obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a good beer, but just not as good as the old version. Not as much caramel flavor as there used to be.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.