abbamouse (20) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2005
I find the caramel to be a bit cloying; the flavor is similar to a Starbucks with a shot of caramel. Even in a caramel porter, there needs to be someting to distinguish the flavor from sweetened coffee. No such thing can be found in this bottle. HogTownHarry (6823) - 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. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle, from the Saranac mix pack. Dark caramel brown, hardly any head. Caramel! Aroma. Strongest caramel I’ve ever smelled in a beer, not surprised to see they use real caramel. I liked it quite a bit even though it was cheating. Real caramel taste however is not so good - unbalanced, artificial - this just does not belong. Real brewers don’t need this sort of artificial add on, they can get a lovely sweet caramel taste through different malt/hop combinations, but then again, what do I know, I just drink the stuff. Some malt (not enough) to back it up and a lingering bitterness - sorry, this is nothing more than gimmicky and artificial, but I will give full marks for the aroma. Oh, and I’d like to report a missing Porter, it has not been seen in this beer for some time and I am starting to get worried... maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a somewhat small head. Nose is caramely and I actually got a hint of salty popcorn. An odd flavor palate. Caramel is definitely present, along with a hint of that salt. It’s not all that sweet, but the malts really come through. mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Pours very thin dark brown color with a light head. Little aroma, mostly a bit of malt and caramel. Chocolate and caramel flavors in the front with a bit of a lingering sweet aftertaste, watery thickness takes away from the beer.
Frank (4190) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003
With a fluffy white head and deep amber-brown color, Saranac Caramel Porter only looks delicious. Aroma of carmalized sugar. Sweet but not at all syrupy. In fact, it’s quite watery. So light in flavor I’d never guess it’s a porter. Jayb0 (1197) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2012
I didn’t like this at all. Too sweet, too thin, ill-conceived. It looks ok in the glass, and has a somewhat pleasant aroma, but this didn’tt work for me, at least not at that moment. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Sweet caramel with a touch of brown sugar on the nose. Very light in color for a porter. Thin and watery, pasteurization is very evident. Not worth trying. Steak (124) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Unlike most of the others who have rated this, I couldn’t really get much caramel aroma or flavoring out of it. The body was very thin, and there wasn’t much to the finish. The beer tried to focus on the caramel-ness, and didn’t try to do anything else. Not a total disrespect, but not good either. Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Bottle. Classic Sampler 12 pack. Caramel candy aroma. Caramel candy dominates the taste. Too much so for me. Overpowering sensation of eating a Snickers bar and washing it down with beer. Too bad; ’cause the other stuff going on here seems pretty interesting, but is buried. BUY AGAIN: Not individually, and will give it away if part of a sampler.