Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím so used to drinking porters that are flavored, imperial, experimental, barrel-aged, etc. that Iíve kind of forgotten about the base porter style. Saranac 4059í Porter is such a beer as it is indeed "just a porter." Thereís no bells and whistles about this one, though a few would be nice.
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Saranac shaker glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body, no visible carbonation. Forms a large, brown, fluffy head which is slow to dissipate and leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.
Smell: Classic pub aroma of dark malts and a hint of dairy sweetness.
Taste: When I think of a satisfying, passable porter, the palate to Saranac 4059í Porter is exactly what comes to mind. Itís a great representation of the style as it shows thereís definitely flavor to be found in a fairly simple recipe and relatively light body. Mild chocolate and vanilla candy flavors up front with a lactose-like sweetness akin to a milk stout (though thereís no lactose in this brew according the description on the breweryís website). Thereís a surprisingly sharp, dry, but quick hop bite at the apex before it finishes with that classic malty porter taste. I donít really get much in the way of coffee except for the bitterness, though the aftertaste is a tad dry. Overall, itís a decent, by-the-numbers palate thatís not particularly flawed in any way. I enjoyed it at the time but itís nothing to write home about.
Drinkability: Saranac 4059í Porter would be a fantastic "starter porter" as the mild palate makes it drinker-friendly combined with the calm, creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish. Not quite robust enough to pair with food, it does make a fine standalone beverage and at only 5.2% ABV you wonít have any trouble drinking a few back to back.
nearbeer (3284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Opaque black with a lasting film of foam. Nose of chocolate, light char, and oats. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, and oats on the front. Turns to coffee, berries and green herb; then finishes big with ash and char. Light-medium body is soft and well-balanced, but has too much carbonation for me.
PhatB420 (531) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz into a pint. Taste has a nice sweetness to it, a bit like splenda, but without the dry afterbite. Pours a carcoal black with brown undertones. Smooth finish that emulates the main focus of the porter, the malt finish. Exhubernt and tasty, this one packs in a winter warmings of fun. Nice, bountiful, and thread like accuracy, this complements the pallate with fullfinment. Nice.
drjay44 (2344) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is coffee dominated with lighter cocoa, chocolate....taste is coffee, chocolate, light toffee/caramel, finishing with a coffee, hop bitterness......mouth feel light of medium, carbonation high. This is a reasonable example of the style. It is more heavily roasted malt forward than I like, which could be corrected with use a bit less heavily roasted malts and balanced by more caramel/crystal malts. This rating done at 7040 feet. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6
jb (1944) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent looking, dark and reddish. Smells mainly of roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Big toasted taste, a bit more coffee, a smidge of chocolate, some bitterness and grit. Pretty good for part of a variety pack.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. A lot of my palate grew from Saranac. I think they really nail moderate, medium bodied beers, this being a prime example. Really well balanced, quite a bit of depth. Caramel, brown chocolate, some sandy sandpaper dryness. Deliciously drinkable, and lots of flavor. Middle of the road sure, but most extreme breweries canít nail a style, so this one earns bonus points. Really quite nice.
rocbyter (1831) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet light chocolate aroma. Very dark amber color with a medium tan head. Moderate bitter beginning with a light sweet finish. Mildly chalky and light palate.
Elwood (2909) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a very dark brown with a monsterous dark tan head. The nose has light roasty notes with a touch of earth. Sort of muted. The flavor definitely relies on the roasty bitterness with a touch of smoke and a good dose of coffee. There is a weird, almost salty taste to it as well. Mineral notes come out as the beer warms. Fairly light in body, this one seems to border on a dry stout. Not a half bad offering for Saranac.
Arayaga2 (1711) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glassy black with a half-inch of poofy camel-colored head. Aroma is roasty and nutty, and taste is the same, but a bit less rich than the aroma would suggest.
AKThunder (164) - New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Has a very strong chocolate taste. Other unrecognizable roasted flavors are in this brew. Actually enjoyed this a lot.