RATINGS: 541   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
notalush (5748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Woe unto those that sample this vile elixir, which doth look, smell and taste as if someone hath spewed caramel syrup from his gullet, into a glass of stagnant pond water. Woe, I say! For not even the almighty himself can cleanse this putrid taste from my tongue!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 I give Saranac some credit for trying to be creative, but the beer is not very tasty. The strong caramel aroma and flavor is too over-powering. The flavor is somewhat metallic, and the caramel just lingers way too long. This beer is nothing like a porter. Even the color is too dark amber to look like a porter. re-rate 11/07: The aroma is still heavily buttery and filled with caramel - which does put me off to the beer still. The flavor is better than the last time I had it, I suppose: a tad roasty, buttery - slightly earthy. Its not as bad as I remember it being.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
This is one of the most disgusting beer that I have ever had. It has a slimy palate, and a fairly average head. Its taste is sickenly sweet. This is not an easy-to-drink beer in any sense of the term.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5821) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Smells very sweet, very dark brown colour...but not black. Nice taste, sampled with a chocolate, but the taste from the food added nothing to the beer, and the flavour was majorly lacking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2003
This is not one of my favorites from saranac. The taste is just too sugary and the mouthfeel is too thin. The arome is pretty good, though, and it looks tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sawicz (9) - USA - JAN 13, 2003 does not count
Its too bad this beer is only included in their seasonal package or at the brewery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Frank (4047) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003
With a fluffy white head and deep amber-brown color, Saranac Caramel Porter only looks delicious. Aroma of carmalized sugar. Sweet but not at all syrupy. In fact, its quite watery. So light in flavor Id never guess its a porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4877) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 2001: Have to agree on the 'unique' wording that many of you have used. Wow, is this sweet and caramelly! The nose is truly powerful, appearance is as nice as any Porter's, and the flavor is a knockout. But, as the last rater complains, unbalanced and with a somewhat strange finish. I love sweet beers, so am rating this higher than most, but I would only recommend to the adventurous and sugar-lovers.

2002: Head a little less impressive, balance a little better this year; more counteracting coffee bitterness/robustness to keep the caramel from overwhelming. Seems a little less impressive than last year, but still far and away the brewer's best IMHO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (4092) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Generous billowing head, obvious stickiness in the way it formed. Caramel aroma is strong and unmistakeable--like a hot caramel sundae. Same caramel domination in the finish, but a weak palate and some ugly residual flavors as you get past the caramel. A nice experiment but thats it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5129) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Lots of caramel/toffee aroma. Sweet and a little thinnish for a porter. Good label. Acidic, caramel and dark roast caste. This may have been a little gimmicky, but I liked it.

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