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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
83
good

554 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | 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:
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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2.93/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

bditty187, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of yankeeheel
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

yankeeheel, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%

Poured this oatmeal stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The stout pours a hazy blackish brown color and produces a nice tan head. Retention is great and it leaves ample amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of the beer contains sweet oats and malt, some suggestions of vanilla. This ale is medium in body, the front end of the ale contains roasted malt, sweet, and a very slight piney hop note. Overall this is an average oatmeal stout- Their coffee version of this ale is much better.

GossageBrewery, Aug 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Omensetter, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

muswellbeerbelly, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of bugaboo416
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Poured into a 2nd Shift tasting glass. Also had this on tap recently. Tap was better.

A: Black, lots of lacing on the top with long lasting legs

S: very lightly roasty and coffee

T: roasted malt with slight sweetness at the end. Moderate bitterness but an unpleasant mettalic taste appears midtaste.
This wasn't there in the tap version so I can only factor that I
may have a badly kept bottle.

M: light to moderate body, very very carbonated, lightly silky

O: I expect an oatmeal stout to have a full body with a very evident silky creaminess to it and an evident base sweetness. This meets my expectations only partway. It tasted sweeter and creamier on tap so I give the tap version a full grade higher than the bottle.

bugaboo416, Aug 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

BlueMoon10, Apr 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

AndyEdgar, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Spike-likes-beer, Mar 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

The first thing you notice upon pouring this beer is just how dark it is. Almost black, there is no transparency through the glass. The head is dense and rocky that was about 2" thick. It took a while for it to dissipate to finger-width, and then lingered to a thin lace. Not much smell, but what is there is nice and faint. It doesn't smack you in the face like many other brews. The taste left me a little dissapointed. At first, there is a nice oatmeal sweetness, but once that fades there is a very strong taste of unsweetened coffee - which I don't like. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it has a nice coating. Drinkability is high if you like the taste of coffee, but if you don't it is very hard to drink just one. I made that mistake.

I'm sure there are much better stouts out there.

assmasterson, Sep 11, 2006
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Kahlerbock, Apr 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

intangible, Apr 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Xibalba, Jun 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Bluesman2383, Sunday at 06:04 AM
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

BigJarv79, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

utopiajane, Jul 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

kemoarps, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

sneefcity, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

dmartin118, Oct 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ChicagoNick, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.