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Saranac Chocolate Amber Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Chocolate Amber LagerSaranac Chocolate Amber Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
227
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
16.21%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 227
Photo of Kwak
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Head: This one has a good looking thick rocky head that leaves in a
hurry.
Body: The body is thick and deep in hue and the color is very dark brown with a reddish tint.
Taste: The chocolate taste is not very strong, this is also not a stout so its not a strong taste. You can taste the burnt malt above all other flavors.
This is not a great beer you can barely taste the chocolate hidden in this decent amber beer!

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

yess! i got the 12 beers of Christmas, including the Chocolate amber, but where's the chocolate. i get a tiny little hint from the malts, but not really anything else.

a dark reddish brown pour with a head that leaves a small amount of trickling lace starts you out, and then you take a whiff and don't really note anything. a closer smell gives you a normal beer aroma with some sweetness.

it feels good, a mild carbonation and semi-rich body give it good consistency. the malts are good, but the chocolate is not there for the most part. i did find it in the end of a long burp. oh well, in the end a good beer, but not what i had expected.

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Photo of John
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown appearance, respectable layer of tan foam. The emphasis is obviously on the chocoalte malt here both in aroma and flavor. But it's not necessarily a one dimensional beer. Roasted malt bitterness offests the semi-sweet chocolate nicely. Just enough complexity in flavor to keep things interesting, but not so much to be distracting. I think Saranac deserves a lot of credit for crafting such a diverse lineup of beers and for continuing to be adventurous.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I was quite let down by this one. Probably because I have a major sweet tooth and the word "chocolate" didnt exactly come through for me. Maybe some chocolate malt thrown in there, but little else in the way of chocolate. No aroma at all really...it smells like beer. Nothing distinct, and that goes for the taste too. Strange aftertaste too that I am not really enjoying. Not terrible, but not good either. Someone get me a Black Forest.

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Photo of sponberg
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From their 2002 Seasonals 12 pack. Deep garnet red/brown with a firm tan head. Aroma is dry coffee and hints of roastiness.

Starts out with bitter chocolate and some roast coffee flavors over a background of toffee and caramel. Not dry, not sweet. The bitterness seems to be more due to roasted malt than hops, which don't seem to be present to any large degree. They may have monkeyed with the recipe - I don't recall this one having this much chocolate/roastiness in previous years. Taste reminds me of a cross between Steggie and Yuengling Porters.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a clear deep ruby color. Creamy ivory white head is small and then gone. Lacing is adequate. This beer is barely average. A little bit of bitterness. A little bit of roastedness. No chocolate malt or plain chocolate appears on my palate. It's a pretty bland beer. Body is closer to light than to medium. This one doesn't do jackshit for me. Marketing ploy in my opinion. Chocolate Amber Lager?

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance, nice 1/2 inch head. Some sense of chocolate-covered strawberries to the nose. Creamy body and a full approach to a roasty chocolate flavor with nice hop balance late in the mouth. I compare this favorably to Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark Lager, which is more grainy and strident up front. The Saranac has superior mouthfeel -- not a brew to kill for but a nice drinkable micro.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought this was a renamed version of the Black Forest black beer, but checked the brewery's website to confirm this is a different brew. Very nice chocolate malt aroma. The chocolate is carried in the first sips, but then the malts take on a more roasted nature, with hints of smoke, like an Irish stout, creeping in. Well moderated between sweet and dry, a nice take on the style.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a nice looking tan head, over deep red liquid. Deep roasted grainy malt in the nose. Taste is indeed chocolatey, with background notes of roasted grains and a residual sweetness. Finishes long, smooth and malty.

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Photo of Delirium
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Die hard head slowly settles into a thin sinkable raft upon the surface of the lager. Fortunately this beer does not taste like the initial smell of aluminum when first poured and tries to deliver a bitter sweet cherry with a hint of oak.
These Saranac beers try so hard to be more than they are on thier own. It's admirable really, but close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.

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Saranac Chocolate Amber Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.27 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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