Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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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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