Saranac Chocolate Amber Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Chocolate Amber LagerSaranac Chocolate Amber Lager
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Saranac Chocolate Amber LagerSaranac Chocolate Amber Lager

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

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Light orange copper body, mostly clear, but a little difficult to see through. Good mix of slow and fast rising carbonation. Head is off white, a faint tan, very light creamy retention, and settles slowly. Not a bad looking brew.

Very faint malts, and a very close bouquet. There's not much going on here, however some powdered cacao and dryness sneaks out just a little hint of what might be coming. Virtually no malt presence at all.

Palate on first sip is really not that great. A good crisp lager like feel, but there's not malt backbone to this. A strange taste in the mid palate of bile. Aftertaste brings a little bit of dried and roasted cocoa powder. More like instant Quik, but without any depth. Clean but mostly a light yeast sensing finish if anything.

Overall the thing that I find odd on this is there is not even a hint of sweetness from the malts or anything else. I am not into sweet, but couldn't there somehow be some sweetness here and particularly malt depth to this beer? I'll pass.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It hit or miss with Saranac sometimes and this missed in my opinion.
The beer has a nice color with it's auburn, copper amber color. The head is rather tall but fades.
Aroma is sweet with lager nuiances but no real chocolate aromas.
Taste has plenty of sutle chocolate nibs over, to me, a really way to sweet lager beer.
Drinks smooth and thin.
Really not my cup of tea, baby

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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Saranac Chocolate Amber Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 227 ratings