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 Hibernator
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass.

Appearance was jet black with a beautiful off brown color head. Noticable lacings stick and stay on the sides of the glass.

I smell coffee, dairy and hops.

Taste is very robust, yet smooth. This beer has a creamy taste and a complex finish with bitterness and a trace of hops. Low carbonation and a very drinkable stout. Roasted flavors and sweetness are also present.

I am really enjoying this Oatmeal Stout. I had a growler of this beer several years ago, but I don't remember it being this good. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a beer! Thanks to wyllder for this one. This was one of the best I've ever had. Pours black as night...real thick and creamy. Beautiful foamy brown head. Smells great!! Complex body of roasted nuts, chocolate, and espresso comes wafting out of the glass. This brew is mighty tasty! Pefectly balanced malts, a hint of sweetness, nutiness, and a brush of an alcohol finish that leaves you wanting more. Drinkability: Are you kidding me? I had to force myself to only drink one...at a time! This is a great beer. If you can get it, buy it. Buy all of it and enjoy it.

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Photo of wyllder
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Appearance: Oily black/brown in appearance. Almost opaque but allows for just the slightest hint of light to slip through. Pours from the bottle with a small, lingering tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, oatmeal, espresso, alcohol all show up with a faint background of earthy floral hops. This is a real treat for the nose.

Taste: Starts with a good stout kick. Just enough hops to hit the front of the palate with a pleasant bitterness before the espresso, oatmeal and finally the chocolate flavors make themselves known. Finishes with a delicious espresso aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy. This is fun to savor.

Drinkability: I've always found stouts to be tough on the drinkability scale. This one, like only the best stouts, is a pleasant exception to that personal rule.

If you like stouts, don't miss it. If you don't like stouts, this one might just win you over.


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Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Released from a 12 oz. dark brown bottle, with an unassuming black & white clipper ship motif label. Whoa! Land ho! Reached the beach into a big tulip glass. Used motor oil black pour with a tight sticky ½ “ dark tan head, that spiderwebs down the glass.

Scents are dark roasted malt coffee and Hostess twinkie sweet.

Creamy dark black coffee roast flavor. Quite dark in the oatmeal stoudt realm. Mature roasted maltiness with an imperial stoudt hops whip-around finish.

Tough chewy body, burnt toast, oh and microwave burned popcorn aftertaste. Yeah, you know what I mean. Oily hops flows out in the finish.

Last swigs: Burnt toast scents & flavor. Almost but not quite getting to the Black Strap molasses and ‘cigarette ash black’ flavor. WEYERBACHER Black Hole has it beat by an ash. The differatiation between Imperial & Oatmeal Stoudt tends to be a grey area. This is all over that grey-heck-black is more appropriate. Bitter dark with a slight sizzle.

Beer is good. Happy dark beering.

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Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, largely opaque, there is only a slight dark brown highlight. Ideal color. A light brown head of two fingers in height stylishly topped off the beer. The head retention was excellent; a firm, foamy cap lasted for a long while, almost for the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was sporadic and webby. One sniff and the beer said, “I’m an Oatmeal Stout dummy!” Is there an aroma better on earth then a perfectly crafted Oatmeal Stout? I think not. Succulent sweetness from the oats blends effortlessly with chocolate notes. The chocolate is absolutely lovely! A bit of modestly roasted coffee beans and a kiss of milky sweetness that finds a home with a return of the chocolate. The potency is very sturdy. Inviting. The palate is astringent upfront with more burnt flavors than the nose let on. How sneaky! The hops seem more playful too, herbal and modestly bitter. The sweetness of the oats is a little too soft. The chocolate flavors are more bittersweet than anything. Regardless this is a tasty Oatmeal Stout, it is plenty hearty with subtle graceful qualities. The finish is long, more bitter then many Oatmeal Stouts (a nod to its heartiness); there is also a sweetness then dances with modest chocolate flavors. It is simply lovely. Medium-full in body with modestly low but natural carbonation. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and filling. I really liked this beer, it was much bigger than any Oatmeal Stout I’ve had, maybe this is not traditional but it is very tasty and damn drinkable. Thank you drweizen for the bottle in the BIF 5 package!

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Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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 scriabin
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like beer, and you like oatmeal stouts, and you aren't allergic to yeast, alcohol, or malt, then I bet you will like this fine midnight black stout. The taste is a great blend of chocolate, hops, and espresso with many other flavors that keeps me coming back for more. The texture is smooth and creamy with lively yet not overwhelming carbonation. Must drink more...

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Photo of bewley
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We drink this one a lot. It has a predominant smoky flavour of burnt coffee and yeast. The nose is sweet, like burnt sugar or toffee. It has good carbonation, is medium to heavy bodied and is for sale at the local packy (at least it was when we lived in MA). Honestly, this is a good example of an oatmeal stout IMO.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mediocre head when poured yielding an opaque black in color.The head had a coffee color.The aroma was all burnt or roasted malt.Very sweet on the finish.Had like a milk stout finish.The finish was also dry leaving a hop bitterness,coffee taste,and hints of roasted grains.I think this is the first Oatmeal Stout I've ever had so I cannot relate it to anything.Hops become more noticed after a few sips.A good thickness and not watered down which makes for a great stout.Full bodied and also easy on the mouthfeel.Creamy with a slight carbonated bite to it.Leaves a lingering burnt malt and coffee taste in the mouth.I'd prefer one of these to a Guinness anyday when drinking Stouts.Rings of spotty lace left after each sip.A bready aroma is noted.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout tastes like a removed cousin of Brooklyn Black, but far better. Of chocolate brownie with a shot of espresso, there's a definite finality to this beer with its declaration of flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly chalky, but no doubt hearty from the oatmeal. Not as silky as I'd expect, yet much richer, too. This beer lingers with light smoke and charcoal -- black patent and chocolate mat brought to the limit.

The patent contributes a touch too much burnt grain bitterness, clashing with the hops, that simplifies this otherwise complex beer. Roasted to the brink of nuclear war, but stil rounded. I don't get much unmalted barley character, making this beer seem more like a deeply burnt porter than a true stout, but I know it's in there.

A bit more hops and Mercury's got one hell of an imperial stout on its hands.

Thanks to yankeeheel.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
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 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 francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a deep, dark, opaque black colour with a rich, dense, head of beige/tan foam. The aromas are all roasty/toasty with hints of dark fruits, rich roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and more. The taste is quite smokey, boozy, roasty/toasty, and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick with a lovely finish, and the drinkability is superb!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a deep tan head. Gobs of dark-hued lace platered to the pint glass.
Aroma of heavy oats and bread, black licorice, roasted barley and some coffee.
Flavors of coffee, roasted barley, grain and then a hint of mint (I guess from hop bitterness) on the finish. Nice transition in this beer.
Mouthfeel is creamy upfront then abruptly cuts to a dry, spicy and alcoholic finish. Slightly burnt or charcoal aftertaste is interesting.
Drinkability is good but aftertaste is not completely desirable.

Thanks to PBrian for this stout.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, big dark creamy head with retention and stickiness. Leafy hops and acidic roasted malts are at the forefront of the aroma. Flavor also has a large acidity, along with solid bitterness. I find the flavor to be not quite as interesting as the aroma, but very good nonetheless. Feel is smooth and silky with a small alcohol presence. Easy drinking.

One of the best brews from New England in my opinion.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a tenebrous, nearly black color with a medium thick light brown head. Head retention is not great and the lacing is good. The aroma is very roasty coffee and grain. Rich and satisfyingly tasty, with a pleasing blend of coffee, malt, and chocolate. There is an underlying faint sweetness throughout as well. The deceptively bitter finish kind of worms its way in. The hops are enough to keep this beer very drinkable. Overall I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of edchicma
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

IMHO, Ipswich makes some really fine brews, and this one is up at the top rung of excellence. Apppearance was almost black with a big creamy head. Coffee and malt aromas are strong and balanced betwen the two. Taste was excellent...as with the smell, coffee and malt flavors were very prominent and blended. Hop element became evident in the aftertaste and further complemented the overall experience. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and drinkability was good, with a decent smooth quality.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

black with a thin brown head that lessens with a little time. chocolatey and coffee like aromas dominate, slight licorice and fruit aromas as well. dry chocolate and coffee dominates the taste as well, but to better effect than the smell, grainy, slightly buttery, toasted sometimes burnt flavors with a more hops biting at the end than expected, contributing to the dryness. some smoky qualities in both aroma and taste. nice clean mouthfeel for a stout like this. a really nice stout, thats very drinkable due in part to it's nice clean finish.

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Photo of aracauna
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Gusler
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer disembogues as “Dark As The Inside Of A Cow”, a term that was used by a good friend who was killed in Viet Nam 35 years ago today! So I honor his memory with this beer.

The head is modest in size, frothy in texture and a nice chocolate color, the lace forms a nice covering for the glass. Sweet chocolate, coffee, and the marvelous aroma of roasted grain make up the crisp, fresh and clean nose; start is thickly malt, ambrosial and the top rich and full in its feel to the palate. Finish is devastatingly acidic, the hops powerful in their bite, but pleasing to the palate, aftertaste bitter-sweet chocolate dry, a fine beer from a fine brewery, that I see only rarely these days and this bottle was a gift from “UncleJimbo”, on his recent “Whirlwind tour of Phoenix, Sky Harbor Air Port, McDowell Road, and Papago Brewery.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been meaning to try this beer for awhile now. Pours out a pitch black with a small tan head that seems to last. I believe this beer is bottle conditioned as their is lees left in the bottom?

The smell is more coffee and malt than anything. Hints of chocolate and toffee come through. At first taste, it reminds me off a Robust Porter. Great depth of flavor. A gentle balance of coffee, malt and hops. This is a perfect beer for my night cap.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a dense brown head. Nice looking beer. Smells of very bitter malt. Sour and oaty aromas and prominent.

Taste is bitter and sweet and oaty. This beer screams oatmeal stout from 6 miles away. Smoky bitter finish. Quite a complex beer. Sweet and bitter with a bit of sourness. Grainy (oaty) but strangely smooth and tasty. Flavors linger on the roof of your mouth forever. It's like drinking a cigar. The flavors are bold and strong. This beer is just damn good. I only wish I could get more of it where I live. A definite must try if you are in MA.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft, the Ipswich Oatmeal is quite black and opaque in color, with a moderate lingering brown head. Roasted malt is most prevalent in the aroma, accompanied with scents of coffee and oats. Taste is right on par with the nose, surprisingly roasty with more subltle oatmeal flavor than other oat stouts and definitive cofeeish undertones. Body is fairly full, and finish is fairly dry, leaving a slight toasted malt aftertaste...

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

Opaque and black in color. Voluminous brown head.
Aroma of bitter chocolate, cocoa, heavily roasted malt, and alcohol.

I was expecting your basic oatmeal stout, but this beer is far from that. This one is full-flavored with plenty of bitterness. Big and bold. Bitter chocolate, oatmeal, and roasted malt flavors. Dark fruit and alcohol noted as well. Hop and roasted malt bitterness overwhelm any sweetness that is present.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for the bottle!

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

Opaque black with generous light brown head. Raisin, coffee, chocolate and toffee notes in the nose. Bittersweet malt flavors with mild flavors of oats and lactose and some . Slightly astringent and complex. Lingering sweet & burnt flavor in the aftertaste. Very nice oatmeal stout. A meal in itself.

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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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