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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 247
Hads: 661
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 22
Gots: 70 | 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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Photo of chicagobill13
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
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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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near pitch black in hue, 1/3 inch dark tan head with intense patching and sticky lacing. Roasted malts, oats and some dark chocolate can be detected on the nose. A massively smooth and slick palate. Dried oats, burnt coffee, hints of chocolate and blended roasted malts to be found in the body. Nearly too easy and smooth, for the style oh-so thirst quenching. Tender hop bitterness and sweet malts coupled with strings of black licorice; oily-slick and lip-smacking good, enough word describers? Well rounded and full of great flavorings. This stuff is world class on cask, liquid gold!

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this in the airport at St. Louis. A very pleasent Oatmeal. This is a not an average brew and has to be the best Oatmeal Stout I've ever tasted. I wanted another but the plane was leaving in around an hour and I wanted to be prepared for my usual strip searching (I don't know why but I ALWAYS get searched).

Jet black with an inch and a half of head on it. Smelled of malt and chocolate. Smooth and creamy the first hit and a malty finish to it slightly bitter but nothing dramatic. This is how I likes me stout! I can't wait to try it in the Tap Room as suggested. Definetly will drink (this and other beers...) again next time I'm in St. Louis. Oh yeah.

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Photo of WhiteDog2006
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Missouri borders my state...and I can't find this stuff anywhere around home. I'm surprised ther aren't more "wants" for this beer with thier limited disribution area.

As a truck driver, I loaded pallets at the brewery, and that is the only reason I even know of this beer.

Dock workers gave me a sixer to take along and sample when I got off-duty.

Drank straight from the bottle, but saw it poured in a glass in the restaurant, and it was nice and dark with an awsome deep baige two and a half / three finger head (out of a tap).

The smell for me, was good and strong. I caught a slight wiff of everything in the beer besides the alcohol.

The taste knocked me off my feet. Creamy, dark AND dark and creamy...everything I love about an oatmeal stout.

The mouthfeel went hand in hand with the taste. Thick and creamy.

The drinkability was as expected for a thick dark beer; no gas to fill you up, and lingering goodness to keep you asking for another.

Love it!

"Hey Schlafly...can we get a little distrabution in north-east Iowa please"!?!

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark brown/black color with some good initial tan head and some very nice lasting lacing. Good scent, malty and sweet with a great sweet oatmeal tinge to it, along with the classic stout burnt grains; just wish it would've been a little deeper. Excellent taste, well balanced, great malt/burnt grain stout flavor with a great oatmeal sweetness and enough hops to round it off without making it a hop bomb stout (can't stand those). Goes down very smooth, a very well brewed oatmeal stout.

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Photo of amicar
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the taproom... ahhh the oatmeal stout is on the cask today...

Looks beautiful- completely dark, with a browned head. Less carbonation than on tap, but that fits with the conditioning in the basement. The smell is very nice- roast malts on the nose, and a little floral scent; The taste is wonderful; all the full roast, malty flavors you expect, but you can tell they did throw some dry hops in there in the cask; the amount and contribution to the flavor is perfect. Mouthfeel is great- nice and full and chewey. The appropriate level of carbonation and cellar temperature also add to the feel. The slightly 'beefy' feel to the bottled version is absent, and this makes it even better. Sooo easy to order another, then another, then a cab ride home.

Yeah, so overall, this is awesome. Really. The cask conditioning transforms this from a pretty good stout to a spectacular one. Definitely on the must try list.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled the Oatmeal Stout cask-conditioned at the brewpub. The flavor was much better than either the bottled version or the regular draft. The taste was smooth and a bit sweet, but with heavy chocolate and coffee flavors. Very nice mouthfeel without the added carbonation. The cask version even seemed to have slightly more malty aroma than the other versions.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - no light getting through any part of the Belgian glass. A thick finger of light tan foam holds at a partial cover, leaving dotted lace behind.

Aroma - good roasted crystal malt nose, a robust grain staying around after things settle.

Taste - a good roasty level, minimal char. Not very intense but quite flavorful. Solid espresso notes, just a touch of burnt flavor, rather nice!

Mouthfeel - even, smooth, average body, right on. Carbonation is up there.

Drinkability -a most sessionable stout. Not overly filling but very tasty.

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Photo of Ave
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This St. Louis brew is available year round from Schlafly. It pours a dark opaque brown, with a smallish head that needs some help sticking around. Lots of wonderfully sweet roasty aroma. Good round taste, sweet honey chocolate flavors that work there way back to a slight bitter sweet end. Not as full or complete as Young’s, but a lot of taste that finishes well with just a touch or tartness. Stays solid year round in St. Louis even out of the bottle, but the tap is of course a superior pint. A good example of to rare a style.


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Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with ruby highlights topped by a thick clumpy tan head. The head receded quickly, but left a nice lace on the side of the glass. The aroma has a lot of roast malt with just a hint of coffee and black cherry on the finish. The flavor has cherry up front followed by a mild espresso flavor backed by a bit of chocolate. No real citrus in the flavor, bit there is a light bitterness on the finish. The mouth feel is smooth and rich, altogether a highly drinkable beer. This has always been one of Schlafly’s signature beers, and even from a day old growler, it’s an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Realale
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/black, with brown highlights. Very fine creamy 1" mocha head settles to a thin cap leaving nice lacing.

Nose is toasty coffee, and unsweetened dark chocolate over bready malt. Hints of leafy hops.

Medium-full in the mouth. Lots of malt - brown-bready. Good chocolate, nice touch of burnt coffee - adds complexity rather than defining the beer. Long, slightly bitter finish. Very well-balanced.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

Bottled on 9/3/03. Purchased at the brewery.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Tap Room! Had a thick sandy brown head that stuck around for a few, then left with thick lacing that hung on the glass throughout the drink. Very dark brown in color with a hint of ruby red around the edges.Had a definate malty aroma with a underlying scent of coffee. The taste was sweet and malty with hints of toffee and a definate oaty finish. I liked this alot! Especially directly from the source at the Tap Room! Took home a growler of this to hold me over for a few days.... since I am only a 15 minutes from the brewery I will definately be getting more of this soon!

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Photo of fsvan
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 5/10/2011.

A- Deep brown. Slight red notes around the edges, but only very minor. Not much in the way of head. A finger or so of off white head.

S- Roasted malts. Some sweetness from the oatmeal. Some coffee bitterness. No real hop presence. No alcohol to note. Very clean, and big nose for a non imperial stout.

T- This is a quite bitter stout. Much more than one would have guessed from the smell. That is really the main player here is big bitter notes. The roasted malts, and oatmeal come through in the background. That hint of sweetness in the nose is drowned out by the bitterness. This is hard to put a score on for me. I think it is pretty good, but maybe a bit off of the style...but still within the realms of reason for the style. I'm scoring it overall, and giving it a 4 instead of 3.5.

M- Fairly thick. Mouth coating, with a lingering bitterness. Well carbonated.

O- I like this beer a good deal, and am happy it has found its way into the Nashville market.

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Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of DPMomutant
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles 2/10/05

Very deep, not quite opaque, red in appearance up close but black from a distance. One inch head sticks a little after it leaves maybe a bit too soon.

Smell is of fresh-roasted malts and oats with a hint of coffee. Very simple, yet very pleasant.

The oats and coffee come out in a nice blend in the taste that goes all the way down. Properly balanced taste all the way down, never overpowering.

Nice, moderate carbonation and a smooth feel make you want to keep it in your mouth a second to enjoy it longer. Consistency is a bit thin for the style for my taste but is no big problem.

I'd be good for drinking a couple or three of these with no problem. Nice session stout.

This may be a bit better on-tap at the Tap Room and I've never had cask beer but I could imagine it being great there as well (something I MUST try on my next trip to St Louis). A worthwhile oatmeal stout

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque. Simply opaque. Don't bother to hold this one up to the light, because you won't see through it at all.

The nose leaves little doubt that this is an oatmeal stout. Warm bread, roasted malt and aromas of a just opened container of Quaker's oatmeal are prominent. Very oatmeal-y. Perhaps a perfect breakfast beer for a cold winter morning.

Palate is dominated by the roastiness of the malt. Very sweet. Oatmeal too, though it's mostly on the nose.

Finish leaves a residual toasted or burnt sugar sweetness, roasted malt again, and a light to moderate hop character.

Only complaint is that the body is very thin or light. A thicker mouthfeel would make this an excellent beer. It might be more drinkable as it is, but the thinner body is disappointing. This is for the bottled version.

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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 nightcrawler
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark-dark brown in the glass with a single finger, long lasting head. The smell was a bit weak, with just a hint of malt & sweetness.

The taste was dark & complex, with a bit of bitterness from burnt barley, but in a good way. The sweetness came on stronger as I finished my next swallow.

I actually lost my glass when I was half way done, but found it 4 hours later. At room temperature, the stout had mellowed even more and was more creamy, even with all the carbonation gone.

From now on, I'll be drinking my Schlafly's Oatmeal Stouts at a much warmer temperature.

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Photo of WWWade
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of stouts, and this is one of my favorite. It really does not hit as deep as most stouts. It feels much more carbonated and drinkable than most stouts, without compromising one ounce of flavor.

A - the darkest brown ever, almost black, with a small off white head.

S - very very mild malts. Not a strong aroma at all.

T - light malts and oats. It is very perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter.

M - More carbonated than most stouts.

D - If you love stouts, or if you don't, grab a 12 pack or more.


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Photo of webbcreative
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures black, with tan 2 finger head. Aroma smells a tad sweet with a pretty decent oat smell also. Taste is nice and full bodied, nice roasted barley flavor, with a good dosing of oatmeal that comes through nicely, and finishes just a bit sweet and with a touch of hops to even things out. Wonderful med mouthfeel that is smooth and creamy. Overall a really god oatmeal stout that is better than most.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Suds
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a few of these brews on-tap during a recent trip to Missouri. On it’s own, as an pre-dinner drink, the beer was excellent. It also made a nice accompaniment to a mushroom-smothered pork chop. It’s a dark, black beer with an exceptionally creamy light-brown head. An aroma of deeply roasted barley and oats is appealing. The beer also has a pronounced and lingering coffee and smoke smell. All together, it’s very nice. The taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roasted grains, oats, and a distinct malt sweetness. The hops are very toned down in this beer, which has a loud grain and oat quality. Fully body with a mouth-filling feel. It’s an extremely satisfying beer. It’s a moderately complex beer, but there’s not so much going on that it doesn’t go well with food. I’m very pleased to have found this one.

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Photo of KI9A
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark chocolate, with creamy tan head. Dissovles into a sheet of lace.

Smells of coffee, oats, and grain

Smooth, easy taste of coffee, and oats. A slight oily mouthfeel, but, normal for any atout I have had.

Finishes with a slight bitterness. Very drinakable oatmeal.

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Photo of mikescags
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the bottleworks after a tour. This was a very dark brown almost black color, with a nice tan colored head. The smell is great, chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts, all of the good stuff to be expected in a good oatmeal stout. The taste is great, very creamy and malty. An excellent oatmeal stout. I could drink these all days. A great buy for the buck.

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Photo of rlshep
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed on 3/29/2011

Aroma: Chocolate, bread pudding.

Appearance: Pours thick rocky mocha colored head. Good lacing. Black.

Flavor: Chocolate, light coffee. Warm bready notes. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. This beer glides over your tongue. Light fruitiness. Alcohol prickly.

Overall: Great mouthfeel and restrained roast. I would like to see a bit more complexity. A really nice example of the style.

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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