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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 133
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 JasonCoop
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of bjohnson
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of ChuckD
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of TAMU99
2.35/5  rDev -43.5%
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

Photo of TheTruffleHog
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of jmz62565
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of kaimcm
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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.


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