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
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: smoked malt

Taste: smoked malt with some chocolate tones

Mouthfeel: light bodied-borderline watery, moderate carbonation, smooth and smokey

Drinkability: I like smoke beers and this one I find to be really smooth. Much tastier than their double smoked porter. I like the malty taste. The flavor profile is not as complex as others in the style, but is really tasty. I could have three.

Photo of tastybeer
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad. The brownish black lets faint light disperse through the glass. Right following the pour there's a nice big tan head. It fades really fast and leaves only a tiny ring around teh surface. Full roasted aroma has chocolate and tobacco and an overall burnt character adding a intereting tanginess to it. Taste is similarly burnt and roasted with chocolate, nuts, tobacco, and a tangy bitterness. Pretty good. Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thin, but carbonation and body are good. Very easy to drink.

I like this one better than the previous types from the mix pack I must say. Its got a good mix of flavors in it and is nicely balanced.

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 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 njmoons
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, let me start by saying that I am a smoked beer fan. As long as it does not taste like liquid smoke.

A - Dark brownish black. Looked like a standard porter.

S - Awesome, smokey, malty, dry. Just what I was looking for.

T - Awesome again, just what I want out of a smoked beer. Nice porter dry malty and not too much roast, complimented by the smoked grain, and just the right amount of hopping. Great

M - As expected for porter. Not too heavy but some thickness

D - I love smoked beer, but a just one or two.

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 trekbiker3000
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A rich mahogany color with very little to no head. I usually like my porters to be a bit darker in color, especially one named Midnight Madness. There was a slight smokey aroma, which I would expect more in this category, but it was from a bottle. The taste had more malt flavors to start and finished with a smokey aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thin. If you like smoked beers this may be worth a try, but it wasn't my style of beer.

Photo of u2carew
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tan head. Quickly settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. The body a dark mahogany, of which one can see clearly through - not as dark as anticipated.
S) Robust smoke aroma, liken to cedar, or possibly the-day-after-camping smell. Some peat aroma.
T) Roasted grain and smoky upfront. Subtle chocolate and perhaps coffee in the mix, but mellows sharply by the finish, leaving just a remnant of a tobacco pipe taste in the mouth.
M) Feels like a watered down porter, the body is rather weak. Fizzy yet fairly smooth.
D) An alright porter. The weak body really threw me off...

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 wedge
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a fast-fading light tan head. Roasted dark malt aroma with chocolate and coffee - nutty, but I wouldn't call it smoky. Lightly smoked chocolate malts, burnt grains, and earthy hops in the flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, smooth and a little dry.

Overall a pretty mellow but tasty porter...just don't expect a seriously smoky beer (at least from a bottle).

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 barleywinebrewer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a smoked porter. thanks to imagineiii for the chance to try this brew.

A - slighlty hazy brown color with a red tinge at the edges. small off white head which quickly gives up the ghost.

S - smokey logs on a fire, hint of sour fruits in the background.

T - smokey notes, sour tartness pervade with a ghost of a dark malt essence.

M - medium bodied, medium / medium low carbonation, tart with a redisual smokiness.

D - had with a couple of slices of pizza over lunch. thought it might pair better than it did. residual from the glass did a good job of clearing the palate of pepperoni with a light smokiness.

sorry for the ghost puns as it's halloween and I couldn't resist. If you're interested in different takes on smoked beers it's worth a try.

Thanks

Bill

Photo of jneiswender
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-dark garnet body, clear; oatmeal/porridge head

S-light smoked smell, some cocoa

T-chocolate, some smoke, somewhat ashy

M-medium to thin

D-Too thin tasting for the style. Little assertiveness as far as the flavor profile is concerned. Will likely pass on this.

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 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 yossarian14
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Surprisingly light colored for midnight. A dark walnut color with ruby highlights. An inch of tan head that disappeared quickly leaving some spotty lacing

S - Chocolate, caramel malt take control,campfire smoke aroma that may be there

T - The smokey flavor detracts from the other flavors. Leaves a "day after camping" taste in my mouth.

M - Dry, crisp carbonation.

D - Very drinkable but if I want a Smoked Porter I'm not drinking this one

I tend to think this might have gotten a better review from me if it were sold as an English Brown. Appearance to Taste I'm really enjoying this Brown Ale but as a smoked porter I think its below par

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

First pint pours with a 1/2" tan head, over the translucent dark brown brew. Head doesn't last for too long, but laces reasonably well while it hangs around. Aroma is nicely of dark malts, but lacking the smoke character I was expecting. Might have caught a whiff, but if so it was only because I willed it to be there. The taste is sweet dark grains upfront, with a dry crisp close, and again, perhaps the wisp of smoke hiding in the malts. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. Enjoyable brew, just wish the rauch was a bit more predominant. Was a nice Daytona 500 drinker.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another 12 oz. from a sampler case I bought last month.

A: After pouring to pint glass, light tan head bubbled up then down quickly to a fine lace. Dark amber to chestnut brown in color with some light coming through with good clarity and no sediment.

S: Good smoky aroma mixed with robust roasted malts. Somewhat nutty smell to it and just a faint touch of earthy hop aroma deep beneath the other rich aromas.

T: Burnt nutty, woody taste combined with a sweet caramel and chocolate malt profile make a pronounced showing. Not much hop flavor just enough for bittering. Smoke is light but continually present as the beer goes down. Does not have a lot of depth and complexity to the malt profile like I have tasted with other porters.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Further down this one starts to seem a bit light.

D: Overall a very drinkable porter. I would like to try this one on tap sometime. Set this one out before serving to warm up and mellow.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date notched at Jan. Pours a semi translucent dark copper color with a very thin head. No lacing. Aroma is smokey and chocolatey. Some burnt coffee. Taste is a good amount of smoke upfront. Coffee and malts as well but that nice smokey flavor is the main attraction here. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still decent. Overall, this is a pretty smokey beer. Nice surprise in the mix 12 pack. I would like to have this on tap given a chance.

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 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 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 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 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 currysage1
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger shortlived beige head, topping a ruby tinted chestnut brown.

Smell is of damp charred hardwood, sweet wort, some smokiness but more on the just rained on campfire style. Was expecting more smoke, especially in the smell. I shouldn't think of Schlenkerla every time I have a smoked beer, but I always do.

Taste is more in line with a extra smoky scottish style than anything else. This one tastes more peated to me than classically smoked. It's good I should say, very enjoyable, as a Scottish. Nice lingering bitterness that keep this one from being too sweet.

All in all a good beer but maybe not to style.

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