beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flavor is strongest feature of this one. Very sweet caramelly nose, nice aroma. Flavor is dissapointing, weak and astringent. Nothing too special here.
sgallant (49) - USA - JAN 25, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Caramel taste overwhelms the base malts. It was a little strong along with the carbonation.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - DEC 6, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A glass of this gave me a stomach ache. You could have just as easily called this Caramel Amber Ale, Caramel Lager, or Caramel anything and not known the difference. This is the sort of beer that would appeal to the type of people who buy those artificially flavored 'hazelnut' coffees. It's a shame to call this beer.
BuffaloBrewed (42) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Poured a dark brown with a thin tan head. Immediately the smell of caramel was present. The taste too was very sweet and buttery, just like caramel, but there was not a lot of malts to back it up. A little thinner on the palate than I had expected but not too bad. I good occasional dessert beer.
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
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.
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.
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.