Nuffield (3732) - 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 (4506) - 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 (5831) - 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 (2786) - 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 (902) - 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 (3407) - 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.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful dark red. Lovely taste of candy like caramel. A wonderful earthy, nutty finish. A great beer and something I will have again.