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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 132
Gots: 55 | 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 wedge
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of yoko
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ipswich's Oatmeal Stout is a hardy, rich, delicious stout. The look is black..completely opaque....one finger brown head. Real roasted malt, chocolately, dry and smoky, coffee, earthy. This is a great stout, not too boozy, very balanced. Very smoky and earthy is how I would differentiate this from other stouts. $6 for a growler at Harrington's in Chelmsford, MA! Recommended

Photo of sagito327
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown to black. Beautiful caramel head forms, remains for a while. Thick consistency results in a nice lace. Smells of coffee, even a bit like chocolate. Tastes a lot like it smells: chocolate, coffee and hops. The mouthfeel is very nice, a thick, full-bodied ale that works on the palate. I feel the drinkability is low, however, due to the thickness of the beer. Be advised though: if you love stouts, you'll love this one. I prefer a lighter ale, and think this one is a bit thick.

Photo of OldSock
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation and Appearance – Brown 12’ozer with the standard Ipswich ship and some purple accenting. It’s a little bit colder than it should be, but hey its 85 degrees out give me a break. Black as night with a thin, tight, coffee-head that falls pretty quickly to a . There is some good lacing as well.

Smell – Good roast profile, minimal to non-existent hops. Good coffee aroma, it’s dark but it does not smell overpowering. There is a hint of alcohol as well in the nose, particularly as the beer warms up.

Taste – Nice roast upfront, but fades to a slightly bitter aftertaste. Still light on the hops, but they are there now. Toffee, coffee and cream, and char all come to mind and there is definite sweetness. It’s a pretty good flavor, but nothing leaps out at me to say that this is a great beer and the bitter flavor can be a bit unpleasant.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy, with a full body and low carbonation. Thank you oatmeal.

Drinkability and Notes – A good oatmeal stout, nothing to write home about, but few oatmeal stouts I’ve had are. It has good balance, but a decent flavor, and oatmeal is good for you so grab some if you see it.

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz bottle an inky black with a coffee-colored head of about 1/2 inch that slowly dissipates. Rich nose of roasted chocolate malt, espresso, and a touch of oats. Palate is slightly sweet up front (some lactose almost like a milk stout), deepening to a full, roasted flavor of chocolate malt, coffee, oats, a faint hint of hop bitterness for balance, and the slightest touch of licorice. Nice warming sensation towards the back of the mouth. Body is rich and creamy, but lacking just a shade of the depth that would make it the perfect stout body. A good dessert beer, especially with the awesome double chocolate chunk cookie I'm enjoying it with.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is as black as black can get. Dark tan head and not a whole lot of lacing. The aroma consists of sweet malts and herbal hops. It creates an almost sour flavor to it. Very nutty and roasted flavor as well. This is a heavy beer, yet very smooth as well. The sourness creates a mouthfeel that I didn't enjoy too much. Drinkability is not that high either, I couldn't imagine stomaching more than 2 of these.

Photo of axisjones
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitchblack with a rocky nutmeg head. Laces lightly on the way down although the head dissipates to a thin layer pretty quickly.
The aroma is a mild chocolate burnt scent with a slim metallic under current. The oats really come through in the scent driven by an espresso richness.
The taste is rich and creamy. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors and nicely balanced with a subdued but present bitterness. This is definitely a sweet brew, but not too much so, especially considering the style. Very well balanced and full bodied.
The mouthfeel is heavenly. Upon drinking this, the first thing that stands out is the mouthfeel. Unbelievable, in the league of Abbaye Des Rocs, its that damn good. A lush full thinkness swirls around in a prickly carbonation. The carbonation dances on the tongue and is never harsh or painful, its seems to floats through the mouth and play on the tongue, pushing the myriad flavors and aromas through the palate. I love having this beer in my mouth.
This is a damn drinkable beer, even more so for being an oatmeal stout. This is full bodied, rich and flavorful, but the heavenly mouthfeel and smooth balance allow this to be a nightcap gem, or a sweet sessioner.
Thanks to Carmen for the bottles!

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

A nice syrupy consistancy, it has a wonderful coffee-esque color and rich, tan head over 1" tall, which lasted well into the drink. Its bouquet is rich, with strong chocolate, coffee and nut traces. What surprised me the most was the initial tongue - very light, smooth, easy. This one is level & easy upfront, with a wonderful coffee-bitter taste overlying some chocolate undertones, and catches/spikes you on the swallow with the hops - a sharp dose at that with some burnt traces. Very good.

Note - was awesome with a piece of chocolate cake.

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a deep beige head. Excellent lace that sticks nicely to the glass.

Burnt leaves or charcoaled meat are the first impressions for the aroma. There is a mild malt and hop as well, but the black patent malt is the predominant note here.

Harsher than the Irish stouts; burnt toastiness with a bitter coffee flavor. Very rich and full bodied. Moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is largely black patent malts with a touch of bitter hop.

This is a stout that is not for the faint of heart. Largely bitter from heavily toasted malts, but the hop flower is not ignored. You'll see it in the aftertaste.

Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as part of a mix 6-pack (that the proprietor was nice enough to allow me to make) from Holiday Spirits, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew, with floaties visible. Head fades down to an uneven layer of bubbles, and lacing is heavy minimal. Aroma is deep dark malts, with oatmeal presence apparent in the heartiness of it all. Taste is again all about the dark grains, with the bitterness inherent in such a product. Could have been smoothed out a bit more here. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, but if the coffee bitterness could have balanced a bit more, it would have excelled, in my mind. Worth a try, for sure.

Photo of Stimack
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew the other night, had not had anything from Mercury Brewing company before; actually this is the first time I have heard of them. Well I must say I am glad that I made the choice to give this brew a try. Brew poured to a jet dark color, Held it up to the light after my wife said that it looked like tar, no light coming through what so ever. Had a nice solid, clumpy dark tan head that had very good retention and left a nice amount of chunky lacing through out. The aroma is all about burnt malt and charcoal, chocolate, coffee and a little hop smell. The first think that I notice about this brew are the burnt malt flavors that seem to hit you up front and then I notice smooth flavors of chocolate and a oat taste. The hop taste builds and mixed with an espresso like flavor seems to be quite acidic (?) but goes well with this brew. Over all this is a fantastic brew and I am glad I stumbled on it, I must get some more of this!

Photo of carln26
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black with a reasonable tan head. The head settles very quickly to a sheet of lace that settles further to a streaky residue on the glass. Mild roast malt and chocolate aromas that have a black cherry accent on the finish. More of the black cherry in the flavor along with smoky hints delivered by the malt. Great velvet mouth feel and a reasonable alcohol content make this very drinkable. This is another good offering from the folks at Mercury.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This impressive oatmeal stout pours a smooth dark brown color and produces a dark tan thin head. Definite black coffee aroma, and roasted malt in the background. Smooth and slightly nutty, very much like coffee. Mouthfeel is rich, but I want to say just a bit watery. If you don't really like the taste of coffee you probably shouldn't drink this beer, but otherwise I thought it was awesome!

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

The beer poured black with perhaps a brown highlight. The head was brown, low, yet frothy and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong roast with deep expresso coffee and chocolate not too far behind. The roast almost overcame the fruitiness which was present in the background. The aroma also contained a nice hop level.

The flavor was bitter with chocolate and coffee well blended with hop bittering to make both and interesting and complex mix. The bittering component was substantial and was well complemented with the strong coffee flavors and dark chocolate.

The finish was dry with lasting hop bittering and coffee along with chocolate which went long into the aftertaste. The body was full and well done.

12 ounce bottle, thanks yankeeheel.

Photo of markman
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout:

OK, let me preface this by saying that I’m not a coffee drinker. That said, this thing’s pour is just gorgeous. Black as pitch with a thick tan head that is just so comforting.
Aroma is big cold coffee. Big coffee on the palate as well, with a slight hint of dark chocolate…I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “mocha”, but you get the picture. The roasted malt shines through huge, almost a burnt quality to it that compliments the rest of the stuff going on here beautifully.

Fair warning…“It’s what espresso would be if it had the gumption to be beer”. It is what it is, but I’d prefer some more balance in an oatmeal stout.


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

This beer pours amber/brown with a two finger dark tan head. It has good retention and leaves a lot of thick lacing. The aroma was of roasted coffee with hints of chocolate. The taste is roasted mocha and the finish brings out the coffee/hops. Bitterness that makes this beer memorable. This is an easy drinking stout.

Reflection: I am a stout lover and I am adding this one to my list of great local stouts.

Photo of tavernjef
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of winomark
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of danadeny
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of NEhophead
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of drewbage
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of mattcrill
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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