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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours dark amber with nice head that dissapates rather quickly. Very mellow, almost pillowy mouthfeel with nice malt backbone that lingers gently. So smooth and so tastey. I might get this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ritterkreuz (179) - Seneca Falls, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a reddish copper with a thin off-white head. It’s certainly smooth, but aside from that its rather average.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Poured lighter than I expected. Medium amber with a giant cream head. You’ll first note that the consistency is extremely watery which seems to be a trend with most Saranac products. There’s only hints of caramel and brown sugar. The accents are extremely dim in this very thin and empty chugger.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle. Dark amber/brown colored with a cream colored frothy head. Malty aroma and flavors, like sweet grains or granola, with some light caramel, brown sugar and a faint herbal hop finish. Kind of thin bodywise. Drinkable but entirely forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Bottle, as part of an x-mas pack, old rating--from sometime last year. Dark brown in appearance, small off-white head. Aroma is malty caramel, but faint. Flavor is malty, sweet, caramel, and nothing surprising. Decent beer, but not the best bock I have ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle. Appearance: Deep orange copper, thin beige head. Aroma: Caramel malt, earthy, apricot. Palate: Medium. Flavor: Caramel malt, earthy, brown sugar, some hops. Overall: Another decent beer from Saranac.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and just the slightest bit smoky. The flavor a mild sweetness, and earthy. Not a bad beer, just not terribly exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2008
The color is lighter than what I’d expect a bock to be. The aroma is very malty, with rich caramel and brown sugar notes. The taste is very smooth and clean, not alot of flavor, but what’s there is tasty. Finishes very crisp. Not bad, not fantastic. It is nice, however, to see Matt Brewing venturing out more with the Saranac line. I think they have a lot of potential, and just need to find their niche.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrant (330) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Smells slightly nutty with strong caramel notes. Pours a clear dark copper color with a small tan head.Taste is sharp yeast with a hint of strong alcohol. Balanced rich malts with nice bitter green-tasting hops.Very good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Clear dark amber in color with a thin off-white head. Clean slightly spicy and malty brew, not too complex. Taste is slightly sweet up front, with some caramel and spice coming up behind. The finish is mostly dry. Kind of tastes like a slightly aggressive amber. Decent and drinkable, but gives no reason for coming back.

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