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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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251 Reviews

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Reviews: 251
Hads: 674
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 23
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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:
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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Reviews by craft_shannie:
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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 OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of chip26
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of nateclarey
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OStrungT
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of navband
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of mocktm
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of drn
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of JuniperJesus
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of chicagobill13
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
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!

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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