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.
Ughsmash (7086) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - 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 (6584) - 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.
sebletitje (6582) - 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.
Cletus (6354) - 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.
KyotoLefty (6139) - 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.
HogTownHarry (6042) - 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.
blankboy (5948) - 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.
BBB63 (5941) - 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...