Saranac Caramel Porter | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Caramel PorterSaranac Caramel Porter
BA SCORE
19%
Liked This Beer
3.16 w/ 802 ratings
Saranac Caramel PorterSaranac Caramel Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,020
Reviews:
454
Ratings:
802
Liked:
152
Avg:
3.16/5
pDev:
21.84%
Alströms:
2.71
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
90
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 802 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.79/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a clear, dark brown. Looks almost black, but it's clearly dark ruby or dark brown throughout most of it. There's a small white head with good rention, which leaves quite a bit of lacing.
The aroma is sea salt, caramel, milk chocolate, creamy sweetness, toast, and a little bit of black cherry and raisin.
The taste offers caramel, milk chocolate, toast, vanilla, root beer, and a light vanilla sweetness. Hints of black cherry, fig, and raisin.
The mouthfeel is pretty light, with moderate carbonation. Slightly watery, but pretty smooth through. There's a slight mineraly character as well.

A decent session porter if you prefer your porters on the sweet side.

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Photo of Vylo
4.56/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of udfan07
4.84/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I am surprised that people don't like this beer. This is one of my favorite beers from Saranac. I love the caramel taste and the bitterness that comes with the beer. It's like drinking a caramel candy in a beer and I enjoy drinking it each time I have it.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MGoeltz
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ummswimmin
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HermitDan
2.94/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Icemann383
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dudd
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ajdemma
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smelled like caramel hard candy, very excited !.Color is deep and head was light and no where what I was expecting. Taste was a touch offputting and artificial and the sweetness overpowered what should have been a better balanced beer. Sugary candy was too much and malt, hops and other significant flavors were subdued and lost

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Photo of hkyplyr73
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walleybeer
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
1.78/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

**
11/12/15

Where’s the Caramel? Where’s the porter for that matter. This seems to be a medium brown ale with a little extra coloring to disguise it as a porter. Aroma is vegetable. Dark brown color, small white head. Taste is grass, veggie. Something like raisin in the finish. Low carb.
**

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gutterpunktarzan
4.23/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really good offering from saranac. I purchase at least a 6 pack every year. I'm not sure why some reviewers would buy this if they don't like the caramel flavor.

It has a nice light roast flavor with some sweet caramel after taste. Lots of caramel flavor as others have stated. More of a desert beer for me, one and done. But I still go back to it every year!

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Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Balderayne
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jlindros
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light fizzy head that fades semi quickly, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose biscuity toffee, big fake caramel, syrupy sugar, molasses like, little dark toasty malt, imitation vanilla.
Taste brings more fake caramel and imitation vanilla, cola syrup a Mr Pib like cola, sweet syrup and little biscuit malt, toasted brown malt. Sticky syrupy finish, more imitation caramel and cola syrup.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brew_42
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown with a tan head

Smells good. Caramel and malts. A little butterscotch.

Taste follows the nose but not with as much intensity as one might hope. Also a hint of Apple that I didn't pick up on the nose.

Medium body.

Not a great beer.

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Photo of tuowl74a
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 19% out of 100 with 802 ratings
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