Ipswich Ale Brewery - Oatmeal Stout
Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs):35
Serving Temperature:50-55º F
Suggested Glassware:Tulip, Snifter, Pint Glass
Malts:2-Row, Crystal 60L, Chocolate, Carahell, Black, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats
Ipswich’s Oatmeal Stout pours an opaque black, capped by a lasting head of rich brown foam. Be sure to let this brew shed some of its fridge coldness before pouring, in order to let the aromas and flavors express themselves fully. On the nose, we picked up a prominent roast character reminiscent of scorched bread crust & caramel, along with coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Look for some spicy and lightly earthy and citric hop overtones, too. Big roasted malt notes come forth on the palate, delivering impressions of dark-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of ash. Oatmeal stouts utilize oats to develop the style’s characteristic full body and creamy smoothness, and Ipswich’s version is no exception, offering a satisfying, round mouthfeel. A touch of residual sweetness contributes to the effect and also provides a balancing note to the big roasty core and noticeable hop bitterness. Enjoy this robust stout with all manner of grilled and barbecued meats. It’s hard to beat a charbroiled burger with sharp cheddar, BBQ sauce, and grilled onions. Cheers!
The roots of Ipswich Ale Brewery go back to the founding of Ipswich Brewing Company in 1991, meaning this icon of Massachusetts’ North Shore has been with us over three decades now. In 1999, the former Ipswich brewmaster, Rob Martin, bought the brewery from founders Paul Sylva and Jim Beauvais. The brewery sold their Ipswich branded beers under the name of Mercury Brewing Company for many years before transitioning the branding entirely to Ipswich Ale Brewery more recently.
The brewery is situated in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a town on the seaside northeast of Boston. In 2013, the brewery was moved into a new, larger location which used to be home to Soffron Brothers Clams. In January of 2016, Rob and the team at Ipswich opened a new restaurant adjacent to the brewhouse. Known as Ipswich Ale Brewer’s Table, the gastropub offers traditional pub fare along with more sophisticated offerings, and it boasts 15 taps including some exclusive limited-edition Ipswich beers you can only get at the restaurant.
Additionally, you can rent one of their Tapmobiles for special events, to enjoy several of your favorite Ipswich beers and sodas from taps running along the side of a classic old delivery truck converted into a party-mobile extraordinaire. How awesome is that?! For more information about the brewery, visit them at www.ipswichalebrewery.com.
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