Ipswich Oatmeal Stout | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
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 maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tprokop7 for throwing this into a trade from a while back. This bottle somehow dropped further & further into the back of the fridge until Ms. Bancroft rescued it & returned it to civilization tonight.

This beer is black & since it's a stout I presume that is the brewer's intention. Smell is actually quite nice, sweet, as opposed to actual oatmeal, which smells like vomit. Oh, wait it is vomit. Dehyrdated, of course.

Not bad. There's a pall of underlying smokiness to this which leaps from the glass. Other than that it's a touch sweet, with a tiny dollop of coffee, bone dry. Feels like I need sip of water after every swig. If I had to choose a session stout that I could drink all day while looking out at a snowy April landscape in Minnesota, this one would be on the list. Alcohol is non-existent.

Good solid beer with enough interesting characteristics to make it rise above the pack.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass. Beer was opaque black with a small, brown head, which receded to a lacing. Smell was predominantly roasted malts, which manifested in a nice coffee, chocolate aroma. The flavor begins extremely smokey with the expresso flavor of the malts taking center stage. As the flavor of the smoke and expresso dies down, this stout becomes sweeter and has more of a chocolate flavor. The more I drink of this beer, the more sweetness I detect. Overall though, this much sweeter than other Oatmeal Stouts I have had in the past. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with only slight carbonation. Drinkability is not bad for a stout like this as the flavor continues to please over time and the ABV is not out of control.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this stout and thought it had great smokey, roasted flavor. Certainly surpassed my expectations.

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Photo of JayNH
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | 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 Durge
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found at La Boniche restaurant in downtown Lowell, MA, this one poured a pitch black-brown color with a chocolate colored big head and lots of lacing. The aroma brings a tart malt intensity, bitter coffee bean, a bit of sour milk, very nice actually. The taste is a beautiful blend of coffee and mild chocolate, a very pleasant combination of bitterness and modest sweetness. Near full-bodied but quite drinkable for the style. Very likeable with hints of apple and cinnamon, and just a kiss of smoke. Good complexity, smooth, just an all around excellent brew. A great surprise and highly recommended.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Not Your Average Joe's, Watertown 3/16
This beer pours a deep, deep opaque dark brown, almost black. There is a very thin head of light brown head, wispy lacing left on the sides. Nose is slightly smoked, with roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is great! Roasted coffee is the most predominant flavoring with notes of bitter chocolate interweaved with the chocolate taste, with the finish tasting like a bowl of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is heavier bodied, slightly oily going down, decent carbonation. I found this to be an extremely drinkable beer and could see myself sitting with it for a session.

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Photo of horshack7
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pouring a opaque black with a frothy light brown head with a very creamy texture. Alot like a the froth on top of a cappucino.

Aroma: Small notes of burnt hops among other hints of espresso beans. Very subtle hints of bourbon.

Taste: With a mouthfeel like the smoothest milk chocolate or closer to silk. Nice espresso bean notes with mild mocha hints.

Notes: This one I thought was going to be a bit bigger. But none the less a nice and very drinkable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of damienblack
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first go at an Oat Stout.

Pours syrupy thick and black, gooier than most regular stouts ive come across. Healthily carbonated though, two finger mocha head. Smells like sweet chocolate syrup, not abrasive or chalky at all.

Very smooth and drinkable, at the cost of body. Taste is a less sweet, slightly bitter chocolate syrup. A little bit chalky, but not in an overbearingly artificial or powdery way. Chocolate flavoring lingers nicely. A little bit of bitterness at the end with hop finish, plays in well to offset the sweetness. Carbonation is on the higher side, which is where I like it. Mouthfeel is where this offering suffers a bit, it goes a little weak right off the bat. Would like to see a little more heft, volume, body behind it. Very smooth, silky if not complex. Extremely drinkable. A great session stout, if not the be-all and end-all of awesome. When compared to some other local stouts like Gritty's Black Fly, this will come out on top.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Very dark with a brown head.
Smell: Sweet with hint of chocolate and coffee
Taste: Creamy and you can immediately taste chocolate and hints of coffee. A very smooth beer with light carbonation. Finishes with roasted malt character.
One of the best Oatmeal Stouts of I have ever had. Very smooth and not overpowering.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No aroma but the appearance and taste compensate. Not the darkest body but a unique, dirty beige head that sits to rest; full circle thick lacing. Light roast, bubbly carbonation washes the stand out flavors away. A safe dry middle ground with a bit of a tang from the cocoa notes. The tang lingers well after the conservative center. A well balanced ale and a session stout for those with an abused palate.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a good light brown head that sticks around for a few minutes;pretty good for an oatmeal stout.
Extremely roasted. Chocolate,with some hops in the nose with a hint of alcohol.
Roasted character is most prominent. Some coffee and chocolate, with a hint of charcoal and hops. Alcohol is present, finish is both hops and roast.
Very full mouthfeel, good carbonation with a silky feel.
Very good oatmeal stout. High abv. for an oatmeal stout which along with lots of flavor contribute to a big oatmeal stout.

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Photo of bort11
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

johnnnniee included this with the Black Booty '09 shipment.

12 oz bottle pouted into my Smokestack Series goblet. Tight creamy tan colored head holds solid. I got tired of waiting for it to recede, so I just drank through it. Color is pure black.

Smell is a little hard to gather. I think the head is keeping everything contained. What is there is sweet, cookie dough mixed with some coffee. Taste has a great creamy flavor. Still a cookie dough sweetness mixed with some raisins, chocolate, coffee. There are some burnt flavors, but nothing overpowering.

This is what makes oatmeal stouts so good. The mouthfeel. It is so smooth and creamy. Very filling and chewy. Liquid oatmeal cookie. This is delicious.
Blipped "Rare Auld Extra Stout" by the Bloody Irish Boys

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of Norica - thanks!

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger frothy tan head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and another aroma in a lot of oatmeal stouts that's vanilla-like.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts up front with a good amount of chocolate flavors coming through all the way up until the end, where a bitterness halfway in between coffee and hop bitterness comes into play.

Mouthfeel is good. It's smooth enough, but I'd like just a bit more body and a bit less carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could certainly drink a few of these on a cold day.

Overall this is a tasty oatmeal stout that's worth a shot - very well done. Thanks again to Norica for sending this one along!

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Photo of colts9016
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a beer mug at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A dark oil brown almost black colored beer. There was a dark tan head but only a foamy ring remains. There is some effervescence apparent on the sides of the mug. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A richly roasted barley and oats with a coffee and chocolate aroma. There is hint of a burnt character and molasses like sweetness in the nose.

Taste: There is an oat nuttiness with a heavy roasted malt. There are coffee, chocolate, cream earthiness character brought to life. There is a hint of hops providing some bittering, the hops has a floral taste.

Overall: I find that the beer is on the edge of overdoing the roasted malt, with a subtle burnt character. The burnt character is not harsh it is just there. There is a nice balance in the beer with the bittering. The mouth feel is creamy, rich and slightly astringent. The finish is bitter and dry, giving the beer a clean finish. I like this oatmeal stout, I was disappointed to not see a persistent head.

Via donkeyrunner

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

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. The bottom did have a code but no way to decipher it. It was dark black in color with a carb fountain in the center. No lacing which was disappointing. Had an average sized dark brown head that quickly settled to a collar fed by the carb fountain.

The aroma was very good. Tons of coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted and sweet malt backbone. The taste followed the aroma with heavy coffee and chocolate. Starts out smooth and then the coffee bitterness kicks in and then hangs around after the sip. Good balance. The mouthfeel was smooth and had good carb but was a tad watery.

Overall, an excellent oatmeal stout that I'm glad I got to try. Wouldn't mind several of these a year. Highly recommend and can't wait to try some other beers from them.

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

From Notes, originally tasted 12 December 2008.

Opened 12 fl oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours no head with light lace atop a dark - opaque black brew.

No major smell but malts; Taste is of coffee and chocolates, but not overly so. Very nice smooth filling mouth feel. Some but light aftertaste.

I wish I had more of these.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to damianblack for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The oatmeal stout pours like a stout should, black and forboding. A voluminous head overflowed out of the glass, leaving a thick band of lace as the head retreats.

S: The nose is very stouty, full of thick dark malts that reek of coffee, chocolate and toffee. A nice, full aroma.

T: My first sip was a mouthfeel of foam in a futile attempt to avoid an overflow. A distinct smoky flavor emerged. That is not evident in my frst sip of the actual beer. Dark malts exude chocolate, caramel and coffee. A light addition of molasses adds acrid sweetness. The oats add a noticeable sweet full flavor to the stout, softening up the darker stout qualities. A hint of lactic tartness emerges near the end.

M: A decent stout that seems more like an American stout than an oatmeal one. The stout is full, sweet on the palate without a significant hop counterbalance.

D: The alcohol is well-hidden; only the smoothness of the stout comes through. A nice nightcap.

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

i usually don't drink stout out of bottles but i do occasionally. and i do love ipswich's brews. this is no exception.

very chocolatey and coffeey. i don't reall taste "oatmeal". almost a dessert beer, but i drink 3 or 4 at a time before a meal.

very little carbonation and medium lacing.

to me, maybe the best bottled stout. i've never had it on tap, but i reckon it'd be even better.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Huge head on this one. Be careful pouring. The rich creamy head eventually settles atop the black hued beer. Thick rings of lacing are left behind marking each sip. Smells of roasted coffee flecked with cocoa and anise. Lightly fruity and boozy as well. Hops make a balanced appearance as well.

Smooth feel of surprisingly tight bubbles of carbonation with a creaminess aided by the oats. Tastes of roasted chocolate and espresso. Alcohol content is nowhere to be found save for a glowing warmth. Leaves a finishing taste of faintly bitter hops and roasted malts. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. Good value too!

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Photo of Foxman
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a true black with touches of mahogany at the edges. A fat finger of foamy, tan head settles toon to a frothy quilt. Layers of lacing tier the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries dark roasted malt with a slightly charred edge, as well as dark dried fruit and a mellow oat note as promised. Toffee, molasses, light coffee, and cocoa join the fray as well. The slightest tinge of alcohol bleeds through.

Upon sipping, a coffee note is much more prominent, casting an edge along a line of molasses, dark chocolate, dried fruit, and earthy oats. Hops present in a muted way, crisping as much as providing a flavor reference. The alcohol is just as mild here as in the aroma. A dark malt bitterness is seared as a very crisp dryness moves into a lingering finish. It's not overly involved or complex, but rather just enough of both to blend into a fine flavor profile.

Full bodied, it's slick, dusky, sweet, dry, and sinewy all at once.

I found a bottle of this at a friend's house and had no idea what to expect. So to call it a pleasant surprise would be an understatement. It's got some guts, and some very enjoyable traits that make it an effortless quaff. And despite an ABV that could sneak up on one, it's a warm welcome as well. I'll gladly keep my eyes open for other offerings by Ipswich in the future, not to mention this one in particular.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head the dissipates quickly to form a cap. Smells of chocolate, some roasted malts, a bit of licorice some subdued hops. Taste is roasty, chocolaty, bit of acridic bitterness finishing with a nice lingering roast and hop aftertaste. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium body. ample carbonation. Great little oatmeal stout. Lots of flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of TMB0424
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours an absolute pitch black body... darkness. Good sized tan/mud brown head quickly falls into ring. Good lacing.

Smells of chocolate malts, hint of molasses, hint of coffee. Even a dab of hops. The oats are actually detectable also. Wonderful aroma.

Taste of roasted coffee is upfront, malts, with the slight bitterness of dark chocolate. The finish is of chocolate with a little kick of hops. This really hits the spot.

This full bodied brew is amazingly smooth and creamy. Actually I think the best way to describe its body is milky. Good amount of carbonation. It's perfectly balanced and very satisfying.

For a full body it's very drinkable. Truly one of the better stouts around. The finish, I think, is near perfection and the aftertaste is just awesome. It's a little hard to find around me, but it's worth every minute spent searching.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Track 84 in a 4oz. sampler

A - Black, black, black! Tan head that falls to a nice ring and skim. Nice lacing.
S - Oatmeal, roasted malt
T - Bitter chocolate, coffee, malt. Very bitter.
M/F - Pretty full bodied. Thick and bready.
D - Pretty good though the it would be work to have more than one.

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

This is an archetypical Oatmeal.

Pours black. If you hold it up to the light, it's still black. Mud brown head.

Smells of toffee, roasted malt, molasses and dark chocolate.

Hardy roasted malt base yet smooth and creamy. Coffee, toffee sweetness. Mild alcoholic warmth, but not enough to suggest 7%abv. Tastes dry but doesn't feel dry.

This is everything I ever wanted from a stout. My heart is aflutter.

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Photo of DVTO2
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK. I'm on a stout kick and have had trouble finding much variety in the stores around here. The local brew pub lost their brewer so it's pretty slim pickens, but this just came in to the local liquor store and it's a keeper. It has a nice dark color. The head is nicely colored as well, with kind of a mocha chocolate hue. It get's a bit thin as you drink it, however, especially for an oatmeal stout. The taste is amazing, with a kind of thick, satisfying blend of hops and a rich sweetness including chocolate and espresso. About the only criticism I can think of is the label, which is kind of bland and boring, but maybe that will grow on me.

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Photo of prototypic
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's nearly onyx in color. Very dark with minimal light getting through. It's capped with a very attractive mocha colored head that easily reaches two fingers deep. It dissipated quickly, but left a stick coat of lace in its wake. Very well done.

Smell: Once again, very impressive. It features a very nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. The roasted variety is a little more prominent. Very sweet and enticing. Light roasted coffee is present and really is the x-factor. It's somewhat subtle, but really cranks it up in terms of character. Hops are somewhat faint, but are noteable.

Taste: Wow! This beer can almost do no wrong. Almost. I'll get to that. Roasted malts are clearly the primary feature, but chocolate malts are strong and not to be ignored. It's got a very nice sweet, malty taste. The coffee flavor is indeed somewhat light, but effective nonetheless. This is a really flavorful beer. There's definitely a nice hop presence here. That aspect is well done, but I'm wondering if it's faded a bit. I've regrettably sat on this bottle for a couple of months and don't know how fresh it is. I'd love to try a fresh one. Very flavorful and impressive Oatmeal Stout. I'm impressed.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The only glaring flaw this beer as is the feel. It's too thin. I'd love for the body to be a little thicker. Carbonation is light and gives it a somewhat smooth feel, but it could be improved. Drinkability is very good. This is a very light, approachable, and flavorful beer. I wish I had a few more.

Mercury has another winner here. They really make some impressive beer. The only thing not to like about this one is the mouthfeel. Too thin. Other than that, there's loads of win in here. Highly recommended.

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