Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout
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From:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #33
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,035
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.62%
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
515
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 02, 2022
Added:
Dec 03, 2001
Wants:
  159
Gots:
  119
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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Rated: 3.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
When I moved to Massachusetts from California two decades ago, I assumed I'd miss the hell out of Rogue Shakespeare Stout, which was easy to find in California.

I encountered Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, was surprised by its robustness, and concluded after several samples that it was a more-than-adequate substitute for the Rogue brew. The makers of Ipswich tweaked the brew occasionally over the years, always raising its richness. When I finally sampled it side-by-side with Shakespeare, I found that I preferred Ipswich. It had more of everything. I'd recommend (or rave about) this stout to others as one which had some of the richness of an imperial stout without an over-the-top ABV.

But they have changed it -- for the worse this time. It's still good, but it has been softened; it has been toned down.

Whereas the Ipswich Stout of the 2000s and 2010s had high carbonation for the style, it is now creamy, almost nitroish in texture. The earlier Ipswich Stout had a punch of Cascade hops in the palate; today's version has English hops. The earlier Ipswich Stout was powerfully rich (it was indeed reminiscent of espresso and bittersweet chocolate), today's beer has a gentle, sweet toffeeish flavor. The original Ipswich Stout was fearless and uncompromising; today's beer is soft and gentle, as if striving to occupy a middle ground between what it once was and today's hipster dessert stouts.

It's not bad. I'd never turn one down. However, today's brew is a shadow of its former mighty self.
May 25, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I am trying this beer off the tapper at the brewery as part of the "Classic" four sample flight. It poured a dark opaque with nice tan cascading head that left a spotty lace. The scent had subtle malt and roast notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was a subtle sweet roast and chocolate malt base with hints of coffee presence. The mouthfeel was smooth in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a great beer.
Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by shelby415 from Oregon

Aug 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Apr 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. I did not realize that I had not review this brew before. I have had this many times before, looking forward to trying again.
Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Jan 30, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pitch black appearance with a large, mocha colored head and lots of lacing; a real treat for the eyes. Charred malt aroma, with notes of coffee, smoke and bittersweet chocolate. Roasted malts rule the taste, but sufficient hops help maintain a good balance. Smooth, full bodied mouthfeel that is nicely carbonated. Dry, bitter, lingering finish. Very enjoyable.
Nov 13, 2020
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.12 by TrojanRB from Texas

Sep 18, 2019
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.09 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Aug 04, 2019
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev 0%
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
 
Rated: 4.18 by Happyyb from New Hampshire

Jun 03, 2019
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Reviewed by RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Reviewed by RockHop from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Reviewed by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.02 by JamesGrove from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by WDPark from West Virginia

Jan 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.26 by Stevendawn18 from Florida

Jan 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.6 by porterman66 from Massachusetts

Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by twosheds from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by mamaraza from Texas

Nov 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by egrandfield from Massachusetts

Oct 10, 2018
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.17 by bobstockwell from Massachusetts

Sep 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Aug 12, 2018
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Rated by nmwhitehead from New York

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark.
Expected oatmeal like scent.
Classic taste of a stout, with a slight coffee like after taste.
Aug 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.53 by TomWight from New York

Jul 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.76 by Roberto11232 from New York

Jun 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by brewnme from Maine

May 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Feb 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.22 by nsfenxer from Massachusetts

Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by coshag from Massachusetts

Dec 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mthomp081 from Delaware

Dec 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by alexsergio from New York

Dec 09, 2017
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