't believe the use either real chocolate or coffee in the brewing process.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Naes
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black with hints of red showing through. A small but resilient tan head sticks around the edges all the way through.

Smells like a very sweet cappuccino.

For such a sweet beer, I must say, this is one tasty brew. It starts off roasty and finishes with a flavor that I would describe as candied coffee. Also, I think I detect a hint of chocolate in there. This one would go great with a chocolate cake or some other rich chocolaty desert, possibly a cheesecake.

This one is very active on the tongue, highly carbonated and yet easy going. Almost chewy.

This brew would make a good session beer if you love the sweet stuff. Highly drinkable and flavorful.

If you like sweet beers, give this one a try.

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Photo of Andy
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of FX Matt's best offerings. The beer actually manages to get out from underneath the dominating flavor of the house's signature yeast. Good mix of chocolate and bitter flavors.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a solid black color with a dark tan head. The head is dense and sticky. The beer has an inviting and tempting appearance.
The aroma is a mix of baking chocolate and highly roasted grains. It has a moderate dark-roast coffee aroma as well, with a little burnt character underneath. The taste is similar to that of good dark chocolate…dry, slightly bitter, luxurious, with a smooth texture. It’s a very satisfying beer. Fairly low carbonation helps. Hops are present, but very restrained. The stars here are the roasted grains and the chocolate flavors. The beer doesn’t really ‘wow’ you, like a world-class brew, but it is solidly good. It’s well-made and very enjoyable. Great drinkability.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer that showed the slightest hints of red when the glass was held up to the light. The khaki colored head rose up beautifully to three fingers. It was very dense and became rocky as it slowly settled. It finally dwindled into a few thick patches of bubbles that remaied for the entire glass. The lacing was think and abundant. A very good looking beer.

Smell: A combination of tart cherries and sweet, candied cherries was very pronounced at first, but diminished as the beer sat. It was overtaken by cracker- and bread-like roasted malt, cinammon, and nutmeg. Overall, it smelled like a cherry danish. It smelled good, but there was nothing very "mocha" about it.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy on the tip of the tongue, but it gained some body as it moved to the back of the mouth. Fairly smooth, with just a light carbonation feel.

Taste: A lot of bread came through in the flavor, along with hints of the nutmeg and cinammon that were in the aroma. Sweetened milk, cocoa, and coffee rose up in the middle and lingered into the aftertaste. Only hints of the tart cherry ever made it into the flavor.

A good, albeit different, beer. Very bready and spicy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac's Mocha Stout adds a touch of sweetish dark chocolate to an otherwise basic stout. It's quite nice in the nose, and adds a little depth to the flavor. The roastiness of the stout does work with the chocolatey side to give it a bit of a "mocha" character, but I tend to think more of it as a stout with chocolate added than a coffee-like beer. It's well-balanced with bitterness, but a touch acidic from all of the dark malts. A solid bitterness anchors it, and it finishes dry and roasty.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very opaque and creamy tan head. Lacing does not stick to the glass, almost looks like a cola. Smells of light hops and mocha (of course). Great aftertaste and nicer as the stout warms, better tasting to me than real mocha coffee (does it have caffeine?) Much more drinkable than most other stouts I can recall.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malty scent that boasts of patent and chocolate malts along with roasted barley and caramel malts. The taste is good also. It has a rich malt bill of patent and chocolate malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has good flavor and aroma. I just wish they would tone down the carbonation.

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Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours almost black with a big light brown head that overflowed my glass. Sheets of sticky lacing beautifully lined the walls of my glass.

Smell: It has a sweet cola like aroma with hint of vanilla, creamy malts soggy cereal in milk and burnt malts.

Taste: Chocolate malt and a hint of bitterness but I was hoping for a lay it all on the line Mocha Stout like Bells did, but I should have known not to hold expectations too high. It is tasty but it is more cola like than anything else. There are hints of coffee in the burp and long after the swallow but it could use a little more bitterness in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium body beer. Smooth and syrupy with a certain grittiness to it but decent enough.

Drinkability: No doubt this is a sweet Milk Stout. It is a middle of the road beer but approachable and friendly as a transition beer. It has about the flare of a glass of cream soda with a shot of espresso in it but still it is quite drinkable and a more than worthy transition beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite beer out of the winter sampler so far. Looks great with nice black body and tan head with good lacing. I'm not getting a lot of aroma, but there is some creamy chocolate there. Taste is surprisingly complex for a Saranac. There's a but of sweet chocolate up front, quickly followed by a dry bitterness full of roasted barley, coffee, and espresso. Who needs a mochaccino from Starbuck's when you could have this?

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Photo of John
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The chocolate is the predominate flavor here, but it only enhances the brew. Slightly sweet with just the right level of dark roasted malt and hops to balance out the bitterness. Good drinkability. Great looking head after an agressive pour.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 2006 Winter Seasonals pack and clearly marked as Limited Release.

A: The stout is pitch black with an off-white head that is thick and retains nicely, leaving a large network of lace throughout the glass.

S: The stout has an aroma of grainy malt and chocolate. There is just a bit of lactose sweetness.

T: The ale has a very smooth flavorful chocolate flavor upfront. The ale has a hint of bitterness that settles in nicely with the chocolate and lactose-sweet flavors. The finish is long and dry, leaving a faint taste of stale bitterness in the back of the mouth.

M: The chocolate is prominent and really controls the beer, allowing some sweeter lactose to emerge throughout the sip.

D: My last review of the Saranac Brown Ale stated that all Saranac beers taste alike. I am happy to say that this beer breaks that mold. The chocolate body holds up well against the lactose-roasted sweetness of the stout. I am happy to say that I stand corrected.

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Photo of EGledhill
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into glass. 1-2 finger light brown head, not much carbonation. First drink was everything i was expecting. tastes of choclate with subtle coffee notes.

I got this one through the 12 beers of winter variety pack, and while i disliked one or two of them, the rest were all enjoyable but this one by far was my favorite

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Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac Mocha Stout
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink # on the side of the bottle - 2706 0703
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an intense jet-black with a tan colored head that has sustain and leaves patterns of sticky lacings on the glass.

The nose is solid. Some whiffs of roasted malts, but mainly a sugary dairy sweetness.

Creamy mouthfeel witha pleasantly dry finish. Could this pass for a dry stout? I think so. Roasted malts with flavors of dark chocolates and coffee. A touch of vanilla wafer & cookie-dough smoothness. Bitter hop finish under the chocolate malt layers.

I like.

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