Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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Reviews by nhindian:
2.95/5 rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
12oz bottle courtesy of apollokim, thanks Kim!
Poured into a Red Lobster Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
A - Pours an deep black, almost no light at all to be seen with this beer. Slight, extremely dark brown highlights, but outside of that this beer is completely opaque. Builds a great 2.5-fingered, cola colored head with okay retention. Moderate lacing.
S - Smell is very bitter and acidic. Getting lots of semi-sweet chocolate but the malts and few-day old coffee smell overwhelm the nose. Slight hops at the end.
T - Taste, like the nose, is extremely forward with the bitterness. From the initial taste, which is rich in dark chocolate and roasted malts, it takes a bitter spiral down through the espresso notes, which steep for far too long in the mouth. From mid-taste all the way to the hoppy finish, the bitterness just creeps and lingers for far too long. Mixed with the bitterness from the hops, it creates an uncomfortably long, bitter finish. It's a vicious cycle, as I want to drink more to wash it away, but it comes back with a vengeance.
M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and well-carbonated. Unfortunately as mentioned with the taste, the finish is way too bitter and actually a bit watery. Alcohol is well-masked, however.
D - Drinkability is low. The first few sips were enjoyable, but as the beer drinks, the bitterness just compounds on itself and it's a bit of a bitter pill to swallow.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2010 21:52:57 | More by nhindian
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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