MadRobin (1939) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 9, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle in Stowe, VT.
Nearly opaque cola color with small tan head and fair lacing.
Aroma of dark malt, cola, nuts, bacon and charcoal.
Taste of wet cardboard, caramel, toffee, bacon, bad deli meats and smoke. Quite awful!
Medium/full body and medium/low carbonation.
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AdamJackson (2599) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
1 finger tab toffee like. Tight bubbles
Simcoe and roasted malts
Lots of pine cone and a decent malt
rymould (7) - Three Bridges, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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.
abcfan (720) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Decent. Pours reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity malts and light smoke. Light bodied, flows easy, slightly medicinal finish.
Nephilium (1356) - Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly sweet, with a presence of smoke in the aroma. Pours a very dark ruby red, with just a dusting of light tan head. The flavor is roasted with a lingering smoke finish. The smoke isn’t overpowering, and nicely accentuates the flavor of the porter. The body is a bit thin, with it being easy drinking. If you like smoked beers, this is a nice one to try, it could also work as an introduction to the style for those who have never tried it.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with violet highlights and a small off white head. Nose is light smoked malt, roast malt, toffee. Palate is medium with oily slickness. Flavors of smoked malt, roasty malts, some chocolate.
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jkwood04 (3943) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of smoked malts, a little chocolate and roasted malts, and some floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer.
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Deep brown with faint ruby highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Smoky nose and flavor is more smoke than any thing else, hints of coffee. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
jgb9348 (4735) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, anise, licorice, coffee, nuts and a lot of alcohol. Medium-bodied; Strong anise flavour with a lot of roasted malt, coffee, nuts and a touch of soy sauce and permanent marker - no smoked notes at all, just a deep burn and strong licorice flavour. Aftertaste deep and strong with the roasted malt, burnt coffee beans (a la *$) alcohol and anise flavours dominating with a touch of decent camalised sugars on the back end. Overall, a strong and rather underwhelming beer, but it has a lot of flavour - just not great flavours, especially for this style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 27-November-2011 for US$7.95/6pack, sampled at home in Upstate New York on 25-May-2012.
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A clear brown porter with no head. In aroma, a strange beany chocolate, a bit off and unpleasant. In mouth, a smooth peaty chocolate with light acidity lingering, watery and boring. On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill, April 7, 2012.