Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 684 | Reviews: 378 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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!
11-25-2004 04:00:22 | More by tavernjef
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
11-08-2004 18:27:46 | More by winomark
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
11-07-2004 15:51:07 | More by MuddyFeet
3.3/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
10-14-2004 12:34:24 | More by danadeny
4.7/5 rDev +13%
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!
10-07-2004 19:34:56 | More by NEhophead
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
09-03-2004 07:32:53 | More by drewbage
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
08-06-2004 01:09:03 | More by Hibernator
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
07-03-2004 16:18:40 | More by mattcrill
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
06-17-2004 17:11:07 | More by wyllder
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
05-25-2004 05:29:06 | More by blitheringidiot
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
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, Im 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 Ive 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!
05-20-2004 20:03:12 | More by bditty187
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
05-05-2004 05:50:52 | More by cokes
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
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...
03-18-2004 00:48:49 | More by scriabin
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
03-17-2004 01:42:17 | More by bewley
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
03-12-2004 05:57:10 | More by kelticblood
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
03-12-2004 05:27:15 | More by ngandhi
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
03-09-2004 13:45:20 | More by PatandDavid
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
02-26-2004 19:08:01 | More by UnionMade
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
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!
02-16-2004 04:44:56 | More by francisweizen
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Pours pitch black with a deep tan head. Gobs of dark-hued lace platered to the pint glass.
Aroma of heavy oats and bread, black licorice, roasted barley and some coffee.
Flavors of coffee, roasted barley, grain and then a hint of mint (I guess from hop bitterness) on the finish. Nice transition in this beer.
Mouthfeel is creamy upfront then abruptly cuts to a dry, spicy and alcoholic finish. Slightly burnt or charcoal aftertaste is interesting.
Drinkability is good but aftertaste is not completely desirable.
Thanks to PBrian for this stout.
02-15-2004 22:26:07 | More by CRJMellor
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Black, big dark creamy head with retention and stickiness. Leafy hops and acidic roasted malts are at the forefront of the aroma. Flavor also has a large acidity, along with solid bitterness. I find the flavor to be not quite as interesting as the aroma, but very good nonetheless. Feel is smooth and silky with a small alcohol presence. Easy drinking.
One of the best brews from New England in my opinion.
02-15-2004 14:18:38 | More by waughbrew
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
This beer pours a tenebrous, nearly black color with a medium thick light brown head. Head retention is not great and the lacing is good. The aroma is very roasty coffee and grain. Rich and satisfyingly tasty, with a pleasing blend of coffee, malt, and chocolate. There is an underlying faint sweetness throughout as well. The deceptively bitter finish kind of worms its way in. The hops are enough to keep this beer very drinkable. Overall I enjoyed this one.
01-21-2004 15:04:29 | More by Dogbrick
4.45/5 rDev +7%
IMHO, Ipswich makes some really fine brews, and this one is up at the top rung of excellence. Apppearance was almost black with a big creamy head. Coffee and malt aromas are strong and balanced betwen the two. Taste was excellent...as with the smell, coffee and malt flavors were very prominent and blended. Hop element became evident in the aftertaste and further complemented the overall experience. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and drinkability was good, with a decent smooth quality.
01-11-2004 15:39:03 | More by edchicma
3.95/5 rDev -5%
black with a thin brown head that lessens with a little time. chocolatey and coffee like aromas dominate, slight licorice and fruit aromas as well. dry chocolate and coffee dominates the taste as well, but to better effect than the smell, grainy, slightly buttery, toasted sometimes burnt flavors with a more hops biting at the end than expected, contributing to the dryness. some smoky qualities in both aroma and taste. nice clean mouthfeel for a stout like this. a really nice stout, thats very drinkable due in part to it's nice clean finish.
12-30-2003 23:15:27 | More by kmo1030
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
The head was small, but was that hot chocolate foam color and consistency that just drives me wild. Body was appropriately dark, even with only two sips left in the glass, it remained opaque except at the edges. Sweet, roasty aroma. A bit of burned marshmallows in the flavor. Hops noticeable but not overbearing, but give the beer a slight metallic flavor.
12-24-2003 06:38:14 | More by aracauna
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.