Dorwart (2496) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent frothy head with nice lacing. Strong butterscotch/caramel aroma. Excellent dark ruby color. Flavor is very sweet with strong flavors of caramel and roasted grains. Finish is clean and slightly dry. A decent brew if you like caramel but not one that you could drink multiple bottles of.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong caramel scents in the nose and even stronger caramel flavors in the taste. I actually contemplated whether I was eating a caramel chew or if I was drinking a beer. The jury is still out on that one. A good dessert beer; I guess.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark brown with small light brown head. Caramel and toffee aroma very strong. Sweet toffee caramel flavor.
freekyp (1838) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Sweet and earthy with a pronounced caramel nose. A bit of dark malt porter character remains beneath the somewhat intrusive in-your-face caramel flavor. Nice dark brown with frothy head though.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Didn't really like this one. It tastes like an ok porter that someone threw in some caramels. Finished rather harsh.
jb (2777) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice beer - nice dark color, not much of a head, nice sweet caramel aroma. Just the right amount of sweet to hops balance as there is a good rich hops flavor and finish. Not too much however. You are left with a sweet finish in your mouth - delicious. Would just have liked a better, chewier head.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2003
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
eugh. so very very sweet. i could smell the caramel from across the room. dark dark brown with white foam. flavor was completely unbalanced; all i tasted was the overpowering sweetness of caramel, with a very strange aftertaste. medium body. rarely can i not finish a beer, but i can't even drink half a glass of this.
notalush (5636) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2003
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Woe unto those that sample this vile elixir, which doth look, smell and taste as if someone hath spewed caramel syrup from his gullet, into a glass of stagnant pond water. Woe, I say! For not even the almighty himself can cleanse this putrid taste from my tongue!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 I give Saranac some credit for trying to be creative, but the beer is not very tasty. The strong caramel aroma and flavor is too over-powering. The flavor is somewhat metallic, and the caramel just lingers way too long. This beer is nothing like a porter. Even the color is too dark amber to look like a porter. re-rate 11/07: The aroma is still heavily buttery and filled with caramel - which does put me off to the beer still. The flavor is better than the last time I had it, I suppose: a tad roasty, buttery - slightly earthy. It’s not as bad as I remember it being.
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
This is one of the most disgusting beer that I have ever had. It has a slimy palate, and a fairly average head. Its taste is sickenly sweet. This is not an easy-to-drink beer in any sense of the term.