muzzlehatch (4959) - 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.
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2003
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.
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 that’s it. Aurelius (5335) - 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. PorterPounder (7968) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Call me a a sucker - but I was done in by the caramel aroma. Flavor did not disapoint either. Nice deep, dark appearance, thinly dissipating with a little lacing head. Overall, not bad - but too sweet for a porter. Strong finish - overall a good effort by Saranac. Ron (3957) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 I’m not really a porter fan, but this was better than most. Deep rich color with thick head and plenty of carmel smell and taste. Rerate 12/29/05 one bottle from the Christmas pack. I really enjoyed the deep carmel flavor of this one.
raymow (1650) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
I love caramel as much as the next guy - but in a beer? It wasn’t terrible but the caramel flavor was a bit syrupy and overpowering. It needs to be toned down a notch or two. Color was nice though. BillKismet (4057) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2002
If you are an unabashed lover of carmel, you may find few better beers. Otherwise, this beer could be conceived as caramelly sweet and cloying. Rich ruby, syrupy bodied, appearing black when less light, it had a too thick rootbeer float head which broke into unappealing chunky iceberg islands. The aroma was of a toffee caramel and the flavor of carame/butterscotch candy. One dimensionally caramel and also evokes rememberance of an unfortunate New Year’s eve caramel liquor experience. Not particularly well crafted, this is a novelty that will appeal to some. Steak (124) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Unlike most of the others who have rated this, I couldn’t really get much caramel aroma or flavoring out of it. The body was very thin, and there wasn’t much to the finish. The beer tried to focus on the caramel-ness, and didn’t try to do anything else. Not a total disrespect, but not good either. stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Pretty caramelly and more of a synthetic caramel flavor than real caramel flavor. Like KRaft Caramel. Drank at room temp and tastes a lot like cola. Thin and drinkable. Dark mahogany and leaves nice lace. Kind of gross after a few sips. Not for me. dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2002
What a porter the carmel definately shows through but not in an overpowering way. They need to make these for more than just the christmas sampler