hockeybeerguy (1507) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It pours a deep red and gives a dark brown colored body. A foamy off-white one inch head appears and lasts for a good half minute. It leaves some nice spider-web foamy lacing. The smell is all about the caramel, almost slightly overbearing but as the beer warmed I noticed some of the roasted malts and nuts. The taste is definitely the caramel coming in ever so strong and pretty much not letting anything come out even as the beer warmed. The palate is light to medium with some light harshness on the tongue. Overall, well, by the name, I think Saranac/Matt knew what they were going for, so I think for them well done, for me, uh ... not impressed, could be a dessert beer, but not necessarily one Iíd come back to.
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Translucent dark ruby mahogany with a creamy beige head. Medium body with medium carbonation.
Aroma: chewy caramel candies or cooked caramel pudding, pale grain, and subtle fuggle hop character, and a faint wiff of vinegar.
Taste: thin grassy malt, dark caramel and/or brown malt, sweet caramel, and subtle woodsy hop bitterness.
Tonkun (758) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with an off-white head that disappeared quickly. Caramel, Chinese herbs and medicine, vanilla. Light to medium body with vanilla and syrupy finish. One bottle is enough...
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Lightrider (300) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into a goblet. Aroma is a candy bar. Taste is a warm candy malt. Taste is a candy malt mix. Finish is so different that its good.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2013
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The smell hit me as I was pouring it, an artificial sickeningly sweet smell, like Oompa-Loompa barf, well, probably not THAT bad (not that I know what that smells like, who knows, might not be too bad) . Looks nice, a clear Mahogany color with a beige head. But that cloying scent is tough to get past. Iím not digging the taste either, initially very candy-ish, some hints of dark chocolate and coffee but it is buried behind this sticky sweet, funkiness. I appreciate the effort and like what they were trying to do, but it doesnít work for me. Iím giving the second bottle away.
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a spectacular brew. I feel like I am drinking a candy bar! Not the kind of beer you can get shitty on though, have one and enjoy it.
bth122 (1226) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper red brown. Medium head. Aroma is amazing caramel notes. Yummy if u like caramel. Some roast malt too. Taste is medium light sweetness. Medium light bodied. Light bitterness. Creamy palate. This centered around caramal malts and caramel flavoring. And it does a pretty good job giving that. It wonít blow your socks off but is very solid. Easy to drink. Ends kind of abrupt. And oldie but goodie.
streve (99) - Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pour is a dark brown with no head. Aroma of caramel and vanilla. Mouth has a nice mild bitterness up front along with the malty flavor and the finish is big with caramel. A little on the sweet side. Not too bad but not really something I would sit down and drink a few of.
hbchrist (63) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It wasnt a bad beer. Struck me as a fun session beer. Not for the beer hunter, but nice with burgers
Chad9976 (1127) - 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.