Dogbrick (11021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown color with a medium thick beige head that diminishes steadily. Caramel malt aroma with a light roasted character. Medium body with flavors of caramel, malt and charred marshmallow. The finish is sweet caramel and toffee with a short malty aftertaste. Overall this beer is one-dimensional and average, like most beers from this brewer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Flying Saucer, Charlette
Black with ruby edges, fine tan head, sweet carmel candy aroma like a hot carmel covered apple, lots of carmel flavor but surprisingly not too sweet, all carmel all the time until the end, needs some roasted malts to balance it out
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
daknole (10828) - 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 (10748) - 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.
hopscotch (10532) - 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!
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a nice big light brownsih head. Aroma indeed of caramel along with a good roasty maltiness and sweetness. Flavour: lots of caramel, roasted malts, sweet candy. Sweet caramellic finish. Caramel beer at its best!
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Clear red-orange color, thin light brown head. Very little lace. Great caramel aroma, tastes exactly like a tootsie roll. It’s not the most refined thing out there, but I like it. Carbonation a bit pronounced. Light sweet taste.
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark brown, reminiscent of a water down cola, with a small tan head. Aroma is of burnt sugar and malt. Slightly sweet with thick carbonation, and more caramelized sugar flavors. More sweetness on the finish. Might make a nice pairing with a bowl of vanilla ice cream, but I couldn’t see myself drinking it regularly.
DocLock (9494) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - 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.