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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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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 143
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 surprenant1138
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, swamp mud brown. Minimal head, but light tan, and minimal kacing as well. Aroma is of some chocolate, some malt, and very light on he smokiness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a zing of carbonation. Taste is malty, with some light hops, only slightly smokey, and a hint of pecans and chocolate. Not the best smoked porter, but decent to sip on occasion. (373 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 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 u2carew
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tan head. Quickly settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. The body a dark mahogany, of which one can see clearly through - not as dark as anticipated.
S) Robust smoke aroma, liken to cedar, or possibly the-day-after-camping smell. Some peat aroma.
T) Roasted grain and smoky upfront. Subtle chocolate and perhaps coffee in the mix, but mellows sharply by the finish, leaving just a remnant of a tobacco pipe taste in the mouth.
M) Feels like a watered down porter, the body is rather weak. Fizzy yet fairly smooth.
D) An alright porter. The weak body really threw me off... (629 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 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 jneiswender
2.36/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-dark garnet body, clear; oatmeal/porridge head

S-light smoked smell, some cocoa

T-chocolate, some smoke, somewhat ashy

M-medium to thin

D-Too thin tasting for the style. Little assertiveness as far as the flavor profile is concerned. Will likely pass on this. (326 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 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 brentk56
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
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 (746 characters)

Photo of trekbiker3000
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (442 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)

Photo of DIM
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of mobud
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (436 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 thekevlarkid
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (621 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 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 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 corby112
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of currysage1
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Thanks

Bill (775 characters)

Photo of yossarian14
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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 (649 characters)

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