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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter - Rock Art Brewery

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.42%
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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5/5  rDev +46.2%

BrewinHeadBanger, Nov 27, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a bright head. The smoked malt flavor is very nice and well balanced. This and VT Pub & Brewery's Vermont Smoked Porter are neck and neck for the title of best VT porter, but Midnight Madness has a longer neck. A great finish leaves the mouth wanting more and more of this very good thing. Kokopelli has done it again!

scottum, Mar 24, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

gwiedman1, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler: Dark brown/coke coloured with a nice head of tan/khaki brown foam. Aromas of smoked malts, coffee, chocolate, and more. The taste is smoky, but not over the top like other smoked porters that I have sampled. The smokiness lends character and balance to an excellent porter base with chocolare, and coffee flavors abounding. Mouthfeel is super creamy/smooth and drinkability is killer as well. A great smoked porter from this nice VT brewery. Good stuff.

francisweizen, Mar 29, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen or had this beer in years. I saw the 6 pack and picked it right up.

Pours a slight reddish-brown color with a nice brown head into my glass. Looks right for a smoked porter.

Sweet, smoky, malt with a burnt cocoa/coffee touch to it. Very appealing.

Deep, rich smoky malt upfront with a touch of cocoa, cream and burnt caramel. It's the right combination of flavor.

Mouthfeel isn't much different, except that there's nice smoke imprint on the tongue.

Wow. I missed this beer and glad to see it back.

Brad007, Nov 02, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ok guys (and gals). i love me a porter and this is one amazing porter.

nice dark pour
great smell
but it left me still wondering if it was something i was going to enjoy.

that was all taken care of with the first sip. i actually loved it. i was very surprised that it was so good after seeing the reviews here for it...but alas i was sorely mistaken.

maybe it was just that i pair it with home smoked beef briscut but hey, smoked beer + smoked beef = goodness.

kenpo23, May 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Colosdog, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

drinkable yet roasty. one of my favorite darker beers

djnickelb, May 30, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

horshack7, Feb 17, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks brown at first, light brings out a deep blood red color to this beer as it is rather clear. no head to speak of, some carbonation excrement collected by the rim. spotty, explosive peppering of tan lace. creamy, nutty malt nose with a distinct maple character.. or am i dreaming because the word 'vermont' is bold on the label? dunno. i think its there. great smokiness in the flavor. not too meaty or sweaty, but the charred wood really comes out in full force. the flavor is there, and its big, its just not overwhelming. this is the smoky flavor you get on the outside of a campfire marshmallow or from a roasted chestnut. hops back it up nicely, and provide a real keen, expert balance.

really didn't expect this brew to exceed the others in this pack by such a margin. but it does. makes me wish i had gone for a sixer of this stuff.. with a lighter-medium body, crisp carbonation, and big, rich, yet uninterruping flavor.. this beer would be the jinx-lovers wet dream session beer. highly recommended.

goodbyeohio, Jan 16, 2006
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4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is dark black with maroon highlights and a finger and half of foamy brownish head and some slight lacing that does clear off after some time.

The smell is a little boozy at first but them draws you in with some sweet smoked malts that are anchored in am earthy aroma.

The taste is like a potted plant, green and luscious with herbal flavor. There is a slight tea light flavor hitting the flavor of this beer. It seems to bring to mind a peat like flavor that is brought with the smoked malts of this beer. This beer feels like it has some age on it like is goes back but was produced recently. A beer with a past.

The feel of this beer is a spiky porter that lets out a little space for flavor. This is a two handed beer that is asking for full concentration to enjoy. With all your wits you may appreciate this beer completely.

Duhast500, Apr 11, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours near pitch black with a finger of whitish foam. Aroma is quite smoky, with dark roasted malt flavors as well.

First sip is nicely smoky, with a sweet, roasty finish. nice roasted bitterness on the finish. This is really a pleasant beer. The smokiness is nicely balanced. It is present but not overwhelming.

I haven't had too may smoked porters, but I am really enjoying this one. Would certainly buy this again.

FickleBeast, Jan 10, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
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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4/5  rDev +17%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

Paul68, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

ATPete, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

Cooker_stp, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

magsvmi, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is dark brown; light brings a reddish tinge, akin to a dark brown ale. Head lasts a few minutes, then becomes a layer of thin film. Specks of lace.

Wonderfully deep roasted, nutty and smoky smell. Bready and dry. Slightly sweet accent of plums, but mostly roasted.

Immediate smoky flavor, similar to mesquite, followed by bittersweet malts. The mesquite become an accent and the roasted malts and sweet stone fruits take over. Really nice. Burnt cookies with warmth.

The feel is dry and ashy; sandpaper. It's a very nice, dry porter. Smoky and rich.

williamherbert, Feb 06, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stopped by British Beer Company in Framingham after dinner on Sat 2/20/10. Saw they had a cask of this, and ordered a pint. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark brown color, medium white head, some lacing. Smell was very smoky, like a nice peaty scotch. Taste was actually excellent. Was like liquid smoke, which is an acquired taste for some beer drinkers. Super smoky and peaty, as the description said it was aged on beechwood. Moderate mouthfeel, as the cask softened it a bit. Only problem that I had with the cask was that I think that the combination of it being served at room temp and the woodiness from the cask made this beer hard for me to stomach, especially after a three course meal and two beers across the street at John Harvard. I would have enjoyed this beer a lot more at a different point in the evening.

morebeergood, Feb 22, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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
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3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

PicoPapa, May 02, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Rock Art smoked porter pours with a thin head and a deep rustic brown color. "Midnight madness" is a fitting name for this brew. It smells of smoked fruit, wood, and earth. The smoked notion is more prevalent in the smell than the taste. Tastes of bitter yeast and aged fruit. This porter isn't too heavy making it more drinkable than other porters. It is a lightly carbonated delicious brew from VT.

Scottasaurus, May 10, 2008
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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.