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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

672 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of ramrod666
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

ramrod666, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Foyle
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.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Colin77
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Colin77, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of pagardner
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

pagardner, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of AMCimpi
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

AMCimpi, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of kbuldier
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.

kbuldier, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of bismarksays
3/5  rDev -3.8%

bismarksays, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Nlawrence301
1.25/5  rDev -59.9%

Nlawrence301, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Trapipa
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Trapipa, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of j0hnc2468
3/5  rDev -3.8%

j0hnc2468, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of bryc9194
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

bryc9194, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of kell50
3/5  rDev -3.8%

kell50, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of gonzo000
2/5  rDev -35.9%

gonzo000, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of undeadozzy
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.

undeadozzy, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.34/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some ruby reddish notes. Held to the light, it's clear and a deep reddish brown with heavy carbonation. On the light end of the color spectrum for a porter.

Aroma: Lots of caramel and burnt sugar in the nose. Also some toast, toffee and barley. It has kind of a wheat cracker note as well. Caramel and sugar dominate, though.

Taste: Unsurprisingly, it's very sweet. Caramel and sugar dominate on the palate. Dark malts are also very noticeable. It's very dessert-like; it would be pretty weird to pair with a meal. It's right on the cusp of being too sweet and having a cloying character, but it's just on the right side of that line. Non-fans of sweet beer would not be into this, but then again, why would someone who doesn't like sweet beer drink a caramel porter?

Mouthfeel: It's kind of watery for a porter. Lacks body. I've been trying a lot of sweet/dessert-style porters lately and this is definitely one of the most watery. That said, it's an easy beer to drink. You could session this, if you wanted, but that would be a lot of sweetness. I wouldn't.

Overall: A solid effort from Saranac, one of the grand old men of the NY beer scene. It's a decent dessert porter that has enough depth and complexity to avoid being just a sugar-bomb. Would probably drink this again if it were the sole craft porter/stout on draft; otherwise, I'm happy to have had it once.

illpass78, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of sachie23
4/5  rDev +28.2%

sachie23, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of swgwilt
3/5  rDev -3.8%

swgwilt, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Stranger5582
3.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Color is dark, dark brown. I nearly confused it for black.

Smell: Sweet.

Taste: I taste grain and caramel, but both feel understated.

Mouthfeel: Medium body . The finish is pleasant, but reminds me more of an ale than a porter.

Overall: I may have this beer again, perhaps in a float. Maybe not, on second thought, it tasted like a caramel-flavored ale. However, it was nice to have a Saranac that was missing the characteristic hop-laden flavoring that makes many of their beers taste like an IPA.

Stranger5582, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Ctruskey
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Ctruskey, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

RVigz, Jan 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

GratefulJack, Jan 20, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

WMD-1002, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of sketchyhoodie
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

sketchyhoodie, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of CB_Crowe
3/5  rDev -3.8%

CB_Crowe, Jan 09, 2014
Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.