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Double Porter Smoked - Rock Art Brewery

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85
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This deep dark brew may help to tame those cool evenings and put a little spunk in the long nights. You’ll flavor the sweet caramel malts, roasted grains, a big mouth feel and a touch of smoked grain.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 01-20-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer after having Woodstock's maple porter. This one was so far superior that I may have given it an inflated grade. Anyway, the beer was a dark reddish/brown color with a thick tan head. It had a roasted malt, peaty aroma. Smoky/peaty taste, some coffee and chocolate, late bitterness. Nice combination. Very smooth, enjoyed it immensely.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, w/o freshness info. A nice touch that the label includes food ideas and guidance for a tasty meal to enjoy with this brew. Pours dark brown, moderate dark khaki head, that goes to a tiny bubble film and typical collar. The Lace/sheeting is delicate and copious. Light smoke and dark malt nose. Flavorful and easy drinking ramped up porter. Notes of more smoke/wood, dark maple malts. Dense waves of malty flavor, supplemented by a charged up level of resiny hops all adds up to a quite worthy and recommended porter.

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber > snifter

Totally opaque blackness with a 2" deep, wild, thick, sea-foamy tan-tinted head, very clumpy with sticky lacing as it slowly dissipates. Obvious carbonation on the edges and an overall heavy look.

The nose is very sweet and smooth chocolate maltiness and sweet fruits. berries, strawberries and blackberry tarts pop out. Vanilla covered blueberries with hershey's chocolate syrup. Mossy, graden hops way down deep.

This one is just as bold and complex as a good RIS, with a black, roastie coffee edge. The feel is heavy, yet snappy with a long smooth finish. The feel is totally sublime and lucious. Dark roasted coffee with chocolate chunks, oats and vanilla in the backdrop. The hops give an earthy, bitter balance that is spot on! Very complex with many malty layers finished off by light vanilla and green hops. the 60 IBU's seems exactly right for this stlye.

This bomber was only $3.99!! this is some quality brew for that price. Keep 'em coming Rock Art!

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cross-style between a baltic porter and a smoked. The smoked is there all right, and nicely done, better drunk with food. It is IBU 60 so it is hoppy and some bitterness is secondary. Suitable carbonation, hoppiness works well here. A bomber best shared, but drinkable.

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 ounce bottle. Sampled on June 7, 2012. It pours a rather murky but deep amber tone. I expected it to darker considering it is labeled "Double Porter." But since it is a Baltic Porter it may be about right. On the nose are malts and a light, distant smoky note. The body falls more on the medium side and maybe a little lighter than that. The yeast interacts well with the other ingredients to bring out a smokier taste than the one I get on the nose. 8% ABV well integrated. I love smoked beers but this one was more subdued.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch coal coloring is topped off by a generous 2 finger + beach sand colored head that is steady on the hold. Along the glass edges we see a feverish carbonation of micro bubbles working their way upwards and beading while building upon the head further. The lacing is good, meaty and thick with a strong helping of foam deposits on the glass walls.

S: Roasty fresh coffee offering with a hint of charcoal biscuit. A light touch of smoldering wood ash and smoke of medium strength rounds things out.

T: Burnt wood and smoked barley grains with a roasted bitterness of dry coffee beans. Campfire minearlity, charcoal with a lingering smoky peat finish. Fresh chocolate adds a bit of sweetness to the mix lingering humbly beneath the moderates smoky and roasted flavor.

M: Mouthful was viscose, full bodied with a oily texture and feel. Roasty upon warming with a dark earthy burnt bitterness coming about on the swallow. Strong carbonation sensation especially on the tip and edges of the tongue.

D: Solid drinkability, considering style and abv%. Roasty, bitter with a lingering burnt bitterness and an overall good appeal. A bomber is good here.

Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of scottg
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with a thick tan head with great retention and thin lacing. Lots of chocolate malt and oak with some subtle smoke. Up front flavor of espresso leads to sweet chocolate malt and bitter chocolate as well with some smoke that creeps in with light hop bitterness throughout. Full bodied, lightly carbonated there is a chalky mouthfeel with a dry finish. The alcohol and smoke flavor is well controlled making this a drinkable beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light brown; translucent. A small layer of cream coloured head formed and reduced to a few scattered bubbles. Doesn't have the look of a porter at all. Very light.

S - Smoke completely dominates with some very light caramel and toffee notes in the background. No typical porter characteristics are present in the nose either.

T - Massive smoke flavour up front with a slight toffee/caramel flavour present in the background along with a touch of chocolate.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of u2carew
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a thin head. Then settles quickly. Dark brown with reddish hues. Thin lacing.
S) Smoky. Some chocolate notes. Some sweet caramel aroma.
T) Very mellow malty sweet nose. Then smoky in the backside.
M) Just a bit of syrupy-ness. Medium body. Some fizziness but otherwise nearly flat.
D) A decent porter. With all the "double" and "smoked" I expected something more. Tasted like a normal porter.

Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle purchased at the brewery.

Out of the bottle the beer hits with a dull dark reddish mahogany brown. Head forms light tan but gets maybe three fingers tall and falls very quickly. Lots of snapping cola like carbonation and bubbles and barely leaves a collar. Collar doesn't stick around and you have a wet mess.

Nose is smokey, with a nice rauchbier like beechwood sense. There's a bit of band aid phenols here though. Some faint jerky and caramel hiding in the back, with a very very small sweetness.

Incredibly watery palate. Weak texture and feels practically from the water tap. Flavors mix nicely with what is hinted on the nose but there is zero depth. Finish has a bit of roast and char slightly, the smoke character comes throughout nicely. Sweetness mixes with a little bit of blackened dry malt too. There's good balance hiding in here, and the taste of band aids hinted at on the nose luckily doesn't come through at all.

Overall if I were to rate this on smoke beer style, then I would say it's a real dumbed down palate feel which takes a lot away from enjoying it. If I were to rate this as a baltic porter I would give it even worse, there's nothing "to style" about this beer in that sense at all. Still it's a watery mess with not much to offer. Give this beer some depth and thickness and it would be worth drinking.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: pours a dark brown/slightly black with a tiny hint of head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts, some smoke, strong toffee notes with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste: First hit with toffee and malty flavors then it finihes rather smokey (almost a rauchbier taste)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a smokey dryness.

Drinkability: Out of the three Rock Art beers that I've had, I rank this as #2. A very interesting smoked porter that I could drink regularly, just not more than one in a sitting.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I've been trying to buy more Rock Art since that whole Vermonster/Monster Energy thing.

Clear chestnut color, light even for a brown porter. Beige head leaves thick lace rings.

Monotone aroma of wood smoke. Maybe a little Nestle quick.

Overbearing, expansive wood smoke. There's some faint char in there but lacking traditional porter flavors. I do get some dark brown ale Nestle Quick chocolate and brown ale fruity esters but not much porter. Much less a double porter. Lush, velvety mouthfeel.

Between the heat (8%), hops (60IBU) and smoke its a lot of raw everything and I couldn't finish the bottle despite having help. Needs refinement.

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the clear, effervescent dark amber brew. Thick head lasts nicely, with heavy sticky lace. Aroma is sweet and smokey. Taste is malty upfront, gives way to ample smoke in the middle, and closes with a hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and smooth, and drinkability is very good. Interesting slant on an imperial porter.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from 22oz. into pint glass a deep dark brown with not much light coming through. Thick tan head settles nicely.

S: Roasted and burnt malt, chicory, smoke, molasses and faint earthy hops.

T: Malt is sweet yet smoky with some burnt and roasted grain complexities like molasses, char and coffee. Hops are very subdued.

M: Full body with crisp bubbly carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

D: Great price and good balance and flavor. Highly recommend this one.

Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light fizzy head fades almost instantly lighter colored slight hazy auburn blond color. Looks more like brown ale than porter!?

Nose smoked alright, campfire, smoked cheese, light toasty reddish brown malts, light caramel and molasses, little syrupy.

Taste little sweet and syrupy, molasses but watered down, light caramel and some reddish toasty malts. Creamy smoke, light campfire and smoked cheese. Light earthy bitterness with a hint acrid. Finish is still semi sweet quite bitter earthy spicy hops and smoke. Little astringent and icky long lingering some smoke. Some warming booze with a little tingle.

Mouth is med bodied sticky syrupy but still thin feeling, lighter carb

Overall overpowering and meh. Too much going on, way too much smoke, astringent bitterness, little acrid, etc. It's many little things they got wrong too, like no head, way too light colored, thin feeling and thin on malt taste despite the 8% that comes through as 10%, long bitter acrid finish that is hard to finish 1/3 of the bomber let alone the entire thing (glad I shared it). This is a rare complete miss for Rock Art IMO.

Photo of hopdog
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, smokiness, some smoked meat, roast, and ligtht caramel. Tastes of chocolate, lighter smoke, and roast. The tastes a bit of a let down compared to the aromas. Alcohol content well hidden with the body on the thin side.

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger very light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy brown color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smokey nose. Flavor is sweet, smokey roasted coffee. Smokey and light bitter finish. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant light tan head with good circular lace after each sip. Very cloudy, light brown color.

Has an aroma of chocolate milk.

Not much smokiness, but this has a great porter flavor. Lots of cocoa with a healthy dose of bitter hop which lasts through the aftertaste. Good body.

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Double Porter Smoked from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.