Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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2.3/5 rDev -44.7%
color - 3 - cola colored, clear but too dark to see through
smell - 3 - charcoal, hops, almost a salty scent
taste - 2 - smoke, scorched, hoppy to a fault
mouthfeel - 2.5 - thin, too thin for stout
drinkability - 2 - too bitter and burnt for drinking, great for cooking - would make a nice chili or au jus
02-12-2006 02:16:06 | More by TAMU99
2.85/5 rDev -31.5%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Been walking past this guy too many times at the store. Time to take him home. He pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, molasses, and a touch of vanilla bean. The taste holds notes of darkly-roasted malts, very bitter dark chocolate (the kind you'd bake with, rather than eat straight-up), vinyl, anise, rubbing alcohol, charcoal, and molasses. Yowza, this stuff is acridly bitter! The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a nearly chewy feel, and a pretty dry finish. Overall, what would have been a pretty decent oatmeal stout suffers from an excess of bitterness and plastic-ness in the taste. My advice: keep walkin' on by this guy...
08-24-2011 19:34:50 | More by TMoney2591
2.9/5 rDev -30.3%
Appearance: Dark as strongly brewed black coffee, espresso crema style head that poured to about 1" with a maintained 1/4" head while drinking. Seemed to have a moderate amount of carbonation along the sides of the glass. A minor bit of sediment was left in the bottom of the glass upon finishing.
Smell: Smells mostly of coffee with hint of rich chocolate. Smells smokey almost sharp burnt smell, touch of metallic smell.
Taste: Tastes strongly of coffee, and smoked almost burnt barley, which gives the heavy smokey taste. Chocolate and caramel resonate at times.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, smooth, with a bit of a carbonation bite similar to rootbeer. Medium thickness
Overall: The touch of chocolate does help to even out this brew and makes it more fitting to the style. I do prefer this style to be less carbonated and slightly thicker than this brew. Overall rating of fitting to the style would be average in my book.
02-01-2012 20:51:00 | More by VonRoll
2.95/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
12-20-2010 21:52:57 | More by nhindian
3.08/5 rDev -26%
Another head dominate beer. I begin to wonder if someone doesn't like me very much. Suds dominate most of the glass, but isn't anywhere near dense, thank goodness. Every ounce results in a near spill. A deep brown at the base, it lightens to a tan color at the lip of the glass. Once it falls, the lace completely coats the glass. No webbing or veins. It veils the glass completely.
Sharp & intensely saturated with blackened raisins, burnt fudge, charred marshmallows, & a splash of alcohol. Coffee is there, but it takes a back seat about five rows deep & is only acknowledged once your throat clears.
Taste from beginning to end is roasted coffee, cindered barbecue, & paper. Backwash is a continuously bitter spinach.
Stiffly carbonated, the body is underweight. Ashy; not the feel I was expecting. It itches.
11-29-2007 07:07:19 | More by PEBKAC
3.23/5 rDev -22.4%
12 oz. bottle poured into my Deschutes snifter, Ipswitch Oatmeal Stout is a pitch brownish black with a dark tan head that leaves light lace.
Smell is sweeter, dark fruits, crystal, oats, chocolate,
Taste is not nearly as sweet, there is a pretty big roast and hefty bitterness here, loads of unsweetened chocolate, some caramel, leafy hops. This didn't really do much for me, and was overall a bit to astringent for my taste.
Mouthfeel is not nearly as smooth as I expect from an Oatmeal Stout, there is a sharp, dry, prickly feel to the carbonation, but it softened somewhat as it warmed from fridge temp.
Drinkability is ok, but this wasn't my taste in the style at all...the bitterness is too acrid, and the sweetness is a malty flavor I don't really care for. Overall it reminded me of a stale, generic milk chocolate bar.
11-11-2008 04:39:46 | More by ccrida
3.3/5 rDev -20.7%
Appearance - Gulp Gulp Gulp into the bottle. Pitch black , no light here. Some head but disolved later on.
Smell - Dark chocolate, oats, cocco, and roasted malts.
Taste - Oats and fark coffee bean taste here,roasted malts.
Mouthfeel - Thick with a roasted malt mouthfeel to it.
Drinkability - Kinda border line when it comes to a dark beer. Too roasty for me. You need to have a taste to drink these types of beer. Wasn't a bad beer to try, but I don't see myself drinking a 6 pack anytime soon.
03-10-2007 03:21:44 | More by auxiliary
3.3/5 rDev -20.7%
Pours very very black, forming a little rich brown colored head. The smell of roasted malt, a little coffee and vanilla. The taste is classic stout at first, but then there are bitter hops. I was not a fan of the bitter hops, they left an astringent flavor in my mouth. Definitely presents of coffee flavors are in there. The mouth feel is good, more ale style than a pub style. The drinkability is average for me because I could have one maybe two of these per night, the bitter hops really turned me off.
10-14-2004 12:34:24 | More by danadeny
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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