Ipswich Oatmeal Stout | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout
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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 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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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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