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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter - Rock Art Brewery

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 143
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 18.84%
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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Photo of scottum
4.88/5  rDev +41.4%
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! (334 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of kenpo23
4.31/5  rDev +24.9%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of KMC
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.) (165 characters)

Photo of njmoons
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of Scottasaurus
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish/brown (very odd looking color), nice head to it and tons of lacing. Taste has a nice body and mouthfeel to it, a lot more flavor than the average porter. There is some subtle smokiness taste in there which really complements the dark fruit hints as well. Nice drinkability to it.. not too heavy and smooth going down. Not the best porter out there, but the smokey taste is definitely a nice touch to 'spice' things up to a usually drab beer. (464 characters)

Photo of Risser09
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - Bottled Feb. 19th, 2008

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" off-white head. Not much lace and not much retention.

Smell: Pretty dense aroma of smoke and chocolate. There's actually more chocolate than smoke. Underlying caramel malt adds to the sweet smell.

Taste: Abrupt and lasting smoky flavor hits immediately. Malty sweetness, leather, whiskey, tobacco and dark rum are all flavor components. Very nice and palatable.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, leathery and slippery. The moske is a big component as well. A bitter coffee finish rounds out the brew. A bit of alcohol is noticeable.

Drinkability: Very nice. This is a great beer that could be paired with dark meats or other strong food flavors. It's not that high in abv either, so you could have quite a few. Worth trying. (837 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of Atron67
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, not super dark, pretty clear through the fringes, light white head but it fell pretty quickly. not much lacing.

S- pretty strong smoke scents actually, underneath is the other chocolate notes and malty character. the smoked character is nice and very delicious tasting. reminiscent of bamberg smoked scents.

T- the smoked flavor is very smooth and not overpowering at all, as mighjt be thought after reading the scents. very smooth and light chocolate malts. Tasty all over, but not explosive with flavor. light on the maltiness

M- kinda light for a porter, but i consider it still being within acceptable levels.

D- pretty tasty, very enjoyed and more on the session beer of a porter.

a good first showing from rock art for me. (752 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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). (454 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Bud pint glass (yikes!).

A: Poured a medium-dark brown color which showed chestnut-ruby highlights when held to the light. The brew sat beneath a 1-finger head of off-white foam.

S: Smells faintly malty with a bit of hop bitterness and a dash of earthy, soil and liquid smoke aromas.

T: Taste is sweet and malty at first, with an earthy peet flavor, then in comes a quick hit of that smokiness, like a charred wood flavor, but no where near rauchbier territory. The finish is muddled, yet malty and somewhat satisfying.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly easy drinking.

D: A fairly steady drinking, albeit mediocre American porter. Some interesting flavors and a decent thought behind it, but there were better offerings out of the mix pack.

Not a bad porter, but I felt like Rock Art tried too hard to rope people in with the whole "smoked" gimmick. It is there, but not enough to make it anything noteworthy of the bottleneck. (977 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
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 (749 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this one.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, some smoke, chocolate/toffee. The taste is malty, with some smokyness, chocolate/toffee. Medium body, the finish is dry and slightly bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew. (346 characters)

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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
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