Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Night Suds - Saranac 4059' Porter

This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac Brewery's 4059' Porter.
I got tipped off to the new Saranac Winter box brews by my good friend Dan R. who besides being an excellent little league coach, is also a knowledgeable beer guy who even brews his own beer. After being alerted that these beers were available locally, I did a quick check with the Va'ad of  Detroit and was assured that all of the new brews are certified kosher. Then it was off to Beverage Barn on Jericho Turnpike to pick up a 12 pack. [While there I also picked up a 12 pack of Mrs KB's new favorite Saranac product --- the Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale which they are blowing out at $10.99].
The Saranac Winter Box has two of their better winter seasonal beers - the Chocolate Lager (reviewed here - ) and the Big Moose Ale ( ) along with four new varieties - a Red IPA, Black Bear Bock, Belgian Pale Ale and the 4059' Porter.
The 4059' Porter derives its name from an Adirondack peak called Porter Mountain which stands (can you guess?) 4059' feet above sea level. But more interesting than the name is the beer itself. This is a sipping beer, not something that you would gulp down or even drink with a light meal. It is a brew which is true to the Porter style as you are struck by the coffee and burnt chocolate smell the moment that you open the bottle. The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color with some tan foam which stuck around for at least half an hour.
What makes this beer more than just a heavy dark brew is the interesting way that the chocolate comes to the forefront after the coffee flavors have faded. There is a bit of a bitter aftertaste which is not unpleasant, but again not something that you would want to accompany a light meal.
Saranac 4059' Porter is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac has begun to brew some of its High Peaks series off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the 4059' Porter, please follow this link -

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

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