JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch and subtle chocolate. Malty flavor with sweet caramel and a bit of chocolate before a semi-bitter roasty finish. PorterPounder (7970) - 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. TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
Bouteille de 12 oz qui provient du "mix pack" de Noël acheté au Beverage Warehouse à Winooski, VT. Arôme: Odeur de caramel mais plus précisement de bonbon au beurre. Apparence: Couleur noire. Col moyen beige mousseux qui disparaît tranquillement. Aucune carbonisation. Belle dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel au beurre. Durée de l’arrière goût moyen. Malheureusement la saveur n’est pas aussi bonne que l’arôme. Palette: Corps plein avec une texture astringente. Forte carbonisation. Arrière goût de beurre. (Rating #90) FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 The description of this beer really revs up the taste buds. I got this one in their holiday pack. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle the brew pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head. There is a marvelous aroma of caramel and butterscotch. The flavor is bitter with noted undertones of caramel and butterscotch. A bit of caramel and malt linger on the aftertaste but overall the beer is dominated by bitterness. It is a bit thin and watery on the texture. I think if it were a bit sweeter and less bitter this could be a fantastic beer. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev at the (last!) ’Saranac Vs. Samuel Adams sampler packs tasting’. Pours a clear dark ruby with a small off-white head. Aroma is predominently caramel along with some malt and UK hops. Smells o.k. if not a little artificial. Flavour follows the aroma but really suffers from the artificial caramel taste, it’s too sweet. It’s too thin and weak to support that much caramel. A poor Porter and another miss for Saranac tonight.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle thanks to Ken! Poured clear, medium garnet-tinted caramel with a short cap of tan head that stuck around for a short while. The aroma was very sweet with caramel above all else.. vanilla was secondary, and there was a little chocolate deeper down.. not very complex, but I likes my caramel. The flavor was also caramel-driven, with a creamy sweetness that made this tough to drink after a couple ounces.. vanilla, cream, and sweeter chocolates join the caramel on the candied finish. Medium-bodied and creamy on the palate, but too sweet to truly enjoy.. a little sharp on the finish. This was OK. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with ruby hues and a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma seems pretty metallic with a touch of diacetyl and some sweet dark caramel malt. Body starts about average with lots of carbonation and some earthy metallic notes with light toasty caramel sweetness and a touch of bittering hops with help to dry out the finish. Seems like it would be a good concept for a beer were it not for the metallic character. HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev. Clear ruby-copper with no head. Sweet, thin aroma of caramel and butterscotch - and MORE caramel, quite artificial - I don’t really smell hops, malt or anything else. Tastes the same, but the fake caramel adds an unpleasant chemical tang ... it is fairly roasty, I guess. Mouthfeel is watery, syrupy and flat - I liked this not at all, too thin and fake. wlajwl (6810) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Strong sweet caramel and some nuttiness in aroma. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a strong sweetness. Not horrible, not really that great either. Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle: Dark crimson with a firm 1/4 inch head. Real sugary aroma, like caramel candy corns from Halloween. Similar essence in the flavors ... good thing I skipped trick or treating this year. This is definitely for the sweet tooths.