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Saranac Black Forest

July 10, 2013

We are in the midst of a brutal summer here in New York City. It is hot, humid, and thunderstorms that leave everything feeling like a sauna are constantly threatening to break out. This is sadly one of those few times in the course of life when I really don’t want to drink stouts. When it’s so hot that I’m starting to sweat by the time I reach bars that are only a couple blocks from my apartment, a heavy beer that tastes like chocolate and coffee is sadly not what I’m looking for.

I’m looking for a light bodied beer that tastes like chocolate and coffee. Schwarzbiers my friends! In reality, during hot summer months like this I do tend to drink beers that are both lighter in color and body, but I can’t resist the allure of a Schwarzbier.

The Saranac Black Forest pours a dark black with red hues and a light brown head that make it look eerily similar to Coca-Cola when held up to the light. The scent is intriguing with hints of dark bread, spices, and toffee. As expected the beer is light in body and fairly drinkable, perfect for the heat. Flavorwise, the beer is not particularly exciting. It has flavors of chocolate and coffee with some hints of something sweet and syrupy like caramel.

Like many Saranac beers I’ve had, the Black Forest isn’t exciting but it’s definitely not objectionable. The company that produces Saranac has been making beer for 125 years, they know what they’re doing and it shines through in their beers. However, if you’re looking for something that is going to push boundaries, you could skip over the Black Forest. If you just want a nice schwarzbier on a hot day, this hits the spot.


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