Ipswich Oatmeal Stout | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001

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Photo of xXTequila
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stout is great. as black as french roast coffee with a really thick head that looks almost like a friendlys coffee frappe with a nice oatmeal smell and a creamy coffee and slighty unsweetened chocolate taste with a nice all around smokiness.
I think i found a new favourite stout.

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Photo of marcrj
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ink black with a slight creamy head, smells of coffee and dark chocolate, mouthfeel is so rich it is indulgence. If price point is of interest, at 7.99 a 6 pack, this beer is a walk away winner. Thank you Ipswich for crafting a winner I can actually afford to drink regularly. I'm getting spoiled.

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Photo of Wamesit
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black with almost raisin/tan head that gives way to moderate lacing.

S - Deep roasted, near burnt, coffee malts. Cocoa. Dextrin sweetness with just the faintest hint of floral hops buried deep.

T - Unreal. Rich and roasted. All kinds of malt flavors rush at you. Chocolate gives way to a bit of caramel which in turn gives way to deep profound roasted coffee. The finish is floral hops and a legitimate aged tobacco flavor. So many powerful flavors and yet so balanced. Delicious is an understatement.

M - Full, robust, almost rotund, and smooth. Light carbonation.

D- One glass begs for another. So many flavors to examine. Best Oatmeal Stout around.

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Photo of acevenom
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a dimpled mug. Pours black with a two-finger length tan head. Some lacing is left on the glass as the head dissipates. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The taste follows the nose. It's very roasty with chocolate and coffee notes. I get some of that oatmeal flavor as well. There is some roastiness in the aftertaste. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is fairly high and the oatmeal helps smooth the beer. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- While pouring it looks like black ink. Get a Thick mocha head and a pitch black body.
S- Huge oatmeal aromas up front, sweet coffee and chocolate blended together. You can almost smell a cream in there. Hints of burnt malts come through too.
T- Big oatmeal flavor mixed with some hop spice. The hop flavor really doesn't come through and it is just like a bitter oatmeal, amazing! Light coffee, chocolate blend like in the aroma. Also following the aroma you get flavors of burnt/charred malts.
M- You get the creamy feel you want with a oatmeal stout but at same the carbonation does come out and tickle the tongue to make sure it isn't to creamy.
D- I wish I could give this brew a 4.999. The only reason the mouthfeel is lowered is just since that would take the littlest off the score. I don't think it is a perfect 5 but it is one of the closest beers to a perfect. I wish I could get this here.

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Photo of TheTruffleHog
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drink this fine fine stout with spoot129 and wbrown, and it truly is what I think of when I think of stout. The appearance is totally opaque, with a great cremy head, smell is espresso, chocolate, malt, and that distinctive american hop bite. The taste is warm, malty, and heavy, but the hops are not obscured. The finishing taste is incredibly similar to the lingering bite of espresso. The mouthfeel is incredibly viscous and chewy, which is everything a stout should be. The drinkability I have to give a 4.5 because while it is very drinkable for the style, I have to apply force to get it into my mouth and down my throat. Its like a beer-frappe. Great stout from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of billybob
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours absolutely black with a dense foam tan cap that just sits on top of the beer and a fair amount of lace.

mild aromas of roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal.

big taste to this beer rich roasted malt. burnt bitter coffee, hint of bitter chocolate fills your mouth with thier big flavors.

smooth with medium to full mouthfeel blending nicely with that big taste.

can't wait to get more, and thier 12 beer sample pack is a great buy all good beers.

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Photo of PatriotsRule
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite brews of all time.
A: Nice deep black with ample cream colored craggy head and appetizing lacing
S: Hoppy with a bit of roasted oats
T: All of the best flavours as one. Reminds me not only of oatmeal but of pear and cheddar.
M: Spice is minimal but the beer has a real kick to it. Crisp and smooth, not too syrupy
O: Better than the best oatmeal if you ask me, and I am an oatmeal lover. I wonder if this was brewed with apple cinnamon, because it is most definitely a real oatmeal in this tasty pick

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Photo of Botulizard
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
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 tkelley
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a bulb style glass. It had been hiding in my closet rather than my fridge, so there isnt any chill to take the edge off.

Really dark, silty brown body with a light brown head. Not a lot of foam on top, but it lingers wonderfully and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is not overpowering at all. Roasted malt is the most prominent, but there is more hopiness there than there normally is in an oatmeal stout. I think the oatmeal provides a good smooth cereal scent to balance out the roast and the hops. There are obvious chocolate and coffee notes, but that might just be the roastiness.

Taste is great. This is one of my favorite beers. The roast is so warm and wonderful. There's enough alcohol presence that you notice it and helps you take it easy, resulting in a longer period of enjoyment.

Ipswich makes a very smooth product, and it shows here. Its velvety and slick. Really nice. Just... great. It is a pleasure to drink this beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a solid, opaque black, much like used motor oil, topped with a thick, dense crop of ashy brown foam. The head hold pretty steady throughout, diminishing to about an eighth of an inch and going nowhere. Loads of belgian lace rings laddering down the glass.
The aroma is mostly bittersweet chocolate and oatmeal. The patmeal lends a pleasant, satisfying smoothness to the rather coarse malt, in perhaps less abundance than your average oatmeal stout. Som light coffee and burnt notes, with a slight toffee sweetness. A vague suggestion of herbal hops, with a bit of plum and berry fruitiness. A bit of apparent yeast adds a rural woodsiness to the overall feel.
The flavor is surprisingly robust, the grainy, slightly chewy malt only mostly kept in check with the oatmeal softness. Charred malt and baker's chocolate up front, intensely bittersweet, with a lighter, less harsh coffee flavor mingling with a bit of toffee sweetness. The oatmeal is present throughout, distributed sparingly as to not compromise the rough-hewn surface of the malt, but still presenting an underlying smoothness, adding some weight to the body. Some yeast is present as well, contributing a slight bready, woody flavor, as well as adding to the body. A touch of blackberry creeps through into the finish, with a light herbal/floral hopping, contributing flavor rather than any noticable bittering. A mild charred astringency in the finish, with the woody yeast flavor asserting it's presence. A suggestion of black cherry right in the end, continuing into the lingering aftertaste with bitter chocolatey malt. Small bubbled carbonation with a burly assertiveness easily carries the flavor, contributing to the harshness in the finish. Fairly full bodied, with a rough-edged, backwoodsy feel tamed slightly by the oatmeal.
Easily one of my favorite oatmeal stouts, if not my top pick. Nothing weak or restrained about this beer, this is oatmeal stout for serious stout drinkers. If this beer was a person, it would have a huge beard, lots of scars and carry an axe at all times.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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 RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout has a very thick, creamy, tan head, lots of thick lacing left behind on the glass, and a very dark (essentially, black) appearance. The aroma is of very sweet, dark-roasted, chocolatey, barley malt, with coffee notes. It smells a lot like a chocolate oatmeal cookie. The flavor is of rich, sweet, chocolate, dark coffee, heavy, but pleasant bitterness, oatmeal, and black bread. There is an acidic sourness, too. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and slimy, and Ipswich Oatmeal Stout finishes semi-dry, sweet, and drinkable. The alcohol is simply not picked up with this one. Overall, this is an outstanding beer!


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Photo of Shovelbum
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a frothy mocha colored one finger head over a solid black body. Head recedes in due time leaving sheets of lace. Aromas of roasted barley and espresso. Roasted barley and coffee are present in the flavor as well, along with a hint of chocolate. Mild sweetness. Citric hop bitterness is noticeable, not overpowering, and at just the right level to provide balance. The oatmeal provides a full body with a remarkably smooth mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish.

This stout is so smooth it feels like you are drinking a frappe. There’s a nice assortment of complementary flavors that achieve complexity without screaming for attention. Another outstanding ale from Ipswich.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ipswich Stout....

Appearance-thick black color, tan foamy head that rises up and stays there, looks great.

Smell-coffee, chocolate, alcohol, hops, malt, I get everything.

Taste/Mouthfeel-chocolatey and really flavorful, also hints of coffee and hops throughout. Full taste, refreshing almost, great all the way down.

Drinkability-no notice of alcohol, well hidden.

Overall-fantastic, one of the best stouts I've ever had. Great stuff. Kudos to Ipswich.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Admiraldinty
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer. Absolutely black with a nice head. Exceptionally smooth on the palate with very noticeable coffee and chocolate. I could drink this stuff all day. My father, who is a Sam Adams fanatic, and not really into stouts, has become a stout-a-holic because of Ipswich.

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Photo of corey0212
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this one for a few years, so I feel like I'm finally ready to give it a proper review!

Pours pitch-black, some brown highlights when held up to the light.... vigorous pour produces a massive and glorious mocha-colored head that fades very slowly and leaves nice patches of lacing. Dark roasted malts in the nose, chocolate-covered espresso beans, charred wood. Lots of coffee taste...strong black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nicely charred edges, and a barely detectable hoppy bitterness. Creamy as hell, full-bodied, tons of lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. I could drink this all year long...and I do! One of my personal favorites, and made locally! Just a brilliant beer, and this is the Oatmeal Stout I use as a basis for comparison for anything else in the style.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of MaryG
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a nice dark color that would intimidate a novice beer drinker. The taste of this beer is smooth and very well balanced. After the first sip the lighter body quelled the fear of the darker color.

This beer is surprisingly hoppy for a stout!

Hints of chocolate and coffee don't overtake your pallet but definitely add to the character of the beer.

Overall an enjoyable brew!

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Photo of parris
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell - Cocoa, a hint of malt, molasses

Appearance - Black, thick tan/brown head

Taste - Chocolate, a hint of burnt malt, coffee

Mouthfeel - Fairly light bodied, crisp

Overall - Being a really common beer from the area, that doesn't have any sort of cult following, I was surprised at how easy drinking, yet perfectly balanced, yet somewhat unique this beer is.

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Photo of DVTO2
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK. I'm on a stout kick and have had trouble finding much variety in the stores around here. The local brew pub lost their brewer so it's pretty slim pickens, but this just came in to the local liquor store and it's a keeper. It has a nice dark color. The head is nicely colored as well, with kind of a mocha chocolate hue. It get's a bit thin as you drink it, however, especially for an oatmeal stout. The taste is amazing, with a kind of thick, satisfying blend of hops and a rich sweetness including chocolate and espresso. About the only criticism I can think of is the label, which is kind of bland and boring, but maybe that will grow on me.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of erosier
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/black color with a thick tan head that laces the glass all the way down. Great look to it. It has a sweet oatmealy aroma with hints of chocolate in the body. The taste is really good. Very nice sweet malty body with hints of chocolate at the end. Goes down really smooth as it has a nice velvety mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation which makes it a really drinkable beer. A must try for all the stout drinkers out there.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears black with a dark tan head that fades to a cap. Nice lacing. A few yeasties swirling around that got unlodged from the bottom of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and powdery oats. Very roasty.

The flavor is bittersweet chocolate up front, followed by notes of caramel and coffee. Flash of bitterness on the finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel is creamy but not heavy at all. Smells heavier than it is. Proper mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout, but not as dry as others.

Overall, super enjoyable. I love this one. Smells and tastes almost like a imperial coffee stout, but drinks much easier. Grab this.

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