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Saranac 4059' Porter | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac 4059' PorterSaranac 4059' Porter

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

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

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 273
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
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 hosehead83
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a one finger dark brown head. Not great head retention but decent lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, some dark roast coffee, and heavily roasted malt. Some dark fruit pokes through along with a little bit of caramel. Really typical of a porter but quite appealing.

Flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Some bready malt sneaks through as well. A little dark fruit and caramel as well. Not hugely complex but nice flavors and nothing really off. It does get a little bit tannic and acrid with the roasted malt but this is barely held in check. Mouthfeel is very full and just slightly sticky. This beer really has tons of body which was a pleasant surprise.

Overall, a really nice porter that is simple but very enjoyable on a cold night. Worth picking up in the winter variety pack if you come across it.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Act25
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Agree with most others here. Saranac tends to the metallic and so will stop purchasing it.
It's the "budget craft" around here.

Appearance - hard to screw up a porter.
Smell - Better.
Taste - metallic, Fracking?
Feel - thin compared with other porters.
Overall - Not bad for budget craft, but you get what you pay for. Their black N Tan is better.

Keep trying Saranac in "hope" of a bargain, but it's usually worth spending a $1 more a 6 pack for something more quality, like Avery or River Horse or even Anchor Steam.


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Photo of u2carew
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles slowly leaving a sticky lacing on the sides. Opaque body.
S) Roasted grains. Hints of coffee. Yeasty.
T) Bold roasted malt notes upfront. Hints of molasses. Coffee. Chocolate. Pleasant characteristic hop bite in the finish.
M) Full body. Mellow carbonation. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A delicious porter. Well crafted and true to porter form. I'll be drinking another.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is no longer retired. It is included in the new 2015 Saranac 12 Beers of Winter pack.
11/29/15. The date on the bottle is best by 03/31/2016

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of billybob
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a one finger light tan head with a hazy lace coating and very dark brown in color. you can taste that roasted coffee and hints of chocolate slightly sweet and slightly bitter. good carbonation not weak or watery. nice porter I would buy again.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark brown with garnet highlights and good clarity. The persistent head is made of a creamy, compact bubbles that are light brown.

S: Moderate caramel and chocolate malt aromas with a moderate earthy and slightly spicy hops aroma. The malt has a light roastiness and a bit of nuttiness to it. There is a moderately-light dark fruit aroma and a slight alcohol aroma.

T: A smooth moderate malt with flavors of bakers chocolate, some coffee and a touch of caramel. There is a moderate hops bitterness and a light earth hops flavor. The balance is slight towards the bitter and the finish is off-dry. There aftertaste is of chocolate and a light bitterness.

M: A moderate creaminess with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.

O: A good Brown Porter with a good blend of roasted and chocolate malt flavors.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Minkybut
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
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 mitch3114
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into porter/stout glass. Dark brown like coffee that lets no light through with a fast-disappearing fizzy tan head. Leaves a surprising amount of lacing. Smells of sour roasted malt and coffee. Taste seems to have a hole in it; not sure what to think. It finishes with bitter chocolate and coffee, but there's something missing. Mouthfeel is good for the style. Overall it's not the best porter I've had, but certainly far from the worst. It's Saranac, it can't be bad.

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Photo of Samp01
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle thanks mike67. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma and Taste is of sweet roasted caramel malt, with some mild slightly burnt coffee with some mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a roasted caramel malt and some burnt coffee flavor and mild bitterness same as taste. Not as robust as some other Porters but overall a good porter.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of magine
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with tan head, lots of lace and very nice head retention. Very good looks,

Brew smells of dark malts, caramel, cocoa roasted nut. Good nose.

Brew tates balanced, very drinkable. Great flavors; roasted dark malts; dark cocoa. Good flavors and feel from start to finish. Very good porter here.

Man - one of the best from Saranac, and a standout porter in general. Very good stuff here.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black with a tan head, settled to a ring and left some lace on the glass.

Smell - Unsweetned dark chocolate, and espresso

Taste - Chocolate taste unsweetned, bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body feel, bitterness.

Overall - it is what it is, a porter.. Chocolate and some bitterness.

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Photo of GiantMidget
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Saranac winter variety pack at Wegmans in Collegeville PA.

Poured into a tulip glass.
No head to be found nor is there any lacing.
Scent of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Coffee, chocolate as well.

I quite enjoyed this porter with some stoutlike characteristics. Bit bolder porter. Slight hazelnut, coffee, chocolate and lightly sweet caramel.
Full bodied mouthfeel, not overly aggressive or too heavily carbonated.

It was a good english porter, a fine effort from Saranac, but I won't go to 4 with it, as it's not innovative or bold enough to gain that extra few marks.

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Photo of devilben02
2.91/5  rDev -18%
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 CraftBeerTastic
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Saranac 4059' Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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