Saranac Mocha Stout | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Mocha StoutSaranac Mocha Stout
99 Ratings
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 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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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 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 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 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 ZAP
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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Photo of xXTequila
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really nice chocolate and coffee flavour with a big fluffy head that left sticky rings all the way down. very tasty.

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Saranac Mocha Stout from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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