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RATINGS: 526   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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monkeyman (58) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Saranac 12 Beers undated package (purchased 12-02): Intense, cloying sweet caramel. Ooof!

2.6
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2004
I'm not sure what the caramel is for. The malt just did not have the full flavor that a porter really needs to balance out a caramel flavor that strong. It needs a nice roastiness in the back to keep it from tasting like bad candy. I would be disappointed if I made this beer as a homebrewer. The fact that a professional brewer put this muddy, off-balance recipe into production really boggles the mind.

4
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
This is a great beer. Pours a nice jet black with a nice 1/2’’ white head. You can smell the sweetness in the head.. they aren’t kidding about the caramel part. Flavor-wise, it’s everything you would expect from a porter (nuts and pear) with a bit of caramel sweetness added. A great beer. While I wouldn’t go out of my way for it, it’s well worth a try should you see it at your local beer emporium. Cheers.

3.6
rick10485 (53) - oneonta, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Very tasty beer. Went great with a bowl of ice cream. Thick, brown sugar and honey head. Smells like caramel, vinegar, and hints of apple. Alcohol is well hidden behind light bitterness and dark fig flavor.

2.8
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Flavor is strongest feature of this one. Very sweet caramelly nose, nice aroma. Flavor is dissapointing, weak and astringent. Nothing too special here.

2.5
sgallant (49) - USA - JAN 25, 2008
Caramel taste overwhelms the base malts. It was a little strong along with the carbonation.

2.8
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - DEC 6, 2003
A glass of this gave me a stomach ache. You could have just as easily called this Caramel Amber Ale, Caramel Lager, or Caramel anything and not known the difference. This is the sort of beer that would appeal to the type of people who buy those artificially flavored 'hazelnut' coffees. It's a shame to call this beer.

2.9
BuffaloBrewed (42) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2007
Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Poured a dark brown with a thin tan head. Immediately the smell of caramel was present. The taste too was very sweet and buttery, just like caramel, but there was not a lot of malts to back it up. A little thinner on the palate than I had expected but not too bad. I good occasional dessert beer.

3
nd1748 (40) - dundalk, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 smells of caramel pours dark brown black with little head. taste of caramel and vinella sweet with some spices. nice cold weather beer

2.4
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
This beer is amazing for about three sips. It reminds me of what Homer Simpson’s "patented space-age moonwaffles" would have tasted like if they’d been brewed. It really really hurts to try to finish one of these. The second one will probably make you lose a foot to diabetes.


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