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RATINGS: 544   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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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (4498) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2013
It pours a deep red and gives a dark brown colored body. A foamy off-white one inch head appears and lasts for a good half minute. It leaves some nice spider-web foamy lacing. The smell is all about the caramel, almost slightly overbearing but as the beer warmed I noticed some of the roasted malts and nuts. The taste is definitely the caramel coming in ever so strong and pretty much not letting anything come out even as the beer warmed. The palate is light to medium with some light harshness on the tongue. Overall, well, by the name, I think Saranac/Matt knew what they were going for, so I think for them well done, for me, uh ... not impressed, could be a dessert beer, but not necessarily one Id come back to.


2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Larry_Duffman (471) - - FEB 7, 2017
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours a red and brown color with an off-white head and little lacing. It doesnt really look like a porter. The aroma is artificial caramel. The taste is very sweet caramel. Its kinda thin. This smells and tastes artificial and way too sweet. This wasnt very good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pumpkin87 (245) - - JAN 29, 2017
As might be expected from a beer with caramel color, this pours from bottle an attractive chestnut brown with red highlights. The small-medium head is tan, shows some retention and leaves lacing. The nose also is dominated by caramel and light roast. Surprisingly, caramel is not the overwhelming initial flavor, its more burnt toast and vanilla. This is another beer that benefits from aeration and being served closer to room temperature than ice cold. The caramel emerges, mixing with traditional porter bitterness that carries a hint of coffee. But this beer has a very light body that undermines the flavor profile. Sure, its easily drinkable, but in a market with a lot of porters, it doesnt separate itself.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (5976) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2017
This bottled brew from a grocery store was served at a cool temperature and poured a head of foamy finely sized light tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a typically carbonated body semi-transparent light cola brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The weak aroma was floral and malty. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish malty aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of semi-sweet brown malt caramel and malt. An OK brew just nothing special.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (22900) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Draft at Moo & Brew. Clear dark brown color, light tan head. Huge caramel aroma. Taste is creme brulee.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1582) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2016
A little thin but it has a really pleasant aroma & a decent taste. Pours about black w/ a foamy tan head & spotty lacing. The aroma is of caramel & malt. The flavor also has caramel & a hint of traditional porter bitterness. Its a bit on the watery side but is quite drinkable. Nothing special but not as bad as the ratings may suggest!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (3423) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma is caramel, medium/light carbonation, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is slightly artificial caramel and dark malt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (1662) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Not too bad. It is a sweeter style porter, must be the caramel and sugars. Scent has a spiced rum to it. Dark red Brown color but translucent. It has to be warm for the flavors to come out. If it is cold the flavors are gone. Flavor has some nutty and caramel, some fall warmth and makes me think of fallen leaves and campfires. Bottle

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (857) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle pour into tulip glass. Aroma is strong caramel, also roasted malt. Appearance is dark mahogany with finger-width off-white head that quickly dissipates, fair lacing, and no sparkle. Taste is strong, rich, dark caramel with moderate sweetness balanced with mild bitter finish. Palate is medium bodied with thin texture, average to lively carbonation and dry finish. Overall, the caramel is so strong that it drowns out any other flavors. Not bad, but not subtle either.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
samsmith33 (772) - - NOV 12, 2015
Wheres the Caramel? Wheres the porter for that matter. This seems to be a medium brown ale with a little extra coloring to disguise it as a porter. Aroma is vegetable. Dark brown color, small white head. Taste is grass, veggie. Something like raisin in the finish. Low carb.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
wicked7102 (1) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2015 does not count
Poured nicely into a glass. Has a nice brown color. Aroma is one of the beers best features. Too much of an artificial taste.


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