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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 736
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of adowney523
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of EPseja
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of dedrinker
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.88/5  rDev -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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

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.

Photo of plaid75
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Uber dark brown yet shows amber hints when held up to the light. Head is a dark tan, tight and creamy.

S: Loads of campfire memories, sweet lactose and distant grape.

T: Up front roasted grains, setting the theme for this beer. And what a delicious theme it is! Moves to a chocolate buttercreme moment with soothing milk sugar moments. Finishes with a mild sour kick across the center of the tongue. Aftertaste is pure roasted grains and lingering cool lactose.

M: Full and creamy. Very nice.

D: This is a good beer. Much more roasted than your everyday oatmeal stout yet balanced and drinkable.

Photo of jaxon53
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass. Poured an ink black with about a quarter inch of coffee brown head that instantly dissapeared. Very little lacing on the glass. Smelled of roasted nuts, fresh coffee beans, and faintly of milk chocolate. Tasted very bitterly of coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malt, with a somewhat thin , rubbery , bitter finish. Very smooth and drinkable oatmeal stout.

Photo of Estarrio
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a chocolate colored head. The head retention was a little sub-par for a stout but intricate lacings remained throughout.

Sweet roasted malt aroma with hints of molasses and chocolate.

Flavor is of dark and roasted malt, coffee, molasses, earthy tones and a significantly bitter hop aftertaste for the style. The slightly higher alcohol percentage was relationally apparent and provided subtle warmth to the brew.

Heavy as dictated by the style, well carbonated, could deliver a more creamy/frothy palate but still quite drinkable. Mercury Brewing Company continues to impress.

Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of akahn
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of MrSeth
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of PeatReek
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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