Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: ½ gallon growler with no freshness date, some in for about the beer on the back.
Appearance: Ample lace in a swirly wispy tan clump. Nearly ink black in colour.
Smell: Sweet and soft with hints of a charcoal like smokiness, espresso like roasted grain and a dash of yeast and hop are the make up of this complex aroma.
Taste: So damn creamy and smooth with a light carbonation and full body. Big mouthful of roasted character that comes in waves. First it is a dark chocolate flavour then leads more towards espresso and faintly smoky charcoal like flavours. Some sweetness on top is soft and melds well with the roasted character. Light punch of hop bitterness and tobacco-like flavour hit in the middle and lingers with the roasted grain far into the after taste. Finishes semi sweet with hints of yeast as well.
Notes: This is one stout I cant get enough of, one of the most drinkable full bodied ales I have run into in a long time. A treat for any die hard stout fan especially if you enjoy oatmeal stouts.
Serving type: growler
09-10-2002 13:43:16 | More by Jason
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Ordered on-tap @ Cambridge Commons. An absolute black coloured beer with a thin whispy tan head. Clean flowery/herbal/citrus aroma that is near pungent with subtle hints of oats. Robust. Smooth (oats), yet coarse at times (hops). Balanced, yet constantly shifting. Major flavours picked-up are chocolate, coffee, touch of raisin/prune. Firm unshifting foundation, full-bodied. Dextrin sweetness lingers about, with some near lacto characteristics (milky).
Now this is my kind of stout. A stout with some actual flavour going on.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2002 09:47:04 | More by Todd
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
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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