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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter - Rock Art Brewery

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"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.

(Beer added by: scottum on 03-24-2003)
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Reviews by alexgash:
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2.83/5  rDev -17%
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.

alexgash, Nov 08, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

tigg924, Jan 06, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

GreenMountainBoy, Nov 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of tastybeer
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

tastybeer, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.9/5  rDev -15%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of jmerloni
1.28/5  rDev -62.5%
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.

jmerloni, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of njmoons
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

njmoons, Jun 16, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Kmlund, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

puboflyons, Mar 29, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

trekbiker3000, Oct 04, 2009
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5/5  rDev +46.6%

BrewinHeadBanger, Nov 27, 2011
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3.38/5  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...

u2carew, Aug 20, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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).

wedge, May 03, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -12%

kevgod, Jul 01, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -34%
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.

kJohn, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

liamt07, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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

barleywinebrewer, Oct 31, 2008
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2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

jneiswender, Apr 01, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

troysoy2, Apr 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Goldfishman, Jul 19, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

donkeyrunner, May 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

morrowd3, Jul 07, 2013
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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.