Saranac Chocolate Orange | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
150 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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Saranac Chocolate OrangeSaranac Chocolate Orange
BEER INFO

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

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!

Added by CloudStrife on 03-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
150
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of nelsonbeer2001
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with a head that's one finger tall. The foam is sticky but only minor lace formation is exhibited. Dark cocoa is abundant in the aroma. Orange peel is there, but it's very faint, and perhaps even all in my head. Otherwise, it's chocolate and charred malt all the way.

Tons of bittersweet chocolate in the flavor. Sweet/dry balance is pretty good, with roasted malt and hops both contributing to a nice, balancing bitterness. Some fusel alcohol on the finish, but it's not too potent. All in all, this is drinking quite similarly to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Coincidentally, Matt F.X. contract brews all of Brooklyn's 12oz bottle offerings, including BCS. Even the textures are similar, although this has a carbonation that's both less abundant and more prickly. Still, it's appropriately thick and chewy for the style.

Usually I shy away from Saranac beers, but I received this as a gift and was pleasantly surprised. This is good to drink now but may show more complexity with age.

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of phishbone23
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, so my wife loves those chocolate oranges that you see during the holidays. Well, I guess that I just assumed that it would be similar...wow...what was I thinking?
So, the beer is not really orangey...it does have a notable chocolate malt character, present both in the aroma and the taste. Roasted, malty, a bit woody. Somewhat sweet. The smell has a fleeting spiciness and floral quality...like orange blossoms...but not a real orange flavor. Full in body, but just a tad thin in the latter finish. Well balanced. Lots of flavor. I like this beer, but it's not a chocolate orange for sure.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of uustal
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mitch3114
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of pavpav12
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 22oz bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park NY. Picked up two of them, review is from the second.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut brown, with a thin tan head that survives as a thick ring. Decent legs on this brew, some lacing.

Nose is dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and a touch of sweetness.

Certainly a decent porter, no question there, with a nice chocolate sweetness, roasted malt, and dark chocolate bitterness. Really didn't get the orange flavor here, and this was a bit disappointing.

Nice body, good creamy texture.

Good porter, but I really didn't get the orange flavor they were going for. Worth trying, at any rate.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, citrus, orange zest, and roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, orange, milk chocolate, and subtle dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If I am honest here, I really don’t know what they were trying to do… While the chocolate and orange aspect was definitely there, I’m not sure it worked so great together. Luckily there was some dark fruit character going on to help add a nice medium to the brew. Otherwise this one could have been a disaster. Worth trying at least once, but I would leave it at that.

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Photo of Woodysbeard
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: chocolate and roasted tones come through to the nose. Some alcohol is detectable.

Taste: roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, alcohol, and a decent bitterness. The orange tones are very subdued and hard to detect.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very drinkable baltic porter that leans towards the chocolate side. Pretty good beer here.

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Photo of AleGal79
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tdm168
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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Photo of GTB
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of oline73
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: This beer pours an opaque dark brown color with just under half a finger of light tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: This is a sweet porter, lots of roast and dark fruit. Sweet chocolate and some mild citrus as well.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe. I'm getting some bitter sweet chocolate. There is some citrus in the finish along with a roasty bitterness. Not quite as full as I thought it would be from the smell.

Mouthfeel: The body starts out thick and creamy with large bubbles. By the end of the sip, the body seems to thin out a bit. The finish is slick.

Overall: This beer was better than I thought it would be. The orange wasn't very strong, but it was a nice addition to the roast. I'd have another.

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Saranac Chocolate Orange from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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