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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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Reviews: 59
Hads: 237
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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 metter98
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool new brew in the winter mix. a hybrid of sorts, english in mats for sure, especially in the nose, where caramel and that semisweet sugar blend give it away, but coffee is powerfully american here, the nose is bitter from it, and the flavor is really roasty and rich, more espresso even, bitter is nice against the malt sweet. this was way more coffee than i expected it to have. good bubbles, full but not massive body too, smooth in texture, down easy, especially when its warms. overall a very satisfying porter, lots of malt and desserty flavors. i enjoyed this a lot, and am enjoying saranacs new foray into some more experimental and inspired beers. nice start in that direction in this winter pack!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blurring the line of where porter meets stout is the area that the Matt brewery flirts with in the recipe formulation and brewing execution of 4059' Porter.

And like any beer that would ride that line, the beer pours with a dark brown, mirror onyx-like sheen. Seeming clear, the sheer darkness keeps light from impeding. A frothy light mocha tan head separates from the beer and caps the rim of the glass with medium-strong retention and intricate lacing to start. But the beer seems to loose its structure later in the session.

Heavy toast, light roast, and a twangy malt scent start up the aromatics; and do so with a backup of cocoa, roasted nuts, burnt caramel, and cola. Columbian coffee and a grainy-tart twinge keeps things zesty and bright.

Characteristically porter, the taste of coffee, cocoa, and toast lead the way. But then the balance tilts to stout as the taste of burnt embers and mild roasted grain come into play. Light acidity turns modestly sour in finish and becomes a mild grainy distraction to the taste. Malty starches fade early and leave a thinly sweet cola taste to carry on in finish. Firmly bitter, the beer cleverly never reveals whether this is because of hops or roasted grain.

Medium bodied, at least to start- the beer builds and then releases its creamy malt body way too quickly. The remaining mouth sensations are thin, grainy, astringent, and harshly bitter. Alcohol warmth is unsupported and cola thinness replaces malty-dryness for an unsettled and lingering grain sweetness.

Where I could have easily been talked into the seduction of porter/stout interplay, the lack of malt support and harsh astringency makes me give up on the argument at middle palate. It's not an unpleasant beer, just not one I'll reach for when wanting porter.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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.


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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back.

My pour produced two dense fingers of tan head that seemed to be determined to sit there indeterminately. Okay, looking at color, it was a deep, dark-brown with caramel highlights. Nose was sort of a smoky chocolate, but it was not well pronounced, hence my inability to pin it down. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a definite smoky coffee flavor with some dark chocolate intermingled in terms of its taste. Finish was semi-dry and very tasty. Two for two recently WRT Saranac.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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 tempest
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Stinkypuss
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly dark brown color with a small amount of foamy tan head that receded at an average pace leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with light amounts of dark chocolate malt and toffee. Then you get a little grainy maltiness and a metallic twang.

The tastes follow the nose with light amounts of dark roasted malts, cocoa, and toffee. Some fruity English esters emerge as well as some grainy pilsnery maltiness which comes across almost like cola.

The mouthfeel was on the light end of medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is clean, soft and on the drier end.

Overall this is not horrible but quite forgettable in a seas of American craft beers. I would much rather splurge the entra couple bucks and get a Fuller's London Porter if I wanted and English porter as that has a much more full flavor profile.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty nice pour, deep black with just a mild ruby color at the base of the glass. Head is lacking a bit just a mild lace ring, tan in color with sticky lacing.

S - Smells like a great porter. Mild chalky yeasts, mixing well with mild coffee and chocolate, Quite enjoyable.

T - Damn these guys make a good porter. Surprised me this was brewed by Saranac since most of their offerings are average. Smooth body, mild hops, roasty coffee, and some chocolate sweet finish. Not offensive in the slightest.

M - Medium bodied, slightly slick, and very drinkable.

Overall a smooth drinkable porter. Nothing to wow the extreme craft drinker but close to the style.

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Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Gmann
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a tan head that stayed around leaving some globs and a sheet of lacing.

S - chocolate licorice and espresso coffee.

T - chocolate, some smokiness and lots of bitter coffee bean lingering on the finish.

F - medium bodied, mild carbonation, goes down smooth.

O - a good example of the style.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the betters I've had lately.
Pours really dark brown with a deep mocha brown head which is pretty tall. Lingers for quite awhile. Also it pours thickly with a velvetty smoothness.
Picking up an abundance of rich roasted malts with sutle hints of chocolate and coffee.
Taste is highly roasted with a lir sprinkling of cocoa and espresso.
Feels thinner on the palette then what the pour might of suggested.
It's hit or miss with some of the Saranac brews but not this one. It's good and flavorful. Perhaps next time I hike Cascade I'll side trip to Porter and have this porter on Porter.

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Photo of beergoot
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a nice, thick cap of tan foam.
Aroma-faint cocoa
Taste-Dark roasted malt, subtle coffee, dark chocolate, and a nice underlying hop profile provide a nice balance. Tasty, sessionable and well-balanced. A nice friendly porter.

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Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.