Saranac 4059' Porter - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac 4059' PorterSaranac 4059' Porter

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234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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
Reviews by MadScientist:
Photo of MadScientist
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.24/5  rDev -9%
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.

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

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 tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of Hop_kulture
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
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

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 Gmann
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with some ruby hues. The head is short with tight bubbles, quickly settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma has nice chocolate and cocoa notes. Some wood notes as well, perhaps a touch of vanilla.

The taste is of chocolate malts and light coffee. There is a bark like flavor that contributes a bunch of bitterness. Some lemony tea flavors bring in some brightness and gives the beer a traditional English porter flavor.

The feel is light and the carbonation is quite fizzy. Definitely light for the style and overcarbonated. I like my porters to have a smoother feel. The sweetness is balanced by an earthy bitterness, which then lingers way too long. Kind of a rough bitterness.

Overall, a good porter, nice surprise from Saranac.

Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  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!

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 puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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 CraftBeerTastic
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #240
Served On: 12/05/2012
Glassware: DFH Chalice
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: Mar 31 - 2012

This was from the current '12 Beers of Winter' mixed pack.

Look: The pitch-black brew formed a nice 1 finger creamy tan head. Carbonation level was noticeably high along the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing remained.

Smell: The roasted malts dominated the nose along with some hints of coffee bean and some unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: First up was a strong roasted character that lead into some chocolate and then a black-coffee bitterness. The roasted note seemed to return in the aftertaste. A faint sweetness did start to appear as the brew warmed.

This was a very solid porter from Matt. I have to say it is of slightly higher quality than many of their other offerings I've tried. There were no real signs of flavoring extracts or other artificial additives in this one.

Photo of u2carew
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles slowly leaving a sticky lacing on the sides. Opaque body.
S) Roasted grains. Hints of coffee. Yeasty.
T) Bold roasted malt notes upfront. Hints of molasses. Coffee. Chocolate. Pleasant characteristic hop bite in the finish.
M) Full body. Mellow carbonation. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A delicious porter. Well crafted and true to porter form. I'll be drinking another.

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 papaglide
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours with the same consistent Saranac head: 1 finger, quick to diminish.

S- sweet roasted malt, chocolate, baking bread

T- roasted and somewhat hoppy at first with some licorice blended in. Dry finish with a nice toastiness lingering.

M- seems a little over carbonated to me, bubbly and sort of thin with astringent and bitter overtones. I didn't enjoy this.

O- stouts and porters are 2 of my favorite styles yet I can't seem to get my head wrapped around this beer. Stegmeier Porter with a more pronounced roasted taste maybe? To be honest I was kind of disappointed with this one. Pouring it into my pint glass it showed so much promise yet the astringent bitterness and seemingly over carbonation left me wanting for much more.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark red in color and appears black when viewed from afar. It has a light amount of visible carbonation and poured with a finger high off white to tan head that hardly died down and left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts in the nose along with some along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is rather similar to the smell and has some hints of coffee beans and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some nice flavors of chocolate malts and is very easy to drink due to its relatively light-bodied nature.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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 plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2012 12 Beers of Winter.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light chocolate malt and a soft cafe au lait element.

The taste was likewise soft with the aforementioned chocolate and coffee and a touch of lactose.

The mouthfeel was soft with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty porter that is certainly welcomed for the colder season.

Photo of auxiliary
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black with a tan head, settled to a ring and left some lace on the glass.

Smell - Unsweetned dark chocolate, and espresso

Taste - Chocolate taste unsweetned, bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body feel, bitterness.

Overall - it is what it is, a porter.. Chocolate and some bitterness.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint. Nice brown with tan head. Coffee and chocolate aromas dominate this one. Very very nice smooth coffee malty flavor, some chocolate with an ever so slight hop presence. Very good porter and I love how they named this one after one of the High Peaks in the ADKs...and the first peak i bagged.

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