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Midnight Porter - Sebago Brewing Company

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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jafari

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

03-11-2012 01:19:43 | More by jafari
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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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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
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

03-03-2012 04:36:18 | More by GarthDanielson
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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
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

06-10-2010 17:08:34 | More by deltatauhobbit
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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
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

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

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has all of the ingredients to make it worthy of its name.
Poured a dark red-brown with a short tan head.
Nice aroma of hops tinges of malt and wisps of chocolate although I wish the nose were a bit more "up front and center".

The flavor is much like the nose-- hops tinged with chocolate and a background of toasted malt.

The body is that of a porter with a bit of life on the palate thanks to the carbonation although this beer is not fizzy or overly bubbly.

The mouth feel makes for a smooth congenial drink with a bit of roughness around the edges, which I presume, should be at the heart of every porter.

Drinkability is such that I could down several pints at one sitting without complaint.

A very nice porter brew worth your time and effort to find and enjoy.

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

10-26-2007 05:10:28 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12%

03-07-2012 02:10:09 | More by Donsmitty
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angusdegraosta

New York

4/5  rDev +12%

05-28-2013 03:16:54 | More by angusdegraosta
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

03-03-2012 04:03:23 | More by steve8robin
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BrianMMMBeer

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12%

02-03-2012 17:30:18 | More by BrianMMMBeer
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +12%

11-22-2011 01:51:57 | More by Burt
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +12%

12-05-2011 05:13:49 | More by rab53
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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
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

02-28-2012 01:33:04 | More by Bendurgin
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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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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
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

03-20-2012 21:35:14 | More by puboflyons
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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
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

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

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black body with ruby red highlights, with a thin offwhite head. Smells equally hoppy and roasty/toasty with some malt. Burnt malt and some hop. A little watery. Similar in many ways to their Lake Trout Stout, but a little more burnt character and maltiness, and a little lighter in body. Tasty though, a decent little porter.

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

09-23-2006 01:19:55 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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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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cactusjuggalo

Massachusetts

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

Straight out of a bottle i got from my sebago rep. It poured black with a ruby head at the top of the glass. As far as taste goes you can pick up hints of chocolate and what was almost a coffee like flavor. I really enjoyed this beer not a session beer at all but quite tasty and worth throwing back 2 or 3.

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

09-13-2007 11:43:21 | More by cactusjuggalo
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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
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

01-16-2012 00:04:07 | More by BeerKangaroo
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jabo134

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-31-2013 01:29:01 | More by jabo134
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brett606

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-06-2013 00:39:17 | More by brett606
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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
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

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

Nebraska

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrdegriselles for the trade.

The appearance on this would have been better, but the head rapidly expanded as soon as I began to pour. Other than the cocoa colored head overflowing and waiting for it to subside, this is a great beer. Body is a midnight black, as the name suggests. When put up to the light , there are hues of deep ruby hugging the edges. A sweet, roasty aroma touches the nose. Mouthfeel is fizzy due to the carbonation, nicely balanced with a hop tingle that follows through to the end. The taste is roasted malt with a light touch of chocolate sweetness. A medium bodied porter, which leans to the lighter side, that goes down smooth and dry.

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

03-23-2007 04:01:32 | More by jhammerly
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Midnight Porter from Sebago Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.