Tonight I went out to Not Your Average Joe’s restaurant for dinner. We are celebrating my 30th birthday today, and I had full intentions of getting smashed off Captain and Coke, and had the wife drive us down. My plans changed when I noticed that they had Ipswich Oatmeal Stout on tap. Duty calls!
Because we weren’t sitting anywhere near the bar, I missed out on seeing the pour, and thus can’t comment on the amount of head. In terms of aroma, I wasn’t picking much up. I asked the wife to give it a whiff, and she immediately mentioned chocolate and coffee…coincidentally the two ingredients that are touted on the beer menu. I guess she has a pretty good nose!
The taste was actually smokey for me. I was surprised, and kept wondering if it was an artifact of the spicy olive oil and bread I was concurrently snacking on. I made an effort to cleanse my pallet, however I continued to pick up mild smokiness as well as hints of dark chocolate. A got a lingering bitterness in the back of my mouth.
A little internet research reveals that this stout weighs in at 7% ABV. Seems about right based on mouth feel…smooth and silky, but not thick.
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout is made by the Mercury Brewing Company out of Ipswich, MA. Just the other day I had Mercury’s Frosty Knuckle Ale, which I gave a mediocre review for. I’d give the Oatmeal Stout a much better grade, and would recommend giving it a try.
Note: Above image borrowed from Mercury Brewing Website.