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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

658 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -67.9%

11-10-2013 06:30:00 | More by facesnorth
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redlegacy

New York

1/5  rDev -67.9%

12-20-2012 02:44:09 | More by redlegacy
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -67.9%

12-09-2011 03:51:41 | More by victory4me
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

1/5  rDev -67.9%

02-05-2012 19:24:45 | More by jfcaa193
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

1.05/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I didnt want to review this beer but oh well.

Brown body with a tan head that leaves some lacing.

Sweetness,caramel,malts.

the same with the floral notes.

nice carbonation.

I had to get this beer done.It is horrible.If it goes in your mouth its horrible

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 18:11:04 | More by MmmIPA
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strattor

Idaho

1.1/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a deep brown from the bottle with a caramel-colored tan.

Oh good God, the smell is offensive. It has a harsh, artificial sweetness to it, and smells of butterscotch and sweaty feet.

It tastes just like it smells. I don't mean to be over the top, but this is a really awful tasting beer. I can't finish it.

I don't know why this beer tastes so bad, as the idea is a good one. It's just way too artificial and overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 02:55:48 | More by strattor
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

1.13/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Deep brown, with a creamy tan head that doesn't go away. Smells sickly sweet of caramel, they should've held back a little. This tastes like someone put melted caramel candies in a decent porter. Just not satisfying in any way, makes me sick to my stomache with it's intense sweetness that covers up most of the coffee undertones from the porter. This beer would've been a lot better if it was simply a Porter, not a Caramel Porter. But I am just repeating myself. Easily the worst beer of the sampler, I may not even finish it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 22:30:24 | More by TastyTaste
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

1.25/5  rDev -59.9%

09-22-2013 02:57:40 | More by SuomiHobbit
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Nlawrence301

Maryland

1.25/5  rDev -59.9%

02-28-2014 23:34:49 | More by Nlawrence301
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xXTequila

Massachusetts

1.35/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The first thing i noticed was the smell. It smelled exactly like caramel. The taste though, was just like the butter used on movie theatre popcorn. Needless to say i didn't like this beer at all. I don't think i have ever tried a beer that just didn't taste like beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2001 08:47:02 | More by xXTequila
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Khazadum

Illinois

1.35/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Julian code dating leads me to see this bottle is about 7 months old.

A- Dissappointing head, half finger with average sized bubbles. Low retention, extremely bubbly. Size of the bubbles leads me to think of alka-seltzer in water. Lacing is as bare as possible. Ruby body, minor light penetration, and many bubbles.

S- Something went wrong here. Diacetyl, strongly. Overwhelming butter just can't let anything else through.

T- Strong buttery flavors, metallic, minor copper, some bitter that doesn't remind me of hops.

M- Thin, watery, really really watery. Lingers with that disgusting diacetyl flavor.

D- All of the problems make this beer impossible to drink, enjoy, or ever purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 21:42:02 | More by Khazadum
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Bighuge

Minnesota

1.38/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ruby red in color. A brown rimming is all this beer offers for a head. Huge butterscotch, caramel and toffee on the nose. Overwhelming. This beer smells cloying, if that is at all possible. This beer swishes around the mouth like that gross, viscous medicine that you really don't want to swallow. This beer is just disgusting. One of the worst beers I've had in a while. Medicine like taste. Cloying caramel flavor. Astringent bitterness. No carbonation whatsoever. No porter like qualities in sight. This is the type of beer I could see ending up in the toilet in less than an hour if I drink it all.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 19:53:53 | More by Bighuge
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largadeer

California

1.43/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Clear brown, looks more like a brown ale than a porter. The head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving the thinnest of films on top.

Smell: Smells like... caramel. Not caramel malt, but intensely sugary caramel candy. I'm not the biggest fan of candy, so I can't say that this appeals to me at all.

Taste & mouthfeel: Thankfully not as disgustingly sweet as the aroma, the taste nevertheless still has that ultra-refined caramel candy flavor. There's a bit of roastiness as well, but it's fighting a losing battle against the sickly sweet caramel. The finish is sweet and a bit thin, again, more like a brown ale. Just with really excessive caramel flavor. This is kinda gross.

Notes: One-dimensional and honestly pretty bad. I guess this might appeal to someone with a serious sweet tooth, as it really is like drinking alcoholic caramel.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 03:47:22 | More by largadeer
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bignick

Massachusetts

1.48/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Man, this beer tastes just terrible. I like carament, but I do not like the putrid, sickly sweet and overpowering caramel taste that this beer presents. I don't mind Saranac beers on the whole, but this one was just undrinkable. Their other offerings are all better.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 05:02:41 | More by bignick
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

1.48/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass the beer was a dark ruby near brown color with a sliver of tan head that was quick to fade and left no lacing. No other signs of carbonation and this is one of -- if not the -- lightest colored porter I have ever seen.

The nose is well mixed with aromas; malt, caramel, toffee, slight terpentine (alla Newcastle), slight nut, and butterscotch.

The taste has a very thin malt profile with traces of other flavors trying to come through but failing to do so. Nothing above average here with perhaps some nuttiness and a odd "off" taste. Hard to describe other than it tasted of the terpentine smell. Slightly oily and thin. Somewhat of a watery body.

A thin meak mouthfeel with a watery body and minimal carbonation. The bottle proclaims it to be a "robust" beer but this could not be more wrong.

This was not enjoyable, I'm pretty sorry I drank this and indeed sorry I bought the mixed 12. It seems that all there beers are good in concept and idea, get a good start, but fail to pull through and deliver a quality product. I'll pass on this.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 03:27:18 | More by Sycodrummer
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

01-31-2012 03:19:11 | More by slimntubbs
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

03-10-2012 03:18:54 | More by Gatordaddy
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CSpoons

Delaware

1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

11-17-2013 20:25:50 | More by CSpoons
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sprackops

Pennsylvania

1.58/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to black with translucent copper edges. Medium head gives way to a thin film.

Smell: Sickeningly sweet caramel aroma and little else. Although, do I detect cream soda?

Taste: Buttery caramel malts, vanilla, and yes, cream soda. Hops are a non-player. No detectable roasted notes. This liquefied Werther's Original/A&W cocktail is far too sweet for my taste. It seems that the inclusion of real caramel as indicated on the label is what led to this failed experiment.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin yet sticky, like corn syrup-laden soda.

Drinkability/comments: I nearly poured this one down the drain, but at the last second reminded myself that it was in fact an alcoholic beverage and persevered. The least appealing flavored beer I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 04:11:45 | More by sprackops
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abar22

Alabama

1.63/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass

Wow what a mess this beer was. While it looked fairly innocuous in the glass what was hiding in its depths was anything but...

Butterscotch. That's what it was hiding. Lots and lots of butterscotch. It dominated the smell and it dominated the taste. This is where diacetyl men and diacetyl women meet up to have little bastard diacetyl babies. If Saranac would change the label to Saranac Butterscotch Porter they would probably have an award winner on their hands because this sure as hell meets that description.

In a word... Terrible.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 23:03:27 | More by abar22
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DefenCorps

Oregon

1.63/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I found a single for $1.49, and my buddy Chris raved about this when he tried it, so I had to as well. I mean, come on, its got natural flavor and caramel color added to it, so it's got to be good, right?

The pour is decent, a clear deep brown with beautiful reddish highlights. A large light brown head caps the beer, leaving a little lace as it recedes. That's about where all good things end, 'cos the nose is one trainwreck. Artificial caramel flavor, sickly sweet (think Smuckers), brown sugar, and a malt characteristic more reminiscent of a brown ale than a porter. The palate opens sweet, with (surprise!) caramel, some sugar and malt with a little roast, before a long, dry finish with a metallic character comes through. Carbonation is high, making this fizzy on the palate, and this does not work with the metallic character of the beer. Just not worth drinking, this is a rather poor porter, and the addition of caramel just makes it rather horrific.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 23:02:04 | More by DefenCorps
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tempest

Pennsylvania

1.7/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Took this our of this year's 12 Beers of Winter not expecting much, but was still sorely disappointed.

Has a very short head that was gone in a minute and left no head. The body is a pretty brown, but light-looking for a porter.

Smells very very sweet, like cheap wine-jug wine at that.

Taste isn't much better, very sweet malt character. There's no hops flavor, yet there's a nasty lingering bitterness.

Carbonation is fine, but I'd want this stuff off my toungue ASAP.

Overall, this is just, flat-out, a bad beer in my opinion. The first beer that I've poured down the drain in a very long time. Reminds me of my first homebrew, and thats definately not a good thing. I recommend the 12 Beers of Winter, but give this one away.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 01:22:50 | More by tempest
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bditty187

Nebraska

1.7/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

What’s in a name? Frankly this doesn’t sound appealing to me but I’ll give it a go.

Clear, dark ruby, brown in spots but never black; while a bit lifeless it does look the part. Off-white head, for a moment the head was one finger tall but the bubbles rapidly faded to a soapy cap, thicker around the edges and almost naked in the middle. There was no subsequent lacing. In general, this is a respectable looking beer.

The amount of caramel in the nose is striking. Sickening sweet caramel candy, is this a liquid Slo Poke? Oddly hollow at the finish; this would have been the perfect time for, say, some Porter-like aromas to emerge. Some roasted malts would have been nice. But, atlas, nothing; moderate potency, chatty but it keeps repeating the same thing! I like caramel but this is a bit much and it is way too unbalanced. I don’t find the nose inviting; I’m scared actually.

The palate has plenty of caramel and almost as much butterscotch. From start to finish I taste nothing but these two candy flavors. I bet this combination would taste great in a Porter. Wait! The label says “Porter” on it. Let me taste this again… *takes another sip* … no, no, this is not a Porter. This is a child’s candy soda. I think Jones Street Soda Co. made this. The alcohol is hidden. The malt is hidden. The hops are hidden. Any sign this is a beer is hidden. However, as clear as day, I can tell you this one-dimensional “beer” is awful. I found it offensive.

Medium-light in body; flat mouthfeel with very low carbonation; the sensation is unfulfilling. Thankfully the aftertaste is light and not so terrible but at this point I don’t care, I can’t drink anymore.

As mentioned, this is not a drinkable beer. It is really awful. It’s a drain pour. I hope by this point of the review you had figured that out. I enjoy Saranac beers, generally. I hope this is rock bottom, I pray I don’t ever taste worse from these guys. Or any other brewery for that matter. This is one of the worse beers I have tasted. This offering was part of a 12-beer sampler that I purchased in Lawrence, KS. It’s a major dud, I say avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 14:31:15 | More by bditty187
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

1.73/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle served at cellarish temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, clear by the looks of it. Topped by a short-lived khaki head that leaves small amounts of lace. I generally expect my porters to be pitch black or thereabouts, thus the smackdown.

Smell: Caramel candy aroma dominates the nose and doesn't know the safety word. After a bit of hesitation, I took a closer whiff...well, some toasted malt can be sensed here.

Taste: The caramel syrup taste continues its assault on my person. Some bittersweet coffee and toasted malt undertones and mild hopping on the finish. Overall, I'm reminded of a caramel machiato from you know where. Unfortunately, I hate that concoction for both taste and nomenclature reasons.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, slightly creamy and very cloying.

Drinkability: I like caramel, but not in a beverage... well, a beer anyways. The caramel taste and mouthfeel is just way too dang strong and almost stomach turning. This came damn close to being tossed in the sink.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 01:25:44 | More by ManekiNeko
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AlephNull

Delaware

1.75/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looking for something robust tonight, I went to the liquor store in search of a rich porter or stout. Almost picked up an imperial stout, but this caught my eye.

A- Poured a dark brown with decent clarity, very little head that disolved quickly.

S- I took a double take on this one. At first I thought the smell was just awful, but it's really just a very heavily sweet burned caramel cream scent with some butterscotch and syrup. Way too strong for me, this is ruining the beer for me. I can't get by it.

T- The scent overwhelms any subtlety behind the beer. It doesn't taste as bad as it smells, but it tastes like it smells- Fake, sweet butterscotch and burned caramel. an alcohol flavor takes over the end with some bad cherry cough syrup flavor.

M- Hard to concentrate on the mouthfeel, but I'd say it's kind of a syrupy cherry coke, but dry.

D- I think I may have to dump this guy... EDIT: I think I may have to learn to cook with this guy...

I hate to be so hard on a beer, especially when the brewers were being so adventurous, and for that, i'll give you kudos... but "hints of caramel"? This guy beats you in the face. I don't taste those fancy fuggles & kent hops in here -- it's almost a chemical tasting beer. Sorry guys, but I think you missed on the attempt here.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 03:59:10 | More by AlephNull
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Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company
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