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Beer with caramel taste

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

  1. mborden

    mborden Savant (440) New York Jan 28, 2009

    Protip: A beer float with Saranac Caramel Porter and some Vanilla Ice Cream totally hits the spot
    HipsterBrewfus likes this.
  2. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Advocate (590) Virginia Dec 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    If you like bourbon (which has a lot of burnt caramel notes) try Coney Island Barrel Aged Human Blockhead. The base beer is a double bock. I got tons of caramel and bourbon goodness from this one!
    Dennoman likes this.
  3. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Havent had one in a while but maybe a Great Divide Hibernation?
  4. smo

    smo Savant (255) Pennsylvania Apr 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    I came here to post this. Believe this man!
  5. Hair of the Dog Adam
  6. And if you're looking for a caramel flavor, you will find it here. No searching for hints of caramel, it is a very pronounced flavor.
    Providence likes this.
  7. Ranbot

    Ranbot Advocate (620) Pennsylvania Nov 27, 2006

    If I remember correctly, Shipyard's Prelude and their Old Thumper had some caramel flavors. If properly controlled by the brewer, the ringwood yeast used by Shipyard [and several other brewers] can impart caramel and toffee flavors to a beer, but if the yeasts aren't controlled properly the beer can quickly turn into buttered popcorn (from excess diacetyl). There's a lot of variability in people's sensitivity and/or aversion to the toffee/caramel/buttery diacetyl flavors, so you'll get some very mixed reviews of beers that have those flavors, even if they are made as the brewer intended. There are even some BA members who incorrectly think ANY detectable diacetyl-like flavor in any beer is a flaw. Just be aware that a beer's overall BA score might not help you find the type of beer you're looking for.
  8. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Savant (495) Virginia Feb 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Alesmith Wee Heavy is probably the best wee heavy I've had and remember some nice caramel flavors. Weyerbacher Insanity or other english style barleywines usually have a lot of caramel flavor to them.
    Mediczod likes this.
  9. Troegs Hopback Amber Ale has a great caramel malt backbone to it.
  10. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Champion (875) Michigan May 30, 2005 Subscriber

    It's been a while since I've bought any imports (Buy American, save a job) but my impression of a lot of English imports that are dark styles is that they have a caramel flavor in the background, some seeming to be almost a scorched caramel flavor.
    highdesertdrinker likes this.
  11. fishtremble

    fishtremble Savant (275) Michigan Jan 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Orkney Skull Splitter is the first beer to pop in my mind when I think of caramel flavor being the most pronounced profile for an easy to find beer. Of course BB4D by Kuhnhenns definitely has even more but is far harder to come by.
    Gosox8787 likes this.
  12. ^this

    I like it, a lot.
  13. Monsone

    Monsone Savant (380) Illinois Jun 5, 2006

    I typically find a caramel essence in English style beers where a bit of diacetyl is acceptable. That hint of butter with a crystal malt heavy malt bill will come across with a distinct caramel note.
  14. w_klon

    w_klon Savant (280) Oregon Aug 1, 2012 Beer Trader

  15. Belhaven Wee Heavy is also an excellent wee heavy, and has some pretty good caramel notes to it as well.
  16. mdvatab

    mdvatab Savant (460) Indiana Apr 5, 2006

    Getting one's feet wet or not, Fruet is ~$35 well-spent ;)
  17. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Jan 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    drop a shot of it into a founders breakfast stout...it is awesome! enjoy
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  18. Dennoman

    Dennoman Advocate (525) Belgium Aug 20, 2011

    Human Blockhead. Shockingly delicious for a style I usually don't dig.
  19. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Jan 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Yards Brawler.
  20. if you are an IPA guy looking for caramel, I just picked up some First Cast from Elevation Beer Co in Pancha Springs, CO. its still an IPA, but man does it have some nice malty caramel gooeyness to it, the flavor without all the sugar. in 4 packs now of 16oz. bottles, highly recommended!
  21. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Aficionado (205) Washington Aug 6, 2011 Beer Trader

    They may be sharing:rolleyes: I agree with Fruet if you want definative carmel flavor...
  22. MadDogMD

    MadDogMD Aficionado (140) Arizona Jan 7, 2013 Subscriber

    Barleywines! FW Sucaba or Boulder Killer Penguin, imo.
  23. TychoNDC

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

    That is a fantastic idea and I plan to try it out some time. Thanks!
  24. StevenSpringer

    StevenSpringer Savant (385) California Sep 26, 2011 Beer Trader

    Avery- Samels
  25. ifnkovhg

    ifnkovhg Savant (280) California Aug 12, 2008

    Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier.
  26. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poobah (1,175) West Virginia Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Backwoods Bastard had the most authentic caramel taste I've ever got from a beer.
  27. Beerverage

    Beerverage Aficionado (200) North Carolina Dec 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Olde hickory seven devils