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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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648 Ratings

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%

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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Photo of TAMU99


2.3/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

color - 3 - cola colored, clear but too dark to see through
smell - 3 - charcoal, hops, almost a salty scent
taste - 2 - smoke, scorched, hoppy to a fault
mouthfeel - 2.5 - thin, too thin for stout
drinkability - 2 - too bitter and burnt for drinking, great for cooking - would make a nice chili or au jus

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 02:16:06 | More by TAMU99
Photo of TMoney2591


2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Been walking past this guy too many times at the store. Time to take him home. He pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, molasses, and a touch of vanilla bean. The taste holds notes of darkly-roasted malts, very bitter dark chocolate (the kind you'd bake with, rather than eat straight-up), vinyl, anise, rubbing alcohol, charcoal, and molasses. Yowza, this stuff is acridly bitter! The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a nearly chewy feel, and a pretty dry finish. Overall, what would have been a pretty decent oatmeal stout suffers from an excess of bitterness and plastic-ness in the taste. My advice: keep walkin' on by this guy...

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 19:34:50 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of VonRoll


2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark as strongly brewed black coffee, espresso crema style head that poured to about 1" with a maintained 1/4" head while drinking. Seemed to have a moderate amount of carbonation along the sides of the glass. A minor bit of sediment was left in the bottom of the glass upon finishing.

Smell: Smells mostly of coffee with hint of rich chocolate. Smells smokey almost sharp burnt smell, touch of metallic smell.

Taste: Tastes strongly of coffee, and smoked almost burnt barley, which gives the heavy smokey taste. Chocolate and caramel resonate at times.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, smooth, with a bit of a carbonation bite similar to rootbeer. Medium thickness

Overall: The touch of chocolate does help to even out this brew and makes it more fitting to the style. I do prefer this style to be less carbonated and slightly thicker than this brew. Overall rating of fitting to the style would be average in my book.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:51:00 | More by VonRoll
Photo of nhindian


2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle courtesy of apollokim, thanks Kim!

Poured into a Red Lobster Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours an deep black, almost no light at all to be seen with this beer. Slight, extremely dark brown highlights, but outside of that this beer is completely opaque. Builds a great 2.5-fingered, cola colored head with okay retention. Moderate lacing.

S - Smell is very bitter and acidic. Getting lots of semi-sweet chocolate but the malts and few-day old coffee smell overwhelm the nose. Slight hops at the end.

T - Taste, like the nose, is extremely forward with the bitterness. From the initial taste, which is rich in dark chocolate and roasted malts, it takes a bitter spiral down through the espresso notes, which steep for far too long in the mouth. From mid-taste all the way to the hoppy finish, the bitterness just creeps and lingers for far too long. Mixed with the bitterness from the hops, it creates an uncomfortably long, bitter finish. It's a vicious cycle, as I want to drink more to wash it away, but it comes back with a vengeance.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and well-carbonated. Unfortunately as mentioned with the taste, the finish is way too bitter and actually a bit watery. Alcohol is well-masked, however.

D - Drinkability is low. The first few sips were enjoyable, but as the beer drinks, the bitterness just compounds on itself and it's a bit of a bitter pill to swallow.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 21:52:57 | More by nhindian
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another head dominate beer. I begin to wonder if someone doesn't like me very much. Suds dominate most of the glass, but isn't anywhere near dense, thank goodness. Every ounce results in a near spill. A deep brown at the base, it lightens to a tan color at the lip of the glass. Once it falls, the lace completely coats the glass. No webbing or veins. It veils the glass completely.

Sharp & intensely saturated with blackened raisins, burnt fudge, charred marshmallows, & a splash of alcohol. Coffee is there, but it takes a back seat about five rows deep & is only acknowledged once your throat clears.

Taste from beginning to end is roasted coffee, cindered barbecue, & paper. Backwash is a continuously bitter spinach.

Stiffly carbonated, the body is underweight. Ashy; not the feel I was expecting. It itches.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 07:07:19 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good dark head, strong oatmeal nose. Starts out with a sweet malty taste but gradually goes to a slightly hoppy finish. Very dark and chewy - a good oatmeal

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 18:03:30 | More by jdhilt
Photo of ccrida


3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my Deschutes snifter, Ipswitch Oatmeal Stout is a pitch brownish black with a dark tan head that leaves light lace.

Smell is sweeter, dark fruits, crystal, oats, chocolate,

Taste is not nearly as sweet, there is a pretty big roast and hefty bitterness here, loads of unsweetened chocolate, some caramel, leafy hops. This didn't really do much for me, and was overall a bit to astringent for my taste.

Mouthfeel is not nearly as smooth as I expect from an Oatmeal Stout, there is a sharp, dry, prickly feel to the carbonation, but it softened somewhat as it warmed from fridge temp.

Drinkability is ok, but this wasn't my taste in the style at all...the bitterness is too acrid, and the sweetness is a malty flavor I don't really care for. Overall it reminded me of a stale, generic milk chocolate bar.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 04:39:46 | More by ccrida
Photo of danadeny


3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very very black, forming a little rich brown colored head. The smell of roasted malt, a little coffee and vanilla. The taste is classic stout at first, but then there are bitter hops. I was not a fan of the bitter hops, they left an astringent flavor in my mouth. Definitely presents of coffee flavors are in there. The mouth feel is good, more ale style than a pub style. The drinkability is average for me because I could have one maybe two of these per night, the bitter hops really turned me off.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 12:34:24 | More by danadeny
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Gulp Gulp Gulp into the bottle. Pitch black , no light here. Some head but disolved later on.

Smell - Dark chocolate, oats, cocco, and roasted malts.

Taste - Oats and fark coffee bean taste here,roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Thick with a roasted malt mouthfeel to it.

Drinkability - Kinda border line when it comes to a dark beer. Too roasty for me. You need to have a taste to drink these types of beer. Wasn't a bad beer to try, but I don't see myself drinking a 6 pack anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 03:21:44 | More by auxiliary
Photo of evantwomey

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a deep goblet. Thin head which recedes quickly, some sheets of spotty lace cling to the glass. Color is basically black with red highlights. Aroma - bam! coffee. Bitter chocolate, roasty. Taste is dry, chocolatey roast, with a hoppy finish. I think the hop bite really adds to this beer, giving it more of a bitter chocolate taste. Unfortunately, I am not looking for oatmeal stouts to be bitter, but smooth. Mouthfeel is a letdown - this doesn't have that slick, silky chewiness that I am looking for in an oatmeal stout.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but not a great oatmeal stout. I like it, but it doesn't have the creamy smoothness of some other examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 01:31:39 | More by evantwomey
Photo of ThirstyBird


3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Track 84 in a 4oz. sampler

A - Black, black, black! Tan head that falls to a nice ring and skim. Nice lacing.
S - Oatmeal, roasted malt
T - Bitter chocolate, coffee, malt. Very bitter.
M/F - Pretty full bodied. Thick and bready.
D - Pretty good though the it would be work to have more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 21:15:11 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of alcstradamus


3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Black pour with a solid finger of head that leaves a bit of lacing in its wake. Smell is fresh baked biscuits, oats, banana bread, skim milk, and carrots?

The taste is ash, skim milk, bitter dark chocolate, and hints of caramel. It may be a little too light bodied for an oatmeal stout, but really it goes down pretty easy and is somewhat tasty. Not a standout, but worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 03:59:06 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of Thads324


3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a thick and completely black color with a small tan head. The head disappears quickly onto just side lacing. nice spidery lacing.
S : first sniff is very sweet and roasty. a bit of bittersweet chocolate and some coffee. A slight bit of heat on the end.
T : First sip is very astringent and almost phenolic. Roasty and a bit of coffee linger. A nice bitter and fresh hop in the tail end of the beer, which is creamy with a hearty pumpernickel type flavor.
M : heavy brew that is full bodied and delightful. Chewy and easy in the finish.

Overall a very good beer except for the overly astringent and almost plastic tasting beginning. I don't know if it is super roasted and supposed to be that way or if there was a problem somewhere. if this beer didn't have such a bad beginning it would be amazing. I'll have to try it again and hope for better results

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 04:41:06 | More by Thads324
Photo of sagito327


3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown to black. Beautiful caramel head forms, remains for a while. Thick consistency results in a nice lace. Smells of coffee, even a bit like chocolate. Tastes a lot like it smells: chocolate, coffee and hops. The mouthfeel is very nice, a thick, full-bodied ale that works on the palate. I feel the drinkability is low, however, due to the thickness of the beer. Be advised though: if you love stouts, you'll love this one. I prefer a lighter ale, and think this one is a bit thick.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 04:49:55 | More by sagito327
Photo of horshack7


3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pouring a opaque black with a frothy light brown head with a very creamy texture. Alot like a the froth on top of a cappucino.

Aroma: Small notes of burnt hops among other hints of espresso beans. Very subtle hints of bourbon.

Taste: With a mouthfeel like the smoothest milk chocolate or closer to silk. Nice espresso bean notes with mild mocha hints.

Notes: This one I thought was going to be a bit bigger. But none the less a nice and very drinkable oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 02:30:48 | More by horshack7
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a inky black with brownish edges and almost no head whatsoever. Pretty heavy, viscous consistency. Cocoa was the dominant aroma, with hints of coffee and a slight hop scent. The tastebuds were also treated to the chocolate malt flavors, which was balanced by the bittering of the hops. Mouthfeel was a little high in carbonation, which caused this stout to feel a little watery. the bitterness in the aftertaste was also a little overdone. Otherwise this is a very good example of the style, and I will buy it again (probably in the 1/2 gallon bottle instead of the 6 pack!)

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 11:12:44 | More by nixhecks
Photo of woosterbill


3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Full disclosure: I don't remember

Black body, orange highlights, creamy light-brown head. Ok retention, nice lace. Good lookin' beer.

S: Spicy chocolate, light coffee, and not much else. Pleasant, but a little understated.

T: Bitter roastiness starts things off, with dark chocolate and coffee being the dominant flavors. Some caramel sweetness creeps in ahead of the bitter, roasty finish, but this is much more on the dark, burnt end of the stout spectrum.

M: Thin, frothy, and a bit disappointing.

O: This wasn't bad by any means, but it paled in comparison to the Velvet Merlin that I drank immediately before this. A little too thin and bitterly roasty for my tastes given the style. It does hide its substantial ABV well, though. I'd happily drink this again, but I won't be seeking it out.


Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:51:45 | More by woosterbill
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 14:16:22 | More by tigg924
Photo of thetomG


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical deep brown color. Small layer of tan foamy head.

Aroma is mostly dark roasted malts - what you'd expect for the style.

Flavor is OK - typical stouty flavors. Nothing notable really.

It has a nice mouthfeel, but I think it could be a bit thicker overall.

Not something I'd seek out again, but glad I tried it at least.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:44:31 | More by thetomG
Photo of ahq514


3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into english pint glass.

Pours black with a nice two finger mocha colored head. Appears to have low carbonation. Light lacing.

Smells slightly sweet with a touch of oats. Rich malt with a nice dose of roast, slight coffee aroma. Touch of earthy hops but not much else in the way of hops.

Fairly straightforward oatmeal stout. Slight creaminess, although less so than a lot of other oatmeal stouts I've had. A little bit of sweetness up front, and then a nice dry, roast comes in and dominates the finish.

A little bit creamy. Lighter body than I would prefer and a light carbonation.

A good oatmeal stout, but nothing that stands out. There are a handful of other ones I'd rather grab, but its still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:31:04 | More by ahq514
Photo of HomeRunBaker

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep black with brown around the edges. It looked like syrup as it poured, and left small specks on the mug. Taste and smell both had a chocolate/coffee flavor. It didn't feel as thick as it looked when pouring, and had just the right amount of carbonation. I can't say that I loved it, but I enjoyed it enough that I would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 03:44:38 | More by HomeRunBaker
Photo of Dave_Treat


3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber cellared for over a year.

Look: Poured a dark black with a 1/2 inch long lasting tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell. Lots of malt and coffee. Can imagine the oats involved.

Taste. Nice oatmeal flavor. Lots of coffee, even after a year. A little bitterness at the end.

Mouth. A little weak and light, but maybe right for a 7% beer. Light carbonation.

Overall, nice oatmeal stout. Would like a little less bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 23:09:22 | More by Dave_Treat
Photo of drewbage


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a Growler in the a GIF. Since this is a prepackaged growler, its being reviewed as a bottle

Good fruity and grassy hop aroma with a low roast

Flavor is slightly milk sweet with a growing roast that washes off the palate.

Missing something, but very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 07:32:53 | More by drewbage
Photo of maximum12


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tprokop7 for throwing this into a trade from a while back. This bottle somehow dropped further & further into the back of the fridge until Ms. Bancroft rescued it & returned it to civilization tonight.

This beer is black & since it's a stout I presume that is the brewer's intention. Smell is actually quite nice, sweet, as opposed to actual oatmeal, which smells like vomit. Oh, wait it is vomit. Dehyrdated, of course.

Not bad. There's a pall of underlying smokiness to this which leaps from the glass. Other than that it's a touch sweet, with a tiny dollop of coffee, bone dry. Feels like I need sip of water after every swig. If I had to choose a session stout that I could drink all day while looking out at a snowy April landscape in Minnesota, this one would be on the list. Alcohol is non-existent.

Good solid beer with enough interesting characteristics to make it rise above the pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 03:38:54 | More by maximum12
Photo of corby112


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a frothy two finger mocha colored head that has good retention, slowly fadin into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lace left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut.

Thinner bodied than expected and surprisingly very hop forward with some dry bitterness that lingers over the roasted malt into a lingering dry finish. Pretty roasty with sme rich chocolate notes as well as hints of caramel, lots of oatmeal, toffee and burnt toast. Slightly bunt tasting and a bitthin for my liking but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 20:22:25 | More by corby112
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