Saranac Black Diamond Bock
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Black Diamond BockSaranac Black Diamond Bock
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From:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
Bock
ABV:
6%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 10.33%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
29
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 31, 2016
Added:
Dec 14, 2006
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  1
SCORE
83
Good
Saranac Black Diamond BockSaranac Black Diamond Bock
Notes: Saranac Black Diamond Bock is a rich, malty brew, made with traditional German malts and hops and fermented with a lager yeast. Aged for months for a rich but smooth malty taste. A nice reward for enduring your winter months.
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Rated: 4.24 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma

Jan 31, 2016
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Rated: 3.5 by spycow from Illinois

Nov 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by qcghost from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by mmmbeerNY from New York

Jun 27, 2014
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with no carbonation rising to surface and minimal edge layer of tightly packed head. Aroma is rich deep malt with some brown sugar and a toasty caramel. No real hops that I pickup here.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation that tickles my palate on each sip.
Makes the beer physically enjoyable. the flavor is sweet malt through and through. Brown sugar, caramel, a little roasted malt, some almond or nutty flavor. No hops or booze anywhere.
Definitely a malt lovers brew, that I am having no trouble drinking easily. Not a complex or crazy beer, but enjoyable for what it is and little o the sweet side without being cloying. I enjoy this one.
Mar 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by MichaelStoutBeard from New York

Jan 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Sep 14, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by Cooker_stp from New York

Aug 18, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by dgherm from Pennsylvania

Jul 29, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by lovindahops from New York

Jul 28, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by Jackal from West Virginia

Jul 26, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by OldTime from Georgia

Jul 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by DCH from New York

Jun 13, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Apr 21, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by BGsWo22 from Texas

Mar 20, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by DmanGTR from New York

Jan 29, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by Huffs from New York

Jan 25, 2013
 
Rated: 5 by phishbone23 from New York

Jan 23, 2013
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Reviewed by tbruchey2112 from Maryland

2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Trying this one out of the Winter Sampler 2012. First of all the bottle art is a ten, it made me laugh really hard for no reason. The color is a red-ish/brown. Smelling it from the bottle and then from a glass, it smells a tad bit sweet. Unfortunately that's where the fun ends. The taste at first was a little weak and a little watery. The aftertaste was decent but nothing special. Good warm mouthfeel. Not sure if I'd buy this again outside of the sampler.
Dec 20, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by cliff1066 from Virginia

Dec 11, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by jslice99 from New York

Nov 13, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by generallee from Virginia

Nov 09, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by CaptDavyJones from New York

Nov 06, 2012
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Reviewed by CloudStrife from New York

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear copper with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Fairly large bubbles in the head, just a touch of visible carbonation.

S: Fairly light roasted and fruity malts. A breadiness as well as almost a hay like grassines.

T: Malt forward with a hint of sweetness. Some carmel malts are what make it sweet I think. Not too much hop backing.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Isnt too sticky which is a plus for this style. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall an average beer that works well in the winter season. Wouldnt seek it out on its own but has its place in the winter mix pack.
Nov 04, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by BigTrubble from North Carolina

Nov 03, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by vfgccp from New York

Nov 01, 2012
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This beer is now called "black bear bock"

A - Pours a nice clear dark amber brown with a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around to a great lace ring which is excellent.

S - Toasted grains, caramel malt, touch of hops, and some dark fruits.

T - Toasted grains and caramel lead with peppery hops and a smooth finish. Not bad.

M - Medium, chewy, and quite a dry finish really.

Overall pretty on par for the style but didn't really wow me. Pretty good for Saranac though.
Nov 01, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by mitch3114 from New York

Oct 01, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by rab53 from Washington

Dec 02, 2011
 
Rated: 3 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Dec 01, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by KGarrett from New York

Nov 19, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by tclapper from Maine

Nov 17, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by fmccormi from California

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by vicg12 from New York

4.88/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Saranac's best beer. Was brewed for limited time last winter to go with ski season but now since it was in such high demand it is an all year round brew from what I am told. Dark heavy beer but with great flavor and good drinkability. Even the label on the bottle is fun to look at, depicting a bear with skis, Saranac trys to encorperate bears into all thier labels it seems. Def. give this one a try, you will be happy you did.
Sep 22, 2009
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Reviewed by ClockworkOrange from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker "pint" glass. The lager appears a medium chestnut color with about an inch of fizzy ecru foam. Aroma and taste is dominated by fair amount of malt, caramel, bitter, earthy hops, a bit sweet. Nice satisfying body with ample carbonation. A nice malty bock at a good price.
May 22, 2009
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Reviewed by CrellMoset from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, dull brownish amber with minimal and lazy effervescence. The initially two-and-change-fingers of tan, marshmallow-like head fade rather quickly, though they do leave plenty of nice, sticky lacing and a big, thick, foamy collar of lace. A good start.

Aroma: Brown sugar and far-away orchards of leafy, herbal, sweet fruits.

Taste: A rather soft and subtle malt profile on this one. Brown sugar, caramel, and gummy bears mix with milky, light coffee and a few stray fruity notes, largely sweet but slightly tart in their own dull way. It seems fairly well-rounded, but just a little subtle.

Mouthfeel: Mild, soft carbonation in a slick, even mouth. A little thin, perhaps, approaching but not quite reaching watery.

Drinkability: Stylistically, this is definitely a bock, and even a pretty good one at that - can't say it's the best one I've ever had though. The notes are mostly here, it's just a little dull, shallow, watery - cheap? No, that's harsh. It's good for what it is, but it's not one I'd reach for again.
Feb 05, 2009
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Reviewed by Proteus93 from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle courtesy dkachur. Thanks, Dan!

A: Deep amber with a cherry hue to it. A fabulous, sparkling and foamy head, just over 2 fingers tall. Recedes in rolls, leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind.

S: Very malty... I get something that kind of reminds me of pancakes out of it. Fortunately, that's a nice smell!

T: A rather pleasant tasting brew... nice caramel malts, just a hint of smokiness, and a little bit of an herbal touch.

M + D: A little bit of a stickiness in the body, an assertive - but not overdone - carbonation. In the past, I've always detected an unusual 'metallic' type taste that I had just associated with being a Saranac thing. It wasn't really my thing, but this particular beer doesn't appear to have that quality. Quite a nice brew which has me interested in revisiting other beers from the brewery!
Jan 06, 2009
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Reviewed by eporter66 from New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Saranac is readily available in my area, and I plan on sampling most if not all of their offerings. I have had a number of Saranac beers, but before I ever thought much about them.

A - An amber/brown appearance, poured to a nice finger head that receeded quickly. Good lacing on the glass

S- Malty, caramel smell

T - The malt is the overriding but not overpowering taste. There is a hop bitterness, but not heavy at all

M - An average mouthfeel, light carbonationa nice texture.

D - This is a very drinkable beer, and I guess I was always figuring this to be a heavier stout from the black diamond name. Never looking closely to see that it was actually a bock and not a stout. This could be a session beer, it is not heavy, and has a good flavor.
Dec 23, 2008
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Reviewed by yesyouam from New York

3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
This bock is a crystal clear orange with a white head that completely vanishes. The caramel malt is tart in the nose. The body is thin and smooth. It's a bit top-heavy, which I like. It is well bittered with grassy and woodsy hops. The malt is smooth and ever-present. These newer Saranacs seem to be a step above the usual offerings.
(rated May 15, 2007)
Dec 20, 2008
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Reviewed by JamesS from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a very nice brown color, although with very little head, but a bit of decent lacing. It has a very caramelly scent, but it's so overpowering, that's about all that comes out, besides a slight alcohol whiff. Excellent taste, though! Very deep and filling, nice and malty with great caramel flavors and a nice aftertaste glow. It goes down well for a thick bock, too.

I also find it humorous that they label it a 'dark lager' on the bottle. It's true, but it seems like they're trying to get macro lager drinkers to not be scared of it.
Nov 18, 2008
Saranac Black Diamond Bock from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 121 ratings