KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black, reddish tint. Small head. Sweet caramel aroma with some roasted malt. Roasted malt and caramel flavor. Roasted and hop bitterness at back of the malty sweetness.
A slightly bitter hop finish, but the caramel goes all the way through. A touch too sweet.
sebletitje (9348) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - 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.
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, 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.
douglas88 (8465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a decent beige head. The aroma is a light caramel and malt. The caramel flavor really jumps out at you. There is also some hops and a burnt malt/ coffee flavors. A good easygoing drink. Not too bad at all. Thin and light, but good. Re-rate: had a 2 year old bottle thanks to beastiefan2k. A bit more of roasted goodness than I noted originally. The burnt caramel and roasted malts go well together. Nice.
blipp (8275) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Appearance: Dark ruby brown with light beige head. Aroma: Very strong caramel, some hops in the background. Palate: Medium. Flavor: Roasted caramel malts, light hops. Overall: Not a bad beer, but the caramel is a little to overwhelming for my taste. I bet it would be awesome to drink with a slice or apple pie.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - 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.
jredmond (7671) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2006
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 Had from a winter variety case.. I actually think that I like sweet beers but I did not enjoy this one that much... [One of the first craft beers I ever tried - so to be fair, I really need to try this one again along with a few other saranacs.] 4.5 years later and this beer STILL BLOWS. Nowhere near the porter style. Just overly sweet caramel flavoring. Ultra thin bodied. Dear god. C’mon saranac.
Ughsmash (7508) - 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.
PorterPounder (7431) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Call me a a sucker - but I was done in by the caramel aroma. Flavor did not disapoint either. Nice deep, dark appearance, thinly dissipating with a little lacing head. Overall, not bad - but too sweet for a porter. Strong finish - overall a good effort by Saranac.