Saranac Black Diamond Bock | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Black Diamond BockSaranac Black Diamond Bock

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Phatz on 12-14-2006

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this saranac offering pours a caramel/cola colored light brown, with a thin white short lived head and minimal carbonation

S - roasted malts completely dominate the aroma, it a nice a pleasing aroma, however unidimensional, but to much of a detraction

T - roasted malts are pervasive in the flavor as well, in the back of the taste are some sugary sweet toffee notes, again not very complex but damn tasty

M&D - damn fine brew, tasty and rich, goes down easy and smooth, one of saranacs better offerings, not complex or layered, just nice flavor and easily drinkable, well done

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although not as malty as one might hope, Saranac's Black Diamond Bock does deliver some tasty and toasted malt. It pours a clear deep-copper body with glowing amber highlights beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves thin sheets of spotty lace about the glass. The malty nose offers a welcoming caramelized-sugar note along with a decent amount of toastiness, backed by some very mild hops in the background. Across the tongue it's silky with a medium-light body and very-fine bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is less sweet than the nose suggests, although the almost-scorched sugar/dark caramel side is still there. The full bitterness tends to tone it down. It becomes toasty, and somewhat dry across the middle, as some of the sugary malt fades and the bitterness rises. Some floral and leafy hops flitter here and there throughout, although they make their greatest impression in the dry finish. Unfortunately, some alcohol sneeks in there as well, which is odd because it's only 6% abv. Still, it's pretty well contained, and you don't really notice it until about halfway through the glass. Overall, enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Stimack
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew pored to a rusty clear brown color with a nice sized off white to tan head that had very good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aromas seem to highlight a good deal of roasted and caramel malts that stick out nicely that give it a nice roasted and nut like smell. It is nice with its malts up front giving more of a caramel taste along with a nut like flavor. Also possibly I am picking up a fruit like taste of raisins or plums? Has a crisp and dry feel to it. Over all I enjoyed this brew, actually would like to see this in it mix packs as I feel it is a better offering than a number of them. Nice solid run of the mill brew from Saranac based on it style.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear medium copper color with a glowing reddish hue. Creamy 1" slightly off-white head dissapating quickly to a slight coating with a few bits of spotty lacing.Not a lot of visable carbination.

Very fruity and clean nose with some nutty,burnt,carmell aromas with some metallic aromas.Good clean moderate aromas

Fruity,tart,nutty,sweet slightly burnt carmellness.Some metallic tastes but not offensive. Finishes clean.crisp with some fruity tartness. Pleasing taste a good balance not a lot of hop flavors present.

Light mouthfeel a bit watery,smooth with a slight bit of grainess.
Good drinkability could drink a few, would get bored after a while with the taste a bit lacking. Not a bad beer,not one of the better ones from Saranac.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, caramel scen that boasts of crystal malts along with a slightly roasted and nutty aroma. It's sweet with a dry lager yeast scent. The taste is decent. It's quite dry with a roasted feel . It goes down easy and finishes with some residual sweetness. It's not as malty as it smells. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a run of the mill bock beer. It looks and smells great, but the taste lacks a bit; still a good drinker.

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Photo of mherring
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is the nice amberish/red/brown that you would expect to see with not much foam at all. The smell is sweet and definitely carries the scent of all the malt, which I personally love. Overall taste is pretty good. It starts off much the way it smells, lots of malt and toffee flavor along with some citrus and finishes a tad on the bitter side, though its still good. Mouthfeel isn't too bad, maybe a little too much carbonation or maybe I'm just a sissy. Drinkability is pretty fact I'm gonna open another one.

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Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, malty brew that was vey good with beef stew. Pours a medium amber with a small head. Smell is extremely malty and inviting. Taste follows the smell..sweet at the start, strong malt backbone. Mouthfeel is very nice...creamy and smooth. Very easy on the drinkability scale. Could quaff more than one.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer overall. Pretty smooth, easy drinking and has a decent overall profile

No nose to really speak of. Kinnda sweet, but nothing really there. Over all taste is pretty malty. Pours a great amber color. some head. little to no lacing. Great matly flavor. not a malt bomb by any standards, but the dominant flavor profile is definately malt. There is a noticeible hop flavor in the finish, and while refeshing, is only there for a short period of time

Over all, pretty drinkable and nice in the winter months. worth the $20 that I paid for it, worth it if you find it

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive, clear dark amber into my kronenbourg pintlike glass. Head rises to 1 inch and slowly settles to a light skim on top.

Aroma is sweet and syrupy, other than that rather nondescript. I guess that equals non-offensive too! Taste is a bit sweet at first, but dries out and is rather pleasant on the mouth. Moderately carbonated and sits nice at about 50 degrees when consumed.

Nothing extra special about this beer but a decent offering nonetheless from Saranac. I had been getting away from the as of late but I am hoping that they give me reasons to spend a few bucks on them. I spent a bit back in college and around abouts and don't mind doing it as long as they step up a bit!

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Photo of Ricochet
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, minimum carbonation, no head, no lace

S: Smells like a malt bomb. Must be a bock. Sweetness to the malt. As it warmed, a little wine note.

M: Chewy. Creamy in mouth, slight bitterness that increased as the swallow came. Left a sweet aftertaste, as if bread were just consumed plain.

T: Heavy malty flavor, complex winey mix, some raisin, small kick from ABV and also, it seemed the bitterness was more on the fruity side, like grapefruit. It was very complex with flavors. Excellent Bock.

D: A bock. It's a nice mix of the best I've had and the most affordable bocks. A great Saranac beer. Cheers!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little surprised to see this one so far south of its homeland but my younger years were full of Saranac mixed packs and sixers of the famed black and tan back in the pine forests of upstate Empire state. Cool skiing bear on the label for this one.

This bock pours a maroon tinged amber color with a residual cap of head and malt toned nose with hints of coffee. The taste does feature malt to spare and enough hop balance to avoid being one dimensional but the texture robs the flavor of any originality or true character due to its thin, watery finish and general lack of backbone. It kind of just devolves in your mouth, leaving some nasty bitterness and not much else. Maybe it's the water, but Saranac never could deliver the mouthfeel its ambitions demanded. Oh well, worth trying, anyway but probably not much more.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice Amber. Thin head. Not a lot of retention,but good lacing. Smell is of carmel malts. Good,but on the weak side. Body is thin, with some carbionation. Taste is on the light side,but good. Carmel, with a hint of sweet fruit,and a bit of a hop kick. May not be all that true to the triditional style,but worth a try.

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Photo of scottum
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red amber color with a white headskie. Bockish in flavor and body, but not quite bockin' it up all the way. The sweet bockness is a touch thin and as such is almost swallowed up by the hop balance. That said, it's still a tastey drinkable brew, just a bit off style. Was that ever a bad thing? I hope not.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light reddish amber. Small, but long lasting, head; Impressive lace.

Strong sweet caramel smells; some alcohol warmth; low hop as expected.

More hop in the taste than with most bocks. Off style, but I like it. The body is quite creamy with a high level of carbonation. Strong malty flavors with some oiliness from the alcohol.

This is very pleasant beer even though it is slightly off the style by the hop. This is an easily quaffable beer--think rich pale ale. Enjoy.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale copper-amber hue. Off-white soap bubble head reaches two fingers, then sinks to a sturdy cap and leaves minimal lacing. Weak nose;crystal malt and mabye some noble hops. Caramel and pale munich malt upfront, then a spicy tettnanger flavor. The bitterness is perhaps a little strong for the style, but this is more apparent because the malt character is a little thin. Semi-dry aftertaste, faint caramel notes linger somewhat. The body is light-medium, and the carbonation is medium, again a little meek for the style. Finishes with residual caramel, some tettnanger flavor, and slightly astringent tannins. It's not the best Bock on the shelf, but at least it's has a decent drinkability.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear reddish copper color with a 1” head. The head last briefly before disappearing to a surface foam.

Smell: caramel and roasted nuts are pleasant.

Taste: roasted nuts, toffee, ripe plums, hint of alcohol, decent malt sweetness, and a mild bitterness make up a solid beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is very short as some toffee and roasted nuts tickled the tongue softly before leaving. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a decent session beer from the Saranac folks. A bit thin for a bock, but flavorful.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one out of a bartender's choice bucket at Hi5 in Raleigh, a pleasant surprise as I almost bought a single bottle earlier today at Whole Foods. Poured a deep amber color with minimal head that was quickly diminishing. Not to much to the aroma, normal malt aroma I expect from a bock. Taste wasn't the best bock I've ever had, but still good. Not too much carbonation in this one. Drinkable, but I don't buy bocks that often, not sure why, cause I do really enjoy them.

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a 3/4" khaki colored head that recedes partially but soon disappears...even with the aid of an etched pint. The beer is a medium orange-brown in color.

smell: Fruity and malty with a German hop aroma. Not much to it, but well rounded. Earthy.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a full medium.

taste: Pretty good, but nothing special...a good fruity lager. Toasted and caramel grains here and there, crisp German hops, probably some Munich malt. Nondescript fruits. The finish dries up nicely to leave some toasted and characteristic German flavors lingering.

drinkability: somewhat limited, and not interesting enough to keep me sipping...some more malt and/or complexity would fix that.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.56/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown botle with no freshness date. Pours a clear medium amber with a 1 finger head and OK lace. Definate malt aroma mixed with caramel and an odd smell I cant quite put my finger on - almost like a mix of alcohol and cigarettes - like the breath of someone you meet in a bar. Upon tasting is initial malts, weak for a bock, mixed with a peppery, higher than the norm hop flavor with a lingerinh hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit weak for a bock Not a bad beer but not one of the better bocks I have had. IMHO skip this one.

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Photo of wedge
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber - very little visible carbonation. Thin head of foam eventually disappears to nothing. Smells of toasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, and pale fruits. Smooth, rich malt and faint spiced fruit flavors. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Not bad at all.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear copper with and off-white almost tannish head which rose but a sliver but did last enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and a bit estery with caramel most prevalent. Some lightly vegetal undercurrents flowed in the aroma with some lightly spicy hops.

The flavor was lightly vegetal and lightly spicy with caramel malt and a mildly estery character. Some dark fruits were almost present with the beginnings of raisins being notable.

The finish was even into dry with only a lightly lasting spicy hop flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. Nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing exciting here either. The malt was just a bit light and not complex enough to be a really good bock.

12 ounce bottle.

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Saranac Black Diamond Bock from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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