Cletus (6187) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate and grass. Taste is of cocoa and some bitter hops.
Dogbrick (6178) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (5823) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of THE matta. Yes, that matta. Pours deep dark brown with amber edges and off white head. Very caramel aroma with hints of roasted malts and way off in the background is toffee and butterscotch. Yum. The mild toffee and butterscotch add to the experience. The taste is roasted malts from front to back with a river of caramel running through it. Like in the nose the background is supported by toffee and butterscotch notes. It ends mildly roasty, caramel sweet and fading toffee.
j12601 (5722) - 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.
HogTownHarry (5713) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev. Clear ruby-copper with no head. Sweet, thin aroma of caramel and butterscotch - and MORE caramel, quite artificial - I don’t really smell hops, malt or anything else. Tastes the same, but the fake caramel adds an unpleasant chemical tang ... it is fairly roasty, I guess. Mouthfeel is watery, syrupy and flat - I liked this not at all, too thin and fake.
sebletitje (5536) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
courtesy of Matta.
Pours copper with beige head.
Aroma of sweet caramel.
Taste is malty with good emphasis on the caramel. Some grassy notes with an overall weak water mouthfeel.
Finish has light subtle notes of caramel with a light bitter finish, though the overall caramel feel remains weak and disappointing.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Bitter, paper, tin and lots of apple chewy just butter y i did not like this at all.
BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Pours a clean medium brown with reddish highlights topped by a small frothy tan head and some lace. The aroma is heavy caramel, butterscotch and brown sugar along with a very faint vapour of aromatic hops and apple esters. The taste is much like the nose with overtly strong sweet malt character along with major diacetyl tones. A bit nutty and toasty but any bitterness is covered up by the full frontal sweetness. I like Fuggles and EKG hops but they are nowhere to be front sadly. The mouth feel is lively and thin. Ugh, I will pass...
jtclockwork (5220) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is just about pure caramel. I love it! Black pour. Nose and taste is overpowering caramel. Some light chocolate malts. Rated 12/20/2000
blankboy (5199) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev at the (last!) ’Saranac Vs. Samuel Adams sampler packs tasting’. Pours a clear dark ruby with a small off-white head. Aroma is predominently caramel along with some malt and UK hops. Smells o.k. if not a little artificial. Flavour follows the aroma but really suffers from the artificial caramel taste, it’s too sweet. It’s too thin and weak to support that much caramel. A poor Porter and another miss for Saranac tonight.