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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Saranac Caramel Porter is a robust, flavorful porter reminiscent of a by-gone era. True to brewing tradition, we've used dark caramel malt as well as Fuggles & East Kent Goldings hops for a smooth, yet slightly bitter, roasted flavor. Look for hints of real caramel used in brewing this delicious brew. Enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2496) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2003
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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Poured dark brown with small light brown head. Caramel and toffee aroma very strong. Sweet toffee caramel flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
freekyp (1838) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Didn't really like this one. It tastes like an ok porter that someone threw in some caramels. Finished rather harsh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2777) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2003
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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2003
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
notalush (5636) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2003
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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2003
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
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.

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