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Saranac 4059' Porter | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac 4059' PorterSaranac 4059' Porter
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Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

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

Added by plaid75 on 10-29-2012

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 272
Reviews by Act25:
Photo of Act25
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Agree with most others here. Saranac tends to the metallic and so will stop purchasing it.
It's the "budget craft" around here.

Appearance - hard to screw up a porter.
Smell - Better.
Taste - metallic, Fracking?
Feel - thin compared with other porters.
Overall - Not bad for budget craft, but you get what you pay for. Their black N Tan is better.

Keep trying Saranac in "hope" of a bargain, but it's usually worth spending a $1 more a 6 pack for something more quality, like Avery or River Horse or even Anchor Steam.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark brown with garnet highlights and good clarity. The persistent head is made of a creamy, compact bubbles that are light brown.

S: Moderate caramel and chocolate malt aromas with a moderate earthy and slightly spicy hops aroma. The malt has a light roastiness and a bit of nuttiness to it. There is a moderately-light dark fruit aroma and a slight alcohol aroma.

T: A smooth moderate malt with flavors of bakers chocolate, some coffee and a touch of caramel. There is a moderate hops bitterness and a light earth hops flavor. The balance is slight towards the bitter and the finish is off-dry. There aftertaste is of chocolate and a light bitterness.

M: A moderate creaminess with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.

O: A good Brown Porter with a good blend of roasted and chocolate malt flavors.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of asuburbanman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Ngcba415
4.26/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into porter/stout glass. Dark brown like coffee that lets no light through with a fast-disappearing fizzy tan head. Leaves a surprising amount of lacing. Smells of sour roasted malt and coffee. Taste seems to have a hole in it; not sure what to think. It finishes with bitter chocolate and coffee, but there's something missing. Mouthfeel is good for the style. Overall it's not the best porter I've had, but certainly far from the worst. It's Saranac, it can't be bad.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of CloudStrife
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a dark dark brown with a 1.5 finger light khaki head. Leaves a little bit of lacing as the head fizzles away. Remains as a thin film with a thicker ring around the edge.

S: Pretty decent coffee aroma up front. Certainly some chocolate in the background too. An odd metallic smell makes an unwanted appearance.

T: Like the aroma there is a bunch of coffee at first, mellows out to a nice roastiness and lingers with a dark fermented fruit taste. A very solid porter for Saranac.

M: Lacks a little in the mouthfeel. A little thin and watery but I guess that is expected for most porters. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall a real impressive new beer. Would recommend it and hope it comes out in the brewer special 6-packs later in the year.

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Photo of Daddy_bone1
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.54/5  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.

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Photo of drinking12many
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish black with a soft cap of brownish, off white head

S - burnt sugar, roasted malts, caramel, coffee

T - roasted malts, bitter, faint coffee

M - medium to full bodied, a bit crisp and a tad overcarbonated

This is a decent, full flavored porter. My only complaint is that it's too bitter. The bitterness seems to come more from a roasted malt/coffee character rather than the hop character. Overall, it's worth trying but a bit of balance would have been preferred.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac 4059' Porter"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB MAR 31 2016"

A rough pour brings up a finger thick head of creamy dark tan over a brown-black body. The head drops steadily, leaving a ring of spotty lace about the glass, but beyond that there's not much. Overall the head retention and lacing could be better.

The aroma expresses a combination of black coffee-like roastiness and dark bittersweet chocolate with some limited leafy and grassy hops in the background. At times it can almost appear smoky.

The flavor displays a touch of caramel, fuller hops, and a delicate note of fruitiness although it basically remains heavily roasty and chocolatey. It's solidly bitter, and an edge of dark malt acidity whisks it away into a dry and ashen finish. Surprisingly the hops are mainly found across the middle, and don't appear too strongly in the finish.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. As it warms it softens to become quite smooth and velvety.

In the end it's a solid porter that doesn't stray from its English roots, and one which takes a robust porter almost into stout territory with a full-on roastiness.

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Photo of socon67
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of norinco
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a big, fluffy tan head. There's a great mocha aroma, with a little more ground coffee than dry chocolate. The barley is ideal for a tasty English porter, but the hops are a little more American with bigger bitterness and a little earthy citrus cutting through the malts. I also get some dark chocolate bar and toffee in the background. The body isn't too heavy, I wouldn't mind having a couple in the winter. But it's light enough that this could be a good year-round porter.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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