Saranac Chocolate Orange | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Chocolate OrangeSaranac Chocolate Orange

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saranac Chocolate Orange is a limited edition small batch brew from our "High Peaks" series, a line of beers that are bigger, more complex and flavorful. Brewed as a full bodied robust Baltic-style porter with five different hops and four different malts, this beer pushes the porter style to a new level.

We start with generous amounts of chocolate malt, and then add blood orange peel. In fermentation, the finest hand-selected, purest cacao nibs are added to enhance the chocolate malt flavor. Look for a dark chocolate roasted flavor finished off with a unique surprise from blood orange peel, making this an extra special treat!

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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black with a thin, thick, brown head that has decent retention

S - big, rich chocolate and roasted malts

T - rich chocolate, roasted malt, faint orange peel

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This has great flavor. It's rich, chocolaty and roasty. It's smooth and unique. If I see this on the shelves again, I will definitely buy another bomber.

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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black, dark brown edges under strong light. Towering, thick tan head with dark brown highlights. Head lasts, with very nice lacing.

S: Coffee, first note then of dark, dark 90% chocolate. Some raisins/dates. Arousing. Interesting, no pronounced alcohol evident.

T: Immediately strong coffee: French, dark roasted coffee. Background dark chocolate note develops. Dark roasted chocolate malts. Some raisiny edge. Sorry, very little orange to this palate. Alcohol barely evident - quite a trick to hide at 9%!

Mouthfeel: Great carbonatation, creamy, wet and smooth. I must compliment another taster who said that it that "carried the flavors marvelously." Marvelously indeed! So creamy!

Summary: By far, THE BEST I've ever had from Saranac. Ever. Living in Albany, I've been there many, many times for all their beers and a number of special events. This beer is OUTSTANDING! Whilst labeled a baltic porter, this big, complex, balanced beer has a lot going on. How's they hide the 9% abc so well? A genus of a beer! Highly recommended!

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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Virtually black with a 2 finger khaki head that slowly recedes. Fairly impressive lacing develops throughout the course of drinking.

Smell: Dark chocolate and earthy hops persist, seems to be lacking a citrus punch but still very appealing.

Taste: Quick burst of orange upfront that is quickly enveloped by bittersweet chocolate, chocolate malt, and roasted barley. Finishes semi-dry with a pleasant lingering earthiness and slight alcohol warmth as the beer opens up. I'm looking for more orange but don't find it other than right at the forefront of each sip.

Mouthfeel: This was very a impressive part of the beer for me. The carbonation level was perfect and created an incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel that carried the flavors marvelously.

Overall: Probably the best offering Saranac has produced to date. If you did not tell me this beer was supposed to contain orange I would not have explicitly known, but regardless this beer is a fantastic baltic porter. This beer would be excellent with vanilla ice cream and I'd even be willing to give it a shot with orange sherbet or sorbet.

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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick, pitch black into my Bruery glass. Fat two finger dark tan head floats effortlessly and leaves a decent bit of oily lacing as it drips away.

S- Roasted chocolate malt, charred wood, slighty bitter black coffee and a touch of zesty orange peel as it warms. Not sure if hops play much into this at all, or if it's just the added orange peel. Definately some hints of citrus buried beneath the chocolate malt bomb that is this imperial porter/stout.

T- Really comes alive as you let it warm... Bittersweet cocoa, light coffee notes, and a wonderful hidden yet upfront citrus punch. Little touches of caramel, and some figs and dried fruit. This is really impressive from what is normally an unimpressive brewery.

M- Not overly thick, but thicker than alot of more highly rated stouts. Like eating a chocolate covered tangerine. Nice notes of citrus, coffee and of course bittersweet chocolate roll and dance on the tongue. I really dig the way the citrus peel and chocolate mingle and stick to the tongue.

O- I have got to pick up some more of this. Especially some to send out in trades. Reminds me a little bit of Stone VE 09/09/09 but thicker and more chocolatey. Very well done Saranac... very well done indeed!

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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An excellent bubble show produces a three inch mocha colored head; the liquid was black, as expected, and though the retention was better than the lacing, it still looked good

Smell: Rich, dark chocolate with floral orange tones

Taste: Dark chocolate, up front, with the sweetness growing in the middle; the blood orange doesn't make an appearance until the finish but there it is, subtle yet distinct; there is an interesting hop complexity that doesn't really cut through the sweetness but it adds another dimension to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Unlike many of the other reviewers, I was able to pick out the blood orange tones; perhaps it was the power of suggestion, but I could smell it and taste it; pretty impressed with this brew coming from Saranac - I have tasted some good beers in their High Peaks line

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4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark brown color from a 22 oz bottle; with ABV on the label. A code on the neck of the bottle, perhaps the bottling/freshness code. Absolutely pitch black once it is in the glass, with no light penetration whatsoever.
Nice one finger dark mocha colored head with lots of glistening bubbles that dissipate to a ring around the edges of the tulip. Extremely viscous and thick pour.
Aroma upfront is all chocolate malt, with hints of cacao coming through. The orange peel is faint and becomes evident once the beer warms up. Hints of bitter-floral hops coming through also.
Wow, this is a really thick, full-bodied yet silky smooth porter. Luscious mouthfeel coats the palate very nicely.
The taste upfront is slightly sweet, with the malts coating the palate beautifully from the middle. All chocolate from the middle right to the finish. The finish is almost dry, with a lingering bitterness and hints of orange peel coming through. The chocolate flavor definitely predominates the orange in this porter. It's more like a mild liquid version of a orange chocolate bar.
This was nowhere near what I was expecting when I got a bottle of this Baltic porter from Saranac. Perhaps one of the finest beers from Saranac and one I will be seeking out soon again. Definitely worth a try and is highly recommended.

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