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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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 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 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 Luchman
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle, thanks to akorsak, poured into a small snifter.

A: Black color with a nice half inch, creamy, foamy, tan head. It does dissipate fairly quickly though, leaving only faint leftovers on the top.

S: Malts and some chocolate can be found. Sweet lactose and light hops are also in the nose.

T: Roasted malts, lactose taste, some chocolate and some light, bitter, hops. Has a dry “bite” and burnt grains at the end.

M: A little on the weak side and pretty thin. Carbonation is up there too.

D: Well, it is a very drinkable beer, but there is nothing very special about it. It did taste good, but nothing stood out. It was also a tad on the thin side. I wouldn’t call it a “mocha stout,” as I thought the “mocha” was lacking, but a mediocre sweet stout.

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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 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 alexskovan
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown with a tan head that dissapated after a few minutes. Smell was sweet and toasty malt. Taste was dark chocolate and coffee with bitter hops behind that. Taste was much dryer than the smell. A nice stout.

Good ol' Saranac: nice beer at a nice price.

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Photo of MistaC
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice opaque black appearance with a solid orange/tan head that sticks for a while leaving a nice amount of uniform lacing

S - Smell of roasted coffee

T - Definitive mocha/coffee taste with a nice roasted overtone

M - Decent medium mouthfeel with limited carbonation

D - Pretty good drinkability for the style although fairly heavy for having several bottles

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Photo of WVbeergeek
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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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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Photo of scarletfire79
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer looks and smells great. the flavor is even awesome, but as with almost every beer in the 12 pack sampler, this tastes almost watered down. chocolate and coffee notes definitly present upfront. not a bad beer by any means but definitly lacks that creamy character i would expect out of a good milk/sweet stout. saranac seems to be on the right track but on the right track is far from good.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark color of a night sky, laced with ruby hues. Large head of tan foam. Lower carbonation. Lots of lacing inside the glass.

S: Roasted malts, cocoa, java, a touch of smoke and wood. Quite complex. Welld done.

T: Powerful notes of chocolate and roasted malts, with a nutty aftertaste. A medium bodied coffee character fills in the gaps. Slighty sour toward the finish.

M: Far too thin. No density, no thickness, little carbonation at all. Needs some work.

D: Average. Get something going on the palate, feeling-wise, and this could be a far better beer.

Notes: Not bad, but not what i'd think of when going for a Milk Stout. Needs serious thickening. This stuff was far too thin and watery.

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Photo of oberon
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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Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a dark black color with tan highlights. Small head that melted away to nothing.

S - At first, smells of a bitter, roasted coffee, but quickly fades away to a cocoa. Neither scent lasts too long as they become nothing more than a burnt aroma.

T - Biscuity cocoa dominate the flavors at first, but as with the smell, they quickly fade away and I get nothing more than a typical malty finish...very disappointing. The chocolate seemed to come right out and bite you at first, but it melted away very rapidly.

M - Medium body, but finished very thin...not much carbonation to speak of.

D - As keep buying the Saranac seasonal packs, I'm noticing a trend of similar tasting beers. This was the first of the new released (Brown, Rauchbier, Bock, Mocho Stout) I've tried, but I'm not overly enthusiastic about the rest. It's not bad by any means, but nothing special. Maybe Brooklyn's BCS spoiled me.

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

Poured 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Nice dark body with a thick tan head. Slightly bitter, roasted smell. Nice, smoothe mocha coffee taste (tastes like roasted coffee beans). Thick mouthfeel; nice stout. The roasted coffee taste was a little overbearing for me, but the base stout tasted very good.

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Photo of plaid75
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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Photo of treehugger02010
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little disclaimer before I begin: besides IPAs (which this isn't) I have a sweet spot for thick brews. This is definatly one of them. The aroma left much to be desired, but the consistancy and the appearance made up for this. The taste was chocolately as to be expected, but for the man's man, it certainly wasn't a girls drink. This had a solid taste, and is moderatly recommended. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Gavage
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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Photo of rarevos
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the Saranac Winter 12-pack. Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark near-black; only given away by a tinge of red at the edges. Decent-sized, creamy tan head with good staying power. Sticky trails and good lacing left behind. OK so far...

S: Cocoa powder, a hint of vanilla bean, and an ever-so-slight burnt character. But the aroma presents in that order, and I'd rank them that way in intensity as well.

T/M: Cocoa up front right away, with a mild bitter quality, like dark cocoa powder. I'm not getting much in the way of a balance to that, though. Finish is more cocoa with a long, bitter/burnt tail. There's only a tiny bit of a burnt flavor here, though, and it kicks in at the very end. Mouthfeel is not quite watery, but it's not full enough to be called "creamy" either.

D: Not a bold stout, and not a balanced one, but I'd still call it "solid." It's usually one of the first beers I drink when I find my way to their Winter Sampler 12-pack. I'm not sure I'd ever drink another even if I had the option, largely because it's pretty sweet; how you feel about cold, dark chocolate is pretty much going to determine how you feel about this beer. But it's doing a commendable job after a long week at work.

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Photo of Estarrio
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a great looking beer! This poured a pitch black with some ruddy tones and a tremendous, off-white, frothy head. The head and its silky lacings lasted throughout.

Sweet and roasty malts with some earthy oatmeal aromas are accompanied by a hint of coffee.

Sweet and roasted malts mix unpredictably with caramel, dark chocolate and coffee notes. There are some nice flavors in here but they are rendered inconsistent by the slightly overhopped finish. The bitterness really takes over for the style in an otherwise nicely flavored brew.

Full bodied with a thick, milky feel. Well carbonated but a bit more sharp than creamy.

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with a ruby hue when held up to the light. Very thin brown head, not much retention. Some lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, caramel, and coffee.

Taste has some caramel sweetness upfront, melding into mild dark roasted malt & coffee flavors towards the back. Finish is pretty clean, no real black malt bitterness to speak of. Some coffee flavors in the aftertaste, but again pretty mild. No noticeable hop contributions.

Medium body, low carbonation. Pretty mild throughout, seems pretty well balanced. Not bad, but wish it was a little roastier overall, with maybe a little less sweet caramel influence. Wouldn't mind having it again in the future.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the variety pack (in 2005) with Flannery. We split all 12 of the beers, picked them by pulling the next style out of a bag (no hat). This is from my notes of the night:

Very dark brown pour, black once settled.

Over-powering chocolate and heavy mocha smell - not bad, but I think will be too sweet.

Taste - Very sweet indeed, nicer than the smell tough. Interesting aftertaste - I would find it hard to drink more than a bottle of this at a time.

Overall - definitely worth getting (not sure this is around anymore) as you can try 12 different beers for about $1 each.

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Saranac Mocha Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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