Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Rock Art Brewery Midnight Madness Smoked Porter

Thanks for coming by!  I know it's already Tuesday, but hopefully you all had a great weekend!  On Saturday I finally brought out my brew kettle, glass carboy and ale pails and made a homebrew.  An American IPA extract recipe from Keystone Homebrew Supply in Montgomeryville, PA jumped out at me, so I picked it up!  Some other items I bought while at the homebrew supply was more StarSan (a great, no rinse sanitizer), a big funnel to easily pour my wort from the brew kettle into my glass carboy, and some 1 step no rinse cleanser to clean all of my equipment.  The brewday went really smooth, and I can't wait to see how it comes out!
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Tonight I am drinking Midnight Madness Smoked Porter, another beer from Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville, VT.  I haven't had too many smoked porters.  One I can remember having is Stone Smoked Porter, which I definitely enjoyed!  Let's see how this one stacks up!

Midnight Madness Smoked Porter
Smoked Beer
No ABV given, I estimate it to be between 5-6% 
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Pours a very dark red, just about black.  There is a small, off-white head which recedes pretty quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing.  The biggest aromas I can find in this beer are roasted malt, coffee and smoke (of course).  The flavors in Midnight Madness are very similar to the aromas.  Smoke, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt dominate the palate.  The beer is a bit thin, which aids in it's drinkability.  I also found that this beer had a higher than average carbonation.  

Overall:  This was a pretty tasty brew.  Not going to blow you away (unless you don't like smokey beers), but a good beer to relax and sit back with.

What do you think of this beer?  How about smoked porters in general?  Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Congratulations with the venture into homebrewing! I have been doing all grain over 3 years now and I love it. You will finally get to dictate how you think it should all be.

    Anyway, I have only had a couple of smoked porters. At first I didn't care for them but recently have been enjoying them more. I don't really shop for styles but over the holidays this has been one I seeked, kind of anyway.

    I will have to check this one out if I find it. I know you said it wouldn't blow me away but I'm interested to see the variations and level of smokiness. And I need to buy more beers just to enjoy. For some reason I only have rare and high abv beers. I need to work on that.


    1. Thanks! I've brewed probably 5 or 6 times actually, but over the course of 3+ years, so I don't get around to it much, although I'd like to change that!

      I haven't had many smoked porters either. I had Stone's Smoked Porter a few years ago, and didn't find it too smokey, but I'd like to try that one again.

      I have Victory's Otto waiting for me to drink it, but I think it is considered a Smoked Dubbel, if I remember correctly. Be sure to write about any smoked porters you get on your blog!

    2. The one from Stone I would say is pretty good. I had it and the two variations not too long ago. If you find them, you should check them out. Smoked Porter with Vanilla, and Chipotle.