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 kagent777
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle recently acquired from Las Vegas poured into my CCB snifter at cellar temp. Bottled in September 28, 2012.

Appearance: Black with dark brown edges when held to the light. Little lacing settles to a ring around the edge of the snifter and a thin varied pattern in the middle reminiscent of a bowling ball sparkle. Leaves a little lacing as it goes.

Smell: Roasted malts a faint hint of cooked oats. Mild earthy hops.

Taste: Roasted malts with a touch of char, not too much like some RISs. I get hints of cocoa, enough to evoke crispy chocolate chip cookies. A nice semi-sweetness hovers over every flavor, ending with a mild bitterness. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Middling thickness and carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary, here.

Overall: Probably my new standard for oatmeal stouts. I really enjoyed this beer and will look for more bottles. This one fires on all cylinders.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle aged in my beer fridge for 8 months, drank around the campfire in a lexan chalice.

A - Strong black espresso color and matching khaki head, very still, somewhat flat.

S - A heap of roasted grains and sweet malt, some chocolate and coffee notes as well. Seems more muted than when I had this fresh, maybe not high enough in ABV to be a good laydown.

T - Still very good, the malt dominates but there is enough chocolate and coffee to keep it interesting. Missing the dark fruit flavors I like in a really great stout though. Its nearly there!

M - Nice thick and smooth draughts, not strong enough for a warming effect but it would make for a very sessionable stout. Not overly weighty, leaves me feeling nicely satisfied after the bottle is gone...

O - This is the bottle I would hand to a neophyte beer-appreciating friend to introduce them to quality American-born stouts.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a jet black body with a dark mocha thick 2" airy head that sticks around for a bit and recudes to a solid patch of foam. Beautiful.

S- Fresh coffee beans is the strong aroma upfront. Slight vanilla notes in the background. Inviting.

T- Upfront I get a bold heavily toasted, nearly burnt malt taste followed by a mellow dark chocolate, roasty aftertaste. Slight hop bite to finish.

M- Thick and robust, just how a stout should be.

Overall, a well rounded rich an balanced stout. Recommendable.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ink black, opaque, very thin cardboard head, minimal lacing, motor oil.

S: Deep roasted malts, dark coco, espresso. smell is kinda one dimensional but rather pungent.

T: Burnt bread, rasins, molasses, choco/espresso combo, some honey/caramel and Bourbon notes in finish. I get some tobacco too, this is pretty dark intense. Has a certain "robustness" from relatively high IBU. Hints of nutty oatmeal sneak through in finish.

M: Very low carbonation, super rich, syrupy. Oatmeal adds that soft silkyness. Suprised that ABV isnt higher.

O: This has the makings of a Imperial Stout in flavor and body. Its rich. The flavor profile is pretty in your face, a great beer for a cold night. Gets smoother as it warms up, flavors meld much better. An absolute steal at the price. Ipswich rules.

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Photo of parris
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell - Cocoa, a hint of malt, molasses

Appearance - Black, thick tan/brown head

Taste - Chocolate, a hint of burnt malt, coffee

Mouthfeel - Fairly light bodied, crisp

Overall - Being a really common beer from the area, that doesn't have any sort of cult following, I was surprised at how easy drinking, yet perfectly balanced, yet somewhat unique this beer is.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, vanilla, molasses, and maple are well balanced in the aroma coming off this beer.

They say you eat with your eyes first, and this beer tastes (looks) great! India Ink black in color with a nice thin mocha head that laces extremely well.

Mimicking the aroma exactly, with slightly more coffee roast, Ipswich delivers on flavor! I just want to eat this beer! Almost chewy in texture with light carbonation and a beautiful balance of bitterness and sweetness, this oatmeal stout becomes a wonderful sipping beer sure to go well with cheesecake a la mode.

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Photo of Dools9
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/24/12 poured into a tulip.

A: Pitch black in color, two finger creamy brown head will not go away. Laces like a boss.

S: Sweet bittersweet chocolate upfront, light coffee, light molasses, hints of oats.

T: Heavy dark roasted malts, bittersweet dark cocoa, some espresso bitterness, lurking in the back are raisin and plum. Just a tad smokiness lingers. Big time flavors going on here.

M: Medium body, smooth and silky on the mouth.

O: Excellent, flavorful oatmeal stout. Ipswich hit the nail on the head with this one. At 10 bucks a sixer, it might be one of the most affordable top notch stouts money can buy.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I am back, finally and happy to be reviewing some new beers with some old treats. This beer is an old treat for me as I have had one before but didnt review it. Got a six pack of this for $5, as it has aged a year.

A: Pours a dark roast color with a solid 2-in caramel colored head, leaves some lacing as it slowly dwindles down.

S: Smell is of oats, roasted malts and dark chocolate with a little bit of a toffee aroma at the back end.

T: I get some raisins up front with the dark chocolate following. The flavor ends with some toffee notes, a little caramel and roasted malts on the after taste.

M: Mouth feel is sweet, a little more watered down than a gold standard oatmeal stout, but the characteristics are very much the same.

O: This along with Breckenridge is widely available at my local liquor store down the street. I love Breckenridge much better than this, but that doesnt discredit the beer at all. It is an excellent Oatmeal stout and very much appreciated for those who live in my neck of the woods. Another beer well done Massachusetts!

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Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Inch tall mid-mocha head on a dark brown body. Very good head retention, leaves a layer of head throughout. Clumpy lacing.

S- Cocoa on the nose, oatmeal.

T- Taste takes you on a ride. All the usual suspects are here...chocolate, roastiness...but they all play superbly great off each other. Distinctive coffee aftertaste, nice!

M- The medium mouthfeel is so smooth. Carbonation is low but adequate.

D/O- I could drink this all night and be happy. really dig the coffee undertones at the end of each sip. An under-the-radar brew for sure!

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Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out pretty much pitch black with 1" of dark khaki head. Good retention and lacing. Nice looking beer, pretty opaque.

Smell: Smells very roasty, with some bitter dark chocolate and coffee in there as well. Much more expressive and intense than many in this style.

Taste: Some roasted malt character up front, with bitter dark chocolate and coffee as well. Very nice. Very strong, expressive flavors.

Mouthfeel: All of medium bodied, probably a little full than that even. Nice low carbonation, and very smooth. Overall, I was honestly extremely impressed with this. One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had, if not the best.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from a 6-pack. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a mostly opaque brown with average carbonation and not much head, not too much in terms of lacing.

S- Oatmeal, dark chocolate, malts, slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Oatmeal, dark chocolate, malts, light caramel. Finishes with a light oatmeal dark chocolate taste that lingers as an aftertaste.

M- Creamy, nice carbonation for the style, very easy to drink, abv very well hidden, could easily knock back a bunch of these.

O- This is a great local stout. The flavor is very nice, it finish very smooth, and is very easy to drink. The price is absolutely unbeatable- ~$10 for a 6-pack, I definitely recommend picking some up. A beer that I've tried multiple times and definitely will pick up again.

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Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine Arrowhead in early March for $4.99.

Beer poured black as night with a decent tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is a snootful of dark cocoa and coffee.

Taste is roasted malts with a heavy dose of dark cocoa. Espresso lingers nicely in the background for additional bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oatmeal makes things nice and smooth.

Overall this is a totally smackable beer. I will need to seek this out again at Total Wine.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Yebisu Creamy Stout glass my brother Mitch picked up in Japan.

Good looking stout - solid black in color with some good head that never dissipates completely. Very profound scent of roasted malt and black coffee. Quite flavorful with mild carbonation. I like the fact that it's strong at 7% ABV, but not terribly noticeable.

Basically, if you're a fan of good gourmet dark roast coffee (as I am), you will be a fan of this one.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No date

A: Thick head with good retention and lacing.

S: Roast, char and a little sweet chocolate.

T: Roast, nice char and earthy hops against the malt sweetness that pokes through. Lingers nicely. Very tasty, and with the intensity of flavor expected from a 7% abv stout.

M: Full and silky. Just about what I look for in an oatmeal stout.

O: An excellent oatmeal stout. Unfortunately it's on the abv high end, which cuts down on drinkability.

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

A: Pours black with a ridiculously huge and dense medium brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving a thick wall of lacing. An island of foam remains at all time.

S: Wonderful roasted malt aroma. Lots of chocolate, roasty char and coffee bean. Oatmeal is prominent as well, lending a creaminess to it all.

T: Strong bitter coffee and chocolate up front. Smooths out with some char and oatmeal, again giving it a creamy, milky quality not unlike a milk stout. Finishes with a bitter roast quality and some smoke.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: One of the best oatmeal stouts out there. Maybe second only to Sam Smith's (which is divine). It's got nice sharp roasted malt qualities with the creaminess and added complexity of the oatmeal. A must-have for fans of the style.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black brew with a small head and no lacing.

S - Chocolate, clay, burnt sugar, dried leaf litter and faint coffee.

T - A little chocolate, moss and spring water (odd, I know but it rather clearly tastes like fresh spring water alongside the other flavors in a way that most beers do not). These are quickly joined by a charcoal and forest floor flavors. The aftertaste is of bitter coffee and bitter leaf litter. There is a medicinal hint to the bitterness which is strong enough to make the aftertaste a little unpleasant.

M - Thick, smooth, a little refreshing. Good mouthfeel, but honestly subpar among oatmeal stouts.

D - It is nice. I don't think it stands out against other oatmeal stouts though. I wouldn't mind having it again.

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Photo of MaryG
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a nice dark color that would intimidate a novice beer drinker. The taste of this beer is smooth and very well balanced. After the first sip the lighter body quelled the fear of the darker color.

This beer is surprisingly hoppy for a stout!

Hints of chocolate and coffee don't overtake your pallet but definitely add to the character of the beer.

Overall an enjoyable brew!

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Photo of irishevans
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black, with a faint root beer brown color at the very bottom when held up to the light, a mighty light cuppochino colored head when poured, that settles to a thick film but leaves decent lacing behind.

N- toasted oats, and a very faint floral hop smell lends itself to the background. very roasty smelling. a faint hint of coffee aroma too.

T- toasted oat and roasted barley right away. burnt coffee flavors in there too(a good thing in a stout). bitter, but not your typical hop bitter, however; the floral hop does seem to come out on the finish, more so than I'd like to see in an oatmeal stout, but not so much as to be off putting or offensive, just heavy for the style. I do have to point out that being a 7% brew, it hides it's alcohol content really well.

M- Very smooth and creamy, but it finishes very very dry. Much more dry than I typically like in this stout style.

O- Not a bad beer. it has it's flaws, but I'd say they are in the eye of the drinker in this case. knowing what I'm getting into with this one now, with the large hop character and the dry mouthfeel, I could find myself in the mood for it and would buy it again.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a thick black with one finger of mocha head. Fine retention and no lacing.

Smells remarkably like oatmeal- dark roasted malts and a little bit of cinnamon. A little bitterness.

Tastes great- a little tangy, a little sweet, a little bitter. Roasted dark malt and coffee up front, followed by a little hop bitterness, with a great finish of oatmeal, cinnamon and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good- a little too tangy/acidic maybe, but not a fatal flaw. Full body with light carbonation, and a little oily. Excellent beer- being from Ohio, I have to say I like B.O.R.I.S. better but this is a great oatmeal stout.

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

Bottled: unk
ABV 6.4%

Black with some tannish foam. Initial nose comes through with good, strong oats and tootsie rolls, graham and some nice, nice cocoa. Nice nose. Slightly dry, coffee toned, grainy, oaty flavor up front with some nice bitterness on the back end. Nice malt character on this beer - so far soo good on this one. Thick and smooth with a lighter carb and semi dry character. Nice beer, really nice surprise.

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

Arrives an impenetrable pint of the deepest, chestnut brown liquid with a fingerwidth of tan and creamy foam perched atop.
Smell is toasted malt with notes of vanilla, cane sugar, cocoa, caramel and a light coffee note.
Taste is similar with the obvious toasty notes of malt and lesser notes of cocoa, vanilla, caramel and a slight coffee presence.
Smooth-ish and slightly drying. Medium body and light effervescence. Would like more body but a fine brew regardless.

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Photo of jegross2
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Mercury Brewing Company out of Massachusetts.
Score: 94

Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/29/12. Thank you beer advocate user silentjay1 for sending me this beer as an extra!

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost pitch black color. Totally opaque -- no light cuts through this beer. Two-plus fingers of foamy khaki head at pour slowly settles into a thin creamy layer. Amazing lacing, undying retention. Shelves of frothy head cling to the side of the glass forever. 5/5

Smell: Toasted oats, coffee, roasted malt and chocolate malt. Raw chocolate, cocoa marshmallow, light hops and a hint of citrus. 4/5

Taste: Tons of roastiness throughout. Roasted oats, creamy oatmeal and unsweetened chocolate. There is a light mix of creamy vanilla and marshmallow in the finish, and a touch of hoppy citrus on the midpalate. There's is also a hint of roasted coffee flavor in the background of the finish. The flavors are a medley of bitterness, but the beer is not overly bitter. Very balanced and flavorful. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, modest (but the perfect amount of) carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: Like a chocolatier New Glarus Road Slush on steroids. Yummy! One of the better oatmeal stouts I have had. If you liked Wake-n-Bake, you will certainly enjoy this one.

Recommendation: Seek this one out. Even casual beer drinkers should enjoy this brew.

Pairings: Gruyere cheese or swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: $12.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stellar oatmeal stout. Picked up on a whim at a bottle shop in Delaware and I wish we'd done better research i.e. knew to grab several...

Pours an inky black with mahogany highlights when the glass is held up to light. Aroma of dark roasted malts with oat undertones. Well balanced flavour has all the complexity of a decent stout, with a nicely bitter finish that lingers for an impressively long time. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee elements meld nicely with the oatmeal baseline.

Truly an impressive beer.

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

22oz bottle. Pours a black dark brown color with an inch of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of espresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts and earth. Flavors of vanilla, espresso, and roasted malts. Sweet, but not overkill. Bittersweet coffee finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice amount of roasted malt and smoky flavor to go with the coffee and chocolate. Just the right amount of alcohol burn. Really good Oatmeal Stout worth having again for certain.

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

Poured from tap into pint glass at yardhouse in Dedham, MA. Pours an oil thick deep black with a tan/brown head. Smells of serious roasted and baked malts and a bit of semi sweet cocoa.
Taste is of chocolatey roasted oaty malts.
This is a serious oatmeal stout; yet sooth, light, and full of body. Lots of character and flavor built in here.
Really nice brew. Worth a try for sure.

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Ipswich Oatmeal Stout from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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