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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
ipswichalebrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,418
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
894
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
4.56
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
106
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 406
Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great melange of coffee, some chocolate. Incredibly smooth and well malted for drinkability. Ice cream mouthfeel. Some vanilla,chocolate in finish full mouthfeel. Superior stout and oatmeal stout. Dark coloured body and some mocha soapy head. Great nose of roast.Only critique is a mid-sip temporary dryness.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with Norica. The beer pours pure black. Even in front of a light this beer is pure black. The head was a dark brown. I've only come across 2 beers now that are darker than this in my 986 beers sampled.

The smell was nutty and roasted. There was a very slight oatmeal quality once I started looking for it. Smells like its going to be a strong beer.

The taste confirms that. Its very agressive in every aspect. Its pretty bitter and very thick, due to the oatmeal no doubt. There was plenty of roasted flavors and a medium coffee presence. I found it odd though that there was hop flavor in this beer. Overall its a nice flavor but its a real kick in the ass.

The beer is a little more bitter than I would like for a beer of this style. It is drinkable but its heavy in my stomach.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer for sure.. on a nice chilly weekend like this past one this was the perfect beer to be sipping on. Pours jet black with a nice tan head to it.. tons of lacing. Smell is of some dark fruits. Taste is super, super creamy and just full of flavor. Some nice roasted malt flavor, some dark fruit flavor, and even some smokiness flavor all mixed together. Superior drinkability for its 7% ABV.. just all around a great beer and the whole Ipswich mixed 12 pack (for only $14.99) has to be one of the best 12 packs out there, give it a try!

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant Stout that brings a creamy and volumptuous pour. Dark, dark brown with heavy transluscent nature. Very well headed with a froathy tan foamstance boldly laces and retains the entire session.

Basic and soft aromas of heavy toast, light nutty coffees, milky caramelly malts, and modest chocolates. No real esters and only an herbal hop scent.

Flavors are well balanced with the roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and oat-heavy creams. The coffee and chocolate notes carry with them nuttiness, toffee, and sweet cocoa. Simple and pure Oatmeal Stout taste- predictable and enjoyable taste. No off flavors at all.

Very creamy, full, and rich mothfeel without inviting chewiness, heaviness, or viscousness. This beer is moderate through and through. A linger of roasted grains endure deep in the finish are return in the aftertaste without astringency or unnecessary bite. Hopped for balance and that's all. This is a great example of the style.

Thanks Steve.

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Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-2012
Bumping up scores as this is a pretty substantial and flavorful oatmeal stout. Chocolate sweetness and hints of char and smoke, espresso too.

01-01-2008
Sample courtesy of Jay23, thanks!

Spotty lacing left by the thin layer of tan foam sitting on top of the opaque black body. Roasted barley and chocolate malt in the nose, robust feeling.

Flavors of charred malt, plum, slightly sweet and a little boozy. Aftertaste is somewhat earthy, chalky and dries out the palate. After having several other big beers, my impression was that this was a good stout, but more dry and boozy than what I would normally look for in an Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a nice tan head that drops quickly and leaves a few strips of lacing

Smell: Wafts of semisweet chocolate, oats and undertones of coffee; rich roasted aromatics

Taste: Starts out with a rich semisweet chocolate flavor that yields to some roasty bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee and bitter flavors reappear and join the sweeter chocolate to the finish; slightly minty at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal

Drinkability: An excellent example of the style that is a joy to consume

Thanks, ClockworkOrange and donkeyrunner, for the awesome treat

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle.

Pours nearly black with a large and durable tan head. Nice lacing.

The aroma carries more hops [English hops?] than expected. Some off-notes in the aroma and, more so, the flavor. Mildly bitter.

O: disappointing, especially given the high ratings on BA. The discrepancy along with an overly aggressive, frothy head and off-notes make me suspect I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewed,

Poured from bottle into goblet.

A: Good thick creamy darker colored head that fades slowly, nice layered lacing, pitch black color.

N: Nose brings roasted malts out front, roasted barley is the big part of this, maybe overpowering a bit with a touch of campfire smoke, then some then some dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, and tons of chewy oats, oatmeal, toasted oats, etc.

T: Taste brings more roasty flavors, roasted malts, bitterness, a little acrid and astringent almost. Then more chocolaty, dark chocolate, powdered, little chalky, toasted cocoa pebbles almost, light toasted grain. Then lots of oats, oatmeal, creamy, toasted oats especially. nice cocoa laden oatmeal. Finish is a bit more earthy bittering hops, acrid over roasted malts lingering, little creamy oats, chocolate, and spicy hop finish, fairly dry but sticky.

M: Creamy and rich with good carbonation.

Overall not bad, but not the best. The bitterness gets a bit astringent and over bitter with both spicy earthy hops, and the acrid roasted malt going overboard a bit. Chewy, lots of oats, nice chocolate cocoa but a bit powdered, little too roasty overall.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: Very rich chocolaty aroma, with compliments of roasted malt & coffee.

T: The taste is extremely creamy with flavors of dark chocolate, caramelized malt, coffee, some smokiness and a faint touch of hops. The dark chocolate bitterness increases a bit as the beer warms. After-taste maintains the chocolate & coffee malt flavors.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation but a little fizzy for a stout, finish is a little sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, kind of filling, but this beer is an excellent sipper.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a near opque black but for a glimmer of ruby showing through,a thinner but well retained tannish colored head atop.A mix of roasted coffee and mollases stick out the most in the nose.A great mix of heavy roast and softer sweet flavors,dark roast coffee, along with a little wood, meld into molasses and chocolate flavors,there is a softness to the beer wich is nice.A very nice oatmeal stout,you would never know the alcohol content.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Big thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this bottle.

Pours a very dark brown that borders on black with a good tan head. Head lasts for quite some time and leaves behind really nice lacing. The nose is really quite nice with roasted malt, toasted oats, coffee, and a good dose of chocolate. The taste carries the same components, but they don't meld and pop as much as in the flavor. Really nice body; creamy and delicious. I love getting extras like this--a brewery I had never heard of before this that brings a really solid offering to my glass.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 894 ratings
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