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Pocono Caramel Porter

Formerly brewed at Lion Brewery
Style: Porter
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania USA


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   ABV: -
Our brewery has a long history of producing a world-class porter, and we’ve done our classic recipe one better! It’s brewed with extra Caramel and Chocolate malts to give a rich, roasty character and then hand-finished with Tettnang for a wonderful hop aroma and flavor. Try it while you can, Pocono Caramel Porter is only a winter seasonal and like the winter snow, it doesn’t last long!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Very nice porter, almost black in color with a nice lacy dark tan head, head laced around the glass, lighter in body than most porters, hints of chocolate, more hints of caramel, nice creamy finish, great porter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2003
nice pour with a dark(some would say orange, but that was just the cup) foam. It's a very lighish portor, palate wise, but the carmel brought out some intresting flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2003
Completely opaque black colour with a crazy brown and somewhat ORANGE head! The head dies down quickly, but a small amount remains for quite a while. The smell is just as insane. Most likely the most potent caramel smell i've ever had aside from smelling an authentic fleur de caramel (the real french caramel made with fleur de sel). The caramel smell arising from this beer definately smells artificial, but it is very intoxicating. A medium to light bodied beer with sufficient caramel flavouring throughout, but the aftertaste is a bit souring and watery. All in all, not a bad beer, but the smell and look made this beer appear to be a real winner. Too bad the taste and aftertaste didn't show through as much as the former. This is my second beer from the brewery, and after their first let-down, I will try some more of their beer cautiously.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Black with a brown/orange head. I had a weird thing happen as was nearing end of the pour. Just as the head was getting full, this group of bright orange bubbles were spinning around in a small circle before dropping down into the beer, a pretty odd sight that I can't explain. Back to the review: smells like a sweet stout, but has a chlorine smell to it along with the caramel. Tastes very bubbly and thin, with a subtle chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 This was very carmelly and a little too sweet. Nice for a change, but not something I could drink all the time. Side note: had an OLD bottle of this just to try when it was still called "Brewery Hill Caramel Porter." Still interesting even after years in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2003
a good beer, but just not as good as the old version. Not as much caramel flavor as there used to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Not nearly as much caramel as in the amazing Saranac Caramel Porter, but nevertheless a tasty meal-in-a-glass that’s thick and hearty. Bring a spoon. All in all, I’m not a fan of this brewery because their beers just don’t challenge. Slight sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Not quite up to the standard set by my favorite porter, Stegmaier porter. Course the same brewery can’t make two porters that are both equally as good, can they? Caramel in this one wasn’t as prevalent as in Saranacs, which i think was good. This had a nice flavor of chocolate and more of a hint of caramel. Quite flavorful, but no Stegmaier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4772) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Coal-black and thick, with a thick brown head that alas dies very quickly and cleanly, little lacing. Looks--and smells--more like a very sweet Imperial than anything else. Caramel very potent on the nose, also chocolate and espresso; wonderful. Flavor is sweet certainly, but much less than I expected (remembering Saranac); a lot of winey flavor too, and it seems to be fairly strong, alcohol-wise. Also lots of hops, so plenty of everything really -- but I guess I wanted more caramel! Good medium-to-heavy body and finish.

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