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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,910
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
227
pDev:
14.68%
Bros Score:
2.83
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 186
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of drtth
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The clear light amber color pours into nonic pint glass with a 1/2" off white head that recedes only slowly and leaves lacing behind.

The aromas include mostly chocolate with no hops showing.

The flavors are dominated by the chocolate without much else.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light crispness from the active carbonation.

While this is a drinkable beer it doesn't show much complexity nor depth of flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BigPlay1824
2.46/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a light amber color that is extremely clear with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with two fingers of creamy off white head that lingers nicely and leaves a lot of lacing all around the glass
S: sweet chocolate malts
T: ugh oh, not what i had hoped for, the taste through and through reminds me of powdered chocolate milk mix or the chocolate protein shakes i used to drink in high school, not the high quality pure chocolate characteristics i've seen in other chocolate brews
M: pretty intense carbonation tingle, thin, leaves kind of an odd astringency and powdery like feeling on the palate
O: average at best, just was not a pleasant beer to drink, with all of the other, much better chocolate beers out there, there is no way i will ever buy this again, sorry fellas

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a stingy white head minimal retention and lace. Smells of caramel, butterscotch, Hershey's chocolate syrup, light bit of roasted grains with little to no hop presence. Taste is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, caramel, hints of coffee. There's barely any lupulin to be found in this brew and the sweetness builds because of it. Medium body and carbonation level with a creamy syrupy mouthfeel. Sweetness aside this is not a bad brew. The label claims they use cacao nibs in this, I was thinking it taste more like chocolate extract myself. I'll bet this would be good over ice cream.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear copper/amber color from a 12 oz bottle.
One finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves almost no lacing.
Aroma is a blend of caramel, roasted malts with hints of coffee along with some cocoa and bready yeast.
Taste upfront is slightly sweet, with the malts becoming more noticeable in the middle. The beer has a crisp finish, with the bitterness from the hops and cocoa taking over in the finish. The bitterness does not linger, but lasts for just that much time to leave a pleasant feeling. Surprisingly tasty brew from Saranac. The chocolate/cocoa is not overwhelming, but there is just enough in the finish to leave the feeling of having a chocolate beer.
Definitely worth a try.

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3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a light brownish, amber color with a thin layer of head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of burnt coffee. Taste is of chocolate, toasted marshmallows, vanilla, and roasted malts. A bit earthy. This is a lighter, crisp beer that strikes a good balance with the chocolate flavor. A lot easier to drink than most chocolate beers. This is one of the best beers of the Winter Mix 12 pack. Just like the Big Moose Ale, I wouldn't mind seeing this in its own six pack. Overall, an interesting beer that is worth having again for certain.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Trail
2.52/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ugh, I'm really not impressed by this. It looks OK. The smell of this is really great, though not - as far as I'm concerned - for a beer. This is where it stops being acceptable.

The taste and mouthfeel are both unexpectedly syrupy and thick, like a squirt of Hershey syrup in a Sam Adams Boston Lager. There's a little black cocoa bite in the back, but it's overpowered by the overwhelmingly sweet presentation of the malt. I don't know how I'm supposed to finish this.

I like beer. I like Hershey syrup. They aren't supposed to go together. I'm pretty sure that a chocolate beer could work, but it doesn't here.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of JMB22
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pretty excited to try this from my favorite brewery. Poured into a pint glass, amber color with a creamy one finger head. The head fell apart fairly quickly and almost no lacing. Smells a little of cocoa, more of a coffee smell. A little thin on my tounge. Tastes of a mixture of chocolate and malt, but neither is terribly impressive. Highly carbonated. Just OK I guess, but then I hold Saranac to a high standard.

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