Saranac 4059' Porter - Matt Brewing Company
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2.15/5 rDev -39.1%
Smell: Hint of coffee and old library books
Taste: Hint of malt up front followed a boozy / metallic finish
If you love Guinness stout you may like this one. The sad thing is that the follow-up beer burps were more tasty than the beer itself. I don't think I will pick this one up again unless it is part of a sampler pack.
12-20-2012 00:36:07 | More by TheWapakian
2.35/5 rDev -33.4%
12 oz bottle from a verity pack. Pours black with a long-lived off-white head. Aroma is of bready and toasted malt, hints of vanilla and chocolate. Body is full and smooth. Taste is minerals, paper, some roasted malt and earthy hops. Finish is long and unpleasant. I’m never buying Saranac again. Nice drain pour.
11-19-2012 15:23:16 | More by mikeg67
2.45/5 rDev -30.6%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average on account of the brewery.
Served straight from the fridge and side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 4+ finger head of khaki-tan colour, nice cream and thickness, and good retention - though it seems overcarbonated. Body colour is a dark amber-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent; opaque.
Sm: Dark malts, slight artificial hints of roast, and stale biscuit malt. Dark cocoa notes. I guess a bit of coffee is detectable. Simple, boring, and bland. An average strength aroma. Underwhelming for a porter.
T: Artificial roast alongside some underwhelming slightly stale dark malts and chocolate malts, with a bit of cocoa. Middling balance. Lazy build for the style. Flavour depth is low. Duration and intensity of flavour are about average. Simple as a porter can be. Very boring and bland. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through. Why brew this?
Mf: Smooth, wet, and thin. Undercarbonated. Too thick. Poor palate presentation. Okay body.
Dr: Drinkable but forgettable and disappointing. Another crappy brew from Saranac/Matt. I wouldn't trifle with this again. I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle, and it's not so awful you couldn't cook with it.
01-02-2013 09:08:17 | More by kojevergas
2.58/5 rDev -26.9%
Never met a porter i didn't really love..
Poured a nice 2 finger foamy head with light ring lacing..
Strange nose.. Mild, undefinative.. Coffee, and also something dry and peppery.
Malts up front followed a boozy,metallic finish.. I would need to be at the altitude advertised on this bottle or high as a kite to enjoy this.. Damn, what a dissapointing craft pack.. This is beer #4.. 2 to go
12-16-2012 23:28:21 | More by 401J
2.78/5 rDev -21.2%
Out of a variety pack poured into a pint glass...
Overall this is not terrible, but not really up to what I've come to expect from FX Matt
It felt a bit on the carbonated side for a Porter. The head was quite nice but didn't last too long. The glass was nicely laced t the end though. It feels a little light for a porter, but tastes like a porter. I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm a bit confused on this one and have mixed emotions. Bottom line, don't be afraid of it in a mix pack. I intend to give this another try, and will update this if necessary.
12-29-2012 01:45:31 | More by JMB22
2.84/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
03-11-2014 02:50:37 | More by devilben02
2.99/5 rDev -15.3%
Poured in a tulip glass
A: Pours a very dark body. Held to the light you barely get a dark ruby red at the bottom of the glass. Head pours at about 1 inch think and approximately 2 minutes after untouched it's at a 1/4 inch. Head is off white like Irish cream.
S: Very roasty with some chocolate and a coffee background. Some bready character to it, sort of like a pumpernickel bread.
T: Malt flavours are light but the burned coffee, chocolate and roastyness is coming through. There is a dry finish to the roasted grains at the end. Late in the taste there is a grainy flavour that comes through.
M: Medium-low mouthfeel, medium carbonation, high bitterness is well balanced for the strong roastyness.
O: IMO this robust porter is missing the maltyness needed to balance its roasted and chocolate grains. Other then that it's something I could very well enjoy but not seek out.
01-09-2013 02:42:35 | More by Kremlock
Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.