Saranac Chocolate Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Chocolate LagerSaranac Chocolate Lager
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Saranac Chocolate LagerSaranac Chocolate Lager

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 Chocolate Lager is a sinfully delicious deep amber lager made with certified organic cacao from Belize. Our brewers looked far and wide for the highest quality cacao to create a smooth chocolaty taste that only comes from the most exclusive cacao plants. We used the roasted seeds of these decadent plants and perfectly paired them with caramel malt and German Hallertau hops to create a malty chocolate sweet flavor. You'll love savoring this beer with your favorite holiday foods or on its own for a delicious treat!

15 IBU

Added by mostpoetsdo on 11-27-2011

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3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: [3.00] Nice clear mahogany color. There is very little head on this beer - just a thin white trace on the top. No lacing at all. There is a best by date (3/31/13 - so this beer is *very* old)

S: [3.00] Biscuity and bready. There are caramel and malty notes too. As it warms there are slight wafts of chocolate.

T: [3.00] This first few sips are very traditional lager flavor. Nice balance of malty sweetness. Maybe a slight bit of chocolate on the finish - but just barely.

M: [3.25] The carbonation level is right. There isn't much body - but I suspect this is low ABV

O: [3.00] If you poured this in a glass (and didn't tell me what it was) I don't think I'd pick up any chocolate flavor. It is subtle, even when I am looking for it. To be fair this is a beer that was in the back of the fridge for a long time - so it may have lost some/all of its character. The beer is pleasant and is actually nicer as it warms.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass.

Pours out a fairly clear chestnut amber color, a little bit of a fine sediment visible. About one finger of off white head from a rather vigorous pour. Not the greatest head retention and only a little bit of lace that is quick to fall back into the beer from a swirl of the glass.

Kind of a strange meaty, cocoa aroma. Some toasted grain and lager like mineral yeast.

Light cocoa at first, cleaner than the aroma, cocoa becomes more noticeable towards the end of the glass as it warms. Along with some toasted, light caramelized grain and a bit of a mineral like lager taste. Hints of cocoa linger into the finish.

Light to medium in body, very smooth, drinks very easily.

I couldn't see myself actually buying this, but if I found it in a fridge somewhere, I'd probably drink it again. I wasn't expecting to really find any cocoa nib notes in this beer, but to my surprise there was some halfway decent flavors.

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Saranac Chocolate Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 175 ratings