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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter - Rock Art Brewery

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Midnight Madness Smoked PorterMidnight Madness Smoked Porter

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5%

10-18-2012 21:47:01 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: One of those beers that pours all foam - after a while, the liquid starts to appear at the base of the pint glass and a mahogany color it is, surprisingly light for a porter; lots of lace and one of the noisiest beers I have encountered with plenty of snap, crackle and pop

Smell: Picking up very little aroma, just a bit of chocolate malt

Taste: Brown bread, up front, and then the smoke hits with plenty of charred wood and ashen flavors; if there were other flavors in this beer, the smoke would add complexity, but in and of itself it just tastes ashen

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with surprisingly low carbonation for all the foam the beer produced

Drinkability: Another disappointing experience from Rock Art, sad to say

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 01:11:45 | More by brentk56
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a humble brown body with a small, white head.

Smell: Dark malts with a touch of roast overlayed with pervasive smokey woodiness. Some tart fruits lurking around in the background.

Taste: Roasty dark malts, though very little sweetness. Hint of dark fruits. The slight smokiness kicks in and lasts till the final moment of the thin finnish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright, for a smoked porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 20:36:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

03-11-2012 03:27:16 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-11-2012 16:37:10 | More by Texasfan549
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-02-2012 18:02:12 | More by JAHMUR
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WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

08-05-2013 23:26:40 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 16:43:01 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:09:15 | More by smcolw
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled from the Rock Art variety Pack.

Pours a dark brown color with thin off white head and very little lacing. Roasty aroma of smoked maltiness, chocolate and coffee. Roasty malt flavor with bitter dry hopped finish. Average porter with not much character. The best of the Variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 08:24:15 | More by corby112
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 22:33:55 | More by oriolesfan4
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 22:09:16 | More by jdhilt
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-08-2013 18:55:05 | More by InspectorBob
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Wasatch

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 23:02:07 | More by Wasatch
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

08-12-2013 03:23:35 | More by DrunkinYogi
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2005 21:36:32 | More by ppoitras
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 01:44:59 | More by smakawhat
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-04-2013 07:12:46 | More by Kelp
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Brad007

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:37:58 | More by Brad007
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-09-2013 20:21:01 | More by liamt07
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:15:21 | More by GarthDanielson
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:55:43 | More by johnnnniee
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chippo33

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

03-13-2013 22:51:02 | More by chippo33
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francisweizen

Alaska

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2005 23:59:10 | More by francisweizen
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +17%

11-15-2011 22:01:06 | More by ROGUE16
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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.