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RATINGS: 540   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour with an off-white head that disappeared quickly. Caramel, Chinese herbs and medicine, vanilla. Light to medium body with vanilla and syrupy finish. One bottle is enough... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lightrider (344) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle into a goblet. Aroma is a candy bar. Taste is a warm candy malt. Taste is a candy malt mix. Finish is so different that its good.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - JAN 8, 2013
The smell hit me as I was pouring it, an artificial sickeningly sweet smell, like Oompa-Loompa barf, well, probably not THAT bad (not that I know what that smells like, who knows, might not be too bad) . Looks nice, a clear Mahogany color with a beige head. But that cloying scent is tough to get past. Iím not digging the taste either, initially very candy-ish, some hints of dark chocolate and coffee but it is buried behind this sticky sweet, funkiness. I appreciate the effort and like what they were trying to do, but it doesnít work for me. Iím giving the second bottle away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AKThunder (167) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
This is a spectacular brew. I feel like I am drinking a candy bar! Not the kind of beer you can get shitty on though, have one and enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark copper red brown. Medium head. Aroma is amazing caramel notes. Yummy if u like caramel. Some roast malt too. Taste is medium light sweetness. Medium light bodied. Light bitterness. Creamy palate. This centered around caramal malts and caramel flavoring. And it does a pretty good job giving that. It wonít blow your socks off but is very solid. Easy to drink. Ends kind of abrupt. And oldie but goodie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2012
12oz bottle. Pour is a dark brown with no head. Aroma of caramel and vanilla. Mouth has a nice mild bitterness up front along with the malty flavor and the finish is big with caramel. A little on the sweet side. Not too bad but not really something I would sit down and drink a few of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hbchrist (76) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
It wasnt a bad beer. Struck me as a fun session beer. Not for the beer hunter, but nice with burgers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2012
If you know me you know I have a sweet tooth and tend to love dessert themed beers. Youíd think Saranac Caramel Porter would be right up my alley, and while itís a decent beer, itís really not quite as good as the name implies.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown body. Forms a small, off white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and doesnít leave much lacing on the glass.

Smell: A familiar caramel candy scent, but not quite as sweet. Thereís a generic porter aroma at the core, but itís subtle - as is the entire nose for that matter.

Taste: Thereís a strong caramel flavor right away, followed by mild bitterness through the middle, a mild nondescript sweetness and then more caramel before washing away clean. But this is only true of the first swig or two, afterwards it all homogenizes together so that the palate ends up tasting like a strange hybrid between flat diet soda, iced coffee, and American porter. And itís not that it tastes bad, itís that it just doesnít finish nearly as strong as it begins. More emphasis of the genuine porter style would probably help offset this imbalance. As it stands itís a bit messy and disorganized, but still tastes good enough to appreciate.

Drinkability: Saranac Caramel Porter walks a fine line between overt dessert beer and a standard porter with additional flavoring added. The mouthfeel is slightly thin and a bit tepid, which enables easy drinking. The flavor is seemingly strong, but your palate gets used to it quickly. Thereís a slightly dry/slightly cloying aftertaste, but itís tolerable. I definitely has a lot of body for being only 5.4% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HighlanderOne (1237) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Poured from bottle. Big caramel aroma which is great at first, but is a negative in the end. Caramel and roasted nut flavors work well together. Also a touch of vanilla. Somewhat thin feel. Unique, not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (2292) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Dark with a light tan head. Smooth, sweet, malty with earthiness and bread flavors. Slightly tart and herby. A little too much dark fruit and woodiness.

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