Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 63 | 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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Ratings: 646 | Reviews: 252
Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head. The head is thin and not too long-lasting. The nose is roasted malt along with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Roasted malt pervades the taste as well with mild coffee notes. Good, creamy body with really nice carbonation. A bit plain, but pretty drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well brewed beer, but a little timid--caught somewhere between a porter and a stout. The roasted malts add character and depth, but still allow the base malt sweetness to pronounce. The color is dark, but not opaque, and has a light head retention, carbonation, and lacing. The dark grains and light hopping rates give a complex bittering, but lightness with the oats never rounds the beer out properly. Though light and drinkable in the body, the smoothness and slickness doesn't show. Thins a bit toward the finish, but a nice drinkable beer nevertheless. Thanks again Beer Dave.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malt notes with a side of black chocolates. Taste is also dominated by some roasted malt with a side of black chocolate. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Not the most complex beer but well enjoyable with good balance between the flavours and good drinkability.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewhaus, Springfield IL.

Sheets of spotty eggshell lacing around the wall of the glass. Body is an opaque black. Rings form on the sides as the glass is emptied.

Very mild roast to the aroma, too subdued for my taste. Mild bitterness on the end, with a subtle roast malt middle. Light feeling, not too thin or watery. Oatmeal isn't a major contributor in the body. It's light enough to session, bu tI moved on to something else.

Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown with a foamy, bubbly tan head. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of oats and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and some bitter hop kick. Nice oatmeal flavors. Almost has a coffee-like taste, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay Oatmeal Stout. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date. Good amount of tan head that drops a stick lace on the glass. Pitch black more or less, dark enough to not let the light through. Aroma of soft charcoal and silky oats. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy dextrin mouth feel. Slight roasted character that grows to a streamlined char flavor. Mild hop bitterness plays off of the oat sweetness. Good malt base with a faint yeast and fruity note. Finishes semi-sweet, this one is an obvious chocolate pairing. Not bad at all, above average compared to the rest.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of 24 10 07 on the bottle. This comes courtesy of BARLEYWINEO!

Pours chestnut/mahogany with 3+ fingers of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & cereal notes

T: Coffee ground & roasted malt, plus dryness up front. A bit of iron. Finishes roasty a little dry, with more coffee ground notes

MF: Smooth, oily, with medium carbonation

Drinks pretty good, a good starter oatmeal stout

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle , bottled on 15 April, 2013, and served in a snifter at about 55F.

This Oatmeal Stout pours dark mahogany but is clear and the bottle lacks sediment. The small tan head is short-lived and lives scant lacing.

The oatmeal is evident in the aroma, flavor and soft feel. Hints of dried fruits and faint coffee add to the flavor which is, as expected, dominated by roasted grains. No burnt grain. Low hops and carbonation. Full bodied.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Tap House in St. Louis. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Black with ruby flecks in the light. Sticky lacing after a small off-white head settles to a thick collar.

Smell - Roasted malt. Oatmeal. Sharp aroma from the oatmeal.

Taste - Dry roasted coffee malt. Oatmeal flavor comes up after. Oatmeal lingers into a bitter roasty finish. The oatmeal lends a sharp flavor here as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's not exciting. Decent flavor. Nothing offensive.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A-This beer pours a deep hazel opaque brown body with a thick tan creamy head.

S- Nice soft roasted grain nose with some coffee notes and a very faint hop bitterness.

T- There is a nice roasted malt flavor with some sweetness up front. A hint of smoky grains and some tartness in the finish. A faint earthiness from the malt is a nice compliment to the light bitterness from the hops.

M-Medium mouthfeel but a bit of a watery texture. No alcohol warmth or astringency

D-This is a very tasty oatmeal stout. It has good complexity and nice depth of malt characters. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but the beer is a nice stout.

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving some lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts sweet roasted coffee/chocolate flavor some bitterness at finish. Little thin for a oatmeal stout. 12 oz bottle part of mixed 6-pak for $7.99 from Friar Tuck's Peoria, Il.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vancer for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, leaves some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, and caramel. The taste is nice sweet malts, and caramel. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice little oatmeal stout.

Photo of aasher
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours looking just like a coke, with lesser carbonation, and a cream colored head. This bottle is over a year old so the smell is pretty dull. It's got some light roasted maltiness to it with a little sweetness and slight alcohol. It tastes pretty standard. It's not very rich but has the light coffee appeal of a stout and has some breadiness to it as well. It drinks medium bodied and pretty smoothly. It's a decent stout but nothing too special.

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, grass, smoke, some earthy malt, and some very slight hops. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick. Average carbonation level and strong bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt up front, smoke comes through second, hops are noticeable in the background, an earthy malt flavor is present next, and the finish is a smooth roasted malt flavor. Overall, I rather enjoy the smoke flavors and the complexity of the palate. This is another fine beer from Schlafly and worth the try.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light black to cola brown color with some nice residual foam after the two finger head recedes.

Some gypsum dry roasted malts, faint cocoa powder, and wet oats.

The taste is full of roasted malts that give a very dry brownie a cocoa nuance. The front is dry, while the finish is smooth and syrupy.

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Tap Room.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of small amounts of roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light roasted malt flavors kick things off until they're joined by unsweetened chocolate midway through the sip. Mild coffee flavors sneak out as the beer warms leading to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished one glass without a problem but I'm not ecstatic about ordering another.

Overall this is a decent oatmeal stout, but Schlafly has plenty of better offerings. Still, worth a shot.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. There's also a good amount of lacing on the glass after drinking the beer. It smells like roasted malt, oatmeal and coffee. It tastes pretty much the same to me, except that it starts out with malty/oatmeal sweetness, and then has a bitter coffee-like finish. The mouthfeel is on the medium side, but creamy. The drinkability is good too, this is a smooth beer that's easy to drink. Overall I think this is a decent beer. It's not the best stout I've had, but it's certainly drinkable and I would buy it again.

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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