Monday, December 5, 2011

Rock Art Midnight Madness

Rock Art Midnight Madness is a Smoked Porter under section 22B (other smoked beers) of the BJCP style guidelines. This dark brew possesses a slight hint of smoke from a small portion of German grains that are smoked with beechwood.

Alcohol Content: ?
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Black Patent
Hops: Northern Brewer & East Kent Goldings

Medium: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass - served a little warm at 56 F.
Price: $14.00 for a 12-pack Rock Art sampler

Aroma: Possesses clear smokey and chocolatey qualities with a nice fresh earthy hop aroma that is quick to clear after only a few seconds of pouring. There are also some underlying hints of sweet malts as well.
Appearance: When held up to the light it shows a brilliant dark ruby red/ mahogany with good clarity. Poured for minimal head and poor retention with absolutely no lacing. However, the carbonation appeared to be strong and fast flowing. Pours more like a coca-cola as it loses its carbonation rather quickly. Yeast sediment in the bottle.
Flavor: A nice chocolatey/ smokey flavor dominates from start to finish with hints of burnt coffee as well. A pleasant bitterness balances the smokey characteristics well.
Mouthfeel: A rather lighter body for a porter, this beer also feels a little "watery" and contains low levels of carbonation (contrary to appearance). Perhaps a little boozy and a minimal degree of harshness in the aftertaste.
Overall Impression: As much as I liked to drink this unique porter, I expected a little more from Rock Art. Despite requiring some fine tuning, it is still better than Otter Creek's Stovepipe porter as it finishes a little smoother and leaves more of a pleasant aftertaste. This is surely a beer that will not fill you up, and it would pair nicely with heavily smoked meats.


  1. Okay- we need an awesome name and label (like rock art has done) for your porter - yours will obviously knock this one out of the park...

  2. Oh yeah? I was thinking something along the lines of "Beaner" Vanilla Porter..

  3. Haha where on earth did that name come from... hmmm..

  4. K, I'll have to keep brainstorming then. But when else have you ever had a beer named after you? haha

  5. that's true- flattering I'll take it :)