Saranac 4059' Porter - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by Samp01:
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-10-2013 19:46:26 | More by Samp01
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3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
12-24-2012 22:43:40 | More by MadScientist
3.26/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
01-11-2013 05:21:00 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
"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.
02-17-2013 06:00:06 | More by Brenden
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
11-03-2012 21:51:29 | More by CloudStrife
3.56/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-10-2013 05:52:57 | More by TheSixthRing
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-16-2012 22:43:57 | More by tdm168
4.03/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
12-02-2012 18:36:40 | More by tempest
4.15/5 rDev +17.6%
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
01-20-2013 05:24:37 | More by Hop_kulture
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
12-10-2013 06:49:13 | More by HalfFull
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
11-18-2012 20:28:01 | More by Gmann
3.66/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
02-09-2013 02:13:22 | More by Treyliff
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
02-04-2013 00:15:50 | More by puboflyons
Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company
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