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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   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.


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jayb0 (1156) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2012
I didnít like this at all. Too sweet, too thin, ill-conceived. It looks ok in the glass, and has a somewhat pleasant aroma, but this didnítt work for me, at least not at that moment.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Aroma is caramel and nutty. Pours a clear dark brown with an off white head. Taste is caramel and spice. Pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle from total wine sterling. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam that rapidly disappears. Artificial caramel and salty notes on the nose. The blend of caramel malt and slightly bitter finish doesnít mesh as well as it could have or should have.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovestout (2) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011 does not count
awesome beer. not too sweet. Great taste of caramel, not overpowering. Pours a good head and doesnt have too much carbination. Love it!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wlajwl (5688) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Strong sweet caramel and some nuttiness in aroma. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a strong sweetness. Not horrible, not really that great either.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nearbeer (4836) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2011
12 oz. Deep, mahogany with a large creamy foam that lasts well. Sweet nose of caramel candy, with maybe a hint of apple and cherry. Flavor is caramelized sugar, vanilla, lightly tart cherry, and sweet chocolate fudge. Some mild roast on the finish. Medium body is sweet, almost cloying, and has a medium carbonation.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
facesnorth (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2011 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2014 Really bad. Almost regret even trying this one. Way too sweet. Artificial tasting. No redeeming qualities

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear red-orange color, thin light brown head. Very little lace. Great caramel aroma, tastes exactly like a tootsie roll. Itís not the most refined thing out there, but I like it. Carbonation a bit pronounced. Light sweet taste.

0.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2011
You know those Wertherís Original caramel candies that old people like? Imagine that, then imagine all the good elements were removed, and all the bad elements were accentuated. Then imagine it was mixed with the worst possible toffey type candy you ever got in your Halloween bag as a kid. Finally, imagine it was somehow boiled down into liquid form and mixed with a very tepid nearly flavorless porter. Thatís about what this beer tastes with. Currently my lowest rated beer on this site. I actually said "This tastes like somebody put actual toffee in the beer instead of malt that is described as having toffee notes by tasters". Then I read the label -- I was close -- they actually dumped caramel into the vats (Not caramel malt, though it claims to have some of that, too, caramel as in the candy). Sickeningly sweet and nearly gag inducing. I did manage to finish the beer, but I didnít enjoy it. I doubt Iíll buy Saranacís fall mix pack again this year -- solely because I want to avoid this beer. What will I do with the other one (two came in the pack)? Maybe try putting it in the freezer and drinking straight out of the bottle at some point, but Iím going to have to psyche myself into ever picking the thing up in the first place.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(bottle 10/25/10). Dark brown color, with light cloudiness. Medium off white head. Strong caramel/toffee aroma. Moderate caramel/toffee flavor, with light toast/roasted malt. Avg duration. Lasting sweet finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.


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