12 West Brewing Midnight Run
What the brewers say
"This roasty oatmeal stout finishes with notes of chocolate and slight bitterness."
What our panel thought
"Big, dark, almost dank, fresh-roasted bag-o’-coffee-beans nose; a fruity apple note shows as it warms. Ample fresh-dark-coffee flavor throughout, green-pepper note; slight sweetness, with judicious roast bitterness kept in check. Dry and bitter but fairly light on the palate—austere. Some astringency and acidity lingering, but overall refreshing."
What our editors thought
"Nutty, caramel-forward coffee notes on the nose present intensely with apparent sweetness but the sip doesn’t indulge. Light and nimble, despite the strong coffee and roast."