Midnight Porter | Sebago Brewing Company

Midnight PorterMidnight Porter
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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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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 37
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Durge
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This filled the pint glass with a densely black color with a little red at the edges. Big stubborn smokey head that hung in for the entire ride. The aroma brings on toffy/coffee with a little citrus highlight. The first mouthful is surprisingly bright and bubbly with a decided charcoal overtone. Pretty carbonated, more than I normally associate with a porter, and thinner than most porters. There is a bothersome metallic quality that comes through at the end, as if it were canned. Interesting stuff but not a favorite. I've had this on tap in Portland, Maine and it is naturally a bit thicker, a little more pleasant.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle.

dark but not opaque. nice frothy tan colored foam forms, but it mellows out after a minute or so.

smells like roasted nuts and malt.

initially tastes fine, but I detect some strange almost metallic aftertaste. turned me off.

medium mouthfeel, a bit more carbonated than I expected.

Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't get over that strange aftertaste. kind of disappointing.

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Photo of tittymcj
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark brown, with a one finger tan head and a little bit of lacing.

Smells of chocolate malt, coffee, and some caramel sweetness in the back.

Personally didn't care for the taste. A little coffee, some chocolate. Tastes a bit like a witbier that I had yesterdaay, which I also didn't enjoy. Definitely has that bland, dry cocoa flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was slightly chalky, with little carbonation and pretty thin bodied.

Not very drinkable for me, simply because I couldn't enjoy it. Others may find it very drinkable because of it's light profile.

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Photo of jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a thick large 2 finger head that fades at a decent rate. Head of a dark white color. The color of the beer is super dark brown, but lets a touch of light through the edges.

N: Some fruity aromas, darker fruit. Slight touches of yeasty aromas and tangy smells. A touch of roasted aroma, but mostly it gets that tangy yeasty aroma that seems to come when I used to screw up homebrews from time to time.

T: Taste is a little better. It has a light malty taste with touches of roasted flavor. Some almost sour fruit flavors with touches of tangy yeast flavors are there, but not as much as the nose. Slight metallic tastes are also present. It is semi watery as well. Somewhat creamy chocolate roast flavors, but adds more of a strong bitter burnt malt stout flavor.

M: Medium body with a creamy carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, but mostly from the burnt roasted malts and stout like flavors. A slight roasty flavor tingles for a bit. The tangy metallic flavor doesn't really seem to fade at all and doesn't want to go away, not matter how much I want it to. It's light for a porter beer, but has those not so great flavors.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Midnight, all night."
Iron Maiden, 2 Minutes to Midnight

Pours dark brown but sits almost black in my glass. Poured into a Baxter Brewing can glass as one ME brewery deserves another. Mocha top tan head sticks all over Pamola's moose face.

The roasted malt is a shy maiden in this beer. Faint whiff of earthy hops. Taste is mildly roasty and mildly vapid. Some chocolate and tree bark earthiness in there as well. Flexes a little IBU muscle. Some char comes to the fore as it warms but that's stretch.

Wet and watery like Sebago lake itself.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Nearly opaque, deep molasses in color beneath a creamy, coffee-colored head with pretty impressive retention. Walls of condensed lacing with good strength.

Heavy cream with an intense aroma of diacetyl. Notes of dark chocolate; dried, toasted peanuts and almonds. Rough, floral hop presence.

Dried, roasted nutty profile up front: peanut, cashew, almond. Hints of cream engulffed by an unpleasant buttery diacetyl middle. Big, hairy floral hops without much direction. Bland, chalky dark chocolate.

Almost full bodied; creamy, due to the diacetyl, but also rough in the finish.

A poorly-crafted American Porter. The butteriness absolutely wreck's this one's chances.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opens with a loud hiss, then proceeds to fill a pint glass completely full of tan foam. Eventually I get a glass full of nearly black, hazy liquid, topped with a craggy mass of sandy head. Minimalist aroma, basically a study of roasted malt and charred blackness. Some tinny, metallic notes approach something like appleskin. Decent roasty malt flavor. Some pleasant dark-roast coffee taste, with a good bit of charred, woody flavor. Slight apple fruitiness, moving into a bittersweet malt finish. Minimal hop presence. Maybe some traces of herbal flavor, but it's a suggestion at best. Lighter body. Initially psychotic levels of carbonation, like cracking a warm can of pop, but it settles down with some time. Undrinkable at first. Let the bottle sit for a good 30 minutes. Other than that, it's alright.
Perhaps the bottle wasn't handled well, but I did my best to select a bottle from one of the back sixers, away from light. I purchased this at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, and it's relatively cool in the back of the store, where the beer is kept. For all I know, this could have been sitting there for 4 months, since i last went beer shopping in MA.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Berthold
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black (SRM44) with a large bubble, thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation 'pop' like. Moderate legs with some sheen. Roasted malt aroma with caramel sweetness. Roasted maltiness that is moderately brown sugar sweet. Low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and has a slightly acrid but clean finish.

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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 1/2" frothy brown head over the clear dark burgundy brew. Head lasted way long (enough time for me to fold and change over a batch of laundry), with tons of lace everywhere. Aroma is roasty grains combined with an effervescent tartness. Taste also starts with a full, roasty flavor, with light tart fruit in the middle, and then a coffee bitterness to close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but that fruitiness turns me off a bit.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan, three-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Mahogany almost black color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Burnt coffee nose. Flavor is toffee, molasses and burnt coffee with a lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of viaingo
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: American Style Porter
Color: Pitch black. Can't see anything through it.
Body: Smooth and rich. Great porter.
Head: Off white and almost non-existent.
Taste: Smokey and malty up front. Dark chocolate flavor. Smooth throughout.
Aroma: A very malty aroma coupled with a smokey and coffee smell.

Excellent example of a mild porter for the non-porter drinkers. This is the last month to find the Midnight Porter on the shelves, so if you see it, snag it up and try it.


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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of kevinglin
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown/black with ruby highlights. Thick tan head left a nice lace on the glass until the end.

Aroma dominated by malty roast, not a lot of anything else. Flavor was roasty and bready - very carbonated, which makes the body very light on the tongue, but almost numbs some of the taste of the brew.

Overall, a pretty good porter. Good roasty character, not a lot of hops (as to be expected), not cloying or sweet, but a good, malty presence. I'd have it again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Midnight Porter from Sebago Brewing Company
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