blankboy (7072) - 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.
PorterPounder (6972) - 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.
TaktikMTL (6909) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bouteille de 12 oz qui provient du "mix pack" de Noël acheté au Beverage Warehouse à Winooski, VT. Arôme: Odeur de caramel mais plus précisement de bonbon au beurre. Apparence: Couleur noire. Col moyen beige mousseux qui disparaît tranquillement. Aucune carbonisation. Belle dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel au beurre. Durée de l’arrière goût moyen. Malheureusement la saveur n’est pas aussi bonne que l’arôme. Palette: Corps plein avec une texture astringente. Forte carbonisation. Arrière goût de beurre. (Rating #90)
radagast83 (6778) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red color. Smells kind of like a sweet caramel beer, and I can taste a coffee/butterscotch flavor, really over the top though.
BBB63 (6509) - 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...
JaBier (6496) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch and subtle chocolate. Malty flavor with sweet caramel and a bit of chocolate before a semi-bitter roasty finish.
HogTownHarry (6373) - 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.
Cletus (6355) - 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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6318) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 The description of this beer really revs up the taste buds. I got this one in their holiday pack. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle the brew pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head. There is a marvelous aroma of caramel and butterscotch. The flavor is bitter with noted undertones of caramel and butterscotch. A bit of caramel and malt linger on the aftertaste but overall the beer is dominated by bitterness. It is a bit thin and watery on the texture. I think if it were a bit sweeter and less bitter this could be a fantastic beer.
Pailhead (6273) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: No mistake about that aroma, definitely all caramel and nothing else. Pours a dark reddish-brown with slight transparency when held to the light. Decent off-white head that diminishes quickly. Flavor is all caramel with a little butteriness and extremely light hops in the finish. I like this, but I don’t think I could drink a lot of it without getting sick of it. Something that would be enjoyable every now and then. The rating for this beer really comes down to how much you like caramel.