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Pocono Caramel Porter - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Pocono Caramel PorterPocono Caramel Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

26 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-27-1998)
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Reviews by pbrian:
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3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the bottle like motor oil. Great red/brown head that lasts. Aroma of sweet caramel, tin. There are actually some pretty complex sweet winey/port flavors reminscent of a baltic porter. The caramel theme comes back but so does the tin can flavor. Overall this is more than a gimmick beer.

pbrian, Jul 17, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a mixed label style, darker in colour.

Appearance: Coal black with a healthy brown head that dissipates into a thin head.

Smell: Huge whaffs of caramel. Mild fruit and spice aromas are hinted at.

Taste: Creamy, smooth and thick with a acidic twang and spiciness from the hops. Rich chocolate flavours with a light touch of caramel. Roasted malts take over at the end and linger with an underlying sweetness.

Notes: A porter on the heavy side, as Martha Stewart would say, "and it is a good thing." The head was disappointing as it lasted for about 5 minutes, but you are too entranced by its complexities to be bothered.

BeerAdvocate, May 27, 1998
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this beer while out of town, in northern Jersey. The caramel part sounded tasty, and the price was very right at $5 a sixer - so the deal was sealed. Home with me it went.

Nice typical jet-black porter color. Small head. Malty nose with maybe a slight hint of the caramel. The taste is very pleasing, with a creamy head & mouthfeel, and a smoky/burnt finish. Tasty.

Like I said above, I got a 6-pack of this beer for the excellent price of $4.99. I usually don't buy entire sixers of beers I've never had before, just because it sucks being stuck with 5 beers that are mediocre, or that you're not really into. However, this was not one of those instances, and I can report that all 6 were happily consumed. I would gladly purchase this one again.

chOAKbarrell, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice medium body. Dark color and stiff 1/2 inch head. Slightly sweet and yeasty fresh aroma. Medium impact overall taste, initially sweet and yes, caramel/toffee. Minimal to no hop assertion. Pretty greasy and sticky mouthfeel. Needs a couple of alternative notes. There's nothing wrong here, just needs a little bite and a "back taste" after initial impression. Pretty drinkable, though.

ADR, Mar 26, 2002
Photo of beerluvr
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich creamy deep tannish head with good lace, ultra dark maroon/brown liquid. Heavy butterscotch/caramel nose with some roasted malt underneath it. Indeed there is a nice caramel note blending with butterscotch and light chocolate flavors appearing before slight roastiness come in, followed by light hoppiness. Finishes rich and semi-sweet, a unique spin on the porter style.

beerluvr, May 20, 2004
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

tARsh, May 31, 2012
Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is fairly roasty when I was expecting a blast of caramel malt. The malt is there though. Beer is deep black with a huge bubbly mocha head. Flavor is milky-lactose/caramel malt with none of the roastiness from the aroma. Chocolate malts come in toward the finish. The mouthfeel is very slick, but the flavor lacks intensity and I think a bit more roastiness would help it, but overall it’s pretty damn tasty.

Jredner, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

buzzy, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem I picked up as an extra in the last couple of weeks. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 10/29/2009.
 
Nice dark pour, nearly black with a large tan head that came up and over the top of the glass, settling down quite nicely with a good bit of side lacing that hung around until the bitter end. Nice aromas of caramel and roasted malts lead the way here. Nice touches of light cocoa coming up as it warms as well as a touch of peat like smoke notes. Well balanced aroma and quite full I have to admit. As I take the first sip a very nice warm rush of chocolate and roasted malts washes over the tongue and leaves some nice touches of caramel and a light hop bite in the finish. Very nicely done. Warming brings tones of molasses and light vanilla to the table as well. Very well done I have to say and I am quite impressed with the way it is coming all together. No hint of the ABV what so ever. Super drinkable this one went down far, far too easy.
 
Overall a very solid porter here one of the best I have had in quite a while I have to say.

mikesgroove, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly creamy and full bodied. Well moderated bittering and mild coffee end notes. Slightly oily mouthfeel, but not unpleasant. Nicely done.

Brent, Sep 11, 2001
Photo of BuckSpin
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was in Wilkes-Barre, PA for a conference and a bunch of us went to an Outback the last nite. I always make a point of asking if they have any local microbrews, and when I read the name I had to try it. Wow...

This very dark, rich, kinda syrupy porter from was simply one of the best porters I have every had. Yes, it is sweet (it does have carmel under/over tones) and has a goldish dark brown color that if it was a girl's eyes it would make you think about cheating. On draft, it had a huge sticky head (almost root beer esque) that iced wonderfully to the mug. Boy, was it drinkable. This was the biggest surprise. It was easy, lighter than it looked and I expected. Most porters, while rich & enjoyable, aren't this drinkable. While I had a tall one as my appetizer (hey, beer is a food) I could have easily spent a few hours drinking these. It is a rich, creamy, sweet, hints of coffee-chocolate spin offset by some nice hops brew that I will keep an eye open for.

If you are looking for a interesting take on porters, or have a sweet tooth, this one is definitely one to try.

BuckSpin, Mar 26, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable beer. I was surprised both by the red wine-like aroma, and the lightness of the roasted flavor. It was somewhat tart, but that wasn't too surprising after the aroma. The roasted edge came out more as I drank more, and it became a pronounced aftertaste. Overall a quite drinkable beer, not too heavy or too overpoweringly flavored as some porters can be.

connecticutpoet, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark black color with a 1" milk chocolate colored head.

Smell: aroma is very faint, only some soft caramel and roasted malts come through.

Taste: the flavor is pushing sweet stout levels, as roasted malts, chocolate, sweet candy caramel, and some molasses are clearly detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium / heavy in body. Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly syrupy at the start and finish. The finish is also a bit dry.

Drinkability: decent, but I feel this leans more towards stout qualities than a porter. Worth a try in my book.

Gavage, Dec 17, 2005
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, borderline back, liquid with a shallow tan head. It produces a slight amount of lace. Aroma is of roasted specialty malts. Chocolate and caramel malts are evident in the aroma. Taste is nutty…full of a great mix of toasted flavors. There’s a bit of an astringent ting to the beer, but it’s a very minor sensation. It’s on the sweet side of things, and is very lightly hopped. It could be a little more aggressive, but overall, it’s a solid and drinkable beer. Where I've seen this beer in NJ, the price for this beer is very reasonable…in the range of a lot of macros.

Suds, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very dark black color with a thick dark brown head; very nice. The aroma is great. It is rich and creamy with scents of roasted, chocolate, crystal, and black malts. The taste is good as well. It is smooth with a dark finish. It boasts a nice chocolatey flavor with side of caramel. This is a full bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation. This is an awesome porter; an excellent sessions beer.

WesWes, Jan 10, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours jet black with a super dark tan head that disappeared quickly.
The aroma is faint, but gives off traces of caramel maltiness.
The flavor is nice and roasty with caramel, coffee and chocolate as the dominant characters.
It’s medium to full bodied and carbonated nicely.
Drinkability is good due to it not being super sweet as the name would imply.

Worth checking out.

Naes, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out dark, very little head(possibly to cold). Some roasted malt aroma, moderate coffelike aroma also. With little head the retention was moderate. Slight nutty character, although I was expecting more caramel flavor to penetrate, not much for me. More like a brown porter than a flavored porter. I liked the toastiness, somewhat of a chocolate aftertaste. I consider it a drinkable beer, not over the top in flavor, but enough to quench the thirst for a porter. It seemed to have a medium body, with low carbonation( again not sure if to cold). Overall nice a dark, toasty beer to drink for almost any cold night. recommend to try.

amatuerbeerguy, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of beernut7
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew presents with a deep dark color and a thick foamy red-brown head. A malty sweet spicy hop aroma introduces a complex layered flavor of hop spiciness followed by a deep roasted malt and finishing with a caramel sweetness and medium-heavy body on the palate.

beernut7, Jul 14, 2002
Photo of stewart124
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark black with a rust color head. Strong intense smells of chocolate, coffee, and burnt malts. Slight spices are noticable. Taste is of dry toffee and complex burnt malts. Very smooth, with bits of spices possibly from the hops. Chocolate and caramel are noticable but get overpowered by the roasted malts.
Darker beer than I am used to for a porter but still delicious and worth a try for sure.

stewart124, Dec 26, 2005
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After trying the very limited Saranac Caramel Porter (only 1 bottle in the seasonal 12 packs) I had found one of my favorite specialty porter flavors. After searching for 6packs of the stuff, I finally gave up - today I stumbled on Brewery Hill's version. The dust on the bottle makes me wonder how long I have been walking by this at the store without seeing it. Anyway, poured dark brown, appeared black in the glass. Very minimal, dark brown head with barely any retention. Sweet caramel malts were present in the nose, very strong and very roasty. The taste of the caramel was not as strong in the taste however, and was accompanied by raison-ish, dark fruit flavors and a crisp balancing hop bite on the finish. The aftertaste at first seems a bit weird, but displays a mocha, chocolate malt flavor that is quite good after a few seconds. Mouthfeel is not bad, a little bit thin, and the flavor is also not extremely complex. Overall a decent flavored beer, and definetely beats buying a 12 pack and only getting one caramel.

P.S. The Saranac 12 packs as a whole are excellent - all 12 are good, not just the porter.

nixhecks, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours jet black. Creamy brown head. It dissipates quickly. Very sweet aroma for a porter. Taste is not as sweet as the aroma. Acetic taste present. Taste a bit of roastiness. Sour aftertaste. This is not my view of what a porter should taste like. I recently saw a bunch of beer from this brewery show up at one of my favorite liquor stores. Will try one or two more styles before discounting this brewery as below average.

Bighuge, Feb 28, 2002
Photo of Higravity
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer is black as hell and gives up a chocolat head that falls back in with no lace coming out. Smells of roasted malt and sweet high mash temp sugars. The taste is almost like an Imperial Stout that has been cut up with water. Roasty, lightly sweet no disernable hop character. Overall the sweetness comes through with hints of chocolate and toffee. The mouthfeel is a little weird as there must be a decent amount of protiens left in there to give it a gelatin like squish in my mouth. Good drink with desert, shrug.

Higravity, Sep 23, 2005
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

djrn2, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear brownish color. Medium body. Solid tan colored, creamy head. On the nose the aroma is of caramel malt. On the palate the flavor has a good sweetness, caramel/toffeeflavors, minimal hop assertion. Pretty slick mouthfeel. Drinkable brew….

WilliamPhilaPa, Feb 08, 2002
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Pocono Caramel Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.