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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

717 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 129
Gots: 46 | 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 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
Photo of francisweizen
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
Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

CRJMellor, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

waughbrew, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dogbrick, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

edchicma, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kmo1030, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

aracauna, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer disembogues as “Dark As The Inside Of A Cow”, a term that was used by a good friend who was killed in Viet Nam 35 years ago today! So I honor his memory with this beer.

The head is modest in size, frothy in texture and a nice chocolate color, the lace forms a nice covering for the glass. Sweet chocolate, coffee, and the marvelous aroma of roasted grain make up the crisp, fresh and clean nose; start is thickly malt, ambrosial and the top rich and full in its feel to the palate. Finish is devastatingly acidic, the hops powerful in their bite, but pleasing to the palate, aftertaste bitter-sweet chocolate dry, a fine beer from a fine brewery, that I see only rarely these days and this bottle was a gift from “UncleJimbo”, on his recent “Whirlwind tour of Phoenix, Sky Harbor Air Port, McDowell Road, and Papago Brewery.

Gusler, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been meaning to try this beer for awhile now. Pours out a pitch black with a small tan head that seems to last. I believe this beer is bottle conditioned as their is lees left in the bottom?

The smell is more coffee and malt than anything. Hints of chocolate and toffee come through. At first taste, it reminds me off a Robust Porter. Great depth of flavor. A gentle balance of coffee, malt and hops. This is a perfect beer for my night cap.

CharlesRiver, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a dense brown head. Nice looking beer. Smells of very bitter malt. Sour and oaty aromas and prominent.

Taste is bitter and sweet and oaty. This beer screams oatmeal stout from 6 miles away. Smoky bitter finish. Quite a complex beer. Sweet and bitter with a bit of sourness. Grainy (oaty) but strangely smooth and tasty. Flavors linger on the roof of your mouth forever. It's like drinking a cigar. The flavors are bold and strong. This beer is just damn good. I only wish I could get more of it where I live. A definite must try if you are in MA.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of mikeys01
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft, the Ipswich Oatmeal is quite black and opaque in color, with a moderate lingering brown head. Roasted malt is most prevalent in the aroma, accompanied with scents of coffee and oats. Taste is right on par with the nose, surprisingly roasty with more subltle oatmeal flavor than other oat stouts and definitive cofeeish undertones. Body is fairly full, and finish is fairly dry, leaving a slight toasted malt aftertaste...

mikeys01, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque and black in color. Voluminous brown head.
Aroma of bitter chocolate, cocoa, heavily roasted malt, and alcohol.

I was expecting your basic oatmeal stout, but this beer is far from that. This one is full-flavored with plenty of bitterness. Big and bold. Bitter chocolate, oatmeal, and roasted malt flavors. Dark fruit and alcohol noted as well. Hop and roasted malt bitterness overwhelm any sweetness that is present.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for the bottle!

PhantomVodoo, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with generous light brown head. Raisin, coffee, chocolate and toffee notes in the nose. Bittersweet malt flavors with mild flavors of oats and lactose and some . Slightly astringent and complex. Lingering sweet & burnt flavor in the aftertaste. Very nice oatmeal stout. A meal in itself.

crookedhalo, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is as dark as midnight with a nice light brown head that quickly dissolves to almost nothing. The aroma is a strong combination of coffee and roasted malts.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and delicious. The flavor begins with roasted malts, coffee and nuts. Somewhere near the middle it begins to get a little sour and ends with a mild hop flavor. This is one of the first stouts I can think of where I could actually taste the hops in the beer. It leaves a slightly sour malty flavor behind after each sip.

If you like stouts I strongly encourage you to try this one. It is packed with flavor and quite enjoyable.

WanderingFool, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an opaque jet black with a big tan creamy head, that leaves a nice silky, sexy behind.

Roasted coffee malts fill the nose with great pleasure. Hops are light which suits the style. Oats are also noted.

This full bodied brew needs to be chewed before swallowing, boy I really like that in a nice stout. The robust malts fill the palate with a coffee flavor that is to die for. The hops are light in bitterness but that is the style.

Overall this is a nice brew.

kunzbrew, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100% black with a perfect creamy 3/4 inch chocolate head...Nose is inviting....chocolates and smokiness like a smokehouse where you smoke salmon..creamy, and velvety mouthfeel...medium-to-full bodied....very tasty...some real nice choclate flavors emerge immediately on the buds...also some java notes....finishes tight and slightly bitter like baking cocoa rather than big hops...Very easy drinking for as thick as this is...

This is a stout with some legit flavors to it....I love it....wish I could get this stuff near me....very, very flavorful stout that is very easy drinking...one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had...

Big thanks to Johnny P for the privledge of drinking this...

ZAP, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A man's beer. It's about as dark as Hell when the fires go out and as bitter as the most unpopular kid in school. This is the first Ipswich I've tried and I can't say I was expecting much. But I was surprised by a very burnt, almost smokey taste, and a thick, sweet finish--almost coffee-esque. Chalk up another New England-brewed winner. I guess I'm fortunate to live here.

86MonteSS, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark dark black with a thin fading dark tan head. Smell is roasted, earthy and a hint of dark chocolate. Smell does not prepare me for the taste. Intense roasted dark coffee bean flavors. Incredibly smooth, and although the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors are intense the phenomenal smoothness mellows and leaves a roasted, toasted bread flavor on the palate. One heck of a beer.

chaduvel, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of mydeadguy
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep, inky black with a thin tan head . smells rich and full with hints of chocolate and coffee. the first sip goes down easy with smoky overtones, both malt and hops. quite smooth and round in the mouthfeel, well balanced and quite drinkable on this fall afternoon/evening. a great beer and a tribute to the style.

drink up..

mydeadguy, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful black with a big beautiful brown head. Amoung the most visually appealing stouts I've glanced at. Roasty smoke flavor is quite strong. Hints of coffee linger. D'oh! Malt sweetness is there, as is hop bitters. Quite a balanced brew. Leave it to Ipswitch to surpass all expectations. This is a quality oatmeal stout that any fan of the style will enjoy.

scottum, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dark beauty pours a deep, rich roofing tar color with a thick tan head and patchy lace. The aroma of sweet malt, hay, coffee and hops come through loud and clear. A thick and hearty malt body houses complex flavors of fresh dark-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, grapefruit bitterness and hint of nutmeg. A smoky, burnt crème brulee flavor dominates. A touch of licorice finishes. The slick, almost oily texture makes this stout quite gulpable. While well suited for colder seasons, this stout is very enjoyable on a hot night.
Edited on 12/13/05

BeerResearcher, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates listed.

Opaque black with burnt ruby highlights. One inch of rich creamy looking tan foam sits proudly on top. Head lingers for a few minutes, leaving some lace behind.

Swirl & sniff: pronounced chocolate, & roast grain aromas.

Nice blend of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain go well with a healthy dose of bittering citric American hops.

Thick and creamy smooth. Delicious.

xgrigorix, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. What an incredibly great stout. Pours opauqe black with a tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells strongly of dark chocalte, malts, and coffe. The taste is superb. Dark malts and oatmeal envelope your tounge, then the creaminess from the oatmel takes over with slightly dry finish. Needless to say it has a very nice mouthfeel. A highly quaffable stout. A must try for stout lovers.
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Edit 1/12/04: After much further product testing I have to go back and give this a 5 for taste. It simply crushes most other stouts I've tried.

yankeeheel, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dar, dark mahogany color with a dark brown foamy head. Smells of nice roasted malt, with a bit of hop bitterness coming through. Mouthfeel is round and full as the roasted malt rushes over the tongue. Also nuances of chocolate and coffee. Hints of hop bitterness linger in the back of the throat. Very smooth, pleasant, and balanced flavor that keeps its rich character until the last drop.

far333, May 26, 2003
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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