Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance 4.0: Beautiful beer. Pour elicited a lovely 1/2" khaki-colored head that slowly faded away into swirls of yummy-looking froth. Jet black like any good stout should be.
Smell 3.50: Good bouquet. Chocolate is the predominate scent here and...well, it's chocolate and that's pretty much it. I do detect slight hops and other scents but chocolate overpowers everything else.
Taste 4.0: Nice. Front is slightly salty, somewhat sweet and very smooth. Middle is where a pleasant hoppiness melds with the chocolate and coffee malts in a delicious, velvety smooth combo. This leads quickly into the finish, where more of the hops come through, along with a slight cheesy flavor that -amazingly-- is not off-putting. The emphasis here, like in the bouquet, is on chocolate and not on smokiness or other elements found in other stouts. Aftertaste is somewhat dry and of medium length and here some smokiness comes through along with a pleasant hop bite.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Spot on carbonation for this brew. Smooth and balanced like the taste.
Overall 4.0: Excellent oatmeal stout. Big flavors, relatively big ABV (7+%) and big hype, but this baby lives up to all of it. Pleasant and warming, this would be an ideal beer for a night in front of the fireplace in the Winter. I am drinking this in July, but am married, so I have an active imagination. Regardless, if you are a fan of stouts, you should try out this beer. It is light, smooth and well-balanced. Not an Imperial Stout by any means, it is basic and well worth your hard-earned sheckles.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2013 05:49:46 | More by BeerDocT
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4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Hmmm, this beer has been sitting on the shelf for eight months (Bottled on 07/12/2013) and it’s pretty low in ABV. Still, it’s unfiltered, so the extra time on yeast may have produced some interesting flavors. Plus, it’s a classic that you can’t get it my home state – picking it up was an easy choice. Cheers!
A: Pours incredibly foamy; a mountain of creamy tan head rises up above a pitch black body. After about five minutes the head has finally collapsed to a half-inch of retention, leaving an unbroken layer of thick lacing on the inside of the glass. Classic look.
S: This is not a creamy, chocolaty nose. Instead, what you get is a balanced blend of hickory smoked meat, light-roast coffee, chestnut, and a touch of pretzely malt. Like a pub beer, it’s nuanced and traditional.
T: Mild chocolate and mineral water flavors blended with a crisp bitterness of roasts and hops. Warm, slightly nutty tastes of pecan, maple syrup, Hershey’s chocolate, and brown sugar-cinnamon oatmeal provide a modest base, but are soon overtaken with a bitter smoke and hop character, a prickly upswing of dry pine, campfire, herbal sassafras, and a salty yeast taste of brine. Aftertaste continues along that path: dry and grassy, the hops find a quick peak of crisp bitterness but die out rather slowly.
M: The carbonation is strong, as expected – the cap nearly flew off when I cracked the bottle – but in a rich, silky way; think cappuccino foam, not champagne fizz. The body’s wonderfully creamy, as well, adding depth to a brew that’s already bigger than its ABV.
O: A classic for a reason – what a satisfying, drinkable beer. The call-and-response between the creamy sugars and the bitter hops and roasts makes this interesting enough to stay satisfying throughout, and that doesn’t seem too typical in a low-alcohol beer. I thought that there would be some noticeably dull flavors in here due to the age of this bottle…turns out, that’s not at all true. Great beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 05:06:28 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.59/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Very dark brown - not quite black. Decent mocha colored head as you would expect for the style.
Smell - coffee, chocolate, alcohol, slight hops
Taste - Very nice. Consistent with the scent - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. A noticeable hop presence for the style. Reminds me of Stone Smoked Porter in terms of the hops...something I really enjoy for the style as it balances things out a bit.
Mouthfeel - Nice but nothing amazing. Lower carbonation.
Overall - I really enjoy this beer. For a non-imperial stout, one of my favorites. @ $10 for a six pack in MA it's a great value. Will become part of the normal rotation.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2014 00:19:11 | More by MHowa
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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