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Saranac Caramel Porter - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Caramel PorterSaranac Caramel Porter

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BA SCORE
73
okay

742 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 21.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

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Ratings: 742 | Reviews: 452
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Fairly dark brown, although a bit lighter than a typical porter. There's a finger of golden-brown head that hangs around for a few minutes.

S: Reminiscent of a typical brown ale, with lots of toasted malt, and a little bit of hops. There's also a hint of cola, which surprised me.

T: Not good! I'd thought this would be at least decent based on the look and a smell, but this tastes really bad. Sure, there's the Bready malt I expected, but there's also a cloying sweetness and a chemical taste that's really off-putting (artificial caramel flavor?) and ruins the whole experience.

M: I didn't even notice -- the taste has my full attention.

O: A drain pour, after 2 sips (I don't know why I didn't stop at one).

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bf7
2.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mrbseward
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown with a cream colored head. Has the typical warm smell of a porter with notes of caramel. Taste is good, not strong like some porters and goes down easy. Overall very good beer.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mflamar
3.19/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sonofalime
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells of rich caramel. Would probably taste better warmed up to about room temp. Nothing worthy to seek out though.

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of _morandi_
3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ryan4120
3.89/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice caramel taste but overall just an ok porter

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snowmageddon
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of alyssa1224
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antc2382
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's actually pretty well balanced. I don't get a ton of caramel in it. To be honest, it's too carbonated in the mouthfeel for the style. It has a rich taste, but the problem is the mouthfeel is not smooth enough. Decent beer though, it's drinkable

Photo of mbratt93
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of misternebbie
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

Photo of andrewswiden
3.94/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great flavor. Candy apple hint. Porter finish.

Photo of wattersmike90
3.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matty
3.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall pretty good and flavorful.

Photo of AMCPhD
2.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pjkelley82
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing horrible and there are a lot worse examples of beer than this one. One member said it should be a brown ale, couldn't agree more. It's okay, not something the craft aficionados would go Gaga over but something to bring to a party and others will enjoy.

Photo of shanegatter
2.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It looks like a flat cola, and smells and tastes like it has gone bad

Photo of chucksim
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.