Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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Reviews by spointon:
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I poured this one from a brown 22oz bomber bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A= Poured completely opaque black/brown with zero light penetration. Head was light brown and rose just about 1/2", then settled fairly quickly to a ring. Decent lace stickage but nothing too noteworthy.
S= I smelled sweet maltiness, with maybe a hint of caramel and some light esters. Some chocolate notes in there too. Roasty notes were very subdued.
T= The flavor started sweet then quickly gave way to a firm roasted malt character. Chocolate and coffee flavors mingle throughout this roasty phase. Mild earthy hops in the back end. Finished dry and with a long roasty aftertaste.
MF= Medium bodied (maybe even light side of that) but with a nice oatmeal slickness that adds to the tongue coating experience. Carbonation felt fairly soft.
D= I picked this up without knowing much at all about this beer and was very pleasantly surprised. This is a great oatmeal stout, brewed to a slightly stronger strength than I would have expected, but that 7% abv stays well hidden...thus its a dangerous one!
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2011 05:48:54 | More by spointon
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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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