Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2001
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2003
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
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.
roder60 (1270) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2004
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 29, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
facesnorth (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2011 does not count
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Really bad. Almost regret even trying this one. Way too sweet. Artificial tasting. No redeeming qualities
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2013
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The smell hit me as I was pouring it, an artificial sickeningly sweet smell, like Oompa-Loompa barf, well, probably not THAT bad (not that I know what that smells like, who knows, might not be too bad) . Looks nice, a clear Mahogany color with a beige head. But that cloying scent is tough to get past. Iím not digging the taste either, initially very candy-ish, some hints of dark chocolate and coffee but it is buried behind this sticky sweet, funkiness. I appreciate the effort and like what they were trying to do, but it doesnít work for me. Iím giving the second bottle away.
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2006
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is a very hard beer to describe. Let me start by saying that it is most definitely unique. I praise Saranac for its attempt, but this one fell WAY short. Aroma is TONs of caramel with lots of sugar and butterscotch. Tastes like liquid caramel that has been overloaded with sugar and then carbonated. Very thin, and it didnt look like a porter at all. I didnt really pick up anything roasted either.... This was a total disappointment for me, I took 5 or 6 sips and poured the rest out! I dont even do that with Milwaukeeís Best!!!
Ritterkreuz (179) - Seneca Falls, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2006
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
If this is a winter brew as this site says, then why did it just become available in May where I live, which is very close to the brewery?
Anyways, great color, and an interesting aroma, but thatís where the good ends. The taste is at first alright, but the after taste is absolutely horrid.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2006
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours dark brown/amber with a nice an head. Aroma is sickeningly sweet buttery caramel that is overpowering. Also some slight metallic hints. Flavor is farily bland but there are hints of buttery caramel, toffee, something that hints at bitterness but backs off quickly, and that saranac metallic taste. Palate is mildly bitter, but very oily and metallic. Worst Saranac Iíve ever had. Unbalanced and just plain wierd and off flavors.