Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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93
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738 Ratings
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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 130
Gots: 53 | 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

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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001)
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Photo of DIM
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This brew was a very dark, opaque brown color. It poured with a medium sized mocha colored head that left some lace behind.

s: Some moderately sweet and sour grains and some smokey cofee bitterness. Maybe a bit of alcohol as well.

t: Toasty malt flavors give way to a big, robust, bitter coffee finish. There were some nutty qualities and a bit of vanilla as well. Nothing subtle here, this is just damn tasty.

m: Nice silky body and smoothly carbonated. The dry bitter finish lingers nicely.

d: Big thanks to joepais for this extra. This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've tried.

Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great melange of coffee, some chocolate. Incredibly smooth and well malted for drinkability. Ice cream mouthfeel. Some vanilla,chocolate in finish full mouthfeel. Superior stout and oatmeal stout. Dark coloured body and some mocha soapy head. Great nose of roast.Only critique is a mid-sip temporary dryness.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a two-finger, creamy mocha-colored head that fades slowly leaving lots of sticky sheets behind. Really good retention and lacing after each sip.

Smells of roasted malts, lightly roasted coffee, milk chocolate and burnt toast. The chocolate really dominates the nose; it reminds me of walking into our local Bavarian Chocolate Haus.

Taste is roasted and chocolate malts up front, with some roasted coffee beans, sweet chocolate and oatmeal in the middle, and a long, semi-dry mocha finish.

Smooth, medium-bodied, with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is near perfect, despite the ABV.

Photo of jessecarr
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last night.

Poured in a cold pint glass to a small head. The glass was not the best for the beer. Once the beer warmed, the aroma came through a bit stronger--a nice, but not overpowering, chocolate and hoppy scent that was pleasant.

The first few sips were not incredible to me. I had just finished a smutty imperial russian stout, so maybe my hopes were high and my palate was not all the way ready for a new, more nuanced taste.

The taste left me wanting a bit more--a bit watery in the mouthfeel and not too complex. It DID improve quite a bit when it warmed during the last third of the pint. It then showed off it's more powerful flavors of malt and yeast.

I finished the beer pleased, but not blown away.

Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of JoePais. Thanks for the fantastic extra! Pours a dark black with lots of floaties in it. Nice big brown lasting creamy head with lacing. Smell is dark dry roastiness, ash, coffee, cream. Taste is dark roasty semi creamy bittersweet roastiness. Slightly thin body but just a great flavor. Slightly ashy, burnt and bitter finish that I really liked. Moderate to high carbonation, and this is a really nice oatmeal stout. Thanks again!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark side of the moon black with the slimmest slice of lightening along the bottom edge of the pint glass. The mochachino colored crown is thick and rich, having already started to lay down an impressive array of intricate lace.

This is exactly how a stout (oatmeal or otherwise) should smell. IOS is wonderfully roasted malty, with plenty of dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee beans. Given the three hop additions and the 60 IBUs, I'm surprised that hops aren't more prominent. Perhaps they will be on the palate.

This is great beer! Forget subtlety. Stouts need to be big and bold and... stout, dammit! With such a massive explosion of flavor that shocks the taste buds and then seeps in like melted chocolate, what's not to like? And I thought Ipswich IPA was delicious (it is, by the way).

Highly hopped stouts are often amazing (see St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout). The bitterness and hop flavor seem to highlight the dark maltiness even more and make the beer POP! on the palate. This Mercury Brewing brew is full-to-bursting with intense chocolate and iced espresso. Whatever hops were used (at least one of the C-hops, no doubt) provide a relentless undercurrent of bitter citrus peel that is fandamntastic.

The mouthfeel is good, not great. In the end, it needs just a touch more creamy fullness and a little less carbonation.

The hop barrage and the ABV probably disqualify Ipswich Oatmeal Stout as a session beer. That's okay, I rarely session anyway. This expertly crafted ale is a tribute to its brewers and is a beer that I would love to have access to. If you do, consider yourself fortunate.

Photo of albern
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oatmeal stout is a matter of taste, and it has been awhile. The beer pours an inky black with a deep dark head that is very promising and enticing. There could be a thicker, frothier head, and that would have sealed the deal for me. The head is very modest and doesn't retain nearly long enough. The lacing is okay. This is a thick, dark, full bodied ale with plenty of character. The smell as everyone else mentioned is roasted or charred oats, grains, burnt malts, dark roasted coffee or espresso, maybe a hint of chocolate, and a slightly off sweet malt aroma, perhaps a bit phenolic. Thankfully the off aromas seemed to dissipate as the beer settles. The taste is robust and this is a sipping beer for me. It doesn't have an oppressively high ABV, but this is a thick coffee, slightly sweet, oaty, biscuity, deep roated malty ale if there ever was one. I do like this better than an imperial stout because it displays less biting astringency and harsh flavors. This beer is not to everyone's tastes. I appreciate the style, but it isn't my favorite. As for Oatmeal stouts, I prefer Sam Smith's a bit more. There is a creamy, oily, inky mouthfeel and this carries on into the aftertaste. The beer is smooth, deep, and dark and it does make a statement.

Photo of DaveCole227
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: black with about a one finger tan to dark ruby head that goes to ring rather quick

S:roasted malts, espresso ,oats and a little chocolate

T: coffee, faintly bitter chocolate like bakers

M: full body, little carbonation quite creamy

D: enjoyable could have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Lothar666
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An old favorite of mine; this was the brew that weaned me off of guinness.

A- Pours like a stout should. Deep, dark brown to midnight black body with a dark brown head that is thick, creamy and the color of coffee with just a tad of cream in it.

S- Sweet malts, black coffee, caramel and hearty oats. Very earthy aroma.

T- Taste is just as I remember. Earthy, undisguised sweet dark roasted malts with no other fancy flavors to bastardize it. All of the dark roasted coffee and chocolate complexities that one would expect in an imperial stout but without the strong alcohol and powerful hop bite that defines that style. For what this is, it is a phenomenal brew.

M- Again very earthy and bready, thick and full bodied. Coats the tongue almost as well as one would expect from an imperial stout but this is definitely a different style all together.

D- The very first time I had this I was astounded at the difference between it and other stouts that I had had previously. This is far superior to most of those, though the uncommonly thick body took some getting used to compared to the guinness and other dry stouts that I swore by back in the day. Having since graduated to imperial stouts, I still find each sip of this old favorite to be something I savor and enjoy, going down nice and easy and whetting the pallet for the next delicious sip. There is a good reason why this is still one of my all time favorite beers.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark cola color with a 1 finger creamy cherry-tan head that quickly dissipated leaving a sticky film lacing behind.

S: The nose brought some fresh coffee and dark chocolate notes along with a slight smokiness. There were also some dry pine and citrus notes as well.

F: The initial flavor was malty with dark roasted malt, chewy oats and fresh black coffee grinds. There were some brunt chocolate notes and a huge roasted malt lacing left behind on the tongue along with some dried fruit (raisins). The beer was very rich and dark roasted with an acrid bitter lacing. There was a nice campfire minerality to the palate, dry bitterness and a dark espresso bean finish.

M: creamy with a smooth oatmeal texture. There were some sherry and dark black coffee notes that really stood out.

D: very rich, robust and a full hearty oatmeal that was enjoyable.

Photo of t0rin0
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with Norica. The beer pours pure black. Even in front of a light this beer is pure black. The head was a dark brown. I've only come across 2 beers now that are darker than this in my 986 beers sampled.

The smell was nutty and roasted. There was a very slight oatmeal quality once I started looking for it. Smells like its going to be a strong beer.

The taste confirms that. Its very agressive in every aspect. Its pretty bitter and very thick, due to the oatmeal no doubt. There was plenty of roasted flavors and a medium coffee presence. I found it odd though that there was hop flavor in this beer. Overall its a nice flavor but its a real kick in the ass.

The beer is a little more bitter than I would like for a beer of this style. It is drinkable but its heavy in my stomach.

Photo of erosier
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/black color with a thick tan head that laces the glass all the way down. Great look to it. It has a sweet oatmealy aroma with hints of chocolate in the body. The taste is really good. Very nice sweet malty body with hints of chocolate at the end. Goes down really smooth as it has a nice velvety mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation which makes it a really drinkable beer. A must try for all the stout drinkers out there.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A used motor oil jet black body is the host to an awsome two finger thick milk chocolate colored head with huge rocky bubbles. Decent staying power as it clings to the glass. You start to get the nose on this one as you pop the cap. Roaste malts and chocolatey oats create a subtle but beckoning aroma. Enters tha mouth with very bold richness that really takes over the entire palate. Lovely darkness coats the mouth with notes of dark roasted coffee, uakers chocolate and a bitterness that reallly hangs on to the tongue. Mouthfeel is super thick like it begs for the next sip. The drinkability is only slightly hampered by the bitter that hangs around. Wonderful brew that is one of my new favorites.

Photo of ncvbc
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent Oatmeal Stout. Pours near black with a light tan head which is very creamy and slowly settles into a ring. Smell is nice and earthy. Nice grassy hops along with hints of oatmeal. Taste is very solid. Flavors meld together well and this doesn't seem any stronger than others I've had, even though it is. Great chocolate, roasty malts and light coffee. Oatmeal definitely present and again hops provide some bitterness at times. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy at first and finishes a more on the dry side. A treat to drink.

Thanks to tayner for the extra!

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-2012
Bumping up scores as this is a pretty substantial and flavorful oatmeal stout. Chocolate sweetness and hints of char and smoke, espresso too.

01-01-2008
Sample courtesy of Jay23, thanks!

Spotty lacing left by the thin layer of tan foam sitting on top of the opaque black body. Roasted barley and chocolate malt in the nose, robust feeling.

Flavors of charred malt, plum, slightly sweet and a little boozy. Aftertaste is somewhat earthy, chalky and dries out the palate. After having several other big beers, my impression was that this was a good stout, but more dry and boozy than what I would normally look for in an Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil with a dark tan head that does not really stick around all that long. Nose is nice rich chocolate malts. Flavor is extremely robust with a strong roasted quality to it. Coffee tones are there as well. Leaves a long lasting aftertaste. Feel is extremely thick on the liquid and low on the bubble. Very drinkable. A bit thick which might turn some off, but I have to say this one took me by surprise as I had no expectation. Worth trying. There's a reason why this is one of the top oatmeal stouts.

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep black in color with a thick 2" milk chocolate colored head. The head lasts quite a while. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: roasted malts and soft chocolate tones are easy to detect.

Taste: big roasted malt profile. Nice amounts of chocolate, hints of coffee, and the oats provide a nice mellowing of the sweetness. Nice bitterness and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted malts.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this stout as the flavor profile is so big and tasty. Nice beer to have any time of year.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, black body, not a hint of a ruby highlight to be found. Four fingers of rich chocolate milk tan head breathes heavily leaving pock marks behind. Good lacing.

Aroma is full of toasty notes, particularly some coffee which smells wonderfully good, but probably has been brewing a little too long.

Taste rolls in with some fine deep roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, with a larger dollop at the swallow, some crisp hop bite, and finally a pleasant roll of oatmeal at the finish.

Nice smooth mouthfeel, if not quite as rich as some oatmeal stouts I've experienced.

A very drinkable night capper, probably a might too large to be an all night sessioner.

Another solid beer from the Ipswich line from Mercury.

Photo of meechum
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Almalkin for the trade

A - Pours almost black and very thick into a pint mug with a large tan head that fell slowly leaving impressive lacing down the entire length of the glass

S - The smell was rich with coffee and burnt toast smells along with a hint of hops and just a whiff of alcohol

T - A big malt character with coffee and dark chocolate and at the very end just a little hop bite to finish out

M - Thick, coating the tounge and laying on the palate with almost a chewy charactaristic

D - I could drink this all night if it wasn't for the higher ABV. I had two bottles and enjoyed every last sip

Photo of PEBKAC
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another head dominate beer. I begin to wonder if someone doesn't like me very much. Suds dominate most of the glass, but isn't anywhere near dense, thank goodness. Every ounce results in a near spill. A deep brown at the base, it lightens to a tan color at the lip of the glass. Once it falls, the lace completely coats the glass. No webbing or veins. It veils the glass completely.

Sharp & intensely saturated with blackened raisins, burnt fudge, charred marshmallows, & a splash of alcohol. Coffee is there, but it takes a back seat about five rows deep & is only acknowledged once your throat clears.

Taste from beginning to end is roasted coffee, cindered barbecue, & paper. Backwash is a continuously bitter spinach.

Stiffly carbonated, the body is underweight. Ashy; not the feel I was expecting. It itches.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black colour with a big tan head that settles into a nice creaminess and leaves specks of itself on the glass.

Aroma is a very nice blend of chocolate, coffee, roasted/toasted malt, a slight hint of fruit and an even slighter hint of alcohol.

Flavour is a well blended mix of creamy chocolate, bitter coffee, alcohol (more prominent here than in the aroma) toward the finish, and less of a roasted flavour that mixes in throughout. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, and a touch harsh at times from the hotness of the alcohol.

This was a staple of mine back in my Boston days, so I'm glad to see it on the shelves in NJ. It's full of flavour and well balanced and a nice example of the style. Grab some if you spot it.

Photo of tayner
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this into a pint glass, and with a fairly aggressive pour i got 3 fingers of head that stayed around quite a long time. the color was black with a milk chocolate head.

It smelled of roasted malt, sweet smelling like dark fruits, and slight whiff of alcohol.

This is one of the better tasting oatmeal stouts i have had recently. It had alot of flavor or roasted malts, dark fruit (fig maybe?) without being overly sweet. The alcohol was slightly apparent, but i would have never guessed it was 7%.

A little thin feeling in the mouth at first, but very creamy feeling, and surprisingly it coated well and the flavor lasted quite some time on palate.

I could do this as a session, although at 7% i might regret it in the morning! It sort of reminded me of a less boozy version of a stockyard oatmeal stout. Thanks to leftmindedrightly for this brew, it is fantastic and i must track down some more soon.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American Pint. Opaque black in color with a generous light, coffee-colored head that dissipated into a thin, intact layer during the tasting. Consistent lacing throughout the serving. Scent of roasted coffee, malt, oatmeal and brown sugar. Slightly effervescent in the mouth, consistency was a little more watery than I remember, but pleasant nonetheless. More flavors of roasted coffee and perhaps molasses. A very drinkable brew for a cool day.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A- While pouring, you notice a beautiful black shine to the liquid- hits the glass nicely. The fluffy- hilly tan color head soon comes to the surface and makes a truly beautiful pour complete.

S- Smell was of rich coffee beans- roasted flavors- some sweet creamy scents.

T- Taste was perfection. Perfect blend of the sweet dessert flavors and the robust roasted flavors- making the bitter sweet combination perfect.

M- Mouthfeel was not as thick as expected- but not for the faint at heart- this is stout is the real deal.

D- Even with the high ABV, I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

I really enjoyed this brew- it a wonderfully crafted brew.

Photo of sleazo
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark deep black. The fluffy head is coffee coloured and has a great wide bubbled look to it. Sheets of lace coat the glass.

S-The smell isn't that strong. Mildly roasted grainy scent with some mild hoppiness as well.

T-Very roasty. Nicely balanced between the sweet and the bitter. The typical notes from a stout come through with the coffee and the chocolate but neither is too pronounced. I was schocked to find out the % for this one. A good roasted quality remains in the mouth which definitely adds to the overall package.

M-Velvety rich and creamy with a frothy top. To say this coats the tongue is an understatement.

D-This is a very well balanced stout. The well hidden alcohol and rich mouthfeel make this a winner in my book.

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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