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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 118
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001)
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a lot of this last time I was in Boston/Cambridge for chaduvel's wedding. Good times. Smuggled one nice bottle into Utah. Pours a dark chocolate black with a solid inch of dark cocoa brown head. Looking good! Nose is a nice mix of roasted barley, bitter dark chocolate, and sweeter, milk chocolate candy bar. Taste follows suit, with pronounced roasted bitterness and light peatiness up front and throughout. More pronounced than a "typical" oatmeal stout perhaps. I don't mind this at all. I like it. Creamy, frothy, medium-full bodied feel reveals a restrained, dark chocolate sweetness mid-palate. Satisfyingly bittersweet finish that lasts a while. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 02:54:34 | More by alexgash
Photo of taez555


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a pitch black body with a tan head.

Nose was a mix of chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, mild mild but rich coffee beans, vanilla, milk, fresh grain and even a mild smokiness. Very present, simple and yet very inviting.

Taste was medium bodied with an intense creamy and silky smooth soy milk backbone that's immediately followed by a huge burnt espresso bean like bitterness. Dark and mild chocolate flavors are present than followed by big burnt espresso notes. Mildly sweet and again milky in a soy like quality with big fresh roasted grain. The finish is mild and the bitterness dies quickly.

What a damn fine session oatmeal stout. Ipswich continues to blow me away with how simple and yet so tasty their brews are. Nothing that floors me, but would honestly be the first choice for any session.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 01:35:54 | More by taez555
Photo of dirtylou


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from Blackie's cellar

appearance: dark mahogany, ruby tinted, 1/2" foamy tan head, light retention, ring of lacing left behind

smell: bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee grounds, cocoa powder, roasted malts, burnt aromas...pretty nice

taste: cocoa powder, sweet dark chocolate, big roasty flavours, licorice, burnt cocoa, coffee grounds,... a nice oatmeal stout

mouthfeel: medium body, very bitter afteraste

drinkability: good less the bitterness

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 07:16:07 | More by dirtylou
Photo of gentlebubbles


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/12/06 - on cask at Buk's Cambridge

Looks yummy with its opaque chocolate body and spongey tan head.

There's a startling hint of hopleaf in the aroma. The dark malt scent strengthens as it warms.

Luscious mouthfeel wrapped around crunchy smoky malt, which is full of chocolate

I'll take another hit!

Serving type: cask

04-30-2006 20:24:22 | More by gentlebubbles
Photo of akahn


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

Pours an inky black with a tawny, burnt nearly orange head. Exceptional color. The head sinks, leaving some arching lace.

Wet, burnt, malty aroma. Subtle unsweetened chocolate aroma.

Exquisite taste. Once it warms up, this beer is slightly sweet. Deep roasted flavors, and slightly bitter, burnt cocoa. Perfectly balanced.

Richly smooth and creamy, but not heavy, so it goes down easily. Very mild carbonation, with burnt bitterness in its place. Really good beer. I didn't want it to end.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 02:10:09 | More by akahn
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm.... Of course, being that oatmeal stout is a favorite of mine, it was a given that this one was right up there as a favorite!

Poured a deep dark brown, almost black, completely opaque. Head was a deep tan color. Smells of roasted coffee. The first sip has an initial bitter bite that is quickly replaced by a malty chocolatey flavor. Oat smell and taste is strong but not overpowering. The chocolate flavor is enhanced as you let the beer sit on your palate. The beer is smooth and thick. Easy to drink, best enjoyed by sipping!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 00:32:59 | More by BlueHammer
Photo of MrSeth


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

App. Opaque black body with a coffee color head, some chocolate lace.

Sm. Rich roast and meaty..

Ta/Mf. Coffeeish, sweet malt and grilled sirloin.. mmm.. the finish is long and heavenly. Medium-Light bodied, but hearty in flavor.

Da. Medium. Not perfect for a stout. This a long-sipper. One or two of these would do you fine. But definitely worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 23:01:42 | More by MrSeth
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3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: completely opaque body. Tiny touches of brown around the edges, mostly just black. Head is rocky, thick, and deep brown.

Aroma: very dry. Toasty, chocolatey. Slight toffee sweetness along with a whiff of espresso.

Taste & mouthfeel: Body is thick almost to the point of being chewy, and the taste is... also thick, somehow. Substantial savory taste is a little bit of hop buzz, a little bit of deep roasted chocolate. Lightly bitter but rich and creamy to balance it out. No real alcohol burn.

Drinkability: Quite good. Very heavy beer, but roasty and tasty and I could definitely have a few.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 02:08:16 | More by PeatReek
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i have to be mindful. i've only had one other Oatmeal stout and i utterly despised it. i dont want that to affect this review, so here we go.

A - wow is this dark, darker than John Harvard's Czar Tar. with a thin caramel colored that quickly dissipates

S - the bouquet include both oatmeal and, like a typical stout, coffee

T - of course very smooth with a sweet bitterness to it, the oats and espresso flavors add to this brew complex and great taste. amkes me want to try the other again with my matured palate

M - smoother than any oatmeal stout ive had before, very refreshing, doesnt dry at the end

D - easily drinkable as long as you like bitters, which most of us BA's do

thos craftsmen up at Mercury know what they're doing

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 17:46:33 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of JasonCoop


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

pours as black as beer can be with a big brown/tan head. excellent.

smells like very sweet coffee. subtle hops, but a nice light sweet smell.

taste is full and robust. very roasty, smokey dark chocolate flavor mainly. coffee undertones. great strong flavored stout.

mouthfeel - highly carbonated for a stout which i found suprising. full bodied at the same time. not the most drinkable stout i've ever had, but another very good brew from a very good local brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 10:12:19 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of bjohnson


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

On cask at Bukowski's Boston. $6.00 a pint.

A: Pours a jet black color with an initial one finger caramel colored head that dissipates pretty quickly and left no lace.

S: Aromas of strong roasted and smokey malts with a bit of caramel and chocolate thrown in there also.

T: Tastes out of this world---better than both the bottle and from what I can remember on tap. Tons of flavor from smoked to roasted malts to chocolate and caramel and even a tad of licorice in there also. Very tasty and rich. Leaves a nice dry finish in your mouth.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very high on this cask offering from Mercury. Love it in a bottle, love it even more on cask. Extra smooth dry finish with a full bodied well balanced beginning. I could have had at least a few of these. Mercury keeps pumping them out! One of the best breweries in New England.

Serving type: cask

03-09-2006 19:01:35 | More by bjohnson
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of a friend from Topsfield - poured into a chalice. Chunky tawny lacing on top of dark black body. Definition of what an oatmeal should look like.

To the nose this stout is smoky - with a strong roasted grain top that is full and sweet. The smell jumps out and grabs you.

In the mouth, there are layers and layers of gooey, sweet grains - backed with a subtle, yet substantial roasted edge. A slight hop character can be found without searching - it melds well with the sweetness.

The feel is full bodied and chewy. Very filling - takes up a lot of room. Slight alcohol present, but still finishes clean and somewhat dry. Highly drinkable.

Musings: This is a very nice stout indeed. A little stronger that other oatmeals that I like, and you know it. As substantial a brew as you will find. The multilayered taste is nice - but not as complex and enjoyable as McNeill's.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 20:46:18 | More by ChuckD
Photo of TAMU99


2.3/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

color - 3 - cola colored, clear but too dark to see through
smell - 3 - charcoal, hops, almost a salty scent
taste - 2 - smoke, scorched, hoppy to a fault
mouthfeel - 2.5 - thin, too thin for stout
drinkability - 2 - too bitter and burnt for drinking, great for cooking - would make a nice chili or au jus

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 02:16:06 | More by TAMU99
Photo of TheTruffleHog


4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drink this fine fine stout with spoot129 and wbrown, and it truly is what I think of when I think of stout. The appearance is totally opaque, with a great cremy head, smell is espresso, chocolate, malt, and that distinctive american hop bite. The taste is warm, malty, and heavy, but the hops are not obscured. The finishing taste is incredibly similar to the lingering bite of espresso. The mouthfeel is incredibly viscous and chewy, which is everything a stout should be. The drinkability I have to give a 4.5 because while it is very drinkable for the style, I have to apply force to get it into my mouth and down my throat. Its like a beer-frappe. Great stout from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: growler

01-02-2006 05:33:21 | More by TheTruffleHog
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a jet black with a large, foamy, tan head.The smell is not as strong as I would like,but it does have a coffee aroma.The taste is outstanding.Your mouth gets a blast of expresso coffee beans and then a nice malt and hop aftertaste.The m/f is heavy and very well balanced,although not as complex as other stouts.This is a great beer and I will put this high on my "buy again" list.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 03:53:16 | More by jmz62565
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into pint glass

A: ink black body, chocolatey grey/brown head with light stick.

S: Roasted malt, smoke, raw nuts, a little sugar, oats. As it warms sugar comes out in a pastry/cream sort of way.

T: Creamy roast up front followed by a strong bitterness moastly from the roasted malt but also hops. Meduim bodied the oats come through with of hint of that raw oat powdery/grain straight from the box. A dusting of cinnamon and more nuts, almonds mostly, bakers chocolate. Finishes of smooth and dry roast. This bottle shows a bit of oxidation unfortunately, even though its pretty young, and an unpleasant metallic quality. From a 6 pack that I think I am guilty of neglecting for too long.

M: Creamy, nice body, good carbonation level. Overall, well done.

D: If youre in the mood, or its the appropriate pairing, very good, but not an everyday drinker for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 00:05:07 | More by kaimcm
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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that tastes like it "should". It would be a great choice for a beer so show a friend was stouts "really" taste like if they'd only drank the nitros.

Very similar to the now passed Heart of Darkness from VT, this is a solid all around beer. Not something I'd track down, but something to fall back on.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 07:31:54 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice + black with good retention. Smells like a sweet malty explosion. Taste is intense too. Comes on slightly sweet and then turns into a lot of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee, all over a malt base. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Definitely a great winter brew. A very well done oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 00:51:00 | More by tastybeer
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North Carolina

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

Pours a solid black with a creamy thick tan head. Mild roasted aroma - rich, sweet, creamy coffee and chocolate. Smooth and full flavored - roasted character lasts throughout. Malty sweet and pleasantly bitter. Java and chocolate flavors go down silky smooth. No hops initially but I actually had some hoppy burps during and after...mmm.

Man this stout is good. Dark, creamy, and richly SMOOTH. This is a real pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 01:07:15 | More by wedge
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3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most impressive is the creamy, lofty, tall brown eggshell head that compliments the opaque dark cola brew. Lace gathers slight and disappears. Small, continuous bubbles make their way to the cola surface. The nose is small relative to expectation yet big with bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt malts. Taste shimmers in a medium-big mouthfeel. Smooth it is not but busy with burnt malt coffee, subtle sweet. The pungency sweeps forward on the palate and lingers. A drying moment allows for the hops to express gently. Unfortunately a metallic essence challenged the tasting throughout. Not quite what I expected but good all the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 20:53:31 | More by yoko
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New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ipswich's Oatmeal Stout is a hardy, rich, delicious stout. The look is black..completely opaque....one finger brown head. Real roasted malt, chocolately, dry and smoky, coffee, earthy. This is a great stout, not too boozy, very balanced. Very smoky and earthy is how I would differentiate this from other stouts. $6 for a growler at Harrington's in Chelmsford, MA! Recommended

Serving type: growler

08-08-2005 05:40:11 | More by ILiveOffHops
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3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown to black. Beautiful caramel head forms, remains for a while. Thick consistency results in a nice lace. Smells of coffee, even a bit like chocolate. Tastes a lot like it smells: chocolate, coffee and hops. The mouthfeel is very nice, a thick, full-bodied ale that works on the palate. I feel the drinkability is low, however, due to the thickness of the beer. Be advised though: if you love stouts, you'll love this one. I prefer a lighter ale, and think this one is a bit thick.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 04:49:55 | More by sagito327
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation and Appearance – Brown 12’ozer with the standard Ipswich ship and some purple accenting. It’s a little bit colder than it should be, but hey its 85 degrees out give me a break. Black as night with a thin, tight, coffee-head that falls pretty quickly to a . There is some good lacing as well.

Smell – Good roast profile, minimal to non-existent hops. Good coffee aroma, it’s dark but it does not smell overpowering. There is a hint of alcohol as well in the nose, particularly as the beer warms up.

Taste – Nice roast upfront, but fades to a slightly bitter aftertaste. Still light on the hops, but they are there now. Toffee, coffee and cream, and char all come to mind and there is definite sweetness. It’s a pretty good flavor, but nothing leaps out at me to say that this is a great beer and the bitter flavor can be a bit unpleasant.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy, with a full body and low carbonation. Thank you oatmeal.

Drinkability and Notes – A good oatmeal stout, nothing to write home about, but few oatmeal stouts I’ve had are. It has good balance, but a decent flavor, and oatmeal is good for you so grab some if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 02:50:44 | More by OldSock
Photo of ElGordo


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz bottle an inky black with a coffee-colored head of about 1/2 inch that slowly dissipates. Rich nose of roasted chocolate malt, espresso, and a touch of oats. Palate is slightly sweet up front (some lactose almost like a milk stout), deepening to a full, roasted flavor of chocolate malt, coffee, oats, a faint hint of hop bitterness for balance, and the slightest touch of licorice. Nice warming sensation towards the back of the mouth. Body is rich and creamy, but lacking just a shade of the depth that would make it the perfect stout body. A good dessert beer, especially with the awesome double chocolate chunk cookie I'm enjoying it with.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 03:07:15 | More by ElGordo
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is as black as black can get. Dark tan head and not a whole lot of lacing. The aroma consists of sweet malts and herbal hops. It creates an almost sour flavor to it. Very nutty and roasted flavor as well. This is a heavy beer, yet very smooth as well. The sourness creates a mouthfeel that I didn't enjoy too much. Drinkability is not that high either, I couldn't imagine stomaching more than 2 of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 01:52:33 | More by Jacobob10
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