Midnight Oil Stout - Swamp Head Brewery

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tpd975 on 03-08-2010

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (455 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (926 characters)

Photo of godfathermg57
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (458 characters)

Photo of MisterE
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 (695 characters)

Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (1,695 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (324 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (562 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (288 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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! (1,461 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (976 characters)

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (476 characters)

Photo of aepb1
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!! (445 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (363 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (526 characters)

Photo of mullenite
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (858 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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! (587 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (413 characters)

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Midnight Oil Stout from Swamp Head Brewery
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