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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

690 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 124
Gots: 41 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

TheSleepyMonkey, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

erikro, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

DJoe, Mar 14, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Hmmm, this beer has been sitting on the shelf for eight months (Bottled on 07/12/2013) and it’s pretty low in ABV. Still, it’s unfiltered, so the extra time on yeast may have produced some interesting flavors. Plus, it’s a classic that you can’t get it my home state – picking it up was an easy choice. Cheers!

A: Pours incredibly foamy; a mountain of creamy tan head rises up above a pitch black body. After about five minutes the head has finally collapsed to a half-inch of retention, leaving an unbroken layer of thick lacing on the inside of the glass. Classic look.

S: This is not a creamy, chocolaty nose. Instead, what you get is a balanced blend of hickory smoked meat, light-roast coffee, chestnut, and a touch of pretzely malt. Like a pub beer, it’s nuanced and traditional.

T: Mild chocolate and mineral water flavors blended with a crisp bitterness of roasts and hops. Warm, slightly nutty tastes of pecan, maple syrup, Hershey’s chocolate, and brown sugar-cinnamon oatmeal provide a modest base, but are soon overtaken with a bitter smoke and hop character, a prickly upswing of dry pine, campfire, herbal sassafras, and a salty yeast taste of brine. Aftertaste continues along that path: dry and grassy, the hops find a quick peak of crisp bitterness but die out rather slowly.

M: The carbonation is strong, as expected – the cap nearly flew off when I cracked the bottle – but in a rich, silky way; think cappuccino foam, not champagne fizz. The body’s wonderfully creamy, as well, adding depth to a brew that’s already bigger than its ABV.

O: A classic for a reason – what a satisfying, drinkable beer. The call-and-response between the creamy sugars and the bitter hops and roasts makes this interesting enough to stay satisfying throughout, and that doesn’t seem too typical in a low-alcohol beer. I thought that there would be some noticeably dull flavors in here due to the age of this bottle…turns out, that’s not at all true. Great beer.

BarryMFBurton, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

marksback, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

George1005, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

LooseMoose1978, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

beergeek2, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BobsledTM, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Denzo, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

tenacioustomato, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Tarps68, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

wc94wc, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

pinodorazio, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

BMos, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jaltland, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

TwoBeers, Jan 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

creepinjeeper, Jan 24, 2014
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4.59/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance - Very dark brown - not quite black. Decent mocha colored head as you would expect for the style.

Smell - coffee, chocolate, alcohol, slight hops

Taste - Very nice. Consistent with the scent - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. A noticeable hop presence for the style. Reminds me of Stone Smoked Porter in terms of the hops...something I really enjoy for the style as it balances things out a bit.

Mouthfeel - Nice but nothing amazing. Lower carbonation.

Overall - I really enjoy this beer. For a non-imperial stout, one of my favorites. @ $10 for a six pack in MA it's a great value. Will become part of the normal rotation.

MHowa, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

JLT, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

thegerm87, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

rorjets, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Durb777, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Rhf9120, Jan 06, 2014
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.