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Saranac Caramel Porter - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

684 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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 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
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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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

CB_Crowe, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of hosehead83
3.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown with some ruby highlights-big head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, caramel
Taste-Faint roasted barley, caramel, toasted malt, nutty. A bit light-bodied and the flavors don't blow your doors off, but overall a decent, innofensive, affordable brew.

hosehead83, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +28.2%

jjd315, Jan 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

paulhargus, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Rojada1988, Dec 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

circus_cat, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

walterkitty, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

ryker47, Dec 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

v161, Dec 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

BrunoH, Dec 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

aqualung23, Dec 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

bostonryan, Dec 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

chooch5, Dec 18, 2013
Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.