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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 13, 2008
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: Clear brew , dark amber in color with medium plus tanned top.
Nose : Mineral , refreshing hop style , sweet malty bottom , aroma reminded me of standard Polish lagers.
Flavor/Palate : Malty , nutty front with medium good depth. Sticky with subtle nutty feel > Quiet smooth and drinkable. Straight forward simplicity well done. Felt, as it was lighter than noted 6 % .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
Pours a dark amber with a white head. Has a nice malty aroma. Doesn’t have a very good pronounced taste or palate. It does have a maltiness to it but disappoints with a not so pleasing aftertaste. I was not impressed with this one...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with an average size frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, mild roastness, sweetness and fruit. Flavour of lightly toasted caramel malt, light hops, some sweetness and a light bitter finish. Average bodied. Eh, it’s alright I guess but it doesn’t much for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle. Body is dark amber and large head is slowly receding, leaving a bit of lacing... still, it looks thinner than I would have expected. Smells like wet wood that is rotting in the forest with some malt sweetness. Flavor is adequate, but comes off as watered down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Pours a transparent amber brown with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet, toasty German caramel malts with a touch of light fruits and oxidation. Body starts about average with a touch of sweetness and some earthy noble bittering hops. Finishes drier and bittersweet. Pretty bland and maybe even a touch too old.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a brilliantly clear golden amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted through most of the glass and left some sheets of lace. Light, pleasant aroma of caramel. The flavor is again caramel with a bit of unsweetened iced tea. Medium boided with just some very light bitterness at the finish. Yet another of the vast array of mediocre beers put out by this brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoBloHero (56) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Pleasantly surprised by this beer. It is the 21st Saranac brew I have had but the first I am rating. It was a coppery color with a decent head. The taste of the beer was malty, not a real aftertaste and very drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
roy7t (3) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2008 does not count
This beer was very dissappointing. Saranc has always been an inconsistent brewery. i was expecting a fuller, maltier taste; and was let down. Not a bad aftertaste, I will finish the 6-pack when I’ve had too many beers to care what it tastes like, and never buy it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle (12oz). And continuing my "see Saranac, buy Saranac, rate Saranac" habit .... Clear deep burnt copper pour, large lasting frothy off-white head. Smells mostly of roast cooked vegetables, eventually I begin to get a little more herbal hops and roast caramel, even some iron earthiness. The taste is pretty simple, no vegetal ugliness, just overly sweet light roast caramel malt, a little sweet hay hoppiness perhaps. Still, slick, sugary mouthfeel, not much character at all, but not horrible by any means. I finished it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2008
A nice amber bock with a huge frothy head, tasty and drinkable, smooth and not too bad. Don’t get Saranacked.

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