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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   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.

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4.7
mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottle. This beer has the most intense caramel flavor I've ever had in a beer. I would have liked a little chocolate or coffee flavor added, however this was absolutely delicious as it stands. The nose and flavor are unique and delicious. Satisfies your sweet tooth and your thirst at the same time, while giving you the added benefit of some alcohol. What a terrific beer!

2.6
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Dark with a huge frothy head, rich carmel aroma. Taste is sweet, carmel, and buttery. Tastes almost like butterscotch. The carmel is strong, but I can live with it, but the creamy butterness just throws it over the top. Not a very good beer.

2.4
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
A mahogany red beer with amber highlights that pours with a one-inch tan head. The head slowly fades to just a thin ring of foam. The aroma is pretty much all caramel, maybe a hint of hops underneath the overly strong caramel aroma that was apparent while pouring the beer. The taste has some chocolate notes, strong caramel notes, and a bit of peppery spice. Not much bitterness in the finish.

2.6
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
MMM....something different for a change. I like my porters and i was hesistant on what to expect but this beer has just the right tones of coffee and caramel to pull it off.

3.5
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Gorgeous pouring porter, with a nice fluffy head that leaves very nice lacing. This beer smells buttery, that is the best word to describe it. I can sense sweetness on the nose also. Smooth, sweet and buttery. A hint of bitterness to finish also some burnt caramel finish. A nice beer, but really cannot drink more than 1 or 2.

2.7
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Beautiful looking and smelling beer. Nice and dark with a rich caramel aroma. Flavor is overwhelmed by caramel, so much so that you can barely tell you're drinking a porter. Way out of balance. If you get the 6 pack make sure you have 5 friends because drinking more than one is a chore.

4
rockydog (11) - martinsbug, West Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2003
excellent beer. very flavorful but not overbearing nice finish with no heavy aftertaste

2.4
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Smells like caramel, not beer. Very strong aroma. You'd think it was a brown ale based on the color. Taste mostly of caramel, trace of hops. Tastes more like a Worther's than a beer.

2.9
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Dark brown with nice thick head and some lacing. I don't think they stressed CARAMEL enough with this beer. Roasted caramel (slightly artificial tasting) is about all there is to see here. Just too sweet. The first sip gets you thinking it will be a nice desert beer, but by the end of the glass you never want to taste caramel in a beer again. If it were better balanced though it could be quite good.

4.6
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Car-a-MEL! So, so smooth. I LOVE this beer and haven't been able to find another one. Apparently it's seasonal. Aaaaaa! Cursed! It tastes like they dissolved a sweet creamy caramel candy into a good porter. I'd hope though that they were able to achieve this flavor through malt selection and blending, though. My opinion would fall if I found out they took a shortcut. A good dessert beer.


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