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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
72
okay

656 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001)
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. there is some kind of coding printed on the bottle but it is impossible to read.

A: dark brown, silky looking body. head is a brownish white and is not too big nor lasts too long.

S: nose is entirely what you would want from a beer with the word "caramel" in the title. caramel and vanilla has a strong presence.

T: sweet, almost oily, sugars start off the body. the sweetness doesnt go anywhere as both vanilla and caramel flavors linger. the flavor has a slightly medicinal/manufactured flavor at the finish. perhaps they used extract for the caramel flavor.

M: carb is lively. body is a bit too thin imo.

D: if you like caramel you will probably enjoy this brew. if not, avoid this brew. myself, being a fan of beers that are able to mimic other flavors, really could only drink one of these. good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 03:25:20 | More by Jimmys
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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-29-2014 17:55:14 | More by ramrod666
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2.45/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a fluffy 2” off white head recedes slowly leaving faint lacing. Color is deep ruby red but mostly opaque, moderate carbonation bubbles visible.
Aroma: if you like caramel you should love the smell of this beer. Aroma is exactly like Brach’s caramel cubes with some toasted barley malt and earthy hop in the background.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light and watery, especially for the style. Finish is dry.
Flavor: caramel dominates along with licorice, toasted bread, mild hop presence
Overall: This is a good beer. Not outstanding but nothing here really excites me. Most memorable aspect is the caramel which I have never found more intense in any other beer. I love caramel, but in this beer it could use a little balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 01:25:53 | More by Foyle
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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Virginia

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kbuldier

New York

4.65/5  rDev +49%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer! It has an amazing taste, look and feel to it. The malty caramel combo was perfect, especially during the winter. Plus the buzz I got from it was pretty nice. Definitely would have this again. It isn't available all year around so I plan on stocking up once it comes back.

Serving type: bottle

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bismarksays

Iowa

3/5  rDev -3.8%

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GreesyFizeek

New York

2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Marshall Street Bar and Grill. Have heard bad things about this one, but it was on special for 2.50 a pint, so figured it was now or never.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. No real head to speak of. No lacing, either.

Tastes palatable for about 3-4 oz, then gets weird and bad. Tastes like some sort of caramel extract you'd put into coffee. Overly sugary and cloying, making it a chore to get this one down.

The mouthfeel was boring. The body was thin, with low carbonation.

Not suggested unless you can get it for super cheap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 06:23:08 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Maryland

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undeadozzy

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured vigorously into a pint glass, huge head retention. Deep brown color with solid white head. So far, so good.

S - Caramel. I could smell the caramel the second I opened this bottle, it's overwhelming. I can pick up on some saltine cracker and toffee, but the caramel is too dominant.

T - First I get some maltiness, a twang of some hop bitterness, and then a wall of gooey sweetness. It's overly sweet, by no means bad tasting. Tastes like a caramel-flavored baked good, like a cake. Very heavy and whole. Huge tones of pound cake and some maybe a hint of honey or molasses, but the big thing here is the caramel, and there's almost too much of it.

M - The thickness in the flavor adds a certain heaviness to the actual feel of the beer, a little too syrupy and thick for my tastes, but at least it's not watery.

O - All in all, not a bad beer, just proves too much is bad. Definitely a dessert or after-dinner drink, way too much for session drinking. I imagine it would be enjoyable on a cold fall evening with a piece of warm pie or some cobbler. Good dessert beer, bad session beer, but overall a good porter, albeit a little too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:47:46 | More by undeadozzy
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Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.