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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
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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 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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3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured not quite an opaque black there was some ruby tint thruout a thicker almond colored head atop that was pretty fast leaving a few soap scum-like globs on the glass.Roasted coffee aromas and bitter chocolate dominate with a touch of roasted nut,to thin for me in the mouth almost watery that is the beers biggest downfall,reaal no complaints in the flavor department nice heavily roasted flavors with some bitter chocolate and esprosso qualities pretty dry thruout really even more so late.A decent stout not very sweet at all just to thin.

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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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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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2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Nearly black in color with a big bubbled tan lace that sticks to the glass well.

Smell: Odd sweet aroma with a little malt and a vague roasted smell.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Astringent with a fake chocolate burnt malt character. Hops are little but anything. Finishes with a watery burnt flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: Why? I guess I just can’t grasp what they are trying to go for … an other miss in my book.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Appears dark ruby brown like a cola tone large moccha tan head presents a billowing mound of slowly dwindling head. Aroma has dark chocolate and creamy sweet coffee notes and a complemented herbal hop profile. Flavor is creamy milk chocolate and mild bitter coffee bursts a bit dry in the finish also has a minimal fruity tone and light herbal hop tone with light bitterness. Mouthfeel is meidum to fuller bodied with a semi syrupy texture and smooth carbonation carries it all well. Drinkability is nice I'm a fan of the Saranac drinkability factor they always seem to pull off decent flavors with high drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ouncer from the Holiday 12 pack. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with light coming thru, head is minimal and dark tan, some skimpy tight lacing observed. Nose is sugary caramel. This box has been a big dissapointment and this brew just adds to it. Watery, cloyingly sweet, nasty chalky finish, lacking any complexity and interest. Why is it that I dont feel like finishing any of the Saranac beers?

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3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" tan colored head. Decent lacing develops.

Smell: light chocolate and coffee tones.

Taste: sweet maltiness is upfront while the dark chocolate and mild coffee tones are mild. Very mild bitterness. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, leaning towards an almost syrupy finish. Aftertaste is sweet and long lasting.

Drinkability: decent. Worth having while sitting in front of a fire on a winter night. Part of the Saranac 12 pack of winter beers.

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

Poured a deep deep brown hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a buttery sweet chocolate aroma with a mild burnt grain.

The taste consisted of a sweet chocolate flavor with a hint of diacetyl. There was a mild sharpness and a pretty decent coffee bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit slick with a decent dry finish.

Overall a strange brew for sure. Not very appetizing until the finish, where the bitter coffee comes through. Too much bizarre sweetness upfront.

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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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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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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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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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3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-Interesting taste, but not very thick...kind of watery..not much aroma..decent flavor...slight vanilla undertone..not much mochoa..some burnt cocoa present, but very light..some hops on finish..not a powerhouse of flavor, but interesting none-the-less

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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