redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer is amazing for about three sips. It reminds me of what Homer Simpson’s "patented space-age moonwaffles" would have tasted like if they’d been brewed. It really really hurts to try to finish one of these. The second one will probably make you lose a foot to diabetes.
nd1748 (40) - dundalk, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 smells of caramel pours dark brown black with little head. taste of caramel and vinella sweet with some spices. nice cold weather beer
ant880 (39) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I know Saranac’s porters tend to be on the sweet side, but I really do enjoy them. Smell is huge caramel and the taste doesnt disappoint. Caramel comes across strong but not overwhelming. Again a bit on the sweet side but definitely worth trying.
skorchsoul (36) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
3/12 of the winter variety pack. Aroma is definatly of caramel which smells great and has a diet cola look. tastes good with a nice, smooth after taste of caramel.
oldpainless (34) - fort mill, South Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I agree w/ the extremeicon almost to the tee.
Good dessert beer! Definately not one that you could drink a bunch of.Just to sweet for this ones taste.
plummdumb99 (34) - USA - JAN 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Felt like I was drinking a 3 musketeers bar. Although good on the proper occasion
CTwriter (34) - USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12-oz bottle, the porter is dark brown with little head. The caramel smell is overpowering, but the first sips are more balanced with a bitter aftertaste that fades to sweet. The malt here is like butterscotch candy. Tastes great with almond chocolate bar.
joeyp (30) - Alabama, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very thin white head. very dark amber.
this beer smells like heaven i just want to eat it. a little bitter in the finish but i really like it
saranac 12 beers of winter
skippapotamus (29) - USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First flavored porter I’ve ever had - an instant fan. A winter favorite now. It does, somewhat, have an artificial caramel feel and taste, but I don’t care - it tastes and feels right. It also certainly tastes like there’s a fine generic porter in under there, with the right touch of chocolate and roast malts. Just enough hop for the style.
BeerMeDude (28) - USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass. I got this beer from the winter pack and saved it till the end with high hopes. I know this is a dangerous move but I was very pleased with this beer. It pours a deep red-brown with an aroma of caramel and malt. The taste is delicious, full flavored with plenty of caramel and nut. I recommend this selection.