Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

788 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 130
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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Ratings: 788 | Reviews: 391
Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of PatrickCT
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of NHJimD
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of KYGunner
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of tlema1
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice mouthfeel, coffee and chocolate notes...very good

Photo of Foxybrau
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of WckdVbz
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tasted like a Black IPA.

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 BradMatton13
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Solid stout but did not standout among other oatmeal stouts i have had

Photo of NAPO
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

Photo of InkedinRi
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid stout. Nice creamy mouth feel.. Don't sit on this on for long it's kinda on the low side in the ABV department.

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 gonzo000
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of MHowa
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of TheBrouMaster
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- It was a dark brownish-black, thick, and very creamy.

S- The smell was of a hint of chocolate and alcohol.

T- Taste was very a smooth coffee flavor with strong chocolate but not overpowering and great aftertaste that made me take another sip.

M- Very thick, creamy to sum it up.

O- Great taste and feel and balance and complexity great stout with good linger

Serving type: bottle

Photo of JWU
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Black as night. A half finger of dense mocha colored head. Nice lacing.

S- Espresso and sweet oats. Some very, very dark chocolate as well.

T- Sweetness certainly is not the point of this one. Dark roast, and charcoal is met with a quick flash of citric/floral hops which quickly lead to the big dose of coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate bitterness.

M- Smooth from the oats. Brash from the hops. I wish it would lean a bit towards the smoother side.

O- Very good. A good counterpoint to the overly sweet examples of the style.

Photo of PeteyBrou
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- dark brownish black thick and creamy.

S- hint of chocolate and fermented alcohol

T- very smooth coffee and chocolate strong but not overpowering and great aftertaste

M- robust creamy thick

O- great taste and feel and balance and complexity great stout with good linger

Photo of Flounder57
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet bready oats, and a little smoke.

Taste: Toasty, chocolate, oats, smoke, ash, a little creamy, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, smoky bitterness, and a bit smooth.

Overall: A balance of flavors in this classic oatmeal stout. Enjoyed a lot over the years. Surprised I haven't reviewed it yet.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout has a very thick, creamy, tan head, lots of thick lacing left behind on the glass, and a very dark (essentially, black) appearance. The aroma is of very sweet, dark-roasted, chocolatey, barley malt, with coffee notes. It smells a lot like a chocolate oatmeal cookie. The flavor is of rich, sweet, chocolate, dark coffee, heavy, but pleasant bitterness, oatmeal, and black bread. There is an acidic sourness, too. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and slimy, and Ipswich Oatmeal Stout finishes semi-dry, sweet, and drinkable. The alcohol is simply not picked up with this one. Overall, this is an outstanding beer!

RJT

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