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

621 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 621
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 55 | 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
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Schlafly Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 621 | Reviews: 246 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dmartin118
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ChicagoNick
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of paxchristi
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a clear dark root beer brown color with a slight head and average carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, nuts with a little alcohol coming through. First sip is sweet then quickly bitter. Some nutty flavor notes present. Very light bodied. Decent mouthfeel but a tad under carbonated. Not too bad.

Photo of ToddBeans
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of goldie2828
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Pillowburn
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mks0913
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ubenumber2
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of kyvolunteer
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of NooseJustice
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of cfryman
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ortie
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of bugaboo416
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by CE, much thanks
From a store in St. Louis, MO
Bottled 01.09.2012
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Schlafly's oatmeal stout appears like a solidly roasted oatmeal stout, but hides a surprising amount of sweetness from the malt bill, making this a sweeter-than-average version of the style. If that fits your preferences, you'll be in luck; for me, this was a below-average beer that had caramel sweetness where I wanted roasted aromas/flavors, bitter chocolate, and hints of coffee and vanilla.

Pours a 2.5cm head of small, densely compacted bubbles that are very light tan in color. Body is very dark brown to black, with light bringing out slight burgundy-brown highlights around the edges of the beer. Not able to view any carbonation due to opacity of beer.

Aroma is like a combination between old, stale coffee with artificially sweetened hazelnut creamer. In general, this is not a pleasant aroma, though expressive, it just comes across as too sweet, cloying.

Taste opens with very high levels of malt sweetness, a bit of caramel, roast, and chocolate all rolled into one, with caramel sweetness being the winner. Starts out rather cloying. Mid-palate picks up more roasted malt than anything else, correcting early mistakes. Mild chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of toasted hazelnuts are also expressed mid-palate. Closes out with a bit of sweetness and roasted flavor, leading to mostly roasted, slightly acrid aftertaste. The roasted middle and finish balances out the overly sweet introduction, making me feel this is just "average."

Beer is medium to medium-light bodied, with mid-level carbonation that feels soft on the palate, but still manages to foam this up slightly. The result is a satisfyingly creamy and smooth beer with just a hint of crispness. Would be a bit better if just slightly heavier in body, but still above average.

Photo of Sean9689
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at my Wedding Rehearsal Dinner @ Schlafly Tap Room.

A - Pours a muddled darker brown color, cream-colored head.

S - Bitter malts, light roast, some chocolate. Tastes "old" and "stale" to me and I know this has tasted better previously. Not sure what is up...

T - Similar to the nose, slightly more watery. Old coffee, burnt malts, some cream, light roast. Alcohol is hidden. Finish is toasted oats and chocolate.

M - Light body (too thin), good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - This beer has been better in the past, for sure. Not sure if it's a bad batch or the recipe has changed, but I wasn't digging this one as much as I had in the past.

Photo of jerryjeff
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Nutty scent, a bit muffled though. Hazelnut or almond, a theme of roastedness (smokiness?) comes through

Mouthfeel - Relatively light in body for what I was expecting, pretty lightly carbonated without much creaminess.

Appearance - Poured to dark mahoghany, with some light still making it through a regular pint glass. Little head initially, a slight amount hanging around without lacing.

Taste - Some burnt malt taste, the nuttiness is covered by the bitterness from the malt. Some smokiness seems to creep in, maybe a bit of smoked malt.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable, light in body wouldn't make it sit too heavy but this isn't all that great a flavor. 3 or 4 and done, but rather stop at 1.

Overall - doesn't really seem all that true to style being a bit too light in body and having more bitterness than expected. Don't get the expected silkiness in mouthfeel. Bit of a disappointment.

Photo of assmasterson
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of gregis. thanks!
Pours basically black with a fluffy tan head. Light to moderate smell of dark roasty malt, a hint of coffee and almost a light skunk smell in the background. Taste is semi dry char, roast malt, and it has an appropriate level of carbonation. A touch thin in the body however, a lingering ashy, charred smokiness, rather than the oaty creaminess I expected. Not bad and an interesting Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of baos
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into Barilla jar.

A: Dark dark with two finger tan head than has good lacing.

S: Burnt oakiness.

T: I get kind of an astringent oak flavor atop the coffee and chocolate but my taster may be a bit off today. end with a wierd bitterness.

M: Pretty nice for a stout.

D: Not too bad I'll try this one again and update my numbers if needed.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/15/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a red black brown color body, looks like a flat cola with a tannish head. Oatmeal, coffee aroma. Some alcohol in the nose too. Effervescent. Coffee taste, some liquor taste like whiskey. Watery taste, almost like a porter, but it does have that taste of a stout, almost. Some bitter chocolate taste. Maybe some oatmeal in the taste too.

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.