DocLock (8530) - 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. Iíve 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 Iíve ever tasted. How do they do that?" Awesome brew.
Re-rate: Repeated partakings of this have lowered the score somewhat.
j12601 (7955) - 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 couldnít see myself drinking it regularly.
sebletitje (7801) - 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.
KyotoLefty (7553) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7464) - 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.
Ughsmash (7364) - 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.
douglas88 (7248) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.
blipp (6959) - San Diego, 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.
blankboy (6583) - 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!) íSaranac Vs. Samuel Adams sampler packs tastingí. 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, itís too sweet. Itís too thin and weak to support that much caramel. A poor Porter and another miss for Saranac tonight.