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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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647 Ratings

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Ratings: 647
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:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great melange of coffee, some chocolate. Incredibly smooth and well malted for drinkability. Ice cream mouthfeel. Some vanilla,chocolate in finish full mouthfeel. Superior stout and oatmeal stout. Dark coloured body and some mocha soapy head. Great nose of roast.Only critique is a mid-sip temporary dryness.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 14:35:27 | More by Sammy
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 14:24:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of being able to try this one for the first time last night. I received a bunch of these several weeks ago and this was the last one that I needed to go through. Served chilled, at a comfortable temperature, this one was poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/10/2008.

The pour was rather nice I have to say, a thick and very deep, dark brown color, essentially black with a nice sized head of tan foam that leached out over the top and settled down to a comfortable level after a few moments. Nice side glass lacing was apparent here as it dripped effortlessly over the top.

The aroma was rich with roasted malts and touches of caramel and molasses. Nice burnt and peat like aroma to it as well and the sweetness really started to come through nicely as it began to warm. Up next though was the show stopper, just a wonderful rush of roasted malt, sweet notes of caramel and a wonderful full bodied stout here. Nice touches of a campfire like roastedness really just out the slightly bitter edge to it that I really needed. Smooth and incredibly drinkable, this was a wonderful stout.

Overall this is what I am talking about. A nice stout that isn't too heavy on the alcohol but delivers full bore on the flavor. Rich and creamy, subtle and distinct. I would not shy away from this one anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:10:53 | More by mikesgroove
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3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Michelle for sending me a bottle of this as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour is a deep black color with a fairly sturdy tan head on top.

S: The nose is quite intense. It's full of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and oatmeal.

T: I was let down by the flavor, unfortunately. The roasted malt and coffee were there but were perhaps a touch acidic. The chocolate was overly bitter in this instance.

M: The body is medium with a very lively level of carbonation. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

D: I wasn't as impressed with this beer as I hoped to be. A nice looking and smelling beer, but the flavor fell a bit short.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 18:07:59 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a nice tan head that drops quickly and leaves a few strips of lacing

Smell: Wafts of semisweet chocolate, oats and undertones of coffee; rich roasted aromatics

Taste: Starts out with a rich semisweet chocolate flavor that yields to some roasty bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee and bitter flavors reappear and join the sweeter chocolate to the finish; slightly minty at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal

Drinkability: An excellent example of the style that is a joy to consume

Thanks, ClockworkOrange and donkeyrunner, for the awesome treat

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 18:32:25 | More by brentk56
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant Stout that brings a creamy and volumptuous pour. Dark, dark brown with heavy transluscent nature. Very well headed with a froathy tan foamstance boldly laces and retains the entire session.

Basic and soft aromas of heavy toast, light nutty coffees, milky caramelly malts, and modest chocolates. No real esters and only an herbal hop scent.

Flavors are well balanced with the roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and oat-heavy creams. The coffee and chocolate notes carry with them nuttiness, toffee, and sweet cocoa. Simple and pure Oatmeal Stout taste- predictable and enjoyable taste. No off flavors at all.

Very creamy, full, and rich mothfeel without inviting chewiness, heaviness, or viscousness. This beer is moderate through and through. A linger of roasted grains endure deep in the finish are return in the aftertaste without astringency or unnecessary bite. Hopped for balance and that's all. This is a great example of the style.

Thanks Steve.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 15:10:56 | More by BEERchitect
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Big thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this bottle.

Pours a very dark brown that borders on black with a good tan head. Head lasts for quite some time and leaves behind really nice lacing. The nose is really quite nice with roasted malt, toasted oats, coffee, and a good dose of chocolate. The taste carries the same components, but they don't meld and pop as much as in the flavor. Really nice body; creamy and delicious. I love getting extras like this--a brewery I had never heard of before this that brings a really solid offering to my glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 05:04:38 | More by Thorpe429
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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a foamy, tan-hued head.

Smell: Heavily toasted, charred bread crumbs with chocolate chips, slight espresso, oven-toasted oats, and a vague fruitiness.

Taste: Toast and roast and plenty of oats with bittersweet chocolate morsels. Medium-light sweetness. Faint dark fruitiness. Pinch of average-priced espresso powder. Underlying hops providing ample bitterness along with the roast tones of the malts. Roasty, lightly chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. It's smooth enough.

Overall: It's fine. Would've preferred a skosh less in the IBU department and just a bit more silkiness in the mouthfeel. Still, it's fine. Fine, fine.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 05:04:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 13:29:01 | More by oberon
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 feloniousmonk


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

Color: a solid black, head: large, toasted brown, soon to settle. Aroma: richly roasted, peppery, dark and bitter.
A rush of lush, lovely bitterness presents itself on first sip, and has a short, but pleasant stay on the palate. Full bodied, perfectly balanced, a tasty and well-made stout. I was searching for something else in flavor, and came up lacking. Seemed a bit limp at times, when I was up for a challenge.
And how is this "the Original American Ale?" Did it bubble out of a brew kettle at Plymouth Rock?
Thanks go to UncleJimbo for passing along the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 01:41:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: Very rich chocolaty aroma, with compliments of roasted malt & coffee.

T: The taste is extremely creamy with flavors of dark chocolate, caramelized malt, coffee, some smokiness and a faint touch of hops. The dark chocolate bitterness increases a bit as the beer warms. After-taste maintains the chocolate & coffee malt flavors.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation but a little fizzy for a stout, finish is a little sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, kind of filling, but this beer is an excellent sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 04:22:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bumping up scores as this is a pretty substantial and flavorful oatmeal stout. Chocolate sweetness and hints of char and smoke, espresso too.

Sample courtesy of Jay23, thanks!

Spotty lacing left by the thin layer of tan foam sitting on top of the opaque black body. Roasted barley and chocolate malt in the nose, robust feeling.

Flavors of charred malt, plum, slightly sweet and a little boozy. Aftertaste is somewhat earthy, chalky and dries out the palate. After having several other big beers, my impression was that this was a good stout, but more dry and boozy than what I would normally look for in an Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 23:38:13 | More by emerge077
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, black and roasted malt scent. It's bold and earthy with some light oatmeal notes. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth black malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy with some mild warming. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking OS, but it could use some more body IMO. It's dry and earthy with an elevated abv. . It just lacks body.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 23:10:20 | More by WesWes
Photo of jlindros


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured from bottle into goblet.

A: Good thick creamy darker colored head that fades slowly, nice layered lacing, pitch black color.

N: Nose brings roasted malts out front, roasted barley is the big part of this, maybe overpowering a bit with a touch of campfire smoke, then some then some dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, and tons of chewy oats, oatmeal, toasted oats, etc.

T: Taste brings more roasty flavors, roasted malts, bitterness, a little acrid and astringent almost. Then more chocolaty, dark chocolate, powdered, little chalky, toasted cocoa pebbles almost, light toasted grain. Then lots of oats, oatmeal, creamy, toasted oats especially. nice cocoa laden oatmeal. Finish is a bit more earthy bittering hops, acrid over roasted malts lingering, little creamy oats, chocolate, and spicy hop finish, fairly dry but sticky.

M: Creamy and rich with good carbonation.

Overall not bad, but not the best. The bitterness gets a bit astringent and over bitter with both spicy earthy hops, and the acrid roasted malt going overboard a bit. Chewy, lots of oats, nice chocolate cocoa but a bit powdered, little too roasty overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 00:21:02 | More by jlindros
Photo of jwc215


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a two-finger tan head that slowly descends to a lasting thin cover. Broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of oats, chocolate and hints of coffee.

The chocolate comes through even more than in the aroma. Sweet oats with light roastiness and a hint of coffee come through to give it a nice flavor and complexity. Mildly roastiness and a touch of bitterness give the sweetness balance in the finish. Robust and tasty.

This one reaches full-bodied with flavors lingering on the palate.

A solid oatmeal stout. Surprised to discover high abv, as it is well covered. Tasty and smooth!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 21:10:27 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil with a dark tan head that does not really stick around all that long. Nose is nice rich chocolate malts. Flavor is extremely robust with a strong roasted quality to it. Coffee tones are there as well. Leaves a long lasting aftertaste. Feel is extremely thick on the liquid and low on the bubble. Very drinkable. A bit thick which might turn some off, but I have to say this one took me by surprise as I had no expectation. Worth trying. There's a reason why this is one of the top oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 09:28:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep black in color with a thick 2" milk chocolate colored head. The head lasts quite a while. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: roasted malts and soft chocolate tones are easy to detect.

Taste: big roasted malt profile. Nice amounts of chocolate, hints of coffee, and the oats provide a nice mellowing of the sweetness. Nice bitterness and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted malts.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this stout as the flavor profile is so big and tasty. Nice beer to have any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 18:39:30 | More by Gavage
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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a deep beige head. Excellent lace that sticks nicely to the glass.

Burnt leaves or charcoaled meat are the first impressions for the aroma. There is a mild malt and hop as well, but the black patent malt is the predominant note here.

Harsher than the Irish stouts; burnt toastiness with a bitter coffee flavor. Very rich and full bodied. Moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is largely black patent malts with a touch of bitter hop.

This is a stout that is not for the faint of heart. Largely bitter from heavily toasted malts, but the hop flower is not ignored. You'll see it in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 23:38:47 | More by smcolw
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6'er while in New Haven, CT.

Tastes like it was brewed in the tradition of English-bred oatmeal stouts. The easiest description is that this beer tastes like I imagine Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout fresh. Very smooth milk chocolate with oats (like how they taste in a cookie) and a java edge. The body is smooth and the medium weight. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:40:53 | More by tempest
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New York

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

Received this one in the Secret Santa BIF from joepais; thanks Joe. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. One inch of head lasts throughout drinking it and very light lacing is left on the glass. Looks like a great stout.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, and toasted malts. Pretty nice and roasty, and a good amount of chocolate

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, cream, toasted malts, and oatmeal. Very nice again, and a tiny step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Great body for an oatmeal stout....just perfect.

o - Overall a very nice oatmeal stout. The taste is very nice and the body is almost perfect; a very nice option if you're in the mood for an oatmeal stout. One of the better ones in the style I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 02:13:46 | More by mdfb79
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to damianblack for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The oatmeal stout pours like a stout should, black and forboding. A voluminous head overflowed out of the glass, leaving a thick band of lace as the head retreats.

S: The nose is very stouty, full of thick dark malts that reek of coffee, chocolate and toffee. A nice, full aroma.

T: My first sip was a mouthfeel of foam in a futile attempt to avoid an overflow. A distinct smoky flavor emerged. That is not evident in my frst sip of the actual beer. Dark malts exude chocolate, caramel and coffee. A light addition of molasses adds acrid sweetness. The oats add a noticeable sweet full flavor to the stout, softening up the darker stout qualities. A hint of lactic tartness emerges near the end.

M: A decent stout that seems more like an American stout than an oatmeal one. The stout is full, sweet on the palate without a significant hop counterbalance.

D: The alcohol is well-hidden; only the smoothness of the stout comes through. A nice nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 04:18:23 | More by akorsak
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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
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2002 13:43:16 | More by Jason
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of Secret Halloween '07 BIF and jaxon53.

Black colored beer impervious to light with a tall glass filling brown colored head.

The smell is sweet and a little herbal with a strong patent malt aroma. The patent malt pretty much is the smell of this beer mostly espresso car in this case. The herbal scent is mostly English style hops. There is a fruity aroma here that is hard to describe the best I can identify it as grape.

The taste starts out neutral malty and slightly sweet with that unearthly smoothness these beers have. After taste is strong coffee and smoke. This beer is pretty much all char and coffee without much else to make it complex.

Pretty much black velvet in a glass and milkshake thick.

Love the look and feel of this beer but I do wish the flavor was more complex. I could almost bump the drinkability of this beer a half point if there was just some extra nuances to this but there aren't. Still can't say I will never drink this again. I really can't think of a beer with a better mouthfeel this is really a six in that department.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 04:22:29 | More by Zorro
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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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