Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 22
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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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 ISmith87
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up some Missouri beers while in Joplin for a rotation at Freeman Medical Center.
Most weren't that great. We'll see if this was any better.

A - 4.0 - Good color, dark brown/black with a tan head that sticks around and leaves great lacing.

S - 3.0 - Not so great, mostly vinegar, oatmeal, cereal, maybe some rancid coffee/dark malts if you really try to smell them.

T - 2.5 - Again, vinegar and even bandaids are prevalent. Some roasty dark malts. Coffee. By far one of the worst stouts I've had.

M - 3.0 - Medium mouth feel, roasty aftertaste. Alc covered.

O - 3.0 - Yea, it's pretty bad. I hate to say it but this is pretty standard for Missouri beer. Good beer law state, just not good beers.

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Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aromas of cocoa. Taste begins with a bit of bittersweet chocolate, then some dense bread, then some smoked wood, and a bit of earthiness in the finish. Pretty good mouthfeel. Overall quite a good Oatmeal stout, I would get this again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a terrible complex beer but a good one none the less.
Some desent roasted malts in the nose comes through nicely in the taste along with some hints of chocolate and coffee.
The addition of oatmeal makes for a full body and smooth beer on the palate.
I wish I had another.

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Photo of mmva321
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: It looks like a stout. Not much more. Opaque black body wit brown around the rims, a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing and all with no signs of life in the body. Cool.

S: A very beautiful and well-balanced aroma is slightly let down by how faint it is. Chocolatey malts bring a hint of coffee and roasted nuts with them and is offset by dried fruits, most notably raisins.

T: The dried fruits really dominate the taste. Raisins and dark cherries are ever present, with roasted malts becoming more of a back note here. It's not as well balanced as the aroma, but it's at least more powerful.

M: A slightly carbonated medium-bodied stout is creamy enough. It leaves a dry feeling as it lingers. Appropriate without being transcendent.

O: This is a decent oatmeal stout that doesn't really play up any oatmeal characteristics. It's a little creamier and more substantial, thankfully, but I don't get it anywhere else. Still, a fine and pleasant stout for any occasion.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this from Half Time enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a pub glass type goblet.

The color is black, opaque with thick light tan cap which recedes to a layer of small bubbles, lace sticks in swatches with tiny bead and decent retention. Smell is earthy, roasty, bready and slightly nutty with a mild yeasty breadiness and light sweet aroma. The feel is pretty highly carbonated and very roasty almost burnt texture with a slight sweetness and creamy body with a semi-dry finish with low alcohol in the feel.

The flavor is roasted and nutty with an almost coffee-like roastiness with slight yeasty and vegetal aspect which is okay with some toasted notes from the malt in the background and light spice from the hops I am assuming. The flavor has a bitterness of roasted grain with slight vegetal creaminess with more burnt malt flavor lasting into the finish. The flavor is good with some light cocoa on the tongue near the last taste adding a nice depth to the combination of malt and yeast flavors. Overall this is pretty decent, actually it is a very drinkable stout with nice layering and even though it is a little more carbonated than most it is not too sweet and the roast level is pretty spot on without becoming too much by the end of the glass.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and not much light will penetrate it. Minimal Brussels lace at the top of the glass. I smell oatmeal and a bit of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous with a bit of dryness. Tastes strongly of roasted malt and oatmeal, leaving a pleasant lingering bitterness.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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 utopiajane
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just flat black in color the head was stiff yet fluffy and disappeared rather quickly.

Oat and lactose-sweetness in aroma there's a touch of malt but the scent is somewhat weak and non-descript.

Roasted oat and charred malt with some residual coffee the taste is also weak and simply does not hold the hardiness that a stout should. Easy to drink with a watery smoothness it's just not all that I want in a Oatmeal Stout.

This needs a more solid backbone with more char, more chocolate and more character. It is tasty though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep black just the way me likes it. Head on the other hand is just a minimal 1/4 inch that settles back to nothing really. Could use more carbonation.
S - Smells of chocolate, molasses, coffee, roast, and a touch of lactic acidic twang.
T -Well the hops they use are a touch acidic but it's smooth enough. Has some chocolate and roast not as balanced as other world class oatmeal stouts (hint Anderson Valley) but its easy enough to drink.
M - Light to medium easy to drink yet not as creamy as one would expect.

Overall this is a major disappointment this oatmeal stout is acidic, not very sweet, and quite unbalanced. Would not get this again.

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Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in just a pitch black color with a big light tan head that takes a while to dissipate.

In the aroma, I get sweet roasted malts, brown sugar, almost a Belgian yeast breadiness. Some sweet chocolate, some coffee. It definitely has a sweetness in there.

At first, you get a huge roasted, almost burnt malt flavor for a 5.7% ABV beer. However, there’s almost a slight metallic taste, which may be the hops used. There’s a bitter coffee flavor too.

The mouthfeel is quite big and creamy for such a small beer. The oatmeal actually does show up to help the mouthfeel for this one.

The mouthfeel and roast stand out on the beer. One of the best oatmeal stouts I have had.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has hints of sweetness and chocolate malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The oats lend some smoothness.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-very dark chestnut brown with a fingers worth of tan head that sticks to the side of the glass

S-roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and oatmeal sweetness

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt backbone, dark roasted coffee, some dark chocolate sweetness

M-very smooth, thin to medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall a nice, pretty basic oatmeal stout that is easy to drink

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Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours nearly pitch black with a one and a half finger dark tan head. Excellent head retention with a cap remaining over halfway through the glass. Nearly a solid wall of lacing as well. Impressive.

Lot of coffee in the aroma along with a solid shot of dark chocolate. Nice dark roasted malt and a touch of dark fruits.

Rich roasted malt, espresso, and dark chocolate on the taste. The chocolately roast just carries on for what seems like forever and is perfect with the silky smoothe mouthfeel provided by the oats in the mash. The more I drink this, the more I pick up on some plums and dates as well. Just a moderate bitterness that is enough to balance out the sweetness.

Overall, one of the better oatmeal stouts I have had. Lots of roast and chocolate and a great mouthfeel. A wonderful dessert beer.

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Photo of Joshualvsjenny
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark with tinges of amber red when held up to the light. Light brown rocky 2 fingered head that dissipates quickly, leaving a little bit of lacing.

S:roasted malt, coffee, notes of dark chocolate and toffee.

T: follows the nose pretty well, coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, slight hops bitterness on the finish and a coffee after taste. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: a pretty good stout , nothing that will blow you away but a good above average stout. I would defiantly pick this one up again.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black with the slightest bit of amber at the thin bottom of the glass. Sticky and frothy tan head that leaves tons of lacing and hangs around.

S- Roasted malts, caramel malt, oats, slight mild hop note.

T- Rather light on flavor. Slight grainy oats in the beginning with roasted malts towards the middle. The end leaves a tasty roasted finish. No robust flavor by any means, but no off flavors either.

M- Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Slight sting at the end that is not normally apparent in stouts. Overall, very drinkable.

O- A good oatmeal stout, but nothing stands out and probably not something I would persue again with better options out there.

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Photo of TCMike
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Produced a finger and a half of tan, long lived head. Beer color is a very dark mahogany.

The aroma was of roasted malts, dark bread.

The taste was the same, with a slight sweetness, and hop note. Medium mouth-feel, and low carbonation.

This is a good, easy drinking stout, but no a great one.

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Photo of scratch69
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown almost black with a finger and a half worth of tan head. Light amount of runny lace.

Smell- Dark roasted malt and coffee with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste- Dark roasted malt, coffee, char, and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. Above average carbonation but just a tad watery.

Overall- Not my favorite stout but easy to drink. I wouldn't turn one down in the future.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head with minimal lacing on a black with some light getting through body.

S: cocoa, oats, vanilla and roasts malts.

T: bitter rotated and coffee malts, breads, oatmeal.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: interesting beer which has some flavors that are unfamiliar to me especially for the style.

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Photo of fallopia
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into an ale glass.

Appearance: Completely opaque, black color with a creamy-tan thick head that lasts for 3-4 minutes.

Aroma: Overwhelming smell of bacon and brined meats with a subtler aroma of smokiness and a hint of coffee and anise

Flavor: Rich malt and cured meat flavors that remind me of chewing a piece of prosciutto. Coffee and a refreshing, cleansing hoppiness lingers for 45-60 seconds.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full-bodied but lighter than expected based on the appearance

Overall: A very enjoyable stout that is typical of its style. I have a fondness for the Schlafly brand in general, but will want to redrink this beer the next time I make it to St. Louis.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours dark with a good amount of head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Not a ton going on here, though the last stout I've had was a FBS, so yeah.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate, oats and finishes with some hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, I'd have no problem knocking back a few of these in a night.

O: I probably first had this stout 10 years ago. Brings back memories. Solid stout and tastes as good as ever.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep amber/brown when pouring, black in the glass with a one finger tan head.

S-Oats, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Good balance in the nose.

T-Blend of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and oats. Sweet. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, lots of carbonation for the style, creamy.

O-As it warms though it starts to go awry, roasted/burnt seems to overpower. It still is a good stout though.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown with foamy off white, 3 finger head.

S- Roasted malt, a bit nutty with a hint of toffee and vanilla.

T- Pretty full flavor. Dark malt, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Quite good.

M- Robust and smooth, a tad thin, more heavily carbonated than I expected

O- Pretty good beer. It's not outstanding, but a solid oatmeal stout

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Photo of The_1084
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark brown, almost black color with a tan head roughly 2 fingers in width. It fades rather quickly, but leaves good lacing.

S - Hints of cocoa powder, vanilla cream, coffee, and oats.

T - Strong presence of roasted malts that fade to chocolate and finish with coffee.

M - Although filling, it is relatively light for a stout beer; easy to drink with low-medium carbonation.

O - I wouldn't rank this as one of my favorite beers, but it is definitely note worthy and I would have no problem drinking more of these in the future.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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