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Beer with caramel taste

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by craftbrew502, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. I'm a big stout and IPA fan, but Iv'e been wanting to try some beers with more caramel flavor. Any suggestions? Specific beers or styles.
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  2. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Advocate (500) Colorado Jan 7, 2013 Beer Trader

    Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout comes to mind, although it tends to be a love it or hate it affair.
  3. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    I'd go with traditional brown ales.. English or American.. it's 2013 and brown ales are still so underappreciated:(
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  4. Bell's Third Coast Old Ale.
  5. Yea Ive had Creme Brulee. Its like drinking desert. Really good but filling.
  6. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,285) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    SN Bigfoot has some great caramel malt
  7. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    I'd also recommend "Scotch Ales".. especially Dark Horse Scotty Karate.. soo good..
  8. thegoon55

    thegoon55 Advocate (525) Massachusetts Oct 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    BA batch 9000!!
  9. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    I agree with the Scotch Ales and think BB4D is pretty carmel-y myself.
  10. mdvatab

    mdvatab Savant (460) Indiana Apr 5, 2006

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  11. Saranac made a Caramel Porter.
  12. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,255) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

  13. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Feb 23, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Saranac Caramel Porter

    Go to the Beers page and search caramel. It will list the beers with caramel in the name.
    I am willing to bet if caramel is in the name of the beer, some caramel taste will be there as well.
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  14. Anderson Valley Winter Solstice is one of my favs
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  15. Inversion IPA from Deschutes. That stuff totally has a caramel to it. It has a 'wort' flavor in it as well, as if they reinfuse wort post fermentation which adds that slightly toasted caramel flavor to the palate. Tastes more like homebrew than anything other commercial brew i know of. they must be doing something to it...does any one know?
  16. AdamP

    AdamP Savant (495) Pennsylvania Mar 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    LOL, I think a $30+ bottle may be pushing it if OP is just trying to get their feet wet in a new style. Scotch ales are a good recommendation... quite a few barleywines feature caramel malts in their grain bill as well. If you like IPAs, I'd definitely recommend checking out hoppy ambers like Troegs Nugget Nectar, Maine Beer Co's Zoe, or especially imperials like Lagunitas Lucky 13 when it's available.
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  17. scud

    scud Savant (380) Indiana Sep 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    Greenbush Delusion is loaded with caramel/butterscotch flavor. It's amazing
  18. Ayinger Celebrator has some delicious caramel notes. Other doppelbocks might fit the bill as well.
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  19. paulys55

    paulys55 Advocate (735) Pennsylvania Aug 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    Had a bad keg of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon recently that tasted like sour caramel...and not in a good way. I sent it back.
  20. Obviously this one isn't easy to find or obtain (an understatement), but Sam Adams Millennium tastes like liquid caramel.

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  21. Just finished a BA 4D by Kuhnhenn and it had a lot of caramel flavors. It was excellent.
  22. Founders Backwoods Bastard. great scotch ale very complex with hints of oak, vanilla, and caramel taste imo. one of my favorite beers
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  23. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    It looks like liquid caramel too!
  24. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (475) California Nov 20, 2010

    Some styles that come to mind: Old Ale, English Barleywine, Wee-heavy, English Strong Ale. I've also picked up some caramel notes in vienna lagers and marzens before.
  25. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    Love the Avatar. I remember when my wife showed me that for the first time
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  26. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (840) Colorado Jan 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    Founders dirty bastard
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  27. spitshaded

    spitshaded Savant (345) Virginia Nov 12, 2012

    I remembered getting some caramel from Founders Curmudgeon & Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo.
  28. Firestone Walker Double DBA
  29. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (880) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    For easy to find, Fat Tire is loaded with caramel flavor.
  30. Dajtai007

    Dajtai007 Savant (445) Texas Jan 15, 2009

    Again, not easy to obtain but Wooden Hell has tons of caramel deliciousness!
  31. Hash

    Hash Aspirant (40) Pennsylvania Jan 24, 2013

    For great caramel flavors try the Scotch Ales as mentioned by others in this post -- the process of making that style creates toffee notes from caramelizing the malt. And I agree with williamjbauer -- try getting your malty caramel fill from Founders Dirty Bastard. Oh yeah.
  32. Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger Christmas ale
  33. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    I just stared at this for a few minutes and convinced myself I need it... ISO!! FT: Werther's Original Hard Candies...
  34. ediaz

    ediaz Savant (370) Florida Nov 23, 2011 Beer Trader

  35. robboyd

    robboyd Savant (305) Indiana Aug 7, 2011

    Pretty much anything aged in a brandy barrel has developed caramel notes in my experiences. Also, barrel aged barley wines hit caramel notes for me a large percentage of the time. The founders mentions above were pretty spot on.
  36. mkennedy119

    mkennedy119 Savant (395) Illinois Nov 13, 2011 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Anchor Old Foghorn
  37. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Advocate (595) Massachusetts Jun 8, 2011 Beer Trader

    This could be the biggest understatement of all time
  38. LMT

    LMT Savant (375) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    I'd also add in Troegs Troegenator...and even Spaten Optimator.
  39. The malt spectrum of syrup to caramel to vanilla tends to predominantly consist in brown ales, scottish ales, and barleywines. Obviously, brewers can do whatever they want--but generally speaking, I'd search out some good beers within those styles. Also (just my opinion) don't go with beers that say "caramel" or "vanilla" on them. Most of them use exorbitant amount of adjuncts to try and achieve that flavor--but they tend to go overboard, resulting in an overly sweet beer (again, my opinion). Instead, look for a beer that already has that natural malt complex. I think you'll enjoy the subtleties of a sweetness that's intrinsic to any given malt more so than the overt sweetness of added flavors.
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