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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter | Rock Art Brewery

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Midnight Madness Smoked PorterMidnight Madness Smoked Porter
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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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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of lordofstarside
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in September, 12oz to a snifter

Pours dark black with no visibility when held to the light. A finger of foam stuck around for a minute, a nice frothy layer now. Good lacing, moderate/high carbonation

Aroma of strong dark chocolate, strong coffee notes, thick smoke, dark fruits, hints of caramel and alcohol

Taste differs from the nose a bit, strong dark fruit upfront followed by a smokey chocolate. Mild coffee notes and a touch of alcohol on the finish

Feel is a thick body with a wet finish. Pretty bitter, pretty drinkable. Alcohol isn't very detectable...whatever the abv is it can't be high

Overall a solid smoked porter, definitely worth trying. Goes great with a square of Ghirardelli dark chocolate. Thanks again to Audreyarr

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ChuckMartel37
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle, into a glass.

It's got a great deep ruby appearance, akin to the remains of my morning coffee pot contents after a long day of working in the coal mine. Light lacing, and the head doesn't last long, so not much to write home about there. But that color, man... the color...

The smell is the best/worst thing about this beer, depending on how you feel about rauchbiers. Yeah, yeah, I know, I saw the style on the top of the page: it says American Porter, but let's call it what it is. The nose picks up burn barrel ash, but there's also dark chocolate, coffee, and some dirty nuttiness in there... hehe... dirty nuts. I personally like the smell, but I also have to be in the mood for it. If you don't like smoke, or are trying to quit smoking, or just plain old hate stuff that USED to be on fire, then this scent is not for you my friend.

Not gonna lie, my first sip was "WHOA WHAT WAS THAT?" Very bitter up front, with the smoke a tad oppressive. Perhaps I haven't had a smoke beer in too long, but I found it to be very prominent. After the smoke (comes the fire? no...) comes the ash. Remember that one time in college you licked an ashtray because your buddy Jeff dared you to, and that hot girl from your Sports Ethics class was watching? Yeah, that's a good place to start. I found that it mellowed out, enjoyably so, after it warmed. It also has a left-over coffee taste, as well as some dark cherry and chocolate flavors. I wish I had one of those Whitman's Samplers around here...

The mouthfeel is light, and the carbonation bored me to tears. But who really drinks a beer for mouthfeel anyway?

Would I get this again? Maybe after 20 moon cycles. Or if stumble upon a carton of beef jerky that errantly fell off of a Slim Jim truck (RIP Macho Man). Smoked beef might convince me to buy another one of these, simply so I could try a Beef Jerky-tini with this beer.

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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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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 153 ratings
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