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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by craftbrew502, Feb 7, 2013.
Protip: A beer float with Saranac Caramel Porter and some Vanilla Ice Cream totally hits the spot
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!
Havent had one in a while but maybe a Great Divide Hibernation?
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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.
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.
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.
Troegs Hopback Amber Ale has a great caramel malt backbone to it.
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.
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.
I like it, a lot.
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.
Belhaven Wee Heavy is also an excellent wee heavy, and has some pretty good caramel notes to it as well.
Getting one's feet wet or not, Fruet is ~$35 well-spent
drop a shot of it into a founders breakfast stout...it is awesome! enjoy
Human Blockhead. Shockingly delicious for a style I usually don't dig.
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!
They may be sharing I agree with Fruet if you want definative carmel flavor...
Barleywines! FW Sucaba or Boulder Killer Penguin, imo.
That is a fantastic idea and I plan to try it out some time. Thanks!
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier.
Backwoods Bastard had the most authentic caramel taste I've ever got from a beer.
Olde hickory seven devils