Saranac Caramel Porter
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Caramel PorterSaranac Caramel Porter
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
American Porter
Ranked #487
Ranked #29,839
3.17 | pDev: 21.77%
Dec 26, 2021
Jul 05, 2001
Saranac Caramel PorterSaranac Caramel Porter
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Rated: 3.16 by fishguyac from Virginia

Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by selekt0r

Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
A- copper and amber color with a 2 finger head splotchy lacing

S- no real smell. maybe caramel but not much

F- hints of caramel malt.

M- bubbly and fairly smooth

O- not bad but wouldn't have it again
Nov 28, 2021
Rated: 3.12 by nodder from New York

Apr 22, 2021
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Reviewed by FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
I don't know if caramel in a porter was a good idea. I picked this up in a "make your own 6-pack" at a store. The look is OK and dark brown like a porter should be, the smell wasn't too bad but the taste was not that enjoyable (& like porters including other flavored ones).
Apr 17, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by robebo44 from Virginia

Feb 08, 2021
Rated: 3.52 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jan 14, 2021
Rated: 3.54 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Dec 14, 2020
Rated: 3.24 by Argail from Louisiana

Dec 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

2.04/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
11/21/2020 Pies and Pints in Morgantown, WV. Beautiful color! Deep copper color..... At this point our review of nicities ends. I think it tastes like melted butterscotch hard candy on cough syrup. Calling this a porter is a travesty..... Yes, bartender, take this away....
Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 3.24 by Mikexw from New York

Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 3.18 by WarriorPrincess from North Carolina

Oct 27, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by craigbelly from Iowa

Feb 19, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by trocketsauced from New York

Feb 17, 2020
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Absolutely not. Pours a dark amber. Smells like a lager. This is definitely not a porter. Tastes like yuengling mixed with buttershots. The caramel is very artificial tasting. A bad beer in all phases. I'll drink it but I won't like it.
Feb 02, 2020
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, eventually a finger of frothy tan head formed. A slightly reddish brown color, fairly translucent. Smell is a bit hard to place, kind of a sweet rye. Pretty decent mild caramel and malt flavor. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty refreshing beer, quite drinkable and not too expensive either.
Dec 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
-deep mahogany bottle pour with a thin foam ring. The aroma is of malt and caramel with a medicinal note. The flavor follows, including the medicine. This may be better slightly warmer. The body is thin. It is easy to drink.
Nov 30, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A-Pours a brownish color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has caramel hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a caramel flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent Porter
Nov 17, 2019
Rated: 5 by mweith

Nov 14, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by edc20 from Oregon

Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 2.91 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by BrewMaven from New York

3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
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.
Dec 28, 2018
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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.
Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 3.12 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 3.06 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2018
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Reviewed by asspiration from California

1.88/5  rDev -40.7%
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.
Nov 27, 2018
Rated: 3.38 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Nov 15, 2018
Rated: 3.34 by UCLABrewN84 from California

May 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +33.8%
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
Jan 29, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by PseudoLin from North Carolina

Jan 17, 2018
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Reviewed by LANManic from New York

3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
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.
Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 3.48 by generalraider from New Jersey

Jan 05, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
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
Dec 11, 2017
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev +10.1%
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.
Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 3.02 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Nov 27, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee

Oct 27, 2017
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
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.
May 06, 2017
Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 841 ratings