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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
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 falloutsnow
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Pitch black, unknown visibility, pours a light medium brown head but a quick change to decent lacing, minimal internal carbonation

S: Mildly fragrant, cocoa and vanilla notes, definite oatmeal presence, hints of nutmeg, espresso as well

T: Strong espresso, elements of chocolate, not the strongest flavor, good balance, mild spiciness to finish

M: Pretty smooth, but nothing incredible, hardly any aftertaste, pretty drying on the mouth though

O: A decent stout overall, would have liked a little higher abv, as well as more fragrance and flavor

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Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a solid black hue with mild amber highlights and a thick, 3-finger, tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail down the glass, and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong malty aroma with huge cocoa powder background and finishes slighltly hoppy.

T: Smooth bitter flavor with a big malt backbone. Slightly creamy middle and finishes slightly sweet and hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent oatmeal stout. Nice balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of KellyL
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Adams Glass it settles out into a dark, dark brown it allows some light through around the edges of the glass. Two fingers of light brown head with heavy lacing.

S: Subtle hints of roasted barley and coffee, no hop aroma.

T: Hints of roasted barley and dark chocolate up front, slightly coffee like at the end with a bitter aftertaste from the dark grains.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth with perfect carbonation. This is a great session beer, it can be sipped for time and gets better as it warms up. The oats lend a creamy mouthfeel that is balanced well with the mild carbonation.

O: Schlafly is my favorite brewery, they do everything well and this is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Sdesenberg
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of schlafly oatmeal stout at my local stateline beer store for just under eight bucks. The brew date is a year old and it's not been kept refrigerated as the bottle instructs. It pours black, with lots of thick foamy head which leaves copious lacing. The aroma is of malt and vanilla, and flavor is a little harsh. It's not as smooth and balanced as I'd hoped. Still a good, solid stout, but not as refined as I expected.

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Photo of BrewBre
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look = dark dark brown with a light tan head

Smell = dark chocolates smell with a bit of oat

Taste = tastes of a bitter dark chocolate with a bit of roasted flavor and a hint of oat

Feel = has a thinner feel than most stouts I've had

Overall a decent brew, but not the best stout I've had

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an inky black with a thin, creamy tan mousse. If the beer is held up to the light, one can clearly make out a shimmering amber hue around the edges of the beer's pitch black body.

S: Gentle on the nose, with aromas of roasted grain, milk chocolate, and coffee being most prevalent.

T: Notes of roasted grain, coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, heavy cream, and mild, earthy hops follow an extremely smooth, gentle entry. The finish is rich and smooth with cream, coffee, and vanilla notes underscored by hints of roasted grain.

M: Medium-bodied and silky. Carbonation is initially balanced, but quickly softens in the mouth. Very drinkable, but also very filling.

O: This is a decent oatmeal stout from a brewery that has developed a reputation for producing solid, no-frills beers. I wouldn't buy this one on a regular basis, but I'm definitely glad I tried it and would buy it again. Recommended.

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Photo of jmagnus87
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Pours black with a half finger of tan head. Aroma of light coffee and chocolate. Taste is light bitter. Mostly coffee with a little chocolate and some caramel. Medium bodied with a surprisingly thin texture. Lively carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, not too bad. There are better stouts out there but this one is darn good for the price.

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Photo of Merkur
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on cask at the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis.

Beer poured a nice dark brown, almost black. Very little head.

Beer smells very roasty like most oatmeal stouts, but nothing special.

The taste is very pleasant with the roasted malts and a hint of caramel flavors. A bit sweet.

The mouthfeel was dissapointing. The beer was a bit too thin and watery for an Oatmeal stout.

All in all, an OK beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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 match1112
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Enjoyed on-tap @ Jack Patrick's (10th & Olive) in St. Louis, MO for $3.75. Tapped from the Black Tap Handle into a 16oz Guinness Nonic Glass.

Aroma- A slight oat aroma hidden behind the most dominant attribute, roastiness. Also has a burnt aroma with a ton of grain.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, dark brown head that has poor retention. The body is an opaque, dark brown color. Leaves sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- Oats, choco, and roasty flavors come and go this entire drink! Grainy comes around also with a background of sweet malts. Finishes with a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Lightly Carbonated, Smooth, and has a bit of grain/roast that stays around on the palate.

Overall Impression- Great oatmeal stout! I've had many times in bottle but never on tap! I'll be enjoying the Coffee Stout by Schlafly very soon as well. Go for this if you enjoy a nice, roasty stout with good oaty and grainy attributes. Don't order if your looking for a medium bodied brew or anything less than medium-full. Could be substituted for a meal!

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Photo of cbbjr
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the taproom this one's on cask, of course had to have one of those.

Black as usual, head and lace are pretty good for a cask beer. Great roasty and lightly coffee smells and tastes, lots of roasted malt character, just a touch of hops for balance, and a good lite woody flavor from the cask.

Rich and thick, oh so easy to drink and tasty on cask. Anything from here is always recommended, especially if it's on cask.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown coming out of the bottle. After it settles it looks like black coffee in the glass. A foamy dark cream colored head sits on top. The head dissipates to a thin layer with random bubbles, but by the end there's hardly anything. Sticky lacing. It's hard to get a bead on the aroma, bitter chocolate is present. It tastes of bitter chocolate, burnt malts, and maybe a hint of oats. It's not all that complex. The mouthfeel is lacking. It's just too watery. Overall, I didn't know what to expect. I'm not overly impressed with Schlafly's offerings, except their Pumpkin Ale. This is definitely an oatmeal stout I will never revisit.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark and rich and chocolaty and robust and delicious. this pours a beautiful dark thick brown with a full 2 inch head into a frosted mug. heavy roasted aroma that smells a little sweet, almost decadent. mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the flavor profile doesnt miss the body, tastes great. this is the best schlafly beer i have had, a little bit of espresso in the finish, bittersweet. nice

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

Poured from a bottle dated 6/1/11 into my trusty snifter...

A: Pours thin and dark...light shining in around the edges. A one finger head, that teeters on the edge of eggshell and light tan, recedes rather quickly. Plenty of carbonation bubbles in this.

S: Smooth, roasty character dominates...some vanilla there as well. A minor earthy hop presence, but just mostly a sweet caramel and roasty malt backbone eminating from the aroma.

T: Taste follows the nose...sweet roasty malts are stamped all over this brew. Definitely some vanilla, maybe even some cinnamon. The confectionary sweetness is very obvious...this is a good dessert beer.

M: A solid oatmeal stout texture: creamy, viscous...all over the mouth...but at the same time it's only medium bodied at best. Carbonation might be just a tad high, but nothing that would necessarily turn me off.

O: A pretty good example of the style. Sessionable for sure. Sweet, but not cloying. Just enough balance noticeable. A very respectable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of gpogo
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Creamy off white head that dissipated rather quick to a creamy small covering. Dark body, but with light hitting it I see clear red amber.

A- Light fruitiness. Creamy malt aroma, slight bitter smell.

T- Light bitter flavor. Slight phenolic flavor. Roasted flavors and slight dark fruit flavors.

M- Light side of medium body, very smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D- Taste and flavor are a bit lacking. It's enjoyable, but I think Schlafly's Coffee Stout is their better stout.

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Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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 Domingo
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Brown/black. Big head with normal pour. They seem to have consistently good carbonation.
Mild nose - coffee'ish, maybe a bit of mocha. A bit too reserved?
Sweet right away, but heads into to roasty dark chocolate flavor. Almost like they’re using a little bit of liquid smoke in there. That makes it unique.
Nice texture, though. Just about perfect.
Comparable with their porter although I like that one a bit more. Still, a solid everyday beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown nature. Nearly opaque with a nice head of dark tan that rose up to around an inch before settling back down. Nice lacing along the sides fades quickly. Aroma is of deep roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel and a light chocolate note that seems to build with time. Nice touches of vanilla balancing in here now as well. Clean flavor, nothing rough about it at all as the brown sugar and vanilla really take over the profile and provide a very smooth, and very even feel to it. Warm roasted malts and hints of chocolate.

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Photo of Bonis
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 9/10/11

A - Dark dark brown, not quite black but close. Generous bubbly cream colored head, fades quick and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Roasted and caramel malts, a tad woody. Bitter silky chocolate. Nothing really comes out big. Decent overall.

T - Luckily, this tastes better than it smells. The roast and caramel malts carry over from the nose. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee malt are noted. Sweet initially with a subtle bitter dry finish. A solid oatmeal stout.

M - Pretty full bodied for an oatmeal stout. A bit of sticky sugar coats the mouth with each drink. A slight lingering bitterness is left as well.

O - Again, this is a solid oatmeal stout, but nothing amazing for the style (which I thoroughly enjoy). Another nice offering from Schlafly. Glad I picked up some of their beers on my last out of state beer trip.

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Photo of chicagobill13
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Nice dark brown look to it. It has a nice head on this beer.

Smell: Nice chocolate and roasted melt smell.

Taste and mouthfeel: Nice balance beer that has a nice toffee and chocolate notes.

This is a very good beer. I wish I could get it every day. Cheers!

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
82 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.