Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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Reviews by axisjones:
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours pitchblack with a rocky nutmeg head. Laces lightly on the way down although the head dissipates to a thin layer pretty quickly.
The aroma is a mild chocolate burnt scent with a slim metallic under current. The oats really come through in the scent driven by an espresso richness.
The taste is rich and creamy. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors and nicely balanced with a subdued but present bitterness. This is definitely a sweet brew, but not too much so, especially considering the style. Very well balanced and full bodied.
The mouthfeel is heavenly. Upon drinking this, the first thing that stands out is the mouthfeel. Unbelievable, in the league of Abbaye Des Rocs, its that damn good. A lush full thinkness swirls around in a prickly carbonation. The carbonation dances on the tongue and is never harsh or painful, its seems to floats through the mouth and play on the tongue, pushing the myriad flavors and aromas through the palate. I love having this beer in my mouth.
This is a damn drinkable beer, even more so for being an oatmeal stout. This is full bodied, rich and flavorful, but the heavenly mouthfeel and smooth balance allow this to be a nightcap gem, or a sweet sessioner.
Thanks to Carmen for the bottles!
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2005 08:21:56 | More by axisjones
More User Reviews:
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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