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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1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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2.35/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

color - 3 - cola colored, clear but too dark to see through
smell - 3 - charcoal, hops, almost a salty scent
taste - 2 - smoke, scorched, hoppy to a fault
mouthfeel - 2.5 - thin, too thin for stout
drinkability - 2 - too bitter and burnt for drinking, great for cooking - would make a nice chili or au jus

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tasted like a Black IPA.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark as strongly brewed black coffee, espresso crema style head that poured to about 1" with a maintained 1/4" head while drinking. Seemed to have a moderate amount of carbonation along the sides of the glass. A minor bit of sediment was left in the bottom of the glass upon finishing.

Smell: Smells mostly of coffee with hint of rich chocolate. Smells smokey almost sharp burnt smell, touch of metallic smell.

Taste: Tastes strongly of coffee, and smoked almost burnt barley, which gives the heavy smokey taste. Chocolate and caramel resonate at times.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, smooth, with a bit of a carbonation bite similar to rootbeer. Medium thickness

Overall: The touch of chocolate does help to even out this brew and makes it more fitting to the style. I do prefer this style to be less carbonated and slightly thicker than this brew. Overall rating of fitting to the style would be average in my book.

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2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

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2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle courtesy of apollokim, thanks Kim!

Poured into a Red Lobster Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours an deep black, almost no light at all to be seen with this beer. Slight, extremely dark brown highlights, but outside of that this beer is completely opaque. Builds a great 2.5-fingered, cola colored head with okay retention. Moderate lacing.

S - Smell is very bitter and acidic. Getting lots of semi-sweet chocolate but the malts and few-day old coffee smell overwhelm the nose. Slight hops at the end.

T - Taste, like the nose, is extremely forward with the bitterness. From the initial taste, which is rich in dark chocolate and roasted malts, it takes a bitter spiral down through the espresso notes, which steep for far too long in the mouth. From mid-taste all the way to the hoppy finish, the bitterness just creeps and lingers for far too long. Mixed with the bitterness from the hops, it creates an uncomfortably long, bitter finish. It's a vicious cycle, as I want to drink more to wash it away, but it comes back with a vengeance.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and well-carbonated. Unfortunately as mentioned with the taste, the finish is way too bitter and actually a bit watery. Alcohol is well-masked, however.

D - Drinkability is low. The first few sips were enjoyable, but as the beer drinks, the bitterness just compounds on itself and it's a bit of a bitter pill to swallow.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Solid stout but did not standout among other oatmeal stouts i have had

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3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another head dominate beer. I begin to wonder if someone doesn't like me very much. Suds dominate most of the glass, but isn't anywhere near dense, thank goodness. Every ounce results in a near spill. A deep brown at the base, it lightens to a tan color at the lip of the glass. Once it falls, the lace completely coats the glass. No webbing or veins. It veils the glass completely.

Sharp & intensely saturated with blackened raisins, burnt fudge, charred marshmallows, & a splash of alcohol. Coffee is there, but it takes a back seat about five rows deep & is only acknowledged once your throat clears.

Taste from beginning to end is roasted coffee, cindered barbecue, & paper. Backwash is a continuously bitter spinach.

Stiffly carbonated, the body is underweight. Ashy; not the feel I was expecting. It itches.

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3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good dark head, strong oatmeal nose. Starts out with a sweet malty taste but gradually goes to a slightly hoppy finish. Very dark and chewy - a good oatmeal

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my Deschutes snifter, Ipswitch Oatmeal Stout is a pitch brownish black with a dark tan head that leaves light lace.

Smell is sweeter, dark fruits, crystal, oats, chocolate,

Taste is not nearly as sweet, there is a pretty big roast and hefty bitterness here, loads of unsweetened chocolate, some caramel, leafy hops. This didn't really do much for me, and was overall a bit to astringent for my taste.

Mouthfeel is not nearly as smooth as I expect from an Oatmeal Stout, there is a sharp, dry, prickly feel to the carbonation, but it softened somewhat as it warmed from fridge temp.

Drinkability is ok, but this wasn't my taste in the style at all...the bitterness is too acrid, and the sweetness is a malty flavor I don't really care for. Overall it reminded me of a stale, generic milk chocolate bar.

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