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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 251
Hads: 674
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 24
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 CHL
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours picture-perfect with tall, clinging tan head and dark body (black unless held to the light.

Smelled with a touch of the oats, malt, and very strong roasted odors. These totally dominated the taste to me, and the malts were not remarkable. I found the taste surprisingly simple, and I'm not a fan of the strong smoke component. Felt thin in my mouth for the style as well.

That said, it's pretty quaffable for the style.

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Photo of 0110x011
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from Tilley4. Thanks!

Pours a murky black with brown highlights into a nonic. A little rough on the pour, which brings an enormous frothy head that leaves huge globs of sticky lacing down the entire glass. Not to fragrant, with a bit of chocolate, licorice & dark fruit. interesting. The flavor is a bit more as expected, with some chocolate & coffee, and a bit of hop bitterness. body is very light, bordering on watery.

I expected something completely different from this one. If this wasn't labeled "oatmeal stout" it would be a solid brew, but it doesn't fit the style at all. Name aside, it's very drinkable, and would make a good session brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque, dark walnut brown with a lot of maroon in the mix when backlit. All stouts should be opaque. Period. The head is lightly toasted tan in color, has some substance to it and stays around for a while. There's an acceptable amount of lace, no more.

The nose is weakly roasted barley-like with the barest hint of cocoa and nuts. It's simple and is about as deep and rich as the color. I'm beginning to think that Schlafly bottled a porter and mislabled it as a stout. It isn't bad exactly, but it sure doesn't smell like the stated style.

Things improve a little on the palate. Like the nose, though, the flavor is a mite too muffled. This is one of the lightest, least hearty stouts that I've had in a while, but it's far from the worst. There's a pleasant dark maltiness with weak chocolate, weaker coffee and (surprise!) a touch of citrusy hops.

Just when things start to get interesting, the light mouthfeel makes sure the flavor is washed off the tongue like a squeegee across a windshield. Even though SOS is more porter-like than stout-like in the mouth, I suppose it snags the bottom rung of the style ladder. An understated bitterness lingers, conjuring up comparisons to an Irish dry stout.

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout isn't a total loss, although it's a mere shadow of the beer that it could be if more malt had been utilized. The skeleton is there, it just needs to be fleshed out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown, near black body with a thinnish, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Light, lightly roasty nose with a hint of barley and a vague chocolate note.

Taste: Restrained roasty, chocolaty maltiness up front, with only a light amount of malt sweetness. Splash of weak coffee. Earthy bitterness. Faintly roasty, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though an oat component tries to lend some smoothness. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Comes up a bit short both in terms of flavor and body. So-so at bast.

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Photo of Cummins9110
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

That's a nice pour - deep dark chocolate, with a pretty good head on it - it quickly falls away though, leaving but a foamy cap.

Heavy tones of malt and even licorice dominate, leaving little to the imagination - it dominates your nose.

Chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a bit of nuttiness, with hints of soft oats lingering in the background. Decent on the tongue, leaving behind a toasted and even mildly burnt flavor.

A little too carbonated to make it a smooth as I'd like in a good stout.

Given its faults, this is still a pretty good beer - good enough to enjoy more than once. Pretty satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of beerceller99
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6-15-2005 bottling date. Pours black with a thin, but lingering tan head. Nice mocha chocolate smell. Fairly light bodied for a stout with a smooth, oily texture. Taste is noticeably oatmeal with roasted grains and a hint of chocolate. A slight sour taste detracted here.
Much better on tap at their brewpub.

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Photo of shanblur
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/29/10. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark cola color with some red highlights. Minimal head produced which leaves sparse lacing.

S - Caramel and roasted malts. Faint chocolate and coffee aromas.

T - Get sweetness from the malts with a nice roasted malt flavor. Very smooth.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

Not my favorite from this brewer but a nice stout. Nothing great.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kier for this extra, Schlafly is the kind of place I do believe I'd like to live down the street from. My wallet & liver disagree. We'll work it out, if the time comes.

Pours along the international border of pitch dark brown to black, with a few quiet bubbles. Nose is long on roast, sprinkling of chocolate. Nice, but mild.

Schafly Oatmeal Stout lurches right into the oatmeal stout gut. Roast & chocolate do a little dance, make a little love. Hard edge of bitterness stings after the gentle wave passes by. That's what sticks around. Slick as an oatmeal stout. Because, that's, what, it, is.

A nice, routine oatmeal stout that's saved from forgettability by the sharpenss of the bittering. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice typical Schlafly label and bottled on date clearly marked

Appearance: Opaque, dark brown beer with just the slightest hint of garnet when held up to the light. This beer is capped with a large, medium-tan head which soon fades to a thick film with some decent staying power.

Smell: This is quite a bit more mild than I expected for the style...very light hints of cocoa and vanilla...sweet and mild

Taste: In keeping with the aromas, this is quite a bit lighter than I expected. There are some nice burnt caramel and very light roasted grains, but that's about it...it's not that it's unpleasant, there's just not a lot going on here

Mouthfeel: A bit on the light side for the style, though it's still a bit creamy

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Love me some Schlafly, and some of their beers are DAMN good. This one, though, is just a bit uninspired and average-ish. Not bad, just not special. It was a bit better/richer on tap at the Bottleworks.

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Photo of brewemstrong
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Almost black in appearance with a limited off-white head that stays only for a short time after the pour. Zero lace

S: Obvious notes of oatmeal, but light and not too sugary. Lacking much hop character here as well.

T: The smoothness is there, but I was hoping for more oat taste. Perfect amount of sweetness coupled with a soft hop finish. A touch of vanilla with toffee?

M: Heavy carbonation that might distract from the oats, as smooth as they are. Something is off with the oat-hop-carbonation dynamic.

D: Leaves an unfortunate chalky taste the more you sip. Really makes this just a medium-bodied stout.

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Photo of duffextracold
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, not quite black. thin head fades quickly. Has a fruity, slightly oaty smell. Tastes roasty, sweet malt, slightly fruity finish. slightly spicy. Light bodied, medium carbonation. Tasty, well balanced, good mouthfeel. nothing fancy, but i like it.

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Photo of kguyty
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours beautifully, a rich dark brown when pouring turns into a deep brown/black color in the glass. I was a little disappointed by the thin head, but what're you going to do... Smells like sweet roasted grains and coffee. A decent taste that starts sweet and ends slightly bitter. The mouthfeel was impressive, nice and bubbly for a stout. A decent oatmeal stout, but not my favorite.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to unclejedi for sending this one my way. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a dark translucent brown color with about two fingers of bubbly, dark tan foam. Smells of roasted grains, coffee and a touch of sweetness. Tastes of lightly roasted coffee, and a hint of bittersweet cocoa. Medium in both body and carbonation. A pretty tasty example and one I'm glad I was able to try.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14oz on tap at St Loius Shlafly Bar and Grill at the airport.

A - Dark brown body with 1 finger of tan head. Solid patterns of lacing.

S - Roasted malts, dusting of cocoa powder, hints of coffee.

T - Chocolate grains, dark roasted malty bitterness, dark bread crust, coffee bitterness on the finish.

M - Moderate stingy carbonation, light bodied.

Nice roast character with cocolate bitterness. Moderate stingy carbonation takes away from some of the smoothness I was hoping for. All in all good, but not great.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark coca cola brown with thick rich head and lasting lace
S- faint hints of roast malt and a twinge of wheat
T- tasted like a stout with a grainy finish and malts weren't as pronounced
M- medium mouthfeel with a grain aftertaste
D- good drinkability for me. I would buy this again as with most offerings from schafelys

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Photo of zeledonia
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 13 June 2011.

Pours dark brown, not quite black, with one finger of very light tan head. Okay retention, not much lacing.

Smells like very dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, with nice oat presence. Smells like a good oatmeal stout. Has a bit of sweetness and fulness from the oats; more on the roasted side than many stouts.

Taste has a sharp character that I don't really like. Sweet, but the most overwhelming thing about it is a charred over-roasted malt flavor that sits on the sides of the tongue. It has the bitterness of bitter coffee (without the coffee flavor), which overshadows the nice sweetness of the oats.

Mouthfeel is more slick than smooth. Kinda slippery and slinky, rather than smooth and full.

A decent oatmeal stout, but it's very heavy on the roasted malts, and charred in a way that I don't like. Not my favorite.

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Photo of echdk3
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a mug

A_Opaque dark dark brown, fairly lively, somewhat dense bubbly tan head

S_Bitter cocoa, charcoal, burnt toast. Fairly pungent, nice

T_A little sweetness from cocoa and caramel, but pretty overpoweringly bitter malt

M_Nice and sticky, heavy body. Very smooth

D_Pretty minimal aftertaste. Alcohol is a little present and warming. The taste is fantastic, but the heavy body is a bit prohibitive

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Photo of bobhits
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium dark brown pour, turns near black in the glass, but not black. Light held to the glass is ep ruby red. A small head with lacking retention and stability.

Light roasted notes with some vanilla and caramel sweetness. Not a lot going on here.

This stout is very sweetness dominate. Caramel is a dominate flavor with some roasted barely and a bit of a hop touch as well. This beer does a wonderful job balancing things with the roasted and hop bitterness. I think all stouts being out some coffee and chocolate flavors, but this one doesn’t bring out any noticeable amount of either.

Thick and chewy with wonderful carbonation and a good body. A true oatmeal stout, and very well done.

I really have liked what Schlafly has done with their stouts outside of their barrel aged one. I have to say I need to buy more of their brews if they’re going to keep doing such great work.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice pitch black with a huge billowy light tan head.
S - light roasted barley malt with an underlying hint of oatmeal sweetness.
T - similar to the nose but with a bit of a chocolate note rounding out the brew.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth.
D - Nice with a barbeque chicken and potato dish.

A respectable local stout when in the area.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was taken aback initially by this beer's aroma, a bit offputting as it gave a sense of spoilage. This faded with the miniscule, mid tan head and let the taste predominate. The pour revealed a deep reddish black color that will barely pass light, ruby red at the edge. The taste is of smoked or burned sugars. The finish leaves bitters in the back. Solid body with decent mouthfeel, perhaps a bit thin for the style. Very thin ring lacing. A final touch of licorice in the finish is sensed. Not a bad offering, but better are available.

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Photo of wahnee86
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the St. Louis airport, the beer was on par with most oatmeal stouts. Nice body in the glass with the usual full aroma. The beer held up well in the mouth and had some depth and body to it. Nothing special in the taste that makes it stand out against other stouts though.

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Photo of dismal
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it pours a dark brown almost black color with a bit of red around the edges. Produces a nice sized head leaving good lacing down the glass. The aroma is sweet, a hint of chocolate, caramel, and of the roasted barley. The taste is a little sweet and the roasted taste comes out. The mouthfeel is very creamy and not as thick as I was expecting but at least it's smooth. Overall it's not bad. I think I was expecting a bit more but at least it's pretty drinkable. Not the best oatmeal stout available but it does a decent job.

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Photo of tayner
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, bottle date feb 2008

Poured a very dark brown, nearly black with light creeping in around the edges. Head is think but covers the top with a skimming, slight lacing noted.

Smell has char/ash/chocolate character to it and some weird earthy hops.

Taste is a char/ash/slightly burnt character to it with some bittersweet chocolate character to it as well. None of the individual flavors stand out above the rest but instead compliment each other. THere is a bit of an earthy hop note in the background as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy but a bit thin for me, seems to drink more like a good porter.

Drinkability is good for a stout, not heavy at all but yet flavorful. This could be an everyday stout if i lived in the midwest, but i wouldnt choose it over, say, black butte porter if it were offered out west.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Darker brown near to opaque. A considerate tan head that is bubbly and quickly receding. Some lacing as it leaves.

S: Roasted malt, cedarwood, chocolate, and some coffee. Not an overly powering stout.

T: Roasted malts, caramel sweetness, some bitter cocoa and coffee. Up front it is surprisingly sweet but has some bitter bite at the end. A little mundane next to what I was expecting.

M - Medium body with a creamy texture. Easy to drink with a nice balanced, but boring aftertaste.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
82 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.