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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Saranac Caramel Porter is a robust, flavorful porter reminiscent of a by-gone era. True to brewing tradition, we've used dark caramel malt as well as Fuggles & East Kent Goldings hops for a smooth, yet slightly bitter, roasted flavor. Look for hints of real caramel used in brewing this delicious brew. Enjoy.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2005
This beer smells like caramel, only not the appealing caramel smell that a lot of ambers pick up, but the more plasticky, halloween caramel cube smell. The pour is red, not even blac, with a tan head that dissipated quite quickly. The flavor is an overpoweringly sicky sweet caramel flavor that completely masked the Fuggles and EKGs -- I really wanted to taste them; they made it sound appeling. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, and had a stickiness to it reminiscient of maple syrup. Not an enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2001
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 If you like eating Caramellos all the time, you will never drink another beer. If you are sane, you will think there is too much caramel and that you could deal with less caramel in your porters. It needs to be balanced out with something, like chocolate or coffee, hmmmmm....chocolate coffee beer...with caramel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Dark brown with a beige head that fades fast and leaves no lacing. Once the head goes the beer looks exactly like a glass of cola. The nose is intensely sweet and overpowering; caramel, toffee and butter. A few good whiffs of this beer and I start feeling like I have wandered into a candy factory. I'm almost afraid to taste it. The flavor of this beer turns out to be much less sweet than the aroma would indicate That does not mean that it is good. Far from it in fact.The expected caramel taste is there, to be sure, but it is backed by an odd, artificial, almost chemical taste, that reminds me of fake brown sugar. I am definitely not liking this beer. Another small sip to verify my first impressions and my mind is made up. This one's a drain pour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Didnít know what to expect out of this one, the beers from this Saranac sampler pack being so up and down in my esteem. But if youíre doing a porter, do it right, thatís all I ask. Seems like they went into the project with a bad understanding of what a porter actually is, and screwed it up every which way from then on in. Clear, reddish brown color, brief, nothing of a head. Aroma: OOF! POW! BAM! Butterscotch all up in yíall! Nothing but butterscotch, and far away from caramel. Hints of vanilla, and over- carbonated. Taste: sickly sweet to the point of offensiveness, candyish, cloying, coca-cola-like. Extra-ordinarily thin body, no texture, no finish. I give up, itís just bad, and lacks just about everything a good beer should have. No sir, I do not like it. I am so very itching to get my hands around a good porter after this! (And were do they get the cojones to call it "robust"? )

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
roder60 (1280) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque, with some froathy tannish head. Aroma is caramel out the wazoo. I can smell it sitting over 3 feet away. After the aroma, the taste is a big letdown. Kinda watery followed by an overly sweet, caramel finish. Big letdown. Second Tasting: BLAH. this time the smell alone makes me want to dump it. Waaaaaayyyyy to sweet. Give me a break.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2004
this is horrible. 3.12? give me a break. lets try some new numbers using the numbers 1 2 and 3. 1.23 that is alot closer to what this beer would be. smells sweet, too sweet. taste is way too sweet to enjoy. its like drinking a candy bar with no body. thin watery and overpowerfully sweet, this is not one that i will enjoy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2005
YUCK! This is a horrible brew. Pours a dark brown with a caramel sweetness in the aroma. Flavor is terrible. Horrible almost undescibeable. Never again will this brew be consumed by me

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 I tried the Saranac Winter 12 pack and was extremely disappointed. All of the lighter beers had a disgusting bitter taste and in the dark beers it wasnt as evident but it still tasted exactly the same. Isnít this supposed to be a variety pack, not just the same beer with food coloring and a different label. The only one that tasted different was the caramel porter because it had traces of caramel. Shame on you saranac for charging $20 for this garbage

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2007
This was the worst variety pack I have ever had. The beers had different names, but not different tastes. I really donít even remember exactly what this one tasted like. I remember they were all thin and watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 29, 2005
Medium dark-brown, cola colored body. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Head is sand colored and long-lasting. Smell is pure caramel, esters. Taste is oversweet-caramel with a tiny amount of chocolate and coffee hops. Very flat tasting. Not a good beer, overwhelmed with the caramel concept.

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