jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells very sweet, very dark brown colour...but not black. Nice taste, sampled with a chocolate, but the taste from the food added nothing to the beer, and the flavour was majorly lacking.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is not one of my favorites from saranac. The taste is just too sugary and the mouthfeel is too thin. The arome is pretty good, though, and it looks tasty.
Sawicz (9) - USA - JAN 13, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís too bad this beer is only included in their seasonal package or at the brewery.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
With a fluffy white head and deep amber-brown color, Saranac Caramel Porter only looks delicious. Aroma of carmalized sugar. Sweet but not at all syrupy. In fact, itís quite watery. So light in flavor Iíd never guess itís a porter.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 2001: Have to agree on the 'unique' wording that many of you have used. Wow, is this sweet and caramelly! The nose is truly powerful, appearance is as nice as any Porter's, and the flavor is a knockout. But, as the last rater complains, unbalanced and with a somewhat strange finish. I love sweet beers, so am rating this higher than most, but I would only recommend to the adventurous and sugar-lovers.
2002: Head a little less impressive, balance a little better this year; more counteracting coffee bitterness/robustness to keep the caramel from overwhelming. Seems a little less impressive than last year, but still far and away the brewer's best IMHO.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Generous billowing head, obvious stickiness in the way it formed. Caramel aroma is strong and unmistakeable--like a hot caramel sundae. Same caramel domination in the finish, but a weak palate and some ugly residual flavors as you get past the caramel. A nice experiment but thatís it.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of caramel/toffee aroma. Sweet and a little thinnish for a porter. Good label. Acidic, caramel and dark roast caste. This may have been a little gimmicky, but I liked it.
PorterPounder (4943) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Call me a a sucker - but I was done in by the caramel aroma. Flavor did not disapoint either. Nice deep, dark appearance, thinly dissipating with a little lacing head. Overall, not bad - but too sweet for a porter. Strong finish - overall a good effort by Saranac.
Ron (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Iím not really a porter fan, but this was better than most. Deep rich color with thick head and plenty of carmel smell and taste. Rerate 12/29/05 one bottle from the Christmas pack. I really enjoyed the deep carmel flavor of this one.
raymow (767) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I love caramel as much as the next guy - but in a beer? It wasnít terrible but the caramel flavor was a bit syrupy and overpowering. It needs to be toned down a notch or two. Color was nice though.