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

Poured from a 22oz into a snifter...

A: Guiness Black, thick, medium head

S: Very Malty...raosted....chocolate / coffee

T: Bitter expresso without any sweetener

M: Smooth...good carbonation....a little syrupy

O: Pretty good stout right here. Very drinkible considering its thickness. Alcohol is masked by the coffee taste....would definitely try again...

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Photo of beveritt
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Brought back from a New England trip by my wife, this was poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial Pint glass. Label is black background and shows a tall ship at full sail. No freshness date that I can find.

Appearance: Pours with 2 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles very slowly to a thin, nearly complete cap and leaving behind amazing lacing. The beer itself is black as night. A small amount of sediment remains in the bottle and the last portion of the pour seemed a little cloudy.

Smell: Roasted barley bitterness assaults the senses with hints of black coffee and anise.

Taste: As with the aroma, the bitterness of roasted barley is very forward on the sip and lingers throughout the drink and well after the swallow. Undertones of licorice and black coffee, but not the velvety smoothness I associate with the addition of oats.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A flavorful and enjoyable drink, that doesn't seem to match with its name. While I enjoyed this, and actually had a 6 pack, it seems more akin to a dry Irish Stout to me, so receives a little down tick.

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

drank this last night with a friend reviewed from last nights notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black beer with light tan head. This beer looks like a serious stout.

Smell: Coffee and Oats.

Taste: Moderate bitterness of expresso and cocoa. Hints of light smoke. You can taste the a bit of the oatmeal as well. Mild sweetness that tastes like milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth drinking beer. At the far end of a medium bodied beer and the beers carbonation level is the low end of moderate. This is a big Oatmeal stout. Its a 7% beer, but you really don't notice any booze.

Overall: Great Oatmeal stout and a fantastic price point at a 5 dollar bomber! I expected a thicker beer than what it was, that was my only negative thought on this beer.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

A beer on my wants list for awhile all of the sudden popped up in my local store, how about that. This beer pours a very dark brown that looks black when viewed in the snifter. The darker tan foam on the surface is a good indicator that it's got some dark malts in store. The smell is rather muted, but still quite pleasant. I detected most prominently, aromas of coffee, charcoal, oatmeal, and vanilla. The flavor resembles many of the characteristics with adding in some complexities such as cinnamon and brown sugar. The oats helped with the creaminess of the mouthfeel, but not to the point where I really would have enjoyed that part. Overall this is a very good beer. It's nothing special, but I could find nothing wrong with it either.

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Photo of codsmith
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black and pours with a perfect thin layer of a creamy light tan head.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts really make up the nose. There is also a slight sweetness that somewhat hidden by the previous mentioned smells, but its still detectable.

T: Predominate in roasted flavors from the malt and coffee and then is backed up towards the end of the taste by the bitterness

M: Full-bodied, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is maybe a little over done.

O: Very good representation of the style, but just a little over-carbonated. This one might want to sit for a while in the fridge before drinking.

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

Serving 12oz bottle into an upright snifter (6.83 ABV) thanks to Dope for this awesome extra.

Appearance - Pours a medium black with nice tan head, large bubble/milky head

Smell - roasted chocolate and toasty , like biscuits and fresh cream.

Taste - Smooth, rich, but not thick. Semi-sweet milk chocolate pronounces itself and then some nice mild hop flavor which then ends in a toasted malt flavor and then bitter chocolate lingers.

Mouthfeel - Perfect, good carbonation, smooth milky and refreshing, rich, but not thick. Very impressed by the body of this one. Right on point with the ABV in my book.

Overall - one of the better standard oatmeal stouts I have had, this one was spot on and a great example of the style.

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Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a frothy two finger mocha colored head that has good retention, slowly fadin into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lace left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut.

Thinner bodied than expected and surprisingly very hop forward with some dry bitterness that lingers over the roasted malt into a lingering dry finish. Pretty roasty with sme rich chocolate notes as well as hints of caramel, lots of oatmeal, toffee and burnt toast. Slightly bunt tasting and a bitthin for my liking but not bad.

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

Review from notes 4/22/11.

A: The pour was a deep brown/black, hard to tell really. A 1.5 finger tan, foamy head formed on top, which reduced to a small layer of bubbles on top. Nice lacing.

S: The aromas I would hope and expect out a beer in this style. Some roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, and a little bit of oatmeal.

T: Nicely balanced flavor profile between the roasted malts, caramel, and oats. The chocolate comes through as more of a bakers chocolate as opposed to the dark on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

O: Really like this beer, a solid example of the style and one of the best I have had. Extremely affordable in Massachusetts as well. Will have to grab some more next time I am up there.

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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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