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Saranac 4059' Porter - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac 4059' PorterSaranac 4059' Porter

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 10-29-2012)
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Brenden

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 06:00:06 | More by Brenden
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 23:36:28 | More by alexgash
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 20:28:01 | More by Gmann
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:50:39 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

02-05-2013 16:20:29 | More by AngusOg
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 13:41:23 | More by DrinkSlurm
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-22-2013 04:26:36 | More by cliff1066
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-22-2014 16:35:25 | More by JohnK17
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-21-2013 18:40:59 | More by JohneHoodlum
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-24-2013 13:41:08 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-28-2014 22:10:38 | More by Durandal_777
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Kendo

New York

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:27:43 | More by Kendo
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 14:11:22 | More by micromaniac129
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HalfFull

California

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 06:49:13 | More by HalfFull
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-28-2013 04:39:59 | More by OldTime
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-07-2014 04:21:36 | More by UltimateLivewire
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-06-2012 16:09:00 | More by CaptDavyJones
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 22:53:57 | More by hosehead83
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black color, much darker than the typical English Porter brown, about a finger of head that sticks around for awhile, not much for lacing.

Smell has a rich caramel and toffee aroma, hints of chocolate, very roasty and toasty nose.

Taste starts out with a strong roasted malt presence, slight burnt aftertaste, toffee throughout, the flavors are there but the body is pretty lacking, a bit thin, carbonation too high as well.

Overall a solid solid porter as part of a mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 20:44:55 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15%

01-14-2014 22:56:14 | More by Rekrule
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +13.3%

08-29-2013 06:36:01 | More by generallee
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beergoot

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 23:25:52 | More by beergoot
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bubseymour

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15%

12-16-2012 22:39:34 | More by bubseymour
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-19-2014 12:39:03 | More by Gregwa
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campfirebrew

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

04-04-2013 15:05:21 | More by campfirebrew
Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.