Saranac 4059' Porter - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac 4059' PorterSaranac 4059' Porter

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: plaid75 on 10-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Standing 4059' above sea level, one of the Adirondack high peaks, Porter Mountain, is the inspiration for our 4059' Porter that is full of roasted flavor. Brewed with English chocolate malt and English hops, you'll taste roasted coffee and chocolate flavors from the malt balanced with a slight hop bitterness. Whether you're up at 4059' or at sea level, this style will have your taste buds climbing with excitement!

42 IBU
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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 62
Photo of beyah
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark as cola, not much head, lacing good
Smell: Caramel, roasted grains bit burnt.
Taste: Porter like bit like a Stout as well.
Might get again.

Photo of Minkybut
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer but was disappointed for sure. The beer poured a nice black color with a falling nice head. However the head was gone really only after like 3 swigs. The beer tasted flat to me and my wife. However the beer smelled bready and fresh? The beer had a bit of bitter after taste. I really got no goodness out of this beer and while it was drinkable it will not be on my buy again list.

Photo of Ngcba415
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great local porter, extremely dark brown color, notes of chocolate & coffee. Low ABV but great flavor. Would pick up again.

Photo of probert
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this on Saturday in a Saranac Holiday pack and drank last night so it obviously is still being made.

Photo of Michael_Jennings
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

I like it

Photo of bluejacket74
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle with a best before date of March 31, 2014, one of my friends gave this to me last week. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, char, and some coffee. I think the taste is just like the aroma, but the roasty/char flavor is the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light, it seems thin for a porter. With that being said, it is pretty easy to drink. Overall I liked this brew, it's a good roasty porter that hopefully I'll get to try fresher sometime.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/31/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid cocoa and char aspects all around.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cola. Minimal tan lace remains.
Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.
Taste: Coffee and chocolate.

This is a decent brew. Quite malty, and a bit bitter. Coffee and chocolate are the main themes with both the smell and the taste. I wouldn't get it again unless it was with a sampler.

Photo of devilben02
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours from the bottle with a rich, opaque, dark-chocolate brown color, with a sufficient foamy, sand-colored head. The aroma presents milk chocolate, some oaty grains, and a little bit of vanilla. In contrast, however, the flavor is the liquid equivalent to burnt toast, with a grainy, assertive bitterness. There is also some of the chocolate from the aroma (albeit not as pronounced), but there is not enough to counter the over-roasted bitter character. The texture helps, with a medium body and fine but soft carbonation. In the end, though, even if the goal was to make a smack-you-in-the-face robust porter, there is just too much of the over-roasted character to be enjoyable.

Photo of Dodt
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

cola colored with a nice thick rich head that the lacing that clings to the glass. coffee is the stronger presents in this beer that can over shadow the malts . the smell is a bit of chocolate and coffee. the bitterness for me is nice .can't wait to review the remaining beers in this seasonal pack

Photo of ItalianPisces84
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good beer for winter (well, it is a porter after all, right? :-p). Though it is not my favorite porter, it is still a very good one. The head fades faster than I would like to see in a porter, but this may be a function of my having only ever had it from a bottle. As with all decent beers that I have only had from the bottle, I would very much like to try this one on tap. Texture-wise it is a little thin (less viscous) compared to other porters, such as Otter Creek's Stovepipe Porter, yet it leaves a lingering taste and texture in the mouth after being swallowed. The taste is good, bordering on great: it is not as smokey as I would like a porter to be, but it is slightly more bitter, which gives it a unique flavor. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep dark caramel color, like a good strong cup of black coffee. Decent foam and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malts, smoke, and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: I like it. Just enough complexity to keep the tongue happy. Surprisingly good porter.

Photo of mitch3114
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Saranac assorted holiday gift pack

Bottle into wine glass...fancy on Christmas!

A- Beautiful dark brown with a bit of a ruby hue where the light shines through near the bottom. A nice powdered cocoa color head, light but nice color and fluffy.

S- The chocolate smell is dominant over the roasted scents and there is a hint of fruits a small dash of hops and another smell that reminds me of Belgian yeast.

T- Tastes of roasted malts. All flavors are quite subdued and nothing really stands out. I let this warm up and nothing really comes out. Quite bland. Not bad, just not interesting.

M- Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a porter. I was expecting some more smooth, rich creamy textures, but it also fell short on this category.

O- Overall, this may just be the best out of the other five in the assorted holiday gift pack (no, I am not a fan of their flagship pale ale. One of my first craft beers and one that I revisit at least once a year, but it never gets better for me). It's simply very plain and uninteresting. There certainly aren't any characteristics that are memorable.

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Winter Mixed pack served into a pint glass. The 4059' pours a deep dark brown with just a hint of ruby in the light. A thin mocha cap dissipates swiftly.

Nose of light chocolate and some hops through the short lived foam or after a good spin. Then offering a firm roast character and even a hint of ash. Taste follows with roasted malts dominant, a spritzy caramel/dark fruit in the middle and a light lingering ashy roast on the finish. The ash/burnt flavors are light enough to be a positive development here and not an overriding factor. Still the flavor doesn't offer up much depth or complexity. Feel is coarse and shows just a hint of fruitiness common in English Porters a la Sam Smith's. Overall decent but hardly memorable.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark, near black auburn brown with a tan finger head that dissipates in fair time, leaving a broken layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Not much in the nose. Distant roasted notes. Traces of coffee character. Mild chocolate. The aroma opens up once it warms.

Taste - Thankfully the flavor is more profound. Roasted bitterness met by fair amounts of caramel and lesser chocolate notes. Roasty bitterness in the finish. Simple by porter standards, but good.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A fair to good porter. Hits on a fair amount of roasty goodness that I like in a porter, so that's a plus. Not very complex, though. I'd drink it again, though if it's only offered in their 12 packs here on the West Coast I'll likely pass.

Photo of Kendo
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with a thin khaki-colored head on top. Some splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Good Porter nose - roast, cocoa powder, charcoal. Overall impression of roastiness.

T: First impression on the palate is more about the mouthfeel than the taste: it's thin in feel and a bit overcarbonated. Flavor-wise, it pretty much follows the nose, which is a good thing. I get roasted barley malt, some burnt charcoal, mild cocoa powder and a bitter astringency at the finish that at times seems almost sour. Roasted coffee beans show up after awhile too.

M: See notes above - thin and too-active carbonation. The feel really detracts from the overall impression.

O: If you break down the categories individually, this beer wouldn't be so bad. But the thin weight and sharp carbonation really take away from the overall experience.

Photo of watermelon
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic pint glass. Date on bottle says best by March/31/2014

A: Body is a dark brown almost black with no light penetrating through. Pour resulted in a Foamy 3 finger dark khaki head that left tons of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Light hints of chocolate. Pretty weak in the nose.

T: Smoked malts with a good bit of hop bitterness.

M: Pretty thin for a porter, goes down easy, and has little carbonation leaves a nice feeling on the teeth.

O: This is alright. I wasn't blown away by it. Looks amazing but the nose taste and mouthfeel were all lacking.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours brownish black with a nice slightly off white head. Smells of coffee and slight chocolate. Tastes of coffee and dark roasted grain a little watery. Beer is drinkable light body goes down nice. Overall an above average beer.

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black opaque color with mild to no carbonation with decent head. Chocolate roasted malt aroma. Roasted coffee, little bit of chocolate, caramel, and malty flavor. This beer was garbage last year but this year this has improved ten fold. Taste is well balanced. Really good beer this time around. More chocolate in the finish. We'd love to have this on draft.

Photo of Samp01
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle thanks mike67. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma and Taste is of sweet roasted caramel malt, with some mild slightly burnt coffee with some mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a roasted caramel malt and some burnt coffee flavor and mild bitterness same as taste. Not as robust as some other Porters but overall a good porter.

Photo of beergoot
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown body topped with a thick, clinging light tan head. Roasted dark grains, some chocolate and cocoa undertones, rich and malt-y aroma. Good roasted flavor, slight char, a bit of chocolate overtone; semi-sweet with a tinge of hop bittering. Medium bodied, semi-sweet feel.

A nice porter overall. Nothing mind-blowing or exceptional, yet tasty enough that I wouldn't hesitate to have another on down the road.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with good clarity. Off white head forms and leaves some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and dark bread. In the taste, nutty malts with some roasted qualities. Faint bakers chocolate and dry grain. Medium bodied feel but flavor is too bland and watery. Medium bodied, thin for the style. Overall, the flavor was fine but too watered down, stronger character could make this a winner.

Photo of magine
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with tan head, lots of lace and very nice head retention. Very good looks,

Brew smells of dark malts, caramel, cocoa roasted nut. Good nose.

Brew tates balanced, very drinkable. Great flavors; roasted dark malts; dark cocoa. Good flavors and feel from start to finish. Very good porter here.

Man - one of the best from Saranac, and a standout porter in general. Very good stuff here.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real just a little light tan head, that foams up with styrofoam character, and sits at three fingers deep with good retention. Body is a dark walnut brown with some good hints of red all throughout the body. Some fast rising tiny carbonation crawls up if you look close. Real nice looking brew.

A real nice interesting mix of toasty roasty malts. Smoked and almost bbq smelling light wood right of the fireplace. Good mix of great roasty and smokey malt backbone. Clean, thirst quenching anticipating.

Light bodied with lots of charring roast, with a noticeable likeable wet quality. Carbonation and a bit gaseous unfortunately. Finish is very dry and grainy, but with a good ripping grain quality. Smoke quality seems a bit hammered down sensed from the nose though, but with warmth and time it really hits on the swallow. Has a sense of mild like feel and super easy drinking.

Overall this is a real fun drinking brew, probably one of the most interesting and probably one of the most desirable Saranac brews I've had.

Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Porter" (medium) brown, this beer certainly plays the part in the look. A nicely dense, lasting head with a creamy thickness, remains one finger tall for a good time. Lacing is left in goodly amounts by means of fairly thick patches.
Chocolate malts are evident, and it's obvious from the lower sweetness and combination of earthiness, mild graininess, and light metallic notes that this is of the English persuasion. Chocolate comes out in notes of powder and a bit of a bittersweet edge. There's a solid toastiness underneath with a sturdy roast to it as well. Somewhere toward the middle some coffee grounds come through. The aroma and flavor match well; the major exception is an astringent bit of char in the finish.
The body is medium and starts creamy, but it thins out a bit too quickly. Crispness remains lightly all the way, but doesn't quite do enough to continue to build up the feel. It maintains enough smoothness to keep a touch of flow to it.

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Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.