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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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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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Photo of Stimack
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew the other night, had not had anything from Mercury Brewing company before; actually this is the first time I have heard of them. Well I must say I am glad that I made the choice to give this brew a try. Brew poured to a jet dark color, Held it up to the light after my wife said that it looked like tar, no light coming through what so ever. Had a nice solid, clumpy dark tan head that had very good retention and left a nice amount of chunky lacing through out. The aroma is all about burnt malt and charcoal, chocolate, coffee and a little hop smell. The first think that I notice about this brew are the burnt malt flavors that seem to hit you up front and then I notice smooth flavors of chocolate and a oat taste. The hop taste builds and mixed with an espresso like flavor seems to be quite acidic (?) but goes well with this brew. Over all this is a fantastic brew and I am glad I stumbled on it, I must get some more of this!

Stimack, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black with a reasonable tan head. The head settles very quickly to a sheet of lace that settles further to a streaky residue on the glass. Mild roast malt and chocolate aromas that have a black cherry accent on the finish. More of the black cherry in the flavor along with smoky hints delivered by the malt. Great velvet mouth feel and a reasonable alcohol content make this very drinkable. This is another good offering from the folks at Mercury.

carln26, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This impressive oatmeal stout pours a smooth dark brown color and produces a dark tan thin head. Definite black coffee aroma, and roasted malt in the background. Smooth and slightly nutty, very much like coffee. Mouthfeel is rich, but I want to say just a bit watery. If you don't really like the taste of coffee you probably shouldn't drink this beer, but otherwise I thought it was awesome!

tomthumbsblues, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured black with perhaps a brown highlight. The head was brown, low, yet frothy and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong roast with deep expresso coffee and chocolate not too far behind. The roast almost overcame the fruitiness which was present in the background. The aroma also contained a nice hop level.

The flavor was bitter with chocolate and coffee well blended with hop bittering to make both and interesting and complex mix. The bittering component was substantial and was well complemented with the strong coffee flavors and dark chocolate.

The finish was dry with lasting hop bittering and coffee along with chocolate which went long into the aftertaste. The body was full and well done.

12 ounce bottle, thanks yankeeheel.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of markman
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout:

OK, let me preface this by saying that I’m not a coffee drinker. That said, this thing’s pour is just gorgeous. Black as pitch with a thick tan head that is just so comforting.
Aroma is big cold coffee. Big coffee on the palate as well, with a slight hint of dark chocolate…I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “mocha”, but you get the picture. The roasted malt shines through huge, almost a burnt quality to it that compliments the rest of the stuff going on here beautifully.

Fair warning…“It’s what espresso would be if it had the gumption to be beer”. It is what it is, but I’d prefer some more balance in an oatmeal stout.


markman, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Kookiekwan
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours amber/brown with a two finger dark tan head. It has good retention and leaves a lot of thick lacing. The aroma was of roasted coffee with hints of chocolate. The taste is roasted mocha and the finish brings out the coffee/hops. Bitterness that makes this beer memorable. This is an easy drinking stout.

Reflection: I am a stout lover and I am adding this one to my list of great local stouts.

Kookiekwan, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What color is black but not black, brown but not brown? This beer is what, wow, what a terrific looking glass of stout. Basically black but carries a brown layer laquering that shines from within. Beautifully deep and dark! A tall one inch cap of cinnamon brown hued sponge grows up quickly, it loftly sweeps down to a hefty skim and the lacing curtains the glass with an embroidered tight stitching. Do I have to drink it? It looks so damn good (lick lips and slurping noises).

Yes, of course drink it silly...wow, nice and easy going deep roasted malt, slight burnt grain, oats, and coffee. Chocolate smokened breads, so close to being burnt, its like pulling the marshmellow away from the campfire just before it catches fire while trying to make that perfect shmore. Although, there isn't a marsh mellow flavor here, just the principle. Drys mellow and slow then builds with more slight burntness of chocolate and slight oats. Nothing over compensates another, nearly perfect with a very nice exchange of power between a heavy roast, medium sweetening, and slight burntness. Nice, nice, nice.

Aroma states alot from those intial tastes; cocoa and chocolate with an intertwined roastyness of oats and coffee, plus a squeezed in burntness of cookies of cake.

Feel is about medium bodied with a soothing coat, slight roast and burntness perks the buds by a good margin and finishes soft and lingering with a building crescendo across the palette.

A good drinker but for some reason I really slow down and enjoy this, and for good reason. Its worth the appreciation and incurs it thusly. A fine, fine Oatmeal Stout, not as sweet as some, but remarkably fine in its overall charm and character.

Thanks to the Felonious One for another!

tavernjef, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black wiht a generous sticky medium brown head. Deep, rich aromas of coffee, dark roasted malts and a mild alcohol sweetness on the nose. Powerful coffee, and bitter malts dominate the palate. Round, soft finish, thanks to the oats. Mouthfeel is good, but dry and slightly bitter on the finish. Overall, a very nice, easy-drinking dry stout. Nice job. Worth a try for sure if you find this one.

winomark, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured from the bottle a deep brown in color with a decent head for a bottle pour. The aroma is of haevy malts and oats. The mouthfeel is very rich and heavy on the tongue. The taste at first is of a typical stout, but there is a slight hops kick with the finish. The aftertaste made me think of blueberry, but very ripe and dark blueberries.

MuddyFeet, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of danadeny
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very very black, forming a little rich brown colored head. The smell of roasted malt, a little coffee and vanilla. The taste is classic stout at first, but then there are bitter hops. I was not a fan of the bitter hops, they left an astringent flavor in my mouth. Definitely presents of coffee flavors are in there. The mouth feel is good, more ale style than a pub style. The drinkability is average for me because I could have one maybe two of these per night, the bitter hops really turned me off.

danadeny, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle.

A toasted brown head with solid retention that leads to some condensed lacing throughout the pint. An opaque black in appearance.

Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some vanilla and nut-like aromas.

An unbelievable roasted malt, vanilla, and deep chocolate flavors. A pleasant hop-filled bitterness at mid-sip that leads to a warming chocolate aftertaste. This oatmeal stout is very complex and enjoyable in terms of flavor.

Full bodied yet well balanced. Coats the palate well with just the right amount of carbonation to compliment the flavors and ingredients.

Very drinkable given the style. This is one that I'd keep in stock at all times. It's an amazing tasting oatmeal stout and one that never gets old. A gem!

NEhophead, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a Growler in the a GIF. Since this is a prepackaged growler, its being reviewed as a bottle

Good fruity and grassy hop aroma with a low roast

Flavor is slightly milk sweet with a growing roast that washes off the palate.

Missing something, but very good stout.

drewbage, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass.

Appearance was jet black with a beautiful off brown color head. Noticable lacings stick and stay on the sides of the glass.

I smell coffee, dairy and hops.

Taste is very robust, yet smooth. This beer has a creamy taste and a complex finish with bitterness and a trace of hops. Low carbonation and a very drinkable stout. Roasted flavors and sweetness are also present.

I am really enjoying this Oatmeal Stout. I had a growler of this beer several years ago, but I don't remember it being this good. Very enjoyable.

Hibernator, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a beer! Thanks to wyllder for this one. This was one of the best I've ever had. Pours black as night...real thick and creamy. Beautiful foamy brown head. Smells great!! Complex body of roasted nuts, chocolate, and espresso comes wafting out of the glass. This brew is mighty tasty! Pefectly balanced malts, a hint of sweetness, nutiness, and a brush of an alcohol finish that leaves you wanting more. Drinkability: Are you kidding me? I had to force myself to only drink one...at a time! This is a great beer. If you can get it, buy it. Buy all of it and enjoy it.

mattcrill, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of wyllder
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Appearance: Oily black/brown in appearance. Almost opaque but allows for just the slightest hint of light to slip through. Pours from the bottle with a small, lingering tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, oatmeal, espresso, alcohol all show up with a faint background of earthy floral hops. This is a real treat for the nose.

Taste: Starts with a good stout kick. Just enough hops to hit the front of the palate with a pleasant bitterness before the espresso, oatmeal and finally the chocolate flavors make themselves known. Finishes with a delicious espresso aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy. This is fun to savor.

Drinkability: I've always found stouts to be tough on the drinkability scale. This one, like only the best stouts, is a pleasant exception to that personal rule.

If you like stouts, don't miss it. If you don't like stouts, this one might just win you over.


wyllder, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Released from a 12 oz. dark brown bottle, with an unassuming black & white clipper ship motif label. Whoa! Land ho! Reached the beach into a big tulip glass. Used motor oil black pour with a tight sticky ½ “ dark tan head, that spiderwebs down the glass.

Scents are dark roasted malt coffee and Hostess twinkie sweet.

Creamy dark black coffee roast flavor. Quite dark in the oatmeal stoudt realm. Mature roasted maltiness with an imperial stoudt hops whip-around finish.

Tough chewy body, burnt toast, oh and microwave burned popcorn aftertaste. Yeah, you know what I mean. Oily hops flows out in the finish.

Last swigs: Burnt toast scents & flavor. Almost but not quite getting to the Black Strap molasses and ‘cigarette ash black’ flavor. WEYERBACHER Black Hole has it beat by an ash. The differatiation between Imperial & Oatmeal Stoudt tends to be a grey area. This is all over that grey-heck-black is more appropriate. Bitter dark with a slight sizzle.

Beer is good. Happy dark beering.

blitheringidiot, May 25, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, largely opaque, there is only a slight dark brown highlight. Ideal color. A light brown head of two fingers in height stylishly topped off the beer. The head retention was excellent; a firm, foamy cap lasted for a long while, almost for the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was sporadic and webby. One sniff and the beer said, “I’m an Oatmeal Stout dummy!” Is there an aroma better on earth then a perfectly crafted Oatmeal Stout? I think not. Succulent sweetness from the oats blends effortlessly with chocolate notes. The chocolate is absolutely lovely! A bit of modestly roasted coffee beans and a kiss of milky sweetness that finds a home with a return of the chocolate. The potency is very sturdy. Inviting. The palate is astringent upfront with more burnt flavors than the nose let on. How sneaky! The hops seem more playful too, herbal and modestly bitter. The sweetness of the oats is a little too soft. The chocolate flavors are more bittersweet than anything. Regardless this is a tasty Oatmeal Stout, it is plenty hearty with subtle graceful qualities. The finish is long, more bitter then many Oatmeal Stouts (a nod to its heartiness); there is also a sweetness then dances with modest chocolate flavors. It is simply lovely. Medium-full in body with modestly low but natural carbonation. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and filling. I really liked this beer, it was much bigger than any Oatmeal Stout I’ve had, maybe this is not traditional but it is very tasty and damn drinkable. Thank you drweizen for the bottle in the BIF 5 package!

bditty187, May 20, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oynx under brown.
Nose of charred oats and general burntness. Simple prelude, but effective.
Immediately, roastedness strikes. Like those last couple ounces of coffee that have been sitting on the burner for the past 5 hours and migrating towards some sort of asphalt-like sludge. Charcoal is here too, all smoky and ashen. Conjoined within are loads of Black malt harshness. Oats provide levity, with flaked, floating, creamy sweetness, coupled with impressions of molasses and liquorice. Hopping is appropriate and limited, but occasional flourishes of leafed herbs squeak out. The afterglow is all French vanilla cappucino.
It begins a bit thin, but gains heft as it sits as it morphs into a lightly diluted cream, with just a trickle or two of carbonation.
Drinkable en masse.
Great oaty here.

Thanks yankeeheel

cokes, May 05, 2004
Photo of scriabin
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like beer, and you like oatmeal stouts, and you aren't allergic to yeast, alcohol, or malt, then I bet you will like this fine midnight black stout. The taste is a great blend of chocolate, hops, and espresso with many other flavors that keeps me coming back for more. The texture is smooth and creamy with lively yet not overwhelming carbonation. Must drink more...

scriabin, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of bewley
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We drink this one a lot. It has a predominant smoky flavour of burnt coffee and yeast. The nose is sweet, like burnt sugar or toffee. It has good carbonation, is medium to heavy bodied and is for sale at the local packy (at least it was when we lived in MA). Honestly, this is a good example of an oatmeal stout IMO.

bewley, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of kelticblood
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mediocre head when poured yielding an opaque black in color.The head had a coffee color.The aroma was all burnt or roasted malt.Very sweet on the finish.Had like a milk stout finish.The finish was also dry leaving a hop bitterness,coffee taste,and hints of roasted grains.I think this is the first Oatmeal Stout I've ever had so I cannot relate it to anything.Hops become more noticed after a few sips.A good thickness and not watered down which makes for a great stout.Full bodied and also easy on the mouthfeel.Creamy with a slight carbonated bite to it.Leaves a lingering burnt malt and coffee taste in the mouth.I'd prefer one of these to a Guinness anyday when drinking Stouts.Rings of spotty lace left after each sip.A bready aroma is noted.

kelticblood, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout tastes like a removed cousin of Brooklyn Black, but far better. Of chocolate brownie with a shot of espresso, there's a definite finality to this beer with its declaration of flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly chalky, but no doubt hearty from the oatmeal. Not as silky as I'd expect, yet much richer, too. This beer lingers with light smoke and charcoal -- black patent and chocolate mat brought to the limit.

The patent contributes a touch too much burnt grain bitterness, clashing with the hops, that simplifies this otherwise complex beer. Roasted to the brink of nuclear war, but stil rounded. I don't get much unmalted barley character, making this beer seem more like a deeply burnt porter than a true stout, but I know it's in there.

A bit more hops and Mercury's got one hell of an imperial stout on its hands.

Thanks to yankeeheel.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones. One of those dark as night pours, the head was gone so fast, I didn't get a good glimpse. Chocolate brownie meets espresso aroma is huge. Taste is similar to all dark roast, with some 70% dark chocolate in the finish. Sheet lacing left through-out the glass. Mouthfeel was a good medium and rather chewy.

PatandDavid, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a solid, opaque black, much like used motor oil, topped with a thick, dense crop of ashy brown foam. The head hold pretty steady throughout, diminishing to about an eighth of an inch and going nowhere. Loads of belgian lace rings laddering down the glass.
The aroma is mostly bittersweet chocolate and oatmeal. The patmeal lends a pleasant, satisfying smoothness to the rather coarse malt, in perhaps less abundance than your average oatmeal stout. Som light coffee and burnt notes, with a slight toffee sweetness. A vague suggestion of herbal hops, with a bit of plum and berry fruitiness. A bit of apparent yeast adds a rural woodsiness to the overall feel.
The flavor is surprisingly robust, the grainy, slightly chewy malt only mostly kept in check with the oatmeal softness. Charred malt and baker's chocolate up front, intensely bittersweet, with a lighter, less harsh coffee flavor mingling with a bit of toffee sweetness. The oatmeal is present throughout, distributed sparingly as to not compromise the rough-hewn surface of the malt, but still presenting an underlying smoothness, adding some weight to the body. Some yeast is present as well, contributing a slight bready, woody flavor, as well as adding to the body. A touch of blackberry creeps through into the finish, with a light herbal/floral hopping, contributing flavor rather than any noticable bittering. A mild charred astringency in the finish, with the woody yeast flavor asserting it's presence. A suggestion of black cherry right in the end, continuing into the lingering aftertaste with bitter chocolatey malt. Small bubbled carbonation with a burly assertiveness easily carries the flavor, contributing to the harshness in the finish. Fairly full bodied, with a rough-edged, backwoodsy feel tamed slightly by the oatmeal.
Easily one of my favorite oatmeal stouts, if not my top pick. Nothing weak or restrained about this beer, this is oatmeal stout for serious stout drinkers. If this beer was a person, it would have a huge beard, lots of scars and carry an axe at all times.

UnionMade, Feb 26, 2004
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a deep, dark, opaque black colour with a rich, dense, head of beige/tan foam. The aromas are all roasty/toasty with hints of dark fruits, rich roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and more. The taste is quite smokey, boozy, roasty/toasty, and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick with a lovely finish, and the drinkability is superb!

francisweizen, Feb 16, 2004
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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