Saranac Caramel Porter | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

BA SCORE
73
okay
804 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor
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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
Ratings:
804
Reviews:
453
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
21.97%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 804 |  Reviews: 453
Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of koneill1976
4.11/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Almasi_
4.19/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rmckeon
3.89/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Santiagocpr
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of raindog814
3.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of josansbury6
3.86/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
Good dark brown to blackish color. Formed a nice brown head.
Don't remember much in terms of a distinctive smell.
Tasted malty and sweet.
Went down smooth.
Overall not a stand out beer but a good Porter none the less.

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Photo of smithj4
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wanderluster11
2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeff1973
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of skriv
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thisXwar
2.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of utopiajane
3.22/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours brown with honey and amber hues in it. A ruby glint will show you good clarity but as the beer drinks you will notice this pale malt color bleeding through. Amiable tan head of foam that fell well and left lace. Strong scent of caramel like you just unwrapped a carmel. Roasty malt notes fall to the background but do creep froward as the beer warms. Taste is strong caramel. Earthy hop with plenty of herbal and spice. The hops are more pungent than you realize but it's a ton of caramel. Crisp carbonation and a medium dry robust finish. There is some residual sweetness and it's a quite a bit but not gross.

I do not prefer this beer. I think that allowing the caramel to dominate the flavor is just too much for me personally. It's well made but I dislike the flavor. The porter has the roasty darker flavor forward and usually the caramel is a secondary flavor. it clashes with the beer all that strong caramel and even the colors appear to clash in the glass. Finishes overly sweet with no roast to linger , no fruity esters.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.39/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brown color with ruby highlights and a nice khaki head. There is nice retention and spotted lacing. Smell is very strong caramel and sweet malts. Taste is the same, way too sweet. Feel is very light for the style and almost creamy. Overall too sweet and not a fan.

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Photo of Uzarnayme
2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Photo of HattedClassic
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice tan head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is an opaque brown. The overall look isn't bad and is actually kind of nice to look at. Although, it definitely resembles more of a brown ale than any porter I've seen before.

The smell is pretty nice if not overly simple. There is a very, very strong caramel note that dominates the aroma but is offset a bit with a nice hop bitterness that easily gets lost in the smell.

The taste resembles the smell but is much more balanced than the smell. The caramel sweetness is still pretty strong though. The hop bitterness is much stronger and does a better job of balancing out the sweetness. Although,it's probably a little hard to drink anything else directly after this.

The feel is nice if a tiny bit syrupy. The beer has a very dry finish and very little carbonation.

Overall, I think that this is a very decent beer and worth trying. At the very least, it's a very nice beer to finish off an evening with.

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Photo of A-Sox
2.69/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MECove
4.62/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this one surprised me! It sounded enticing as a seasonal flavor, and I've appreciated several other Saranacs, but it was still better than my expectations. It's got a decently thick head that lingers (1/3 of an inch). It's only 5.4% but so delicious that you can drink plenty of them. It can be a dessert or an evening delight. It's got a calm roasted after-taste, a sweet aroma, and a slight hint of sparkle as it goes down. It's almost like drinking a cold, carbonated caramel coffee!

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Photo of yaksurf
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngryDutchman
4.73/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After reading the scores and reviews, I wonder if I was even drinking the same beer.

I thought it was delicious, smooth, malty and sweet and found it very easy to drink one after another after another...I'd been a huge Saranac fan but last year's Chai brown ale really turned me off. I'm glad they brought this out. I'm inclined to run back to the distributor to get the other case they had on the floor.

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Photo of VikeMan
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.14 out of 5 based on 804 ratings.
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