Saranac 4059' Porter - Matt Brewing Company
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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
3.56/5 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
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-06-2013 03:27:43 | More by Kendo
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic pint glass. Date on bottle says best by March/31/2014
A: Body is a dark brown almost black with no light penetrating through. Pour resulted in a Foamy 3 finger dark khaki head that left tons of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Light hints of chocolate. Pretty weak in the nose.
T: Smoked malts with a good bit of hop bitterness.
M: Pretty thin for a porter, goes down easy, and has little carbonation leaves a nice feeling on the teeth.
O: This is alright. I wasn't blown away by it. Looks amazing but the nose taste and mouthfeel were all lacking.
11-20-2013 19:30:03 | More by watermelon
3.6/5 rDev +2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours brownish black with a nice slightly off white head. Smells of coffee and slight chocolate. Tastes of coffee and dark roasted grain a little watery. Beer is drinkable light body goes down nice. Overall an above average beer.
11-20-2013 01:12:58 | More by cyclonece09
Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.