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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter | Rock Art Brewery

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Midnight Madness Smoked PorterMidnight Madness Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Grab your darts and let's go!" This is a dark ruby red porter with a medium body. A slight hint of smoke is detected from a small portion of grains used that are smoked with beechwood. Pale, chocolate, black and crystal grains are also used with Norther Brewer and East Kent Golding hops.

Added by scottum on 03-24-2003

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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 153
Photo of brentk56
2.18/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: One of those beers that pours all foam - after a while, the liquid starts to appear at the base of the pint glass and a mahogany color it is, surprisingly light for a porter; lots of lace and one of the noisiest beers I have encountered with plenty of snap, crackle and pop

Smell: Picking up very little aroma, just a bit of chocolate malt

Taste: Brown bread, up front, and then the smoke hits with plenty of charred wood and ashen flavors; if there were other flavors in this beer, the smoke would add complexity, but in and of itself it just tastes ashen

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with surprisingly low carbonation for all the foam the beer produced

Drinkability: Another disappointing experience from Rock Art, sad to say

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish/brown (very odd looking color), nice head to it and tons of lacing. Taste has a nice body and mouthfeel to it, a lot more flavor than the average porter. There is some subtle smokiness taste in there which really complements the dark fruit hints as well. Nice drinkability to it.. not too heavy and smooth going down. Not the best porter out there, but the smokey taste is definitely a nice touch to 'spice' things up to a usually drab beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a smaller but slightly darker off white fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly with just a touch of lacing, over dark brown almost black beer like a cola brown with hints of ruby light.

Nose starts with some smoke, a phenolic light campfire like smoke, almost peat but not quite, a hint of smoked meat but not quite that kind of smoke. Then creamy malts, a malt profile like a cross between porter and brown ale, some crystal malts, and a bit of darker malt aromas, but fairly thin in the malt profile overall.

Taste starts with more smoke, a smoked cheese like profile a bit but that disappears quickly as campfire come through, smoldering log, and hint of phenols from the smoke. The malt profile is fairly thin giving it a thin feel overall and little flavor other than the smoke. The malt brings a hint of chocolate, and touch of crystal malts, hint of caramel, and a light creamy malt feel. A very slight medicinal like flavor comes from the smoke as well that ties in directly from the phenols I think, again giving it a slight peat like profile. It also gets a very slight chalky feel. Finish gets a bit creamy, slightly sweet still, and some bitterness coming from the malts mostly the smoke I think, and just a touch of chalky chocolate malt.

Mouth is thinner, and lighter carbonation.

Overall way too thin, def could have used quite a bit more malt in there to balance the smoke especially, which comes through as a bit phenolic and peat like since there is barely any malt to back it up. The bitterness at the end is nice, and it's fairly tasty for the most part, but could use some beefing up.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a humble brown body with a small, white head.

Smell: Dark malts with a touch of roast overlayed with pervasive smokey woodiness. Some tart fruits lurking around in the background.

Taste: Roasty dark malts, though very little sweetness. Hint of dark fruits. The slight smokiness kicks in and lasts till the final moment of the thin finnish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright, for a smoked porter.

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Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a large fizzy head that dies to nothing within a half minute. Absolutely no lace. The color is ruby brown where a minimum of light shines through.

The smell is chocolatey with a touch of charcoal.

There's a good dollop of peppery hop bitterness in the swallow that I wasn't expecting. The beer is quite dry, nearly astringent. The body is thin but the carbonation is light but spritzy. The smoke is present but very subtle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights at the edges and a decent white head that quickly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of smoked ham and bacon mostly, with hints of chocolate at the edges. I honestly have trouble fining much else underneath the smokiness of the aroma here. The flavor is a little better, but not much. Smoked ham with hints of charcoal and ash as well as some chocolate and earthy hops. The smoke flavor here is sharp and acrid and overpowers everything else in this brew. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a bitter smokey mouthfeel. I'm not a big fan of this one in fact I will avoid this if at all possible.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville into a taster shaker pint glass. Listed as a smoke beer.

A real nice mix of red and toffee brown colors on the body. Faint white collar presented not much else. Really like this body color.

Nose has a real nice beechwood like rauchbier smoke. BBQ and charcoal but also some faint band aid like phenols.

Taste is very light on the palate, with light toast and faint char. There's a strange mild burn to this on the aftertaste. Light and airy malts but doesn't come out on the swallow. Another very wet and watery body.

Even as a porter this really doesn't cut it, seems pretty weak. But it looks and smells great.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown to black, with a filmy, light tan, creamy head around a half an inch. Nose of creamy sweet, hints of smoke, and a touch of coffee. Flavors of creamy sweet forward notes, with a mocha backbone. Very subtle smoked highlights throughout. Thin, creamy body with a roasted cream aftertaste. Clean, smooth finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this one.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, some smoke, chocolate/toffee. The taste is malty, with some smokyness, chocolate/toffee. Medium body, the finish is dry and slightly bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 29, 2014.

It does look very nice with its deep brown pour and lingering beige head. Lots of reddish hues to boot.

Not a whole lot on the nose. Oh yeah, there are smoked malts but they tend to be muted and subtle. Maybe that was the point. I like my smoked brews to be more aromatic.

Light to medium body. Kind of creamy.

The taste has a minor comeback because the smoky malts are a bit more noticeable. Clean, earthy finish. Not hopped or bitter but very mild.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Deep brown with faint ruby highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Smoky nose and flavor is more smoke than any thing else, hints of coffee. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of corby112
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled from the Rock Art variety Pack.

Pours a dark brown color with thin off white head and very little lacing. Roasty aroma of smoked maltiness, chocolate and coffee. Roasty malt flavor with bitter dry hopped finish. Average porter with not much character. The best of the Variety pack.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

First pint pours with a 1/2" tan head, over the translucent dark brown brew. Head doesn't last for too long, but laces reasonably well while it hangs around. Aroma is nicely of dark malts, but lacking the smoke character I was expecting. Might have caught a whiff, but if so it was only because I willed it to be there. The taste is sweet dark grains upfront, with a dry crisp close, and again, perhaps the wisp of smoke hiding in the malts. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. Enjoyable brew, just wish the rauch was a bit more predominant. Was a nice Daytona 500 drinker.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: smoked malt

Taste: smoked malt with some chocolate tones

Mouthfeel: light bodied-borderline watery, moderate carbonation, smooth and smokey

Drinkability: I like smoke beers and this one I find to be really smooth. Much tastier than their double smoked porter. I like the malty taste. The flavor profile is not as complex as others in the style, but is really tasty. I could have three.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen or had this beer in years. I saw the 6 pack and picked it right up.

Pours a slight reddish-brown color with a nice brown head into my glass. Looks right for a smoked porter.

Sweet, smoky, malt with a burnt cocoa/coffee touch to it. Very appealing.

Deep, rich smoky malt upfront with a touch of cocoa, cream and burnt caramel. It's the right combination of flavor.

Mouthfeel isn't much different, except that there's nice smoke imprint on the tongue.

Wow. I missed this beer and glad to see it back.

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Photo of cbutova
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hadn't really noticed this beer until today. Redundant to say this but I always support cheaper 12oz locals of good styles, heh.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a pitch black body. Light tan cap builds up to about two fingers but lacks a bit in the retention department. Small creamy ring sticks around leaving a few tiny spots of lace.

S- Hard to pick up right off the bat, really have to try hard. Smoked malt off the top and just a bit of dark malt behind it. Opens slightly as it warms.

T- Starts out solid with notes of leathery smoked malt and cocoa cereal grains. Dark fruit begins to build, which I don't normally mind but it brings along a slight metallic hint with it. Something about it all doesn't seem rich enough, the flavor feels thin and leaves me wanting more.

MF- Lighter body but still in the Porter range. The carbonation has a silky feel but the beer overall is thin and slightly watery. Smoky palate finish.

The flavor is not nearly bad, it drinks easily and balances smoke with porter elements. It just doesn't feel rich enough. The thin feel doesn't support the smoky and chocolate flavors all that well.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler: Dark brown/coke coloured with a nice head of tan/khaki brown foam. Aromas of smoked malts, coffee, chocolate, and more. The taste is smoky, but not over the top like other smoked porters that I have sampled. The smokiness lends character and balance to an excellent porter base with chocolare, and coffee flavors abounding. Mouthfeel is super creamy/smooth and drinkability is killer as well. A great smoked porter from this nice VT brewery. Good stuff.

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Photo of wedge
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a fast-fading light tan head. Roasted dark malt aroma with chocolate and coffee - nutty, but I wouldn't call it smoky. Lightly smoked chocolate malts, burnt grains, and earthy hops in the flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, smooth and a little dry.

Overall a pretty mellow but tasty porter...just don't expect a seriously smoky beer (at least from a bottle).

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Photo of alexgash
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle.

Dark garnet to maple syrup amber body. Small, bubbly, sandy-beige head. Not much lacing. Plenty of smoke on the nose. Campfiery, with some meatiness. Light roasted malt notes underneath, along with a little peat and chocolate. So far so smoky good.

Wet cardboard quickly gives way to cindery, ashy, smokiness. Slight meatiness as well. Very light roasted malt underneath. Not much "porter" here. The smokiness is nice and stays throughout, but there is not much else. Some coffee-ish bitterness in the finish. Faint notes of chocolate. Body is also thin, much too thin for the style. Maybe a bit too carbonated too. Disappointing, but finishable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a dark brown black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Smoke, milk chocolate, caramel, toasted, and earthy.

Taste: A lighter version of what I smelled with smoke being the dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, watery, low carbonation, a little chewy, slight bitterness, and smoky.

Overall: A weird blend of Rauchbier and porter. Very light bodied and watery. That is the downfall to this beer. It could be better if not do light or watery.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Effervescent: a tan head erupts from even a light pour. Dark root beer brown color. Head quickly fizzles out and leaves nothing in it's wake.

Smells like smoked meat with a soy sauce sweet tang. Tastes like it smells and while the soy sauce is ok in the aroma it's off-putting as a flavor. Tiny in the back which I'm beginning to sense is par for the Rock Art course.

Despite leaving a lot to be desired I like a smoked beer with a blatant smoke character. I've had a few smoked beers lately where that couldn't always be counted on.

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Photo of DIM
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very dark brown, not quite opaque. It poured with a smallish, fizzy tan colored head that faded fairly quickly.

s: Moderate smokiness in the form of charred wood. Also, a little tobacco and some mild roasted grain.

t: This is far from the smokiest smoked porter I've tried. That left some room for the porter to shine through, but there wasn't much there. Just a hint of toasty grains.

m: Silky smooth body and the smoke aftertaste lingered nicely.

d: There aren't many smoked porters around, so I was excited to try this one. Overall, this was okay, but I doubt I'll revisit it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam for this one. 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a .5 finger coarse, light brown head with no retention. Beer is a clear, dark brown amber. No lace. Below average.

Nose is smoke, roasted malt, liquorice, and logan. Some dried date too. Moderately aromatic. Average.

Opens sweet and roasty. Some notes of liquorice, smoked malt, peat, dried date sweetness, and stale coffee beans. Finishes smoke and roast. A bit of ash in the aftertaste. Decent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth and abrasive going down. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. I could use a little less bubbles.

Some odd flavors swirling around in this one. Its not bad but not one I'd revisit again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color. The rocky, sand-colored head stands at a massive four fingers before it audibly sputters into a thin cap. No lacing left behind at all.

S: Fruity with scents of plum, cherry, and grape skin. Hints of cola, coffee beans, and powdery chocolate. Some charcoal and a thin blanket of acrid smoke cover all of this.

T: Cola, a faint woodiness, and plum and cherry tastes open. Roasted coffee and a whisper of cocoa. Smoke asserts itself toward the back end and starts to get acrid with a touch of that rubbery taste that smoked beers sometimes exhibit. Finishes with bakers chocolate, hints of wood, and acrid smoke.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy, but perhaps a bit thin and watery. Ample carbonation.

O: The smoke starts to stray a little; there's just not quite enough body behind this beer to tame it. Needs some work.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a rich, translucent brown color with about a finger of dense ecru colored foam. Minimal lacing is left on the inside of my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Smells and tastes of smoked malts, roasted grain, bitter cocoa, mild roasted coffee and a touch of caramel. Ample body with a decent amount of carbonation. I don't see this one around too often, and that's a shame.

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