Midnight Madness Smoked Porter | Rock Art Brewery

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Midnight Madness Smoked PorterMidnight Madness Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
rockartbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
153
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
17.84%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 68
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 jmerloni
1.3/5  rDev -62%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A dull, dark color that doesn't seem very thick. It looks like you can almost see through it. Head is pretty pathetic for a "smoked porter."

S - This just smells like smoke. Very little chocolate aroma here. Surprisingly unappealing.

T - Wow. Awful. Tastes like ash and brown sugar. Awful. Cheap. Gross.

M - Light to medium bodied and comes apart at the first possible instance it could. Wow. This is headed toward the worst beer I've ever ingested.

D - This is one of the five worst beers I've ever tasted out of over 400. This is a pathetic offering, I can't believe that it's bottled and offered in a store that claims to sell craft beer. Embarrassing. This beer has nothing, and shame on this brewery for bottling this piece of shit and trying to make money off it. TRY MAKING GOOD BEER, YOU CHEAP FUCKS! This beer is pathetic and irresponsible enough that I will NEVER ever try another beer from this brewery. Like, this is baddd. Woah. Try trying.

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Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of horshack7
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark black with a light beige head around one finger in height.

Aroma: Smokiness, notes of wood, roasted chocolate malts, Espresso and wisps of vanilla. Hops are well roasted as well.

Taste: Lots of smokiness in begining along with dark roasted malts and hops. A lightly crisp mouthfeel but it mellows out very well. Solid amounts of coffee, dark roasted.

Notes: Drinkable, tasty solid all over. Cheers.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Rock Art mixed 12

A- dark reddish black, non translucent, slight brownish off white head that dissipates very fast, slightly above average carbonation for a porter.

S- smoked malts, chocolate, slightly sweet.

T- smokey, slightly sweet, chocolatey. Slightly sweet smokey aftertaste.

M- medium bodied, alcohol well hidden, well balanced, defintely drinkable.

O- This was defintely my favorite of the 4 different beers from the Rock Art variety pack. Nice balanced smokiness mixes well with a light sweetness. In my opinion definitely an easy beer to drink.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours near pitch black with a finger of whitish foam. Aroma is quite smoky, with dark roasted malt flavors as well.

First sip is nicely smoky, with a sweet, roasty finish. nice roasted bitterness on the finish. This is really a pleasant beer. The smokiness is nicely balanced. It is present but not overwhelming.

I haven't had too may smoked porters, but I am really enjoying this one. Would certainly buy this again.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Brushkanna
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +17%

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

Interesting look to the beer. When I poured it, it poured like a cola. The brown head faded away very quickly. There are five sections ontop of the beer where the Carbonation is creating a whirlpool effect. Dark ruby red, not opaque as I can see some dim light. Very bubbly. Absolutely no lacing.

Chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee and smoke. That's about it.

Chocolate, burnt coffee and caramel that all seem to be watered down. A lingering dry burnt toast taste; that's it, its not bad nor good.

The mouth is watery, light Carbonation quite boring.

I really wanted to try this beer for a while. I think most of Rock Arts Brews are pretty tasty and to sneak a average brew like this one into thier line of beers can only sum it up with one word -- disappointment.

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Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +17%

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 surprenant1138
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, swamp mud brown. Minimal head, but light tan, and minimal kacing as well. Aroma is of some chocolate, some malt, and very light on he smokiness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a zing of carbonation. Taste is malty, with some light hops, only slightly smokey, and a hint of pecans and chocolate. Not the best smoked porter, but decent to sip on occasion.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date notched at Jan. Pours a semi translucent dark copper color with a very thin head. No lacing. Aroma is smokey and chocolatey. Some burnt coffee. Taste is a good amount of smoke upfront. Coffee and malts as well but that nice smokey flavor is the main attraction here. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still decent. Overall, this is a pretty smokey beer. Nice surprise in the mix 12 pack. I would like to have this on tap given a chance.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is dark black with maroon highlights and a finger and half of foamy brownish head and some slight lacing that does clear off after some time.

The smell is a little boozy at first but them draws you in with some sweet smoked malts that are anchored in am earthy aroma.

The taste is like a potted plant, green and luscious with herbal flavor. There is a slight tea light flavor hitting the flavor of this beer. It seems to bring to mind a peat like flavor that is brought with the smoked malts of this beer. This beer feels like it has some age on it like is goes back but was produced recently. A beer with a past.

The feel of this beer is a spiky porter that lets out a little space for flavor. This is a two handed beer that is asking for full concentration to enjoy. With all your wits you may appreciate this beer completely.

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Photo of u2carew
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tan head. Quickly settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. The body a dark mahogany, of which one can see clearly through - not as dark as anticipated.
S) Robust smoke aroma, liken to cedar, or possibly the-day-after-camping smell. Some peat aroma.
T) Roasted grain and smoky upfront. Subtle chocolate and perhaps coffee in the mix, but mellows sharply by the finish, leaving just a remnant of a tobacco pipe taste in the mouth.
M) Feels like a watered down porter, the body is rather weak. Fizzy yet fairly smooth.
D) An alright porter. The weak body really threw me off...

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Photo of njmoons
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, let me start by saying that I am a smoked beer fan. As long as it does not taste like liquid smoke.

A - Dark brownish black. Looked like a standard porter.

S - Awesome, smokey, malty, dry. Just what I was looking for.

T - Awesome again, just what I want out of a smoked beer. Nice porter dry malty and not too much roast, complimented by the smoked grain, and just the right amount of hopping. Great

M - As expected for porter. Not too heavy but some thickness

D - I love smoked beer, but a just one or two.

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Photo of kenpo23
4.31/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ok guys (and gals). i love me a porter and this is one amazing porter.

nice dark pour
great smell
but it left me still wondering if it was something i was going to enjoy.

that was all taken care of with the first sip. i actually loved it. i was very surprised that it was so good after seeing the reviews here for it...but alas i was sorely mistaken.

maybe it was just that i pair it with home smoked beef briscut but hey, smoked beer + smoked beef = goodness.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-dark garnet body, clear; oatmeal/porridge head

S-light smoked smell, some cocoa

T-chocolate, some smoke, somewhat ashy

M-medium to thin

D-Too thin tasting for the style. Little assertiveness as far as the flavor profile is concerned. Will likely pass on this.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stopped by British Beer Company in Framingham after dinner on Sat 2/20/10. Saw they had a cask of this, and ordered a pint. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark brown color, medium white head, some lacing. Smell was very smoky, like a nice peaty scotch. Taste was actually excellent. Was like liquid smoke, which is an acquired taste for some beer drinkers. Super smoky and peaty, as the description said it was aged on beechwood. Moderate mouthfeel, as the cask softened it a bit. Only problem that I had with the cask was that I think that the combination of it being served at room temp and the woodiness from the cask made this beer hard for me to stomach, especially after a three course meal and two beers across the street at John Harvard. I would have enjoyed this beer a lot more at a different point in the evening.

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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 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 trekbiker3000
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A rich mahogany color with very little to no head. I usually like my porters to be a bit darker in color, especially one named Midnight Madness. There was a slight smokey aroma, which I would expect more in this category, but it was from a bottle. The taste had more malt flavors to start and finished with a smokey aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thin. If you like smoked beers this may be worth a try, but it wasn't my style of beer.

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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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