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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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 99
Photo of katan
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A - Pours dark black - very opaque. The head was initially large and the trademark stout mocha color. It immediately broke down into a light film. Not much carbonation apparent.

S - A smell of robust dark chocolate - very deep and smoky. Some roasted malt smell here as well. Seems very similar to some of the oatmeal stouts I've had before.

T - Starts off with some sweetness - cream flavored. Develops some balance mid-stream, although still sweet. Then boom: finishes with an assertive flat chocolate flavor. Very naturally chocolate - not that sweet stuff you would associate with candy. More earthy. After taste starts to reveal the bitterness.

M - Has a fair amount of body to it - not watery. Does have a dry texture to it. Some bite from the carbonation.

D - The ABV is more than manageable. The flavors are not so assertive that it would begin to wear. However, the flavor is somewhat one dimensional - so at times boring.

The dry chocolate flavor isn't as pleasant as I would have hoped. A solid beer.

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Photo of changeup45
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was impressed and enjoyed this one! Strong chocolate aroma, that of a desert beverage. Black color, thick tan head, and some moderate lacing. Smooth chocolate taste, slightly bitter, and a bit toasty in the finish. Didn't really get a whole lot of the coffee. This is definitely a one and done type of beer for me but was fun to try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark chocolate brown with a generous sliver of dusky ruby along the bottom of the pint glass. Even though the sun won't completely crest the horizon for another few minutes, the beer looks to be opaque. Up above is an attractive crown of cinnamon colored foam that is exceptional when it comes to lace deposition.

Since mocha doesn't mean coffee, but rather a combination of both chocolate and coffee, Mocha Stout smells as advertised (more or less). As far as I can determine, the brewery didn't add coffee or coffee beans, they simply relied on the natural aromas and flavors that come from roasting barley. The nose isn't powerful and it's a bit musty besides.

Due to a shortage of malt and malt sugars (typical from these guys), SMS tastes more like an Irish dry stout than a milk or sweet stout. It's also on the simple side and has a musty, almost mineral-like, flavor that I associate with Euro dark lagers.

Getting back to the whole 'mocha' thing, coffee isn't any more prominent than bittersweet chocolate. Why the brewery decided to use this name, I have no idea. Maybe because when you have what seems like several hundred beers in your lineup, good names are hard to come by.

The barley bill includes chocolate, black and roasted. The lack of much roastedness, along with a less than stout mouthfeel, tells me that Matt Brewing wasn't exactly generous with the malt. The result is a thin chocolate-coffeeness that skates across the palate and is then gone with the swallow. A modest bitter nip finishes things off.

Again, the body/mouthfeel is less than substantial. While it isn't horrible for the ABV, it could stand to be beefed up and smoothed out. There's no problem with the middle-of-road carbonation.

Saranac Mocha Stout is par for the Matt Brewing Company course. It's inexpensive beer that tastes inexpensive. With Goose Island Oatmeal Stout (and any number of others) being as close as my local grocery, I won't be bothering with this one again.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle- Poured into a pint glass.

A- Rich black/brown color- some tan head- decent lacing lasting midway through the brew.

S- Smell was of roasted malts, chocolates.

T- Taste was of roasted flavors, milky sweetness, and of course mocha- not much hop flavor though.

M- Mouthfeel was much lighter than expected for a stout-- no stickyness either.

D- Good stuff from Saranac. Could drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark brown with a small tan head that yields some lace.

The smell is milky & chocolaty sweet with an odd soapy note.

The taste is sweet and chocolaty, a bit too sweet, no alcohol and not much hops to balance.

The mouth feel works well good body and nice carbonation. A good creamy feel through out.

The drinkability is about average. Not some thing I would seek more of. MK

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Photo of hero27
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Deep brown, nearly black. Pitted, tan head that leaves a nice layer of lacing behind it.
Chocolate comes through on the aroma..with just a bit of roasted malt wafting out.
Chocolate malt flavor, sort of coffee-ish, but overall the flavor is more sweet than bitter.
Mouthfeel is a little thin..slightly sweet finish.
The first couple sips were pretty good, but it's rather cloying and doesn't really make me yearn to grab another. I think they should add some hops to kickstart a little bitterness to help balance this out.

But overall, a pretty decent offering from Saranac.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ok so this beer was better than i expected.
the appearance was nice witha motor oil black color and a dark tan head
the smell is not strong, sorta has a coffee aroma...not suprising.
its an ok flavor its an ok beer. there is a roasted coffee flavormaybe some caramel there is a taste that doesnt taste the best, not sure what it is, maybe alcohol, but at 5% unlikely. not sure. its a good beer, not great

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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 happygnome
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

a: almost black in color with about an inch of head that dissapears not too fast but fast, leaves a lot of lacing very inviting
s: roasted malts, kind of a coffee aroma, hints of chocolate very nice
t: coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, very little hops but still very nice
m: strange mouthfeel starts out medium but kind of finishes lighter

overall I really enjoyed this beer the mouthfeel was a little off, unfortunate change but overall this is a beer that i could see sessioning, very very enjoyable

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin but dense tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet with dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt and a bit more hops than I had expected.

T: The taste is very smoky and very malty. There are flavors of dark chocolate and espresso along with a decent hops presence. The after-taste is dry and sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, dry and sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, a little filling, which causes this one to be more of a sipper despite only having a 5.00% ABV. Overall, it wasn’t that bad. I thought it would be worse given what I’ve come to expect from the Saranac brews.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This started out with a beautiful, thick medium-brown head that fell away to wisps, leaving behind some nice sticky lacing. The nose reminded me instantly of Hershey's syrup and especially when ABC mixes their Cherry Chocolate Porter with said syrup. The color was a deep, dark brown which even a spotlight could not penetrate. The mouthfeel was thick and had a real chocolaty taste on the palate. The finish had a graininess to it, especially in the back of the throat. I am not sure whether that was a negative or neutral. It would not be a selling point for me, definitely not. The extreme finish had a sour, charcoal bite. Oof. This may be a one-and-done.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz into pint glass at just below room temp. This beer came in the 12 beers of winter pack.

Pours almost black with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head which begins to collapse in on itself and leaves a great deal of lace.

Faint coffee scent with hint of chocolate.

Taste is coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt sweetness. There's a very subtle cocoa aftertaste which lingers briefly. Almost no hops present.

Mouthfeel starts creamy but ends on an unfortunate watery note.

This is not a bold or impressive beer but it is a drinkable and pleasant one.

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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 auxiliary
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark chocolate color, latge tan foamy head, lot of lac, low carbination. Looks good.

smell - Coco, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee.

taste - Chocolate, roasted malts,and coffee taste

mouthfeel - Not a heeavy beer, smokey

drinkability - Says it was limited. Picked it up in a 21 winter pack. Pretty good. I love chocolate anything too.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a deep deep brown with a good 2 finger head, decent longrvity and good lace. Lots of roasted malt smells mixed with coffee, chocolate and a smell of creaminess - if thats possible. Upon tasting all of the same elements appear but in a watered down state. The roasted flavor is a bit harsh but it has a nice creamy texture. Due to its slight overroasting taste it keeps the drinkability down. A decent beer but if you want a really flavorful mocha stout, find another.

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Photo of kernalklink
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What can you say- seems like another dumbed-down version of a classic from Saranac. The brew looks good on the pour, but the aromas are fleeting- their version of burnt caramel, dark chocolate dont work together- too sweet for the style. Didn't get even a hint of coffee flavor. But there was a kind of burning dryness on the tongue, followed by a watery finish; not sure how they managed that. At least it wasn't as thick as their other offerings.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this milk stout pours a dark impenetrable black with a crown of creamy milk chocolate froth colored head that dissipates in about a minute, too dark to note carbonation

S - sweet chocolate and coffee notes, a nice lactic sweetness, up front with a alcohol kick at the end

T - sour chcolate and coffee notes and a big sour coffee finish with an alcohol taste in the middle, a rather nice flavor, more than i expected after the saranac belgian

M&D - smooth and sour, but a creamy taste and aftertaste, a rather nice milk stout, not the best, but still darn good

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I let this sit at room temperature for about 1/2 hour before opening, taking the chill off a bit.

Really oily look as it pours, producing a dense, tight tan head and an otherworldly black color underneath.

Aroma is lactic and sweet, balanced on the other side with a roasty, almost charred element. Even becomes a bit fruity as it warms.

Flavor is creamy sweetness at the front of the sip, with a nice roastiness elsewhere...but the finish is close to awful, like burnt wood on the tongue. Stops the flavor dead in its tracks, dry and burnt and blah.

Too bad the finish kills the good things going on otherwise, as it was seeming like one of the better Saranac offerings.

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Photo of beerphan
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> pint
12 beers of winter 2006

Pours black with a film of bubbles on the glass on a huge thick mocha head, that leaves sparse lacing.

Nose: Rich sweet chocolate, expresso beans, cocoa milk.

Taste: Burnt chocolately malts, some coffee, and more cocoa. A little astrident on the finish.

Mouth is kinda chalky and slick.

An average stout with some alright qualities. A one and out beer for me, would go good with desert and coffee.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very dark brown body. Half inch chesntut color head shrank quickly over a minute. To dark a beer to notice any carbonation rising. Small lacing spots down glass.

A very sweet roasted malt aroma. Has an strange aroma of coffee creamer. A light hint of dark caramel. A decent aroma overall with, but nothing to powerful.

Super bitter burnt coffee grinds dominate the flavor. An aftertaste leaves the sensation of a light plastic grit. Taste isn't horrible, but definitly not in line with the style.

Average thickness in a stout of this style. A moderate carbonation feel on the tongue.

Overall, an average beer. Drink this one by itself, or it will clash with what you are eating. The completly bitter taste of this beer is it's downfall. Pass on this for something else.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance--Deep, rich brown color. Thick frothy tan-brown head. Good retention.

Smell--Chocolaty malts.

Taste/Moutfeel--nice and smooth, moderately carbonated. Overall a very subtle tasting beer, but quite nice. Roasted malts give a weak coffee flavor. Lingering aftertaste that is not at all unpleasant.

Drinkability--for a stout this one seems a little on the light side, I could easily have a couple of these.

Not bad at all. I'm glad that I saved this one for the end of the Saranac winter sampler. Probably the best one of the bunch.

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Photo of BBM
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the better beers from the Saranac Winter Pack. It poured a an opaque black with some vague traces of ruby red, and a thin tan head. Aroma was very sweet, with hints of caramel and chocolate.

The taste is where the coffee is truly exposed. There is a big wave of coffee bean, espresso, and some hints of dark chocolate to create a fairly familiar yet agreeable flavor. Toward the end there is a sharp hop bitterness for balance, along with a dry finish. There's that standard "metallic" Saranac flavor too, and I'm not sure what that's about. It's not too powerful, but noticeable. As the beer progresses, the bitter hops come through more, which isn't a bad thing, just not usually a signature of a sweet stout. It's closer to an American stout, in my opinion, but I'm nitpicking.

Mouthfeel is clean and full. Drinkability is pretty good. If they sold this in a six-pack I'd consider it. One of the better ones from the sampler.

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Photo of Stimack
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours to a black color but does seem to allow a faint amount of light through. It has a smallish light tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a very sweet property along with a chocolate smell. Not picking up the coffee notes that are suggested in the title. The taste of this brew is disappointing; I was expecting something else I guess. Very sweet flavor that seems to be over done for me, has some roasted/burnt notes, I would say more burnt based on the aftertaste being somewhat bitter but I guess that could be hops playing out? Some slight coffee flavors are there along with chocolate which I would image lead to the over the top sweetness? This is a ok beer, not what I would want for a stout of this class, seems to sweet for me and that has lead to some poor taste properties. Normally Saranac hits the mark for being a solid brew on their different styles as in a good middle of the road brew, but for this one I think that they have missed.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown almost black. Nice cream colored head that has nice retention
S: Chocolate and mocha notes with a sweetness to them. Milkyness in there also.
T/M: Nestle cocoa sweetness with a slight twang of coffee ice cream. Slight roasted malt notes also. Odd taste this beer has, but I think that's the milkyness. Stinging carbonation with a bit of bitterness. Astringent with a fake chocolate/bitter coffee aftertaste. A bit thin.
D: At first I thought it was alright, however, the more I drank, the less I liked it. A bit too sharp and not smooth like a milk stout should be.

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Photo of Gmann
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a black color with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly leaving some lacing. Not a very strong aroma, a light roasted smell. The taste was of caramel with roasted coffee, sweet not real bitter. Taste similar to the Green Mountain Mocha Nut Coffee that is available at work. It is full bodied and lighted carbonated. Not a bad offering though the mocha flavor seems a bit forced. Not something I would drink many of.

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