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I am ending my streak of local stouts by revisiting a long time favorite of mine.  I’ve had plenty of good things to say about this brewery on here previously, but I would say that this is beer I most often associate with them.

Beer Name: Oatmeal Stout

Brewery: Ipswich Ale Brewery (Ipswich, MA)

Style: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 7.0%

Description: Billed as a deep, rich, and malty brew, you can some more of the specs here on the brewery website.  Although I only bought a single bottle on my last shopping excursion, you can find this most places around here that beer is sold in the range of $100 for six pack of bottles.

Appearance: Black body topped off by a thin, bubbly tan head.

Smell: A little bit of sweetness mixed with a little bit of roast.

Taste: A slight sweetness upfront sat atop a rich base of grains and dark malt.  A hint of roast came through as the beer went on, joined towards the finish by dark fruit, dark chocolate, and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus thickness with low level carbonation.

Hype: It would be wrong to call this beer hyped, but it does have a solid reputation in the Massachusetts beer community and almost always pops up on lists of the best local stouts.

Overall: A delicious and extremely drinkable stout that more than holds its own against comparable offerings from more popular brewers.  It may not have been as big or as bold as some of the others I’ve had this month but it was still extremely satisfying to drink.