Saranac Caramel Porter | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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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:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,437
Reviews:
462
Ratings:
821
pDev:
21.84%
 
 
Wants:
15
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100
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Ratings: 821 |  Reviews: 462
Photo of edc20
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Branlott42
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BrewMaven
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, clear garnet with a fleeting head..Ring remains. Winter sapped me of any sense of smell I normally have (not much). Flavor is dominated by Caramel. Not too sweet, slightly sticky in the mouth Carbonation (mild) is just right in my opinion. Tasty if a bit simple. I'd enjoy sessioning this.

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Photo of EMH73
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with a well retained inch and a half tan head that left some spotty lacing. Smells of caramel, bread and noble hops. Taste is dominated by sweet caramel (I wish it was more subdued), light roasted malts, vanilla, noble hops and a bit of chocolate. Light bodied and watery mouth feel for a porter, light carbonation.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of heddar33
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of asspiration
1.88/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was really looking forward to having a great caramel porter! After drinking this, I still am. Where's the caramel? It tastes more like an IPA than a porter. Very disappointing.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.24/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown color with plenty of frothy head and carbonation. Smell is sweet. Taste is sweet with the abundant flavor of caramel, marsh mellows and only slight hops, the feel is not thick like I expected, very smooth. The more you drink the milder and more pronounced the sweetness but not overwhelming. Overall, I love this beer and can't wait to get another growler of it

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Photo of PseudoLin
4.21/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LANManic
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was only a sparse drinker of Saranac beer before this came along. This beer was the reason I began exploring more adventurously into craft brews. It was different and showed what variations outside of malts & hops can do. Particularly satisfying to me was the levelheaded exposure of caramel flavor and the malt/alcohol-induced peppery finish. While in the beginning, it was a 5, other releases have heavily shadowed this brew into a niche. Nice to come back to periodically, though.

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Photo of generalraider
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice red/brown color,a little thin and below average on carbonation. Aroma is all caramel,as is the taste. I'm sure the malt and hops played into the taste but the caramel win hands down. Very sweet,a decent dessert beer but that's the only time it would work for me

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Photo of teromous
3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a bottle date but on the neck it displays: "2797 10:12"

Appearance: The body is a beautiful shade of ruby red and brown. The head is thick with a light khaki color. It has good head retention.

Aroma: There is a light noble hop aroma which is nice. There is also just a light touch of caramel malt scent.

Taste: Right off the bat the beer has a clear caramel flavor. It tastes just like the caramel that might be squeezed on top of ice cream. There is just a faint nutty flavor to the beer which is a bit stronger towards the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: It feels light bodied and a bit thin at times. Although the beer doesn't have much texture it is refreshing to drink.

Overall: It certainly is an enjoyable beer to drink. The label advertises this beer as a caramel porter and while it sits on the lower end of the porter spectrum it certainly has a great caramel taste. I would recommend it to those looking for a sweeter beverage. I might drink it again from time to time.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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
3.78/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This porter is very drinkable because of its light body with a decent taste. I like this beer but I don't get any caramel maybe a hint of it but, still not much caramel flavor with surprisingly no sweetness. Not a bad beer but, Saranac didn't do a great job displaying a caramel flavor. Drinks like a brown ale more than a porter.

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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

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Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 821 ratings