hopscotch (8365) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... A sparkling clear, dark mohogany hue. Medium-sized, frothy, khaki-colored head. Mostly, but not fully diminishing. Decent lacework.
The aroma is of a Cadbury’s Caramello bar. Also, butterscotch and English toffee. Very malty and terrific.
Extremely well-balanced beer. Malty with flavorful blasts of caramel, milk chocolate, and a whisper of buttermilk up front. Lightly pungent and lightly bitter hops balance things out nicely on the backside... preventing any annoying or cloying sweetness.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, astringent, lightly bitter finish. Excellent brew. Saranac brews a lot of beers and seems to be a very hit or miss brewing company. This beer is a major MaltHead HIT!
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for this one. Brown beer with a thin tan head. Sweet caramel, toffeeish aroma. Cream/butter aroma (not diacetyl) mixed with a simple sort of brown sugar aroma. Smells like a Worthers candy mixed in a brown ale. Flavour is sweet, caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavour but without as much body as I would expect from a beer as sweet as this one. Decent herbal bitterness with a hint of licorice. Unusual beer. As it warms it tends toward cloyingness, but it isn’t bad for Saranac.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rating #400 for the beer. Brown pour, smallish tan head. Aroma is just unreal. Smells just like a butterscotch candy. I could sniff this glass all night. Flavor does not live up to the aroma. It is smooth enough, but the flavor is a bit unbalanced and a tad odd. I could drink this again, but this beer wins with its aroma!
Sammy (7708) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
well malted and carmel to make go down A melange of porter and burnt rubber and maybe burnt wood. Highly roasted aftertaste. Nice colour. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet but not cloying. In any case, I will save the rest for tenderizing meat in the slow cooker.
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells a little fishy, with some yeast and wet grass. There is the caramel hint in the aroma as well, but it is more evident in the flavor. After reading what austinpowers said about adding real caramel, it makes sense; I could definitly pick up the flavor, though it almost tasted artificial, separate from the flavor of the beer. This usually happens with fruit or spiced beers, but I picked it up here. Overall it's smooth, quite sweet with caramel candy flavors, chocolate residue aftertaste, though a little too thin and sweet. I've only had one other "caramel porter", by Pocono, and they are both good but quite different. I think it's a good idea, but hard to perfect. Thanks austinpowers.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decadent caramel and toffee candy perfume shouting out its dessert qualities...Earthy malt and fruit-laden roastiness reside under this potent aroma but the promised caramel orgy stops way short of the expectations created by its fragrance...Not enough porter, but a nice novelty beer which I would gladly smell again...
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 I think the average is way low for this beer. It is hard to find. I’ve heard stories of guys traveling from Iowa to New York for this beer. Great label. The aroma is intense caramel and malt and chocolate. Good head and hoppiness. The finish is sweet and caramelly, with a malt texture and nice sweet caramel flavors...not too sweet, but it really tastes like melted caramel. I had this one with a Padron cigar. My neighbor, who brews beer with me, said "Wow, the best caramel flavor I’ve ever tasted. How do they do that?" Awesome brew.
Re-rate: Repeated partakings of this have lowered the score somewhat.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with ruby hues and a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma seems pretty metallic with a touch of diacetyl and some sweet dark caramel malt. Body starts about average with lots of carbonation and some earthy metallic notes with light toasty caramel sweetness and a touch of bittering hops with help to dry out the finish. Seems like it would be a good concept for a beer were it not for the metallic character.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle from Harris Teeter - Barracks, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of pretty damn strong caramel notes, sweet and almost cloying, some butter and faint hops. The taste is faintly roasted malts, caramel, faint hops and a bitter finish. Medium bodied.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Ken! Poured clear, medium garnet-tinted caramel with a short cap of tan head that stuck around for a short while. The aroma was very sweet with caramel above all else.. vanilla was secondary, and there was a little chocolate deeper down.. not very complex, but I likes my caramel. The flavor was also caramel-driven, with a creamy sweetness that made this tough to drink after a couple ounces.. vanilla, cream, and sweeter chocolates join the caramel on the candied finish. Medium-bodied and creamy on the palate, but too sweet to truly enjoy.. a little sharp on the finish. This was OK.