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

purchased as part of sampler pack. Deep brown, almost black color with boisterous tannish head. Possesses a sugary sweetness mixed with chocolate and coffee. Nice toasty flavor mixed with caramel. Finished a bit sweet for my taste. An OK beer but not one of my favorites.

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

Had a bottle of this months ago and decided to have my second tonite. It tastes a lot better now than it did when i first tried it. Pours an almost jet black--maybe the slightest brown tinge. thick frothy head that dissipitates to almost nothing. Aroma is of off-burnt aromas. The hops are wierd in this beer. I can barely notice them in the flavor, but whenever I burp that is all I taste. Lots of smokey and burnt malts. Some strong coffee tones and milder chocolate ones. Mouthfeel is a tad watery. A shame because I think this could be a great bold stout. Slightly creamy finish but these hoppy burps are wierd.

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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 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 MrSeth
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint tumbler with an opaque black color, just a few brown highlights around the edges. A small tan head formed and fell quickly leaving just a thin ring around the glass.

The first thing to jump out at me in the nose is a honeycomb aroma. Very sweet with some roasty malt underneath. A slight bit musky.

Medium-heavy bodied, nicely carbonated and full of flavor.. but.. the taste is candyish, mocha comes across, but with alot of sweet baggage. Toffee. The malt is again way underneath the sweetness in the profile.. but it would work well as a dessert stout. I would not mind having one of these after a BBQ.

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Photo of sprackops
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque black with a light tan head.

Smell: Unusually sweet and not particularly roasty. Faint vanilla and lactic aroma. Strange.

Taste: Sweetened coffee and milk chocolate flavor right from the first sip. More vanilla. Hops seem to be sitting this one out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Drinkability/comments: This is a bit too sweet to have more than one. Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what to make of this one. Just a failed try at the flavored stout niche, I suppose. It might be a decent dessert beer.

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Photo of hobbes2112
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from the sample pack.

I got this while on business in NY. When I first saw a sampler pack I was happy but when I saw that it was 12 unique beers ... Holy Crap! That is sweet.

Anyway, the mocha stout poured very dark brown with a small head. Leaves small amount of lacing. Smell is actually very tiny. I expected a lot more from a mocha stout, but what is there is a sweet milky presence. Similar to a Yoohoo (however that is spelled) Malts are mixed in also but pretty weak. Taste is chocolatey with a mildly bitter and roasty finish. After warming up there are more intense malt notes which certainly add to the somewhat thin character of this one.

I don't really see this adding much to any meal, possibly good with one of those triple chocolate brownies. Not a session beer at all. I guess the sample pack was the perfect way to try this one.

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Photo of 99bottles
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Part of a mixed sampler pack. I chose to pour this in a pint glass. Dark brown body, shows some reddish tints in the light. A foreceful pour gives rise to a nice 3/4" of dark tan head that has above average retentioin and laces down the insides of the glass.

Smell: Quite weak for a stout, let alone one that's flaunting Mocha in the title. I smell some roasted malts and some faint acidity, and only the smallest hint of cocoa powder.

Taste: Unimpressive, tastes sugary and syrupy. This should be called a sweet stout. The roasted and black malt flavors look as if they should be here, but they don't combine to give it a rounded stout flavor. The mocha or chocolate notes are present, but are flat and taste almost artifical. Being a Saranac, I'm nearly certain that flavoring was added to the malts. Finishes with a slight bitterness, but not a satisfying one. Sigh.

Mouthfeel: This is what really knocked me. This didn't have the viscosity of a stout or the right carbonation for the flavor. It was too bubbly for a flavored stout. It was too light, and not flavorful enough.

Drinkability: Well, if nothing else this was an easy beer to drink. Nothing interesting to ponder over, nothing bold or flavorful to savor, nothing but thin and sweet stout through and through. That might do it for some, but I'd rather have one big stout done right than a six pack of these.

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

Pours a dark, dark brown with a healthy light tan head. Leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is pleasant, coffee, bitterness and toffee dominate.

Medium bodied, somewhat creamy. Flavors of sweet coffee come first followed by a moderate bitterness that finishes up with a caramel/toffee aftertaste.

Pretty good sweet stout. I would like to see a bit more thickness but still enjoyable. One of the better offerings in the holiday 12-pack.

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Photo of avylover
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this from the 12 beers of xmas samples. Thank you TinusTime. Not a bit stout fan, but I love the variety in this sampler so I figured I'd review one.

This beer is pretty much solid black with minimal head..nothing impressive in the appearance. Definitely a sweet coffee aroma that really dominates. One thing about Saranac...If they call a beer say a caramel are going to taste caramel. This beer is no different with a strong coffee presence. Aroma trumps the taste, which starts out with a kind of enlish pale ale bitterness, then turns over to a strong coffee taste. Very flavourful here. Nice carbonation but remains smooth going down...not bad at all...this is a nature not all that drinkable. Worth every penny.

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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 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 Billolick
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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Photo of shirfan
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark bodied, but some light does make its way through, with a thin layer of lace remaining after the pour.

Aroma of rich chocolate, coffee beans, hazelnut, slightly astringent.

Taste: A moderate amount of juicy hops plays off of the malt background. Fairly sweet, tempered by a charcoal, note of blackened malt in the finish. Hop bitterness moves quickly into a metallic flavor. Some weak coffee tones throughout, heavy cream, with a bit of sourness at the end. Could be a little bit... well.. stouter.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and carbonated. Better than the plain stout of Samplers Past, but not the best bottle in the pack either. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a 1/4 inch light brown head. Not much lacing. Smells of rich raosted malt, bitter chocolate and a light bitter coffee aroma. Very light.

Tase is interesting and really not too bad. Lightly smoky dark malt with a creamy bitter chocolate in the middle. A bitingly bitter finish, a bit from the malt and a bit from the hops I assume. Mouth is a bit thin but is creamy and very drinkable. I do like the bitterness and light driness in the finish and the aftertaste. Not bad for Saranac.

The Tenth Beer of Christmas.

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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 marburg
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe Swiss Miss and Matt Brewing have contracted to begin making packets of powdered beer where you can "just add water."** Maybe this Mocha Stout was a prototype.

Processed milk chocolate in the aroma with a very slight roasted quality. Milky, creamy feel in the nose. Similarly choco-centric flavors -- a bit thin with a Yoo-Hoo chocolate flavor as well as some butterscotch and caramel. A little phony tasting to me but enjoyable in a sugar high sort of way.

** - I really hope you didn't believe me.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy lightly tan head with above average retention. Ringed and layered lacing with good strength. Chocolately brown, semi-opaque in color.

Dark coffee aromas; licorice. A burnt, semi-sweet maltiness. Also a peat smoked quality that's somewhat strong and unpleasant.

Caramel and coffee flavors with a smokey quality. There's also a big vanilla overtone from the beginning to the end of the sip, making this stout extremely sweet. A burnt bitterness which again quickly leads back to the overpowering vanilla aftertaste. Sickeningly sweet IMO, and it takes away from the coffee flavors of the stout.

Full bodied; smooth yet very sweet on the palate.

An interesting concoction yet way too loaded with vanilla flavor and abrasive sweetness. Too much for my tastebuds to have another. A unique brew but certainly flawed.

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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 wailingwench
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like the Caramel Porter, let this warm. Somehow it morphs into it.

Eye Candy: Jet black center with garnet red edges. Thick off white 2 finger head with superb retention and lacing thoughout.

The Nose Knows: Cocoa like sweetness with a toasted malt finish. As it warms, somehow begins to smell like the Caramel Porter.

Tongueland: Toned down sugary chocolate with a fierce transition into caramel porter land. The first one I tried I drank cold and it finished all cocoa. This time, I let it warm and somehow the Caramel emerged. Hmmm.

Bender Factor: This is what it is. For those that are afraid to drink dark beer. I still cant believe that it finishes like the Caramel Porter. I actually opened up one to compare. The same. How did they pull this off? Food coloring and some cocoa mix?

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

Saranac Mocha Stout

Appearance- dark almost black with a weak tan head.
Smell- chocolate and coffee bean.
Taste- stingy, almost alcohol flavored chocolate.
Mouthfeel-A slighty bitter and warm feeling on the mouth and tongue.

Overall- a decent stout that didn't impress. Not very smooth like stouts should be.

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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 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 maxpower
2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours thin black color, nice roasted coffee aroma, nice foamy head that leaves a nice lace in the glass, roasted bitter burnt chocolate-coffee flavors, something taste off, I might have a bad bottle, very watery and thin, not all that great.

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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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