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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 PorterLambic


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives an impenetrable pint of the deepest, chestnut brown liquid with a fingerwidth of tan and creamy foam perched atop.
Smell is toasted malt with notes of vanilla, cane sugar, cocoa, caramel and a light coffee note.
Taste is similar with the obvious toasty notes of malt and lesser notes of cocoa, vanilla, caramel and a slight coffee presence.
Smooth-ish and slightly drying. Medium body and light effervescence. Would like more body but a fine brew regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 01:50:43 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at yardhouse in Dedham, MA. Pours an oil thick deep black with a tan/brown head. Smells of serious roasted and baked malts and a bit of semi sweet cocoa.
Taste is of chocolatey roasted oaty malts.
This is a serious oatmeal stout; yet sooth, light, and full of body. Lots of character and flavor built in here.
Really nice brew. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 02:28:07 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a shaker pint. No light penetrates the oily body. A dense cap of tan head retains nicely and leaves sheets and patches of lacing that dry out to crackly streaks and specks.

Big aromas of roast, chocolate and fresh ground coffee beans, with a spike of hoppiness. Smells like a recipe for success, and indeed it is. Exceedingly thick and velvety body makes for an awesome feel. Toasty, roast, burnt and chocolate flavors- we've got all the required stout malt bases covered here. As it warms, bitterness and a citric hop undercurrent become more and more assertive. Both bitter and chocolatey in the swallow, a satisfying finish to a great beer. My favorite brew from a recent trip to the Boston area. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 13:28:19 | More by PDXHops
Photo of OatmattStout


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark tan head with fluffy retention.

Nose is packed with coffee and roasted malts with a sweet undertone.

taste is robust with roasted coffe and dark chocolate. very nice swetness comes through with the oatmeal. finishes with a nice hop biterness and dryness to complement the lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is excellent. velvety but not to heavy where you coudn't drink a few of these in a row.

Over all my favorite stout. Hits all the right characteristics I look for in an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 00:49:01 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of DNICE555


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at my favorite little spot in the Berry.

A - I feel like I am looking into the deep dark pits of Hell when I glance at this beer. Dark as the blackest soul. A tan sturdy head that really sticks even when I am putting my nose into the pint glass to smell. I feel like its trying to engulf me.

S - Chocolate, oats, coffee, roasted and rich. Smells like a big beer, especially at only 7% ABV. Makes me slightly nervous and slightly excited at the same time.

T - Chocolate up front, roasted oats in the middle, chocolate and a hint of coffee in the finish. Big bold taste that puts everything on the line.

M - Full bodied stout that doesn't leave anything to the imagination. It gets up in your face and introduces itself. Nice carbonation that helps bring the flavor to that next level.

D - I wouldn't want to face this beer in the ring... it would kick my ass. I have sparred with some pretty fierce dudes... none of them have been as intimidating as this monster. Regardless. I love it. This is a badass stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 19:40:50 | More by DNICE555
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ipswich Stout....

Appearance-thick black color, tan foamy head that rises up and stays there, looks great.

Smell-coffee, chocolate, alcohol, hops, malt, I get everything.

Taste/Mouthfeel-chocolatey and really flavorful, also hints of coffee and hops throughout. Full taste, refreshing almost, great all the way down.

Drinkability-no notice of alcohol, well hidden.

Overall-fantastic, one of the best stouts I've ever had. Great stuff. Kudos to Ipswich.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 04:34:14 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of Durge


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found at La Boniche restaurant in downtown Lowell, MA, this one poured a pitch black-brown color with a chocolate colored big head and lots of lacing. The aroma brings a tart malt intensity, bitter coffee bean, a bit of sour milk, very nice actually. The taste is a beautiful blend of coffee and mild chocolate, a very pleasant combination of bitterness and modest sweetness. Near full-bodied but quite drinkable for the style. Very likeable with hints of apple and cinnamon, and just a kiss of smoke. Good complexity, smooth, just an all around excellent brew. A great surprise and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 03:26:25 | More by Durge
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Not Your Average Joe's, Watertown 3/16
This beer pours a deep, deep opaque dark brown, almost black. There is a very thin head of light brown head, wispy lacing left on the sides. Nose is slightly smoked, with roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is great! Roasted coffee is the most predominant flavoring with notes of bitter chocolate interweaved with the chocolate taste, with the finish tasting like a bowl of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is heavier bodied, slightly oily going down, decent carbonation. I found this to be an extremely drinkable beer and could see myself sitting with it for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 12:20:12 | More by Jayli
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 jessecarr

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last night.

Poured in a cold pint glass to a small head. The glass was not the best for the beer. Once the beer warmed, the aroma came through a bit stronger--a nice, but not overpowering, chocolate and hoppy scent that was pleasant.

The first few sips were not incredible to me. I had just finished a smutty imperial russian stout, so maybe my hopes were high and my palate was not all the way ready for a new, more nuanced taste.

The taste left me wanting a bit more--a bit watery in the mouthfeel and not too complex. It DID improve quite a bit when it warmed during the last third of the pint. It then showed off it's more powerful flavors of malt and yeast.

I finished the beer pleased, but not blown away.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2008 21:08:47 | More by jessecarr
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark deep black. The fluffy head is coffee coloured and has a great wide bubbled look to it. Sheets of lace coat the glass.

S-The smell isn't that strong. Mildly roasted grainy scent with some mild hoppiness as well.

T-Very roasty. Nicely balanced between the sweet and the bitter. The typical notes from a stout come through with the coffee and the chocolate but neither is too pronounced. I was schocked to find out the % for this one. A good roasted quality remains in the mouth which definitely adds to the overall package.

M-Velvety rich and creamy with a frothy top. To say this coats the tongue is an understatement.

D-This is a very well balanced stout. The well hidden alcohol and rich mouthfeel make this a winner in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2007 16:20:01 | More by sleazo
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark mahogany, with a foamy tan head and sticky lacing. The nose offers bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee grounds, cocoa powder, roasted malts. The taste is cocoa powder, sweet dark chocolate, big roasty flavours, licorice, burnt cocoa, coffee grounds. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly crbonated, creamy. Hides the alcohol well, and is pretty drinkable despite all the burnt and bitter flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2007 23:45:37 | More by dherling
Photo of dedrinker


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich coffee and chocolate roast on the flavor and aroma. Full bodied and velvety with help from the oats I suppose. It was my end of the night beer in a nice, small, smoke-free bar. I would certainly do this again. It's a shame that people are so fooled by the ever flavor-reduced international brands. I guess they're selling notions rather than damn good stout like this one and so many others.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2006 05:16:09 | More by dedrinker
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger pillowy caramel head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a great toasted malt with a hint of caramel.

The taste consisted of a great toasted malt with hints of burnt grain. Incredibly smooth.

The mouthfeel was full and smooth.

Overall a superior oatmeal stout. One of the best I have had to date. Very quaffable and a very good ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2006 14:56:02 | More by plaid75
Photo of PatandDavid


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones. One of those dark as night pours, the head was gone so fast, I didn't get a good glimpse. Chocolate brownie meets espresso aroma is huge. Taste is similar to all dark roast, with some 70% dark chocolate in the finish. Sheet lacing left through-out the glass. Mouthfeel was a good medium and rather chewy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2004 13:45:20 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of UnionMade


4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a solid, opaque black, much like used motor oil, topped with a thick, dense crop of ashy brown foam. The head hold pretty steady throughout, diminishing to about an eighth of an inch and going nowhere. Loads of belgian lace rings laddering down the glass.
The aroma is mostly bittersweet chocolate and oatmeal. The patmeal lends a pleasant, satisfying smoothness to the rather coarse malt, in perhaps less abundance than your average oatmeal stout. Som light coffee and burnt notes, with a slight toffee sweetness. A vague suggestion of herbal hops, with a bit of plum and berry fruitiness. A bit of apparent yeast adds a rural woodsiness to the overall feel.
The flavor is surprisingly robust, the grainy, slightly chewy malt only mostly kept in check with the oatmeal softness. Charred malt and baker's chocolate up front, intensely bittersweet, with a lighter, less harsh coffee flavor mingling with a bit of toffee sweetness. The oatmeal is present throughout, distributed sparingly as to not compromise the rough-hewn surface of the malt, but still presenting an underlying smoothness, adding some weight to the body. Some yeast is present as well, contributing a slight bready, woody flavor, as well as adding to the body. A touch of blackberry creeps through into the finish, with a light herbal/floral hopping, contributing flavor rather than any noticable bittering. A mild charred astringency in the finish, with the woody yeast flavor asserting it's presence. A suggestion of black cherry right in the end, continuing into the lingering aftertaste with bitter chocolatey malt. Small bubbled carbonation with a burly assertiveness easily carries the flavor, contributing to the harshness in the finish. Fairly full bodied, with a rough-edged, backwoodsy feel tamed slightly by the oatmeal.
Easily one of my favorite oatmeal stouts, if not my top pick. Nothing weak or restrained about this beer, this is oatmeal stout for serious stout drinkers. If this beer was a person, it would have a huge beard, lots of scars and carry an axe at all times.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2004 19:08:01 | More by UnionMade
Photo of mikeys01


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft, the Ipswich Oatmeal is quite black and opaque in color, with a moderate lingering brown head. Roasted malt is most prevalent in the aroma, accompanied with scents of coffee and oats. Taste is right on par with the nose, surprisingly roasty with more subltle oatmeal flavor than other oat stouts and definitive cofeeish undertones. Body is fairly full, and finish is fairly dry, leaving a slight toasted malt aftertaste...

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 04:30:33 | More by mikeys01
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2003 02:26:19 | More by far333
Photo of ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:19:15 | More by ChrisL24481
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 05:06:28 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of MHowa


4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:19:11 | More by MHowa
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 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

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 20:31:25 | More by TheBrouMaster
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 01:23:28 | More by JWU
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

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:08:05 | More by PeteyBrou
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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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