Midnight Beatdown Wheaten Porter Partial Mash Kit

SKU: U0410

A robust porter with chocolate malted milkshake flavors, ultra-dense mouthfeel, silky texture, and a moonless-night-sky color.

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The diabolically luxurious companion beer to T-Can and Bearcat's Wheaten Beatdown is a robust porter that conceals a barbed wire-wrapped fist under soft and sexy velvet. Its chocolate malted milkshake flavors, ultra-dense mouthfeel, silky texture, and even its moonless-night-sky color are the result of lots and lots of wheat, malted and flaked and roasted. So you're thinking: "hey, this is really, really easy to drink!" But sneaking up from behind while you're distracted is the 6.3% abv and a citrus-kissed blackjack of hop bitterness: this is the Bond villainess of porters.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Stout/Porter, Wheat Beers
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1062
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

My best brew yet Review by Thad
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I've brewed about 16-18 beers so far and would have to say that this is my best yet. I love porters and I've recently become a hop head so I especially love that this beer offers the rich smoothness of a porter with a little hoppiness at the end. This makes for a year 'round porter that is just as good in the summer as it is in the winter. Great recipe...will probably brew this one twice a year. (Posted on 6/12/14)
You can't lose with this one. Review by Scott
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I confess that I didn't brew this one to recipe - I messed with the hop schedule - but this is one awesome recipe that I will be brewing again (converting to all-grain). I took it to share with my homebrew club and every single member commented on how great it was. (Posted on 2/17/14)
Amazing Kit That Does Not Dissapoint Review by Madison
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I have been brewing for a few year now and have had a lot of successes but this beer came out above the rest. Nice thick head with a delicious richness. A must brew for porter fans! (Posted on 12/27/13)
Wonderful Review by Ray
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This was my third attempt at partial mash brewing, and I finally felt confident with my result, hitting the mash temp on the dot and using a warm oven to hold it. One week in primary, 1 month in secondary. I tried one two weeks after bottling and it was absolutely flat. Swirled the bottles and stored at 70 degrees for another 2 weeks and then it easily produced a nice head. The taste was everything I hoped it would be: smooth and complex. After another 2 weeks the taste mellowed out even further. It is the type of beer that can be enjoyed slowly with the flavor enhanced by its warming, much like a big stout. Just the thing to have on hand as the cooler weather hits. I have a sense that it will continue to improve with age and expect it to be a big hit at the Holidays. (Posted on 11/9/13)
Worth the time, every time Review by Squankdog
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The amazing thing about this porter is that while it has a substantial mouthfeel and a respectable ABV, it is smoooooooooth--a real pleasure to drink. As others have noted, don't rush this one. I brew this one in late Aug/early Sept to have ready for Christmas. It is worth the wait, a great cold-weather brew.
Beware of the smoothness, this one will sneak up on you. (Posted on 9/25/13)
Holy $#!+ Review by Aaron
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This is DELICIOUS!!! Not much more to say, great mouth feel, great flavor, will be ordering this one again!!! (Posted on 7/16/13)
Balanced Review by Scott
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I don't often give anything top reviews, but this is an outstanding beer! 10 days primary, 14 secondary, 3 weeks in bottle. Full mouthfeel, but not heavy - sweet and malty, with a bitter hop bite at the finish. Great balance. I've always loved porters, Founders especially, and have'nt found one in a kit I liked to make............. till now. (Posted on 2/27/13)
Truly awesome! Review by slcdawg
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This is the latest NB brew I have on tap. It is undoubtably my favorite batch so far - after about a dozen. It is a hearty porter, almost a stout. Chocolately and smooth. If you like porters like Deschutes Black Butte, you'll dig this. (Posted on 2/12/13)
creamy and delicious Review by josh
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This beer just hit 7 weeks, and it just keeps getting better! I let it ferment for 3 weeks (s-05), then kegged it. Great head, fantastic hoppy smell. Damn good. This was my first partial mash and it was too easy. Order it! (Posted on 12/28/12)
Best PM on Nothernbrewer.com Review by Jay
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I've made a number of the Partial Mash kits from Northernbrewer and this one is by far my favorite.

Nice complex flavor. My keg of it lasted all of 2 weeks before it got kicked. (Posted on 10/27/12)
Fantastic! Review by Hammy
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This beer is so tasty and silky smooth. I for sure plan to brew this recipe again and again! (Posted on 10/6/12)
Will Not Let You Down Review by Pilotsphere
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I am somewhat new (6 brews) into this hobby, and this was by far the BEST kits I've brewed yet. It tastes amazing and everyone from my Dad to the girlfriend loved it. This is be a regular to keep in the fridge. (Posted on 7/31/12)
Incredible brew Review by Ed
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Probably one of the best beers that I have brewed to date, and loved by all who tried it. Sadly my keg was emptied the other night and I did not have another Beatdown ready to go. Ordering another kit right now. (Posted on 7/2/12)
Great Alternative Porter Review by Jody
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This turned out to be a great alternative to the bigger, chocolatey robust porters I've brewed in the past. The hops really do shine through and contrasts well with the malty cocoa flavors. The partial-recipe allowed me to brew it in the kitchen when it was too frickin nasty outside during the winter when my pipes were all shut off anyway. (Posted on 6/25/12)
Hop Kick - Butt Kick Review by floatingmo
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This is a very good beer, but it does have a hop kick to it. If you are not careful it has a butt kick to it too. Very creamy and smooth, but they are not kidding about the barbed wire fist. (Posted on 6/21/12)
Great beer! Review by Van
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This is my first Partial Mash. I hit the O.G. on the dot. My F.G. was 0.06 low resulting in an ABV just over .75% low. Nevertheless it taste great. I look forward to making more Partials before making the leap to All-grain. (Posted on 4/14/12)
Outstanding Review by Bodybag
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really well balanced. I've brewed this one three or four times, will be bottling the latest batch tomorrow, and use it as a base for my coconut porter. (14 oz's of toasted unsweetened coconut in the secondary) and its perfect.. the little bit of hops profile balances the coconut perfectly..... (Posted on 4/13/12)
Yummy Review by OCD Rob
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I used this kit as the base for my Chocolate, Cherry "Stout"... I added caco nibs and canned cherries to the secondary, but I had a hard time adding them after tasting the beer by itself. I will brew this one again so I can have it without the chocolate/cherry flavors. (Posted on 4/7/12)
Very very good! Review by TLane
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I'm new to the world of home brewing, and this was only the 2nd beer I ever made, and it turned our GREAT! I travel a lot with work, so it ended up being 11 days in the primary, 16 days in the secondary and it was bottled using priming sugar. Two weeks after bottling, I tired one and it was flat...I thought "Oh no!!". But at about the 4-5 week mark, the carbonation had developed and everyone that tried this porter thoroughly enjoyed it. This is definately a beer that I will attempt to keep in "stock"! (Posted on 4/1/12)
Best porter? Review by Cube Convict
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I had about 4 different porters to try side by side, including Deschutes and Sierra Nevada, everyone who tried agreed that the Midnight Beatdown beat the snot out of the others. This is a fantastic porter. (Posted on 3/26/12)
Awesome Beer! Review by Whiplash
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After reading the reviews, I was still skeptical, but I figured I should probably try it. I was absolutely NOT disappointed. This is definitely one of the best beers I've made/drank. The flavor was something that I did not expect. I looked at the amount of hops and the AAU's and decided to cut the entire hop bill in half. I think it is perfect. I will be brewing this one many times now. (Posted on 3/20/12)
Best beer I ever made Review by Trevor
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Even though I didn't get enough sugar from my mash and OG was a little low, this is bar far the best batch of beer I have ever made. Since watching Brewing TV and learning a better sparging technique, the next time I brew this it should be even better. Can't say enough how perfect the malt balance is in this kit! (Posted on 2/23/12)
people are not exaggerating with the 5-stars! Review by jmh
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One of the tastiest beers I've brewed! Silky smooth, great hop flavor, and the roasty goodness you'd expect from a porter. Shared some with a friend and he thought it was one of the best beers he's tried period (not just one of the best homebrews I've given him). We were both really impressed from the first sip. (Posted on 2/23/12)
excellent Review by miguel
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better than what i expected, fun relatively easy and fast kit. this is one of the best beers ive ever had, and certainly the best beer ive ever made. ive been mixing this and a rye ale for a sort of black n tan its superb. (Posted on 2/10/12)
Rich flavor, great body Review by Kyle
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I am always hesitant to give 5 stars to anything, but this porter deserves the rating. It has a full-bodied, slightly bitter flavor that lingers on the tongue. The head is a soft brown, about 1/3" thick. In addition, it was a fun, involved partial-mash mix that really gets me down the road toward a full mash recipe. I enjoyed brewing this beer and I am enjoying drinking it. (Posted on 12/25/11)
exellent! Review by Bodybag
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Used this kit to make a coconut porter by adding 14 oz of toasted, non - sweetend coconut....... fantastic! rave reviews from everyone who tried it. (Posted on 12/3/11)
Best brew yet Review by Mike O
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1 week in the primary, 2 in the secondary, 3 days in the keg. Tried it tonight and it's the best beer I've ever made. If you like a good porter, make this beer. It's got the dark roasty flavor and it's a little sweet like a good porter should be, but there is just a touch of dryness. It's unique and it is good! (Posted on 11/24/11)
PORTER OR BLACK IPA? Review by SpartyParty
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As the description says there is a bit of a hop kick. It reminds me of a black IPA (not that hoppy but it reminded me of that vs a porter). All in all I like the kit and would brew it again. (Posted on 10/28/11)
get it Review by spowpow79
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Excellent beer and easy to put together.
Very full and rich flavor and does have that silkiness as advertised. One of my favorite brews of the year. (Posted on 10/26/11)
Very good Review by Brady
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i screwed the partial mash but this beer still turned out great. Gonna have to brew again, correctly this time, and get the full effect. (Posted on 10/4/11)
EXCELLENT! Review by Steve of Fur Kids brewing
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GREETINGS! This was one of my first partial mash brews. As an extract brewer I was nervous. No problems with the instructions or this kit. My spouse, primnarily a wine drinker spied and sniffed the first glass. Tassted it and enjoyed it! Took growlers to work for some of her select co-workers. They asked when i was going to brew it again.

I am currently sipping from batch number two. Tastes the same as I recall the first which was consumed months ago. Just placed another order (before Aug. 31) and it includes another Midnight Porter AND the other wheat beer attributede to the same two gentlemen. I look forward to brewing both.

Thank YOU! - Steve (Posted on 8/31/11)
not surprised Review by mthrt
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I am not shocked that this kit has received 5 pints across the board. It is chocolaty, fat, smoky, chewy, silky and... like a damn milkshake! It's a really great recipe. Who knew wheat could produce such a kick ass porter? Ever had the Imperial Wheat Stout (Haandbryggeriet)? It's like that, but skinnier and more sessionable. Great freakin' beer! W O W !!! (Posted on 7/28/11)
i will do this again Review by Brian
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this was my first partial mash my thermometer broke just as i was starting. i had to wing it with a meat thermometer and i started to have very low hopes for this batch. when i transfered it to the secondary i tasted it and it felt like a mouthfull of grain. i started to worry and grabbed the imitation vanilla from the cabinet. after 7 wks i bottled it. tasted it after 4 days . now my worry is i wont be able to replicate it . it is very smooth with more of a smell of the vanilla than a taste of it. it is around 7%abv because i added 1 1/2lbs of corn sugar.i am guessing i added 5Tbs vanilla but i am not sure. i am definitely making this one again. (Posted on 7/22/11)
soooo good Review by zymurgeneticist
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This one has been great thru and thru. A porter with a subtle taste of black IPA, I must say I enjoyed when I first popped one open 3 weeks after bottling, loving now after 6 months. (Posted on 7/16/11)
Smooth Review by Brady
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This was my first PM. I missed my numbers but the brew came out really good. I plan on rebrewing this one. (Posted on 7/15/11)
Delic! Review by QuietlyMakingNoise
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This is rediculously good fools! Brew this beer. My first partial mash, and learned loads from it. Smooth, oat-y creamy warm. Definition of warm controlled mouth-feel. I'd like to always have a bottle of this around. The kind that makes you proud to be a homebrewer. Cheers! (Posted on 7/8/11)
Excellent, smooth, and drinkable. Review by Eric
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Absolutely excellent beer - very smooth and drinkable and midnight black. After the first couple of sips, I was worried I would be tired of it by the end of the glass, but the taste stays the same all the way through. The next time I make it, I'm going to up the carbonation a bit and maybe reduce the hops just a bit. (Posted on 5/2/11)
Had my doubts... Review by Armagh
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...about a porter with this much wheat content. Not any more. Rich, thick, almost decadent. (Posted on 4/26/11)
Excellent kit Review by Timmy
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I brewed this kit about 2.5 months ago- it's almost gone. This is an excellent porter with great silky mouthfeel thanks to the oats.. It's a very unique beer. At secondary racking I was a bit concerned that the hops were too strong but they mellowed out. This beer DOES get better with aging. I have passed this one around to friends and all have given it excellent reviews. I have to do this one again soon. It's in my top three beer recipes now. My first batch came in slightly above the OG range but hey, that's not a bad thing right? If you're hesitant on getting this one and you like porter and/or oatmeal stout, do it. You won't be sorry. (Posted on 4/8/11)
Very good Review by Snowlock
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It was a fun kit to make , and the more you let it age the smoother it gets. Well worth trying (Posted on 3/30/11)
Wheat Porter surprise Review by Shea
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My goodness. Chocolate Milkshake with those citrus hop flavors that cut through. Ive done many kits from Northern Brewer and this is the best yet. I would rate it 7 pints for its uniqueness too. (Posted on 3/21/11)
I'll do this one again Review by Robert
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Not a huge fan of prepared kits, but I will definitely do this one again. Some good recommendations for additions, such as vanilla or bourbon. I will try cocoa nibs in the second fermentation next time around. Awesome kit, porter with a kick, nice amount of bitterness. (Posted on 3/21/11)
Still young, hence the 3 stars Review by Brendan
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After secondary for over 3 weeks, this one still is a little green. I kegged it up, and since I just tapped two newer kegs, I should be able to allow this to bulk age in keg for about anouther month or so. It did have a wonderful citrus hop taste, yet the overall taste was still a little bitter, like a really young stout. It should round out and I am looking forward to maybe toating this one on my annual guys beach trip in April, should be a smooth operator by then... (Posted on 3/7/11)
Great first partial mash Review by Bizzys Buzz
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Finally tapped my keg of this stuff. I must say it was wonderful...I also had the liberty of adding vanilla and bourbon to this beer. The mouth feel right away is more notable from any other beer I have made. Again being my first partial mash I think this had the most reason for that. Excellent choco flavors as the beer warms and just the right amount of bitterness to smack your taste buds into wanting another enjoyable sip. On a personal note, next time I make this beer I will cut down a tad on the vanilla..maybe one whole bean instead of two. Cheers..this beer will not disappoint! (Posted on 2/22/11)
A beautifully complex porter with plenty of body and hoppy goodness. Review by RFL
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If you like porters and stouts you need to try this kit.

I choose this as my first partial mash recipe because I thought it might showcase the effect mashing grains could have on a beer and this recipe did not disappoint.
(Posted on 1/25/11)
Awesome! Review by MetallHed
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Excellent dark chocolate taste and the right amount of bitterness. Smells like fresh hops. Full body, and thick tan head. I used slightly less dextrose for priming sugar, which, to me, was just right.

I gave it out as part of a homebrew Christmas basket and everyone responded with praise and requests for more. This all from non-craft beer drinkers.

I did a late LME addition (20 min left in boil) and used US-05. It didn't ferment down as far as I had hoped (1.022) but I believe that was due to me not oxydizing the wort enough. Left in primary for four weeks at 59 degrees (ambient) before bottling.

Planning on brewing it again in the next couple of weeks! (Posted on 1/5/11)
Yummy stuff Review by Del
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Just bottled today, and it tastes fantastic already. Can't wait until it bottle conditions a little. Nice coffee, chocolate tones, good chewiness. Hit OG at 1.0649, bottled at 1.0124. This will be great at Thanksgiving! Will definately order again. (Posted on 11/11/10)
As Promised Review by Strange Harold
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Delivered as promised. Just tapped the keg. Nice chocolate overtones and a bitter finish. Silky mouthfeel w/o being overwhelming. If you enjoy a nice robust porter, this is a great kit. About to reorder again, I want to has this one around. Great fall and winter brew. (Posted on 10/27/10)
Great Beer Review by Jeremy
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This was my first partial mash and it came out great. I think the one mistake was I mashed at a bit higher temp and could only get this one to go to 1020 fg after I used a yeast starter and it looked like a real nice fermentation. Lesson learned, mash at or below recomended temp. Love this beer! (Posted on 10/20/10)

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