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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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472 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%


Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Oatmeal Stout is a classic British-style stout brewed with flaked oatmeal and roasted barley. Freshly-roasted coffee beans, cocoa and touches of raisin and dried fruit dominate the aroma of this super dark ale. The richness of the grain blend is balanced by the nutty character of the roasted malt, the creaminess from the oatmeal flakes and a dose of hops.

Before the 19th century, all barley was malted over wood-fired kilns and the resulting dark roasted malt defined the browns, porters, and stouts of England. Near the end of the 19th century, brewers had introduced oats for their purported restorative and nourishing characteristics, producing beers such as oatmeal stout and milk stout. By the 1950’s, Oatmeal Stout had nearly trickled out of existence. Following the beer’s literary rebirth in the articles of English beer writer Michael Jackson in the 1970’s, British and American craft brewers are once again promoting the style.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 07-09-2002)
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malt notes with a side of black chocolates. Taste is also dominated by some roasted malt with a side of black chocolate. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Not the most complex beer but well enjoyable with good balance between the flavours and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:48:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. There's a finger worth of off-white head; retention isn't the best, although it leaves a little bit of lacing behind. Nothing too remarkable aesthetically here - it looks more like a porter than a stout.

S: This is pretty well roasted, but also does a great job of bringing a noticeable aroma of oats. There are also touches of herbal hops, chocolate, and smoke. This doesn't have an amazing nose, but it's still pretty decent.

T: Call me crazy, but this seems ridiculously smoky to me - almost like a rauchbier, in fact. When combined with the faint oat flavor on the front end, it's ridiculously redolent of ham. This goes away around the midtaste, being replaced with roasted coffee beans and some slight chocolate. When it warms up, the finish becomes hoppy, even. Cut out the weirdly unbalanced ham flavors, and this is a good stout.

M: I tend to prefer the drier oatmeal stouts over the more lingering ones, and this fits into the former nicely. There is a slight linger on the back end, though. The carbonation is on the moderate-to-high side, which helps give it some drinkability.

O: I must finally be going over the deep end, because this is FAR smokier than I remember. That's not a bad thing - I like Schlenkerla's rauchbiers and I like some good BBQ pulled pork (oddly enough, the only instance I enjoy pork products), but this beer is striking my palate too strangely to be a great oatmeal stout. As a result, it's hard for me to return to this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 23:05:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
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CloudStrife

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 10/17/2013.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a lightly tanned head on top. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Has a complimenting blend of sweetness and roastiness. A sweet carmel molasses aroma is what I initially smell. Then there is the roasty chocolate coffee aspect that cannot be ignored.

T: As with the aroma this beer has a blend of sweetness and roastiness. Lots of molasses makes its way into the flavor. Oatmeal smoothes things out. Chocolate and coffee are in the background giving way to the sweetness.

M: Medium body with a creamy full mouthfeel. Average carbonation. A bit of stickiness on the backend but not overwhelming.

Overall this is a solid oatmeal stout that is perhaps too sweet for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:51:22 | More by CloudStrife
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scottsbeerreview

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review on BeerAdvocate

This has a great look with a 2 finger tan head with my standard pour. The color is very dark and passes no light with a very aromatic flavor profile raisin, cocoa, and toasted oatmeal flakes.

The taste is very smooth and a clean heavy mouthfeel. This is my first Schlafly Beer and am ready to try some more.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:23:52 | More by scottsbeerreview
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Captain_Komamura

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It is a dark brown to black in color with a tan head.

Smell - A nice fruity smell from the raisins, with coffee, malts, and oatmeal smell as well.

Taste - It is a nice coffee/chocolate flavor hits the tongue first, followed by the raisins, and ending with the oatmeal and burnt malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Nice silky body, with good carbonation.

Overall - It is a pretty good oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 20:31:47 | More by Captain_Komamura
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a very dark brown that appears to almost be black. The head is a lasting tan that is frothy.

Smell:
Strong oatmeal notes with hints of coffee notes appear in the smell. Some bready malt smell and yeast smell also make an appearance.

Taste:
The stout has a bit of hop bitterness that mixes well with the coffee notes and the oatmeal flavor. The oatmeal is fairly strong and unifies the beer to an extent. Hints of roasted barely add to the complex mix as well. Additionally, a roasted malt flavor makes an appearance as well.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied with biting carbonation. Smooth feel and finish. However, the oatmeal sometimes provides a nice silky feel to the beer after it warms up a little bit.

Overall:
A pretty decent oatmeal stout and probably worth purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 23:37:52 | More by HattedClassic
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle , bottled on 15 April, 2013, and served in a snifter at about 55F.

This Oatmeal Stout pours dark mahogany but is clear and the bottle lacks sediment. The small tan head is short-lived and lives scant lacing.

The oatmeal is evident in the aroma, flavor and soft feel. Hints of dried fruits and faint coffee add to the flavor which is, as expected, dominated by roasted grains. No burnt grain. Low hops and carbonation. Full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 00:17:39 | More by chinchill
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delta490

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-deep black. Very short lived tan head. Minimal retention and no lacing left in the glass

S- deep rich malt, a little chocolate and coffee notes

T-a rich malty stout. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

M- silky smooth. No noticeable carbonation feeling

O-a pretty tasty stout

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:21:30 | More by delta490
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ISmith87

Arizona

2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up some Missouri beers while in Joplin for a rotation at Freeman Medical Center.
Most weren't that great. We'll see if this was any better.

A - 4.0 - Good color, dark brown/black with a tan head that sticks around and leaves great lacing.

S - 3.0 - Not so great, mostly vinegar, oatmeal, cereal, maybe some rancid coffee/dark malts if you really try to smell them.

T - 2.5 - Again, vinegar and even bandaids are prevalent. Some roasty dark malts. Coffee. By far one of the worst stouts I've had.

M - 3.0 - Medium mouth feel, roasty aftertaste. Alc covered.

O - 3.0 - Yea, it's pretty bad. I hate to say it but this is pretty standard for Missouri beer. Good beer law state, just not good beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 03:02:32 | More by ISmith87
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aromas of cocoa. Taste begins with a bit of bittersweet chocolate, then some dense bread, then some smoked wood, and a bit of earthiness in the finish. Pretty good mouthfeel. Overall quite a good Oatmeal stout, I would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:59:28 | More by tronester
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a terrible complex beer but a good one none the less.
Some desent roasted malts in the nose comes through nicely in the taste along with some hints of chocolate and coffee.
The addition of oatmeal makes for a full body and smooth beer on the palate.
I wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 12:29:16 | More by micromaniac129
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mmva321

Missouri

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: It looks like a stout. Not much more. Opaque black body wit brown around the rims, a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing and all with no signs of life in the body. Cool.

S: A very beautiful and well-balanced aroma is slightly let down by how faint it is. Chocolatey malts bring a hint of coffee and roasted nuts with them and is offset by dried fruits, most notably raisins.

T: The dried fruits really dominate the taste. Raisins and dark cherries are ever present, with roasted malts becoming more of a back note here. It's not as well balanced as the aroma, but it's at least more powerful.

M: A slightly carbonated medium-bodied stout is creamy enough. It leaves a dry feeling as it lingers. Appropriate without being transcendent.

O: This is a decent oatmeal stout that doesn't really play up any oatmeal characteristics. It's a little creamier and more substantial, thankfully, but I don't get it anywhere else. Still, a fine and pleasant stout for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 02:07:25 | More by mmva321
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this from Half Time enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a pub glass type goblet.

The color is black, opaque with thick light tan cap which recedes to a layer of small bubbles, lace sticks in swatches with tiny bead and decent retention. Smell is earthy, roasty, bready and slightly nutty with a mild yeasty breadiness and light sweet aroma. The feel is pretty highly carbonated and very roasty almost burnt texture with a slight sweetness and creamy body with a semi-dry finish with low alcohol in the feel.

The flavor is roasted and nutty with an almost coffee-like roastiness with slight yeasty and vegetal aspect which is okay with some toasted notes from the malt in the background and light spice from the hops I am assuming. The flavor has a bitterness of roasted grain with slight vegetal creaminess with more burnt malt flavor lasting into the finish. The flavor is good with some light cocoa on the tongue near the last taste adding a nice depth to the combination of malt and yeast flavors. Overall this is pretty decent, actually it is a very drinkable stout with nice layering and even though it is a little more carbonated than most it is not too sweet and the roast level is pretty spot on without becoming too much by the end of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:10:06 | More by Slatetank
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and not much light will penetrate it. Minimal Brussels lace at the top of the glass. I smell oatmeal and a bit of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous with a bit of dryness. Tastes strongly of roasted malt and oatmeal, leaving a pleasant lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:19:30 | More by Franziskaner
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14oz on tap at St Loius Shlafly Bar and Grill at the airport.

A - Dark brown body with 1 finger of tan head. Solid patterns of lacing.

S - Roasted malts, dusting of cocoa powder, hints of coffee.

T - Chocolate grains, dark roasted malty bitterness, dark bread crust, coffee bitterness on the finish.

M - Moderate stingy carbonation, light bodied.

Nice roast character with cocolate bitterness. Moderate stingy carbonation takes away from some of the smoothness I was hoping for. All in all good, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 20:44:43 | More by StaveHooks
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utopiajane

New York

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark, dark brown and with chestnut highlights at the edges when held to the light. Touch of ruby in there too. Nose is weak overall. Bitter coffee, burnt sugar, light char, glimpse of dark fruit, roasted malt, faint chocolate and oats. Maybe some salted peanut. taste is slightly metallic up front. Body is thin and watery. My first thought is; "this is more like a porter than a stout." Has no depth or creaminess. Travels the palate way too quickly. Follows the nose with weak flavor of coffee, chocolate and the fruit has disappeared. Malt is weak and although this has balance it is lacking in intensity and depth. There’s a hop bitter mid palate that settles in back and without it there would be hardly any aftertaste except for the raw oat taste and a salted peanut flavor. I think this has potential but it just isn’t finished yet. It needs some tweaking.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 15:38:16 | More by utopiajane
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just flat black in color the head was stiff yet fluffy and disappeared rather quickly.

Oat and lactose-sweetness in aroma there's a touch of malt but the scent is somewhat weak and non-descript.

Roasted oat and charred malt with some residual coffee the taste is also weak and simply does not hold the hardiness that a stout should. Easy to drink with a watery smoothness it's just not all that I want in a Oatmeal Stout.

This needs a more solid backbone with more char, more chocolate and more character. It is tasty though.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 23:58:08 | More by KYGunner
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep black just the way me likes it. Head on the other hand is just a minimal 1/4 inch that settles back to nothing really. Could use more carbonation.
S - Smells of chocolate, molasses, coffee, roast, and a touch of lactic acidic twang.
T -Well the hops they use are a touch acidic but it's smooth enough. Has some chocolate and roast not as balanced as other world class oatmeal stouts (hint Anderson Valley) but its easy enough to drink.
M - Light to medium easy to drink yet not as creamy as one would expect.

Overall this is a major disappointment this oatmeal stout is acidic, not very sweet, and quite unbalanced. Would not get this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 04:47:20 | More by DrDemento456
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dar482

New York

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in just a pitch black color with a big light tan head that takes a while to dissipate.

In the aroma, I get sweet roasted malts, brown sugar, almost a Belgian yeast breadiness. Some sweet chocolate, some coffee. It definitely has a sweetness in there.

At first, you get a huge roasted, almost burnt malt flavor for a 5.7% ABV beer. However, there’s almost a slight metallic taste, which may be the hops used. There’s a bitter coffee flavor too.

The mouthfeel is quite big and creamy for such a small beer. The oatmeal actually does show up to help the mouthfeel for this one.

The mouthfeel and roast stand out on the beer. One of the best oatmeal stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:47:20 | More by dar482
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has hints of sweetness and chocolate malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The oats lend some smoothness.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 01:27:41 | More by metter98
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ksimons

New York

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-very dark chestnut brown with a fingers worth of tan head that sticks to the side of the glass

S-roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and oatmeal sweetness

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt backbone, dark roasted coffee, some dark chocolate sweetness

M-very smooth, thin to medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall a nice, pretty basic oatmeal stout that is easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 22:22:16 | More by ksimons
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours nearly pitch black with a one and a half finger dark tan head. Excellent head retention with a cap remaining over halfway through the glass. Nearly a solid wall of lacing as well. Impressive.

Lot of coffee in the aroma along with a solid shot of dark chocolate. Nice dark roasted malt and a touch of dark fruits.

Rich roasted malt, espresso, and dark chocolate on the taste. The chocolately roast just carries on for what seems like forever and is perfect with the silky smoothe mouthfeel provided by the oats in the mash. The more I drink this, the more I pick up on some plums and dates as well. Just a moderate bitterness that is enough to balance out the sweetness.

Overall, one of the better oatmeal stouts I have had. Lots of roast and chocolate and a great mouthfeel. A wonderful dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:40:12 | More by rangerred
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Joshualvsjenny


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark with tinges of amber red when held up to the light. Light brown rocky 2 fingered head that dissipates quickly, leaving a little bit of lacing.

S:roasted malt, coffee, notes of dark chocolate and toffee.

T: follows the nose pretty well, coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, slight hops bitterness on the finish and a coffee after taste. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: a pretty good stout , nothing that will blow you away but a good above average stout. I would defiantly pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 08:12:16 | More by Joshualvsjenny
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black with the slightest bit of amber at the thin bottom of the glass. Sticky and frothy tan head that leaves tons of lacing and hangs around.

S- Roasted malts, caramel malt, oats, slight mild hop note.

T- Rather light on flavor. Slight grainy oats in the beginning with roasted malts towards the middle. The end leaves a tasty roasted finish. No robust flavor by any means, but no off flavors either.

M- Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Slight sting at the end that is not normally apparent in stouts. Overall, very drinkable.

O- A good oatmeal stout, but nothing stands out and probably not something I would persue again with better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 00:43:50 | More by stephenjmoore
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TCMike

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Produced a finger and a half of tan, long lived head. Beer color is a very dark mahogany.

The aroma was of roasted malts, dark bread.

The taste was the same, with a slight sweetness, and hop note. Medium mouth-feel, and low carbonation.

This is a good, easy drinking stout, but no a great one.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 22:39:29 | More by TCMike
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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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