Midnight Madness Smoked Porter - Rock Art Brewery

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottum on 03-24-2003

"Grab your darts and let's go!" This is a dark ruby red porter with a medium body. A slight hint of smoke is detected from a small portion of grains used that are smoked with beechwood. Pale, chocolate, black and crystal grains are also used with Norther Brewer and East Kent Golding hops.
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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 67
Photo of founddrama
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoky flavor is nice. Lighter mouthfeel than I'd expect.

Photo of KMC
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

delicate with great smokey flavor and smooth mouthfeel, but very little carbonation ( they could improve the look of the beverage with greater carbonation and head.)

Photo of Flounder57
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a dark brown black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Smoke, milk chocolate, caramel, toasted, and earthy.

Taste: A lighter version of what I smelled with smoke being the dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, watery, low carbonation, a little chewy, slight bitterness, and smoky.

Overall: A weird blend of Rauchbier and porter. Very light bodied and watery. That is the downfall to this beer. It could be better if not do light or watery.

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 29, 2014.

It does look very nice with its deep brown pour and lingering beige head. Lots of reddish hues to boot.

Not a whole lot on the nose. Oh yeah, there are smoked malts but they tend to be muted and subtle. Maybe that was the point. I like my smoked brews to be more aromatic.

Light to medium body. Kind of creamy.

The taste has a minor comeback because the smoky malts are a bit more noticeable. Clean, earthy finish. Not hopped or bitter but very mild.

Photo of lordofstarside
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in September, 12oz to a snifter

Pours dark black with no visibility when held to the light. A finger of foam stuck around for a minute, a nice frothy layer now. Good lacing, moderate/high carbonation

Aroma of strong dark chocolate, strong coffee notes, thick smoke, dark fruits, hints of caramel and alcohol

Taste differs from the nose a bit, strong dark fruit upfront followed by a smokey chocolate. Mild coffee notes and a touch of alcohol on the finish

Feel is a thick body with a wet finish. Pretty bitter, pretty drinkable. Alcohol isn't very detectable...whatever the abv is it can't be high

Overall a solid smoked porter, definitely worth trying. Goes great with a square of Ghirardelli dark chocolate. Thanks again to Audreyarr

Photo of ChuckMartel37
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle, into a glass.

It's got a great deep ruby appearance, akin to the remains of my morning coffee pot contents after a long day of working in the coal mine. Light lacing, and the head doesn't last long, so not much to write home about there. But that color, man... the color...

The smell is the best/worst thing about this beer, depending on how you feel about rauchbiers. Yeah, yeah, I know, I saw the style on the top of the page: it says American Porter, but let's call it what it is. The nose picks up burn barrel ash, but there's also dark chocolate, coffee, and some dirty nuttiness in there... hehe... dirty nuts. I personally like the smell, but I also have to be in the mood for it. If you don't like smoke, or are trying to quit smoking, or just plain old hate stuff that USED to be on fire, then this scent is not for you my friend.

Not gonna lie, my first sip was "WHOA WHAT WAS THAT?" Very bitter up front, with the smoke a tad oppressive. Perhaps I haven't had a smoke beer in too long, but I found it to be very prominent. After the smoke (comes the fire? no...) comes the ash. Remember that one time in college you licked an ashtray because your buddy Jeff dared you to, and that hot girl from your Sports Ethics class was watching? Yeah, that's a good place to start. I found that it mellowed out, enjoyably so, after it warmed. It also has a left-over coffee taste, as well as some dark cherry and chocolate flavors. I wish I had one of those Whitman's Samplers around here...

The mouthfeel is light, and the carbonation bored me to tears. But who really drinks a beer for mouthfeel anyway?

Would I get this again? Maybe after 20 moon cycles. Or if stumble upon a carton of beef jerky that errantly fell off of a Slim Jim truck (RIP Macho Man). Smoked beef might convince me to buy another one of these, simply so I could try a Beef Jerky-tini with this beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown to black, with a filmy, light tan, creamy head around a half an inch. Nose of creamy sweet, hints of smoke, and a touch of coffee. Flavors of creamy sweet forward notes, with a mocha backbone. Very subtle smoked highlights throughout. Thin, creamy body with a roasted cream aftertaste. Clean, smooth finish. Very drinkable.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights at the edges and a decent white head that quickly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of smoked ham and bacon mostly, with hints of chocolate at the edges. I honestly have trouble fining much else underneath the smokiness of the aroma here. The flavor is a little better, but not much. Smoked ham with hints of charcoal and ash as well as some chocolate and earthy hops. The smoke flavor here is sharp and acrid and overpowers everything else in this brew. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a bitter smokey mouthfeel. I'm not a big fan of this one in fact I will avoid this if at all possible.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark ruby red color with a touch of brown hue resulting in a thin mocha color head. Active carbonation, not a spot of lacing.

S- Smoke and minerals, ash. Not 'natural' enough.

T- Dark malts, chocolate make up the body of flavor here, then smoked grain finishing taste.

M- Light and mild. The smoke finishes a bit too metallic.

O- Once past the nose, the results are drinkable.

Photo of Electros
2.16/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, this is disappointing I will say! This tastes like stinky dog mixed with bad ham... Only beer I have not liked from there, and rarely beer in general. I would not buy this again, and I can't say that about a lot of beers that I have sampled in my life...

Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a large fizzy head that dies to nothing within a half minute. Absolutely no lace. The color is ruby brown where a minimum of light shines through.

The smell is chocolatey with a touch of charcoal.

There's a good dollop of peppery hop bitterness in the swallow that I wasn't expecting. The beer is quite dry, nearly astringent. The body is thin but the carbonation is light but spritzy. The smoke is present but very subtle.

Photo of alexgash
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle.

Dark garnet to maple syrup amber body. Small, bubbly, sandy-beige head. Not much lacing. Plenty of smoke on the nose. Campfiery, with some meatiness. Light roasted malt notes underneath, along with a little peat and chocolate. So far so smoky good.

Wet cardboard quickly gives way to cindery, ashy, smokiness. Slight meatiness as well. Very light roasted malt underneath. Not much "porter" here. The smokiness is nice and stays throughout, but there is not much else. Some coffee-ish bitterness in the finish. Faint notes of chocolate. Body is also thin, much too thin for the style. Maybe a bit too carbonated too. Disappointing, but finishable.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color. The rocky, sand-colored head stands at a massive four fingers before it audibly sputters into a thin cap. No lacing left behind at all.

S: Fruity with scents of plum, cherry, and grape skin. Hints of cola, coffee beans, and powdery chocolate. Some charcoal and a thin blanket of acrid smoke cover all of this.

T: Cola, a faint woodiness, and plum and cherry tastes open. Roasted coffee and a whisper of cocoa. Smoke asserts itself toward the back end and starts to get acrid with a touch of that rubbery taste that smoked beers sometimes exhibit. Finishes with bakers chocolate, hints of wood, and acrid smoke.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy, but perhaps a bit thin and watery. Ample carbonation.

O: The smoke starts to stray a little; there's just not quite enough body behind this beer to tame it. Needs some work.

Photo of kJohn
2.28/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I tried a Growler from a local beverage mart... I love the Double Smoked Porter (part of their Xtreme offerings), so I thought the Midnight Madness smoked porter would follow along. I will say that I am disappointed. While the nose was there, nice smoky note, what followed was, er, weak, at best. The dark color belied the thin, spare mouth feel. This porter seems more like a porter mixed with a pale ale, rather than a stout mixed with a bitter, like a true Porter should be.
I have had most of the Rock Art offerings, and this is atypical of their other brews, which are really good.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam for this one. 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a .5 finger coarse, light brown head with no retention. Beer is a clear, dark brown amber. No lace. Below average.

Nose is smoke, roasted malt, liquorice, and logan. Some dried date too. Moderately aromatic. Average.

Opens sweet and roasty. Some notes of liquorice, smoked malt, peat, dried date sweetness, and stale coffee beans. Finishes smoke and roast. A bit of ash in the aftertaste. Decent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth and abrasive going down. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. I could use a little less bubbles.

Some odd flavors swirling around in this one. Its not bad but not one I'd revisit again.

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville into a taster shaker pint glass. Listed as a smoke beer.

A real nice mix of red and toffee brown colors on the body. Faint white collar presented not much else. Really like this body color.

Nose has a real nice beechwood like rauchbier smoke. BBQ and charcoal but also some faint band aid like phenols.

Taste is very light on the palate, with light toast and faint char. There's a strange mild burn to this on the aftertaste. Light and airy malts but doesn't come out on the swallow. Another very wet and watery body.

Even as a porter this really doesn't cut it, seems pretty weak. But it looks and smells great.

Photo of cbutova
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hadn't really noticed this beer until today. Redundant to say this but I always support cheaper 12oz locals of good styles, heh.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a pitch black body. Light tan cap builds up to about two fingers but lacks a bit in the retention department. Small creamy ring sticks around leaving a few tiny spots of lace.

S- Hard to pick up right off the bat, really have to try hard. Smoked malt off the top and just a bit of dark malt behind it. Opens slightly as it warms.

T- Starts out solid with notes of leathery smoked malt and cocoa cereal grains. Dark fruit begins to build, which I don't normally mind but it brings along a slight metallic hint with it. Something about it all doesn't seem rich enough, the flavor feels thin and leaves me wanting more.

MF- Lighter body but still in the Porter range. The carbonation has a silky feel but the beer overall is thin and slightly watery. Smoky palate finish.

The flavor is not nearly bad, it drinks easily and balances smoke with porter elements. It just doesn't feel rich enough. The thin feel doesn't support the smoky and chocolate flavors all that well.

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Deep brown with faint ruby highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Smoky nose and flavor is more smoke than any thing else, hints of coffee. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of djnickelb
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

drinkable yet roasty. one of my favorite darker beers

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Effervescent: a tan head erupts from even a light pour. Dark root beer brown color. Head quickly fizzles out and leaves nothing in it's wake.

Smells like smoked meat with a soy sauce sweet tang. Tastes like it smells and while the soy sauce is ok in the aroma it's off-putting as a flavor. Tiny in the back which I'm beginning to sense is par for the Rock Art course.

Despite leaving a lot to be desired I like a smoked beer with a blatant smoke character. I've had a few smoked beers lately where that couldn't always be counted on.

Photo of ksimons
2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-dark chestnut with a small layer of creamy head that leaves a ring around the top.

S-light roasted malt, tobacco, a bit of coffee.

T-taste is a little thing all around. I am getting some smoke and a little bit of malt but not much else.

M-thin body, light carbonation, leaves a smoky mouthfeel.

Overall I am not going to be getting this beer again. The smell started out promising but things rapidly declined. Thin body, thin taste, just really not good.

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a smaller but slightly darker off white fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly with just a touch of lacing, over dark brown almost black beer like a cola brown with hints of ruby light.

Nose starts with some smoke, a phenolic light campfire like smoke, almost peat but not quite, a hint of smoked meat but not quite that kind of smoke. Then creamy malts, a malt profile like a cross between porter and brown ale, some crystal malts, and a bit of darker malt aromas, but fairly thin in the malt profile overall.

Taste starts with more smoke, a smoked cheese like profile a bit but that disappears quickly as campfire come through, smoldering log, and hint of phenols from the smoke. The malt profile is fairly thin giving it a thin feel overall and little flavor other than the smoke. The malt brings a hint of chocolate, and touch of crystal malts, hint of caramel, and a light creamy malt feel. A very slight medicinal like flavor comes from the smoke as well that ties in directly from the phenols I think, again giving it a slight peat like profile. It also gets a very slight chalky feel. Finish gets a bit creamy, slightly sweet still, and some bitterness coming from the malts mostly the smoke I think, and just a touch of chalky chocolate malt.

Mouth is thinner, and lighter carbonation.

Overall way too thin, def could have used quite a bit more malt in there to balance the smoke especially, which comes through as a bit phenolic and peat like since there is barely any malt to back it up. The bitterness at the end is nice, and it's fairly tasty for the most part, but could use some beefing up.

Photo of jmerloni
1.3/5  rDev -62%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A dull, dark color that doesn't seem very thick. It looks like you can almost see through it. Head is pretty pathetic for a "smoked porter."

S - This just smells like smoke. Very little chocolate aroma here. Surprisingly unappealing.

T - Wow. Awful. Tastes like ash and brown sugar. Awful. Cheap. Gross.

M - Light to medium bodied and comes apart at the first possible instance it could. Wow. This is headed toward the worst beer I've ever ingested.

D - This is one of the five worst beers I've ever tasted out of over 400. This is a pathetic offering, I can't believe that it's bottled and offered in a store that claims to sell craft beer. Embarrassing. This beer has nothing, and shame on this brewery for bottling this piece of shit and trying to make money off it. TRY MAKING GOOD BEER, YOU CHEAP FUCKS! This beer is pathetic and irresponsible enough that I will NEVER ever try another beer from this brewery. Like, this is baddd. Woah. Try trying.

Photo of horshack7
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark black with a light beige head around one finger in height.

Aroma: Smokiness, notes of wood, roasted chocolate malts, Espresso and wisps of vanilla. Hops are well roasted as well.

Taste: Lots of smokiness in begining along with dark roasted malts and hops. A lightly crisp mouthfeel but it mellows out very well. Solid amounts of coffee, dark roasted.

Notes: Drinkable, tasty solid all over. Cheers.

Photo of jaasen64
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Rock Art mixed 12

A- dark reddish black, non translucent, slight brownish off white head that dissipates very fast, slightly above average carbonation for a porter.

S- smoked malts, chocolate, slightly sweet.

T- smokey, slightly sweet, chocolatey. Slightly sweet smokey aftertaste.

M- medium bodied, alcohol well hidden, well balanced, defintely drinkable.

O- This was defintely my favorite of the 4 different beers from the Rock Art variety pack. Nice balanced smokiness mixes well with a light sweetness. In my opinion definitely an easy beer to drink.

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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.