Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout is a 7% autumn seasonal foreign stout from Baird Beer in Shizuoka. Foreign stouts tend to be higher in alcohol than their regular stout counterparts though less than their bigger sibling, the Russian imperial stout. This beer is brewed using Nugget and Fuggles hops to a base of chocolate, chocolate wheat and black malts and has an IBU of 50. During the time it’s on sale, Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout can be found in both bottles and on tap.
Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout Aroma and Taste
The stout / porter glass made its triumphant return to BeerTengoku with Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout and as can be seen in the picture above, it helped to create a large amount of frothy tan head. The body itself was a pitch black colour and contained very few particulates but to be fair, it was pretty dark so I doubt I would have seen anything anyway. Coffee and chocolate notes were the most potent along with some sweetness that reminded me of caramel and nuts.
In the past, the only foreign export stout I’ve had was the version of Guinness that was brewed in Nigeria for the market over there and I still remember its thick, treacly like texture. Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout goes one better than that as the sweetness supports the thick velvety texture. Even though it’s a 7% beer, Baird have done a good job in hiding the alcohol both when it’s chilled and when Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout begins to warm up as well. The chocolate and coffee flavours were well-balanced along and there was a hint of licorice as well thrown in for good measure. It finished off with a sweet, subtle bitterness that lingered on the palate.
Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout One Line Review
Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout is a nice, easy drinking stout that is a good example of how to balance medium-to-high alcohol levels along with flavours.
Where to Buy Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout
Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout can be bought online at the following places when on sale