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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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

12 oz bottle thanks to OldTex29. Pours a jet black body with an impressive creamy light brown head. Retention is good and there is profuse sheet and patch lace.

Aroma is roasty, with freshly brewed Kona coffee, nutty English walnuts, and dark chocolate. Steamed oats and red raspberries add a nice note. The aroma is somewhat subdued.

Full bodied mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

Taste is roasty old coffee, dark chocolate, rolled oats, Bing cherries, and a pleasant nuttiness.

One of the better oatmeal stouts around.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 17:04:12 | More by merlin48
Photo of msubulldog25


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint glass - thanks Jason (BlindPig) for sending this one along.

A: Virtually black, very thin band of auburn at the edges when held to light. Visible rising carbonation in the light as well. Dense, extra-creamy 1/2-finger of light tan foam on top, fading to a gauzy film.

S: Quite rich and malty, full of dark chocolate, coffee grounds, earthiness and a grainy/rolled oat finish. Sweetness is offset well by the more acrid bittering aromas and slightly citric hops.

T: That's a roasted stout! Laden with heavy bittering chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Husky graininess complements and lends some sweetness, also some latent smokiness. Slight lactose and citrus souring in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with a long lasting bittersweet chocolate/burnt finish. Carbonation is mild and mouthfeel is generally creamy.

D: Rich, full-flavored oatmeal stout - my favorite of this style I've tried to date. Heavy coffee and chocolate - this seems ideally paired with smoky meats or a chocolate-y dessert. A sipper, very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 00:54:52 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a nice tan head that drops quickly and leaves a few strips of lacing

Smell: Wafts of semisweet chocolate, oats and undertones of coffee; rich roasted aromatics

Taste: Starts out with a rich semisweet chocolate flavor that yields to some roasty bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee and bitter flavors reappear and join the sweeter chocolate to the finish; slightly minty at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal

Drinkability: An excellent example of the style that is a joy to consume

Thanks, ClockworkOrange and donkeyrunner, for the awesome treat

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 18:32:25 | More by brentk56
Photo of IntriqKen


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost blackwith a nice full head of milk chocolate colored bubbles that I love. Metls slowly to very thick mapping on the side of the glass.

Aromas are rich espressos, mild chocolate, sweet vanilla and a soft hop citrus on the end.

Mouthfeel is totally rich and creamy with quite a bit of carbonation.

Taste is bitter espresso coffees mellowed and sweetened with milk chocolate and a touch of vanilla then made sharp on the end from citrus hops. Some strong tobacco notes make themselves known in the flavors as well. Very rich and rewarding.

Aftertaste is like bittersweet chocolate...satisfying yet making you want for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 06:54:35 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the Brazen Head's Cask Festival in Brooklyn. The bar owner said that Ipswich made this beer as a cask just for that one weekend, and it was the first beer he recomended.

Appears dark, with no head whatsoever, and no evidence of carbonation. Smell was dominated by roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, with a slight hint of the oats. The taste was a strong, full chocolate malt flavor, along with burnt coffee and molassas. The oatmeal made a pleasant appearance in the aftertaste. Also, I could definately detect the alcohol, which unfortunately was one of the defining features of the aftertaste. Still, this is quite a tasty beer, and if stout is the name of your game, I'd check it out. The beer went down heavy and warm, and filled me up, but not so much that I didn't enjoy another beer or two after this one.

Serving type: cask

05-14-2007 19:07:51 | More by micahgoldfus
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from cburian as part of Secret Bunny 07. Thanks Chris!

Nearly black with chestnut edges and a fluffy brown head. As the foam settled slowly, spotty chunks of lace stuck to the glass. Nice aroma! Equal parts roast, caramel, and milk chocolate, with just a hint of acidity. Bitterness was solid, but well balanced with the malt. Roast was a little less prominent in the flavour, which allowed the sweeter malts to contribute a bit more overall. Milk and dark chocolate were evident, as was caramel and a little toffee. Hints of vanilla and oats faded in and out. The oats really smoothed out the texture. Not quite oily, but full and even with creamy carbonation. This beer just hits all the right notes in all categories. Very well made and quite an enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 01:40:38 | More by DrJay
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4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- While pouring it looks like black ink. Get a Thick mocha head and a pitch black body.
S- Huge oatmeal aromas up front, sweet coffee and chocolate blended together. You can almost smell a cream in there. Hints of burnt malts come through too.
T- Big oatmeal flavor mixed with some hop spice. The hop flavor really doesn't come through and it is just like a bitter oatmeal, amazing! Light coffee, chocolate blend like in the aroma. Also following the aroma you get flavors of burnt/charred malts.
M- You get the creamy feel you want with a oatmeal stout but at same the carbonation does come out and tickle the tongue to make sure it isn't to creamy.
D- I wish I could give this brew a 4.999. The only reason the mouthfeel is lowered is just since that would take the littlest off the score. I don't think it is a perfect 5 but it is one of the closest beers to a perfect. I wish I could get this here.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 07:25:07 | More by BlindPig
Photo of YankChef


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

12 oz. bottle poured into UK 20 oz. pint glass

Appearance: Nearly opaque black with a fluffy 1 inch dark tan colored head that clings to the glass and wont let go.

Smell: Upfront smell of sweet lactose milk sugars and oats. Hints of sweet mocha coffee.

Taste: Sweet maltiness upfront with a clear taste of oats and chocolate. Gives way to a burnt espresso bitterness that turns into a sweet lingering coffee flavor that makes you want to keep sippin.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and well balanced with a sharp carbonated hop punch.

Overall: Excelent oatmeal stout. A little bit less sweet and more complex than that of the standard which is sam smith's. The alcohol is a little more noticable that i would have expected but in no way overwhelming. Certainly a stellar brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 01:26:21 | More by YankChef
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the sample. Dark black, thick looking appearance. Capped with a dark tan, espresso-like thin foam. Warming coffee bean aroma, not too sweet with chocolate undertones. No alcohol perceived. Not a bad smell overall but nothing I would sit and waft all day.

The taste is dry, with unsweetened roasted/burnt malt flavors all around. More espresso notes finishing with a hint of nut before becoming strongly bitter. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, although not too cloying. Slight watery smoothness as expected.

I like the roasty bitterness of this brew, although there isn't much else to balance it out which detracts from the overall drinkablility. Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 19:53:35 | More by bennetj17
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

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

Poured out a dark mahogany, with a foamy tan head and sticky lacing. The nose offers bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee grounds, cocoa powder, roasted malts. The taste is cocoa powder, sweet dark chocolate, big roasty flavours, licorice, burnt cocoa, coffee grounds. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly crbonated, creamy. Hides the alcohol well, and is pretty drinkable despite all the burnt and bitter flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2007 23:45:37 | More by dherling
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like everybody's drinking this out the bottle -- don't find much from Mercury in NYC; hooray to Spuyten Duyvil for having a cask of this delicious Oatmeal Stout. [Disclaimer: this may be my favorite style of beer: if you don't parrticularly like a smooth dark beer with a bite, this may not be your thing.]

Poured beautiful - black with a light brown one finger head. Some retention, lacey. No strong bouquet, but definitely a sense of roast malts, wine, and some sort of chemical. Appetizing and uneasy all at once. This disappeared with the first sip. Mmm.... I wish chocolate ice cream tasted this good. A little mineral bitterness, but mostly creamy oat chocolicioiusness. Yum. Felt good going down, I could drink this til I pass out on the bar. Nice job, Mass!

Serving type: cask

03-16-2007 06:19:08 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of Mebuzzard


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

Poured an oily black, reddish tints around the edge. Very small off brown head, died down to become splotchy.
Smell of coffee, raisin, cocao, some leather and anise.
Taste is mostly a black coffee, light cocao. Some dark fruits come out a bit, nothing too fancy. A solid flavor.
Feels a bit too thin, yet it doesn't let down the flavor. The dryness makes me wonder why this is an oatmeal stout, not very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 20:13:32 | More by Mebuzzard
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Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Gulp Gulp Gulp into the bottle. Pitch black , no light here. Some head but disolved later on.

Smell - Dark chocolate, oats, cocco, and roasted malts.

Taste - Oats and fark coffee bean taste here,roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Thick with a roasted malt mouthfeel to it.

Drinkability - Kinda border line when it comes to a dark beer. Too roasty for me. You need to have a taste to drink these types of beer. Wasn't a bad beer to try, but I don't see myself drinking a 6 pack anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 03:21:44 | More by auxiliary
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark brow, almost black, with two full fingers of creamy, tan head. Smells of raisins, roasted coffee, and burnt sugar. Tastes of deep roasted espresso, bittersweet cocoa, and burnt caramel malts. Rich and full bodied with medium carbonation. Very tasty. If you are a fan of the style, this one's highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 18:44:18 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Color is jet-black with a one-finger brown head.

Smells of unsweetened chocolate and hints of vanilla.

Taste is of mellow chocolate. Noticable slight hop bitterness in the finish.

A very good oatmeal stout. Quite drinkable with a great smooth taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 17:28:36 | More by adowney523
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in my Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Super dark and rich brown with deep umber highlights. Huge two inch cocoa colored head rises with authority -- pancake batter bubbles on top, micro bubbles around the rim. Lacing and head retention are fair, but a quick swirl brings the head back - at least for a moment.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and hearty dark roast coffee. Some creamy sweetness (lactic?) and very faint smoke with an outdoor woodsy feel.

T - Espresso and chocolate sweetness on the way in, turning roasty and a touch smoky in the middle. Some very well balanced hop bitterness at the back of the throat. Finish is lightly drying, and the alcohol is only noticeable by the warmth in your belly.

M - A little watery and thin on the way in, and quite tingly on the tongue. Rises to a tiny bubbled foam that coats the mouth and throat with activity. The swallow is a little gassy, but satisfying. NOTE - Gets much better as it approaches room temperature. +0.5 added to score to reflect this.

D - A really nice Oatmeal Stout in all respects, however I suspect that scaling back the alcohol might improve overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 04:27:23 | More by EPseja
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a dark tan head that thinned quickly, yet remained to the bottom of the glass with decent lacing.

Smell: Terrific. Roasted oats, nutty with a slight burnt coffee aroma.

Taste: Roasted oats followed by a mix of dark chocolate and burnt coffee - but burnt in a good way. Slight alcoholic twang, but actually tastes sweeter as it warms. No hop flavor to speak of. Finish is smoky, almost ash-like.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, but has just enough carbonation to keep it from being cloying.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easily, although it might be a little too heavy to be sessionable.

Notes: Glad I picked up a six-pack of this stuff while up in Boston. Really good drinking on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 04:59:06 | More by bklynbeerbaron
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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a frothy mocha colored one finger head over a solid black body. Head recedes in due time leaving sheets of lace. Aromas of roasted barley and espresso. Roasted barley and coffee are present in the flavor as well, along with a hint of chocolate. Mild sweetness. Citric hop bitterness is noticeable, not overpowering, and at just the right level to provide balance. The oatmeal provides a full body with a remarkably smooth mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish.

This stout is so smooth it feels like you are drinking a frappe. There’s a nice assortment of complementary flavors that achieve complexity without screaming for attention. Another outstanding ale from Ipswich.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 23:39:51 | More by Shovelbum
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to my friend Ira

Pours a rich black color with a cocoa color head that thins. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Roasted malt aroma full of cocoa and espresso tones. Mild herbal hop aroma in the background.

Roasted malt taste upfront giving way to cocoa and espresso flavors. Light bitterness and herbal hop flavors at the finish. Mild lingering bitterness and roasted taste.

Medium body, solid carbonation.

A very nice oatmeal stout, quite drinkable. Stout fans should seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 02:33:02 | More by MaltyGoodness
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New Hampshire

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

Burnished black bodied stout topped by thick tan head.

Notes of robust roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses in nose.

Sharp bitterness from roasted malt and citric hops fades into bittersweet chocolate/toffee finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel and slight oily slickness from the oats.

Overall, a well made American stout worth the trip over the border to Massachusetts.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:06:48 | More by HopasaurusRex
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich coffee and chocolate roast on the flavor and aroma. Full bodied and velvety with help from the oats I suppose. It was my end of the night beer in a nice, small, smoke-free bar. I would certainly do this again. It's a shame that people are so fooled by the ever flavor-reduced international brands. I guess they're selling notions rather than damn good stout like this one and so many others.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2006 05:16:09 | More by dedrinker
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA

Poured a murky, pitch black with light colored particles floating in the beer. The three-finger, fizzy, coffee-colored head faded to a film and a thick ring of lace. Lots of spotty lacing throughout the drink.

Smell was incredible. Tons of rich, dark chocolate and some coffee. As the beer warmed, the smell changed. Deep, roasted malts, bitter espresso beans and a hint of burnt caramel became apparent.

Taste was deep and complex, yet not as pleasant as the aroma. Heavily roasted malts and strong coffee were obvious along with a smoky, peatyness. Surprisingly hoppy and quite dry (almost bitter) on the back end. The aftertaste was mildly sweet and creamy (this was the only point where any amount of sweetness was detectable).

Mouthfeel was very oily and creamy. Rich and fairly thick.

The alcohol was hardly detectable as I was drinking the beer but it definitely caught up to me by the end. This definitely was not one of the easier drinking oatmeal stouts I have tried, but it was one of the most interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 06:56:03 | More by Damian
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Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: Very rich chocolaty aroma, with compliments of roasted malt & coffee.

T: The taste is extremely creamy with flavors of dark chocolate, caramelized malt, coffee, some smokiness and a faint touch of hops. The dark chocolate bitterness increases a bit as the beer warms. After-taste maintains the chocolate & coffee malt flavors.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation but a little fizzy for a stout, finish is a little sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, kind of filling, but this beer is an excellent sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 04:22:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a PITCH BLACK with a nice, frothy, caramel colored head that just lingers on and on. Great lacing left behind as well. Beautiful!

Aroma is of huge roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee. The aroma is not faint at all. Definitely in your face. Tremendous. I cannot stop sniffing this beer.

Taste is of more bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, ridiculous amounts of roastiness that lingers on your palate forever. Coffee flavors, chared meat from the grill, slight peat flavors even!, and a plethora of other roasty/burnt flavors. Finishes slightly bitter with mass amounts of roasty toasty burnt goodness. This is a serious stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with not too much carbonation. Great stout like qualities.

I would consider this beer drinkable for such a heavy brew. I would probably want to move onto something a tad more sweet or quaint after a couple of these though. Only so much char-ness and burnt flavors you can take in one sitting. This is one helluva manly stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 00:26:09 | More by Doomcifer
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger pillowy caramel head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a great toasted malt with a hint of caramel.

The taste consisted of a great toasted malt with hints of burnt grain. Incredibly smooth.

The mouthfeel was full and smooth.

Overall a superior oatmeal stout. One of the best I have had to date. Very quaffable and a very good ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2006 14:56:02 | More by plaid75
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