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
It’s too bad this beer is only included in their seasonal package or at the brewery.
Frank (3596) - 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, it’s quite watery. So light in flavor I’d never guess it’s a porter.
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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 (3905) - 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 that’s it.
Aurelius (4773) - 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 (6526) - 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 (3171) - 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 I’m 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 (1166) - 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 wasn’t 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.
BillKismet (3605) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If you are an unabashed lover of carmel, you may find few better beers. Otherwise, this beer could be conceived as caramelly sweet and cloying. Rich ruby, syrupy bodied, appearing black when less light, it had a too thick rootbeer float head which broke into unappealing chunky iceberg islands. The aroma was of a toffee caramel and the flavor of carame/butterscotch candy. One dimensionally caramel and also evokes rememberance of an unfortunate New Year’s eve caramel liquor experience. Not particularly well crafted, this is a novelty that will appeal to some.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2002
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Unlike most of the others who have rated this, I couldn’t really get much caramel aroma or flavoring out of it. The body was very thin, and there wasn’t much to the finish. The beer tried to focus on the caramel-ness, and didn’t try to do anything else. Not a total disrespect, but not good either.