Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If you know me you know I have a sweet tooth and tend to love dessert themed beers. Youíd think Saranac Caramel Porter would be right up my alley, and while itís a decent beer, itís really not quite as good as the name implies.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Opaque dark brown body. Forms a small, off white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and doesnít leave much lacing on the glass.
Smell: A familiar caramel candy scent, but not quite as sweet. Thereís a generic porter aroma at the core, but itís subtle - as is the entire nose for that matter.
Taste: Thereís a strong caramel flavor right away, followed by mild bitterness through the middle, a mild nondescript sweetness and then more caramel before washing away clean. But this is only true of the first swig or two, afterwards it all homogenizes together so that the palate ends up tasting like a strange hybrid between flat diet soda, iced coffee, and American porter. And itís not that it tastes bad, itís that it just doesnít finish nearly as strong as it begins. More emphasis of the genuine porter style would probably help offset this imbalance. As it stands itís a bit messy and disorganized, but still tastes good enough to appreciate.
Drinkability: Saranac Caramel Porter walks a fine line between overt dessert beer and a standard porter with additional flavoring added. The mouthfeel is slightly thin and a bit tepid, which enables easy drinking. The flavor is seemingly strong, but your palate gets used to it quickly. Thereís a slightly dry/slightly cloying aftertaste, but itís tolerable. I definitely has a lot of body for being only 5.4% ABV.
HighlanderOne (952) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle. Big caramel aroma which is great at first, but is a negative in the end. Caramel and roasted nut flavors work well together. Also a touch of vanilla. Somewhat thin feel. Unique, not bad.
r464 (1738) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark with a light tan head. Smooth, sweet, malty with earthiness and bread flavors. Slightly tart and herby. A little too much dark fruit and woodiness.
murph3irish (17) - Linthicum, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a nice ruby rusty brown with a soapy tan head that faded too fast. Smelled of salty smoky caramel not real sweet. Was hoping for a sweeter darker smell. Bitter burnt malt taste. A little coffee and burnt caramel come in the middle. Sour vanilla aftertaste. Not a bad porter but definitely not a great one. $7.99 for six isnít bad. Was looking for a sweeter darker more porter like look and taste. Will enjoy these 6 but probably not buy again. Breckenridge vanilla porter is the best sweet porter in my opinion.
edgallow (1634) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and coffee. Taste was roasted malts, sweet caramel and a hint of bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hockey9930 (65) - - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a frothy head. The caramel taste and aroma really stand out in this beer as you would expect from the name. Very sweet with roasted maltyness. Medium bodied, slick, and average carbonation.
Mediczod (3) - - NOV 10, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours very dark brown, almost no head at all. Pronounced caramel scent and flavor. Very sweet, almost undetectable hops, no bitterness to speak of. Very easy to drink, more of a dessert beer than anything.
Rrauth (1070) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
From iphone beerlicious app: Molasses smelling. brown clear liquid with rocky tan head. sweet to start and heavy sweet to finish. Medium body with cream slick texture. bah.
maxwelldeux (2930) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a somewhat small head. Nose is caramely and I actually got a hint of salty popcorn. An odd flavor palate. Caramel is definitely present, along with a hint of that salt. Itís not all that sweet, but the malts really come through.
Stampion (135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark and sweet. The caramel hits you immediately with hints of malt and toasted nut. It's almost too much caramel to be enjoyed as a regular drinking beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone