Midnight Oil Stout | Swamp Head Brewery

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Midnight Oil StoutMidnight Oil Stout

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Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Quiet and sensual like a moonlit night, this complex blend of toasted oats, roasted barley, chocolate wheat malt and dark roast coffee imparts an intense aroma and complex flavor profile. We brew a traditional English-style oatmeal stout with a rich malt profile, then add locally roasted coffee while this ale is cold-conditioned.

Added by tpd975 on 03-08-2010

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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 52
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2/5  rDev -49.4%

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2/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On draft at the Owl Cafe Tap Room in Apalachicola FL. Nice mellow coffee flavor, but the beer was a butter bomb! Lots of diacetyl--undrinkable. Swapped it for another beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -43%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of PorterLambic
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of descobar
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can brought down from Gainsville.
Smell - deep coffee aroma, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and some spicy notes.
Look - Black as night. Fully opaque. One inch thick tan head that dissipates rather quickly.
Taste - muted roasted malts, burnt like but not sharp. Stale coffee, some chocolate and pronounced unbalanced bitterness. I taste a bit of oxidation.
Feel - medium full body, creamy rich texture as expected in an oatmeal stout. moderate carbonation. Astringency faint, almost absent. Finish is long and bitter almost to harsh level.
Overall - Very disappointing. Had this beer fresh and in the taste is where this one has deteriorated a lot. Now just a shadow. As a coffee left behind.

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3.24/5  rDev -18%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark oil, with light tan head.

S: Dark roast coffee dominates the nose.

T: Coffee notes continue, pipe tobacco and leather enter. Touch of bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

F: Disappointingly light, but then I noticed the conservative abv.

O: Another solid beer from Swamphead. Would like to see an imperial or barrel aged take on this.

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3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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Midnight Oil Stout from Swamp Head Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 238 ratings