Monday, October 25, 2010

Ipswich - Oatmeal Stout

Mercury Brewing Company - Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug
This Oatmeal Stout from the Mercury Brewing Company is a very dark deep brown. The frothy brown head has small carbonation bubbles around the edges, but the center is characterized by much larger bubbles that carry a mild oily sheen. There’s a sweetness on the nose, but it also comes with a charred character and light hops.
The mouthfeel is fairly creamy, likely a result of the oatmeal added to the brew. There’s a mild sweetness up front with the flavors of caramel and toffee. The taste thins out a bit in the middle, but is met soon by considerable smokiness. The finish manages to not be too heavy and the dry hops give a bite on the way out. Smoke lingers well past the aftertaste.
Final Verdict: B+

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