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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

723 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 130
Gots: 48 | 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:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001)
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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.

Doomcifer, Oct 30, 2006
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.

plaid75, Oct 22, 2006
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.

Westsidethreat, Oct 20, 2006
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.

jaxon53, Oct 08, 2006
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.

Estarrio, Aug 02, 2006
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.

alexgash, Jul 28, 2006
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.

taez555, Jun 08, 2006
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

dirtylou, Jun 01, 2006
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!

gentlebubbles, Apr 30, 2006
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.

akahn, Apr 24, 2006
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!

BlueHammer, Apr 21, 2006
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.

MrSeth, Apr 13, 2006
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.

PeatReek, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i have to be mindful. i've only had one other Oatmeal stout and i utterly despised it. i dont want that to affect this review, so here we go.

A - wow is this dark, darker than John Harvard's Czar Tar. with a thin caramel colored that quickly dissipates

S - the bouquet include both oatmeal and, like a typical stout, coffee

T - of course very smooth with a sweet bitterness to it, the oats and espresso flavors add to this brew complex and great taste. amkes me want to try the other again with my matured palate

M - smoother than any oatmeal stout ive had before, very refreshing, doesnt dry at the end

D - easily drinkable as long as you like bitters, which most of us BA's do

thos craftsmen up at Mercury know what they're doing

sinstaineddemon, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of JasonCoop
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours as black as beer can be with a big brown/tan head. excellent.

smells like very sweet coffee. subtle hops, but a nice light sweet smell.

taste is full and robust. very roasty, smokey dark chocolate flavor mainly. coffee undertones. great strong flavored stout.

mouthfeel - highly carbonated for a stout which i found suprising. full bodied at the same time. not the most drinkable stout i've ever had, but another very good brew from a very good local brewery.

JasonCoop, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Bukowski's Boston. $6.00 a pint.

A: Pours a jet black color with an initial one finger caramel colored head that dissipates pretty quickly and left no lace.

S: Aromas of strong roasted and smokey malts with a bit of caramel and chocolate thrown in there also.

T: Tastes out of this world---better than both the bottle and from what I can remember on tap. Tons of flavor from smoked to roasted malts to chocolate and caramel and even a tad of licorice in there also. Very tasty and rich. Leaves a nice dry finish in your mouth.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very high on this cask offering from Mercury. Love it in a bottle, love it even more on cask. Extra smooth dry finish with a full bodied well balanced beginning. I could have had at least a few of these. Mercury keeps pumping them out! One of the best breweries in New England.

bjohnson, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of a friend from Topsfield - poured into a chalice. Chunky tawny lacing on top of dark black body. Definition of what an oatmeal should look like.

To the nose this stout is smoky - with a strong roasted grain top that is full and sweet. The smell jumps out and grabs you.

In the mouth, there are layers and layers of gooey, sweet grains - backed with a subtle, yet substantial roasted edge. A slight hop character can be found without searching - it melds well with the sweetness.

The feel is full bodied and chewy. Very filling - takes up a lot of room. Slight alcohol present, but still finishes clean and somewhat dry. Highly drinkable.

Musings: This is a very nice stout indeed. A little stronger that other oatmeals that I like, and you know it. As substantial a brew as you will find. The multilayered taste is nice - but not as complex and enjoyable as McNeill's.

ChuckD, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of TAMU99
2.3/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

color - 3 - cola colored, clear but too dark to see through
smell - 3 - charcoal, hops, almost a salty scent
taste - 2 - smoke, scorched, hoppy to a fault
mouthfeel - 2.5 - thin, too thin for stout
drinkability - 2 - too bitter and burnt for drinking, great for cooking - would make a nice chili or au jus

TAMU99, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of TheTruffleHog
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drink this fine fine stout with spoot129 and wbrown, and it truly is what I think of when I think of stout. The appearance is totally opaque, with a great cremy head, smell is espresso, chocolate, malt, and that distinctive american hop bite. The taste is warm, malty, and heavy, but the hops are not obscured. The finishing taste is incredibly similar to the lingering bite of espresso. The mouthfeel is incredibly viscous and chewy, which is everything a stout should be. The drinkability I have to give a 4.5 because while it is very drinkable for the style, I have to apply force to get it into my mouth and down my throat. Its like a beer-frappe. Great stout from one of my favorite breweries.

TheTruffleHog, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a jet black with a large, foamy, tan head.The smell is not as strong as I would like,but it does have a coffee aroma.The taste is outstanding.Your mouth gets a blast of expresso coffee beans and then a nice malt and hop aftertaste.The m/f is heavy and very well balanced,although not as complex as other stouts.This is a great beer and I will put this high on my "buy again" list.

jmz62565, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into pint glass

A: ink black body, chocolatey grey/brown head with light stick.

S: Roasted malt, smoke, raw nuts, a little sugar, oats. As it warms sugar comes out in a pastry/cream sort of way.

T: Creamy roast up front followed by a strong bitterness moastly from the roasted malt but also hops. Meduim bodied the oats come through with of hint of that raw oat powdery/grain straight from the box. A dusting of cinnamon and more nuts, almonds mostly, bakers chocolate. Finishes of smooth and dry roast. This bottle shows a bit of oxidation unfortunately, even though its pretty young, and an unpleasant metallic quality. From a 6 pack that I think I am guilty of neglecting for too long.

M: Creamy, nice body, good carbonation level. Overall, well done.

D: If youre in the mood, or its the appropriate pairing, very good, but not an everyday drinker for me.

kaimcm, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that tastes like it "should". It would be a great choice for a beer so show a friend was stouts "really" taste like if they'd only drank the nitros.

Very similar to the now passed Heart of Darkness from VT, this is a solid all around beer. Not something I'd track down, but something to fall back on.

EmoBeerGuy, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice + black with good retention. Smells like a sweet malty explosion. Taste is intense too. Comes on slightly sweet and then turns into a lot of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee, all over a malt base. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Definitely a great winter brew. A very well done oatmeal stout.

tastybeer, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of wedge
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a creamy thick tan head. Mild roasted aroma - rich, sweet, creamy coffee and chocolate. Smooth and full flavored - roasted character lasts throughout. Malty sweet and pleasantly bitter. Java and chocolate flavors go down silky smooth. No hops initially but I actually had some hoppy burps during and after...mmm.

Man this stout is good. Dark, creamy, and richly SMOOTH. This is a real pleasure to drink.

wedge, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of yoko
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most impressive is the creamy, lofty, tall brown eggshell head that compliments the opaque dark cola brew. Lace gathers slight and disappears. Small, continuous bubbles make their way to the cola surface. The nose is small relative to expectation yet big with bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt malts. Taste shimmers in a medium-big mouthfeel. Smooth it is not but busy with burnt malt coffee, subtle sweet. The pungency sweeps forward on the palate and lingers. A drying moment allows for the hops to express gently. Unfortunately a metallic essence challenged the tasting throughout. Not quite what I expected but good all the same.

yoko, Sep 02, 2005
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.