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!
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
No ABV given, I estimate it to be between 5-6%
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!