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Saranac 4059' Porter - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac 4059' PorterSaranac 4059' Porter

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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%


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:
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

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 10-29-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:49:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 03:10:11 | More by TeamMathis
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devilben02

North Carolina

2.84/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:50:37 | More by devilben02
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:36:50 | More by Dodt
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ItalianPisces84

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:39:53 | More by ItalianPisces84
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TheMarkE

California

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:20:43 | More by TheMarkE
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mitch3114

New York

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 04:40:12 | More by mitch3114
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HalfFull

California

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 06:49:13 | More by HalfFull
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TheSixthRing

California

3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 05:52:57 | More by TheSixthRing
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Kendo

New York

3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:27:43 | More by Kendo
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 19:30:03 | More by watermelon
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:12:58 | More by cyclonece09
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 04:55:31 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 19:46:26 | More by Samp01
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beergoot

Colorado

3.51/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 23:25:52 | More by beergoot
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:02:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 02:28:48 | More by magine
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:20:27 | More by smakawhat
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Brenden

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 06:00:06 | More by Brenden
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours very dark brown, almost black. Bubbly and frothy light tan head reduces to a thin later that has good retention.

S- chocolaty with roasted notes, a bit of coffe with a finish of bitter hops.

T- sweet melted chocolate with a bit of toffee up front, smoky and roasted malt character mid-palate with a bit of charred wood, the finish continues with roasted notes and finishes with a sharp Englsh hop bitterness. Finish is dry and smoky.

M- light-medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel but finishes a but slick. Mouthfeel seems a little light for a smoky porter.

O- lots of smoky notes in this one, almost reminded me of a Baltic porter. Good chocolate flavors and enough hops to balance it out. Pretty good!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:13:22 | More by Treyliff
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 3, 2013.

It has a very dark brown to practically black pour with a foamy beige head that lingers and laces delicately on the glass. Handsome looking.

The aroma does bring out the Porter notes I might expect with roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, yeast, and a vague hop bite.

The body was a little disappointing after such a full aroma with a medium texture and a little astringency.

The taste starts with dark malts and sweetness but does not take long to bounce back with a low to moderate hop bitterness. Lingers a little. Not a bad one from Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 00:15:50 | More by puboflyons
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by March 31st, 2013:

Into a mug (poured this previously into a nonic):

A: dark brown colored body leaving a decent one finger white foamy head that immediately dies into the body.

S: roasted malt, hops and coffee.

T: bitter as the coffee and hops are taking precedence

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste and finish.

O: this is a good beer for its style and its good for me, I'd come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 04:22:20 | More by BeerKangaroo
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Amber to cola brown body. Clear. Half finger of gauzy, light khaki head. Some lacing. Roasted barley, chicory, fading coffee, a little peat, and milk chocolate on the nose. Smell is "light" for a porter, but not bad.

Slightly metallic, roasted malts up front. Chalky and bitter. Hints of dark chocolate. Faint caramel sweetness flashes mid-palate. Roasted, chalky bitterness takes over the finish. Moderate body, with a rather creamy feel. Not bad, but forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 23:36:28 | More by alexgash
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black color, much darker than the typical English Porter brown, about a finger of head that sticks around for awhile, not much for lacing.

Smell has a rich caramel and toffee aroma, hints of chocolate, very roasty and toasty nose.

Taste starts out with a strong roasted malt presence, slight burnt aftertaste, toffee throughout, the flavors are there but the body is pretty lacking, a bit thin, carbonation too high as well.

Overall a solid solid porter as part of a mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 20:44:55 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Hop_kulture


4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I want the golden ticket!

a: dark and opaque like a porter should be. cough star hill

s: roasted malt and a slight butterscotch smell

t: slightly smokey with a heavy malt sweetness

m: good lacing and heaviness. the flavor coats the mouth

o: a decent porter by a brewery that is very special to me. Saranac doesn't brew the worlds best beer but they were the first brewery that I discovered that introduced me to so many different styles. I will always come back... thanks again Saranac

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 05:24:37 | More by Hop_kulture
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Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.