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Midnight Oil Stout - Swamp Head Brewery

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Midnight Oil Stout
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88
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 03-08-2010)
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Photo of kylehay2004
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of JPBCrown
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Had this on-tap in the tasting room (which, by the way, is very nice and worth a visit!).

Appearance was great. I like my beer dark. A bit disappointed by the thin head...but hey, it's not crucial. Smells like dark coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal...and the same for the taste! I was extremely impressed by the coffee flavor in this brew. Not too overpowering, but not too little either. Still tasted like a nice, dark stout with an addition of coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel was thinner than expected, but not enough to disappoint.

Overall, great brew. My first impression of Swamp Head was the Wild Night Honey Cream Ale...and I wasn't very impressed. But this makes up for that and more. I'll be visiting Swamp Head again!

JPBCrown, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Interfectus
4.85/5  rDev +24%

This is my favorite stout. It's more of a desert than a beer, and even my Mom (who's not a beer drinker) thoroughly enjoyed it! It's a playful blending of chocolate, warm grain, and caramel flavors. Its creamy without being too heavy, and the mouth feel is a perfect compliment to the taste. The head is creamy and chocolaty. It'll fill you up, but I'd be perfectly happy if it were the only beer I had for an evening! It seems like it would be good at nearly every temperature. It's color is very dark (even black), but it is by no means bitter. I HIGHLY recommend this one!

Interfectus, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, May 16, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

A-black with a thick tan head that thins out

S-smells like creamy mocha and oatmeal. the oatmeal scent is strong

T-comes in creamy with tangy oatmeal. transitions in to a strong taste of coffee which forms a long lasting after-taste. its not too exciting, but the flavors are strong and there are no negative tastes.

M-creamy light carbonation with a watery finish. reminds me of a nitro tap mouthfeel.

O-its a decent oatmeal stout. drinks fairly light. definitely a good beer, but i expected more. this isn't a must try.

AdamBear, May 11, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, May 11, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, May 10, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%

Pours black as pitch with a gorgeously creamy dark tan head that dissipates slowly to a ring and island.
Smell is malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit.
Taste ashy, coffee, malt.
Watery with a medium body and lightish effervescence. Slightly warming. Not nearly as good as I had hoped. Too ashy, much like an ashtray. As this is my first from this brewery, I'll look for some different brews to try and hope this one is just not for me.

PorterLambic, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

From 32 oz. growler. Pours a cloudy very dark brown, near black in the glass, with two fingers of dense dark brown foam. Slowly fades to a quarter inch leaving a few big blobs of lace.

Smell: smells like dark roast organic coffee (same thing I drink every morning, but better cause it's in beer!). Pungent with earthy, green, and slightly smoky characteristics. Underlying baker's chocolate + caramelized sugar. It is first and foremost a coffee stout, there's no doubt of that.

Taste: the coffee is back, but without the implied acidity. Dark brown sugar, bitter chocolate, and a solid earthy hopping. A little prune-y flavor appears as it warms.

Feel is light-medium bodied. It could use a little more carbonation, as it doesn't feel quite as creamy as it looks, but I could be convinced that's the fault of the growler (though only filled 3 days back).

A really nice coffee stout. Hope this one gets bottled some day.

babaracas, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of godfathermg57
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

On tap at Tall Paul's Brew House

A: Black as a stout with a healthy tan head.

S: COFFEE! that's most of what i smell. I suppose that makes sense given the name. I don't detect too much cocoa or other stout-ey smells

T: Very much like the smell with lots of coffee. Taste is not very complex but it's refreshing enough

M: Certainly not thick like the name Midnight Oil might imply. Fairly light stout body.

D: Pretty drinkable so that's a definite plus.

godfathermg57, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of MisterE
4/5  rDev +2.3%

on tap at the Red Onion Neighborhood Grill in Gainesville FL

A: served in a Yuengling pint glass, a deep impenetrable brown color with a thin one-finger head that lingers for a few minutes

S: rich, dark roasted malt and dark roasted coffee dominate

T: as with the smell, the barley and coffee beans have been roasted to the darkest extent without charring, leaving a sharp and smoky flavor

M: plenty of carbonation and a little thin

D: after more than one, the caffeine content is apparent, but the taste is still pleasant

notes: Midnight Oil is coffee stout brewed with french roasted coffee beans and will be enjoyed most by those who have developed a taste and tolerance for dark coffee

MisterE, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Served on tap @ Kickbacks
Appearance was pitch black with short head and rentention.
Aromas of roasted malt, dominate coffee and subtle chocolate.
Tastes of dark malts, coffee upfront, bitter and dry on the finish.
Mouthfeel is very light bodied for a stout.
Drinkability is solid offering for a lighter bodied dry styled stout. I enjoyed it.

Additional info;
I attended a Swamphead Beer dinner at Kickbacks here in Jacksonville Florida 12/13/2010. The lineup overall impressed me, brews were appropriatte to style and well done across the board. I most notably enjoyed the Hoe Hoe Hoe Wit, Tupelo Cream Ale, Stumpknocker APA, and 10-10-10 Whiskey Barrel Aged as standouts for the evening. Overall a very talented brewery across the entire lineup. I had chance to meet Luke the owner who was a great guy, and Craig the brewer who was passionate and open to share his processes. Both were knowlegdable and I am very excited about this new Florida Brewery.

Here is are most of the Swamphead brews that were offered at the dinner;
Hoe Hoe Hoe Winter Seasonal - a Belgian style specialty ale with cranberries, ginger and orange blossom honey
Wild Night Tupelo Honey Cream Ale
Cottonmouth Belgian Style Wheatbier
Stumpknocker American Pale Ale
Big Nose IPA
Saison du Swamp - Florida Style Saison with rye
10-10-10 Imperial IPA
10-10-10 Imperial IPA aged in Palm Ridge Whiskey barrels
Midnight Oil Oatmeal Stout with locally roasted organic fair trade coffee
Alderwood Smoked Porter
Chipotle Smoked Porter
Stumpknocker infused with Chipotle peppers
Catherine's Inspiration - Russian Imperial Stout
Catherine's Passion - Russian Imperial Stout infused with organic cocoa nibs and Midnight Oil coffee

unclejimbay, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

On tap at Pi on Broadway in Ocala.

A: jet black, nice frothy head that dissipated to a thin lacing
S: nice roasted nose, chocolate undertones
T: nice beer, roasted malt, oatmeal not incredibly noticeable but good balance
M: nice mouthfeel
D: good taste, could be a bit more grainy for my liking but all-in-all a decent beer

wisrarebeer, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

Mebuzzard, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
3.95/5  rDev +1%

appearance: pitch black with low head rentention and lacing

smell: roasted malt, dominate coffee and subtle chooclate

taste: huge coffee upfront, bitter and dry on the back

mouthfeel: light bodied for a stout, but the ABV was low

drinkability: solid offering and my 1st Swamphead brew

CampusCrew, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of nickfl
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.

nickfl, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
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!

BEERchitect, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of Gtreid
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

Guest tap at Cigar City for Craft Beer Week. Poured into a tasting glass.

A: Pretty black, with some mahogany highlights. The pours creates a small tan head that left some webby lace.

A: Burnt coffee and malt. I would say roasted but this is beyond that. The coffee is forward and I get notes of slight chocolate, nuts, and earth.

T: Again, I'm afraid to say, burnt coffee. I just can't get past it. It's not really bad, just not what I was expecting. Some notes of light chocolate, wood, and slight char. Finishes dry but somewhat bitter from the over roasting of the malt.

M: Pretty light in the body. Nice amount of carbonation, but just a bit to watery.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is good, not great, the 5% ABV will help emensely. Overall, I am on the fence with this beer. I have had alot of coffee stouts, and this one is by far the most roasted one. Again, almost burnt. I will give it another shot at some time, but for now, it's just alright. Skal.

Gtreid, May 19, 2010
Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev -11%

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that leaves slight lacing.
Smell is overpowering coffee, hard to smell anything else.
Taste is strong coffee, a little chocolate and some hop bitterness on the way down.
Mouthfeel is on the light side for a stout with more carbonation than you might expect.
This is very drinkable if you like a strong coffee stout (strong being coffee, not alcohol). Personally, it is too strong in the coffee end to make me want to have more than one.

FLBeerGuy, May 05, 2010
Photo of aepb1
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

A- Deep black with a nice brownish head

S- Coffee --- lots and lots of coffee

T- Dark coffee, roasty malt, no citric aftertaste from Latin American coffees, whether that was because another region was used or it was masked by the rest of the beer, I was quite pleased.

M- Not as heavy as you'd think with the powerful coffee smell. Pretty light for the stout. Carbonated well.

D- Really nice beer. Great start for craft beer in Gainesville!!

aepb1, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours black with a brown cola-like head that dissipates to a nice little ring.

Smells awesome. I love heavy coffee stouts and this one doesn't disappoint. Great smell.

Nice coffee bomb with some hops actually hiding in the finish. Nice, but the coffee fades after a bit.

The feel is a bit light, unfortunately.

Pretty drinkable, actually. Good breakfast beer.

RomaniIteDomum, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
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.

ktrillionaire, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of mullenite
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Counter pressure filled bottle.

Pours from the bottle with a 3/4 finger mocha colored head. My experience with this beer however is that it usually has a taller, longer lasting head. Never really leaves much of a lacing for me though.

Smell is really only dark roasted coffee. Being familiar with the coffee used it is near burnt. Nothing really comes through beside the coffee. My preference is for more of the malt to come through but I can dig it as is.

Taste is also almost all dark coffee. There is some malt coming through in the finish as dark chocolate which keeps the coffee flavor from being harsh.

Medium body with a very slick, creamy mouthfeel. Nice carbonation, not too much and not too little. Near perfect, just wish it was a little thicker.

Overall I like this beer a lot. I really like the coffee flavor they've gotten out of this one.

mullenite, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.48/5  rDev -11%

Pours a pitch black with brown at the edges. A light tan head after a rough pour ie, not gentle.

Smell of Black patent, that familiar stale coffee twang from acidic coffee infusion. Some sweet malt in the aroma, tar.

Taste of bitter coffee, dark roasty malts, some malt sweetness, a bit of coffee twang, some aroma hops . some licorice and the slightly dry taste I get when I drink an Oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation , and a thick body. A good consistency, just in need of some more hops IMO. Overall not bad, could use some polishing.

A sample from Mullenite Thanks!

alpinebryant, Mar 22, 2010
Midnight Oil Stout from Swamp Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.