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Saranac Black Forest


Pouring near black with slight ruby highlights and a foamy, tan head that dissipates as quickly as it rises, Black Forest unveils its inner lager with one deep sniff: A fruity, cherrylike yeast character and a slight touch of roasted grains comprise the nose. Smooth yet a bit watery on the tongue, a heavy dose of dry cocoa initially floods the palate, mixing with sweet apple esters and an assertive grassy hop bitterness that carries into the finish. While visually, this beer is a lager in porter’s clothing, its sweet, savory component makes it ideal for stout and porter drinkers desiring something lighter.


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