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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

672 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 118
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
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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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-25-2011 22:34:30 | More by deapokid
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that sticks around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice and strong, it smells like roasted malt, oats, coffee, chocolate and a bit of vanilla. The taste is just like the aroma, it's all roasted malt, oats, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. There's good balance between the roasty, sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and coating with good carbonation. I have to say this is a pretty good overall brew, it's one of if not the best oatmeal stouts I've ever had. It's an excellent deal for just $5.99 a bomber, I definitely recommend this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 00:27:51 | More by bluejacket74
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long time drinker, first time reviewer.

Nose is smooth, sweet, rolled oats, a bit of dark chocolate.

Mouth and taste: nicely chewable body, carbonation is high for this style. Lingering boozey coating on tongue, not a sticky feel at all. Roasted malts, powdery oats, cocoa powder. Warm. Light for a bigger 7% stout. Feels even lighter with the biggies I've been drinking from the stout family lately. Definitely looks and smells bigger than it is, which always throws me off about this guy, no matter how many times I have it.

Still solid. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:27:56 | More by CheezyBlaster
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-22-2011 03:19:59 | More by brandoman63
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-22-2011 00:46:03 | More by RoryOMoore
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joepais

Maine

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-20-2011 22:00:11 | More by joepais
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-19-2011 19:12:12 | More by PEIhop
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jujigatame

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-18-2011 03:36:04 | More by jujigatame
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basilcrow

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-17-2011 22:01:04 | More by basilcrow
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mattlphoto

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-17-2011 14:14:32 | More by mattlphoto
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Vinlespo

New York

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-17-2011 01:45:53 | More by Vinlespo
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2011 18:57:27 | More by ElGallo
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paulmcm

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2011 17:09:26 | More by paulmcm
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Thads324

Connecticut

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
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2011 02:58:13 | More by bpfrush
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-14-2011 18:12:41 | More by Lawnboy33
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spointon

Illinois

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

I poured this one from a brown 22oz bomber bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A= Poured completely opaque black/brown with zero light penetration. Head was light brown and rose just about 1/2", then settled fairly quickly to a ring. Decent lace stickage but nothing too noteworthy.

S= I smelled sweet maltiness, with maybe a hint of caramel and some light esters. Some chocolate notes in there too. Roasty notes were very subdued.

T= The flavor started sweet then quickly gave way to a firm roasted malt character. Chocolate and coffee flavors mingle throughout this roasty phase. Mild earthy hops in the back end. Finished dry and with a long roasty aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied (maybe even light side of that) but with a nice oatmeal slickness that adds to the tongue coating experience. Carbonation felt fairly soft.

D= I picked this up without knowing much at all about this beer and was very pleasantly surprised. This is a great oatmeal stout, brewed to a slightly stronger strength than I would have expected, but that 7% abv stays well hidden...thus its a dangerous one!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:48:54 | More by spointon
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JustinAniello

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a solid black with a two finger cream colored head. Moderate amount of foam remains after most of the head subsides along with nice lacing along the sides.

S - Rich scents of coffee and chocolate, nicely defined smells. Light roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Subtle sweetness.

T - Taste is lighter than the aroma, mostly the mocha, still with the mild sweetness. Caramel from the roasted malts in the aftertaste. A nice bitterness throughout.

M - Moderate body, while still feeling creamy, with light carbonation. Excellent for the style, coats the mouth.

O - This is an excellent show of the style. Great flavor and silky body, really fills you up like it should, a little heavier taste would improve it though. The smell is excellent as well. This is now in competition with Samuel Smith's, depending on whether I want a little bitterness or not. If you like oatmeal stouts, I highly recommend trying this out.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:03:32 | More by JustinAniello
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Treebs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, served in a Three Floyds pint glass.

A: Pour is just wonderful. Jet black body with a two finger khaki head that lingers around for quite some time. Leaves some nice legs down the glass with some sticky, splotchy lace.

S: Deep roasted malts, mild coffee grounds and a little combination of dark and milk chocolate all fill the nose. Little vanilla too. Delicious.

T: This bad boy tastes just like a tiramisu. French vanilla coffee, some bitter coffee grounds, deep roasted malts and a little bakers chocolate and cocoa on the back end.

M: Heavy bodied with a nice chewy factor to it. Perfect carbonation that teeters on the low side. Subtle chocolate coats the palate.

O: I'm incredibly impressed by this. I bought this as a part of a mix six and it sat in my fridge for about 5 months before I rediscovered it. The flavor combination really impressed me. Great coffee and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:42:56 | More by Treebs
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown with a decent 1” tan head that recedes to about a 1/4” cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with mocha sweetness.

Taste: The chocolate and coffee notes are all there but with a higher degree of bitterness, not unpleasant, but hard to differentiate between the roasted malt bitterness and the hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Relatively creamy but a little thinner than expected.

Overall: A good example of an oatmeal stout, a nice one to buy occasionally to mix into the rotation.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 19:01:31 | More by BobZ
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jman892

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep black, no real highlights. Nice, bubbly, 1 finger mocha colored head.

S - Smells very rich with dark chocolate, and some marshmallow sweetness adding to it.

T - Taste is burnt toast, with some bitter chocolate. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Not picking up much sweetness here, the bitterness overwhelms it

M - Low carbonation leads to a full and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is detectable

O - Overall the smell and the mouthfel were both great, the taste was a little bit of a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 17:51:57 | More by jman892
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep black with a two-inch tan head. The head settles a bit, but a good half-inch of it sticks around throughout the duration. A fine, sticky layer of lacing coats the whole glass. A great looking beer.

S: Starchy oats and a lacto-like sugary smell are apparent first. Earthiness coming from the oats and the yeast. Spicy. Big hit of citric hops. Coffee and dark chocolate underneath. A tight berry scent too.

T: Spicy, earthy oats and dark chocolate introduce themselves first. An acrid smokiness then grips the palate and never really goes away. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee are perceptible underneath the smoke. Aggressive hop bitterness with citric and light herbal tastes. There is some sweetness here to balance all the bitter smokey tastes too. Quick flash of berry-like darkfruit. Long, lingering smokey and starchy finish.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and fluffy in the mouth. A tad oily too. Modest carbonation. Very smooth, very good.

O: Very good. Maybe a bit heavy on the smokey tastes and more heavily hopped than most oatmeal stouts, but I happen to like that. A big, robust beer. Full of flavor, and still drinkable despite its aggressive taste.

Notes; This is, in my opinion, one of the best oatmeal stouts on the market. Easily the most fairly priced too.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 20:08:35 | More by ryan1788a5
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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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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Spcoly

Illinois

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

Poured from a 22oz into a snifter...

A: Guiness Black, thick, medium head

S: Very Malty...raosted....chocolate / coffee

T: Bitter expresso without any sweetener

M: Smooth...good carbonation....a little syrupy

O: Pretty good stout right here. Very drinkible considering its thickness. Alcohol is masked by the coffee taste....would definitely try again...

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:20:50 | More by Spcoly
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