Saranac 4059' Porter - Matt Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +17%
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.
12-05-2012 16:23:27 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
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!
11-29-2012 02:33:24 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
11-24-2012 01:50:39 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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
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
3.5/5 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
4/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
11-07-2012 13:41:23 | More by DrinkSlurm
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
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
10-31-2012 05:12:19 | More by DrDemento456
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
A= Dark brown with some tan hues when held up to the light. Thick 1" tan head. This thing looks pretty.
S= Toffee, subtle chocolate, detecting a little coffee when swirled in the glass.
T= Very drinkable, that's really the first thing that strikes me about this beer. It has a nice dark malt flavor, with hints of chocolate and toffee. Not really detecting any coffee flavor that I had noticed in the aroma. Finishes dry, but not too much so. Gentle hops at the end invite another sip.
M= Medium bodied, not really chewy like some porters can be.
Overall, I thought this was a wonderful new offering from Saranac. In recent years, they've really stepped up some of their beers. I am looking forward to enjoying this Porter throughout the winter.
10-31-2012 02:31:20 | More by AndrewFleming19
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-29-2012 17:57:08 | More by plaid75
Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.