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Midnight Porter - Sebago Brewing Company

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came to the table in a tall 22oz pint glass a near pitch black just a few ruby highlights when held in the light a thin light brown head atop,roasted aromas with some bitter unsweetened chocolate nothing really out of the ordinary for a porter.Pretty dry and earthy flavors showing some hop muscle a little bitter chocolate as well it finish abruptly though with no lingering flavors.A solid basic porter with some hops but still pretty basic wich isnt all bad.

oberon, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of jlindros
2.9/5  rDev -19%
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.

jlindros, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

jdhilt, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 1/2" frothy brown head over the clear dark burgundy brew. Head lasted way long (enough time for me to fold and change over a batch of laundry), with tons of lace everywhere. Aroma is roasty grains combined with an effervescent tartness. Taste also starts with a full, roasty flavor, with light tart fruit in the middle, and then a coffee bitterness to close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but that fruitiness turns me off a bit.

ppoitras, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +11.7%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Durge
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This filled the pint glass with a densely black color with a little red at the edges. Big stubborn smokey head that hung in for the entire ride. The aroma brings on toffy/coffee with a little citrus highlight. The first mouthful is surprisingly bright and bubbly with a decided charcoal overtone. Pretty carbonated, more than I normally associate with a porter, and thinner than most porters. There is a bothersome metallic quality that comes through at the end, as if it were canned. Interesting stuff but not a favorite. I've had this on tap in Portland, Maine and it is naturally a bit thicker, a little more pleasant.

Durge, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

puboflyons, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark black with a pretty good-sized head and lots of lacing. It had a roasted grain aroma, as well as some sweetness. Taste was also kind of toasty/coffeeish, but some sweetness also came in. Not sure if that's a good thing. The beer tasted good, but I thought it to be a little too sweet for a porter.

lordofthewiens, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jaxon53, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

thegerm87, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sebago- Midnight Porter

A- Dark reddish cola brown with a small creamy 1 ring lacing head.
S- Cocoa, corn syrup, charcoal.
T- Charcoal and ash with cocoa powder. Caramel malt comes through once this one warms up a bit.
M- Heavily carbonated with a nice chocolate ashy charcoal finish. Dry and sweet.

Overall- Not too shabby. Definitely worth a pint.

NJpadreFan, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

donkeyrunner, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of mltobin
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

mltobin, May 23, 2013
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

thekevlarkid, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Burt, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Nearly opaque, deep molasses in color beneath a creamy, coffee-colored head with pretty impressive retention. Walls of condensed lacing with good strength.

Heavy cream with an intense aroma of diacetyl. Notes of dark chocolate; dried, toasted peanuts and almonds. Rough, floral hop presence.

Dried, roasted nutty profile up front: peanut, cashew, almond. Hints of cream engulffed by an unpleasant buttery diacetyl middle. Big, hairy floral hops without much direction. Bland, chalky dark chocolate.

Almost full bodied; creamy, due to the diacetyl, but also rough in the finish.

A poorly-crafted American Porter. The butteriness absolutely wreck's this one's chances.

NEhophead, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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

BEERMILER12, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of UnionMade
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opens with a loud hiss, then proceeds to fill a pint glass completely full of tan foam. Eventually I get a glass full of nearly black, hazy liquid, topped with a craggy mass of sandy head. Minimalist aroma, basically a study of roasted malt and charred blackness. Some tinny, metallic notes approach something like appleskin. Decent roasty malt flavor. Some pleasant dark-roast coffee taste, with a good bit of charred, woody flavor. Slight apple fruitiness, moving into a bittersweet malt finish. Minimal hop presence. Maybe some traces of herbal flavor, but it's a suggestion at best. Lighter body. Initially psychotic levels of carbonation, like cracking a warm can of pop, but it settles down with some time. Undrinkable at first. Let the bottle sit for a good 30 minutes. Other than that, it's alright.
Perhaps the bottle wasn't handled well, but I did my best to select a bottle from one of the back sixers, away from light. I purchased this at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, and it's relatively cool in the back of the store, where the beer is kept. For all I know, this could have been sitting there for 4 months, since i last went beer shopping in MA.

UnionMade, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of chrispoint
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

chrispoint, May 23, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 23, 2006
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Midnight Porter from Sebago Brewing Company
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