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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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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 406
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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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a 2 finger, puffy mocha head. Looks AWESOME.

S- aroma of mostly dark chocolate and strong coffee, with some hints of dark fruit. Very pungent and lovely.

T- bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, and those dark fruits make a very small cameo appearance. Pretty much tastes like a good stout should, though maybe a little muted.

M- this was disappointing. I thought it was a little thin, actually. The oatmeal didn't come through as much as I would have liked.

D- drinkable, but the bitterness of the coffee could be too much if you're not careful. I'd buy again if I was in New England.

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Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice coal black. Small tan head. Little retention and no lace.

S: Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Light notes of dark fruit.

T: Dark fruit and chocolate. The smooth oatmeal is there with hints of cream. Hints of coffee, and a touch of metal.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Not too bad.

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

12 oz. brown bottle.

A: Pours a near black dark brown. Thin light brown head, which stays well into the end of the beers life.

S: Sweet, milky, coco, expresso. Very nice.

T/M: Strong stout right here. Full bodied and smooth. Main flavors are expresso chocolate, with some oats that are more subdued. Hops are light but do give it a hop bitterness.

D: One of the more alcoholic oatmeal stouts i've had. Very, very good. Could see myself drinking this one again soon.


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Photo of uustal
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great deep black coloring to this oatmeal stout. More dark chocolate than oatmeal flavor shines through. Heavy and bold flavor, but smooth and surprisingly drinkable. Sweet and roasted notes compete and the beer which finishes a tad bitter, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of marcrj
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ink black with a slight creamy head, smells of coffee and dark chocolate, mouthfeel is so rich it is indulgence. If price point is of interest, at 7.99 a 6 pack, this beer is a walk away winner. Thank you Ipswich for crafting a winner I can actually afford to drink regularly. I'm getting spoiled.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very looking thick black with a nice tan head. Excellent head retention. A good looking glass of stout.

S - Smells roasty and a little sweet. Not the most aromatic beer.

T - Chocolatey and roasty. A bit nutty too. Flavors are very smooth. Finishes dry. I can't believe this is 7%, I wouldn't have guessed it was above 5%. Excellent job of masking the alcohol. A very tasty stout.

M - This is probably this beer's strongest point. Medium to full bodied but not heavy. This is oh so velvetty smooth, even compared to other oatmeal stouts.

D - An excellent example of the style. At 7% this is dangerously drinkable....

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, I am impressed with this beer, the color on this is amazing, looks almost purple, little/no foam, some tiny bubble persist around the edge of the pint glass. Thick, rich, reminds me of a few of the brown ales I have had recently, but more potent, as it should be. Strong tasting, hints of mocha/coffee present, taste registers strong from beginning to end, stays with you a little after but not too much at all. My favorite Ipswich Ale I have had to date. Solid, I'll be back for more. Definitely worth it.

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

Poured into an oversized pub glass.

Pours a deep, motor-oil black liquid with a massively chunky, creamy tan head that leaves nice lacing and eventually a thin whispy layer is left.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee or espresso.

Roasted chocolate malt, espresso bitterness and dark earthy hops.

Silky smooth and creamy on the tongue.

This is a great stout. I need to find a case of this. Unfortunately I bought a mixed case and there are a total of 4 of these WTF...

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Michelle for sending me a bottle of this as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour is a deep black color with a fairly sturdy tan head on top.

S: The nose is quite intense. It's full of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and oatmeal.

T: I was let down by the flavor, unfortunately. The roasted malt and coffee were there but were perhaps a touch acidic. The chocolate was overly bitter in this instance.

M: The body is medium with a very lively level of carbonation. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

D: I wasn't as impressed with this beer as I hoped to be. A nice looking and smelling beer, but the flavor fell a bit short.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try this brew...

A: Looks very good. Perfectly pitch black with a small mocha head that quickly fades.

S: Can smell this as soon as I opened the bottle. Smells super thick. Heavy oatmeal roastiness upfront with raisin and booziness in the middle and slight dark fruit on the backend. Good.

T: Bitter chocolate bitterness upfront followed by water in the middle and slight dark fruit and booze on the backend. Nothing special.

M: Does not seem thick enough to stand up to other oatmeal stouts. Too watery here.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is an ok brew. There are many better oatmeal / breakfast brews than this. Not worth hunting down.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at my favorite little spot in the Berry.

A - I feel like I am looking into the deep dark pits of Hell when I glance at this beer. Dark as the blackest soul. A tan sturdy head that really sticks even when I am putting my nose into the pint glass to smell. I feel like its trying to engulf me.

S - Chocolate, oats, coffee, roasted and rich. Smells like a big beer, especially at only 7% ABV. Makes me slightly nervous and slightly excited at the same time.

T - Chocolate up front, roasted oats in the middle, chocolate and a hint of coffee in the finish. Big bold taste that puts everything on the line.

M - Full bodied stout that doesn't leave anything to the imagination. It gets up in your face and introduces itself. Nice carbonation that helps bring the flavor to that next level.

D - I wouldn't want to face this beer in the ring... it would kick my ass. I have sparred with some pretty fierce dudes... none of them have been as intimidating as this monster. Regardless. I love it. This is a badass stout.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, black in color, opaque

Smell: coffee and oats, some bread

Taste: coffee, burnt malt, and a touch of sugar

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, light carbonation, chewy

Drinkability: Worth a try but I think there are better examples in the style. I like the chewiness, but the flavor is not as full as others I have had. Still for the price, it is well worth having another.

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

Pours a rich, black color into my glass with a frothy cappuccino head. The smell is clean but somewhat subdued. The carbonation tingles in my mouth before a robust, roasted flavor takes over.

Once I let it warm up a bit I get some more aroma and flavor out of the beer. The roasted taste definitely takes center stage here with just enough malt sweetness to keep it from tasting burnt.

Finishes with a clean aftertaste that lingers with a hint of strong, dark coffee. This beer has a lot of body but the carbonation keeps it from feeling too slick. Another excellent style from the Mercury Brewing Company - loaded with body and flavor.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2.14, from notes.

Pours black with a darker tan head than I was expecting, hmm this could be good. A ring lasts throughout the session, not too much lacing really.

Surprisingly fruity in the aroma, but that's not to say that it doesn't exhibit the qualities you would expect in an oatmeal stout. Roasted malts, check. There are some hops here too, a little distracting but ok. Chocolate comes through a tad. Taste follows and is pleasant enough. Some of the fruitiness mid palate leading into a charred toast finish.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel is pretty standard as far as oatmeal stouts go. Never felt overbearing or too thick for the flavor profile. Overall this is a pretty nice beer and definitely well made and approachable for its interesting 7% ABV. It also worked well in a batch of beer brownies.

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Photo of Sam21
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ink black with thick and creamy light brown head. Lots of lace. Smells strongly like a mix of coffee and sweet chocolate with a roasted malt twang. Floral hops in the background. The taste does the aroma justice with the roasted malt coming through in a big way and balanced by sweetness. Bitter smokey finish. The flavor is phenomenal and the beer is highly drinkable. I could easily have a few of these without coming close to wanting something else.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 19, 2010. The pour is nearly black with about three-quarters frothy head that stays around for the entire time. The aroma is overwhelmed by chocolate and coffee with the oatmeal, a bit of bread or biscuits balancing it out. The mouthfeel is good and heavy. The taste is very nice although not quite as powerful as the aroma lead you to believe. It is full of coffee grinds, chocolate, and a pleasing background of hops. Overall this is a fine oatmeal stout.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Pours out jet black with almost no highlights to it. Slight light highlights on the side, but it really pours out dark, thick and rich looking. It had a big dark tanned colored head to it that sticks around for several minutes, and produces some decent lacing to it. It's a hearty, rich looking beer. After smelling it, it could get away with being called a coffee stout. The more I smelled it I realized, it's a very generously hopped beer, especially for a stout. There are no doubt coffee and chocolate aromas to this beer, but the hops are probably the most dominant feature. The taste doesn't mess around, it has a flavor along the lines of an imperial stout. I guess this beer is having a bit of an identity crisis here. Again, very strong traces of coffee, chocolate. Burned malts, grains and oats compliment the coffee and chocolate tastes and has a nice hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good, but certainly could be better. I think this is where all the flavors caught up with itself and all that was going on just kind of complicated the mouthfeel. It could have been a little smoother to help balance out the bitterness of the hops. The drinkability is still pretty top notch. All in all this is probably, the best oatmeal stout I've had. I remember this is one of the first oatmeal stouts I ever had when I first got into craft beer. I didn't remember it that well, but remembered liking it. I think my tastes have changed over the years, but it's good to know I appreciated good beer back then as well. It's a high quality brew, go out and get some!

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Black pour with a solid finger of head that leaves a bit of lacing in its wake. Smell is fresh baked biscuits, oats, banana bread, skim milk, and carrots?

The taste is ash, skim milk, bitter dark chocolate, and hints of caramel. It may be a little too light bodied for an oatmeal stout, but really it goes down pretty easy and is somewhat tasty. Not a standout, but worth trying for sure.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a six pack, no freshness date. Poured into a nonic pint, it is all black with a mud colored head that fades to mostly lace and without much texture.

I've had this beer a few times before but when I picked it up I must have forgotten what I was buying since I thought I was getting a traditional stout. This beer is a big American version of an oatmeal stout. From the nose there is a good amount of hops with a piney character. There is also an unmistakeable coffee aroma backed up with a bit of black licorice.

The flavor of this beer is very big, and I didn't realize until I came here that it was 7% abv. It's not quite "imperial" but its bigger than your average stout. There are some chocolate undertones along with your typical roast flavors. The roast provides some bitterness but the hops sure help out. There is a bit of an oatmeal flavor that comes through despite the size and character of this beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with low carbonation and a lingering, chocolatey feeling finish. The drinkability is good but this is a two and done stout at the most. I'm impressed with this beer and the price (8.99/6 pack) makes it a great value. This might be the best stout from New England.

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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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