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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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773 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 130
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 773 | Reviews: 389
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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A: Thick head with good retention and lacing.

S: Roast, char and a little sweet chocolate.

T: Roast, nice char and earthy hops against the malt sweetness that pokes through. Lingers nicely. Very tasty, and with the intensity of flavor expected from a 7% abv stout.

M: Full and silky. Just about what I look for in an oatmeal stout.

O: An excellent oatmeal stout. Unfortunately it's on the abv high end, which cuts down on drinkability.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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

A: Pours black with a ridiculously huge and dense medium brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving a thick wall of lacing. An island of foam remains at all time.

S: Wonderful roasted malt aroma. Lots of chocolate, roasty char and coffee bean. Oatmeal is prominent as well, lending a creaminess to it all.

T: Strong bitter coffee and chocolate up front. Smooths out with some char and oatmeal, again giving it a creamy, milky quality not unlike a milk stout. Finishes with a bitter roast quality and some smoke.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: One of the best oatmeal stouts out there. Maybe second only to Sam Smith's (which is divine). It's got nice sharp roasted malt qualities with the creaminess and added complexity of the oatmeal. A must-have for fans of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black brew with a small head and no lacing.

S - Chocolate, clay, burnt sugar, dried leaf litter and faint coffee.

T - A little chocolate, moss and spring water (odd, I know but it rather clearly tastes like fresh spring water alongside the other flavors in a way that most beers do not). These are quickly joined by a charcoal and forest floor flavors. The aftertaste is of bitter coffee and bitter leaf litter. There is a medicinal hint to the bitterness which is strong enough to make the aftertaste a little unpleasant.

M - Thick, smooth, a little refreshing. Good mouthfeel, but honestly subpar among oatmeal stouts.

D - It is nice. I don't think it stands out against other oatmeal stouts though. I wouldn't mind having it again.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a nice dark color that would intimidate a novice beer drinker. The taste of this beer is smooth and very well balanced. After the first sip the lighter body quelled the fear of the darker color.

This beer is surprisingly hoppy for a stout!

Hints of chocolate and coffee don't overtake your pallet but definitely add to the character of the beer.

Overall an enjoyable brew!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black, with a faint root beer brown color at the very bottom when held up to the light, a mighty light cuppochino colored head when poured, that settles to a thick film but leaves decent lacing behind.

N- toasted oats, and a very faint floral hop smell lends itself to the background. very roasty smelling. a faint hint of coffee aroma too.

T- toasted oat and roasted barley right away. burnt coffee flavors in there too(a good thing in a stout). bitter, but not your typical hop bitter, however; the floral hop does seem to come out on the finish, more so than I'd like to see in an oatmeal stout, but not so much as to be off putting or offensive, just heavy for the style. I do have to point out that being a 7% brew, it hides it's alcohol content really well.

M- Very smooth and creamy, but it finishes very very dry. Much more dry than I typically like in this stout style.

O- Not a bad beer. it has it's flaws, but I'd say they are in the eye of the drinker in this case. knowing what I'm getting into with this one now, with the large hop character and the dry mouthfeel, I could find myself in the mood for it and would buy it again.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a thick black with one finger of mocha head. Fine retention and no lacing.

Smells remarkably like oatmeal- dark roasted malts and a little bit of cinnamon. A little bitterness.

Tastes great- a little tangy, a little sweet, a little bitter. Roasted dark malt and coffee up front, followed by a little hop bitterness, with a great finish of oatmeal, cinnamon and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good- a little too tangy/acidic maybe, but not a fatal flaw. Full body with light carbonation, and a little oily. Excellent beer- being from Ohio, I have to say I like B.O.R.I.S. better but this is a great oatmeal stout.

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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk
ABV 6.4%

Black with some tannish foam. Initial nose comes through with good, strong oats and tootsie rolls, graham and some nice, nice cocoa. Nice nose. Slightly dry, coffee toned, grainy, oaty flavor up front with some nice bitterness on the back end. Nice malt character on this beer - so far soo good on this one. Thick and smooth with a lighter carb and semi dry character. Nice beer, really nice surprise.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Mercury Brewing Company out of Massachusetts.
Score: 94

Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/29/12. Thank you beer advocate user silentjay1 for sending me this beer as an extra!

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost pitch black color. Totally opaque -- no light cuts through this beer. Two-plus fingers of foamy khaki head at pour slowly settles into a thin creamy layer. Amazing lacing, undying retention. Shelves of frothy head cling to the side of the glass forever. 5/5

Smell: Toasted oats, coffee, roasted malt and chocolate malt. Raw chocolate, cocoa marshmallow, light hops and a hint of citrus. 4/5

Taste: Tons of roastiness throughout. Roasted oats, creamy oatmeal and unsweetened chocolate. There is a light mix of creamy vanilla and marshmallow in the finish, and a touch of hoppy citrus on the midpalate. There's is also a hint of roasted coffee flavor in the background of the finish. The flavors are a medley of bitterness, but the beer is not overly bitter. Very balanced and flavorful. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, modest (but the perfect amount of) carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: Like a chocolatier New Glarus Road Slush on steroids. Yummy! One of the better oatmeal stouts I have had. If you liked Wake-n-Bake, you will certainly enjoy this one.

Recommendation: Seek this one out. Even casual beer drinkers should enjoy this brew.

Pairings: Gruyere cheese or swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: $12.99 for a six pack.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stellar oatmeal stout. Picked up on a whim at a bottle shop in Delaware and I wish we'd done better research i.e. knew to grab several...

Pours an inky black with mahogany highlights when the glass is held up to light. Aroma of dark roasted malts with oat undertones. Well balanced flavour has all the complexity of a decent stout, with a nicely bitter finish that lingers for an impressively long time. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee elements meld nicely with the oatmeal baseline.

Truly an impressive beer.

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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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