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Midnight Porter | Sebago Brewing Company

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Midnight PorterMidnight Porter

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Midnight Porter is a blend of Old World style and New World flavor. Our Porter is based on the traditional English style that was designed to be lighter than a stout and more drinkable at any time of day. It was popular among the laborers of the early 1800s and derives its name from this group of people. Caramel malts give this ale body and Black patent and chocolate malts provide its rich, chocolate-like flavor and ruby hue.

35.8 IBU

Added by MrHurmateeowish on 09-23-2006

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is everyone else SLEEPIN on this beer?

Wow, best porter I've had inna long-azz time.

Amazing mocha head retention near-black with mahogany/ruby highlights.

Stellar pine/citrus aroma with charcoal caramel patent malt lurking in the reeds

Perfect balance crisp carbonation creamy velvet mouthfeel

Ultra drinkable; thank you sir may I have another?

Fuckin A wake up people this beer is a diamond in the rough

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with brown highlights and not a trace of head. Aromas are rich and heavy with dark roasted coffee and a solid malty sweetness underneath. Flavors are very coffee forward, with a sharp bitterness throughout on a mid-bodied, smooth feel. Slight undertones of chocolate can be tasted throughout every once in a while. Tasty brew. The aftertaste is smooth, with a bitter edge to it, and a drying finish, keeping the palate clean. Tasty porter, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this year's ago and decided to try it again recently.

Pours a dark brown almost black color, huge amount of head, light tan in color, fades at a slow rate, leaves a decent amount of lacing along the glass, way too much head though and could be a carbonation problem.

Smell is surprisingly great, huge roasted malt aroma with just the right amounts of chocolate and coffee in the nose.

Taste follows up with the solid roasted malt presence and hints of chocolate, not too bitter with the aftertaste either, the carbonation might be a bit too lively though.

A very solid everyday porter, can't believe I haven't gotten this more often.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Nikki's Liquors in North Providence, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a nearly opaque black body with a quite uniform off white head that reduces to a thin white film that leaves some decent lacing. Comparable to Guiness Draught.

S- Toasted malt, sweet coffee beans, toffee, subtle dark fruits.

T- Unexpectedly bold and tasty. Upfront, dark chocolate and roasted coffee ending with a very slight dark fruit flavor that eventually leads to a toasted, nearly burnt malt aftertaste.

M- Slightly thin and over-carbonated for a porter, but super smooth and drinkable.

I enjoyed this porter a lot. It was surprisingly balanced and complex. An underdog in this category, but if you can get your hands on this brew, I'd definitely say it's worth a try.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has all of the ingredients to make it worthy of its name.
Poured a dark red-brown with a short tan head.
Nice aroma of hops tinges of malt and wisps of chocolate although I wish the nose were a bit more "up front and center".

The flavor is much like the nose-- hops tinged with chocolate and a background of toasted malt.

The body is that of a porter with a bit of life on the palate thanks to the carbonation although this beer is not fizzy or overly bubbly.

The mouth feel makes for a smooth congenial drink with a bit of roughness around the edges, which I presume, should be at the heart of every porter.

Drinkability is such that I could down several pints at one sitting without complaint.

A very nice porter brew worth your time and effort to find and enjoy.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a very dark, near opaque brown color. The head was a finger of tan, tiny-bubbled foam that left some sticky, broken lacing and retained itself as a thin collar. The aroma was roasted malt, caramel malt, hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavors were similar, starting with a flash of the chocolate sweetness that soon became roasted malt followed by a long smoky finish with some coffee bitterness. Left a slick of coffee on my tongue. The body was medium/full, the mouthfeel semi-creamy and the carbonation soft. I liked this one, solid and respectable.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Dark brown body with a thin light khaki head that has lots of big bubbles.

Standard porter aroma here lots of big coffee notes with hints of dark chocolate with some nice roasted malts in the background. Really a coffee bomb on the pallet with some bitter dark chocolate in the background. Good roast character with a little bit of a bitter finish.

The body is robust with soft carbonation. Overall this one has always been one of my favorites from Sebago. Really a well made go-to porter for me.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 ouncer stamped Bottled 12/26/11. Sampled on March 20, 2012. The pour is a dark chestnut brown with a moderate short-lasting head and decent clinging lacing. The aroma is of roasted dark-kilned malts and little to no hops but seemingly mild. The body is medium to bold and quite filling. The taste is wonderfully dark with its malty, semi-smoked character that ends obviously bitter and lingering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/3/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very creamy coffee flavor followed by background flavors of chocolate and smoke. There’s a hearty roasted malt character and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a good balance.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid porter worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with little head, not a terribly dark beer, but as a porter should be with some lightness around edges of the glass. The smell is very weak in this beer, not a lot going on there. The taste is what really got me hooked however, this beer is very dark and smooth. Lots of malt, flavor profile changes towards the end there are lots of dark chocolate flavors, really explodes of the palate here. Quite lovely. Beer is full bodied and easy drinking, definitely a beer worth buying again, and great for the price!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black body with ruby red highlights, with a thin offwhite head. Smells equally hoppy and roasty/toasty with some malt. Burnt malt and some hop. A little watery. Similar in many ways to their Lake Trout Stout, but a little more burnt character and maltiness, and a little lighter in body. Tasty though, a decent little porter.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle sent to me in a trade from MichaelfromMaine

Appearance: pours dark black and thick, but allows light through as ruby highlights. Head is colored a subtle tan, mild effort pour produces a lively 1/2” head.

Smell: as with the taste, chocolate dominates, with a slight bitter hint lying underneath.

t/m: I am one of those people that is highly susceptible to butteriness, but I did not detect any of those elements in mine (unlike a previous review.) Chocolate dominates, but not in an over-powering sweet way. On the dry side, just the way it should be, with enough bitter to make its presence known but not throw off balance.

d: surprisingly filling for a 5% porter that allows a slight hint of light to peak through, but otherwise I find it rather quaffable and could easily sit down to quite a few. I don’t know if I would be ready to jump off a dock into a moonlit lake, but rather drinkable nonetheless.

To quote that one guy from Robocop “I like it!!”

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

Straight out of a bottle i got from my sebago rep. It poured black with a ruby head at the top of the glass. As far as taste goes you can pick up hints of chocolate and what was almost a coffee like flavor. I really enjoyed this beer not a session beer at all but quite tasty and worth throwing back 2 or 3.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: jet black body, the head is pretty small and leaves within a couple seconds, lacing is spotty but gives a bit of a smeared look as it runs down the glass

S: malty along with some burnt roasty coffee

T: same maltiness along with the burnt coffee, and it gives a slight bitter taste as well

M: medium with a decent coating around the mouth, fairly sessionable, dry and bitter aftertaste and finish

O: good for the style and good for me

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Photo of ggilman
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured into a Sebago tulip glass.

Black as a magic 8-ball, with two fingers of perfect off-white, on it's way to tan head. Fine bubbles settle quickly, collaring the glass, and leaving a modest lace. A tidy beer, not sure what that means.

The nose isn't in your face. Roasty smells, smokey, and a little char. Slight metallic taste, with malt, and earthy vegetation. Herbal bitter hop lingers. Dry bitter cocoa finish. Not a lot to sink your teeth into, but a good lighter dry porter.

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Photo of thryn
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, opaque reddish brown with a good finger of tan, creamy head.

Smells of inviting roasted coffee and chocolate. A bit of caramel in there too, maybe? And some almost milk-stout-like lactose notes.

Prominent coffee notes, some sweet chocolatey tones, a little bit of that lactose creaminess and a bitter coffee finish. Very bitter, apparently -- my boyfriend made a face. It could have more depth of flavor on all counts, to my palate.

Mouthfeel is solid and creamy, but not all that heavy. The head sticks to the lip with a bit of carbonation.

It's totally sessionable if you find porters/stouts sessionable, but I'm not going to immediately teleport to Maine so I can acquire more.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came to the table in a tall 22oz pint glass a near pitch black just a few ruby highlights when held in the light a thin light brown head atop,roasted aromas with some bitter unsweetened chocolate nothing really out of the ordinary for a porter.Pretty dry and earthy flavors showing some hop muscle a little bitter chocolate as well it finish abruptly though with no lingering flavors.A solid basic porter with some hops but still pretty basic wich isnt all bad.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark black with a pretty good-sized head and lots of lacing. It had a roasted grain aroma, as well as some sweetness. Taste was also kind of toasty/coffeeish, but some sweetness also came in. Not sure if that's a good thing. The beer tasted good, but I thought it to be a little too sweet for a porter.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrdegriselles for the trade.

The appearance on this would have been better, but the head rapidly expanded as soon as I began to pour. Other than the cocoa colored head overflowing and waiting for it to subside, this is a great beer. Body is a midnight black, as the name suggests. When put up to the light , there are hues of deep ruby hugging the edges. A sweet, roasty aroma touches the nose. Mouthfeel is fizzy due to the carbonation, nicely balanced with a hop tingle that follows through to the end. The taste is roasted malt with a light touch of chocolate sweetness. A medium bodied porter, which leans to the lighter side, that goes down smooth and dry.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with reddish tints. Nice creamy one finger caramel tan colored head. Lots of big bubbles on top making the head look soapy. Good looking lace.
S: Burnt coffee malts with a slight infusion of chocolate. Leafy hops are faint, but there.
T/M: Chocolate and coffee malts flush across the palate. Slight sweetness to the malt profile. heres a creamy and smoothness to the medium body. Also a faint woodyness. Bigger bitterness to the finish than I would have thought. Also finishes dry. Ringwood yeast is noticeable in the finish once the beer warms a bit--it hangs out in the aftertaste also.
D: A decent porter. If you can find a single or on tap, try it out.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red with a nice big 2 finger head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Malty, some dark chocolate, burnt coffee. Pretty standard porter/stout smell

T: Follows the smell; burnt malts, some dark chocolate, and coffee. Slightly bitter from the coffee

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: A pretty standard run-of-the-mill porter that would pair well with a burger. Nothing that really stands out, but that doesn't mean it's not a solid brew

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is black with a half inch tan head.

The aroma has a very pleasant coffee and mocha vibe. Pretty nice.

The taste is dry and has a bitter finish. This has just the perfect touch of roasted malt to have a nice coffee flavor. The hop additions are toned down; hardly noticeable.

This is light to medium bodied. The carbonation is pretty strong.

This is tasty, not very chocolatey but lots of coffee from the malt. Good stuff.

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Photo of mltobin
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at their brewpub in Portland, Maine. This porter was presented in a pint glass.

The appearance is dark brown with one finger of a tan head. It has a nose with barley, some roasted malts and a small dose of coffee. Tipping this back, I taste molasses, dark chocolate, coffee too. Mouthfeel is a light-medium, with smoke and bitterness in the finish. A good porter, worth trying if you appreciate the style.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sebago- Midnight Porter

A- Dark reddish cola brown with a small creamy 1 ring lacing head.
S- Cocoa, corn syrup, charcoal.
T- Charcoal and ash with cocoa powder. Caramel malt comes through once this one warms up a bit.
M- Heavily carbonated with a nice chocolate ashy charcoal finish. Dry and sweet.

Overall- Not too shabby. Definitely worth a pint.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

dark, black liquid emerged in front of me. One of the darkest I have ever seen. A huge billowing tan head of foam that reached a height of perhaps three inches then came up over the top and stayed around for what seemed like forever before it finally let up and simply left a two finger high head of foam on top. Tons of side glass lace then ensued, in a word, big.

The aroma is where it all started going down hill for me if I am being honest. It was an almost fake kinda coffee smell. This is simply one of my favorite styles and it just was not doing it for me in any way. Sugary sweet coffee aromas were pretty much all there was to this one. The flavor was just a touch off, not nearly strong enough to really make it stand out. But I think the real ditractor was thin feel of this. It was almost watery at times, way too thin, and just not enough for me at all.

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