Sunday, December 4, 2011
Sunday Night Suds - Saranac Chocolate Lager
This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at the newest Saranac brew - Saranac's Chocolate Lager.
To my knowledge, the Saranac Chocolate Lager is the first new beer introduced by Saranac in about two years. The Chocolate Lager has been included in the beers of winter box which also includes the superior Big Moose Ale and Lake Effect Lager, along with the India Copper Ale, Bohemian Plisner and Vanilla Stout.
Not to be confused with a prior Saranac offering called Saranac Chocolate Amber Lager (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/06/sunday-night-suds-saranac-chocolate.html) the new Chocolate Lager is more of a bock then a lager. The beer pours a rich copper color with a fair amount of foam which disappears soon into the brew. The first smell of the brew was actually reminiscent of a macrolager, but that soon dissipated as well. When I tried my first sip I was struck by the chocolate flavor additive, but it was not overpowering and rendered the beer quite drinkable. Perhaps this is because they (according to the Saranac website) added cacao nibs, rather than pure chocolate flavoring.
Because the Saranac Chocolate Lager is more of a bock than a lager, the alcohol content is a little higher than one would expect (6% abv). Having said that, the alcohol flavor is not noticeable.
Saranac Chocolate Lager is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit, as is every other brew produced by Saranac. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Saranac Chocolate Lager, please follow this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/75739.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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