hockeybeerguy (1705) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours a gentle dark brown and leaves a half inch milky white head. Some spider web lacing is left here and there. The smell has chocolate, coffee and malts up front combined nicely. The taste is sweet between the previously mentioned flavors, the coffee part adds a tad of bitterness, nicely balanced. The palate is light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. This is fairly drinkable. It leaves a bland aftertaste and a sticky finish. Overall, this is an average bock.
puboflyons (2077) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The color is nice with its medium amber-reddish tone with small head. The aroma is of toast, burnt caramel malts or toffee, bread, but little to no hop note. The body is slick and medium. There is a slightly more noticeable sweetness in the taste at first and a low bitterness at the end with basically no lingering quality. Nothing special.
SoberDave (130) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
smells of spice and alchohol. Pours golden with a fizzy, lingering head. Tastes of sweet toffee, caramel and spice. Smooth drink with a touch of carbonation.
Studentofbrrs (90) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden, minimal head, spicy aroma, hop taste, citrus finish goes down smooth
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gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice thin and easy drinking bock with no bannana flavors or anything funky, just a normal saranac representation.
Jrwhitney6 (280) - - JAN 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Called Black Bear Bock. Pours an amber color with decent head. Not the best nose. Taste was of sweet malts, some nuttiness. Pretty good.
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Chad9976 (1140) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
You don’t tend to think of winter seasonals as refreshing beers, but Saranac Black Bear Bock is one of those rare exceptions. While the palate is rather simple and direct there’s a definite refreshing quality to it that I don’t experience that often in the winter and certainly not in beers brewed for the colder months.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a Saranac shaker glass.
Appearance: Amber/copper color; crystal clear with carbonation visible; forms an average sized, ivory colored, foamy head which retains and laces surprisingly well.
Smell: Mild sweetness with hints of candy and flowers, but otherwise a rather muted nose.
Taste: There actually isn’t a whole lot going on with Saranac Black Bear Bock, but what’s here is pretty decent. Since it’s a bock it’s a heavier, darker, and maltier lager than usual. There’s a gentle sweetness to the palate that’s similar to that of an Oktoberfest, but more Americanized. I get notes of caramel and toffee up front, followed by a mild dry bitterness through the mild and a bit of floral/citrus flavors on the back end. I’m genuinely impressed that this beer doesn’t have the usual "generic lager" qualities to it that so many other beers of this general type tend to have. There’s no obvious "lager" taste to it, nor anything that makes it seem cheap (though there’s nothing that makes it seem world class, either). It’s a good beer, but nothing more than that.
Drinkability: If there’s any reason to drink this beer it’s for its quaffability and quenchability (yeah I know those aren’t words). The mouthfeel is thin to medium with distinct lager-like crispness and carbonation. But the aftertaste is almost completely clean and while in the mouth, Saranac Black Bear Bock is surprisingly refreshing. At 6% ABV it’s light on its feet as it does not have the weight or density of something that big. It’d be easy to put back a couple of these back-to-back.
ChainGangGuy (4353) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
"BB MAR 31 2013"
Appearance: Dispensed a clear, dark amber-hued body with a small, dusty, white head.
Smell: Toasted malts, with minor notes of caramel, grain. Low fruitiness, even lower hint of hops.
Taste: Malt delivers a taste of toast, a tickle of grain, and some caramel with a restrained sweetness. Mild fruitiness, including apple. Light Noble hop hints, subtle bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Many of these Saranac beers are like getting socks for Christmas, it’s not what you really wanted, but you don’t get upset about it, and it’s something you can at least utilize. OK, so Uncle Saranac bought me another pack of tube socks, big deal. Hold ’em up for the camera and feign a smile.
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. The sort of beer Saranac really excels at. Rich sweet true to style malt aroma. Maybe lacking in balancing hops, this is still a pretty respectable stab at the style. Not quite dunkle, not heller...somewhere in between. A dry mineral feel kind of brings it down, lacks the depth and finesse of an authentic version. Chocolate tinged to cover up the inaccuracies. OK, forgivable.
HighlanderOne (989) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle. Burnt caramel aroma. Copper color, thin tan head. Toasted malt flavor with some floral hops. Crisp, lager like feel. Not bad.