LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Beautiful dark red. Lovely taste of candy like caramel. A wonderful earthy, nutty finish. A great beer and something I will have again. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Beautiful on the pour -- brown red body with a lasting tan head. Aroma is caramel -- not standard beer caramel aroma, more like sweet candy caramel. Flavor is intensely sweet caramel, with the wee bit of earthy hoppy bitterness at the swallow insufficient to lend any hint of balance. estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Transparent brown, pretty good tan head, vinegar in the nose with hints of caramel. Yes, it tastes like caramel, but with a metallic tinge. Bitterness in the finish is the only hint of hops. I didn’t find it to be all that sweet. The nose got metallic after a few sips. Okay idea, but not very well executed. RERATE 12/04: A year later, I liked this a lot better. Less artificial, metallic notes are gone. Maybe I had a bad bottle last year. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Sweet butterscotch nose, very strong. Caramel taste is artificial. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
dessert brown with a creamy delicious looking head...aroma was super sweet carmel, no if, ands, or butts about it..well maybe a few butts...BIG ONES..anyway..
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
there’s no justification on giving this a bad rating just because its unique..its damn tasty and a finely made beer...
Carmel onslaught...I actually expected sweeter though from reading all the ratings..THere’s actually a good beer under that carmel..I can taste it..The ending needs a little work though..
Bottle- In my opinion this is one of Saranac’s best beers. Nice sweet, complex flavor. Looks good and tastes good. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Brown/red color. good head and lacing. I could definitely taste the caramel in the malts and sweet finish. Not syrupy or cloying and that’s saying a lot! One of the best of the 12 pack sampler. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2002
A very unique porter. Lots of sweet maltiness in the aroma- and loaded with sweet caramel in the taste. Very smooth and easy to drink. UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2002
I think this is one of Saranac’s better brews. The caramel is very pronounced, and seems to hide a lot of the underlying flavors. Very much a dessert beer. Probably great for cooking with steaks and burgers. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Tan head slightly diminishing. Chestnut hue. Nots of toffee, caramel, slight sweet alcohol nose. Not much to the body here, but its interesting. Light bodied. Tons of caramel, almost too much. Decent and sweet, good with creme brulee.