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.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.17/5  rDev 0%

a. Nice dark beer with a thin tan head.

s. Malt on malt and a bit of coffee

t. Smooth stout - malt, burnt carmel, coffee

o. a bit watery, but still outstanding. Not heavy - an early fall type of stout. Will revisit soon.

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No visible "bottled on" date.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Black with slight ruby highlights at the bottom when seen through light. Inch tall tan head receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Dark chocolate

t: Black coffee and dark chocolate forward followed by a building hop bite which seemed to penetrate the sides of the tongue. Bitter finish.

m: Medium and quite smooth. Some carbonation tingle.

o: A very good stout, though less sweet than an oatmeal might be. Gives the impression of being a modern American oatmeal stout due to the relative bitterness. A bit surprising from Ipswich/Mercury, which I think of as leaning towards British styles.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque with a one finger head and a light lacing. This beer smells great. It has a coffee aroma with subtle oatmeal notes. Smooth is an understatement. This beer goes down like a glass of milk. Outstanding flavor. Complex but not overbearing. Its flavor resembles that of a chocolate shake. This is possibly the best oatmeal stout I've ever had. Try this beer.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the look of this beer. A gorgeous soft, bubbly, light (but not too light) brown sits atop the black brew. Some lacing clings to the glass. The nose brings milk chocolate, roasted coffee, nuts, oats, and a hint of vanilla. The taste doesn't bring as much of the smell to the table. You get hints of cocoa and coffee and roasted malts. Each sip goes down smooth with a silky mouthfeel. Sticky on the lips too. Overall, a good example of the style and can see why it is considered a classic in the area.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hmmm, this beer has been sitting on the shelf for eight months (Bottled on 07/12/2013) and it’s pretty low in ABV. Still, it’s unfiltered, so the extra time on yeast may have produced some interesting flavors. Plus, it’s a classic that you can’t get it my home state – picking it up was an easy choice. Cheers!

A: Pours incredibly foamy; a mountain of creamy tan head rises up above a pitch black body. After about five minutes the head has finally collapsed to a half-inch of retention, leaving an unbroken layer of thick lacing on the inside of the glass. Classic look.

S: This is not a creamy, chocolaty nose. Instead, what you get is a balanced blend of hickory smoked meat, light-roast coffee, chestnut, and a touch of pretzely malt. Like a pub beer, it’s nuanced and traditional.

T: Mild chocolate and mineral water flavors blended with a crisp bitterness of roasts and hops. Warm, slightly nutty tastes of pecan, maple syrup, Hershey’s chocolate, and brown sugar-cinnamon oatmeal provide a modest base, but are soon overtaken with a bitter smoke and hop character, a prickly upswing of dry pine, campfire, herbal sassafras, and a salty yeast taste of brine. Aftertaste continues along that path: dry and grassy, the hops find a quick peak of crisp bitterness but die out rather slowly.

M: The carbonation is strong, as expected – the cap nearly flew off when I cracked the bottle – but in a rich, silky way; think cappuccino foam, not champagne fizz. The body’s wonderfully creamy, as well, adding depth to a brew that’s already bigger than its ABV.

O: A classic for a reason – what a satisfying, drinkable beer. The call-and-response between the creamy sugars and the bitter hops and roasts makes this interesting enough to stay satisfying throughout, and that doesn’t seem too typical in a low-alcohol beer. I thought that there would be some noticeably dull flavors in here due to the age of this bottle…turns out, that’s not at all true. Great beer.

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Photo of HilltopBeer
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown - not quite black. Decent mocha colored head as you would expect for the style.

Smell - coffee, chocolate, alcohol, slight hops

Taste - Very nice. Consistent with the scent - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. A noticeable hop presence for the style. Reminds me of Stone Smoked Porter in terms of the hops...something I really enjoy for the style as it balances things out a bit.

Mouthfeel - Nice but nothing amazing. Lower carbonation.

Overall - I really enjoy this beer. For a non-imperial stout, one of my favorites. @ $10 for a six pack in MA it's a great value. Will become part of the normal rotation.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber cellared for over a year.

Look: Poured a dark black with a 1/2 inch long lasting tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell. Lots of malt and coffee. Can imagine the oats involved.

Taste. Nice oatmeal flavor. Lots of coffee, even after a year. A little bitterness at the end.

Mouth. A little weak and light, but maybe right for a 7% beer. Light carbonation.

Overall, nice oatmeal stout. Would like a little less bitterness.

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Photo of TheBrouMaster
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- It was a dark brownish-black, thick, and very creamy.

S- The smell was of a hint of chocolate and alcohol.

T- Taste was very a smooth coffee flavor with strong chocolate but not overpowering and great aftertaste that made me take another sip.

M- Very thick, creamy to sum it up.

O- Great taste and feel and balance and complexity great stout with good linger

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JWU
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Black as night. A half finger of dense mocha colored head. Nice lacing.

S- Espresso and sweet oats. Some very, very dark chocolate as well.

T- Sweetness certainly is not the point of this one. Dark roast, and charcoal is met with a quick flash of citric/floral hops which quickly lead to the big dose of coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate bitterness.

M- Smooth from the oats. Brash from the hops. I wish it would lean a bit towards the smoother side.

O- Very good. A good counterpoint to the overly sweet examples of the style.

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Photo of PeteyBrou
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- dark brownish black thick and creamy.

S- hint of chocolate and fermented alcohol

T- very smooth coffee and chocolate strong but not overpowering and great aftertaste

M- robust creamy thick

O- great taste and feel and balance and complexity great stout with good linger

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Photo of Flounder57
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet bready oats, and a little smoke.

Taste: Toasty, chocolate, oats, smoke, ash, a little creamy, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, smoky bitterness, and a bit smooth.

Overall: A balance of flavors in this classic oatmeal stout. Enjoyed a lot over the years. Surprised I haven't reviewed it yet.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout has a very thick, creamy, tan head, lots of thick lacing left behind on the glass, and a very dark (essentially, black) appearance. The aroma is of very sweet, dark-roasted, chocolatey, barley malt, with coffee notes. It smells a lot like a chocolate oatmeal cookie. The flavor is of rich, sweet, chocolate, dark coffee, heavy, but pleasant bitterness, oatmeal, and black bread. There is an acidic sourness, too. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and slimy, and Ipswich Oatmeal Stout finishes semi-dry, sweet, and drinkable. The alcohol is simply not picked up with this one. Overall, this is an outstanding beer!


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Photo of JamesStreet
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz into snifter

A - Poured a deep, dark brown, almost black. Very slight light brown head with a low amount of bubbles. Nice looking beer!

S - Roasted barley, bitter chocolate, molasses, slight coffee aroma.

T - was a bit underwhelmed here. Not bad, but nothing that blew me away.
A bit ofthe same as the nose with the dark chocolate and hint of coffee grounds, as well as some savory oats and little nuttiness. Also got a bit dark fruit tucked in there as well. Some hop bitterness in there as well. Falls of the palate nicely without any lingering aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel on the light to medium range with little carbonation. As expected, not much heat from alcohol (this clocks in at 6.7% ).

O - Not a bad beer at all just that the oatiness was not as prevalent as I would have liked. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.0: Beautiful beer. Pour elicited a lovely 1/2" khaki-colored head that slowly faded away into swirls of yummy-looking froth. Jet black like any good stout should be.

Smell 3.50: Good bouquet. Chocolate is the predominate scent here and...well, it's chocolate and that's pretty much it. I do detect slight hops and other scents but chocolate overpowers everything else.

Taste 4.0: Nice. Front is slightly salty, somewhat sweet and very smooth. Middle is where a pleasant hoppiness melds with the chocolate and coffee malts in a delicious, velvety smooth combo. This leads quickly into the finish, where more of the hops come through, along with a slight cheesy flavor that -amazingly-- is not off-putting. The emphasis here, like in the bouquet, is on chocolate and not on smokiness or other elements found in other stouts. Aftertaste is somewhat dry and of medium length and here some smokiness comes through along with a pleasant hop bite.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Spot on carbonation for this brew. Smooth and balanced like the taste.

Overall 4.0: Excellent oatmeal stout. Big flavors, relatively big ABV (7+%) and big hype, but this baby lives up to all of it. Pleasant and warming, this would be an ideal beer for a night in front of the fireplace in the Winter. I am drinking this in July, but am married, so I have an active imagination. Regardless, if you are a fan of stouts, you should try out this beer. It is light, smooth and well-balanced. Not an Imperial Stout by any means, it is basic and well worth your hard-earned sheckles.

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Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown head. Dissipates quickly. Slight lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and oatmeal grains.

T: Roasted malt, bittersweet unsweetened chocolate, and oatmeal.

M: Hearty and robust. Well-balanced bitter with the light sweetness provided by the oatmeal.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, fair head, but no real lacing. Char roasted grains, chocolate, and oatmeal make up the nose. Tastes like it smells.... charred malt grains, bittersweet chocolate, and oatmeal. Simple, but well done. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of tedan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours with thick tan head, good lacing up the sides of the glass.

Very creamy texture with mild hoppy bite and carbonation, strong coffee and malt flavors, balanced extremely well.

It's up there among the best stouts I've had. Wouldn't mind seeing it in six packs instead of the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

(copied from blog - written September 28, 2012)

Appearance – Pours pretty much pitch black, mayyybe dark brown. A small dark creamy head which disappears quick.
Smell – Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, oats.
Taste – Dark chocolate sort of bitterness, bold roasted coffee beans, subtle oatmeal.

Ah yes, it was a rather cold and bitter, rainy day today so I thought I’d indulge in some blood warming beer and Ipswich Oatmeal Stout was the right place to start. Upon moving your nose toward the glass an aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate surround it strongly and you don’t need to smell it twice to know what this beer consists of (though it’s really damn pleasant so you might want to!) The taste brings on a bitterness that’s reminiscent of dark chocolate and coffee beans but the addition of oats gives this beer a balanced sweetness and a consistent velvety texture which makes it very easy to drink. This is a great beer to have alone or maybe with some dessert after dinner.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: my personal scoring system uses whole numbers only)

Thanks to bucky10/mtrutlin for including this as an extra. 12oz bottle into a Nonic. Drank a couple weeks ago- going off my notes.

Aroma- a full chocolate nose with a lot of roasty malt character. If I sniff a bit harder, I get a little bit of black coffee as well. A pretty good smelling stout, not too complicated. (4)

Colour- Cola coloured brew that pours a 1cm brown head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is decent- seems to aggregate in small spots and sinks into the brew quickly. More or less looks like a stout. (3)

Flavour- Delicious. Lots of roasted malt character jumps out onto my palate. There is some bitterness throughout and at the end which reminds me of black coffee which I love. Near the end there's some chocolate and malty sweetness that trails off as well as hints of cherry. Very, very tasty stout. (4)

Mouthfeel- On the thinner end of the medium bodied spectrum. I'd expect a stout to be just a bit thicker, not motor oil but a bit thicker than this. Carbonation is good- my tongue felt a bit fizzy after the first drink. Aftertaste is spicy black coffee bitterness which is great. Warms me up too. (4)

Overall- Really well put-together oatmeal stout that has the flavour that I really enjoy in any sort of beer.. especially considering it's a year-round and reasonably priced. It's too bad I don't live in the New England distribution zone but I'm glad to have tried this beer. I'll keep it in mind the next time I go out and visit in Boston. (4)

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 22 oz. bomber a cola-like black with a thick, foamy, fluffy 3 finger beige head that slowly settles to a very thick collar. Aroma brings notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smoke, with a touch of hop spicey-ness! 1st sip brings a medium bitterness of unsweetened chocolate & coffee. The body is on the lighter side, with a somewhat thin texture and a bitter finish. Overall, a very good Oatmeal Stout...i'll be picking this one up again soon!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into SA sensory glass. Pours pitch black with dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing or head retention. Smell is intensely roasty with notes of oatmeal, light caramel, coffee, and toast. Taste is full of specialty grains up front with a heavy dry roast quality followed up by a somewhat creamy oatmeal character. Notes of chocolate and coffee come through with a somewhat dry finish. There is a mild bitterness which seems to be more from the roasted grain than hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with somewhat high carbonation. Overall, this is a nice full flavored oatmeal stout with a huge emphasis on the roast. This is a nice features of specialty grains, worth checking out!

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

Poured into a dimpled mug. Pours black with a two-finger length tan head. Some lacing is left on the glass as the head dissipates. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The taste follows the nose. It's very roasty with chocolate and coffee notes. I get some of that oatmeal flavor as well. There is some roastiness in the aftertaste. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is fairly high and the oatmeal helps smooth the beer. This is an excellent beer.

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

appearance: Very dark brown with a bit of cola highlights held directly to light. Thick, messy mocha head and lacing. A real looker.
smell: Mocha. Full chocolate with coffee coming in second. Quite rich and complex.
taste: Much like the nose. a slight bitterness in the finish.
mouthfeel: Full and velvety.
overall: A big beer hiding in a 7% Oatmeal. Rich, complex but mellow and drinkable.

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Photo of maxk
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a little too cold, so I let it warm up to be very lightly chilled in the glass.

Beer looks just how I would like an oatmeal stout to look. It's got what is probably the thickest, creamiest head I've ever seen. Incredible head retention and lacing.

Lots of chocolate, some roasted coffee, maybe a little caramel.

Whoa. This is an oatmeal stout. I've been drinking a bunch of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout recently, liking it and thinking it to be a good example of the style. I've obviously been wrong, because this is probably the best, most oatmeal-y oatmeal stout I've ever experienced. Tastes of prominently of coffee, with a little bit of smokiness. There's chocolate and caramelized sugar in there too. This is probably the creamiest beer I've ever had, it's like I'm drinking a beer flavored milkshake.

Best oatmeal stout I've ever had.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. The date code is printed on the bottle: 09/28/12.

A: Pours black and there is a finger of head that dissipates to just a minimal covering on top of the glass and that stays to the end. There is minimal lacing.

S: Just an abundance of various smells: citrus, chocolate, moasses, burnt sugar and charcoal.

T: Taste follows smell. The aftertaste is hoppy and dark chocolate.

M: Very easy to drink but not as thick as I would expect. Nicely carbonated.

O: I like this beer. It goes down smooth and after a sip; it leaves you wanting another. The taste is so complex and maybe it is the IBU's (which I don't know) that make it hard too gulp it or drink it any other way than a sip and a sip and another sip. Delicious and I would recommend it.

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Photo of PatriotsRule
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite brews of all time.
A: Nice deep black with ample cream colored craggy head and appetizing lacing
S: Hoppy with a bit of roasted oats
T: All of the best flavours as one. Reminds me not only of oatmeal but of pear and cheddar.
M: Spice is minimal but the beer has a real kick to it. Crisp and smooth, not too syrupy
O: Better than the best oatmeal if you ask me, and I am an oatmeal lover. I wonder if this was brewed with apple cinnamon, because it is most definitely a real oatmeal in this tasty pick

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