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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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394 Reviews

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Reviews: 394
Hads: 812
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 138
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out pretty much pitch black with 1" of dark khaki head. Good retention and lacing. Nice looking beer, pretty opaque.

Smell: Smells very roasty, with some bitter dark chocolate and coffee in there as well. Much more expressive and intense than many in this style.

Taste: Some roasted malt character up front, with bitter dark chocolate and coffee as well. Very nice. Very strong, expressive flavors.

Mouthfeel: All of medium bodied, probably a little full than that even. Nice low carbonation, and very smooth. Overall, I was honestly extremely impressed with this. One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had, if not the best.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from a 6-pack. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a mostly opaque brown with average carbonation and not much head, not too much in terms of lacing.

S- Oatmeal, dark chocolate, malts, slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Oatmeal, dark chocolate, malts, light caramel. Finishes with a light oatmeal dark chocolate taste that lingers as an aftertaste.

M- Creamy, nice carbonation for the style, very easy to drink, abv very well hidden, could easily knock back a bunch of these.

O- This is a great local stout. The flavor is very nice, it finish very smooth, and is very easy to drink. The price is absolutely unbeatable- ~$10 for a 6-pack, I definitely recommend picking some up. A beer that I've tried multiple times and definitely will pick up again.

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Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine Arrowhead in early March for $4.99.

Beer poured black as night with a decent tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is a snootful of dark cocoa and coffee.

Taste is roasted malts with a heavy dose of dark cocoa. Espresso lingers nicely in the background for additional bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oatmeal makes things nice and smooth.

Overall this is a totally smackable beer. I will need to seek this out again at Total Wine.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Yebisu Creamy Stout glass my brother Mitch picked up in Japan.

Good looking stout - solid black in color with some good head that never dissipates completely. Very profound scent of roasted malt and black coffee. Quite flavorful with mild carbonation. I like the fact that it's strong at 7% ABV, but not terribly noticeable.

Basically, if you're a fan of good gourmet dark roast coffee (as I am), you will be a fan of this one.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of MaryG
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of irishevans
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of harrymel
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of PorterLambic
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of jegross2
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of hopsolutely
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a black dark brown color with an inch of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of espresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts and earth. Flavors of vanilla, espresso, and roasted malts. Sweet, but not overkill. Bittersweet coffee finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice amount of roasted malt and smoky flavor to go with the coffee and chocolate. Just the right amount of alcohol burn. Really good Oatmeal Stout worth having again for certain.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of denver10
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black like oi with a nice thick mocha head. A big rich and roasty aroma of barley, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor matches the aroma quite well with with the addition of a nice hoppy, bitter finish. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. A freakin awesome oatmeal stout, very very bold for the style IMO. I love oatmeal stouts, maybe my favorite style of beer, and this is my favorite oatmeal stout. This beer is so damn good.

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Photo of tkelley
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a bulb style glass. It had been hiding in my closet rather than my fridge, so there isnt any chill to take the edge off.

Really dark, silty brown body with a light brown head. Not a lot of foam on top, but it lingers wonderfully and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is not overpowering at all. Roasted malt is the most prominent, but there is more hopiness there than there normally is in an oatmeal stout. I think the oatmeal provides a good smooth cereal scent to balance out the roast and the hops. There are obvious chocolate and coffee notes, but that might just be the roastiness.

Taste is great. This is one of my favorite beers. The roast is so warm and wonderful. There's enough alcohol presence that you notice it and helps you take it easy, resulting in a longer period of enjoyment.

Ipswich makes a very smooth product, and it shows here. Its velvety and slick. Really nice. Just... great. It is a pleasure to drink this beer.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks quite nice. Poured a one finger light cocoa head. Head sticks around for a while. Body is black with only the slightest brown light coming through. Some pretty good lacing.

S - Lots of dark aromas and very pungent. There are some raisins on the back end. Chocolate, molasses, and some cocoa.

T - The bitterness hits you right away. Kind of like a sour milk type. In the back there is some milk chocolate and coffee.

M - Very well done. Nice and full bodied with good carbonation. It is a highlight.

O - This is a great beer, but I just can't get over the sour-milk like flavor which dominates it.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Fubar1453
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
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.


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Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of VonRoll
2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.