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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 124
Gots: 40 | 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 Thads324


3.38/5  rDev -18.8%

A : pours a thick and completely black color with a small tan head. The head disappears quickly onto just side lacing. nice spidery lacing.
S : first sniff is very sweet and roasty. a bit of bittersweet chocolate and some coffee. A slight bit of heat on the end.
T : First sip is very astringent and almost phenolic. Roasty and a bit of coffee linger. A nice bitter and fresh hop in the tail end of the beer, which is creamy with a hearty pumpernickel type flavor.
M : heavy brew that is full bodied and delightful. Chewy and easy in the finish.

Overall a very good beer except for the overly astringent and almost plastic tasting beginning. I don't know if it is super roasted and supposed to be that way or if there was a problem somewhere. if this beer didn't have such a bad beginning it would be amazing. I'll have to try it again and hope for better results

11-15-2011 04:41:06 | More by Thads324
Photo of bpfrush


4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2011 02:58:13 | More by bpfrush
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-14-2011 18:12:41 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of spointon


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

I poured this one from a brown 22oz bomber bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A= Poured completely opaque black/brown with zero light penetration. Head was light brown and rose just about 1/2", then settled fairly quickly to a ring. Decent lace stickage but nothing too noteworthy.

S= I smelled sweet maltiness, with maybe a hint of caramel and some light esters. Some chocolate notes in there too. Roasty notes were very subdued.

T= The flavor started sweet then quickly gave way to a firm roasted malt character. Chocolate and coffee flavors mingle throughout this roasty phase. Mild earthy hops in the back end. Finished dry and with a long roasty aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied (maybe even light side of that) but with a nice oatmeal slickness that adds to the tongue coating experience. Carbonation felt fairly soft.

D= I picked this up without knowing much at all about this beer and was very pleasantly surprised. This is a great oatmeal stout, brewed to a slightly stronger strength than I would have expected, but that 7% abv stays well hidden...thus its a dangerous one!

11-14-2011 05:48:54 | More by spointon
Photo of JustinAniello


4.45/5  rDev +7%

A - Pours a solid black with a two finger cream colored head. Moderate amount of foam remains after most of the head subsides along with nice lacing along the sides.

S - Rich scents of coffee and chocolate, nicely defined smells. Light roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Subtle sweetness.

T - Taste is lighter than the aroma, mostly the mocha, still with the mild sweetness. Caramel from the roasted malts in the aftertaste. A nice bitterness throughout.

M - Moderate body, while still feeling creamy, with light carbonation. Excellent for the style, coats the mouth.

O - This is an excellent show of the style. Great flavor and silky body, really fills you up like it should, a little heavier taste would improve it though. The smell is excellent as well. This is now in competition with Samuel Smith's, depending on whether I want a little bitterness or not. If you like oatmeal stouts, I highly recommend trying this out.

11-05-2011 00:03:32 | More by JustinAniello
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12 oz. bottle, served in a Three Floyds pint glass.

A: Pour is just wonderful. Jet black body with a two finger khaki head that lingers around for quite some time. Leaves some nice legs down the glass with some sticky, splotchy lace.

S: Deep roasted malts, mild coffee grounds and a little combination of dark and milk chocolate all fill the nose. Little vanilla too. Delicious.

T: This bad boy tastes just like a tiramisu. French vanilla coffee, some bitter coffee grounds, deep roasted malts and a little bakers chocolate and cocoa on the back end.

M: Heavy bodied with a nice chewy factor to it. Perfect carbonation that teeters on the low side. Subtle chocolate coats the palate.

O: I'm incredibly impressed by this. I bought this as a part of a mix six and it sat in my fridge for about 5 months before I rediscovered it. The flavor combination really impressed me. Great coffee and chocolate.

11-04-2011 01:42:56 | More by Treebs
Photo of BobZ


3.95/5  rDev -5%

22 oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown with a decent 1” tan head that recedes to about a 1/4” cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with mocha sweetness.

Taste: The chocolate and coffee notes are all there but with a higher degree of bitterness, not unpleasant, but hard to differentiate between the roasted malt bitterness and the hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Relatively creamy but a little thinner than expected.

Overall: A good example of an oatmeal stout, a nice one to buy occasionally to mix into the rotation.

10-31-2011 19:01:31 | More by BobZ
Photo of jman892


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

A - Pours deep black, no real highlights. Nice, bubbly, 1 finger mocha colored head.

S - Smells very rich with dark chocolate, and some marshmallow sweetness adding to it.

T - Taste is burnt toast, with some bitter chocolate. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Not picking up much sweetness here, the bitterness overwhelms it

M - Low carbonation leads to a full and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is detectable

O - Overall the smell and the mouthfel were both great, the taste was a little bit of a letdown.

10-13-2011 17:51:57 | More by jman892
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep black with a two-inch tan head. The head settles a bit, but a good half-inch of it sticks around throughout the duration. A fine, sticky layer of lacing coats the whole glass. A great looking beer.

S: Starchy oats and a lacto-like sugary smell are apparent first. Earthiness coming from the oats and the yeast. Spicy. Big hit of citric hops. Coffee and dark chocolate underneath. A tight berry scent too.

T: Spicy, earthy oats and dark chocolate introduce themselves first. An acrid smokiness then grips the palate and never really goes away. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee are perceptible underneath the smoke. Aggressive hop bitterness with citric and light herbal tastes. There is some sweetness here to balance all the bitter smokey tastes too. Quick flash of berry-like darkfruit. Long, lingering smokey and starchy finish.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and fluffy in the mouth. A tad oily too. Modest carbonation. Very smooth, very good.

O: Very good. Maybe a bit heavy on the smokey tastes and more heavily hopped than most oatmeal stouts, but I happen to like that. A big, robust beer. Full of flavor, and still drinkable despite its aggressive taste.

Notes; This is, in my opinion, one of the best oatmeal stouts on the market. Easily the most fairly priced too.

09-24-2011 20:08:35 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

On tap in a shaker pint. No light penetrates the oily body. A dense cap of tan head retains nicely and leaves sheets and patches of lacing that dry out to crackly streaks and specks.

Big aromas of roast, chocolate and fresh ground coffee beans, with a spike of hoppiness. Smells like a recipe for success, and indeed it is. Exceedingly thick and velvety body makes for an awesome feel. Toasty, roast, burnt and chocolate flavors- we've got all the required stout malt bases covered here. As it warms, bitterness and a citric hop undercurrent become more and more assertive. Both bitter and chocolatey in the swallow, a satisfying finish to a great beer. My favorite brew from a recent trip to the Boston area. Highly recommended.

08-28-2011 13:28:19 | More by PDXHops
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2.85/5  rDev -31.5%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Been walking past this guy too many times at the store. Time to take him home. He pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, molasses, and a touch of vanilla bean. The taste holds notes of darkly-roasted malts, very bitter dark chocolate (the kind you'd bake with, rather than eat straight-up), vinyl, anise, rubbing alcohol, charcoal, and molasses. Yowza, this stuff is acridly bitter! The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a nearly chewy feel, and a pretty dry finish. Overall, what would have been a pretty decent oatmeal stout suffers from an excess of bitterness and plastic-ness in the taste. My advice: keep walkin' on by this guy...

08-24-2011 19:34:50 | More by TMoney2591
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a 22oz into a snifter...

A: Guiness Black, thick, medium head

S: Very Malty...raosted....chocolate / coffee

T: Bitter expresso without any sweetener

M: Smooth...good carbonation....a little syrupy

O: Pretty good stout right here. Very drinkible considering its thickness. Alcohol is masked by the coffee taste....would definitely try again...

08-19-2011 01:20:50 | More by Spcoly
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Presentation: Brought back from a New England trip by my wife, this was poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial Pint glass. Label is black background and shows a tall ship at full sail. No freshness date that I can find.

Appearance: Pours with 2 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles very slowly to a thin, nearly complete cap and leaving behind amazing lacing. The beer itself is black as night. A small amount of sediment remains in the bottle and the last portion of the pour seemed a little cloudy.

Smell: Roasted barley bitterness assaults the senses with hints of black coffee and anise.

Taste: As with the aroma, the bitterness of roasted barley is very forward on the sip and lingers throughout the drink and well after the swallow. Undertones of licorice and black coffee, but not the velvety smoothness I associate with the addition of oats.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A flavorful and enjoyable drink, that doesn't seem to match with its name. While I enjoyed this, and actually had a 6 pack, it seems more akin to a dry Irish Stout to me, so receives a little down tick.

08-15-2011 00:55:57 | More by beveritt
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3.95/5  rDev -5%

drank this last night with a friend reviewed from last nights notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black beer with light tan head. This beer looks like a serious stout.

Smell: Coffee and Oats.

Taste: Moderate bitterness of expresso and cocoa. Hints of light smoke. You can taste the a bit of the oatmeal as well. Mild sweetness that tastes like milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth drinking beer. At the far end of a medium bodied beer and the beers carbonation level is the low end of moderate. This is a big Oatmeal stout. Its a 7% beer, but you really don't notice any booze.

Overall: Great Oatmeal stout and a fantastic price point at a 5 dollar bomber! I expected a thicker beer than what it was, that was my only negative thought on this beer.

07-30-2011 22:08:37 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Served in a snifter

A beer on my wants list for awhile all of the sudden popped up in my local store, how about that. This beer pours a very dark brown that looks black when viewed in the snifter. The darker tan foam on the surface is a good indicator that it's got some dark malts in store. The smell is rather muted, but still quite pleasant. I detected most prominently, aromas of coffee, charcoal, oatmeal, and vanilla. The flavor resembles many of the characteristics with adding in some complexities such as cinnamon and brown sugar. The oats helped with the creaminess of the mouthfeel, but not to the point where I really would have enjoyed that part. Overall this is a very good beer. It's nothing special, but I could find nothing wrong with it either.

07-27-2011 15:14:42 | More by Vdubb86
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Jet black and pours with a perfect thin layer of a creamy light tan head.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts really make up the nose. There is also a slight sweetness that somewhat hidden by the previous mentioned smells, but its still detectable.

T: Predominate in roasted flavors from the malt and coffee and then is backed up towards the end of the taste by the bitterness

M: Full-bodied, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is maybe a little over done.

O: Very good representation of the style, but just a little over-carbonated. This one might want to sit for a while in the fridge before drinking.

06-10-2011 00:04:35 | More by codsmith
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Serving 12oz bottle into an upright snifter (6.83 ABV) thanks to Dope for this awesome extra.

Appearance - Pours a medium black with nice tan head, large bubble/milky head

Smell - roasted chocolate and toasty , like biscuits and fresh cream.

Taste - Smooth, rich, but not thick. Semi-sweet milk chocolate pronounces itself and then some nice mild hop flavor which then ends in a toasted malt flavor and then bitter chocolate lingers.

Mouthfeel - Perfect, good carbonation, smooth milky and refreshing, rich, but not thick. Very impressed by the body of this one. Right on point with the ABV in my book.

Overall - one of the better standard oatmeal stouts I have had, this one was spot on and a great example of the style.

05-31-2011 03:25:56 | More by Centennial
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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a frothy two finger mocha colored head that has good retention, slowly fadin into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lace left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut.

Thinner bodied than expected and surprisingly very hop forward with some dry bitterness that lingers over the roasted malt into a lingering dry finish. Pretty roasty with sme rich chocolate notes as well as hints of caramel, lots of oatmeal, toffee and burnt toast. Slightly bunt tasting and a bitthin for my liking but not bad.

05-24-2011 20:22:25 | More by corby112
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4.78/5  rDev +14.9%

Can't believe I never reviewed this New England classic before now as it used to be a regular in the rotation when I started reviewing beer.

Had not had one for a few years since moving to a different town where most local stores don't carry it. Booo!!!! But glad I stumbled upon it at another local store that will become a regular now.

Pitch black body with a brown frothy head looks very appetising to the eye - some faint garnet highlights when held up to the light. Coffee and chocolate aromas fill the nose. Lots of coffeeish flavor with chocolate as a background note - maybe a bit more black patent acridness than I remember in the past, but it was nicely offset by the sweet malt profile and thick, creamy mouthfeel.The dry finish despite the sweet malty body made it so drinkable. Hard to have just one.

Truly world class imo - and after all these years, still satisfying to a jaded beer geek that is hard to please. Its a shame that not all beer stores recognize this as one of New England's best and would rather attempt to sell some other stout from far away instead.

05-04-2011 15:49:17 | More by Longstaff
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Review from notes 4/22/11.

A: The pour was a deep brown/black, hard to tell really. A 1.5 finger tan, foamy head formed on top, which reduced to a small layer of bubbles on top. Nice lacing.

S: The aromas I would hope and expect out a beer in this style. Some roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, and a little bit of oatmeal.

T: Nicely balanced flavor profile between the roasted malts, caramel, and oats. The chocolate comes through as more of a bakers chocolate as opposed to the dark on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

O: Really like this beer, a solid example of the style and one of the best I have had. Extremely affordable in Massachusetts as well. Will have to grab some more next time I am up there.

04-24-2011 19:11:33 | More by mdaschaf
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3.95/5  rDev -5%

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, anise, oatmeal, malts, caramel, little roast,

taste: chocolate, with a dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: very nice stout. wish it didn't finish so dry and bitter but a very nice beer and would definitely drink again.


04-24-2011 16:25:20 | More by THECPJ
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New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Consumed 4/8/11

Appearance: Super-dark brown (not exactly black) - starts off with a little brown head that just keeps going - seriously, the head retention is remarkable - nice lacing, too

Smell: Burnt malts, charred coffee and chocolate - not just burnt, but over-burnt - some sweetness in the nose, too - a slight scent of sourness, too

Taste: One of the most burnt-tasting beers I have ever had - it's like they used chocolate malts, roasted them, and then threw in some charcoal - to an extent, this is good - but ultimately, the burnt character results in an unbalanced amount of bitterness - other than that, it's great - interesting coffee and chocolate flavors - the sour smell reveals itself to be something that tastes like a touch of lactose - there's definitely some molasses in here, too

Mouthfeel: Perhaps on the thin side, given the burnt character, but it is very smooth and adequately bodied - nicely carbonated, too

Overall: Too burnt, but worth a try

I had a growler of this early in my beer-drinking life. At the time, I thought it was too bitter and burnt. I guess it is a good thing that I am now making the same observations four years later. This would be a winner in my book if it weren't so heavily charred.

04-09-2011 02:14:58 | More by angrybabboon
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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

A smooth and tasty stout. The head is brown like most stouts get, that dissipates at a medium pace. The smell is earthy and smokey. lacing in seriously lacking.

A friend told me to let this beer warm up a little to get the full taste of the beer. I agree with his advice. The taste become deeper and more complex as it warms up. There is a distinct toasted malt taste to the beer and it lingers long on the tongue and palate. I had been drinking this beer cold before but it is far better closer to room temperature, which makes sense as stout are supposed to be consumed in the 50 - 60 degree range. The beer is getting smoother and richer as I review it.

The mouth feel is rich, but still not as creamy as I would like from a stout. The oatmeal helps to round out the body of the beer so there isn't too sharp a bight from the carbonation.

04-01-2011 01:44:48 | More by Beatnik4913
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4.72/5  rDev +13.5%

Beautiful dark tan head with fluffy retention.

Nose is packed with coffee and roasted malts with a sweet undertone.

taste is robust with roasted coffe and dark chocolate. very nice swetness comes through with the oatmeal. finishes with a nice hop biterness and dryness to complement the lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is excellent. velvety but not to heavy where you coudn't drink a few of these in a row.

Over all my favorite stout. Hits all the right characteristics I look for in an oatmeal stout.

03-22-2011 00:49:01 | More by OatmattStout
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

12 oz. bottle, no frshness date.

Appearance is a deep mahognay with a tan cap that left nice lae. Smells of oats, coffee, dark chocalte, slighlty bitter and alcoholic. Very crinkable, with less sweetness than most oatmeals stouts I have had. Really good beer!

03-21-2011 11:38:29 | More by wburch1967
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