monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Saranac 12 Beers undated package (purchased 12-02): Intense, cloying sweet caramel. Ooof!
Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Bottle. Classic Sampler 12 pack. Caramel candy aroma. Caramel candy dominates the taste. Too much so for me. Overpowering sensation of eating a Snickers bar and washing it down with beer. Too bad; ’cause the other stuff going on here seems pretty interesting, but is buried. BUY AGAIN: Not individually, and will give it away if part of a sampler.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Bitter, paper, tin and lots of apple chewy just butter y i did not like this at all.
TheHopster (794) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Bottle). Perhaps last seasons vintage but this one fell short of average. Flavor was flat and stale with no resemblance to a porter.
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Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
CanIHave4Beers (3307) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours an amber brown color with a fizzy loose medium sized head that dissipates fairly quickly but does stick around to a degree to leave some good lace on the glass. Aroma is a little sickly sweet and malty aroma with some molasses, the aroma actually sort of makes me not want to drink it. Flavor is a little bit of a mess too, but is much more appealing than the aroma. There is a distinct nuttiness which is nice and mixes with a flavor of chocolate and burnt marshmallows that brings the s’more character pretty hardcore. The caramel character seems not to come from the malt but seems pretty artificially produced. There is surprising and distinct hop bitterness to this beer that once again seems to be all out of whack with everything else instead of a balancing agent like you would expect. This just seems messy, I don’t know what it is, it’s just not very cohesive.
Zymurgeist2 (1030) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
From bottle to pint glass. Aroma of caramel syrup. Pours a clear chestnut brown with ivory head that fades quickly. Taste is slick, caramel and cola. Sweet malt at the end and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is very thin.
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This was the first beer I ever had to spit out. The caramel is sickening and barely tasted like caramel, more like a syrup.
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.