Ipswich Rye Porter - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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3.69/5 rDev -5.6%
22oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass.
A- Poured a very dark chocolate brown color, nearly opaque except for some visible carbonation. The tulip made for a big 2-plus finger head, rich mocha color, that gently tapers to a film leaving sheets of lacing.
S- A big blast of chocolate, coffee infused chocolate, and dark roasted chocolatey malts.
T- The rye spice comes through after the upfront chocolate flavor, making it work so that it's not as chocolate dominant as the aroma would indicate.
M- This is overcarbonated, and that's the first thing I feel in each sip. Now I know why the carbonation was visible in such a dark beer. There really is not much body, the malts are hidden. There is some rye spice on the finish.
O- My rating numbers reflect exactly how, for me, that this beer goes: all over the place.
05-19-2013 19:50:33 | More by NiceTaps
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
A - Pours a surprisingly deep dark nearly-black. There are a couple mahogany highlights and a brown bubbly head, but one could be forgiven for calling this beer black. There is some visible carbonation when held at the right angle. Light lacing at the top of the glass.
S - Not really encouraging, although I give a few points for the strength, which is pretty much just the way I like it. It's a murky smell, with notes of chocolate and coffee as can be expected, but not quite right. Hard to explain.
T - Really good, and I'm generally not a big fan of porters. I love how the Rye adds a kick to the beer and it blends nicely with the dark roasted malts. I would call this the highlight of the beer.
M - Starts off great! Nice medium-full bodied beer. Creamy. A little fluffy from the carbonation. However, it leaves a coating on my mouth of which I am not a fan. The flavor lingers too long and leaves me with a burnt coffee type flavor that I do not attribute directly to taste.
O - I love the idea, and really enjoyed the first half of it. However, it really needs a chaser IMHO.
12-05-2013 18:32:10 | More by Andrew041180
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 18, 2013. This is probably from last year's mixed pack. No date on the bottle.
I(t has a decent looking dark brown pour to just about black with ruby red highlights, a moderate tan head, and deeply opaque.
The aroma is of dark malts, coffee grinds, some mild smoke, and mellow sweetness. No hops to speak of.
The body is about medium.
The taste tends to begin sweet and malty but it does not take long for the spent coffee grinds to kick in and take it over. Hops are downplayed on both the nose and taste. It seemed to be true to the Porter style but did not blow me away.
08-18-2013 23:25:24 | More by puboflyons
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a deep brown into a pint glass, almost black and with some mahogany highlights. Offers a rather resilient mocha cap and shows good clarity for an 'unfiltered' ale.
Spicy cocoa on the nose initially along with some roast and chocolate as the cap settles a bit. Pleasant though perhaps a bit subdued, yet nicely balanced at the same time.
Tastes of bakers chocolate up front with some mellow black cherry on the close. Offers a lingering finish of dry chocolate and a light fruity sweetness reminiscent of an English yeast character. Touch of an ashen character after substantial warming.
Fullish feel and body, well balance with chocolate and rye spice and a light enveloping fruit backdrop. Overall this brew offers nice character and complexity yet doesn't cause one to pause for too long.
01-19-2013 04:31:55 | More by HalfFull
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Dark, rich color with a generous toffee-colored head
S: A bit on the sweet side, with hints of coffee.
T: Pleasant. Some tobacco/coffee flavors
M: Smooth. Well balanced carbonation.
O: This one caught me off guard. Thought it would just be a throw in to the mix pack, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
12-24-2013 01:02:34 | More by DJoe
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
Awesome, they put the actual bottling date, 10/24/12.
Pours a dark creamy mocha colored 1/3 finger head fades at a med pace, decent lines of lacing, pitch black beer with hints if legs.
Nose starts with cocoa, dark chocolate, cookie wafer like, there is a light starchy corn like aroma though, dark malts, caramel, hints of roast and oatmeal, light toasty biscuit, the caramel light be giving it that starchy aroma.
Taste starts with chalky cocoa, light bakers chocolate, some caramel and almost molasses but without the sweetness of the molasses. Then light biscuit, toasty bready malts, abs light roast almost burnt but not quite. The spicy rye comes in later, which also brings a light bitter almost acrid. bitterness comes from some light earthy sight spicy hops as well, and the slightly burnt malts. Finish is sticky, more lingering chocolate, chalky cocoa, bitterness, and hint of spicy rye.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, little creamy, nice fluffy carb.
Overall not bad, nose has a slight off, and rye is way too light, and light acrid burnt roast. Otherwise fairly drinkable and tasty.
12-27-2012 22:22:13 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +2.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A - very dark brown with root beer colored head. Really nice lacing and retention.
N - delightful spice and hop notes. Spice from the rye harvested nearby the brewery.
T - chocolate big time. The rye is clear. Hops too, but not too bitter or fruity.
M - rich and chocolatey.
O - very drinkable. Really enjoyed this one over the winter. Hope it comes back next year.
02-10-2013 02:17:54 | More by tkelley
Ipswich Rye Porter from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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