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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a foamy, tan-hued head.

Smell: Heavily toasted, charred bread crumbs with chocolate chips, slight espresso, oven-toasted oats, and a vague fruitiness.

Taste: Toast and roast and plenty of oats with bittersweet chocolate morsels. Medium-light sweetness. Faint dark fruitiness. Pinch of average-priced espresso powder. Underlying hops providing ample bitterness along with the roast tones of the malts. Roasty, lightly chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. It's smooth enough.

Overall: It's fine. Would've preferred a skosh less in the IBU department and just a bit more silkiness in the mouthfeel. Still, it's fine. Fine, fine.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Fubar1453
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is pitch black with a milk chocolate brown head that is very creamy and lingers nicely.

S: Chocolate and grain with some alochol.

T: Extremely freakin smooth. Burnt coffee with chocolate and cereal, possibly the most drinkable stout I've ever had.

M: Creamy with low carbonation, very enjoyable.

O: Definitley getting more of this. I'll be goiung to this once I get sick of hops for a while. Awesome beer.

Fubar1453, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Dan3279, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Full disclosure: I don't remember

Black body, orange highlights, creamy light-brown head. Ok retention, nice lace. Good lookin' beer.

S: Spicy chocolate, light coffee, and not much else. Pleasant, but a little understated.

T: Bitter roastiness starts things off, with dark chocolate and coffee being the dominant flavors. Some caramel sweetness creeps in ahead of the bitter, roasty finish, but this is much more on the dark, burnt end of the stout spectrum.

M: Thin, frothy, and a bit disappointing.

O: This wasn't bad by any means, but it paled in comparison to the Velvet Merlin that I drank immediately before this. A little too thin and bitterly roasty for my tastes given the style. It does hide its substantial ABV well, though. I'd happily drink this again, but I won't be seeking it out.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of stanale
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

stanale, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -28.1%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jongullotti, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of disemgrowler
4/5  rDev -4.1%

disemgrowler, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of rusty3335
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

rusty3335, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There has been a sale on 6-packs ($7.49) around here so I have been drinking alot of this over the past couple months.

Pours black, no light gets through. Brown head retains fine as a thick cap.

Impressive nose of chocolate brownie, dough, caramel, roastiness.

Taste is also quite chocolate+oat forward, roasted malt, coffee with cream and sugar, caramel, and a touch of smoke. Maybe a touch of hop flavors on the finish. Really quite a bold flavor for an oatmeal stout, a little on the sweet side for the style.

Smooth mouthfeel, full-bodied, no alcohol taste.

This is a great beer that I have enjoyed a few 6-packs of this winter, local availability and price (even when not on sale) make this a go-to oatmeal stout for me.

Chico1985, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of VonRoll
2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark as strongly brewed black coffee, espresso crema style head that poured to about 1" with a maintained 1/4" head while drinking. Seemed to have a moderate amount of carbonation along the sides of the glass. A minor bit of sediment was left in the bottom of the glass upon finishing.

Smell: Smells mostly of coffee with hint of rich chocolate. Smells smokey almost sharp burnt smell, touch of metallic smell.

Taste: Tastes strongly of coffee, and smoked almost burnt barley, which gives the heavy smokey taste. Chocolate and caramel resonate at times.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, smooth, with a bit of a carbonation bite similar to rootbeer. Medium thickness

Overall: The touch of chocolate does help to even out this brew and makes it more fitting to the style. I do prefer this style to be less carbonated and slightly thicker than this brew. Overall rating of fitting to the style would be average in my book.

VonRoll, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of sentomaster
4/5  rDev -4.1%

sentomaster, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of loupap
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

loupap, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About one finger worth of head, and a constant, thick film of foam for all twelve ounces. The foam is a light brown and the beer itself is jet black.

Heavy roasted malt, maybe even a hint or two of burnt malts. A little creamy and smokey too. Good coffee aromas.

Palate feels a little thin, maybe watery upfront. The middle teh palate gets a little oily, and then creamy on the finish. The front of flavors Is super dark roasted malts and then some coffee in the middle with some burnt malts. The finish is a little creamy, and coffee oiley.

Not bad, definetly worth getting again.

scruffwhor, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of xpdrinker
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 12oz bottle pours pitch black with a quick glimmer of burnt sienna. Thin mocha head settles into a bubbly ring around the class with a little oily lacing.

S - Big coffee notes up front, boozy bourbon shoves the coffee aside and there's a touch of nuttiness and a light touch of floral hops.

T - Almost identical to the aromas. Lots of coffee and nice alcohol presence. Honestly comes off a little bit like a Russian imperial stout. Really tasty. A little peppery on the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, a little lighter than  I prefer for a stout, but any lighter would be unenjoyable. Medium carbonation doesn't distract from the array of flavors. 

O - Really enjoyable stout. Looks, smells, and tastes very good. Pick some up!

xpdrinker, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -4.1%

KAF, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Moose34
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Moose34, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my duvel goblet

A- nice looking beer. Dark black, a bit bubbly, with a lighter mocha head, thin head. Dissipates quickly

S- Strong oatmeal scent. Chocolate, and coffee, a bit of a sweet fruity smell

T- Roasted malts, balanced between bitter and sweet. The bitterness seems to come from a bitter chocolate and the coffee, and there is a sweetness, like a mocha sweetness. There is a lot of oatmeal.

M- Thin. Too thin for the style. Carbonated.

O- this is an excellent beer. Great deal. tastes great. Great representation of the style

StoryOfTheGhost, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saved this one for a full week despite really wanting to pound it. Surely that is worth something. poured into the Ithaca tapered pint glass my brother gifted me last summer. A handsome jet black and dark tan head that rises (and falls) like Icarus A real, heavy, syrupy pour, as I would expect. Nose is oats, coffee, and baker's chocolate. Dense and appetizing.

Very interesting in taste. The thick, heavy chocolate malts are like a brick; concrete and immovable, with coffee, molasses, and chocolate, yet halfway through, the hops kick in. This is unexpected. Medicinal and floral in nature, they teleport this beer, especially the finish and aftertaste, to a different place. Before this, I enjoyed a (very good) black IPA and I'm having a little deja vu. Certainly, this is smooth and tasty, and very well handcrafted, but I'm slightly resenting the hop takeover, as to me that's not what oatmeal stout is about, so to speak.

daliandragon, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of LordBleull
5/5  rDev +19.9%

LordBleull, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with half an inch of light tan head. Thin webbed lacing clings.

The nose has a warming and quite rich oatmeal scent. There is some cocoa and leather.

The taste is roasty and well rounded with ample oats and bitter cocoa. Roastt and pleasant with a balanced sweet/roasted flavor.

The mouthfeel is light medium with a light amount of carbonation. Creamy, smooth and drinkable as hell.

Overall, liked it a lot. Holds strong, with stand up qualities.

ChugginOil, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev -4.1%

dlello2, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.