Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout
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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #14
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,906
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
415
Ratings:
924
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Ipswich Ale Brewery
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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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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Reviews by metter98:
Photo of metter98
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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of yankeeheel
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. What an incredibly great stout. Pours opauqe black with a tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells strongly of dark chocalte, malts, and coffe. The taste is superb. Dark malts and oatmeal envelope your tounge, then the creaminess from the oatmel takes over with slightly dry finish. Needless to say it has a very nice mouthfeel. A highly quaffable stout. A must try for stout lovers.
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Edit 1/12/04: After much further product testing I have to go back and give this a 5 for taste. It simply crushes most other stouts I've tried.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark side of the moon black with the slimmest slice of lightening along the bottom edge of the pint glass. The mochachino colored crown is thick and rich, having already started to lay down an impressive array of intricate lace.

This is exactly how a stout (oatmeal or otherwise) should smell. IOS is wonderfully roasted malty, with plenty of dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee beans. Given the three hop additions and the 60 IBUs, I'm surprised that hops aren't more prominent. Perhaps they will be on the palate.

This is great beer! Forget subtlety. Stouts need to be big and bold and... stout, dammit! With such a massive explosion of flavor that shocks the taste buds and then seeps in like melted chocolate, what's not to like? And I thought Ipswich IPA was delicious (it is, by the way).

Highly hopped stouts are often amazing (see St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout). The bitterness and hop flavor seem to highlight the dark maltiness even more and make the beer POP! on the palate. This Mercury Brewing brew is full-to-bursting with intense chocolate and iced espresso. Whatever hops were used (at least one of the C-hops, no doubt) provide a relentless undercurrent of bitter citrus peel that is fandamntastic.

The mouthfeel is good, not great. In the end, it needs just a touch more creamy fullness and a little less carbonation.

The hop barrage and the ABV probably disqualify Ipswich Oatmeal Stout as a session beer. That's okay, I rarely session anyway. This expertly crafted ale is a tribute to its brewers and is a beer that I would love to have access to. If you do, consider yourself fortunate.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
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.

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

This is a bold, beautiful stout with a fantastically complex nose of molasses,sorghum, roasted coffee, cream, chocolate malt, some dark fruit and char.

The flavor is a bit subdued but smooth and delicious. There's a ribbon of sweetness that tastes like marshmallow cream, caramel and toffee. The stout like characteristics then shine through with roast, char, chocolate malt and Graham cracker. All the while I tastes tinges of molasses and dark fruit. Supposedly this was just $5 for a bomber, it was given to me. If that's the case this may be the best deal in craft beer.

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Photo of keithmurray
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

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Photo of -Andrew-
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black with brown head that dissipated pretty quickly, but left brown lacing that stuck around pretty much throughout.

S: Fantastic. Smells very strongly of roasty chocolate malts.

T: The bottle speaks of "chocolate notes". Oh Ipswich, don't be so modest! This beer tastes overwhelmingly of chocolate. Despite it being called an oatmeal stout, I don't get a lot of oatmeal taste compared to something like a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Nonetheless, I get some oatmeal notes (along with a bitter, dark coffee) on the aftertaste.

M: Feels exactly how it looks. Thick, robust, and hearty. Very satisfying.

O: A truly phenomenal brew. For the style, maybe it loses some fraction of a point for having more chocolate flavor than oatmeal, but either way, this is a great beer. Absolutely incredible.

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Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oynx under brown.
Nose of charred oats and general burntness. Simple prelude, but effective.
Immediately, roastedness strikes. Like those last couple ounces of coffee that have been sitting on the burner for the past 5 hours and migrating towards some sort of asphalt-like sludge. Charcoal is here too, all smoky and ashen. Conjoined within are loads of Black malt harshness. Oats provide levity, with flaked, floating, creamy sweetness, coupled with impressions of molasses and liquorice. Hopping is appropriate and limited, but occasional flourishes of leafed herbs squeak out. The afterglow is all French vanilla cappucino.
It begins a bit thin, but gains heft as it sits as it morphs into a lightly diluted cream, with just a trickle or two of carbonation.
Drinkable en masse.
Great oaty here.

Thanks yankeeheel

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Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a dimpled glass.

The color is a dark black with little highlights, a finger of light brownish head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is of dark roasted malt, some slight coffee aroma, hint of dark fruit with a nice dark chocolate mixed in as well.

The taste is of roasted malt, some coffee and cocoa flavor. There is some nice dried dark chocolate that makes for a yearning for a little shot of whip cream.

A really great stout, this a really great feeling beer with a big feel and big flavor. It is smooth with a slight milky feel and goes down well.

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Photo of PStriedl
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Furley80
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aracauna
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head was small, but was that hot chocolate foam color and consistency that just drives me wild. Body was appropriately dark, even with only two sips left in the glass, it remained opaque except at the edges. Sweet, roasty aroma. A bit of burned marshmallows in the flavor. Hops noticeable but not overbearing, but give the beer a slight metallic flavor.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of Norica - thanks!

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger frothy tan head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and another aroma in a lot of oatmeal stouts that's vanilla-like.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts up front with a good amount of chocolate flavors coming through all the way up until the end, where a bitterness halfway in between coffee and hop bitterness comes into play.

Mouthfeel is good. It's smooth enough, but I'd like just a bit more body and a bit less carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could certainly drink a few of these on a cold day.

Overall this is a tasty oatmeal stout that's worth a shot - very well done. Thanks again to Norica for sending this one along!

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Photo of Dools9
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/24/12 poured into a tulip.

A: Pitch black in color, two finger creamy brown head will not go away. Laces like a boss.

S: Sweet bittersweet chocolate upfront, light coffee, light molasses, hints of oats.

T: Heavy dark roasted malts, bittersweet dark cocoa, some espresso bitterness, lurking in the back are raisin and plum. Just a tad smokiness lingers. Big time flavors going on here.

M: Medium body, smooth and silky on the mouth.

O: Excellent, flavorful oatmeal stout. Ipswich hit the nail on the head with this one. At 10 bucks a sixer, it might be one of the most affordable top notch stouts money can buy.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kunzbrew
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an opaque jet black with a big tan creamy head, that leaves a nice silky, sexy behind.

Roasted coffee malts fill the nose with great pleasure. Hops are light which suits the style. Oats are also noted.

This full bodied brew needs to be chewed before swallowing, boy I really like that in a nice stout. The robust malts fill the palate with a coffee flavor that is to die for. The hops are light in bitterness but that is the style.

Overall this is a nice brew.

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Photo of rgirl
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gonzo000
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%

a. Nice dark beer with a thin tan head.

s. Malt on malt and a bit of coffee

t. Smooth stout - malt, burnt carmel, coffee

o. a bit watery, but still outstanding. Not heavy - an early fall type of stout. Will revisit soon.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2.14, from notes.

Pours black with a darker tan head than I was expecting, hmm this could be good. A ring lasts throughout the session, not too much lacing really.

Surprisingly fruity in the aroma, but that's not to say that it doesn't exhibit the qualities you would expect in an oatmeal stout. Roasted malts, check. There are some hops here too, a little distracting but ok. Chocolate comes through a tad. Taste follows and is pleasant enough. Some of the fruitiness mid palate leading into a charred toast finish.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel is pretty standard as far as oatmeal stouts go. Never felt overbearing or too thick for the flavor profile. Overall this is a pretty nice beer and definitely well made and approachable for its interesting 7% ABV. It also worked well in a batch of beer brownies.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of PatandDavid
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones. One of those dark as night pours, the head was gone so fast, I didn't get a good glimpse. Chocolate brownie meets espresso aroma is huge. Taste is similar to all dark roast, with some 70% dark chocolate in the finish. Sheet lacing left through-out the glass. Mouthfeel was a good medium and rather chewy.

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Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of JoePais. Thanks for the fantastic extra! Pours a dark black with lots of floaties in it. Nice big brown lasting creamy head with lacing. Smell is dark dry roastiness, ash, coffee, cream. Taste is dark roasty semi creamy bittersweet roastiness. Slightly thin body but just a great flavor. Slightly ashy, burnt and bitter finish that I really liked. Moderate to high carbonation, and this is a really nice oatmeal stout. Thanks again!

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