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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001

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Reviews: 397 | Ratings: 839
Photo of rorykanderson
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thick, tan head. Aroma of oats, roasted malt, burnt wood, light hops, bitter chocolate, coffee and chocolate cake. This taste is right there - it's bitter from the coffee, sweet from the oats and chocolate and full of rich character from the malt. The hops add to the bitterness and keeps it firmly entrenched as a beer, not a dessert beer. The coffee also doesn't overwhelm. Mouthfeel is like hugging a velvet curtain. I know we're not here to talk about price, and price is very much dictated by location, but this bad boy was $9.99/6-pack at Wholefoods. That's including their standard markup. Unreal. What an incredible value for those lucky enough to get it. Awesome example of the style.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - dark brown liquid with tan head

Smell - roasted chocolate, roasted malts, oats, molasses, coffee grounds

Taste - chocolate, coffee grounds, oats, roasted malts,

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly full bodied, medium carbonation, chocolaty and roasty upfront, finish is long with flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee along with a hint of ash. This beer is rich, luscious and smooth

Overall - this is an excellent beer, packed full of flavor and full bodied for the ABV - it should be considered the benchmark for the style as far as I'm concerned. Will always strive to have some of this in my fridge. highly recommended

Price Point - $8.99/6 pack 12 oz bottles

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 10/07/2015.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a random pattern of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Nice roasty malt character with some earthy hop presence plus some notes of dark bread, milk chocolate and coffee.

T- Nice hop/roast bitterness duality with just enough sweetness to balance. Very drinkable and the ABV is on the higher end of the spectrum for the style. Nutty aftertaste.

M- The oats lend a slight creaminess with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A great example of the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick jet black in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium to large sized patches of thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of darkly roasted malts with a hint of charred malts. There is a light to moderate amount of molasses/brown sugar sweetness and a moderate aroma of dark bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with a light hint of charred malts and a moderate amount of molasses/brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark bitter chocolate (baker's chocolate) and a light flavor of freshly roasted coffee. Hints of anise in the finish. Moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: One of the easiest drinking full flavored oatmeal stouts. Very enjoyable. Just enough complexity and a wonderful aroma with a smooth + creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a cream head. Smells like roasted dark chocolate. Tastes like dark roasted malts and natural dark chocolate syrup. Roasty and chocolatey. Thinnish body with fair carbonation. Sips creamy. Overall a nice chocolatey oatmeal stout.

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Photo of fank2788
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Black and hazy in glass, no light is getting through and a finger or so of mid khaki colored bubbles sit on top and then lace nicely. The smell is of chocolate and roasted malts perhaps there is a bit of coffee in there as well. I'm getting more in the aroma than I'd expect for a stout but nothing to signify it is an oatmeal stout, not that oatmeal would really smell like anything. Great roasty and bitter malts in the taste, the chocolate sweetness is in there as well and there is definitely more black coffee character too. Oatmeal contributes to making the body a bit heavier than a standard stout while carbonation is pretty low and the finish is quite bitter, actually surprisingly so a bit more sweetness to round it out would have been nice. Overall this is quite pleasing, more drinkable than a RIS but still with plenty of great flavor that you wouldn't get in any stout.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pitch black with a large, finely-bubbled head that recedes to a thin film around the inner edge of the glass;
S: sweet chocolate, coffee, herbal hops
T: roasty, with assertive hop bitterness that finishes rather dry
M: the roast and hop bitterness obscure the smooth body. moderate carb.
O: a wonderful beer that somehow runs under the radar despite its great nuances

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Photo of dd43
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great oatmeal stout here. Nice chocolatey toffee aroma with a balance of roasty malt flavors and that silky mouthfeel oats are known to induce. Maybe even a touch of a molasses note. A bit more alcohol warmth would elevate this to the next level. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be on a nitro line. Drinking this in the low 50s will be rewarding, don't make the mistake of pulling this from your fridge and popping the cap immediately.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with fluffy tan head. The head looks like the top of a coke float. Soft and luscious. Soft aroma of coffee, not too roasty. The beer is soft and creamy with subtle tones of chocolate and a coffee finish. Very quaffable. At 7%, this is enough stout to satisfy your chocolate and coffee cravings, but not big enough to knock you on your ass. A terrific and well distributed stout that flies below the radar.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter

Black liquid, dense taupe foam layer, good lacings

Aroma of coffee and cocoa

Roast coffee on the middle of the tongue,

Hint of roast bitterness on the aftertaste , medium sudsing.

Nice stout

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Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark for the style, borderline opaque ruby with a nice and retentive chocolate-colored head.

Smells smooth; medium-strength mocha against dark roasted barley. Straightforward and not particularly innovative, but excellently done.

Flavor starts off with a nice combination of dry malt and baker's chocolate. Things start tasting a little more like a dry stout near the middle with the sweetness quickly receding, and then the beer ends with a nice, lightly rough finish of strong roasted barely and light hops. The body's a little thin on the back end, which leads to a the flavor getting thrown slightly off balance.

A bit less rough and complex than your world class oatmeals, but still hardy and smooth and delicious, as a good stout should be.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Thick dark walnut brown with an almost purple reddish edge to it held up the light. Yup dark beer… you can do all those variants of dark brown to dark black bu yup in a big glass like that she is quite opaque and solid. Head is only just above 2 fingers, but with a creamy and almost nitrous top, very dark too with espresso brown color and nearly dark mocha. Very nice looker.

What a nice aroma. Wonderful fruit notes of cherry, and warm milk chocolate. Thick husky ripping roasted grain coming off of this and excellent senses of nuts like hazelnut and walnuts. Very inviting bouquet.

Palate goes for simplicity and giving the bouquet it's correct due. Light but also just enough creamy body to give some classic oatmeal depth. Roasting coffee like grain flavors wash everywhere, and thick malted cookie body. An almost mild like hop bitterness comes though just to give the palate a nice pop in the mid palate as well. It lingers also long after the final swallow with a bit of tea herbal like bitterness ever so slightly. Much of the nutty flavor comes out but much more in aroma than taste, as hazelnut and walnuts seem to give some tannic dryness just a bit, instead of a thick peanut butter action. Milked cream, nutty, roasty, delicious.

Overall just a real solid oatmeal stout, manages to keep the basics in control, and also be memorable. Sometimes you just don't have to get ultra big or fancy, but just do something really well and it's good enough.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into Bordeaux glass.

a: Black. Thin head that hugged the rim of the glass.

s: Chocolate and coffee with a bit of mild spices.

t: Coffee. Chocolate. Oatmeal. Exactly what one would expect. Only exceptional.

mf: Very creamy. I could somehow fell the oatmeal. This went down too fast.

o: This is up there with my favorite stouts.

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Photo of NHJimD
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich and thick like a stout should. Very dark appearance with less than expected head. Rich, smooth taste with just the right carbonation. An extremely delicious stout!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a bold, beautiful stout with a fantastically complex nose of molasses,sorghum, roasted coffee, cream, chocolate malt, some dark fruit and char.

The flavor is a bit subdued but smooth and delicious. There's a ribbon of sweetness that tastes like marshmallow cream, caramel and toffee. The stout like characteristics then shine through with roast, char, chocolate malt and Graham cracker. All the while I tastes tinges of molasses and dark fruit. Supposedly this was just $5 for a bomber, it was given to me. If that's the case this may be the best deal in craft beer.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Toasted marshmallow on the nose, coffee and cocoa on the palate, this beer delivers. Pours thick, rick, and midnight black. The alcohol is balanced nicely with the full flavor and sweet malts, with just a twinge if bitterness reminding you to keep drinking. Smooth and wet, this one makes a great case for the oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of NAPO
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Phenomenal Oatmeal Stout. Smell and taste of chocolate and coffee with a very subtle Oatmeal background. The mouthfeel is a little thin but is also very hearty. Great local beer.

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Photo of Botulizard
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.17/5  rDev 0%

a. Nice dark beer with a thin tan head.

s. Malt on malt and a bit of coffee

t. Smooth stout - malt, burnt carmel, coffee

o. a bit watery, but still outstanding. Not heavy - an early fall type of stout. Will revisit soon.

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No visible "bottled on" date.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Black with slight ruby highlights at the bottom when seen through light. Inch tall tan head receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Dark chocolate

t: Black coffee and dark chocolate forward followed by a building hop bite which seemed to penetrate the sides of the tongue. Bitter finish.

m: Medium and quite smooth. Some carbonation tingle.

o: A very good stout, though less sweet than an oatmeal might be. Gives the impression of being a modern American oatmeal stout due to the relative bitterness. A bit surprising from Ipswich/Mercury, which I think of as leaning towards British styles.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the look of this beer. A gorgeous soft, bubbly, light (but not too light) brown sits atop the black brew. Some lacing clings to the glass. The nose brings milk chocolate, roasted coffee, nuts, oats, and a hint of vanilla. The taste doesn't bring as much of the smell to the table. You get hints of cocoa and coffee and roasted malts. Each sip goes down smooth with a silky mouthfeel. Sticky on the lips too. Overall, a good example of the style and can see why it is considered a classic in the area.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hmmm, this beer has been sitting on the shelf for eight months (Bottled on 07/12/2013) and it’s pretty low in ABV. Still, it’s unfiltered, so the extra time on yeast may have produced some interesting flavors. Plus, it’s a classic that you can’t get it my home state – picking it up was an easy choice. Cheers!

A: Pours incredibly foamy; a mountain of creamy tan head rises up above a pitch black body. After about five minutes the head has finally collapsed to a half-inch of retention, leaving an unbroken layer of thick lacing on the inside of the glass. Classic look.

S: This is not a creamy, chocolaty nose. Instead, what you get is a balanced blend of hickory smoked meat, light-roast coffee, chestnut, and a touch of pretzely malt. Like a pub beer, it’s nuanced and traditional.

T: Mild chocolate and mineral water flavors blended with a crisp bitterness of roasts and hops. Warm, slightly nutty tastes of pecan, maple syrup, Hershey’s chocolate, and brown sugar-cinnamon oatmeal provide a modest base, but are soon overtaken with a bitter smoke and hop character, a prickly upswing of dry pine, campfire, herbal sassafras, and a salty yeast taste of brine. Aftertaste continues along that path: dry and grassy, the hops find a quick peak of crisp bitterness but die out rather slowly.

M: The carbonation is strong, as expected – the cap nearly flew off when I cracked the bottle – but in a rich, silky way; think cappuccino foam, not champagne fizz. The body’s wonderfully creamy, as well, adding depth to a brew that’s already bigger than its ABV.

O: A classic for a reason – what a satisfying, drinkable beer. The call-and-response between the creamy sugars and the bitter hops and roasts makes this interesting enough to stay satisfying throughout, and that doesn’t seem too typical in a low-alcohol beer. I thought that there would be some noticeably dull flavors in here due to the age of this bottle…turns out, that’s not at all true. Great beer.

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Photo of MHowa
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown - not quite black. Decent mocha colored head as you would expect for the style.

Smell - coffee, chocolate, alcohol, slight hops

Taste - Very nice. Consistent with the scent - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. A noticeable hop presence for the style. Reminds me of Stone Smoked Porter in terms of the hops...something I really enjoy for the style as it balances things out a bit.

Mouthfeel - Nice but nothing amazing. Lower carbonation.

Overall - I really enjoy this beer. For a non-imperial stout, one of my favorites. @ $10 for a six pack in MA it's a great value. Will become part of the normal rotation.

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