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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rockydog (11) - martinsbug, West Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2003
excellent beer. very flavorful but not overbearing nice finish with no heavy aftertaste

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Interesting combination of flavors, aroma is very nice.....it's seasonal so hard to find, but easy to drink, just not in quantity.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2844) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Creamy brown/tan head. Mahogeny hue. Malty sweet, nutty nose, caramel surprisingly coming through. Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Caramel flavor is interesting with a slight roastiness backing it also. The flavors are pretty well balanced and work well together. Finishes medium sweet. Nice change of pace brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
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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