1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

649 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 649
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%


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)
View: Beers (32) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Ipswich Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 649 | Reviews: 375 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of SpdKilz
SpdKilz

Illinois

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

A huge thanks to Chris (caguiar) for this beer and nightcap. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my tulip with a dark black color and two fingers of lovely looking mocha colored head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – A heavy dose of bittersweet cocoa, toasted malts, slight coffee and vanilla, and oats.

Taste – Spot on to the aroma. A wonderful roast characteristic up front mixed with bitterness from it, which then becomes the bittersweet cocoa. Not much sweetness here to be honest (a positive as long as the beer isn’t ashy and completely without any sweetness i.e. Teddy Bear Kisses). Coffee, a bit of licorice and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, and nice carbonation.

Overall – The price tag was left on, and at 3.99 a bomber, holy cow. A fantastic beer for that price. I’m hard pressed to find a better value for a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:19:09 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
Photo of Fubar1453
Fubar1453

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is pitch black with a milk chocolate brown head that is very creamy and lingers nicely.

S: Chocolate and grain with some alochol.

T: Extremely freakin smooth. Burnt coffee with chocolate and cereal, possibly the most drinkable stout I've ever had.

M: Creamy with low carbonation, very enjoyable.

O: Definitley getting more of this. I'll be goiung to this once I get sick of hops for a while. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 22:48:37 | More by Fubar1453
Photo of woosterbill
woosterbill

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Full disclosure: I don't remember

Black body, orange highlights, creamy light-brown head. Ok retention, nice lace. Good lookin' beer.

S: Spicy chocolate, light coffee, and not much else. Pleasant, but a little understated.

T: Bitter roastiness starts things off, with dark chocolate and coffee being the dominant flavors. Some caramel sweetness creeps in ahead of the bitter, roasty finish, but this is much more on the dark, burnt end of the stout spectrum.

M: Thin, frothy, and a bit disappointing.

O: This wasn't bad by any means, but it paled in comparison to the Velvet Merlin that I drank immediately before this. A little too thin and bitterly roasty for my tastes given the style. It does hide its substantial ABV well, though. I'd happily drink this again, but I won't be seeking it out.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:51:45 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Chico1985
Chico1985

Massachusetts

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

There has been a sale on 6-packs ($7.49) around here so I have been drinking alot of this over the past couple months.

Pours black, no light gets through. Brown head retains fine as a thick cap.

Impressive nose of chocolate brownie, dough, caramel, roastiness.

Taste is also quite chocolate+oat forward, roasted malt, coffee with cream and sugar, caramel, and a touch of smoke. Maybe a touch of hop flavors on the finish. Really quite a bold flavor for an oatmeal stout, a little on the sweet side for the style.

Smooth mouthfeel, full-bodied, no alcohol taste.

This is a great beer that I have enjoyed a few 6-packs of this winter, local availability and price (even when not on sale) make this a go-to oatmeal stout for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 22:58:05 | More by Chico1985
Photo of VonRoll
VonRoll

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark as strongly brewed black coffee, espresso crema style head that poured to about 1" with a maintained 1/4" head while drinking. Seemed to have a moderate amount of carbonation along the sides of the glass. A minor bit of sediment was left in the bottom of the glass upon finishing.

Smell: Smells mostly of coffee with hint of rich chocolate. Smells smokey almost sharp burnt smell, touch of metallic smell.

Taste: Tastes strongly of coffee, and smoked almost burnt barley, which gives the heavy smokey taste. Chocolate and caramel resonate at times.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, smooth, with a bit of a carbonation bite similar to rootbeer. Medium thickness

Overall: The touch of chocolate does help to even out this brew and makes it more fitting to the style. I do prefer this style to be less carbonated and slightly thicker than this brew. Overall rating of fitting to the style would be average in my book.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:51:00 | More by VonRoll
Photo of scruffwhor
scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About one finger worth of head, and a constant, thick film of foam for all twelve ounces. The foam is a light brown and the beer itself is jet black.

Heavy roasted malt, maybe even a hint or two of burnt malts. A little creamy and smokey too. Good coffee aromas.

Palate feels a little thin, maybe watery upfront. The middle teh palate gets a little oily, and then creamy on the finish. The front of flavors Is super dark roasted malts and then some coffee in the middle with some burnt malts. The finish is a little creamy, and coffee oiley.

Not bad, definetly worth getting again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:45:55 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of xpdrinker
xpdrinker

Florida

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

A - 12oz bottle pours pitch black with a quick glimmer of burnt sienna. Thin mocha head settles into a bubbly ring around the class with a little oily lacing.

S - Big coffee notes up front, boozy bourbon shoves the coffee aside and there's a touch of nuttiness and a light touch of floral hops.

T - Almost identical to the aromas. Lots of coffee and nice alcohol presence. Honestly comes off a little bit like a Russian imperial stout. Really tasty. A little peppery on the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, a little lighter than  I prefer for a stout, but any lighter would be unenjoyable. Medium carbonation doesn't distract from the array of flavors. 

O - Really enjoyable stout. Looks, smells, and tastes very good. Pick some up!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 20:49:36 | More by xpdrinker
Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
StoryOfTheGhost

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my duvel goblet

A- nice looking beer. Dark black, a bit bubbly, with a lighter mocha head, thin head. Dissipates quickly

S- Strong oatmeal scent. Chocolate, and coffee, a bit of a sweet fruity smell

T- Roasted malts, balanced between bitter and sweet. The bitterness seems to come from a bitter chocolate and the coffee, and there is a sweetness, like a mocha sweetness. There is a lot of oatmeal.

M- Thin. Too thin for the style. Carbonated.

O- this is an excellent beer. Great deal. tastes great. Great representation of the style

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:09:16 | More by StoryOfTheGhost
Photo of daliandragon
daliandragon

North Carolina

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

I saved this one for a full week despite really wanting to pound it. Surely that is worth something. poured into the Ithaca tapered pint glass my brother gifted me last summer. A handsome jet black and dark tan head that rises (and falls) like Icarus A real, heavy, syrupy pour, as I would expect. Nose is oats, coffee, and baker's chocolate. Dense and appetizing.

Very interesting in taste. The thick, heavy chocolate malts are like a brick; concrete and immovable, with coffee, molasses, and chocolate, yet halfway through, the hops kick in. This is unexpected. Medicinal and floral in nature, they teleport this beer, especially the finish and aftertaste, to a different place. Before this, I enjoyed a (very good) black IPA and I'm having a little deja vu. Certainly, this is smooth and tasty, and very well handcrafted, but I'm slightly resenting the hop takeover, as to me that's not what oatmeal stout is about, so to speak.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:02:36 | More by daliandragon
Photo of ChugginOil
ChugginOil

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with half an inch of light tan head. Thin webbed lacing clings.

The nose has a warming and quite rich oatmeal scent. There is some cocoa and leather.

The taste is roasty and well rounded with ample oats and bitter cocoa. Roastt and pleasant with a balanced sweet/roasted flavor.

The mouthfeel is light medium with a light amount of carbonation. Creamy, smooth and drinkable as hell.

Overall, liked it a lot. Holds strong, with stand up qualities.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 07:50:32 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of MoreThanWine
MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 1/8" deep mocha head. The body looks dark as coffee. Smell has lots of coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt. Taste mirrors and even exceeds the smell. There's a deep richness and a medium weight. Perhaps a little overroasting but it contributes to the flavors. This far exceeded my expectations. In fact this degree of flavor intensity usually comes from an Imperial Stout, which it's obviously not.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 09:37:06 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of ahq514
ahq514

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into english pint glass.

Pours black with a nice two finger mocha colored head. Appears to have low carbonation. Light lacing.

Smells slightly sweet with a touch of oats. Rich malt with a nice dose of roast, slight coffee aroma. Touch of earthy hops but not much else in the way of hops.

Fairly straightforward oatmeal stout. Slight creaminess, although less so than a lot of other oatmeal stouts I've had. A little bit of sweetness up front, and then a nice dry, roast comes in and dominates the finish.

A little bit creamy. Lighter body than I would prefer and a light carbonation.

A good oatmeal stout, but nothing that stands out. There are a handful of other ones I'd rather grab, but its still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:31:04 | More by ahq514
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

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
Photo of SolipsismalCat
SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Mendocino Oatmeal Stout.

A: Dark brown with a three-finger, tan, creamy and frothy head that lasted a few minutes. Really good lacing.

S: Nice roasted aroma. Chocolate and coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Burnt malt flavor and roasted coffee. Really nice roasted malt finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and creamy and slightly warm.

O: This was a really solid Oatmeal Stout. I liked it better than the Mendocino.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:17:10 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of Cyberkedi
Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky aroma has tones of chocolate and caramel and just a hint of roast coffee. It pours a rich, opaque coffee brown with a very thick, mostly fine-bubbled, rather persistent tan head. Flavor has a firm burnt wood overtone and caramel, semi-sweet chocolate and roast coffee notes, plus just a hint of licorice. Texture is a bit on the thin side for a stout, but still has a good fizz to it and leaves a smoky, slightly sweet finish. I look forward to trying more Ipswich offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 21:15:44 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of bluejacket74
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
Photo of CheezyBlaster
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
Photo of Thads324
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
Photo of spointon
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
Photo of JustinAniello
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
Photo of Treebs
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
Photo of BobZ
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
Photo of jman892
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
Photo of ryan1788a5
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
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.