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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

758 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 131
Gots: 61 | 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 EStreet20
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been looking forward to trying this one. 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Very nice opaque black brew with a dark tan, nearly brown, head. The head is a full two finger of foam that forms from a nice looking cascading effect. Nice lacing spots up the glass in rings. The head stays for the whole drink, reducing to about half its size but never dies down.

S - Roasty chocolate malts. Some nice coffee aroma.

T - Layers of flavor. Great coffee taste followed by a nice burnt roastiness. Some smoky flavor in there, but nothing overpowering. Really just a great espresso flavor throughout.

M - Full bodied and smooth. Just the right touch of carbonation for the flavors here.

D - Fantastic. One you want more and more of. Simply amazing for the style.

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this was Sids bottle, if so thanks! If not, thanks to whoevers it was!

Pours an opaque black, red edges, thick dark tan head forms, settles to a solid ring, decent lacing. Smell is amazing, sweet, chocolate and oatmeal, roast, toffee, vanilla, very rich. Taste is lots of chocolate and oatmeal, rich roast, caramel, vanilla, licorice, dark roast coffee finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very very nice, very smooth. Would not have guessed this at 7%. Very well done.

Photo of Overlord
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LMR for the trade.

Delicious stout, with the rare right amount of carbonatin (i.e., it's not utterly flat). Pours a dark, dark black with a nice tan, inch high head. Carbonation and a hint of head stayed throughout the drinking session.

Definitely mostly espresso, with oatmeal, bitter chocolate, and a hint of sour fruit (cherries? Figs? Prunes?) mixed in. I'm a sucker for a stout with some fruit tastes, and this hit the spot nicely.

Not to be missed.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark and opaque, nice foamy, creamy tan head, some lacing.

sweet chocolate and roasted coffee odors, along with what i guess is the oats in background.

smooth, light carbonation, silky finish. would prefer something more substantial for texture.

flavor has less chocolate and more coffee than the aroma, especially in the aftertaste. herbal hop bouquet is somewhat prominent, but seems to balance fine with the oatmeal. slight acidity.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 pack mix pack while I was out on the coast with family.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete opaque midnight black with a nice frothy two finger tan head that slowly dies down to a nice layer. Stickiness is amazing, how it should be for this style. Smell is a very smokey roasted malt with a very mild oat sweetness blended with milk chocolate. Taste isn't as sweet as I usually like my Oatmeal Stouts, but that doesn't matter. Very roasted malt up front with a tiny hop bite that balances it out well. Midway through the toasted oat flavor emerges followed by a nutty-coffee like aftertaste that is very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. I find the 7% abv hard to believe but that's what makes this brew even more amazing. By far one of the best Oatmeal Stouts out there, get a hold of this one for sure.

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

Poured into a pint glass, this was an opaque black with a medium tan head and some very nice lacing. It had a dark coffee, chocolate aroma. Espresso/burnt coffee taste, a little chocolate. Both the aroma and the taste were enhanced as the beer warmed. A rich beer, and very nice to drink.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with a big tan head that resists fading. Enjoying the 3d lacing. The smell is really faint and obscure until it warms up significantly. I get a little bit of roasted texture and an earthiness from the oat. Full bodied, the mouth feel is first off creamy. Full flavored, the mild roasted malt and oat notes are complemented by the feel and aroma. The 7% ABV is real, but easily well hidden by these stout, no pun intended, ingredients. I will definitely revisit this if i have the opportunity.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a local favorite of mine. Poured into a English style pint glass a pitch black color, with a thin tan lace on top. In the aroma were earth tones, (similar to a dry stout) chocolate cake, oatmeal, and a bit of burnt coffee bean. Flavors that I was able to pick up on included more burnt coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate, and the oatmeal. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy and surprisingly pronounced with the hops, making it more robust than some of the other oatmeal stouts I have tasted. Even with the 7% ABV, this is very easy to drink. Still though, I recommend letting it warm up a bit so that more of the nuances can pull through and make themselves known. Goes great with blue cheese. Cheers

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, black and roasted malt scent. It's bold and earthy with some light oatmeal notes. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth black malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy with some mild warming. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking OS, but it could use some more body IMO. It's dry and earthy with an elevated abv. . It just lacks body.

Photo of wcudwight
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for awhile and I have to thank swedejay53 for the opportunity.
Pours black. As black as black can get. 1/2" chocolate colored head with swell retention. Lace falls in sheets on the sides of the glass.
Smells of coffee and chocolate.
Strong black coffee is the foundation of the flavor which also include rich dark chocolate and a tart fruitiness. Slightly acidic finish rounds the beer off and adds some bite to it...in the best of ways.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth and this is where the oatmeal is most noticable.
Very drinkable. At 7% it's one of the higher abv oatmeal stouts I've had, but you would never know it. Sessionable.
Highly recommended. Worth seeking out and/or trading for.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Ive had the bottle for about a year.

The beer pours a pitch black color with minimal tan head foaming up and fading quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is very roasty, almost smoke and ash, also lots of coffee ground and a bit of oat graininess.
First sip reveals a soft silky textured body with very fine and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is some dark chocolate, but also dominated here by coffee ground and roast malt. I also get just a hint of herbal hops on the swallow and then some warming booze on the finish. The booze is a little surprising, and increases the sipping of the beer. But overall this is a very nice smooth brew that is probably better in the winter but I had a stout craving that needed a fix.
Definintely a good brew!

Photo of merlin48
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to OldTex29. Pours a jet black body with an impressive creamy light brown head. Retention is good and there is profuse sheet and patch lace.

Aroma is roasty, with freshly brewed Kona coffee, nutty English walnuts, and dark chocolate. Steamed oats and red raspberries add a nice note. The aroma is somewhat subdued.

Full bodied mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

Taste is roasty old coffee, dark chocolate, rolled oats, Bing cherries, and a pleasant nuttiness.

One of the better oatmeal stouts around.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint glass - thanks Jason (BlindPig) for sending this one along.

A: Virtually black, very thin band of auburn at the edges when held to light. Visible rising carbonation in the light as well. Dense, extra-creamy 1/2-finger of light tan foam on top, fading to a gauzy film.

S: Quite rich and malty, full of dark chocolate, coffee grounds, earthiness and a grainy/rolled oat finish. Sweetness is offset well by the more acrid bittering aromas and slightly citric hops.

T: That's a roasted stout! Laden with heavy bittering chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Husky graininess complements and lends some sweetness, also some latent smokiness. Slight lactose and citrus souring in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with a long lasting bittersweet chocolate/burnt finish. Carbonation is mild and mouthfeel is generally creamy.

D: Rich, full-flavored oatmeal stout - my favorite of this style I've tried to date. Heavy coffee and chocolate - this seems ideally paired with smoky meats or a chocolate-y dessert. A sipper, very satisfying.

Photo of brentk56
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a nice tan head that drops quickly and leaves a few strips of lacing

Smell: Wafts of semisweet chocolate, oats and undertones of coffee; rich roasted aromatics

Taste: Starts out with a rich semisweet chocolate flavor that yields to some roasty bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee and bitter flavors reappear and join the sweeter chocolate to the finish; slightly minty at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal

Drinkability: An excellent example of the style that is a joy to consume

Thanks, ClockworkOrange and donkeyrunner, for the awesome treat

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost blackwith a nice full head of milk chocolate colored bubbles that I love. Metls slowly to very thick mapping on the side of the glass.

Aromas are rich espressos, mild chocolate, sweet vanilla and a soft hop citrus on the end.

Mouthfeel is totally rich and creamy with quite a bit of carbonation.

Taste is bitter espresso coffees mellowed and sweetened with milk chocolate and a touch of vanilla then made sharp on the end from citrus hops. Some strong tobacco notes make themselves known in the flavors as well. Very rich and rewarding.

Aftertaste is like bittersweet chocolate...satisfying yet making you want for more.

Photo of micahgoldfus
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the Brazen Head's Cask Festival in Brooklyn. The bar owner said that Ipswich made this beer as a cask just for that one weekend, and it was the first beer he recomended.

Appears dark, with no head whatsoever, and no evidence of carbonation. Smell was dominated by roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, with a slight hint of the oats. The taste was a strong, full chocolate malt flavor, along with burnt coffee and molassas. The oatmeal made a pleasant appearance in the aftertaste. Also, I could definately detect the alcohol, which unfortunately was one of the defining features of the aftertaste. Still, this is quite a tasty beer, and if stout is the name of your game, I'd check it out. The beer went down heavy and warm, and filled me up, but not so much that I didn't enjoy another beer or two after this one.

Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from cburian as part of Secret Bunny 07. Thanks Chris!

Nearly black with chestnut edges and a fluffy brown head. As the foam settled slowly, spotty chunks of lace stuck to the glass. Nice aroma! Equal parts roast, caramel, and milk chocolate, with just a hint of acidity. Bitterness was solid, but well balanced with the malt. Roast was a little less prominent in the flavour, which allowed the sweeter malts to contribute a bit more overall. Milk and dark chocolate were evident, as was caramel and a little toffee. Hints of vanilla and oats faded in and out. The oats really smoothed out the texture. Not quite oily, but full and even with creamy carbonation. This beer just hits all the right notes in all categories. Very well made and quite an enjoyable drink.

Photo of BlindPig
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- While pouring it looks like black ink. Get a Thick mocha head and a pitch black body.
S- Huge oatmeal aromas up front, sweet coffee and chocolate blended together. You can almost smell a cream in there. Hints of burnt malts come through too.
T- Big oatmeal flavor mixed with some hop spice. The hop flavor really doesn't come through and it is just like a bitter oatmeal, amazing! Light coffee, chocolate blend like in the aroma. Also following the aroma you get flavors of burnt/charred malts.
M- You get the creamy feel you want with a oatmeal stout but at same the carbonation does come out and tickle the tongue to make sure it isn't to creamy.
D- I wish I could give this brew a 4.999. The only reason the mouthfeel is lowered is just since that would take the littlest off the score. I don't think it is a perfect 5 but it is one of the closest beers to a perfect. I wish I could get this here.

Photo of YankChef
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into UK 20 oz. pint glass

Appearance: Nearly opaque black with a fluffy 1 inch dark tan colored head that clings to the glass and wont let go.

Smell: Upfront smell of sweet lactose milk sugars and oats. Hints of sweet mocha coffee.

Taste: Sweet maltiness upfront with a clear taste of oats and chocolate. Gives way to a burnt espresso bitterness that turns into a sweet lingering coffee flavor that makes you want to keep sippin.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and well balanced with a sharp carbonated hop punch.

Overall: Excelent oatmeal stout. A little bit less sweet and more complex than that of the standard which is sam smith's. The alcohol is a little more noticable that i would have expected but in no way overwhelming. Certainly a stellar brew.

Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the sample. Dark black, thick looking appearance. Capped with a dark tan, espresso-like thin foam. Warming coffee bean aroma, not too sweet with chocolate undertones. No alcohol perceived. Not a bad smell overall but nothing I would sit and waft all day.

The taste is dry, with unsweetened roasted/burnt malt flavors all around. More espresso notes finishing with a hint of nut before becoming strongly bitter. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, although not too cloying. Slight watery smoothness as expected.

I like the roasty bitterness of this brew, although there isn't much else to balance it out which detracts from the overall drinkablility. Worth a try...

Photo of dherling
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark mahogany, with a foamy tan head and sticky lacing. The nose offers bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee grounds, cocoa powder, roasted malts. The taste is cocoa powder, sweet dark chocolate, big roasty flavours, licorice, burnt cocoa, coffee grounds. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly crbonated, creamy. Hides the alcohol well, and is pretty drinkable despite all the burnt and bitter flavors.

Photo of jbsteiny
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like everybody's drinking this out the bottle -- don't find much from Mercury in NYC; hooray to Spuyten Duyvil for having a cask of this delicious Oatmeal Stout. [Disclaimer: this may be my favorite style of beer: if you don't parrticularly like a smooth dark beer with a bite, this may not be your thing.]

Poured beautiful - black with a light brown one finger head. Some retention, lacey. No strong bouquet, but definitely a sense of roast malts, wine, and some sort of chemical. Appetizing and uneasy all at once. This disappeared with the first sip. Mmm.... I wish chocolate ice cream tasted this good. A little mineral bitterness, but mostly creamy oat chocolicioiusness. Yum. Felt good going down, I could drink this til I pass out on the bar. Nice job, Mass!

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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
3.37/5  rDev -19%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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