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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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Ratings: 129
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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Photo of trekbiker3000


2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 17:57:57 | More by trekbiker3000
Photo of Wasatch


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
Photo of DIM


3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very dark brown, not quite opaque. It poured with a smallish, fizzy tan colored head that faded fairly quickly.

s: Moderate smokiness in the form of charred wood. Also, a little tobacco and some mild roasted grain.

t: This is far from the smokiest smoked porter I've tried. That left some room for the porter to shine through, but there wasn't much there. Just a hint of toasty grains.

m: Silky smooth body and the smoke aftertaste lingered nicely.

d: There aren't many smoked porters around, so I was excited to try this one. Overall, this was okay, but I doubt I'll revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 02:02:44 | More by DIM
Photo of mobud


3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass

A- Very dark brown with a lite oatmeal head that fades.

S- Burnt coffee

T- Very burnt with a sweetness on the backside that cut the roast coffee/malt taste.

M- Medium

D- Yes, this beer is very drinkable for me. It grew on me as I worked thru the sample. First several sips were not enjoyable, but as it warmed alittle, I found the flavors opened up for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 20:23:41 | More by mobud
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a rich, translucent brown color with about a finger of dense ecru colored foam. Minimal lacing is left on the inside of my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Smells and tastes of smoked malts, roasted grain, bitter cocoa, mild roasted coffee and a touch of caramel. Ample body with a decent amount of carbonation. I don't see this one around too often, and that's a shame.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 03:09:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of oriolesfan4


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
Photo of thekevlarkid


2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the cask at American Flatbread (on 03/04/09) this beer was a deep, garnet color. The head was cream-colored, one-finger and displayed retention as a thin cap. The lacing was weak. The aroma was of roasted malt, coffee, smoke and hints of chocolate. The flavors were quite washed out for a porter; starting nutty I tasted hints of dark fruit, smoke and toasted malt. But there was no depth and I kept thinking something must have been wrong with it, which was only made worse by the casking process. Rock Art should not be producing a beer this weak. The mouthfeel was watery, the body medium and the carbonation soft.

Serving type: cask

03-09-2009 17:33:17 | More by thekevlarkid
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:42:51 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Risser09


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 12:40:57 | More by Risser09
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.83/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 05:05:28 | More by Gambrinus1184
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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
Photo of currysage1


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 05:19:36 | More by currysage1
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New Hampshire

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.



Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 16:23:33 | More by barleywinebrewer
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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

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 01:34:04 | More by yossarian14
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3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 22:38:50 | More by Atron67
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 01:09:41 | More by Scottasaurus
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3.25/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 23:33:45 | More by scottbrew4u
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Look - Sleek bottle and label. Pours a yellow-brown and settles dark almost syrup dark in the glass. Looks like Coca Cola. Very fizzy with a decent head. Overall not that attractive.

Smell - Smells of alcohol and burnt wood. This is usually the case for a smoked porter, but here they don't do it quite right.

Taste - Thick and hearty, tastes of wood and smoke. Again usually the case for this type of beer, but here there's something missing.

Mouthfeel - Nothing special, leaves a wood-like, campfire taste in your mouth.

Drinkability - Not too drinkable all around. It's below average here for it's class.

Overall I was not that impressed with this beer and I wouldn't buy it again nor recommend it to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 02:53:03 | More by JMScowcroft
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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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3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 22oz bomber of this at my local pub last night. The Appearance was very nice, a good dark roasty porter, with not that much smoke in the nose or on the palate, it reminded me of that Norwegian smoked ale, HaandBruggriet. A nice beer with a good grilled steak. Overall, it was nice, but not one I would seek out again

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 13:14:43 | More by BeerDetective
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3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, for it being the summer, I really enjoyed this beer.

It has a nice, slightly smokey flavor, a malty strenght mixed with a nice chocalte and coffee flavor. I did notice little head and no real lacing, and that kinnda surprised me. There is a slight hint of nutty flavor, but that is about it, slight. There is some hop presence, but it blends in very well with the other flavors.

Over all a pretty enjoyable brew. Not bad, and I could see myself kicking back to this quite often

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 04:08:16 | More by PSUDREW
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 01:19:43 | More by tastybeer
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3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as midnight with very little carbonation, but still retains some refreshment. Has smoky-taosy aromas and a slight smokiness on the finish. Not as strong as an imported version or even the standard micro from San Diego; but what it lacks in smokiness it makes up for in drinkability. The mouthfeel was decent and the aftertaste easy going.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 21:02:26 | More by MattBrooks
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +12%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 00:58:14 | More by wedge
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim and Allie for the bottle!
Dark, transparent brown, topped with a loose, cream-colored mist. Nice lacing, clinging to the glass in large clumps, with good head retention. A modest aroma, not nearly as smoky as i would hope. Mostly roasty malt, rather earthy and chocolatey, with a vague smoky touch. More brown ale like? London style porter? Probably english hops. The flavor is pleasant enough. Mild, with soft roasty malt. Chocolate and earthy, a mild smoky tint throughout. Not a whole lot going on. Almost peat-like smoke character, I've gathered about as much from a good scotch ale, with a softer, very woody and earthy hop character in the finish. Lighter bodied and smooth on the palate, but somewhat one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 06:37:40 | More by UnionMade
Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.