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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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Photo of currysage1
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger shortlived beige head, topping a ruby tinted chestnut brown.

Smell is of damp charred hardwood, sweet wort, some smokiness but more on the just rained on campfire style. Was expecting more smoke, especially in the smell. I shouldn't think of Schlenkerla every time I have a smoked beer, but I always do.

Taste is more in line with a extra smoky scottish style than anything else. This one tastes more peated to me than classically smoked. It's good I should say, very enjoyable, as a Scottish. Nice lingering bitterness that keep this one from being too sweet.

All in all a good beer but maybe not to style.

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

Ah, a smoked porter. thanks to imagineiii for the chance to try this brew.

A - slighlty hazy brown color with a red tinge at the edges. small off white head which quickly gives up the ghost.

S - smokey logs on a fire, hint of sour fruits in the background.

T - smokey notes, sour tartness pervade with a ghost of a dark malt essence.

M - medium bodied, medium / medium low carbonation, tart with a redisual smokiness.

D - had with a couple of slices of pizza over lunch. thought it might pair better than it did. residual from the glass did a good job of clearing the palate of pepperoni with a light smokiness.

sorry for the ghost puns as it's halloween and I couldn't resist. If you're interested in different takes on smoked beers it's worth a try.



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Photo of yossarian14
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Surprisingly light colored for midnight. A dark walnut color with ruby highlights. An inch of tan head that disappeared quickly leaving some spotty lacing

S - Chocolate, caramel malt take control,campfire smoke aroma that may be there

T - The smokey flavor detracts from the other flavors. Leaves a "day after camping" taste in my mouth.

M - Dry, crisp carbonation.

D - Very drinkable but if I want a Smoked Porter I'm not drinking this one

I tend to think this might have gotten a better review from me if it were sold as an English Brown. Appearance to Taste I'm really enjoying this Brown Ale but as a smoked porter I think its below par

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Photo of Atron67
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, not super dark, pretty clear through the fringes, light white head but it fell pretty quickly. not much lacing.

S- pretty strong smoke scents actually, underneath is the other chocolate notes and malty character. the smoked character is nice and very delicious tasting. reminiscent of bamberg smoked scents.

T- the smoked flavor is very smooth and not overpowering at all, as mighjt be thought after reading the scents. very smooth and light chocolate malts. Tasty all over, but not explosive with flavor. light on the maltiness

M- kinda light for a porter, but i consider it still being within acceptable levels.

D- pretty tasty, very enjoyed and more on the session beer of a porter.

a good first showing from rock art for me.

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Photo of Scottasaurus
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Rock Art smoked porter pours with a thin head and a deep rustic brown color. "Midnight madness" is a fitting name for this brew. It smells of smoked fruit, wood, and earth. The smoked notion is more prevalent in the smell than the taste. Tastes of bitter yeast and aged fruit. This porter isn't too heavy making it more drinkable than other porters. It is a lightly carbonated delicious brew from VT.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another 12 oz. from a sampler case I bought last month.

A: After pouring to pint glass, light tan head bubbled up then down quickly to a fine lace. Dark amber to chestnut brown in color with some light coming through with good clarity and no sediment.

S: Good smoky aroma mixed with robust roasted malts. Somewhat nutty smell to it and just a faint touch of earthy hop aroma deep beneath the other rich aromas.

T: Burnt nutty, woody taste combined with a sweet caramel and chocolate malt profile make a pronounced showing. Not much hop flavor just enough for bittering. Smoke is light but continually present as the beer goes down. Does not have a lot of depth and complexity to the malt profile like I have tasted with other porters.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Further down this one starts to seem a bit light.

D: Overall a very drinkable porter. I would like to try this one on tap sometime. Set this one out before serving to warm up and mellow.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
2.47/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Look - Sleek bottle and label. Pours a yellow-brown and settles dark almost syrup dark in the glass. Looks like Coca Cola. Very fizzy with a decent head. Overall not that attractive.

Smell - Smells of alcohol and burnt wood. This is usually the case for a smoked porter, but here they don't do it quite right.

Taste - Thick and hearty, tastes of wood and smoke. Again usually the case for this type of beer, but here there's something missing.

Mouthfeel - Nothing special, leaves a wood-like, campfire taste in your mouth.

Drinkability - Not too drinkable all around. It's below average here for it's class.

Overall I was not that impressed with this beer and I wouldn't buy it again nor recommend it to a friend.

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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 BeerDetective
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 22oz bomber of this at my local pub last night. The Appearance was very nice, a good dark roasty porter, with not that much smoke in the nose or on the palate, it reminded me of that Norwegian smoked ale, HaandBruggriet. A nice beer with a good grilled steak. Overall, it was nice, but not one I would seek out again

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

Wow, for it being the summer, I really enjoyed this beer.

It has a nice, slightly smokey flavor, a malty strenght mixed with a nice chocalte and coffee flavor. I did notice little head and no real lacing, and that kinnda surprised me. There is a slight hint of nutty flavor, but that is about it, slight. There is some hop presence, but it blends in very well with the other flavors.

Over all a pretty enjoyable brew. Not bad, and I could see myself kicking back to this quite often

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

Not bad. The brownish black lets faint light disperse through the glass. Right following the pour there's a nice big tan head. It fades really fast and leaves only a tiny ring around teh surface. Full roasted aroma has chocolate and tobacco and an overall burnt character adding a intereting tanginess to it. Taste is similarly burnt and roasted with chocolate, nuts, tobacco, and a tangy bitterness. Pretty good. Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thin, but carbonation and body are good. Very easy to drink.

I like this one better than the previous types from the mix pack I must say. Its got a good mix of flavors in it and is nicely balanced.

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Photo of MattBrooks
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as midnight with very little carbonation, but still retains some refreshment. Has smoky-taosy aromas and a slight smokiness on the finish. Not as strong as an imported version or even the standard micro from San Diego; but what it lacks in smokiness it makes up for in drinkability. The mouthfeel was decent and the aftertaste easy going.

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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 UnionMade
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim and Allie for the bottle!
Dark, transparent brown, topped with a loose, cream-colored mist. Nice lacing, clinging to the glass in large clumps, with good head retention. A modest aroma, not nearly as smoky as i would hope. Mostly roasty malt, rather earthy and chocolatey, with a vague smoky touch. More brown ale like? London style porter? Probably english hops. The flavor is pleasant enough. Mild, with soft roasty malt. Chocolate and earthy, a mild smoky tint throughout. Not a whole lot going on. Almost peat-like smoke character, I've gathered about as much from a good scotch ale, with a softer, very woody and earthy hop character in the finish. Lighter bodied and smooth on the palate, but somewhat one dimensional.

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

looks brown at first, light brings out a deep blood red color to this beer as it is rather clear. no head to speak of, some carbonation excrement collected by the rim. spotty, explosive peppering of tan lace. creamy, nutty malt nose with a distinct maple character.. or am i dreaming because the word 'vermont' is bold on the label? dunno. i think its there. great smokiness in the flavor. not too meaty or sweaty, but the charred wood really comes out in full force. the flavor is there, and its big, its just not overwhelming. this is the smoky flavor you get on the outside of a campfire marshmallow or from a roasted chestnut. hops back it up nicely, and provide a real keen, expert balance.

really didn't expect this brew to exceed the others in this pack by such a margin. but it does. makes me wish i had gone for a sixer of this stuff.. with a lighter-medium body, crisp carbonation, and big, rich, yet uninterruping flavor.. this beer would be the jinx-lovers wet dream session beer. highly recommended.

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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 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 scottum
4.88/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a bright head. The smoked malt flavor is very nice and well balanced. This and VT Pub & Brewery's Vermont Smoked Porter are neck and neck for the title of best VT porter, but Midnight Madness has a longer neck. A great finish leaves the mouth wanting more and more of this very good thing. Kokopelli has done it again!

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Midnight Madness Smoked Porter from Rock Art Brewery
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