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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter - Rock Art Brewery

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78
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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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Photo of ChuckMartel37
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle, into a glass.

It's got a great deep ruby appearance, akin to the remains of my morning coffee pot contents after a long day of working in the coal mine. Light lacing, and the head doesn't last long, so not much to write home about there. But that color, man... the color...

The smell is the best/worst thing about this beer, depending on how you feel about rauchbiers. Yeah, yeah, I know, I saw the style on the top of the page: it says American Porter, but let's call it what it is. The nose picks up burn barrel ash, but there's also dark chocolate, coffee, and some dirty nuttiness in there... hehe... dirty nuts. I personally like the smell, but I also have to be in the mood for it. If you don't like smoke, or are trying to quit smoking, or just plain old hate stuff that USED to be on fire, then this scent is not for you my friend.

Not gonna lie, my first sip was "WHOA WHAT WAS THAT?" Very bitter up front, with the smoke a tad oppressive. Perhaps I haven't had a smoke beer in too long, but I found it to be very prominent. After the smoke (comes the fire? no...) comes the ash. Remember that one time in college you licked an ashtray because your buddy Jeff dared you to, and that hot girl from your Sports Ethics class was watching? Yeah, that's a good place to start. I found that it mellowed out, enjoyably so, after it warmed. It also has a left-over coffee taste, as well as some dark cherry and chocolate flavors. I wish I had one of those Whitman's Samplers around here...

The mouthfeel is light, and the carbonation bored me to tears. But who really drinks a beer for mouthfeel anyway?

Would I get this again? Maybe after 20 moon cycles. Or if stumble upon a carton of beef jerky that errantly fell off of a Slim Jim truck (RIP Macho Man). Smoked beef might convince me to buy another one of these, simply so I could try a Beef Jerky-tini with this beer.

ChuckMartel37, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

GarthDanielson, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

InspectorBob, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

WesWes, Aug 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

kizzram, Aug 03, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

bcm75, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

DonFrap, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Sean802
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Sean802, Jul 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

DaPan, Jul 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

morrowd3, Jul 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

agentli, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

liamt07, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Kelp, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of tnbeatty
3.25/5  rDev -5%

tnbeatty, May 15, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
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.

johnnnniee, May 11, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

nakedninjaturtle, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Mack, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of NiceTaps
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark ruby red color with a touch of brown hue resulting in a thin mocha color head. Active carbonation, not a spot of lacing.

S- Smoke and minerals, ash. Not 'natural' enough.

T- Dark malts, chocolate make up the body of flavor here, then smoked grain finishing taste.

M- Light and mild. The smoke finishes a bit too metallic.

O- Once past the nose, the results are drinkable.

NiceTaps, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Electros
2.15/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, this is disappointing I will say! This tastes like stinky dog mixed with bad ham... Only beer I have not liked from there, and rarely beer in general. I would not buy this again, and I can't say that about a lot of beers that I have sampled in my life...

Electros, Feb 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

gwiedman1, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.