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Midnight Porter - Sebago Brewing Company

Midnight PorterMidnight Porter

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%


Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Midnight Porter is a blend of Old World style and New World flavor. Our Porter is based on the traditional English style that was designed to be lighter than a stout and more drinkable at any time of day. It was popular among the laborers of the early 1800s and derives its name from this group of people. Caramel malts give this ale body and Black patent and chocolate malts provide its rich, chocolate-like flavor and ruby hue.

35.8 IBU

(Beer added by: MrHurmateeowish on 09-23-2006)
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at their brewpub in Portland, Maine. This porter was presented in a pint glass.

The appearance is dark brown with one finger of a tan head. It has a nose with barley, some roasted malts and a small dose of coffee. Tipping this back, I taste molasses, dark chocolate, coffee too. Mouthfeel is a light-medium, with smoke and bitterness in the finish. A good porter, worth trying if you appreciate the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 22:06:35 | More by mltobin
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Nikki's Liquors in North Providence, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a nearly opaque black body with a quite uniform off white head that reduces to a thin white film that leaves some decent lacing. Comparable to Guiness Draught.

S- Toasted malt, sweet coffee beans, toffee, subtle dark fruits.

T- Unexpectedly bold and tasty. Upfront, dark chocolate and roasted coffee ending with a very slight dark fruit flavor that eventually leads to a toasted, nearly burnt malt aftertaste.

M- Slightly thin and over-carbonated for a porter, but super smooth and drinkable.

I enjoyed this porter a lot. It was surprisingly balanced and complex. An underdog in this category, but if you can get your hands on this brew, I'd definitely say it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 18:59:48 | More by gcamparone
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/3/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very creamy coffee flavor followed by background flavors of chocolate and smoke. There’s a hearty roasted malt character and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a good balance.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid porter worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 17:48:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 ouncer stamped Bottled 12/26/11. Sampled on March 20, 2012. The pour is a dark chestnut brown with a moderate short-lasting head and decent clinging lacing. The aroma is of roasted dark-kilned malts and little to no hops but seemingly mild. The body is medium to bold and quite filling. The taste is wonderfully dark with its malty, semi-smoked character that ends obviously bitter and lingering.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 21:35:14 | More by puboflyons
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with brown highlights and not a trace of head. Aromas are rich and heavy with dark roasted coffee and a solid malty sweetness underneath. Flavors are very coffee forward, with a sharp bitterness throughout on a mid-bodied, smooth feel. Slight undertones of chocolate can be tasted throughout every once in a while. Tasty brew. The aftertaste is smooth, with a bitter edge to it, and a drying finish, keeping the palate clean. Tasty porter, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:36:18 | More by GarthDanielson
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Dark brown body with a thin light khaki head that has lots of big bubbles.

Standard porter aroma here lots of big coffee notes with hints of dark chocolate with some nice roasted malts in the background. Really a coffee bomb on the pallet with some bitter dark chocolate in the background. Good roast character with a little bit of a bitter finish.

The body is robust with soft carbonation. Overall this one has always been one of my favorites from Sebago. Really a well made go-to porter for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 01:33:04 | More by Bendurgin
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Midnight, all night."
Iron Maiden, 2 Minutes to Midnight

Pours dark brown but sits almost black in my glass. Poured into a Baxter Brewing can glass as one ME brewery deserves another. Mocha top tan head sticks all over Pamola's moose face.

The roasted malt is a shy maiden in this beer. Faint whiff of earthy hops. Taste is mildly roasty and mildly vapid. Some chocolate and tree bark earthiness in there as well. Flexes a little IBU muscle. Some char comes to the fore as it warms but that's stretch.

Wet and watery like Sebago lake itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 13:57:09 | More by donkeyrunner
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viaingo

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: American Style Porter
Color: Pitch black. Can't see anything through it.
Body: Smooth and rich. Great porter.
Head: Off white and almost non-existent.
Taste: Smokey and malty up front. Dark chocolate flavor. Smooth throughout.
Aroma: A very malty aroma coupled with a smokey and coffee smell.

Excellent example of a mild porter for the non-porter drinkers. This is the last month to find the Midnight Porter on the shelves, so if you see it, snag it up and try it.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 18:11:07 | More by viaingo
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RTEdmunds

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle.

dark but not opaque. nice frothy tan colored foam forms, but it mellows out after a minute or so.

smells like roasted nuts and malt.

initially tastes fine, but I detect some strange almost metallic aftertaste. turned me off.

medium mouthfeel, a bit more carbonated than I expected.

Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't get over that strange aftertaste. kind of disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 23:44:46 | More by RTEdmunds
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is black with a half inch tan head.

The aroma has a very pleasant coffee and mocha vibe. Pretty nice.

The taste is dry and has a bitter finish. This has just the perfect touch of roasted malt to have a nice coffee flavor. The hop additions are toned down; hardly noticeable.

This is light to medium bodied. The carbonation is pretty strong.

This is tasty, not very chocolatey but lots of coffee from the malt. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:17:16 | More by andrewinski1
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: jet black body, the head is pretty small and leaves within a couple seconds, lacing is spotty but gives a bit of a smeared look as it runs down the glass

S: malty along with some burnt roasty coffee

T: same maltiness along with the burnt coffee, and it gives a slight bitter taste as well

M: medium with a decent coating around the mouth, fairly sessionable, dry and bitter aftertaste and finish

O: good for the style and good for me

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:04:07 | More by BeerKangaroo
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red with a nice big 2 finger head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Malty, some dark chocolate, burnt coffee. Pretty standard porter/stout smell

T: Follows the smell; burnt malts, some dark chocolate, and coffee. Slightly bitter from the coffee

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: A pretty standard run-of-the-mill porter that would pair well with a burger. Nothing that really stands out, but that doesn't mean it's not a solid brew

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:09:34 | More by BEERMILER12
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ggilman

Maine

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured into a Sebago tulip glass.

Black as a magic 8-ball, with two fingers of perfect off-white, on it's way to tan head. Fine bubbles settle quickly, collaring the glass, and leaving a modest lace. A tidy beer, not sure what that means.

The nose isn't in your face. Roasty smells, smokey, and a little char. Slight metallic taste, with malt, and earthy vegetation. Herbal bitter hop lingers. Dry bitter cocoa finish. Not a lot to sink your teeth into, but a good lighter dry porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:46:02 | More by ggilman
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

dark, black liquid emerged in front of me. One of the darkest I have ever seen. A huge billowing tan head of foam that reached a height of perhaps three inches then came up over the top and stayed around for what seemed like forever before it finally let up and simply left a two finger high head of foam on top. Tons of side glass lace then ensued, in a word, big.

The aroma is where it all started going down hill for me if I am being honest. It was an almost fake kinda coffee smell. This is simply one of my favorite styles and it just was not doing it for me in any way. Sugary sweet coffee aromas were pretty much all there was to this one. The flavor was just a touch off, not nearly strong enough to really make it stand out. But I think the real ditractor was thin feel of this. It was almost watery at times, way too thin, and just not enough for me at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 17:26:02 | More by mikesgroove
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this year's ago and decided to try it again recently.

Pours a dark brown almost black color, huge amount of head, light tan in color, fades at a slow rate, leaves a decent amount of lacing along the glass, way too much head though and could be a carbonation problem.

Smell is surprisingly great, huge roasted malt aroma with just the right amounts of chocolate and coffee in the nose.

Taste follows up with the solid roasted malt presence and hints of chocolate, not too bitter with the aftertaste either, the carbonation might be a bit too lively though.

A very solid everyday porter, can't believe I haven't gotten this more often.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 17:08:34 | More by deltatauhobbit
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jlindros

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a thick large 2 finger head that fades at a decent rate. Head of a dark white color. The color of the beer is super dark brown, but lets a touch of light through the edges.

N: Some fruity aromas, darker fruit. Slight touches of yeasty aromas and tangy smells. A touch of roasted aroma, but mostly it gets that tangy yeasty aroma that seems to come when I used to screw up homebrews from time to time.

T: Taste is a little better. It has a light malty taste with touches of roasted flavor. Some almost sour fruit flavors with touches of tangy yeast flavors are there, but not as much as the nose. Slight metallic tastes are also present. It is semi watery as well. Somewhat creamy chocolate roast flavors, but adds more of a strong bitter burnt malt stout flavor.

M: Medium body with a creamy carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, but mostly from the burnt roasted malts and stout like flavors. A slight roasty flavor tingles for a bit. The tangy metallic flavor doesn't really seem to fade at all and doesn't want to go away, not matter how much I want it to. It's light for a porter beer, but has those not so great flavors.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

12-05-2009 02:23:08 | More by jlindros
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Berthold

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black (SRM44) with a large bubble, thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation 'pop' like. Moderate legs with some sheen. Roasted malt aroma with caramel sweetness. Roasted maltiness that is moderately brown sugar sweet. Low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and has a slightly acrid but clean finish.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

09-29-2009 13:20:35 | More by Berthold
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tittymcj

Connecticut

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark brown, with a one finger tan head and a little bit of lacing.

Smells of chocolate malt, coffee, and some caramel sweetness in the back.

Personally didn't care for the taste. A little coffee, some chocolate. Tastes a bit like a witbier that I had yesterdaay, which I also didn't enjoy. Definitely has that bland, dry cocoa flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was slightly chalky, with little carbonation and pretty thin bodied.

Not very drinkable for me, simply because I couldn't enjoy it. Others may find it very drinkable because of it's light profile.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

02-09-2009 22:58:35 | More by tittymcj
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a very dark, near opaque brown color. The head was a finger of tan, tiny-bubbled foam that left some sticky, broken lacing and retained itself as a thin collar. The aroma was roasted malt, caramel malt, hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavors were similar, starting with a flash of the chocolate sweetness that soon became roasted malt followed by a long smoky finish with some coffee bitterness. Left a slick of coffee on my tongue. The body was medium/full, the mouthfeel semi-creamy and the carbonation soft. I liked this one, solid and respectable.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

12-02-2008 18:29:09 | More by thekevlarkid
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan, three-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Mahogany almost black color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Burnt coffee nose. Flavor is toffee, molasses and burnt coffee with a lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

11-28-2008 01:01:18 | More by jdhilt
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with little head, not a terribly dark beer, but as a porter should be with some lightness around edges of the glass. The smell is very weak in this beer, not a lot going on there. The taste is what really got me hooked however, this beer is very dark and smooth. Lots of malt, flavor profile changes towards the end there are lots of dark chocolate flavors, really explodes of the palate here. Quite lovely. Beer is full bodied and easy drinking, definitely a beer worth buying again, and great for the price!

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

11-21-2008 19:56:16 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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thryn

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, opaque reddish brown with a good finger of tan, creamy head.

Smells of inviting roasted coffee and chocolate. A bit of caramel in there too, maybe? And some almost milk-stout-like lactose notes.

Prominent coffee notes, some sweet chocolatey tones, a little bit of that lactose creaminess and a bitter coffee finish. Very bitter, apparently -- my boyfriend made a face. It could have more depth of flavor on all counts, to my palate.

Mouthfeel is solid and creamy, but not all that heavy. The head sticks to the lip with a bit of carbonation.

It's totally sessionable if you find porters/stouts sessionable, but I'm not going to immediately teleport to Maine so I can acquire more.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

10-08-2008 07:42:46 | More by thryn
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kevinglin

Germany

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown/black with ruby highlights. Thick tan head left a nice lace on the glass until the end.

Aroma dominated by malty roast, not a lot of anything else. Flavor was roasty and bready - very carbonated, which makes the body very light on the tongue, but almost numbs some of the taste of the brew.

Overall, a pretty good porter. Good roasty character, not a lot of hops (as to be expected), not cloying or sweet, but a good, malty presence. I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

09-01-2008 22:11:22 | More by kevinglin
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Sixpoint

New York

4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is everyone else SLEEPIN on this beer?

Wow, best porter I've had inna long-azz time.

Amazing mocha head retention near-black with mahogany/ruby highlights.

Stellar pine/citrus aroma with charcoal caramel patent malt lurking in the reeds

Perfect balance crisp carbonation creamy velvet mouthfeel

Ultra drinkable; thank you sir may I have another?

Fuckin A wake up people this beer is a diamond in the rough

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

03-20-2008 03:53:51 | More by Sixpoint
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guzzle211

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle sent to me in a trade from MichaelfromMaine

Appearance: pours dark black and thick, but allows light through as ruby highlights. Head is colored a subtle tan, mild effort pour produces a lively 1/2” head.

Smell: as with the taste, chocolate dominates, with a slight bitter hint lying underneath.

t/m: I am one of those people that is highly susceptible to butteriness, but I did not detect any of those elements in mine (unlike a previous review.) Chocolate dominates, but not in an over-powering sweet way. On the dry side, just the way it should be, with enough bitter to make its presence known but not throw off balance.

d: surprisingly filling for a 5% porter that allows a slight hint of light to peak through, but otherwise I find it rather quaffable and could easily sit down to quite a few. I don’t know if I would be ready to jump off a dock into a moonlit lake, but rather drinkable nonetheless.

To quote that one guy from Robocop “I like it!!”

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

01-19-2008 03:00:39 | More by guzzle211
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Midnight Porter from Sebago Brewing Company
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