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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2684) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2002
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymow (848) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2002
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.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2002
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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Pretty caramelly and more of a synthetic caramel flavor than real caramel flavor. Like KRaft Caramel. Drank at room temp and tastes a lot like cola. Thin and drinkable. Dark mahogany and leaves nice lace. Kind of gross after a few sips. Not for me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2002
What a porter the carmel definately shows through but not in an overpowering way. They need to make these for more than just the christmas sampler

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Beautiful dark red. Lovely taste of candy like caramel. A wonderful earthy, nutty finish. A great beer and something I will have again.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Beautiful on the pour -- brown red body with a lasting tan head. Aroma is caramel -- not standard beer caramel aroma, more like sweet candy caramel. Flavor is intensely sweet caramel, with the wee bit of earthy hoppy bitterness at the swallow insufficient to lend any hint of balance.


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