sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2009
courtesy of Matta.
Pours copper with beige head.
Aroma of sweet caramel.
Taste is malty with good emphasis on the caramel. Some grassy notes with an overall weak water mouthfeel.
Finish has light subtle notes of caramel with a light bitter finish, though the overall caramel feel remains weak and disappointing. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
Decadent caramel and toffee candy perfume shouting out its dessert qualities...Earthy malt and fruit-laden roastiness reside under this potent aroma but the promised caramel orgy stops way short of the expectations created by its fragrance...Not enough porter, but a nice novelty beer which I would gladly smell again... blipp (9684) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle. Appearance: Dark ruby brown with light beige head. Aroma: Very strong caramel, some hops in the background. Palate: Medium. Flavor: Roasted caramel malts, light hops. Overall: Not a bad beer, but the caramel is a little to overwhelming for my taste. I bet it would be awesome to drink with a slice or apple pie. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear red-orange color, thin light brown head. Very little lace. Great caramel aroma, tastes exactly like a tootsie roll. It’s not the most refined thing out there, but I like it. Carbonation a bit pronounced. Light sweet taste. douglas88 (9619) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a decent beige head. The aroma is a light caramel and malt. The caramel flavor really jumps out at you. There is also some hops and a burnt malt/ coffee flavors. A good easygoing drink. Not too bad at all. Thin and light, but good. Re-rate: had a 2 year old bottle thanks to beastiefan2k. A bit more of roasted goodness than I noted originally. The burnt caramel and roasted malts go well together. Nice.
JoeMcPhee (9547) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
Thanks to beastiefan2k for this one. Brown beer with a thin tan head. Sweet caramel, toffeeish aroma. Cream/butter aroma (not diacetyl) mixed with a simple sort of brown sugar aroma. Smells like a Worthers candy mixed in a brown ale. Flavour is sweet, caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavour but without as much body as I would expect from a beer as sweet as this one. Decent herbal bitterness with a hint of licorice. Unusual beer. As it warms it tends toward cloyingness, but it isn’t bad for Saranac. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Smells a little fishy, with some yeast and wet grass. There is the caramel hint in the aroma as well, but it is more evident in the flavor. After reading what austinpowers said about adding real caramel, it makes sense; I could definitly pick up the flavor, though it almost tasted artificial, separate from the flavor of the beer. This usually happens with fruit or spiced beers, but I picked it up here. Overall it's smooth, quite sweet with caramel candy flavors, chocolate residue aftertaste, though a little too thin and sweet. I've only had one other "caramel porter", by Pocono, and they are both good but quite different. I think it's a good idea, but hard to perfect. Thanks austinpowers. Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Courtesy of THE matta. Yes, that matta. Pours deep dark brown with amber edges and off white head. Very caramel aroma with hints of roasted malts and way off in the background is toffee and butterscotch. Yum. The mild toffee and butterscotch add to the experience. The taste is roasted malts from front to back with a river of caramel running through it. Like in the nose the background is supported by toffee and butterscotch notes. It ends mildly roasty, caramel sweet and fading toffee. jredmond (8626) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 Had from a winter variety case.. I actually think that I like sweet beers but I did not enjoy this one that much... [One of the first craft beers I ever tried - so to be fair, I really need to try this one again along with a few other saranacs.] 4.5 years later and this beer STILL BLOWS. Nowhere near the porter style. Just overly sweet caramel flavoring. Ultra thin bodied. Dear god. C’mon saranac. radagast83 (8443) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Dark red color. Smells kind of like a sweet caramel beer, and I can taste a coffee/butterscotch flavor, really over the top though.