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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
83
good

539 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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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ToddBeans

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.8%

06-20-2014 02:02:59 | More by ToddBeans
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goldie2828

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-07-2012 20:37:11 | More by goldie2828
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Pillowburn

Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.8%

02-11-2012 19:24:00 | More by Pillowburn
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fredmugs

Indiana

3/5  rDev -17.8%

09-09-2013 15:39:43 | More by fredmugs
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-27-2012 01:52:22 | More by t0rin0
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

04-02-2014 19:35:41 | More by ubenumber2
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-01-2013 18:12:49 | More by NooseJustice
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cfryman

Missouri

3/5  rDev -17.8%

04-27-2013 18:49:38 | More by cfryman
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ortie

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-29-2011 13:39:17 | More by ortie
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -17%

A - Poured brown into a snifter. Almost black in the glass, tan 1/2 inch head.

S - Roasted barley, burnt malt

T - Burnt malt and bitterness dominate. One dimensional. Good, but lacking complexity and balance. The hops have taken this stout hostage.

M - Soft and smooth. Moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

D - Drinkable, but I'm unlikely to get more of this.

01-30-2011 02:01:14 | More by Fatehunter
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -17%

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.

06-26-2012 17:35:04 | More by Sean9689
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -17%

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.

06-22-2012 00:43:44 | More by falloutsnow
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jerryjeff

Tennessee

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

02-20-2011 00:23:14 | More by jerryjeff
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JDV

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

03-01-2008 22:13:58 | More by JDV
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baos

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

12-03-2008 21:34:44 | More by baos
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

11-29-2008 15:24:09 | More by jujubeast6000
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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

I had this fresh from the Schlafly brewery aka The Tap Room. It poured w/ a foamy head and was a deep black liquid. I took a deep breath and it smelled light, very little smell. It is highly carbonated though, reminded me of a pepsi for a moment. The taste is mild, i've had much better oatmeal stouts. I would drink it again, but it didn't win me over like I had hoped. It had the aftertaste of coffee grinds, overall I was a bit disappointed. As you can see from my rating above...

06-29-2006 15:19:39 | More by beeroclock
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

12 oz. bottle, bottled on Sep 19 2006. Very dark brown in color with only slight ruby edges. Thick tan head, which holds together well. Roasty aroma, a bit of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. Roasty flavor, but not very strong, or bitter. Hints of vinous fruits. Pretty smooth. Seems thin and a bit watery. Dry finish, with just a touch of bittersweet chocolate. A few scattered patches of lace are left on the glass near the end. Flavors seem very weak and mild in this one, which could make it a session ber, but not very exciting. Rather disappointing to me.

03-29-2007 18:19:51 | More by Bierguy5
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rsyberg01

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

S - 12 oz. Bottled with love on Aug. 09, 2006.

A - Pours a deep brown with hints of deep deep red around the edges. Head is about 2 fingers at first and takes about 5 minutes to get down to a thin unbroken layer covering the surface.

S - malty, caramel, roastiness, hints of coffee that arent overwhelming, slight sour note. Hint of fruit, something like plum or some other darker fruit. Not bad besides the sour hit, which was pretty offsetting, at first smell I thought I smelled hot dog too? I dont know, it went away after a few seconds, maybe a fluke.

T - Malty sweetness, little fruity note, prominent coffee character, a nice finish with slight hoppy bitterness. Caramel also makes an appearance but isnt that significant. Really not that impressed. Average to below average.

M - A little watery for an oatmeal stout. Expected it to be creamy but it was much more watery than that. Wasn't that impressed, pretty average.

D - Considering the lightness of this stout, I would say you could easily down a sixer of these no problem besides the taste flaws that may stunt that. Decent beer at best, overall.

09-21-2006 02:42:36 | More by rsyberg01
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match1112

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

a: pours black with a thin brown head, no lacing.

s: pretty weak, mostly some roastieness.

t: some roasted malt, a little oat and a little hop.

m: lackluster. body feels awful thin and watery for a stout. goes down easy. carbonation is lacking.

o: average at best.

12-24-2011 02:37:35 | More by match1112
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cbbjr

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

Pours a dark brown, almost black. A little bit of light tan head that dissipates quickly but does leave some lacing. Smell is roasted malt and not much else. Taste is similar - after you get beyond the base caramel malt flavor, there isn't much else going on. No significant hop presence, even for an oatmeal stout. It is very smooth and easy drinking, but the smell and taste won't compel me to want to drink that many.

Overall I'm a bit disappointed. I've had, and loved, Schlafly's coffee stout, but the oatmeal stout isn't cutting it for me. There just isn't much to it.

11-26-2011 19:12:16 | More by cbbjr
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

This oatmeal stout pours handsomely, a rich, deep, very dark brown body capped by one finger of mocha head. The smell is a definite letdown--a bit of roasted caramel and chocolate, some nice oats, and nothing else--too faint, not enough of what is there. The taste salvages it somewhat, with good roasted chocolate most prominently represented. Still, as with other Schlafly beverages I've tried, what flavor is present is good, but there's not enough of it to go around. That is, the flavor is too subtle--not good for stout, or anything really--particularly when it lacks complexity.

It's not difficult to drink a couple of these back-to-back, but I wouldn't be interested. Not enough about this grabs me. I'm far from compelled to grab another. Decent, but a bit of a letdown, mediocre compared to many other stouts--Samuel Smith's for starters. Then again, aren't most?

12-21-2007 05:18:45 | More by Gehrig
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beerhobo22

Nebraska

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

Roasted coffee aroma with no hop character. Dark brown, black, color, but very crisp. Caramel malt is evidenced, with some bitterness from dark malts. Hop bitterness becomes more evident on the finish. Medium bodied with a pleasant hop bitterness to cleanse the palate. Not a "big stout". Very balanced grain bill as the dark malts do not dominate the palate. This isn't your normal stout.

07-03-2009 20:08:44 | More by beerhobo22
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Sampled at Schlafly's Tap Room at the St. Louis Airport. Served in a frosty mug - which really sucked. No head. Hardly any aroma. Smoky, sooty taste with nothing in the way of oatmeal sweetness or smoothness. Lingering aftertaste that was decent but slightly reminiscent of Dr. Pepper (corn syrup). This was disappointing. It had that unpleasant tar and meat quality found under the surface in so many American micro stouts. The description said: "this stout has sweetness from caramel malt, and bitterness from roasted barley..." which doesn't make sense to me, unless they threw in some unmalted roast barley, but that seems unlikely. If in St. Louis, Morgan Street Brewpub has a better stout.

07-09-2002 12:09:46 | More by Thrasher
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oline73

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured from a bottle into a standard.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some red at the edges when light comes through. There is a finger and a half of light tan head with decent retention.

Smell: Not super strong. Roasty with a dark fruit note.

Taste: Up front this tastes like a very nice, roasty oatmeal stout. There are some mildly tart dark fruit notes that combine with the roast and remind me slightly of blue cheese. I don't think the bottle was bad, I just think the background flavors weren't my thing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish. Feels nice.

Overall: I would have liked this to be a little bit smoother. Not bad, but I don't think I'll search out another.

10-28-2011 02:57:03 | More by oline73
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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