Double Porter Smoked | Rock Art Brewery

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Double Porter SmokedDouble Porter Smoked

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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American 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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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the clear, effervescent dark amber brew. Thick head lasts nicely, with heavy sticky lace. Aroma is sweet and smokey. Taste is malty upfront, gives way to ample smoke in the middle, and closes with a hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and smooth, and drinkability is very good. Interesting slant on an imperial porter.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this last winter and loved it so I tried another to be sure... This beer was a very dark garnet color which looks quite gorgeous held up to light. Sandstone colored head laced very well and displayed good retention too. The aromas were indeed smoky, caramel malt and roasted malt in there too. The flavors were at first like a Baltic Porter or Jamaican Stout but then the smokiness rolls in. Dark chocolate appeared in the sweetness as it warmed up and the finish is hoppy and a little bitter. Very good mouthfeel, medium to full body. I am pleased to report this one is as good as I thought it was the first time.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Axic10
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: pours a dark brown/slightly black with a tiny hint of head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts, some smoke, strong toffee notes with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste: First hit with toffee and malty flavors then it finihes rather smokey (almost a rauchbier taste)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a smokey dryness.

Drinkability: Out of the three Rock Art beers that I've had, I rank this as #2. A very interesting smoked porter that I could drink regularly, just not more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 ken2cart1
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- dark brown, almost black with some red hues...decent sticky head not quite frothy

s- BACON..real smokey smell

t- BIGG smoked bacon flavor upfront with some roasted malts in the background. Also a real sweet caramel taste to it. ends with a real charred taste to it.

m- smooth not quite creamy

d- 1 of these is enough, i enjoy the distinct smoked bacon flavor to it, but a bottle of it is plenty

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Photo of mgbickel
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 PSUDREW
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 scottbrew4u
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt walnut with orange highlights on the coaster... which becomes glazed brick red with orange and amber accents when backlit. The sandstone colored cap looks very nice. The firm creaminess of the foam and the shredded sheets of lace are the highlights of the appearance.

The aroma contains a few tendrils of smoke, along with very little roasted maltiness. The beer smells moderately sour and minimally sweet. Forget the word 'Extreme' on the label. At least as far as the nose is concerned.

The first few mouthfuls are a pleasant surpise (I haven't had good luck with this brewery so far). There's enough malt for the style, the carbonation seems about right and the smoke is neither subtle nor overpowering. Tastes more like an American porter than a Baltic Porter.

As the ounces flow by, the various elements of the flavor profile become more cohesive. Specifics include dark chocolate, dark caramel and a *just right* amount of wood smoke. Sweet is favored early, bitter is favored late, and tangy dark fruit is just beneath the surface.

The mouthfeel is right on the money. It's medium-full and has fewer rough edges than one would expect with 60 IBUs worth of bitterness. An ideal amount of carbonation doesn't hurt.

Double Smoked Porter or Smoked Double Porter (certainly not Double Porter Smoked as it appears on the label) is the best Rock Art beer of the small handful that I've had so far. It isn't spectacular, but it gets the job done in fine fashion. Thanks to Vermonthiker for the bomber.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown, not too dark, with some highlighting. Head is off white but not quite tan. Foam doesn't last long, but the top film of lace is quite nice.

A little sweetness on the nose, some roasted malt, and a tiny little hint of smoke. Nothing to worry about yet from the EXTREME tag on the front.

Again, not much in the way of smoke in the flavor; decent amount of bitterness from the roasted malts, but again not extreme by any means. Chocolate, caramel sweetness, and "campfire" charcoal flavor.

Finish is characterized mostly by bitterness, both the darkly roasted malt and the drying citric hoppiness. Pretty tasty overall, and with the nice heft to the body, definitely something to give a try if you like them darker and

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 YankChef
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into guiness uk size pint glass.

Appearance: very dark amber but not quite black, thin wispy white head that didn't hold up too long and left some decent lacing. Sediment formed a solid 1/4 inch thick layer at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Aromas of bitter chocolate and roasted grains as well as a deep almost mesquite like smokiness.

Taste: Double Smoke! they weren't kidding this beer is smoky as hell but in a good way. Pretty sweet upfront with an almost molasses like sweetness with a quick hop punch in the middle and the aftertaste is pleasant with linger smoke that just coats the palette.

Overall: This is a big beer but very enjoyable, certainly a sipper as it is very thick. I found it difficult to finish an entire bomber by myself because of how heavy this was, so sharing is my advice. This beer would be great with dessert that had some flavors that would benefit from a little smoke.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a coca-cola like constituency. Slight head with average lacing. Slightly under carbonated with a sweet smells of roasted malts and smoke. Not overly smoked like so many smoked beers are. Malty smokey with hint of tobacco. It finishes sweet a little bitterness. This is good.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium to dark brown, not as dark as I expected for a "double" porter. Head is about a quarter of an inch. Carbonation is pretty noticeable which definitley shows the Baltic side of this porter.

Smell is at first a pretty solid whiff of smoked malt, its sweet and roasty and quite delicious smelling. Not a lot else in the nose except some faint whiffs of alcohol.

Taste is smokey, sweet, roasty, dark coffee and very drying. Its also very bitter up front but I'd say it works very well for this one. The biggest complaint I have is just how dry this is in the finish. Bitter and dry just takeover.

Well, I've got a bomber of it and its not going back in the fridge so I'd say its drinkable enough to finish 22 oz alone.

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Photo of Jayli
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a what looks like a deep brown, but when held to the light you see that it is more of a mahogony color. Half a finger of tan head - doesn't hold well, and quickly recedes to a slight film. Not much lacing to speak of. Nose is predominantly of the smoked odor with burnt coffee and roasted malts mixing in with the smokiness. The smokiness is slightly muted in this, but the roasted malts, and burnt coffee, with a backbone of chocolate definitely come through. As the beer warms, the smoke flavoring became less and less apparent. This is a medium to fuller body beer, quite carbonated and borders on being too carbonated. Overall, not a bad beer - I think there are better out there, but the beer is definitely quite drinkable.

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Photo of DIM
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a dark ruby red color, lighter than most porters though. It poured with a huge tan head that stuck around for awhile.

s: A surprisingly mild nose here. Some sour grains, faint chocolate, and some fairly muted smoke aromas.

t: To their credit, the smoke doesn't overwhelm everything else, I just wish there was a bit more to this one. Some mildly sour plum and cherry flavors along with a bit of chocolate upfront. The finish is strongly bitter, tasting of herbal coffee, if that makes any sense. This is where the smoke kicks in as well. I really liked the finish here.

m: This had a decent body and good carbonation. I loved the way the bitter smoke feeling lingered for minutes after each sip.

d: I loved the finish, but I wanted a bit more from this. Still, it was a solid effort.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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 beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cross-style between a baltic porter and a smoked. The smoked is there all right, and nicely done, better drunk with food. It is IBU 60 so it is hoppy and some bitterness is secondary. Suitable carbonation, hoppiness works well here. A bomber best shared, but drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name of this beer is "Double Porter Smoked" which is somewhat confusing but as it is commonly known, a "double (or Imperial) porter" can be sometimes be called a Baltic Porter (depending on yeast orientation).

Regardless, here is my review of this relatively new beer:

Color: Pours a mildly darkish brown color with a thick foamy head and decent lacing on the glass

Aroma: Smoky, malty and roasty. Pretty much the hallmarks of a standard smoked porter (which Rock Art happens to make). Alcohol is barely noticeable and there's more maltiness in place of it.

Taste: Smoky and malty upfront. Alcohol leaves a warm feeling in the stomach and seems to dominate the palate here along with the smokiness. There's little roastiness detected upfront. Seems overly smoky.

Mouthfeel: Smokiness lingers in the mouthfeel, mainly due to the alcohol. Feels somewhat unbalanced.

Second sip: I confirm much of what I've already written. I think the smokiness of this porter is out of balance. Perhaps with some aging, the smokiness might subside, allowing the malt to shine through in this porter.

Not a bad crack at the style. Rock Art seems to think that ramping up the smokiness in a smoked porter will make it more of an imperial or double porter. I digress. With a few months aging, this beer will be far more drinkable.

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Photo of johnd513
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for this one.
This beer pours black with a small foamy off-white head. Smells sweet and smoky with dark malts, chocolate and caramel. The taste starts smoky - maybe a little too smoky. Reminds me of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock but this one is not as intense. The taste ends with alcohol do to the relatively high abv. Drinkibility is good, I had no trouble finishing the bomber. There is nothing extreme about this beer but its not bad.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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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