Double Porter Smoked | Rock Art Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Smoke Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This deep dark brew may help to tame those cool evenings and put a little spunk in the long nights. You’ll flavor the sweet caramel malts, roasted grains, a big mouth feel and a touch of smoked grain.

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 81
Photo of Smakawhat
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle purchased at the brewery.

Out of the bottle the beer hits with a dull dark reddish mahogany brown. Head forms light tan but gets maybe three fingers tall and falls very quickly. Lots of snapping cola like carbonation and bubbles and barely leaves a collar. Collar doesn't stick around and you have a wet mess.

Nose is smokey, with a nice rauchbier like beechwood sense. There's a bit of band aid phenols here though. Some faint jerky and caramel hiding in the back, with a very very small sweetness.

Incredibly watery palate. Weak texture and feels practically from the water tap. Flavors mix nicely with what is hinted on the nose but there is zero depth. Finish has a bit of roast and char slightly, the smoke character comes throughout nicely. Sweetness mixes with a little bit of blackened dry malt too. There's good balance hiding in here, and the taste of band aids hinted at on the nose luckily doesn't come through at all.

Overall if I were to rate this on smoke beer style, then I would say it's a real dumbed down palate feel which takes a lot away from enjoying it. If I were to rate this as a baltic porter I would give it even worse, there's nothing "to style" about this beer in that sense at all. Still it's a watery mess with not much to offer. Give this beer some depth and thickness and it would be worth drinking.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep translucent red/brown. There is about one full finger of khaki colored head that fades incredibly quickly. There is almost no foam left on the glass, and no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is huge smoke, ham, caramel, and malt. It reminds me of bacon with fake smoke added in. It's not exactly the most pleasant.

T: The taste is sweet to start, but it get hugely bacon-y, and there is tons of that "fake smoke" flavor. It's really a shame. I love bacon, and I love smoke, but this beer just tastes completely artificial.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet to smokey to sweet. Nothing coating.

O: This beer is a real let down. I wanted this to be soooo good... but it just isn't. I'll pass on this beer from here out.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light brown; translucent. A small layer of cream coloured head formed and reduced to a few scattered bubbles. Doesn't have the look of a porter at all. Very light.

S - Smoke completely dominates with some very light caramel and toffee notes in the background. No typical porter characteristics are present in the nose either.

T - Massive smoke flavour up front with a slight toffee/caramel flavour present in the background along with a touch of chocolate.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light fizzy head fades almost instantly lighter colored slight hazy auburn blond color. Looks more like brown ale than porter!?

Nose smoked alright, campfire, smoked cheese, light toasty reddish brown malts, light caramel and molasses, little syrupy.

Taste little sweet and syrupy, molasses but watered down, light caramel and some reddish toasty malts. Creamy smoke, light campfire and smoked cheese. Light earthy bitterness with a hint acrid. Finish is still semi sweet quite bitter earthy spicy hops and smoke. Little astringent and icky long lingering some smoke. Some warming booze with a little tingle.

Mouth is med bodied sticky syrupy but still thin feeling, lighter carb

Overall overpowering and meh. Too much going on, way too much smoke, astringent bitterness, little acrid, etc. It's many little things they got wrong too, like no head, way too light colored, thin feeling and thin on malt taste despite the 8% that comes through as 10%, long bitter acrid finish that is hard to finish 1/3 of the bomber let alone the entire thing (glad I shared it). This is a rare complete miss for Rock Art IMO.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 ounce bottle. Sampled on June 7, 2012. It pours a rather murky but deep amber tone. I expected it to darker considering it is labeled "Double Porter." But since it is a Baltic Porter it may be about right. On the nose are malts and a light, distant smoky note. The body falls more on the medium side and maybe a little lighter than that. The yeast interacts well with the other ingredients to bring out a smokier taste than the one I get on the nose. 8% ABV well integrated. I love smoked beers but this one was more subdued.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle of beer from a Vermont Mobil Gas Station. Rock Art Brewery's Double Porter Smoked pours very dark brown with a light tan head. Your first sniff of this beer and you know this beer is smoked. Other aromas include a slight sweetness and more smokiness. This thick beer is very smooth and has a great smoked flavor with hints of sweetness and roasted malts that would go very well with barbequed ribs or steaks.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light creamy brown head. I was expecting a very dark beer, it turns out, it's a crimson color -- like a raspberry red. A decent amount of bubbles can be seen. Nice looking beer.

Big time smokiness and some bitter coffee. That's about it but it's a nice smoky aroma.

This is all about the smokiness and chocolate! Wow! Tasty! Some roasted coffee is evident. Slightly bitter at the end. Booze flavor is pretty much subdued, although it's a relatively high abv. with a 8%.

Medium body, carbonation is light to medium, it leaves the mouth feeling very dry, yet the mouth is still moist.

I can't complain about Rock Art since just about every beer I tried by them has been good to excellent -- this is no exception. Although, this is a borderline sipper, it is so tasty you want to gulp it. But I would recommend sipping it; I figured that out about halfway through, as the 8% is sneaking up on me. I am not a big fan of smoky beers but this is great! If you see this, pick it up, immediately!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Deep, ruddy brown under a two-finger thick head of creamy, tan foam. Carbonation could be seen in the reddish-brown tinge and lacing was decent.

S: Roasted, smoky malts, earthy, herbal hops and a smoked meat and tobacco aroma.

T: Roasted caramel and black malts load up the flavor first, turning fruity and bitter with a nutty snap before mellowing out with an earthy, smoked peat taste. Herbal hops settle in to dry out the palate and a smoked meat and alcohol bitterness flushes out the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, a bit creamy and savory smoked flavors make it a fine evening sipper around the fire.

O: A very nice porter, albeit a bit lighter looking than I had anticipated. The 8% ABV is noticed in the finish a bit, but the fine, smoky malt complexity smooths things over pretty nicely. I'd like to pair it up with a smoked meat and cheese charcuterie some time to see where it stands with smoked foods.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rock Art Double Smoked Porter

A - Pours a dark brown with a half inch off white foam that slowly fades leaving no lacing.

S - aroma is sweet roasted malts and some smoke.

T - roasted malts, the smoke takes the lead with some lemon and brown sugar. Not really my favorite style or flavor. The smoke is just a bit too overpowering for my taste.

M - smooth & creamy, with light to medium carbonation. It has a dry finish.

D - for the style, its not bad but i've had more enjoyable examples. Its ok but I wouldn't be able to have more than one.


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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Art Double Porter Smoked
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a hotel mini glass

I spotted this beer at the Vermont State Liquor Store down the street and thought I would give this local beer a try.

Pours a mahogany brown with some ruby highlights on the bottom the glass. The brown color borderlines black, but with a close inspection reveals a dark brown quality. A nice fluffy head forms on top too, leaving trails of sticky lacings.

Whiffs of roasted malt, fireside smoke and sweet dairy.

A dark roasted malt backbone with subtle hints of liquid smoke. A touch of dairy sugar sweetness and a solid hop snap finishes this beer out. The carbonation level is perfect and this is an enjoyable beer.

Nicely done Rock Art, a really good porter.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

Black in color. 1-2 finger head is equally frothy and sudsy.

I smell roasted grain, burning cedar, and nice overall earthy notes. A little mocha and charcoal as well. The more it warms, more and more smokiness comes out.

The taste is immediately big on roasted grain. Woodsy. Charred just slightly. There are notes of dark chocolate and coffee bean but not as much as I thought there would be.

Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated just right.

I can't taste the 8% ABV at all - great drinkability.

I highly enjoyed this!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch coal coloring is topped off by a generous 2 finger + beach sand colored head that is steady on the hold. Along the glass edges we see a feverish carbonation of micro bubbles working their way upwards and beading while building upon the head further. The lacing is good, meaty and thick with a strong helping of foam deposits on the glass walls.

S: Roasty fresh coffee offering with a hint of charcoal biscuit. A light touch of smoldering wood ash and smoke of medium strength rounds things out.

T: Burnt wood and smoked barley grains with a roasted bitterness of dry coffee beans. Campfire minearlity, charcoal with a lingering smoky peat finish. Fresh chocolate adds a bit of sweetness to the mix lingering humbly beneath the moderates smoky and roasted flavor.

M: Mouthful was viscose, full bodied with a oily texture and feel. Roasty upon warming with a dark earthy burnt bitterness coming about on the swallow. Strong carbonation sensation especially on the tip and edges of the tongue.

D: Solid drinkability, considering style and abv%. Roasty, bitter with a lingering burnt bitterness and an overall good appeal. A bomber is good here.

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Photo of SABERG
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz poured in a modified tulip.
A - Deep amber, edging toward black. Nice initial foam with some lacing that lasts.
S - Fronted with smoke, and cocoa. Shallow on the nose, with hints of bread.
T - A nice tight profile, dry mid point with a slight bite to finish.
M - A touch of oil, even across the palate. Hint of final bitter, overall balanced
D - This has winter appeal, warming and smooth. Pleasant on a cold New England night.


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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 3" fluffy tan colored head that lasts a long time. Thick lace develops.

Smell: smoke, roasted malts, and some fruit sweetness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, bits of chocolate, prunes, and a decent smokey level. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol is lightly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. The smokey tones linger in the mouth for quite a while.

Drinkability: decent flavors here, but this beer is better with a BBQ meal. By itself it is a slow sipper and sharing the bomber was preferred.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Pours two shades shy of black with a creamy, off-white head that dissipates into a skim and disperses towards the shoulders. Thick, creamy strands of lacing were formed on the tilt side of the glass during each tip. Nose expresses dark fruit, roasted malts, ethanol and a trace of smoke. Flavor profile reveals toasted/roasted malt, earthiness, ethanol and a rauch-like character. Dark fruit is very subdued - a bit acrid and missing the characteristic sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with a slightly prickly carbonation and a semi-dry finish. If you are a fan of smoked beers, you'll really enjoy this offering, in my opinion. That being said, I found it to be somewhat lacking in the fruity, chocolatey goodness I've come to appreciate with the style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I've been trying to buy more Rock Art since that whole Vermonster/Monster Energy thing.

Clear chestnut color, light even for a brown porter. Beige head leaves thick lace rings.

Monotone aroma of wood smoke. Maybe a little Nestle quick.

Overbearing, expansive wood smoke. There's some faint char in there but lacking traditional porter flavors. I do get some dark brown ale Nestle Quick chocolate and brown ale fruity esters but not much porter. Much less a double porter. Lush, velvety mouthfeel.

Between the heat (8%), hops (60IBU) and smoke its a lot of raw everything and I couldn't finish the bottle despite having help. Needs refinement.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours out a cola color. Nice tanish head, pretty fluffy. little bit of lacing
S:roasted coffee up front. somewhat sweet/fruity, and smoked
T: deep roasted smoke flavor right up front. and yes, there is some fruitiness, and malt presence, those first 2 flavors really prevail to the end
M: Very light. rather surprising
D: high

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark amber color with little bit of off white head.

s - Smells smoked and of dark fruits malts.

t - Tastes lightly smoked, of chili, dark fruits, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent smoked porter. Some nice smokey and dark fruit flavor. Would try again.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass; a small, single finger dark tan head formed and quickly dissipated, leaving no lace behind. The body is dark brown (poor lighting...cannot tell is it is black or not..).

The nose has lots of campfire smoke aromas. The background has some coffee grinds, chocolate and roasted malts.

The taste is right in line with the nose. Strong smoke presence...peat, black coffee, cocoa and malts.

The mouth feel is a little thinner that I would have liked. Moderate carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, but no more than one pint per night. I would like to compare this directly with the other popular smoke beers...

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from 22oz. into pint glass a deep dark brown with not much light coming through. Thick tan head settles nicely.

S: Roasted and burnt malt, chicory, smoke, molasses and faint earthy hops.

T: Malt is sweet yet smoky with some burnt and roasted grain complexities like molasses, char and coffee. Hops are very subdued.

M: Full body with crisp bubbly carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

D: Great price and good balance and flavor. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased for $3.99 at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT. Served cold in a chilled pint glass. I've been looking forward to this one 'cause I haven't had anything dark in a while, mostly bock and IPA lately.

Heavy pour gives a slowly building light brown head. Brew itself is cloudy and very dark brown. The light trying to pass through it is obscured just as much by turbidity as it is color. Decent webby lacing is generated throughout. Scent is mostly of smoked malt and pineapple. Also earthy oak and tobacco, faint citrus and pine hops. Taste is a big dose of smoky malt followed by tobacco, molasses, and a touch of nutmeg. Hops are felt a bit throughout but only become prominent toward the end and linger in the finish. Finish is long and complicated- first citrus and pine hops, then becoming smoke and pineapple, which linger for quite a while. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, dry, and a little too carbonated. Carbonation adds a bit of fizzy feeling to the finish.

Overall a good hearty porter. Main complaint is the bit of over carbonation, but not bad. Label might be a bit sensationalized, I wouldn't call it all that "extreme".

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, w/o freshness info. A nice touch that the label includes food ideas and guidance for a tasty meal to enjoy with this brew. Pours dark brown, moderate dark khaki head, that goes to a tiny bubble film and typical collar. The Lace/sheeting is delicate and copious. Light smoke and dark malt nose. Flavorful and easy drinking ramped up porter. Notes of more smoke/wood, dark maple malts. Dense waves of malty flavor, supplemented by a charged up level of resiny hops all adds up to a quite worthy and recommended porter.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer after having Woodstock's maple porter. This one was so far superior that I may have given it an inflated grade. Anyway, the beer was a dark reddish/brown color with a thick tan head. It had a roasted malt, peaty aroma. Smoky/peaty taste, some coffee and chocolate, late bitterness. Nice combination. Very smooth, enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extreme? Really? This is certainly a larger than typical Porter but at 8.0% and 60 IBU's it sits about where you want a solid American-style Porter.

A froathy, dark brown pour releases a lightly tanned head that laces and retains very well and with a medium haze.

Medium smoke aromas are supported by nutty, cocoa, and heavy toasted barley malts. Burnt currants and cherries give a bit of rise to the estery mix and lifts the alcohol scent a bit. Piney hops seem to fit well with the woodsy malt character.

Flavors of kettle caramelization, nuttiness, woodsy (campfire) smoke, and columbian coffee land early on the palate and with a quick follow up of those piney hop flavor and building bitterness. The smoke seems to take a step down after the first few sips and become only a secondary factor from then on. Esters don't seems as prevailant in taste as was in aroma.

The beer has some rougher edges from a combination of acrid roasted grains, alcohols, and sulfurs (match sticks). A light astringency from grain and the well-attenuated dryness might work against the beer.

This is a delicious Porter that has all the right characteristics hitting at the right place for balance, intrigue, and power. I wish that the body were more malty and that we could avoid the harsh grain bite in the finish and aftertaste.

Thanks Indiapaleale!

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Photo of thequeen711
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chocolate black into the glass, nice three finger beige head. Aroma of chocolate malts, trying to detect more but maybe my nose is not working well today. Taste is light and, again, the chocolate and malts prevalent. Even though this brew doesn't seem complex, it is quite the simple porter, and good tasting, at that! Trying to figure out where the smokieness comes in, I somewhat detect it in the aftertaste. I'd definitely try this one again.

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Double Porter Smoked from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 81 ratings