rymould (7) - Three Bridges, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2013
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.
edgallow (2002) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of malts, coffee and smoke. Taste is smokey, malts and coffee.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with orange highlights and a medium sized foamy beige head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was bacon, malty, a touch roasty and a bit of smoke. The flavor was dryish and a bit malty with wood, smoke and a touch of bacon. Long smoky finish. Medium body. Ok.
puboflyons (2121) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It is an attractive looking deep brown to near black color with a long lasting beige head. The aroma is rather muted and subtle. I get some smoked malts but they are downplayed. I kind of hoped for more of it considering it a smoked porter. Medium body. The taste is a step up with a similar smoked malt character and clean, earthy finish.
keepersj12 (2679) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nothing much to say about this brew. Pours a clear brown with a thin head. The aroma hardly noticeable. Just some bread. The flavor is malty with a hint of smoke and an odd metallic taste. Very thin and watery.
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bdgf06 (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark color. Great porter aroma with smoky notes on top. Taste is smooth with smoke not overpowering the overall taste. Best smoky taste beer I have had.
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czar (4292) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours light brown-reddish with a small light beige cap, little retention. caramel and bacon, mushrooms, minerals, hint of maple syrup, soap, earthiness, spoiled fruits, burnt fruits too. moderate carbonation, very light body - watery, short grassy-herbal finish. DP.
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear black with a large, frothy beige head, medium retention with good ringed lacing. Aroma is peat smoke, lightly smoked meats, chocolate and roast malt, pineapple and pear fruity esters, and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt and smoke, light fruity esters, smoked meats, light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Medium-light body, somewhat thin with medium carbonation.
SlovakSniper (3109) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Une petite bouteille. Un liquide brun acajou. Un chétif anneau de mousse. Un nez simple de caramel et de fumée de bois. Un goût peu compliqué avec ses notes de malts rôtis, de fumée et de caramel. Un corps plutôt faible avec de petites bulles et une texture mince. Une finale sur des notes légèrement brûlées et enfumées. En ce qui me concerne, une bière peu intéressante.
johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights at the edges and a decent white head that quickly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of smoked ham and bacon mostly, with hints of chocolate at the edges. I honestly have trouble fining much else underneath the smokiness of the aroma here. The flavor is a little better, but not much. Smoked ham with hints of charcoal and ash as well as some chocolate and earthy hops. The smoke flavor here is sharp and acrid and overpowers everything else in this brew. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a bitter smokey mouthfeel. I’m not a big fan of this one in fact I will avoid this if at all possible.
hockeybeerguy (1953) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 11, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It pours a deep dark brown and has a nice one inch speckled off white half inch head in my nonic. Foamy speckled lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell has the smoky chocolate up front coming through in an ashy/coffee sort of way, reminds me like I’m smelling the charcoal from a grill. The taste is smoky and full of coffee bitterness, slightly woody and ashy again. That "meatiness" from rauchbiers comes out in the taste. The palate is medium and crisp with a dark bitter aftertaste and finish. There is nothing harsh on the tongue. This is pretty sessionable. Overall, this is decent for the style, but honestly I’m not fond of it.