As we move from fall into winter my beer fridge is being reloaded with dark and malty offerings. A number of these beers will be old favorites, along with some new offerings from breweries that I know make consistently excellent dark beers. In addition, I am going to try and sample the malty offerings from a variety of other breweries, especially breweries that are well known for their hoppy beers. I know that IPAs get a disproportionate amount of craft beer love, and I love my hops too, but I don’t think you get a full read on a breweries abilities until you try a full range of different styles. A good example is Beer’d Brewing Company, I’ve enjoyed a range of delicious IPAs from this Connecticut stalwart, but hadn’t tried anything else until I recently grabbed a can of their oatmeal stout Midnight Oil. Beer’d Brewing Midnight Oil is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Beer’d Midnight Oil pours nearly black with a solid light brown head. The aroma is rich with decadent roasted malts. The flavor is also malt forward, notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, and caramel but only the slightest hint of residual sweetness. A solid dose of hops add balance, some earthy and grassy flavor and a little bitter bite at the end. Midnight Oil is medium-bodied, drinks easy and is not too boozy at 6.2% ABV. The finish is crisp and dry with some lingering roasted malt flavor. Overall this is a tasty oatmeal stout, rich flavor and smooth drinkability, great for the cold winter months. I hope to see a greater variety of Beer’d beers make their way to Massachusetts, it’s clear that they can make quality brews in non-IPA styles! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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