Saranac Black Bear Bock | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
On a cold winter's night, black bears can be found hiding in the Adirondacks to keep warm, while you're enjoying a beer by the fire. Saranac Black Diamond Bock is a rich malty beer, brewed with traditional German malts and hops then cold fermented and lagered for a smooth malty taste. This brew is appropriate for hibernating wherever you may be. Cheers!

16.5 IBU

Added by plaid75 on 11-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a good beer, but thats about it, servicable but nothing stand out. the pour is a clear copper to bronze color with a short white head. the nose is plenty of european malts, caramel, pale, and something a little darker. not much hops, but a little sweetness and some earthy tones. flavor is quite good, very wintery, with the sweet form the malt taking center stage in front of a mild english hop backing. not sure what the alcohol is, but i can taste it a little, especially in the finish. still a drinkable brew though, with great carbonation and only just a medium body. i think i like this because its a bock without all the sugar, and not as heavy as some of the spring bocks, its perfect for the season. not the star of the winter 12er, but a beer i will happily consume again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/copper color with a minimal off-white head that quickly settled into a light ring. Probably a shade or so lighter than most bocks.

The aroma is bready & doughy and has the munich malt aroma so it represents the style. Some brown sugar sweetness. Not quite as robust as other bocks.

The taste is bready & doughy as well, nice munich malt flavor. Brown sugar and honey flavor provide some sweetness. A small dose of hoppy bitterness helps balance the sweetness. Its an enjoyable flavor but doesn't quite have the depth.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. I like the high level of carbonation in a bock so it works for me. Good balance in this brew.

Average bock, not terrible but good use some more depth in flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some bready aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some super malty aromas and flavors.

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Saranac Black Bear Bock from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.44 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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