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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

695 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 128
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001)
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Reviews by Ryan_Graham:
Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque with a one finger head and a light lacing. This beer smells great. It has a coffee aroma with subtle oatmeal notes. Smooth is an understatement. This beer goes down like a glass of milk. Outstanding flavor. Complex but not overbearing. Its flavor resembles that of a chocolate shake. This is possibly the best oatmeal stout I've ever had. Try this beer.

Ryan_Graham, Apr 30, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a near opque black but for a glimmer of ruby showing through,a thinner but well retained tannish colored head atop.A mix of roasted coffee and mollases stick out the most in the nose.A great mix of heavy roast and softer sweet flavors,dark roast coffee, along with a little wood, meld into molasses and chocolate flavors,there is a softness to the beer wich is nice.A very nice oatmeal stout,you would never know the alcohol content.

oberon, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

aszatk01, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an attractive thick black with a two-finger tan foamy head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet dark roasted malts. Notes of burnt coffee and hops.

T- Dark roasted malts, burnt coffee, a touch of dark chocolate, pleasant grassy hop notes and creamy sweetness in the finish.

M- medium bodied, silky smooth on the palate. A pleasant slick, sticky finish. Carbonation is just right.

D- Excellent! This is a fantastic stout, well worth a try.

ExtraStout, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of kaimcm
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into pint glass

A: ink black body, chocolatey grey/brown head with light stick.

S: Roasted malt, smoke, raw nuts, a little sugar, oats. As it warms sugar comes out in a pastry/cream sort of way.

T: Creamy roast up front followed by a strong bitterness moastly from the roasted malt but also hops. Meduim bodied the oats come through with of hint of that raw oat powdery/grain straight from the box. A dusting of cinnamon and more nuts, almonds mostly, bakers chocolate. Finishes of smooth and dry roast. This bottle shows a bit of oxidation unfortunately, even though its pretty young, and an unpleasant metallic quality. From a 6 pack that I think I am guilty of neglecting for too long.

M: Creamy, nice body, good carbonation level. Overall, well done.

D: If youre in the mood, or its the appropriate pairing, very good, but not an everyday drinker for me.

kaimcm, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of MikeC144
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this was an opaque black with a medium tan head and some very nice lacing. It had a dark coffee, chocolate aroma. Espresso/burnt coffee taste, a little chocolate. Both the aroma and the taste were enhanced as the beer warmed. A rich beer, and very nice to drink.

lordofthewiens, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Todd
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ordered on-tap @ Cambridge Commons. An absolute black coloured beer with a thin whispy tan head. Clean flowery/herbal/citrus aroma that is near pungent with subtle hints of oats. Robust. Smooth (oats), yet coarse at times (hops). Balanced, yet constantly shifting. Major flavours picked-up are chocolate, coffee, touch of raisin/prune. Firm unshifting foundation, full-bodied. Dextrin sweetness lingers about, with some near lacto characteristics (milky).

Now this is my kind of stout. A stout with some actual flavour going on.

Todd, Jan 10, 2002
Photo of Doomcifer
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a PITCH BLACK with a nice, frothy, caramel colored head that just lingers on and on. Great lacing left behind as well. Beautiful!

Aroma is of huge roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee. The aroma is not faint at all. Definitely in your face. Tremendous. I cannot stop sniffing this beer.

Taste is of more bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, ridiculous amounts of roastiness that lingers on your palate forever. Coffee flavors, chared meat from the grill, slight peat flavors even!, and a plethora of other roasty/burnt flavors. Finishes slightly bitter with mass amounts of roasty toasty burnt goodness. This is a serious stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with not too much carbonation. Great stout like qualities.

I would consider this beer drinkable for such a heavy brew. I would probably want to move onto something a tad more sweet or quaint after a couple of these though. Only so much char-ness and burnt flavors you can take in one sitting. This is one helluva manly stout.

Doomcifer, Oct 30, 2006
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

JakerLou, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: ½ gallon growler with no freshness date, some in for about the beer on the back.

Appearance: Ample lace in a swirly wispy tan clump. Nearly ink black in colour.

Smell: Sweet and soft with hints of a charcoal like smokiness, espresso like roasted grain and a dash of yeast and hop are the make up of this complex aroma.

Taste: So damn creamy and smooth with a light carbonation and full body. Big mouthful of roasted character that comes in waves. First it is a dark chocolate flavour then leads more towards espresso and faintly smoky charcoal like flavours. Some sweetness on top is soft and melds well with the roasted character. Light punch of hop bitterness and tobacco-like flavour hit in the middle and lingers with the roasted grain far into the after taste. Finishes semi sweet with hints of yeast as well.

Notes: This is one stout I can’t get enough of, one of the most drinkable full bodied ales I have run into in a long time. A treat for any die hard stout fan especially if you enjoy oatmeal stouts.

Jason, Sep 10, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to OldTex29. Pours a jet black body with an impressive creamy light brown head. Retention is good and there is profuse sheet and patch lace.

Aroma is roasty, with freshly brewed Kona coffee, nutty English walnuts, and dark chocolate. Steamed oats and red raspberries add a nice note. The aroma is somewhat subdued.

Full bodied mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

Taste is roasty old coffee, dark chocolate, rolled oats, Bing cherries, and a pleasant nuttiness.

One of the better oatmeal stouts around.

merlin48, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of BlueHammer
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm.... Of course, being that oatmeal stout is a favorite of mine, it was a given that this one was right up there as a favorite!

Poured a deep dark brown, almost black, completely opaque. Head was a deep tan color. Smells of roasted coffee. The first sip has an initial bitter bite that is quickly replaced by a malty chocolatey flavor. Oat smell and taste is strong but not overpowering. The chocolate flavor is enhanced as you let the beer sit on your palate. The beer is smooth and thick. Easy to drink, best enjoyed by sipping!

BlueHammer, Apr 21, 2006
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice jet black body, modest one finger head brown in color, nice big ring of lacing remains. Typical porter smells with this one, sweet, dark chocolate, some caramel, maybe bubble gum. Tastes like a stout, sweet carmel, toffee, roasted barley, some earthy hop bitterness, lingering bubble gummy roasty bitterness, some tobacco some where in there too. Creamy medium full bodied, low carbing. I like this one and could easily have a few more. $1.80 a single.

Homebrew35, Feb 03, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, black in color, opaque

Smell: coffee and oats, some bread

Taste: coffee, burnt malt, and a touch of sugar

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, light carbonation, chewy

Drinkability: Worth a try but I think there are better examples in the style. I like the chewiness, but the flavor is not as full as others I have had. Still for the price, it is well worth having another.

tigg924, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of mattster
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes, originally tasted 12 December 2008.

Opened 12 fl oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours no head with light lace atop a dark - opaque black brew.

No major smell but malts; Taste is of coffee and chocolates, but not overly so. Very nice smooth filling mouth feel. Some but light aftertaste.

I wish I had more of these.

mattster, Jan 16, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

alienlifeforcecube, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

juicebox, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dar, dark mahogany color with a dark brown foamy head. Smells of nice roasted malt, with a bit of hop bitterness coming through. Mouthfeel is round and full as the roasted malt rushes over the tongue. Also nuances of chocolate and coffee. Hints of hop bitterness linger in the back of the throat. Very smooth, pleasant, and balanced flavor that keeps its rich character until the last drop.

far333, May 26, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. What an incredibly great stout. Pours opauqe black with a tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells strongly of dark chocalte, malts, and coffe. The taste is superb. Dark malts and oatmeal envelope your tounge, then the creaminess from the oatmel takes over with slightly dry finish. Needless to say it has a very nice mouthfeel. A highly quaffable stout. A must try for stout lovers.
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Edit 1/12/04: After much further product testing I have to go back and give this a 5 for taste. It simply crushes most other stouts I've tried.

yankeeheel, Aug 01, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jefftuck47, Oct 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

doremite, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of whoneeds8
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to corey0212 for the bottle.

Pours out black with a thick brown head that stays around all the way down. Lacing is ok. Smells strong with sweet smoked malts. Taste very much like the scent, with the addition of a strong oaked flavor. The oatmeal leaves a rather dry feel. The mouthfeel is a little light for this style, but it doesn't take away from the beer.

whoneeds8, Jun 01, 2009
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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.