1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Midnight Oil Stout - Swamp Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Midnight Oil Stout
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
86
very good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 156
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +2.3%

sd123, May 26, 2014
Photo of Hailey_Jensen
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Hailey_Jensen, May 26, 2014
Photo of DrinkNattyLight
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

DrinkNattyLight, May 26, 2014
Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev +2.3%

speedvagen, May 06, 2014
Photo of TonyJ815
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

TonyJ815, May 04, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

InspectorBob, May 03, 2014
Photo of rey631
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

rey631, May 03, 2014
Photo of JHendu
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

JHendu, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mrebeka, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of kayakandbeer
3/5  rDev -23.3%

kayakandbeer, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of JISurfer
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

JISurfer, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2.3%

dmorgan310, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of GuttaMane138
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

GuttaMane138, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of shand
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

shand, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Bartos
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Bartos, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of ThreeFishes
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ThreeFishes, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of gatorlove
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

gatorlove, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of TheDoak
4/5  rDev +2.3%

TheDoak, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of DuffDaddy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

DuffDaddy, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Weekiwachee
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Weekiwachee, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of fmccormi
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 32oz twist-off growler CO2-purged, filled, and plastic-wrap-sealed at the brewery yesterday. Poured into a stubby tulip-ish tumbler-ish glass, Swamp Head’s new fancy piece for the holidays this year.

Appearance (3.75): Three fingers of medium tan-colored foam easily comes off of the pour, capping a black body that passes a moderate amount of light—it looks a bit like cola, with its dark brown tint without and reddish or amber tones at the edges. Retention is moderate, taking an average amount of time to die down, leaving very little on the surface (just patches of film) along with a decent collar on the glass at the level of the beer. Just a few suds stick around here and there for a little while, leaving very little true lacing. It looks really, really excellent at first, but winds up looking average in the end.

Smell (4.25): Brewed black coffee (lighter roast), dark cocoa powder, dark wheat bread, a veeery small amount of molasses, some dark chocolate (like 80% cocoa), and some grassy, slightly piney hops. Smells dark, smells dry, smells relatively light, and smells like a good American stout on the low side of the ABV spectrum. I especially like the cocoa powder note.

Taste (4.0): The palate follows the nose in most regards, though it comes off a bit lighter and leans toward coffee rather than cocoa powder at first, but switches over to the cocoa powder full-on in the finish. Very little or no trace of milk chocolate, cream, or anything else particularly sweet or creamy—all of the smoothness and richness in the flavor is owed to a subdued bitterness: rather than coming off as particularly tannic, acidic, or astringent, the coffee, cocoa, and chocolate offer light to moderate doses of their flavors but stop short of digging in at the end. Overall this comes off as a very solid, full-flavored, accessible stout.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The body is relatively smooth, with a slightly-lighter-than-medium weight, a decent carbonation that foams up quickly and fizzles out in time. It’s a good, better than average feel but could be a bit smoother with a finer, better-integrated carbonation.

Overall (4.0): I really enjoy this stout, in the end. It’s really good on tap, and it’s nice to see an accessible—in both feel and flavor—stout come from a brewery that’s constantly coming up with interesting, off the wall takes and variations on lighter-colored styles of beer. It’s not some weird Belgian-ish beer, barrel-aged imperial stout, or DIPA. It’s just a really solid, straightforward American stout that hits the rights notes but remains accessible to those who haven’t gone headfirst into the world of dark beers (yet). And it’s sessionable. Recommended.

fmccormi, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Kerne
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Kerne, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +2.3%

BeerBeast, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of kwkurdziel
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

kwkurdziel, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

dfhhead25, Nov 30, 2013
Midnight Oil Stout from Swamp Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.