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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter - Rock Art Brewery

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.77%
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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3/5  rDev -12%

kb2250, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +10%

kaelingirl, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of ksimons
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-dark chestnut with a small layer of creamy head that leaves a ring around the top.

S-light roasted malt, tobacco, a bit of coffee.

T-taste is a little thing all around. I am getting some smoke and a little bit of malt but not much else.

M-thin body, light carbonation, leaves a smoky mouthfeel.

Overall I am not going to be getting this beer again. The smell started out promising but things rapidly declined. Thin body, thin taste, just really not good.

ksimons, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Texasfan549, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +10%

kjkinsey, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of ngingras
2/5  rDev -41.3%

ngingras, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

jlindros, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of jmerloni
1.28/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A dull, dark color that doesn't seem very thick. It looks like you can almost see through it. Head is pretty pathetic for a "smoked porter."

S - This just smells like smoke. Very little chocolate aroma here. Surprisingly unappealing.

T - Wow. Awful. Tastes like ash and brown sugar. Awful. Cheap. Gross.

M - Light to medium bodied and comes apart at the first possible instance it could. Wow. This is headed toward the worst beer I've ever ingested.

D - This is one of the five worst beers I've ever tasted out of over 400. This is a pathetic offering, I can't believe that it's bottled and offered in a store that claims to sell craft beer. Embarrassing. This beer has nothing, and shame on this brewery for bottling this piece of shit and trying to make money off it. TRY MAKING GOOD BEER, YOU CHEAP FUCKS! This beer is pathetic and irresponsible enough that I will NEVER ever try another beer from this brewery. Like, this is baddd. Woah. Try trying.

jmerloni, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -12%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of horshack7
4.23/5  rDev +24%
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.

horshack7, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Rock Art mixed 12

A- dark reddish black, non translucent, slight brownish off white head that dissipates very fast, slightly above average carbonation for a porter.

S- smoked malts, chocolate, slightly sweet.

T- smokey, slightly sweet, chocolatey. Slightly sweet smokey aftertaste.

M- medium bodied, alcohol well hidden, well balanced, defintely drinkable.

O- This was defintely my favorite of the 4 different beers from the Rock Art variety pack. Nice balanced smokiness mixes well with a light sweetness. In my opinion definitely an easy beer to drink.

jaasen64, Feb 04, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

FickleBeast, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12%

Brushkanna, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +17.3%

ATPete, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting look to the beer. When I poured it, it poured like a cola. The brown head faded away very quickly. There are five sections ontop of the beer where the Carbonation is creating a whirlpool effect. Dark ruby red, not opaque as I can see some dim light. Very bubbly. Absolutely no lacing.

Chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee and smoke. That's about it.

Chocolate, burnt coffee and caramel that all seem to be watered down. A lingering dry burnt toast taste; that's it, its not bad nor good.

The mouth is watery, light Carbonation quite boring.

I really wanted to try this beer for a while. I think most of Rock Arts Brews are pretty tasty and to sneak a average brew like this one into thier line of beers can only sum it up with one word -- disappointment.

9InchNails, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +46.6%

BrewinHeadBanger, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Paul68, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Brad007, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of surprenant1138
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

surprenant1138, May 03, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

PicoPapa, May 02, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Duhast500, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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...

u2carew, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of njmoons
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

njmoons, Jun 16, 2010
Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.