Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Off-white rice-cake head on a clear rust colored beer. Taste is muted caramel with some astringency, and a relatively clean finish. AKThunder (170) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Has a hint of chocolate, but I noticed other roasts in the brew more than I would have expected. It is a good dessert beer, but I probably wouldnt buy a sixer of this exclusively. Part of the Winter Variety pack. mike67 (1289) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2012
12 oz bottle from a veriety pack. Pours amber with a long lasting, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, hints of hops and caramel. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, hint of herbal hops. Finish is medium lasting, slightly bitter. This was the first bottle from the pack I could finish. jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2012
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a small amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a quick finish. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle, part of a sample pack that my parents had purchased. Pours a clear amber brown. Smells slightly of chocolate but just more of random roast malts. Not a terribly deep flavor and pretty thin.
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear light-medium amber with a well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet and lightly-smoked cacao, with accents of vanilla and rye bread.. toasted caramel malts took over as the drink warmed. The flavor found lots of sweeter caramel at the core, with roasted chocolate and vanilla accents.. lots of rich sugars toward the back.. tasty stuff. Lighter-bodied and slick through the palate.. a touch cloying at times.. overall a tasty, but not spectacular brew. Beerathon (1680) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
I was expecting something much darker, but instead it was barely a deep amber. The aroma had faint chocolate nibs, but I wanted more. Same thing with the taste. You advertise chocolate, you better bring the chocolate. Not bad, not great. A touch above average. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Saranac Chocolate Lager is a crystal clear amber beer topped with a sand colored, waxy foam that has very good retention and lacing. It has a metallic aroma with a hint of grass and chocolate. It’s medium bodied, a little watery with a slightly chalky finish. It’s just a touch sweet and amply bitter. Something about it seems kind of salty. The chocolate fills the middle of the taste without much subtlety. It gets more bitter toward the end, with notes of wood, resin and metal. Well, I’m glad there’s chocolate in there. I don’t think this beer would stand up without it. It isn’t great, but it isn’t bad. weihenweizen (4211) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Refrigerated bottle poured into glass. Pours clear amber with small off-white head, light body, and very light malty aroma. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate and finishes light bitter hops. Pretty good. PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2012
12oz into a pint. This is a nice surprise. Definately alongs the line of brown more so than a spice. Coco, not chocolate, is laced through out the brew. Mild as it is, its a nice addition. Its like the coco you would sprikle on a coffee at starbucks. Nice, light, roasty and bland. Conjurs up a good brew most definately. Color is an amazing see through amber which sparkels in the right light. Taste is coco, coco beans, and malty goodness. Hops are shimmering throughout but with a resistance that makes them a perfect back drop for the malt. The brew would be better if it was a bit more prfound and not watered down so much. Mix packs are cool.