Saranac 4059' Porter | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac 4059' PorterSaranac 4059' Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

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

Added by plaid75 on 10-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
274
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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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2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

D+

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

From the bottle: "Foot Trail Porter Mtn. Elev. 4059'"; "Fourth Generation Family Brewery"; "Named for the height of nearby Porter Mountain (no Kidding), you'll hold its roasted character and full-flavor in high regard as well."

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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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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3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +13.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.55 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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