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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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

Added by maxpower on 07-09-2002

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Photo of ZAP
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable, lighter bodied oatmeal tout....lacks the creamy texture I like for this style but tastes like an old school oatmeal stout...that is the kind of oatmeal stouts I used to enjoy back 15 years ago...roasty, some dark coca, light dark fruitness. Only knock is the body but it is ok...finishes slightly with a slight unsweetened dark chocolate impression..

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Photo of Alan_Bats
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- dark as a stout should be, opaque for the most part
S- Not very aromatic. A sweet flavor is clear from charcoal and strong raisin character. A little fruity, grape-like aroma is also present.
T- Strong malt sweetness with raisin flavors very strong like in the aroma. Toasted oats come through here. Malt backbone is there as it should be, however a fruity flavor (likely from hops) is more present than I would like in the aftertaste.
F- Medium to full bodied, feels like a stout but not as heavy as some.
O- Overall a good tasting stout, nice roasty character with the roasted oats but a fruity aroma and taste is stronger than I would like.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a tan/khaki head, typical for the type. Head durable but not especially thick. Nose a bit subdued but typical also: some caramel prominent. Taste was consistent with smell and expectations for this style but not outstanding given the number of oatmeal stouts available. Thin hoppiness - quite thin - over a caramel body, with some toasty and cola flavors. Did not grow or develop as it might, but a good solid flavor. Mouthfeel perhaps less than I expected, since oatmeal is known for adding creamy notes; this was thinner than it might be. I like oatmeal stouts and I enjoyed this beer even if it is not the most remarkable example of the type in my experience.

Bottled "08/31/15" and drank 10 Apr 2016.

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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark brown to near black and has a small tan head. The aroma is big on oatmeal with some fruit and coffee in the background. The flavor is roasted malt with hops. A real good beer.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've only started to get into stouts and porters, so perhaps I don't know what I'm talking about here. Compared to the others I've had lately, this one so similar to some good ones (eg, Sierra Nevada's). VERY dark, nice head, decent lacing. Tasted and smelled very rich. Overall, a pleasant libation.

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Photo of BWED
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

A- Deep brown. Brown head retains around a half inch. Good lacing.

S- Roast, a little dark fruit. Light coffee.

T- Roast but not string. Dark chocolate. Some iron.

M- Pretty creamy, roasty, but isn't dry.

O- Only okay. Pretty mild. I'd classify this as a porter.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body with thick, light brown head. Smell is a little weak, but hints of chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Taste is faint coffee, more dark chocolate, slightly bitter, and some cola. Feel is mostly smooth, not overly thick, a slight bite, but no carbonation. I'm a stout guy, so I'll admit I probably rate them higher. this is a Nice one though, and I come back to it every season.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled with love on 02/24/2015 at 09:21 so was a bit worried in freshness. Still poured the dark black ale with a white foamy head. I consider this a classic stout, great roasted flavors, easy and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of LAND_MINE
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I gave this beer a higher rating than it deserved out of respect for Schlafly. I love every other beer they have produced. After the amazing smell I experienced from this beer, I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of flavor. They have the best non-barrel-aged pumpkin beer on the market, among other amazing beers that I have had the pleasure of consuming, all of which have a plethora of flavor. Honestly, I think I may have had an off batch/old beer. So do not let this beer sway you from buying anything from Schlafly, as they are an amazing brewery.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m going to jump into this review quickly, because I’m excited to tell you how amazing this beer is. But first, let me remind the reader that this one has a modest 5.7% ABV and palsy 40 IBUs and is an oatmeal stout which is bound to be delicious.

Look-I was pleased to see such a complete blackness that even rivals those of the Imperial and Russian Stout varieties. The off-white head was thin and foamy with moist and delicate lacing. What really blew my mind was when I held up the flashlight portion of my cell phone underneath the glass, no light shone through EXCEPT the most beautiful bead of blood-red. It was like more red than blood or a winter’s sunset combined and came in the form of a bead at the bottom of the glass undoubtedly due to the morphology of my glass.

Smell-It smells of vanilla, molasses, and raisins.

Taste-It tastes of vanilla, banana, bread pudding, molasses, dried fruits and nuts, fresh roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, and sherry wine. The taste has such depth and variety that is hard to find these days in a world plagued by chaos and mediocrity.

Mouthfeel-It is smooth and creamy, but not as much as say a Nitro. The carbonation is more present than a nitro, but this one is delightful in its own class.

Overall-This beer definitely surprised me in a good way and with a brewer such as Schlafly it makes sense. I think that this one will be drunk in large volumes by me this winter. Cheers, folks!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the growler via Jungle Jim's. This very quaff-able brew pours near black with brown highlights, a thick light tan head of foam that lingers, and a lot of great lacing. Nose of faint coffee, faint cocoa, sweet dark molasses, and light smokey char. Flavors follow the nose with sweet malts to the front bringing in a dark molasses flavor followed by deeply roasted malts that have a kiss of smoke to them, and a touch of light coffee and cocoa on the sides and back. A light bittering hops comes through on the aftertaste blending nicely with the roasted quality. Oats gives a smooth mouth feel finishing with a moderately roasted malt and light hops aftertaste. Excellent and balanced.


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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with the Coffee Stout I bought this from Schlafly Bottleworks on 5/9/2015 (bottled on 4/30/2015 and finished 5 minutes ago), I poured this into a thick panel mug. The thing I think I like the most about the last two oatmeal stouts that I've had from Schlafly is that they are actually just as easy to drink (or maybe easier to drink) the warmer they get.

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Photo of leantom
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just an OK showing by Schlafly (kind of surprising, because I really like them). Here goes:

A: Best thing about the beer. Pours a massive head with great lacing. Rich black color with a red hue.

S: Very lackluster. Oatmeal is very faint; in fact, the beer smells like the estery brown ale that was my first home-brew (unnaturally sour and tart). Not good.

T: Not very good. Oatmeal is apparent, but the test is neither rich nor complex. It's very watered-down.

F: Watery.

O: Will not get again. Very disappointing

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Photo of bassboneman
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is just on the verge of being a lesser beer.
L=dark brown/reddish color, thin lacey head that dissipates quickly
S= non descript typical malty - no sweet notes to mention
T = this is what saves this beer. The sweetness certainly comes through in the taste. Raisins, and tart/sweet/dried fruit flavor. The finish is rather bland - but I like it.
F= the carbonation is fine with this one...it doesnt detract from the experience.
O = I got this beer on a whim hoping to find the coffee/vanilla stout. Being that I like Sam Smiths Oatmeal stout I thought I would give this one a go.
This is my first experience with Schlafly beer - I will be buying more!

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Photo of keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts

Taste - dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, semi sweet chocolate upfront and roasty in the finish

Overall - decent, inoffensive oatmeal stout that I'm glad to have tried.This was bottled on 10/17/2013.

Price Point - $2/12 oz single

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Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- aroma is made up of mostly raisin and dried fig, with traces of coffee & chocolate

T- dark fruit notes continue through to the taste with notes of fig & raisin. Coffee and chocolate kick in mid-palate with a smoothness from the oats. More dark fruit on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- an easy drinking, middle of the road oatmeal stout

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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Good beer that pours a decent 1/2 to 3/4 in. head and produces pretty good lacing. Beautiful deep chocolate color that is very hard to see through. Aroma is very light. Taste is good and this is one of the more criper oatmeal stouts I have had. There is a nice malty-raisin taste and a great crisp, carbonated finish. Not as creamy as other stouts, but unique in its own way and very very drinkable !!!!!!!!!

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours black without much head.

Smell is pretty dark fruit forward. Slight roasted malt.

Taste is like the smell. Lots of dark fruit cut with a slight burnt malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp for am oatmeal stout.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Also grabbed as a mix and match sixer. Some Schlafly products are good, some are bad. Only time and experience will tell with some of their products. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a flat black with no head and leaves little lacing. Pretty standard fare for a stout. Exactly what I expected

Smell - Smells exactly as described on the bottle. Strong notes of coffee, raisins, cocoa, malts, and oatmeal. I'm enjoying the smell thoroughly.

Taste - Smooth cocoa and chocolate up front, with the coffee more prevalent toward the middle and rear of the drink. Roasted malts are prevalent in the drink as well. Fairly complex flavor, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth and creamy, nice and thick. Very much what I expected out of an oatmeal stout, very good.

Overall - While this is not the best oatmeal stout I have ever had, it is certainly a quality product. I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone. Condor recommended and approved!

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Photo of Gear54
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pilsner glass.

A: pour is pitch black color with thin film in top and no lace to speak of.

S: mostly roasted malts.

T: heavy on malts and touches of coffee on the end.

M: thick almost chewy mouth feel. Very good

O: not bad. I would buy this again.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent drinkable stout that is non-offensive in it's delivery. This is the foundation for their coffee stout, which I love. This one by comparison still has quite a bit of flavor, but it pales next to the delicious coffee stout.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of wahnee86
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the St. Louis airport, the beer was on par with most oatmeal stouts. Nice body in the glass with the usual full aroma. The beer held up well in the mouth and had some depth and body to it. Nothing special in the taste that makes it stand out against other stouts though.

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Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a short dense khaki head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is a tad grainy with a subtle roast note. Perhaps some light chocolate notes. The aroma is quite subdued.

The taste is of a smooth roasted malt. Nice milk chocolate notes. Much better than the aroma. Slight hints of char. Light ground coffee notes come through towards the end. A bit of a raisin sweetness plus some caramel.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Not as smooth as some other oatmeal stouts. Nice balance between sweet and roasted bitterness.

A good but not great oatmeal stout. Nice flavor but misses a tad on the feel and aroma.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Nice black color with a 1 finger head.

S: Ver weak smell (note the born on date is 8 months ago - but I don't expect too much fading on a stout). Slight booze smell and malt. Not much else.

T: Surprising turnaround. There is a nice roasted malt flavor. I haven't looked up the ABV - but I am not getting much alcohol.

M: Smooth and creamy like I always want out of an Oatmeal stout. A nice coating feeling and a very slight hint of carbonation.

O: This is a very decent stout that I could drink more than one of. I saw this on the shelf and noticed it was ~8 months old (Bravo to Schlafly for prominently and easily labeling their beers right on the label). But I took a chance on it because I LOVED their coffee stout. This is decent - not the same caliber as the coffee stout but a solid offering.

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Photo of JosefBerger
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance (3.75) : In a glass, very dark with a tan / pale white head.

Smell (4.50) : A very oaty, full smell. Really enjoyed the smell right out of the park, you can almost smell every ingredient included in the beer - including the raisins.

Taste (4.00) : Not the best oatmeal stout ever, but pretty good. Very dark taste to it, but not as complex as I would prefer. Regardless, very very good taste.

Mouthfeel (3.00) : Had a strange feel to it initially, though I admit the feel will grow on you, I was not too pleased with the initial flavor. On the up-side, it was incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Overall (4.00) : All together, I liked this beer a lot and will be a return customer. Even with my distaste of the initial mouthfeel, I really did enjoy this beer.

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