Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 129
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
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Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001

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Reviews by tlazaroff:
Photo of tlazaroff
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, vanilla, molasses, and maple are well balanced in the aroma coming off this beer.

They say you eat with your eyes first, and this beer tastes (looks) great! India Ink black in color with a nice thin mocha head that laces extremely well.

Mimicking the aroma exactly, with slightly more coffee roast, Ipswich delivers on flavor! I just want to eat this beer! Almost chewy in texture with light carbonation and a beautiful balance of bitterness and sweetness, this oatmeal stout becomes a wonderful sipping beer sure to go well with cheesecake a la mode.

More User Reviews:
Photo of yankeeheel
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Botulizard
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black with brown head that dissipated pretty quickly, but left brown lacing that stuck around pretty much throughout.

S: Fantastic. Smells very strongly of roasty chocolate malts.

T: The bottle speaks of "chocolate notes". Oh Ipswich, don't be so modest! This beer tastes overwhelmingly of chocolate. Despite it being called an oatmeal stout, I don't get a lot of oatmeal taste compared to something like a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Nonetheless, I get some oatmeal notes (along with a bitter, dark coffee) on the aftertaste.

M: Feels exactly how it looks. Thick, robust, and hearty. Very satisfying.

O: A truly phenomenal brew. For the style, maybe it loses some fraction of a point for having more chocolate flavor than oatmeal, but either way, this is a great beer. Absolutely incredible.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark side of the moon black with the slimmest slice of lightening along the bottom edge of the pint glass. The mochachino colored crown is thick and rich, having already started to lay down an impressive array of intricate lace.

This is exactly how a stout (oatmeal or otherwise) should smell. IOS is wonderfully roasted malty, with plenty of dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee beans. Given the three hop additions and the 60 IBUs, I'm surprised that hops aren't more prominent. Perhaps they will be on the palate.

This is great beer! Forget subtlety. Stouts need to be big and bold and... stout, dammit! With such a massive explosion of flavor that shocks the taste buds and then seeps in like melted chocolate, what's not to like? And I thought Ipswich IPA was delicious (it is, by the way).

Highly hopped stouts are often amazing (see St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout). The bitterness and hop flavor seem to highlight the dark maltiness even more and make the beer POP! on the palate. This Mercury Brewing brew is full-to-bursting with intense chocolate and iced espresso. Whatever hops were used (at least one of the C-hops, no doubt) provide a relentless undercurrent of bitter citrus peel that is fandamntastic.

The mouthfeel is good, not great. In the end, it needs just a touch more creamy fullness and a little less carbonation.

The hop barrage and the ABV probably disqualify Ipswich Oatmeal Stout as a session beer. That's okay, I rarely session anyway. This expertly crafted ale is a tribute to its brewers and is a beer that I would love to have access to. If you do, consider yourself fortunate.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of kaimcm
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Todd
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of mattster
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.32/5  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.

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle.

Pours nearly black with a large and durable tan head. Nice lacing.

The aroma carries more hops [English hops?] than expected. Some off-notes in the aroma and, more so, the flavor. Mildly bitter.

O: disappointing, especially given the high ratings on BA. The discrepancy along with an overly aggressive, frothy head and off-notes make me suspect I got a bad bottle.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a frothy mocha colored one finger head over a solid black body. Head recedes in due time leaving sheets of lace. Aromas of roasted barley and espresso. Roasted barley and coffee are present in the flavor as well, along with a hint of chocolate. Mild sweetness. Citric hop bitterness is noticeable, not overpowering, and at just the right level to provide balance. The oatmeal provides a full body with a remarkably smooth mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish.

This stout is so smooth it feels like you are drinking a frappe. There’s a nice assortment of complementary flavors that achieve complexity without screaming for attention. Another outstanding ale from Ipswich.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of Norica - thanks!

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger frothy tan head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and another aroma in a lot of oatmeal stouts that's vanilla-like.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts up front with a good amount of chocolate flavors coming through all the way up until the end, where a bitterness halfway in between coffee and hop bitterness comes into play.

Mouthfeel is good. It's smooth enough, but I'd like just a bit more body and a bit less carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could certainly drink a few of these on a cold day.

Overall this is a tasty oatmeal stout that's worth a shot - very well done. Thanks again to Norica for sending this one along!

Photo of DVTO2
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK. I'm on a stout kick and have had trouble finding much variety in the stores around here. The local brew pub lost their brewer so it's pretty slim pickens, but this just came in to the local liquor store and it's a keeper. It has a nice dark color. The head is nicely colored as well, with kind of a mocha chocolate hue. It get's a bit thin as you drink it, however, especially for an oatmeal stout. The taste is amazing, with a kind of thick, satisfying blend of hops and a rich sweetness including chocolate and espresso. About the only criticism I can think of is the label, which is kind of bland and boring, but maybe that will grow on me.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz into snifter

A - Poured a deep, dark brown, almost black. Very slight light brown head with a low amount of bubbles. Nice looking beer!

S - Roasted barley, bitter chocolate, molasses, slight coffee aroma.

T - was a bit underwhelmed here. Not bad, but nothing that blew me away.
A bit ofthe same as the nose with the dark chocolate and hint of coffee grounds, as well as some savory oats and little nuttiness. Also got a bit dark fruit tucked in there as well. Some hop bitterness in there as well. Falls of the palate nicely without any lingering aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel on the light to medium range with little carbonation. As expected, not much heat from alcohol (this clocks in at 6.7% ).

O - Not a bad beer at all just that the oatiness was not as prevalent as I would have liked. Would definitely have again.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost blackwith a nice full head of milk chocolate colored bubbles that I love. Metls slowly to very thick mapping on the side of the glass.

Aromas are rich espressos, mild chocolate, sweet vanilla and a soft hop citrus on the end.

Mouthfeel is totally rich and creamy with quite a bit of carbonation.

Taste is bitter espresso coffees mellowed and sweetened with milk chocolate and a touch of vanilla then made sharp on the end from citrus hops. Some strong tobacco notes make themselves known in the flavors as well. Very rich and rewarding.

Aftertaste is like bittersweet chocolate...satisfying yet making you want for more.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 4/22/11.

A: The pour was a deep brown/black, hard to tell really. A 1.5 finger tan, foamy head formed on top, which reduced to a small layer of bubbles on top. Nice lacing.

S: The aromas I would hope and expect out a beer in this style. Some roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, and a little bit of oatmeal.

T: Nicely balanced flavor profile between the roasted malts, caramel, and oats. The chocolate comes through as more of a bakers chocolate as opposed to the dark on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

O: Really like this beer, a solid example of the style and one of the best I have had. Extremely affordable in Massachusetts as well. Will have to grab some more next time I am up there.

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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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