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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 12-03-2001

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Reviews: 402 | Ratings: 869
Photo of kunzbrew
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an opaque jet black with a big tan creamy head, that leaves a nice silky, sexy behind.

Roasted coffee malts fill the nose with great pleasure. Hops are light which suits the style. Oats are also noted.

This full bodied brew needs to be chewed before swallowing, boy I really like that in a nice stout. The robust malts fill the palate with a coffee flavor that is to die for. The hops are light in bitterness but that is the style.

Overall this is a nice brew.

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Photo of ZAP
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100% black with a perfect creamy 3/4 inch chocolate head...Nose is inviting....chocolates and smokiness like a smokehouse where you smoke salmon..creamy, and velvety mouthfeel...medium-to-full bodied....very tasty...some real nice choclate flavors emerge immediately on the buds...also some java notes....finishes tight and slightly bitter like baking cocoa rather than big hops...Very easy drinking for as thick as this is...

This is a stout with some legit flavors to it....I love it....wish I could get this stuff near me....very, very flavorful stout that is very easy drinking...one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had...

Big thanks to Johnny P for the privledge of drinking this...

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A man's beer. It's about as dark as Hell when the fires go out and as bitter as the most unpopular kid in school. This is the first Ipswich I've tried and I can't say I was expecting much. But I was surprised by a very burnt, almost smokey taste, and a thick, sweet finish--almost coffee-esque. Chalk up another New England-brewed winner. I guess I'm fortunate to live here.

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

Dark dark black with a thin fading dark tan head. Smell is roasted, earthy and a hint of dark chocolate. Smell does not prepare me for the taste. Intense roasted dark coffee bean flavors. Incredibly smooth, and although the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors are intense the phenomenal smoothness mellows and leaves a roasted, toasted bread flavor on the palate. One heck of a beer.

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Photo of mydeadguy
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep, inky black with a thin tan head . smells rich and full with hints of chocolate and coffee. the first sip goes down easy with smoky overtones, both malt and hops. quite smooth and round in the mouthfeel, well balanced and quite drinkable on this fall afternoon/evening. a great beer and a tribute to the style.

drink up..

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

Pours a wonderful black with a big beautiful brown head. Amoung the most visually appealing stouts I've glanced at. Roasty smoke flavor is quite strong. Hints of coffee linger. D'oh! Malt sweetness is there, as is hop bitters. Quite a balanced brew. Leave it to Ipswitch to surpass all expectations. This is a quality oatmeal stout that any fan of the style will enjoy.

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

This dark beauty pours a deep, rich roofing tar color with a thick tan head and patchy lace. The aroma of sweet malt, hay, coffee and hops come through loud and clear. A thick and hearty malt body houses complex flavors of fresh dark-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, grapefruit bitterness and hint of nutmeg. A smoky, burnt crème brulee flavor dominates. A touch of licorice finishes. The slick, almost oily texture makes this stout quite gulpable. While well suited for colder seasons, this stout is very enjoyable on a hot night.
Edited on 12/13/05

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

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates listed.

Opaque black with burnt ruby highlights. One inch of rich creamy looking tan foam sits proudly on top. Head lingers for a few minutes, leaving some lace behind.

Swirl & sniff: pronounced chocolate, & roast grain aromas.

Nice blend of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain go well with a healthy dose of bittering citric American hops.

Thick and creamy smooth. Delicious.

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

Wow. What an incredibly great stout. Pours opauqe black with a tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells strongly of dark chocalte, malts, and coffe. The taste is superb. Dark malts and oatmeal envelope your tounge, then the creaminess from the oatmel takes over with slightly dry finish. Needless to say it has a very nice mouthfeel. A highly quaffable stout. A must try for stout lovers.

Edit 1/12/04: After much further product testing I have to go back and give this a 5 for taste. It simply crushes most other stouts I've tried.

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Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dar, dark mahogany color with a dark brown foamy head. Smells of nice roasted malt, with a bit of hop bitterness coming through. Mouthfeel is round and full as the roasted malt rushes over the tongue. Also nuances of chocolate and coffee. Hints of hop bitterness linger in the back of the throat. Very smooth, pleasant, and balanced flavor that keeps its rich character until the last drop.

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

Color: a solid black, head: large, toasted brown, soon to settle. Aroma: richly roasted, peppery, dark and bitter.
A rush of lush, lovely bitterness presents itself on first sip, and has a short, but pleasant stay on the palate. Full bodied, perfectly balanced, a tasty and well-made stout. I was searching for something else in flavor, and came up lacking. Seemed a bit limp at times, when I was up for a challenge.
And how is this "the Original American Ale?" Did it bubble out of a brew kettle at Plymouth Rock?
Thanks go to UncleJimbo for passing along the bottle.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a inky black with brownish edges and almost no head whatsoever. Pretty heavy, viscous consistency. Cocoa was the dominant aroma, with hints of coffee and a slight hop scent. The tastebuds were also treated to the chocolate malt flavors, which was balanced by the bittering of the hops. Mouthfeel was a little high in carbonation, which caused this stout to feel a little watery. the bitterness in the aftertaste was also a little overdone. Otherwise this is a very good example of the style, and I will buy it again (probably in the 1/2 gallon bottle instead of the 6 pack!)

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

12 oz brown glass longneck bottle, capped, no date.

This stout poured very dark brown (almost black) with brown foam that settled rather quickly and did not leave much lace. The smell was very nice and long lasting: sweet and malty, with oatmeal, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The taste was rich and full with flavors of roasted malt, chicory, coffee and bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied with low-medium carbonation. There was a pleasant aftertaste of oatmeal, bitter chocolate and hops. This was a very enjoyable stout. Take time to savor it.

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

Half Gal. Growler, store bought. Labeled MA not MD so no contract version here. Brought to me by a ( favorite!) customer who knew I loved it and cant get it in NY.
Strikingly black, with glints of ruby when swirled. Thick, tenacious brown head that trails a tan lace down the glass. Sweet, roasty aroma, with faint notes of campfire and floral hop suck you right into the glass. Sweet and smooth up front, medium-full bodied mouth feel with rich, oat and dark malt flavors that glide gracefully into a strong, roasted grain and hop bitterness that surrounds the tongue and languishes in your mouth for hours. Aftertaste reminds me of espresso how I like it - with 8 sugars.
Outstanding Oat Stout. BIG on roast grain and oat character. Yes, Beer IS for breakfast.

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

My thanks to jward for this one, another fine Massachusetts ale. Color is opaque black with a creamy and dense beige head with a delicious texture that looks like the yeasty starter for bread dough. In the nose, cocoa powder, yeast, coffee grounds, olives, piney hops and wood smoke. Beautiful nose. The taste is initially smooth, with notes of dark chocolate, black olives and an oakey sourness. As the beer warms the initial smoothness seems to give way a little to both a sweetness and a bitter burnt flavor. The mouthfeel is full, velvety, and smooth. The finish is of bitter hops and dark roasted malt.

A very nice stout, well-balanced and smooth, yet just a little robust in terms of the burnt, roasted flavors for my tastes.

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Photo of Delirium
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with no moon or clouds. Slowly appearing head quickly vanishes. Coffee, chocolate, and and fighting malt duel for supremecy in the nose of this drink and quite fulfill in taste. Unfortunately there is no born on date and I can tell right away... I got an older version of a beer that should be obtained fresh, fresh, fresh. Still a tasty stout, full of rich roasted malt flavor and a mediating hop. A little bitter on the rebound, would be great with a meal!

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Photo of purplehops
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured from a ½ gallon growler deep black with highlights of red-brown. The head was tan and dissipated quickly leaving little trace on the glass. The aroma was full of roasted and black malt with hints of alcohol. The taste is rich and malty at the start. The finish is dry and bitter with the roasted barley coming to the front. The aftertaste is long and pleasant with the roasted malt bitterness blending with flavors of coffee, oats, and hops. The oats give this stout a nonastringent mouthfeel that rolls off your tongue quite nicely without that charcoal sting. All in all a very nice oatmeal stout that good year round. The growler seems to be the more complex and flavorful recipe than that of the 12oz. bottle recipe.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer. Absolutely black with a nice head. Exceptionally smooth on the palate with very noticeable coffee and chocolate. I could drink this stuff all day. My father, who is a Sam Adams fanatic, and not really into stouts, has become a stout-a-holic because of Ipswich.

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

Made the great mistake of buying the growler. As I poured it I noticed it blocks out light better than an eclipse. Dark and rich are an understatement. Rich roasted chocolate taste hit my palatte as I dink this. This is my second favorite stout after Smuttynose Black Cat Stout. I am determined to find this on tap.

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

This ink black beer pours out a luscious creamy brown head that has decent depth. It recedes to a collar in a minute or two and provides a very nice lace. The aroma of an oatmeal stout can not get much better than this. Chocolate and java dominate. Undertones of roast and bitterness accentuate nicely on the nose. Here's a great example of a stout that provides a very enjoyable lingering bitterness on the tongue. It stems from roasted barley as well as hops I believe. The body of this beer is closer to medium than it is to full. The taste is a blend of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, burnt malts and bitterness. There is also a seemingly NW style hop contribution. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. One of the better oatmeal stouts I've had.

A Bighuge thanks to pbrian for the excellent sample of one of my top 5-10 styles of beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: ½ gallon growler with no freshness date, some in for about the beer on the back.

Appearance: Ample lace in a swirly wispy tan clump. Nearly ink black in colour.

Smell: Sweet and soft with hints of a charcoal like smokiness, espresso like roasted grain and a dash of yeast and hop are the make up of this complex aroma.

Taste: So damn creamy and smooth with a light carbonation and full body. Big mouthful of roasted character that comes in waves. First it is a dark chocolate flavour then leads more towards espresso and faintly smoky charcoal like flavours. Some sweetness on top is soft and melds well with the roasted character. Light punch of hop bitterness and tobacco-like flavour hit in the middle and lingers with the roasted grain far into the after taste. Finishes semi sweet with hints of yeast as well.

Notes: This is one stout I can’t get enough of, one of the most drinkable full bodied ales I have run into in a long time. A treat for any die hard stout fan especially if you enjoy oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Murph
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely black with a nice thick brown head that slowly fades away. Smell is all chocolate and coffee, huge chocolate aromas dominate. Taste starts off very dark chocolatey and slowly fades into a nice dark roasted coffee flavor that linger o the tongue for a good amount of time. The brew is a little thin for an oatmeal and that is the only thing that is holding this brew back. Extremely drinkable. A great brew that is just a little short of being absolutely stellar. Another good one from Ipswich. Thanks to the Bierman for the brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good dark head, strong oatmeal nose. Starts out with a sweet malty taste but gradually goes to a slightly hoppy finish. Very dark and chewy - a good oatmeal

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

This is a superb meal, I mean oatmeal stout. The deep roasted flavors are balanced beautifully with a nice hop kick and a wonderful silky mouthfeel. Nicely done.

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

Very smooth with a pleasant, almost perfect balance of grain and ripe fruity sweetness and coffee and subtle hop bitterness. A top notch brew. Took home a growler after a pint at the local.

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