Midnight Oil Stout - Swamp Head Brewery
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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
Growler courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a fancy new Swamp Head pint glass (the one with the green print), also courtesy of drabmuh.
Pours a very dark black color with a nice mocha head. Sticks around for a bit and leaves some slight lacing. The nose brings some really strong notes of coffee. Really nice aroma off of a high quality bean. A bit of roast in the background. The flavor swaps things up, with the roast being more prominent and the coffee character fading to the background. Light chocolate there as well. The body is a bit too thin--I'd like something with some more body to bring forward that creamy texture that's always nice in coffee beers. However, the roasty finish is nice. A very nice brew. Would enjoy trying more from them.
05-11-2011 12:42:51 | More by Thorpe429
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
A solid all-around brew that brings in strong notes of coffee and burnt cocoa while stradling the fence of creamy Oatmeal Stouts and bitter American Stouts.
The pour delivers a deep, opaque, and dark brown colored beer with an expansive brown head of large bubbles, loosely woven, and soon give way to a thin lace that decorates the top of the beer. I would have hoped for a bit more malty staying power.
A varying display of roast give the dominating impressions in the aroma. Roasted barley, coffee, roasted nuts, and soft malts are found deep in the beer. Grassy hops and twangy-tart berries give a bit of a more complexity than is usually reserved for Belgian Ales.
Flavors however are all about the roast, coffee, and charred cocoa notes. The malt roundness is religated to a dry, fully-attenuated character that lends little to the flavor of the beer. Bitterness is based on the hop acids but there's a sharp rebuttal from the roasted grains.
Big on malt up front, the beer quickly gives way to the dry roasty character of char, dry cocoa powder, and coffee grounds. The beer finishes quite dry and roasty- kinda like a Schwarzbier but with more weight and complexity, but not with the drinkability.
No doubt this is a solid American/Oatmeal Stout but because of the dry character that forbids roundness or softness, I'll give the nod to an American variety though the only hop notes are grassy ones in aroma and flavor.
Thanks again RomaniIteDomum!
06-20-2010 04:59:21 | More by BEERchitect
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
Really nice pour, very typical for the style with a deep dark black look to it and a nice head of maybe two inches that came up and over the top with some ease. Settling down it left a decent amount of lacing on the sides, but nothing spectacular though it did retain a good bit of the puff of tan on top. The aroma was nice, well blended mix of chocolate and roasted malts, hints of light coffee notes and a decent bit of dark fruit note carrying over. This was pretty much par for the course with the flavor. Started out very smooth with a rich and well defined chocolate note that dominated early before mellowing with a nice but of vanilla and coffee notes. Small touch of hops catching up right there at the end were enough to make it just slightly bitter, but overall it was a smooth, creamy and very session able stout.
04-20-2011 01:52:56 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
A: very dark, little light getting through. Nice milk chocolate head
S: rich roast aroma.
T: very roasty. This one has the aftertaste of a bbq or chewing on coffee beans which is great for me. Earthy and caramelized sugar notes.
M: very smooth and full bodied.
Overall: coffee infused beers are some of my favorites. This one is has more of a coffee taste than many others I have tried. More like a beer flavored coffee which is fine with me.
07-31-2011 17:26:13 | More by kylehay2004
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
A - Pours with a nice head of dark tan foam that settles rapidly and leaves decent lace. The body is an opaque black with virtually no light showing through.
S - An aroma of nutty coffee with some brown sugar and little else.
T - Slightly acidic, black coffee up front with a light grain bitterness. Some dry toast and more coffee comes out in the middle. Finishes with more acidic coffee and a little bit of molasses.
M - A slightly thin body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - This is a very drinkable beer that isn't nearly as big or complex as its name implies. Some coffee stouts are rare, refined and deep but this is more of a good, honest cup of black coffee. The coffee character is quite pleasant, but it isn't something that bears deep contemplation. The oatmeal, on the other hand, seems to be missing in action; there is none of the thickness that I would normally expect from a beer brewed with oats. I genuinely enjoyed this beer even though it was nothing like what I expected based on the name and advertised ingredients. I was a little disappointed by the relative simplicity of the flavor and aroma, but that same lack of complexity makes it an oddly sessionable coffee stout.
08-11-2010 02:41:24 | More by nickfl
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
Growler brought back to DC from Gainesville by me to share with some dude. Poured into a Swamp Head pint glass because I am capable of such a feat.
Beer is black / dark dark brown, with a thin off white / tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is mildly sweet with some roast and some coffee, smells good.
Beer is thin and bitter in the back with ash and roast and some coffee. The great thing about this beer is the source of the coffee, locally roasted in Gainesville and it is the coffee I use in one of my homebrewed beers. The big problem with this beer is the body. If you could fill out the body with a higher finishing gravity you would get that stout feel to it. The coffee and other flavors seem a little flat and this is probably due to the lack of palate to express themselves on.
05-16-2011 20:21:06 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -9.7%
Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
The beer is dark brown with a thin, tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. The aroma brings a light dose of roast and coffee. The flavor is decent, but lacks character and assertiveness. The feel is relatively thin, though this is but a 5% ABV stout. Overall, I wish the beer brought more coffee and roast character, both in the aroma and flavor profile. Worth a try.
05-10-2011 15:43:18 | More by Huhzubendah
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
Lookin' good here. Black pour, albeit a bit thin looking. Head could use more smoothness or richness. Otherwise, delicious appearance.
Ok, coffee up front aroma. Not so much coffee grounds like KBS, more like faint aroma in a Dunkin Donuts shop. Rich, and fleeting. I kinda like it. Some dark roast and dark chocolate also. Bits of grass.
Taste is more balanced between the coffee, chocolate, burnt grass, and Italian plum. Smooth texture, wondering if oats are used. Smooth, but a touch thin.
Very drinkable, could see having this with football and burgers.
09-20-2010 21:21:08 | More by Mebuzzard
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
On tap at the brewery. The pour was basically black, as expected given the name, The modest size tan head has very good retention and moderate lacing. The great aroma is dominated by a very appealing coffee aroma. Very little hops in the nose and mouth for an American stout, and also relatively low ABV -- being just descriptive; not pro or con on this. Some hops do come through in the finish and, more so, in the aftertaste.
O: for coffee lovers only, this stout is dominated by coffee flavor and aroma, but only mildly bitter. I particularly like the aftertaste which has a chocolate tinged coffee flavor without the unpleasant bitter/tannic component.
03-20-2013 22:11:36 | More by chinchill
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
32 oz. growler poured into a pint glass. Thanks to nmbr0ne for this growler!
Appearance - Very dark considering how light of a stout this is. Dark mocha head that doesn't hang around long, but leaves some lace. Pretty imposing, really.
Smell - Coffee and roasted malts. Nice coffee aroma that seems to be on par with the stout aromas. I'm glad I smell some of the stout, which doesn't seem to happen with a lot of coffee stouts.
Taste - More roasted malt-forward than the smell would indicate. Good coffee flavor throughout, but the roasted malts produce a slight chocolate flavor in the middle. The finish is all coffee, though, which is a bit of a disappointment. Bitter coffee finish is slightly detracting.
Mouthfeel - Pretty thin, which lends to drinkability, but detracts from the flavor. The stout drops off faster than the coffee does, leaving me with black coffee.
Overall - A good stout. A local bar has had this on tap before and I'd order it again. I appreciate that it isn't an investment of an evening to drink it, but it still comes through with a lot of flavor.
11-08-2011 01:54:22 | More by Alieniloquium
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
32 oz growler poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Thanks Mark for bringing this back from Florida for me!
A - Certainly no loss of carbonation from the trip is evident as Midnight Oil pours as dark as old oil, forming a dense, quiet mocha head. Firm and long-lasting, the pile rests on a beer that's darker than a black hole.
S - Deep and dark, Midnight Oil is ripe with bold roasted malts; dense dark chocolate, freshly brewed espresso - very prominent - and dry cocoa gives it a muddy, dirt nose that compliments very well. It smells incredibly bold for a standard stout, only clocking in at 5%. Toasted graham cracker and whipped milk follow in the finish.
T - Strikingly less potent than the nose leads one to believe, Midnight Oil is abounding elsewhere but here, it's pretty one-dimensional. Roasted, almost to the point of burnt, the malt doesn't offer any of the deep complexity the nose does. Bitter baker's chocolate, mocha, and cold coffee mash together in the background.
M - For how smooth and quietly this poured, I expected it to be much thicker in the feel. This beer is actually pretty medium-light in body for a stout. The roast characteristics provide a dry bitterness along the slick finish of this beer but it remains drinkable for the Florida weather.
O - While my immediate reaction is that the flavor is lacking, it's not so much the flavor's fault as it is just not a reflection of the intense, complex aroma. Chocolaty, roasted malt and coffee define this deeply dark beer. I definitely have to acknowledge that a stout much heavier or intense wouldn't remain constantly drinkable in Florida weather where as Midnight Oil would.
03-11-2012 20:45:06 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
Consumed at Stoogies and Stouts and Brewers Ball.
A: Pours deep black with a small tan head.
S: Aromas of roasted malt, gas station coffee, and chocolate.
T: Pretty damn flavorful. Nice light roasted coffee, roasted malt, and milk chocolate sweetness.
M: On the thinner side of medium, smooth with a slightly bitter finish.
D: Pretty good, not my favorite coffee beer, but pretty tasty nonetheless.
03-08-2010 16:16:54 | More by tpd975
4/5 rDev +2.3%
big thanks to LiquidDegenerate...swung through town and we had a raging bottle share and he left a growler of this behind for me to check out. THANKS! enjoyed in the 7eventh Sun tulip courtesy of jim as well!
a - brew poured a stouty black with a generous finger plus of grey tan head that dissolved quickly leaving massive walls of lace on the side of the glass.
s - nice clean roast and coffee
t - again fairly clean, big roast, coffee with some chocolate.
m - roast and char. surprised this is not a porter.
o - overall a nice beer. very light for a stout, but super roasty and fairly flavorful. very nice indeed. worthwhile stout. nice to have a beer that isn't 10+ % also.
04-01-2013 01:06:55 | More by cosmicevan
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
I had this one on tap at a local Whole Foods off of International Drive in Orlando.
A: Poured a pitch black color (or lack of), with no light passing through this suck at all. It had a huge 2-3-4(?) finger head that clung to the glass like Spider-Man. Looks mean!
S: It had a very muted, faint smell of fresh coffee grounds, burnt oats, and chocolate. Subdued, yet effective.
T: Very coffee forward, but with a fairly smooth finish overall. Sure, I got some lingering bitterness on my palate the more I sipped, but overall this was a steady drinker. Barely enough sweetness, but I appreciated that.
M: Creamy, medium-bodied, good carbonation, and with a ridiculous amount of lacing. It had an overall slick feel to it, probably as a result of the oats.
O: If you don't like coffee, you may not like this one, but I've gotta admit that there was a helluva lot of flavor here for such a low octane brew. Me likey!
01-18-2012 19:38:44 | More by Chaney
4.24/5 rDev +8.4%
On tap at Satchel’s in Gainesville. Poured in a plastic cup...oh well. Very strong roasted coffee aroma, some sweet chocolate. More carbonated than other stouts. Mild sweetness balances with the roasted coffee to make this flavor profile plenty bold. Goes down easy, which is expected given the 5% alcohol. A great stout in cold or warm weather. I’m beginning to really like Swamp Head, and will have to make a visit there soon.
09-28-2012 14:18:19 | More by BMMillsy
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
On-tap at Datz Deli in Tampa
A - Pours a deep brown with a wispy tan head.
S - The smell is a fusion of roastiness; the aroma suggests that the malt and the coffee was roasted to within an inch of its death.
T - Flavors of burnt espresso, as well as smoky-peat elements, dominate this brew; it is, however, not tremendously pungent.
M - Smooth and quite refreshing for a Stout, certainly, but at least a tad thin and undercarbonated, to boot.
D - Not bad. Swamphead seems to be really getting the ball rolling as of late.
04-21-2010 04:31:36 | More by ktrillionaire
3.91/5 rDev 0%
Growler filled at the Swamp Head tasting room. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 32 oz. growler into a Westbrook pint glass.
A: Very dark brown to black, opaque, with a thin light tan head and essentially no visible carbonation.
S: Strong black coffee, a bit nutty and toffee, and big dark roasted malts.
T: Dark roasted malt bitterness, black coffee, some nuts, with a moderate roast bitterness at the finish. No particular hop presence discernible.
M: Relatively thin body, carbonation sensation on the low side, and moderate alcohol presence.
O: This was a good beer, and easy to drink. It has a lot of the flavors of an Imperial Stout without the alcohol. I kept feeling like it was too thin while drinking, but I think it's average for an American Stout - I just kept expecting Imperial Stout body.
08-03-2013 22:04:39 | More by macrosmatic
Midnight Oil Stout from Swamp Head Brewery
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