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Saranac Caramel Porter - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Caramel PorterSaranac Caramel Porter

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743 Ratings

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Ratings: 743
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: 743 | Reviews: 452
Photo of chucksim
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
2.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a rich brown, in the glass it is near black with a deep tan colored head.

S: Caramel.. sure is a lot of it. Smells a little on the fake side.

T: Meh. Could be a decent porter, but tastes like a bunch of sugar substitute caramel flavor was added.

M: Medium light in body, but with a syrup like feel. Carbonation is medium , and there is a certain amount of cling to the body.

O: I could see this appeasing the masses, but for me it misses the mark. Seems artificially sweet, and cloying. I simply don't think I can finish this.

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vfgccp
2.01/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Abbreviated review: Simply isn't a porter. Should probably be called a brown ale, but still wouldn't be a great beer, just more aptly named.

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

To be honest I like it

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of charlesjwinkler
2.77/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

My first Saranac in a long time, there's been too many others to enjoy! From the bottle poured a cola-color with very light lace skimming the surface. The caramel has nowhere to hide, I might have confused myself with procuring candy for Halloween not porter as a mix sixer for New Year's. Complements the malt but risks overwhelming it too. Not really in disagreement with my palate but not likely a repeat purchase. Will be interesting to compare to another in the mix-six I selected purely by accident, Shiner's "Birthday Beer" a chocolate stout. Luckily accident though since I'll be spending 12/31/14 at a party hosted by a New Year's baby, hope his sweet tooth is in gear for that as mine was for the Saranac.

Photo of kmeinel
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice flavor, but prefer a heartier porter.

Photo of h4ger
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RHB33
4.08/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't care about your error message. I like this beer, doesn't matter to me that others rated it lower. :-P

Photo of NoProblem
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gajo74
3.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with a nice thick head that showed good retention throughout; a nice frothy lace. Aroma was malty sweet and heavy on caramel and sugars. A very sweet taste that is balanced by a slight dry finish. Not much hops but just enough to counterbalance the sweetness. Decent feel; perhaps not as robust as other porters. In fact, this one was kind of light for the style. Light carbonation that does however sting the tongue a bit.
In an effort not to be influenced by other BA reviews, I either take notes or make a mental rating before posting here. Thus far, I find that my ratings are consistent with the general consensus. However, in this case I'm surprised by the negative rating and reviews for this one and find that it is one of the few cases that I massively overrated a brew as compared to the average. I'm really not sure what so many people are turned off by here. I could maybe understand how the sweetness is a turn off but not on such a massive scale. Granted this is not the best porter I have had by a long shot, however, I find it to be a pleasant brew that I would have no problem drinking again.

Photo of alcohline_trip
2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BigRizz62
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of jzlyo
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of thehooksman
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BigBry
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Standard pint at Buffalo's Tap House.
Pours a brownish copper color, thin floating cap of foam, no lace or retention.
The smell is unexpectedly nice, mild chocolate and lots of caramel cream sweetness.
The taste had lots of caramel and toffee, sweet and a touch cloying, but not over the top.
Creamy and smooth, nice malty porter base. Medium body and mouth feel.
I liked it, but one was probably enough.

Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of Stofko1992
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of dbl_delta
2.48/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Jeff_Winger
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of schiff1118
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%

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Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.