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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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750 Ratings

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 132
Gots: 55 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001

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Photo of RuckusDu
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks quite nice. Poured a one finger light cocoa head. Head sticks around for a while. Body is black with only the slightest brown light coming through. Some pretty good lacing.

S - Lots of dark aromas and very pungent. There are some raisins on the back end. Chocolate, molasses, and some cocoa.

T - The bitterness hits you right away. Kind of like a sour milk type. In the back there is some milk chocolate and coffee.

M - Very well done. Nice and full bodied with good carbonation. It is a highlight.

O - This is a great beer, but I just can't get over the sour-milk like flavor which dominates it.

Photo of jsboates
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Chris (caguiar) for this beer and nightcap. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my tulip with a dark black color and two fingers of lovely looking mocha colored head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – A heavy dose of bittersweet cocoa, toasted malts, slight coffee and vanilla, and oats.

Taste – Spot on to the aroma. A wonderful roast characteristic up front mixed with bitterness from it, which then becomes the bittersweet cocoa. Not much sweetness here to be honest (a positive as long as the beer isn’t ashy and completely without any sweetness i.e. Teddy Bear Kisses). Coffee, a bit of licorice and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, and nice carbonation.

Overall – The price tag was left on, and at 3.99 a bomber, holy cow. A fantastic beer for that price. I’m hard pressed to find a better value for a beer.

Photo of Sparrow
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of nicholas527
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of truuby536
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Fubar1453
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of woosterbill
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.


Photo of stanale
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of disemgrowler
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rusty3335
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of VonRoll
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of sentomaster
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of loupap
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of xpdrinker
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.