Saranac 4059' Porter
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac 4059' PorterSaranac 4059' Porter
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Style:
English Porter
Ranked #267
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,749
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 11.98%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
303
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  5
Gots
  38
SCORE
82
Good
Saranac 4059' PorterSaranac 4059' Porter
Notes: 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!

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 303
Photo of Mugman8
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice musty smell and a deep coffee look in the pour, but the head is gone in an instant. Has a smokey taste that is malty and hoppy, but with a smooth finish. It's an OK beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, smoke. Taste is campfire smokey, dark malts, some hops are present. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Probably the best offering from Saranac. Black body, creamy head. Tastes of decent roasted malts, and good hops accompaniment. The carbonation is a bit harsh for a porter. The yeast does not impart a good flavor, fruity esters and a strong alcohol taste that is surprising for a low abv beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this bottle chilled in a stout glass

the color is almost black with ruby hue and thick beige head. The smell has a mild dried fruit/prune-like odor with mild roast aroma and light herbal hop scent. The feel is very good with mild sweetness and moderate carbonation with slight char texture and mostly dry finish.

The taste is also very enjoyable with some mild raisin-like flavor with slight cocoa/coffee dark roasted grain elements and mild yeast adding to the taste with a mild herbal hop quality. Overall I feel that this is more of a robust porter flavor wise but fits either category and is very drinkable for the Porter style

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice porter pours a deep muddy brown with a fantastic head of light brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thick layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of deeply roasted malts and notes of chocolate. Flavors surpass the nose with rich roasted malts dancing about dark bakers cocoa on the front to middle, a touch of cola and light coffee edges in on the back, and finishing with a medium bitter roasted malt taste. Smooth carbonated mouth feel is medium crisp and quaff-able. An excellent porter and a new favorite from this brewery that has thrown me more surprises than not this past year.

Cheers

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac 4059' Porter"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB MAR 31 2016"

A rough pour brings up a finger thick head of creamy dark tan over a brown-black body. The head drops steadily, leaving a ring of spotty lace about the glass, but beyond that there's not much. Overall the head retention and lacing could be better.

The aroma expresses a combination of black coffee-like roastiness and dark bittersweet chocolate with some limited leafy and grassy hops in the background. At times it can almost appear smoky.

The flavor displays a touch of caramel, fuller hops, and a delicate note of fruitiness although it basically remains heavily roasty and chocolatey. It's solidly bitter, and an edge of dark malt acidity whisks it away into a dry and ashen finish. Surprisingly the hops are mainly found across the middle, and don't appear too strongly in the finish.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. As it warms it softens to become quite smooth and velvety.

In the end it's a solid porter that doesn't stray from its English roots, and one which takes a robust porter almost into stout territory with a full-on roastiness.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest brown. Actually black. Black in beer is such a dark brown. A ruby highlight and tan head of creamy foam that fell quickly. Clear.

Hops are English Golding, Northdown and Fuggles

Nose is huge caramel and plenty of roasty malt. Coffee like impression. Hops are a moderate presence. They give a woody softness and gentle spice. There's a light chocolate that's also soft. Dark fruit lightly in the background. What is giving this nose sweetness is floral form those hops. Just outstanding hops presentation. Malt has a lightly blackened quality. A burnt edge if you will but no harsh flavors. Nothing astringent or acrid. Roasty flavors. Strong dry and bitter. Caramel is smooth but the roasty malt won't let you see too much sweetness form it. Bitter chocolate and a bitter hop finish this one to show some nuttiness and a roasty dryness. Exemplary in every way. The definition of robust in the robust porter.

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Photo of beyah
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark as cola, not much head, lacing good
Smell: Caramel, roasted grains bit burnt.
Taste: Porter like bit like a Stout as well.
Might get again.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer but was disappointed for sure. The beer poured a nice black color with a falling nice head. However the head was gone really only after like 3 swigs. The beer tasted flat to me and my wife. However the beer smelled bready and fresh? The beer had a bit of bitter after taste. I really got no goodness out of this beer and while it was drinkable it will not be on my buy again list.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad porter, but I found it to be a little too bitter for the style. I would have enjoyed a little more malt and a little less hop to be more true to the style.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the winter variety pack. poured into glass

opaque, black in color, off-white head. nice malty aroma of coffee and cocoa. taste is similar. nice mouthfeel, full bodied.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

From a twelve ounce bottle in the 2014 Winter Collection

It has a somewhat peaty aroma. Pours nearly black with ruby red highlights and a small beige head. Head retention is decent, reducing to a spotty film, light lacing of glass.
Taste is mild coffee, bitter chocolate. Very crisp. Purportedly named for the elevation of nearby Mount Porter! Possibly Saranac's best offering yet!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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 TeamMathis
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cola. Minimal tan lace remains.
Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.
Taste: Coffee and chocolate.

This is a decent brew. Quite malty, and a bit bitter. Coffee and chocolate are the main themes with both the smell and the taste. I wouldn't get it again unless it was with a sampler.

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Photo of devilben02
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of Dodt
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

cola colored with a nice thick rich head that the lacing that clings to the glass. coffee is the stronger presents in this beer that can over shadow the malts . the smell is a bit of chocolate and coffee. the bitterness for me is nice .can't wait to review the remaining beers in this seasonal pack

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Photo of ItalianPisces84
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good beer for winter (well, it is a porter after all, right? :-p). Though it is not my favorite porter, it is still a very good one. The head fades faster than I would like to see in a porter, but this may be a function of my having only ever had it from a bottle. As with all decent beers that I have only had from the bottle, I would very much like to try this one on tap. Texture-wise it is a little thin (less viscous) compared to other porters, such as Otter Creek's Stovepipe Porter, yet it leaves a lingering taste and texture in the mouth after being swallowed. The taste is good, bordering on great: it is not as smokey as I would like a porter to be, but it is slightly more bitter, which gives it a unique flavor. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep dark caramel color, like a good strong cup of black coffee. Decent foam and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malts, smoke, and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: I like it. Just enough complexity to keep the tongue happy. Surprisingly good porter.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Saranac assorted holiday gift pack

Bottle into wine glass...fancy on Christmas!

A- Beautiful dark brown with a bit of a ruby hue where the light shines through near the bottom. A nice powdered cocoa color head, light but nice color and fluffy.

S- The chocolate smell is dominant over the roasted scents and there is a hint of fruits a small dash of hops and another smell that reminds me of Belgian yeast.

T- Tastes of roasted malts. All flavors are quite subdued and nothing really stands out. I let this warm up and nothing really comes out. Quite bland. Not bad, just not interesting.

M- Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a porter. I was expecting some more smooth, rich creamy textures, but it also fell short on this category.

O- Overall, this may just be the best out of the other five in the assorted holiday gift pack (no, I am not a fan of their flagship pale ale. One of my first craft beers and one that I revisit at least once a year, but it never gets better for me). It's simply very plain and uninteresting. There certainly aren't any characteristics that are memorable.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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 watermelon
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 303 ratings