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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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On a cold winterís night, black bears can be found hiding in the Adirondacks to keep warm, while youíre 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!


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike67 (782) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2012
12 oz bottle as Black Bear Bock from a variety pack. Pours amber with a long lasting off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and some hops in the background. Body is full and smooth. Taste is caramel malt, herbal hops and cooked vegetables. Finish is long and dry. Mediocre brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1034) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle, called Black Bear Bock. Pours a clear amber orange with minimal head. Malty feel to it, straw, caramel. Very sweet, not terribly balanced, but I guess itís about what I expected for the style.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1483) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Saranacís Black Diamond Bock (changed to Black Bear Bock for 2012) is a solid version of a single bock that hits the classic points, but amps up the continental hops slightly to provide a light bite on the finish. Germany malts are there, but I would have preferred a bit more of them. Aroma is weak. not flawed, just not very íin your faceí. Nicely balanced, smooth and clean finish. Pours a nice reddish brown as well.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle. dark brownish red color. medium to light head. malty and nutty.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2011
This beer was the first one I had after turning 21. It was pretty sweet, heavy on the malts, not too balanced. Still pretty tasty, and a great way to start off my legal drinking years.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KyotoLefty (6324) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2011
Draught at MacGregors, Gates. Rich and sweet, very malty but not well balanced, little working against the caramel sweetness. Too sweet and the malt profile itself is rather lacking in complexity. Not impressed.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
The aroma is of sweet malt. With a hint of caramel, and a little nuttiness. The color is a deep dark reddish color with some haziness. The head is full on pour, but quickly fades. The taste is full of roasted malt, and some nutty flavors. The beer is meek in assertiveness, and is rather medium in body, thin texture, a lean and short finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1282) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Pours a big foamy head. Deep cherry red color, like a dark blush wine or a winter ale. Hazy. Nice to look at. Smell is slightly sweet malt. Has a hint of caramel. Has a subtle roasted nuttyness. Minor hint of cherry. Darkly sweet, with a minor smoky aroma. The taste is nutty roasted malt, like a brown ale. Has a lagery tartness as well, with a dry aftertaste. The nutty malt is dominant, for sure. Dry yeast at the end with a hint of caramel. Solid flavor. Has a lagery wateryness to the feel. It thickens as it warms, but still watery, though smooth. Itís a decent, smooth drinking beer with a hint of roasted nutty malt. Not bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5996) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Nice light tan head; nice malty aroma with a spicy hop nose; sweet malty flavor and a great bitter balance

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
From 2007 or early 2008 bottle. Has a rich malty aroma, with caramel and some tangy molasses and some Twizzlers. Has a bit of fruity character to it and smells like a nice bock beer. Dark amber, hazy, with thin white head. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Starts with some vanilla-caramel sweetness, light roasted malt and a bit of Twizzlers. Medium watery sweet malty finish with a bit of nutty bitter character, but mostly smooth sweetness. Carbonic acidity and slight sugar tang in the after. Not bad.


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