Midnight Oil, an English-style Oatmeal Stout by Swamp Head Brewery

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Midnight Oil is an English-style Oatmeal Stout brewed by Swamp Head Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.

Appearance

The ale pours an opaque oily black and is topped by a thick cap of tan-colored foam that shows good retention. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue but a soapy collar rings the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is initially sweet with a scent of dark chocolate but coffee roast dominates as the beer warms.

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Flavor

Light floral hops transition to big roasted flavors of coffee and malt. Creamy oats fatten the middle. Dark chocolate and a hint of toffee sweeten the swallow.

Mouthfeel

Its feel has a smooth draw with a grainy finish; medium body and light carbonation.

Overall

Midnight Oil has a nice presentation and aroma. The feel is light for the style but it’s easy to drink and packs so much flavor for 5% ABV. The palate is absolutely delightful. Abundant roast flavor makes this a great brew for coffee lovers.

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