1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

Not Rated.
Schlafly Oatmeal StoutSchlafly Oatmeal Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

628 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 628
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 57 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 628 | Reviews: 248
Photo of bamadog
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review is from note taken on 9/12/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark brown/near black color, similar to coffee; starts with a short 1/4 finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim; body is entirely opaque; loose spots of lacing slide back down into the beer.

Smell: Some dark roasty and burnt maltiness that's a tad bitter; slight burnt caramel scent and a faint cola-like sweetness; not especially strong or robust, or appealing...

Taste: Mostly just the bitter burnt roastiness that starts strong and just really lingers throughout; a bit of sweet underlies it all but has a hard time providing any kind of balance; not really appetizing and a bit of a letdown after the other offerings from Schlafly that I've had thus far.

Mouthfeel: Body is thin and watery; carbonation is fairly strong, as should be expected in the thinner body; a rather thick and sticky coating manages to hang around on the roof of the mouth; the gums are left tingly from that stronger carbonation.

Drinkability: Meh. Not especially appealing or pleasing to my tastes, but one could certainly drink it without much to worry about, just not something that I will seek out in the future. However, let it be known that Schlafly has still been a very reliable brewery for me and I will still have no problems picking up their other beers as I go.

Photo of BeerTruth
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow it's been a while since I've reviewed, damn flu, but I'm back and ready for some quality brews.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark molasses brown with a big two finger fluffy khaki colored head. Stickiness leaves its marks all over the sides of the glass, somewhat spotty, but good. Smell is well...bad. Metallic odor with a bit of cinnamon. Not the combination I'm looking for in an Oatmeal Stout. Maybe there's some hops in the nose too?...with a hint of nuttiness. Taste is a bit of smokiness with some sweet toasted oat flavors. Some interesting pine flavors seem to make an appearance midway through which are a bit disturbing. Aftertaste has a hint of woody vanilla with a bit of earthy flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty light with a good amount of carbonation. Just not really digging this one, could use a lot more sweetness whether it be oat, chocolate, or caramel flavors. Not one to seek out.

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 ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. There's a finger worth of off-white head; retention isn't the best, although it leaves a little bit of lacing behind. Nothing too remarkable aesthetically here - it looks more like a porter than a stout.

S: This is pretty well roasted, but also does a great job of bringing a noticeable aroma of oats. There are also touches of herbal hops, chocolate, and smoke. This doesn't have an amazing nose, but it's still pretty decent.

T: Call me crazy, but this seems ridiculously smoky to me - almost like a rauchbier, in fact. When combined with the faint oat flavor on the front end, it's ridiculously redolent of ham. This goes away around the midtaste, being replaced with roasted coffee beans and some slight chocolate. When it warms up, the finish becomes hoppy, even. Cut out the weirdly unbalanced ham flavors, and this is a good stout.

M: I tend to prefer the drier oatmeal stouts over the more lingering ones, and this fits into the former nicely. There is a slight linger on the back end, though. The carbonation is on the moderate-to-high side, which helps give it some drinkability.

O: I must finally be going over the deep end, because this is FAR smokier than I remember. That's not a bad thing - I like Schlenkerla's rauchbiers and I like some good BBQ pulled pork (oddly enough, the only instance I enjoy pork products), but this beer is striking my palate too strangely to be a great oatmeal stout. As a result, it's hard for me to return to this one again.

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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 cnally
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

deep brown color in the brew, only at the bottom can you see light, which comes in reddish. not as mysterious as truly dark beers. a bit of head remains around the rim.

smoky, earthy scents, woodsy and grainy, the background is malt.

the stout is well deserved in the flavor, as it is the first thing you taste, that typical stout taste. but the aftertaste devolves into a weird smoky taste like salmon raising off a grill. very strange in a beer, but it is a stout, so the strangeness is not as surprising.

dry bubbly heavy, like a stout.

this embodies all the qualities of your average stout, except for that strange aftertaste. i don't love stouts. this is no exception. hard for me to drink this.

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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Omensetter
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of muswellbeerbelly
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of rhynosorus
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of BlueMoon10
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of lillitnn92
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Spike-likes-beer
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of intangible
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Xibalba
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Bluesman2383
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of BigJarv79
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of utopiajane
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kemoarps
3/5  rDev -17.8%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.