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.

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, anise, oatmeal, malts, caramel, little roast,

taste: chocolate, with a dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: very nice stout. wish it didn't finish so dry and bitter but a very nice beer and would definitely drink again.


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Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 4/8/11

Appearance: Super-dark brown (not exactly black) - starts off with a little brown head that just keeps going - seriously, the head retention is remarkable - nice lacing, too

Smell: Burnt malts, charred coffee and chocolate - not just burnt, but over-burnt - some sweetness in the nose, too - a slight scent of sourness, too

Taste: One of the most burnt-tasting beers I have ever had - it's like they used chocolate malts, roasted them, and then threw in some charcoal - to an extent, this is good - but ultimately, the burnt character results in an unbalanced amount of bitterness - other than that, it's great - interesting coffee and chocolate flavors - the sour smell reveals itself to be something that tastes like a touch of lactose - there's definitely some molasses in here, too

Mouthfeel: Perhaps on the thin side, given the burnt character, but it is very smooth and adequately bodied - nicely carbonated, too

Overall: Too burnt, but worth a try

I had a growler of this early in my beer-drinking life. At the time, I thought it was too bitter and burnt. I guess it is a good thing that I am now making the same observations four years later. This would be a winner in my book if it weren't so heavily charred.

Update: Revisiting 7/9/17

I was fairly certain I had never reviewed this beer. I still agree with most of the comments I wrote about six years ago. Ipswich Oatmeal has some lovely chocolate and coffee flavors, but it's burnt character is just a bit too burnt for my palette. I'm upping my scores slightly, as .25 increments apparently did not exist in 2011.

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Photo of Beatnik4913
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A smooth and tasty stout. The head is brown like most stouts get, that dissipates at a medium pace. The smell is earthy and smokey. lacing in seriously lacking.

A friend told me to let this beer warm up a little to get the full taste of the beer. I agree with his advice. The taste become deeper and more complex as it warms up. There is a distinct toasted malt taste to the beer and it lingers long on the tongue and palate. I had been drinking this beer cold before but it is far better closer to room temperature, which makes sense as stout are supposed to be consumed in the 50 - 60 degree range. The beer is getting smoother and richer as I review it.

The mouth feel is rich, but still not as creamy as I would like from a stout. The oatmeal helps to round out the body of the beer so there isn't too sharp a bight from the carbonation.

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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 wburch1967
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, no frshness date.

Appearance is a deep mahognay with a tan cap that left nice lae. Smells of oats, coffee, dark chocalte, slighlty bitter and alcoholic. Very crinkable, with less sweetness than most oatmeals stouts I have had. Really good beer!

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

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee/caramel. The taste is very nice, sweet, malty, very nice touch of dark stuff and some vanilla notes. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a very nice tasty brew, which we had something like this here in Utah.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice jet black body, modest one finger head brown in color, nice big ring of lacing remains. Typical porter smells with this one, sweet, dark chocolate, some caramel, maybe bubble gum. Tastes like a stout, sweet carmel, toffee, roasted barley, some earthy hop bitterness, lingering bubble gummy roasty bitterness, some tobacco some where in there too. Creamy medium full bodied, low carbing. I like this one and could easily have a few more. $1.80 a single.

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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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Photo of ms11781
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours black with a nice 1 finger, brown head. Head dissipates but about half but leaves a nice off white lacing.

Smells strongly of dark chocolate up front. Some roasted malt aroma and hint of some roasted coffee as well.

Taste follows the nose with one exception. The dark chocolate stood out above the rest in the nose but the chocolate, coffee and roasted malt flavors seem to exist equally here. Maybe the coffee stands out a bit more because there is a slightly bitter finish but overall the flavors meld together nicely.

Light carbonation with a medium/thick body tends to give way to a creamier mouthfeel. A bit heavier than most beers of the style but not unwelcomed.

Excellent drinkability for a beer of the style and ABV. Definitely not a "session" beer by any means but a couple pints aren't out of the question (and one will probably make you want two).

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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 gfreed
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed the bottle version few months ago; everything I said there applies here, plus it gets a higher rating because it's even better on cask. Served at something below room temperature, both the aroma and taste are intensified; you'll find enough dried fruit in here to solve any constipation problem, plus there's enough coffee to satisfy everything you'll need in the morning. The color is black-hole black; the body is dense and heavy; the complexities are deep and wide. Among the finest winter brews I've had in a long time.

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Photo of nhindian
2.96/5  rDev -29%
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pitch black with a dark tan head that is quite pronounced. Leaves some excellent lacing.

S-Yeah this smells nice. The whole coffee roastinees and dark chocolate thing is going on here. A hair of hoppiness is there as well. Not overwhelming but quite agreeable aroma.

T-Coffee...Chocolate...Bitterness...So much better than expected. I love how dynamic the taste is but it is not too strenuous on the tongue. A great balance. Its not trying to be a ridiculous tasting beer, its just trying to taste good.

M-Heavier body but not exceptionally heavy, leaning more towards medium. Nice slick mouthfeel.

D-Perhaps the most dirnkable stout i've have, Breakfast Stout might have something to say about that but still. Real nice.

Underated. So happy I tried this.

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

Appearance: Small 3mm head, dissipated quickly. Color as dark as the briny Gulf of Maine deep.

Smell: Chocolate overtones, coffee beans, heavily roasted malt.

T: Strong, Smoky n' Malty. There is a lot of flavor here; so much so, it takes time to completely register. It is robust and manly - this makes your mouth feel like you've just smoked a cigar after a long day of swindling widows and orphans.

After drinking this, I feel like I could wrestle a bear. No wait, I feel like I normally wrestle bears, and I drink this to complement by honed bear-wrestling abilities. Fantastic.

Overall, while a stout man, I've not been turned on much by many stouts, including oatmeal stouts. This was, and is, everything one should be.

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Photo of thetomG
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical deep brown color. Small layer of tan foamy head.

Aroma is mostly dark roasted malts - what you'd expect for the style.

Flavor is OK - typical stouty flavors. Nothing notable really.

It has a nice mouthfeel, but I think it could be a bit thicker overall.

Not something I'd seek out again, but glad I tried it at least.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single for $1.58 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. ABV = 6.83% according to the label. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Pitch black brew gives an inch of frothy brown mocha-colored head. It settles by becoming dense and creamy rather than dissipating and leaves some decent lace. Smell is thick with roasted malt, starchy thick, a bit of smoke and chocolate. Taste is like the smell and it has a salty/ briny kind of underlying flavor. Feel is fairly thick, dry, with a sharp carbonation that's attenuated by the body.

Kinda lacks the smooth creamy feel I'd expect from an oatmeal stout, not really seeing the oatmeal at all.

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Photo of madjr80
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- dark brown/ blackish stout with a small expresso like head.

Smell- a bit like toasted oats, coffee and smoke.

Taste- very flavorful. coffee/ chocolate first sip, folllowed by a semi-bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- not overly carbonated, but enough for this particular style. A bit on the heavier side.

Drinkability- This is good for about one to two bottles per session. Too thick and high of alcohol content to be a session beer.

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Photo of silentjay
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours viscous and a deep brown/black that light cannot penetrate. a tiny film of a head quickly dissipates, but it does leave nice lacing.

nice aroma of roast, molasses, unsweetened chocolate, some vanilla extract, some underlying hoppiness, and charcoal.

wow. wasn't expecting this beer to be this delicious. roasted, toasted malts lead the way for some black strap molasses flavors, cocoa powder, baker's chocolate, charcoal, toffee, a tiny bit of vanilla, brown sugar, and a bit of hops on the back end, which then give way to a drying, charred, cocoa powderish finish. nice.

may be a tad watery for an oatmeal stout, but its still medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

drinks wonderfully. not the most attractive stout, and it lacks a bit of body, but its absolutely delicious. I cannot believe I haven't tried this one before. I'm sure I will try it again soon. Reminds me of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, but a bit more charred. Well done!

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with dark brown highlights and an average-size whitish/tan head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Aromas of roasted malts with hints of chocolate this caramel sweetness I can't place exactly.

Tastes quite similar to how it smells, except it finishes fairly drier than I expected. Roasted malts up front with a good amount of chocolate throughout, finished with a nice bit of bitterness from the hops and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is very very nice. It's smooth enough, but I'd like just a bit more body and a bit less carbonation. Kinda feels like a hybrid of a dry stout/oatmeal stout.

Drinkability is good. I could certainly drink a few of these on a cold day or for that matter any day actually. Overall this is a very tasty oatmeal stout that's worth a pint or two or more, very well done.

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

Picked this one up in the mix pack--poured into pint glass.

Black with a mocha head. Lots of roasted aroma, some chocolate and just a bit of hops.

Flavor is roasted coffee with a bit of dark chocolate.

I really like this beer-flavorful and smooth.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured an opaque, black color with a think, wispy head of light brown foam which fades to a thin ring. Clarity is zilch and viscosity looks nice and robust.

S: Smells of herbal hopes and fruity esters along with hints of charcoal and cocoa powder. Some coffee and other warming aromas rise in the nose; nice!

T: Flavor is a robust malt blend of bittersweet cocoa, coffee and earthy, roasted black malt. The zesty grain and herbal hop flavors lend some citrus notes to the earthy flavor. Finishes slightly sweet and almost milky with a lingering herbal hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but the drying and balancing dry hops help keep the malt falvors from sticking.

D: Very nice malt profile throwing everything from smooth oats to hearty charred malts into the mix with spicy, herbal and citrusy hops made this stout a treat. The 7% ABV has warming qualities all its own but drinks much smaller; re: dangerous stout! Would definitely reccommend and buy again.

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Photo of errantnight
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra a few times now, and it's one that I frequently get a bottle or two of on my returns to Boston.

Pours a rich, deep mahogany with barely half a finger of head, no lacing and only moderate retention.

But the aroma, despite this, is fantastic. Impression of french roast coffee and dark chocolate and pumpernickel bread. A bit of dark toast and a hint of toffee, nut and tobacco.

On the palate this isn't quite as lively. Early toast and malt sweetness gives way to a rough, faintly ashy mid-palate that lingers through. On the periphery are coffee and toffee again, which highlight the tobacco as a lingering flavor.

Overall, this is quite nice, and were it local, something I'd keep around more often. Some light tweaks I think could finish off what is initially a velvety smooth pour and give it an improved head.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an attractive thick black with a two-finger tan foamy head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet dark roasted malts. Notes of burnt coffee and hops.

T- Dark roasted malts, burnt coffee, a touch of dark chocolate, pleasant grassy hop notes and creamy sweetness in the finish.

M- medium bodied, silky smooth on the palate. A pleasant slick, sticky finish. Carbonation is just right.

D- Excellent! This is a fantastic stout, well worth a try.

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

A: Deep dark blackish brown, with thick dark brown head, fantastic lacing.

S: Huge roasted malt smell, with a bunch of chocolate. Has a grainy, almost bready note in there, probably the oats.

T: Dark malts up front, a smokiness is there. Then the chocolate hits the palate followed by slight coffee bitterness. Has a great mocha aftertaste. The oats are fairly present, but more so in the mouthfeel.

M: Holy smooth! Silky, creamy, quite delightful.

D: Simply put, one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. Huge flavor, pretty big ABV as well.

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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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