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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
83
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642 Ratings
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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 22
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 07-09-2002

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
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Ratings: 642 | Reviews: 251
Reviews by DrDemento456:
Photo of DrDemento456
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date. Good amount of tan head that drops a stick lace on the glass. Pitch black more or less, dark enough to not let the light through. Aroma of soft charcoal and silky oats. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy dextrin mouth feel. Slight roasted character that grows to a streamlined char flavor. Mild hop bitterness plays off of the oat sweetness. Good malt base with a faint yeast and fruity note. Finishes semi-sweet, this one is an obvious chocolate pairing. Not bad at all, above average compared to the rest.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at Schlafly's Tap Room at the St. Louis Airport. Served in a frosty mug - which really sucked. No head. Hardly any aroma. Smoky, sooty taste with nothing in the way of oatmeal sweetness or smoothness. Lingering aftertaste that was decent but slightly reminiscent of Dr. Pepper (corn syrup). This was disappointing. It had that unpleasant tar and meat quality found under the surface in so many American micro stouts. The description said: "this stout has sweetness from caramel malt, and bitterness from roasted barley..." which doesn't make sense to me, unless they threw in some unmalted roast barley, but that seems unlikely. If in St. Louis, Morgan Street Brewpub has a better stout.

Photo of yankeeheel
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black/brown with a minimalist head. Smells sweet and full of chocolate. Deception. Taste is weakly coffee based with a lot of the barley bite that I look for in a stout sadly absent. Scant traces of vanilla and espresso round it out but it's too late. Mouthfeel is way too watery for an oaty. Borderline soda like quality in the carbonation. It's drinkable but not by me.

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  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.

Photo of OStrungT
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark reddish brown. The head is creamy tan. It fades fast leaving decent laces. It smells very malty. There are hints of caramel and chocolate. The malty aroma dominates though. It tastes malty and sweet. The roasted malts are quite apparent. There is a light caramel taste. This beer is carbonated perfectly. It leaves a sweet caramel like taste on the palate It is easy to drink. It is just a little thin. Most stouts are very thick, but this one seems just a little thin. This would be a good session beer because it is not too strong and the flavors are not too intense. I would definately drink this beer again if it was avaliable here in California.

Photo of mocktm
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/14/11

Dark brown with ruby read highlights, khaki colored head with pleasing retention and some spotty lacing.

Nose is namely that of this beer's namesake, oatmeal with caramel, coffee grinds and some herbal twang to round it out. Not quite the robust meal in a glass aromas that others in this style bring to the table.

Same as the nose: oatmeal flakes, caramel and espresso with an acidic limey finish. Warm and amicable roasted characteristics that mesh the flavors together well, nicely done.

Bottle advertises this as heavy bodied, I feel that its more medium. Syrupy and creamy, thickens up a bit as it warms up to room temperature. Maybe a little over-carbonated for a stout though.

Overall, a respectable offering, but its not going to blow you away, especially since we are now in the season of Founders Breakfast Stout. Still good though, Cheers!

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Tap Room.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of small amounts of roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light roasted malt flavors kick things off until they're joined by unsweetened chocolate midway through the sip. Mild coffee flavors sneak out as the beer warms leading to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished one glass without a problem but I'm not ecstatic about ordering another.

Overall this is a decent oatmeal stout, but Schlafly has plenty of better offerings. Still, worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A-This beer pours a deep hazel opaque brown body with a thick tan creamy head.

S- Nice soft roasted grain nose with some coffee notes and a very faint hop bitterness.

T- There is a nice roasted malt flavor with some sweetness up front. A hint of smoky grains and some tartness in the finish. A faint earthiness from the malt is a nice compliment to the light bitterness from the hops.

M-Medium mouthfeel but a bit of a watery texture. No alcohol warmth or astringency

D-This is a very tasty oatmeal stout. It has good complexity and nice depth of malt characters. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but the beer is a nice stout.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Nice dark brown look to it. It has a nice head on this beer.

Smell: Nice chocolate and roasted melt smell.

Taste and mouthfeel: Nice balance beer that has a nice toffee and chocolate notes.

This is a very good beer. I wish I could get it every day. Cheers!

Photo of CloudStrife
3.67/5  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.

Photo of Blupoet03
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a thin head, and caramel color.

Aroma is sweet, caramelly, and porter-like.

Mouth-feel is thick but not creamy, tasting a little of cocoa, a little sweet, and finishing rather bitter. This beer was incredibly fizzy for a stout as well.

As we drank this beer, I thought it was a little strong for the style - a little research on BA shows that it is 5.7% ABV.

Its ok, but with better oatmeal stouts available, I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of cokes
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Schlafly's at STL airport.

Pours dark brown, translucent and pale for the style, the head endures as a yellowed tan froth.
Nose of mild roast beans, cocoa, and smoked pulled beef.
Enters with a smoky chocolate and caramel nougat maltiness, but never ventures very sweet. Watery coffee hues take over. Some oat structure is noted, as the smokiness lingers, but the malt fairly falls off the bone, leaving a weak notion of caramel. Hops provide a concluding stalky dryness, but little associated flair, aside from a wavering astringency.
Thin and flaccid in the mouth, drinkable in gulps, but not particularly well-structured. It presents as a cross between an Irish Dry Stout and a Brown Ale.
A pleasant diversion while waiting for a flight, but that's about it.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout pours the darkest shade of brown bordering on black and has a very slight amber hue around the edges when held up to the light. 1/2 finger creamy head fades to a haze of smoke over the brew.

The nose is sweet, rich, creamy, and very bready...but not thick. I smell cola and rootbeer along with a deep red fruit. Maybe a bit like cherry cola. Also a bit of vinous grape is evident.

Tastes dark and smokey at first, then...salty roasted meat, whole grain breads, oatmeal. This really tastes alot different than it smells. IMO a bit to salty and overly bitter for the style.

I enjoyed the aromas much more than the taste, and IMO the carbonation is a little overdone. This is really not very smooth or creamy for an oatmeal stout.

Oddly enough my girlfriend, who (like alot of non-BA's) has "dark beer fear," really liked this one. That kind of suprised me. Overall, I don't think I would come back to this one as there are much better oatmeal's out there.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk yesterday, 12oz to goblet, bottled on 1/26/2010.

Hershey brown and clear. Frothy cap of a fairly dark shade of off-white. I'll call it toasted marshmallow.

Clean lager crackery yeast smell that seems to be characteristic of Schlafly's house yeast. A little sour, a little toffee, and a bit like a smore to be honest.

Coffee beans, milk chocolate, even more sour. Some cracker or bread, graininess, or oatiness.

Lighter than an oatmeal stout should be, the standard carb of Schlafly, verging on too much.

Probably a pounder of a stout that's a better value than Guinness.

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black amber, with a thick, tan head of bubbles.

Nose is impressive - roasty and burnt.

Flavor is bold -- blackened, burnt malts with hints of bitter chocolate or French roasted coffee at the finish. Very smooth in body and quite drinkable.

Superb and very enjoyable, and the taste and complexity improved as my ale glass warmed to room temperature.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured brown into a snifter. Almost black in the glass, tan 1/2 inch head.

S - Roasted barley, burnt malt

T - Burnt malt and bitterness dominate. One dimensional. Good, but lacking complexity and balance. The hops have taken this stout hostage.

M - Soft and smooth. Moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

D - Drinkable, but I'm unlikely to get more of this.

Photo of mlockman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not amazing, but very drinkable.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Tap House in St. Louis. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Black with ruby flecks in the light. Sticky lacing after a small off-white head settles to a thick collar.

Smell - Roasted malt. Oatmeal. Sharp aroma from the oatmeal.

Taste - Dry roasted coffee malt. Oatmeal flavor comes up after. Oatmeal lingers into a bitter roasty finish. The oatmeal lends a sharp flavor here as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's not exciting. Decent flavor. Nothing offensive.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of 24 10 07 on the bottle. This comes courtesy of BARLEYWINEO!

Pours chestnut/mahogany with 3+ fingers of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & cereal notes

T: Coffee ground & roasted malt, plus dryness up front. A bit of iron. Finishes roasty a little dry, with more coffee ground notes

MF: Smooth, oily, with medium carbonation

Drinks pretty good, a good starter oatmeal stout

Photo of bditty187
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes…

"Bottled with Love on Dec 29 04”

Dark brown in hue, blacker in the middle, redder around the edges. Shiny. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was almost two-fingers in height before it quickly faded to a clumpy, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and moderate in its coverage. I like how this beer looks. The nose was unimpressive. It lacked any sort of assertive oat sweetness or roasted qualities. The loudest smell was metal, tin to be exact. Smells like a bottle too. Weak astringency tries to shine through. I’m not impressed with the nose and I can’t call it inviting. The palate is not impressive either. Like the nose the palate lacks any sort of assertive oat sweetness or roasted qualities. In fact this beer doesn’t even taste like an Oatmeal Stout to me. Porter? Sure. Regardless of what it is, this beer really isn’t that good. At best the palate is ordinary with very weak (and irrelevant) kisses of roast, char, day old coffee grinds (diluted), and some caramel sweetness. I have lost interest in this beer quickly. I should have never drunk the bottle version; I should have let the image of the cask-conditioned nectar stay at the forefront of my mind. The finish is clean, way too clean for a “quality” beer. I also don’t like the rawness that sits at the back of my tongue, it is disjointed and it fails to add anything to the taste. Yawn. I’ve had very few Oatmeal Stouts that tasted less like an Oatmeal Stout. Sad. Medium in body, firm carbonation but it fits the mouthfeel well. However there is something stiff and lifeless about it. I felt compelled to swallow just to get it out of my mouth. It is hard to savor anything that way; no loss really as this beer doesn’t have any flavors worth savoring. Drinkable? Well, it is easy to drink because there is nothing there but that is hardly what I’m looking for in a beer. I am hugely disappointed in this offering. I can’t see returning to this beer in the future. This was purchased at the Tap Room in St. Louis as part of a mixed six-pack. I say skip it.

Photo of Backer2004
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best Schlafly brew and oatlmeal Stout I may have ever drank. This one actually tastes like oatmeal, not just "hints" of scent and taste. Great serving temperature to get the full effect. Nice chocoloate color that dances on the palate. Easy enough to drink for its style.

Photo of The_1084
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark brown, almost black color with a tan head roughly 2 fingers in width. It fades rather quickly, but leaves good lacing.

S - Hints of cocoa powder, vanilla cream, coffee, and oats.

T - Strong presence of roasted malts that fade to chocolate and finish with coffee.

M - Although filling, it is relatively light for a stout beer; easy to drink with low-medium carbonation.

O - I wouldn't rank this as one of my favorite beers, but it is definitely note worthy and I would have no problem drinking more of these in the future.

Photo of vividox
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, with about a finger's worth of head. Smells wonderful, just like opening a package of oatmeal. Has a creamy mouthfeel and tasted of roasted malt with a bitter finish. Had a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste which is what leaves it from being voted higher.

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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