Midnight Porter | Sebago Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States
sebagobrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 37
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 donkeyrunner
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
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 viaingo
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of RTEdmunds
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
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 BrianMMMBeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 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 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 ale207
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 berley31
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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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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 jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
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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Photo of Berthold
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of tittymcj
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
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 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 jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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 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 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 kevinglin
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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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Midnight Porter from Sebago Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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