Ipswich Oatmeal Stout | Ipswich Ale Brewery

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
887 Ratings
Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout
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
Ratings:
887
Reviews:
405
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
107
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 887 |  Reviews: 405
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.

Cheers!!!

 481 characters

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.

 260 characters

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.

 297 characters

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....

 633 characters

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.

 518 characters

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...

 482 characters

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.

 646 characters

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.

 665 characters

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.

 1,026 characters

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.

 399 characters

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.

 638 characters

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.

 828 characters

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.

 452 characters

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.

 505 characters

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!

 1,608 characters

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.

 410 characters

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.

 1,214 characters

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.

 440 characters

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

Moderate head, plethora of larger bottles likely contributes to it resolving down to a thin layer across the surface, leaves behind credible thick streaks of lacing. The liquid is blackish brown throughout, nary a trace of any lighter color. Pretty gosh darn powerful nose of dark chocolate, cappuchino, butterscotch and a gentle overall roasted feel, blends in plum and cherry fruit scents, fresh scones and oatmeal, while not present in terms of specific scents, the hops reveal themselves in the erect posture it has in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, dense with a big initial swirl of carbonation which slowly fades off as it progresses through the mouth. More grain-driven and herbal here, produces additional bitterness in the dark chocolate and coffee elements. English muffin, breakfast breads sort of things going on. Here a raw nuttiness develops. Not a creamy sort of stout, has a fizzy mineral water like consistency. Smoky finish, helps it lift into a cloud inside the mouth rather than soak more deeply into the tongue.

 1,031 characters

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

Bottle received as an extra in a trade. Sorry, can't remember who sent it, but thanks! Review from notes. Poured into My Short's pint glass.

A: Black in color, almost opaque. The pour produced one finger of tannish head, that receeded to a thin rim, and left some nice leggy lace.

A: I get the roastiness above all. Really nice roasty nuts and coffee. I get some baker's chocolate and a subdued hop presence.

T: I am really liking this. The toasted malt is really nice with the coffee and chocolate. The beer finishes smooth from the oatmeal, and rather dry from the hops.

M: Full body. As with most oatmeal stouts, IMHO, the brew is creamy and smooth.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is very nice, I could definately have more than one of these. Overall, I think this is a very good example of the style. I can imagine myself sitting in front of a fire with this one on a cold winter night. That is if we had cold winter nights down here is Florida. Skal.

 969 characters

Photo of ckeegan04
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black in color with a dark brown foamy head. Head is not very thick and quickly fades to a thin cap. Thin sheets of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Big roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee. A faint acrid touch in the nose as well.

T - Bitter roasted malts up front with a very smoioth light sweetness coming in behind. Bitter coffee and hints of dark unsweetened chocolate. The sweetness in almost bready but is very much overmatched by the bitterness from the roasted malts.

M/D - Light and creamy in the mouth. Bitterness is a little strong but not too much. Not the easiest of drinking oatmeal stouts, but still rather drinkable.

 647 characters

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a black, nearly opaque liquid goodness with a one finger tan head that settles down to a nice layer of lace. As this beer goes down there is good lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Strong coffee, chocolate, charcoal and molasses. Low to no hop aroma.

T: Bitter chocolate, charred grains, slightly ashy and nutty with some coffee and cream. A hint of vanilla and creamy oatmeal in there. Bitter finish from burnt grains.

M: Creamy medium to full body with low carbonation. Velvety smooth and dry in the finish. Some alcohol warmth is noticeable.

D: Very drinkable stout with a nice complex malt profile and smooth chocolate creaminess. Dark chocolate lovers will dig this one!! Highly recommend this beer.

 725 characters

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!

 557 characters

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

16oz bottle poured to tulip

Appearance: Black as soot, 2 finger tan head. Thick and dark.

Nose: Dark chocolate, toffee, roasted dark coffee beans, toasted cloves, hint of charcoal. Smells deliciously rich.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, but creamier. Malty up front, strong toasted malt backbone, fades into a heavily toasted malt char that lingers. Starts creamy, then malty sweet, ends bitter.

Mouthfeel: Round as all hell. Thick and creamy.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. This one's a slow sipper with a complex and well crafted smell and flavor. Big fan.

 562 characters

Photo of ellflle
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rich, dark, smooth. Like a flannel quilt in your mouth. Huge head of creamy color (at room temperature pour into a pint glass.) Classic stout in appearance, not highly flavored but deeply layered. Too many gave me a killer morning after headache, but that was an error on my part, not the brewers' part. Definitely not a session beer.

 334 characters

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
4.17 out of 5 based on 887 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe