Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout
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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #16
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,071
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
416
Ratings:
925
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Ipswich Ale Brewery
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Year-round
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93
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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout
Notes: Deep, rich and malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. It's what espresso would be if it had the gumption to be beer. We use two different hop additions, specially selected crystal malts, roasted barley and oatmeal to give it a soft and silky mouth feel. Makes a great dessert or meal.
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fine beer.

Pours a very nice deep deep brown, almost black. Rich brown head.

No noticeable smell.

Very smooth taste - full bodied and slightly sweet.

Aug 16, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black not real light getting though this baby not on a cloudy day anyway. Nice two finger dirt brown head that falls slow and laces well from an aggressive pour anyway.

Aroma is nice rich roasted malts a good dose of sweet chocolate that dominates with bitter coffee trying to sneak its head above with sweet oats and chocolate. Some light earthiness from the hops maybe and hints of smoke underneath the sweet roasted goodness.

Taste is good roasted malts not as sweet as the nose more subdued chocolate and coffee mixture in the flavor but pretty tasty. Some light smoke hints and a earthy/herbal hop bitterness to round it out and prevent any cloying. Nice smooth and favorable with a nice enough hop finish with a burst of carbonation to round it out.

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated at the same time maybe could use a touch less carbonation but that might be nit picking.

Overall nose is wonderful taste is better then good, surprised this little brewery has a good brew here this one would be in my regular rotation if it was available in my area. Nice little stout.

Sep 17, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate with deeply roasted grain;

T: balanced between milk chocolate and deeply roasted grain; black coffee takes over toward the end; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: really nice;

Aug 02, 2019
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Poured black with a near two-finger toffee head. Slight ruby tinge. Good lacing.
S - Some toast and chocolate.
T -Notes of coffee and mild roast.
F - Full mouthfeel and fairly smooth.
O - A really good beer!

Apr 18, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Satiny black with dark tan head, more sudsy than creamy for a stout. Retention is not great. Light bread and coffee aroma. Some sourness and smoke in the flavor profile. Bready, a bit of raisin, and char. Slick mouthfeel. Very drinkable and tasty, if a little atypical.

Mar 24, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, no date, from beer club someone enrolled me in. Oh boy. Poured into Guinness pint glass and allowed to warm.

L: Black. 1F+ tan head with OK retention. No lacing. Cap and ring lasts for quite a long time.

S: Roasted malts and grains, smokiness. Pretty basic.

T: Roasty and chocolaty, gotta think chocolate malt was used here. Grainy backbone. Not much bitterness.

F: Medium to full-bodied. Not much carbonation. Construction uncomplicated, but good. Simple is a good thing.

O: Very good oatmeal stout.

Jan 29, 2019
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twosheds from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown with tan head.

Has kind of a molasses and dried fruit smell.

Taste and mouthfeel are super smooth. Chocolate is the dominant flavor, but also getting some coffee.

Really nice oatmeal stout.

Dec 03, 2018
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fills a PBGC Dimpled "Sparkles" Mug with a very, very dark brown directly from the bottle. This is black and syrupy in the mug while a one inch, dense, creamy chestnut head eventually deposits patchy lace.

Bittersweet chocolate reaches out from the mug. Toasted malt, cashews and dark chocolate are more prevalent while sipping. All are slightly more pronounced in the finish.

Roasted malt bitterness joins with almost-burnt toast on entry. Bakers' Chocolate and nuts fill the middle while coffee joins in the finish. Mild, but lingering warmth, makes the chocolate sing and draws out more sweetness.

A creamy full body compliments the smooth texture of Jersey cotton. Mild alcohol, soft carbonation, and light astringency fill out the palate.

This Stout worked well ushering in the Spring. It would seamlessly add to any conversation, especially with a soft, nutty cheese. Thank you Louise and Rodney.

Sep 30, 2018
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MrRB from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite nice oatmeal stout. Dark and reasonably thick. The nose is somewhat muted, but shows plenty of roast. The palate is pure and linear. Very enjoyable but lacks depth. [12 oz. bottle into goblet glass]

Nov 29, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with an eggshell white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Subtle lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some sweet to bitter stifled milk chocolate sweet nibs biting into some roastiness and clinging to some toast, dark bread and nuts.
The flavor was moderately sweet again and pulling in some light notes of milk chocolate, nuts, dark bread and then some earthiness seemed to present a light back end sort of taste. Aftertaste was somewhat oaty, nutty, dark bread and some milk chocolate.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Nice smoothness along my tongue with the same finish.
Overall, definitely a nice oatmeal stout well worthy of having again.

Oct 21, 2017
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KMillard from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heavy in malts and bitter hops. Dry up front and little sweet after. Classic early microbrew style, glad it's still around. But, this is chock full of dark malt flavor, perhaps too much for some.

May 25, 2017
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with a modest cap of khaki foam. Aroma smells of toffee, dates, cocoa, and raisins.

The taste features prunes, dates, molasses, and roasted malt that strike a tenuous balance with a hefty dose of zesty, earthy, herbal hops. A crescendo of semi-sweet chocolate and toffee manifests itself well into the finish. Medium-light body and fine carbonation make for the expectedly smooth mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout.

Overall, this is a smooth, tasty oatmeal stout that's easy to drink. My only minor gripe is that it's a little more hop-forward than I prefer for the style.

May 03, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and no lace. The aroma is a mix of oatmeal and bakers chocolate. Thick yet smooth, this beer is sweet and easily passes over tongue yet has balance and a pleasant dryness on the finish.

Mar 18, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that slowly died down, but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and chicory are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts and chicory along with notes of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and only slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as smooth compared to other beers in the style, but is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 09, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with a thick tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malts and espresso with just a hint of dairy. This carries over to the taste, with a little char, a little coffee and a nice dry, Irish stout-like finish. Medium bodied, a bit chewy, with just enough carbonation, like an oatmeal stout should be. Awesome, old-school stout here.

Dec 28, 2016
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 08/03/2016. Kinda bummed that this is the most recent bottling that I could find. And it was purchased at a popular store that rotates its stock often. Oh well.

Still really solid. Proper roasted malt, dark chocolate, and light char character in the nose and flavor. Also a hint of hops in the finish, imparting a nice balance and flavor profile. Feel is silky and fantastic, with a touch of bitterness and the typical cloying stout quality. Can't believe I've waited so long to review this wonderful beer; one of my favorite stouts and a go-to during the winter months.

Nov 29, 2016
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LJSchoppert from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stein
L: Absolutely black, with a thin tan head
S: Chocolate and spice
T: Sweet coffee, with some spicy hop character
F: Thick and syrupy, with a surprising bit of prickliness
O: Pretty awesome stout. Not a ton of oatmeal character, but a pretty awesome stout

Nov 19, 2016
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hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A short belated review on one of the best Oatmeal Stouts I've tasted. Ipswich Oatmeal Stout is a dark thick ale, full-bodied, malty, hoppy, and delicious. Hoppy for a stout I should say, as Ipswich early on was heavy on the hops. Truly a great beer.

Sep 16, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thick, tan head. Aroma of oats, roasted malt, burnt wood, light hops, bitter chocolate, coffee and chocolate cake. This taste is right there - it's bitter from the coffee, sweet from the oats and chocolate and full of rich character from the malt. The hops add to the bitterness and keeps it firmly entrenched as a beer, not a dessert beer. The coffee also doesn't overwhelm. Mouthfeel is like hugging a velvet curtain. I know we're not here to talk about price, and price is very much dictated by location, but this bad boy was $9.99/6-pack at Wholefoods. That's including their standard markup. Unreal. What an incredible value for those lucky enough to get it. Awesome example of the style.

May 02, 2016
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - dark brown liquid with tan head

Smell - roasted chocolate, roasted malts, oats, molasses, coffee grounds

Taste - chocolate, coffee grounds, oats, roasted malts,

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly full bodied, medium carbonation, chocolaty and roasty upfront, finish is long with flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee along with a hint of ash. This beer is rich, luscious and smooth

Overall - this is an excellent beer, packed full of flavor and full bodied for the ABV - it should be considered the benchmark for the style as far as I'm concerned. Will always strive to have some of this in my fridge. highly recommended

Price Point - $8.99/6 pack 12 oz bottles

Jan 31, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 10/07/2015.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a random pattern of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Nice roasty malt character with some earthy hop presence plus some notes of dark bread, milk chocolate and coffee.

T- Nice hop/roast bitterness duality with just enough sweetness to balance. Very drinkable and the ABV is on the higher end of the spectrum for the style. Nutty aftertaste.

M- The oats lend a slight creaminess with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A great example of the style.

Dec 18, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick jet black in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium to large sized patches of thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of darkly roasted malts with a hint of charred malts. There is a light to moderate amount of molasses/brown sugar sweetness and a moderate aroma of dark bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with a light hint of charred malts and a moderate amount of molasses/brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark bitter chocolate (baker's chocolate) and a light flavor of freshly roasted coffee. Hints of anise in the finish. Moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: One of the easiest drinking full flavored oatmeal stouts. Very enjoyable. Just enough complexity and a wonderful aroma with a smooth + creamy mouthfeel.

Nov 08, 2015
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a cream head. Smells like roasted dark chocolate. Tastes like dark roasted malts and natural dark chocolate syrup. Roasty and chocolatey. Thinnish body with fair carbonation. Sips creamy. Overall a nice chocolatey oatmeal stout.

Oct 31, 2015
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fank2788 from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Black and hazy in glass, no light is getting through and a finger or so of mid khaki colored bubbles sit on top and then lace nicely. The smell is of chocolate and roasted malts perhaps there is a bit of coffee in there as well. I'm getting more in the aroma than I'd expect for a stout but nothing to signify it is an oatmeal stout, not that oatmeal would really smell like anything. Great roasty and bitter malts in the taste, the chocolate sweetness is in there as well and there is definitely more black coffee character too. Oatmeal contributes to making the body a bit heavier than a standard stout while carbonation is pretty low and the finish is quite bitter, actually surprisingly so a bit more sweetness to round it out would have been nice. Overall this is quite pleasing, more drinkable than a RIS but still with plenty of great flavor that you wouldn't get in any stout.

Oct 17, 2015
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snowmageddon from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pitch black with a large, finely-bubbled head that recedes to a thin film around the inner edge of the glass;
S: sweet chocolate, coffee, herbal hops
T: roasty, with assertive hop bitterness that finishes rather dry
M: the roast and hop bitterness obscure the smooth body. moderate carb.
O: a wonderful beer that somehow runs under the radar despite its great nuances

Oct 04, 2015
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