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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
83
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510 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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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Gmann

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a short dense khaki head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is a tad grainy with a subtle roast note. Perhaps some light chocolate notes. The aroma is quite subdued.

The taste is of a smooth roasted malt. Nice milk chocolate notes. Much better than the aroma. Slight hints of char. Light ground coffee notes come through towards the end. A bit of a raisin sweetness plus some caramel.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Not as smooth as some other oatmeal stouts. Nice balance between sweet and roasted bitterness.

A good but not great oatmeal stout. Nice flavor but misses a tad on the feel and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 23:08:54 | More by Gmann
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-14-2013 03:47:00 | More by enelson
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Brent

Kentucky

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

Seemed to fall a bit short on the creamy, study notes that oatmeal lends to a stout. Pleasant deep roasted malt flavor with no particular notes. A touch on the thin side for the style. Finish was a hint of astringency. Overall a pleasant but unengaging beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 13:32:37 | More by Brent
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled the Oatmeal Stout cask-conditioned at the brewpub. The flavor was much better than either the bottled version or the regular draft. The taste was smooth and a bit sweet, but with heavy chocolate and coffee flavors. Very nice mouthfeel without the added carbonation. The cask version even seemed to have slightly more malty aroma than the other versions.

Serving type: cask

12-28-2002 01:00:19 | More by UncleJimbo
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a few of these brews on-tap during a recent trip to Missouri. On it’s own, as an pre-dinner drink, the beer was excellent. It also made a nice accompaniment to a mushroom-smothered pork chop. It’s a dark, black beer with an exceptionally creamy light-brown head. An aroma of deeply roasted barley and oats is appealing. The beer also has a pronounced and lingering coffee and smoke smell. All together, it’s very nice. The taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roasted grains, oats, and a distinct malt sweetness. The hops are very toned down in this beer, which has a loud grain and oat quality. Fully body with a mouth-filling feel. It’s an extremely satisfying beer. It’s a moderately complex beer, but there’s not so much going on that it doesn’t go well with food. I’m very pleased to have found this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2005 11:35:18 | More by Suds
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-08-2013 01:23:33 | More by AngusOg
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Vancer

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the TapRoom was just as good as from the bottle. Still, dark brown/black with an impressive brownish head that laced throughout. Carbonation is less, taste is still malty chocolate with a small underlying hop kick. Still a little thin for a stout. But still very drinkable for one, two or a session

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2005 16:20:56 | More by Vancer
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

A-Deep, dark brown with a large, foamy light tan head that reduces slowly. Spotty lacing left behind.

S-Dark roasted malt a bit of mocha and coffee.

T-Roasted malts with a surprising amount of sweetness. Some bitterness from the hopa and the coffee-like astringency.

M-Medium-light body (bordering on light). This one is a bit too thin for my liking. Almost brown ale like. Decent creamy smoothness though.

D-The pleasant flavours rescues this one from being sub standard. Body profile could use a bit of beefing up. Decent overall but not one I would reach for over and over again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 08:47:12 | More by Deuane
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 17:35:04 | More by Sean9689
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - no light getting through any part of the Belgian glass. A thick finger of light tan foam holds at a partial cover, leaving dotted lace behind.

Aroma - good roasted crystal malt nose, a robust grain staying around after things settle.

Taste - a good roasty level, minimal char. Not very intense but quite flavorful. Solid espresso notes, just a touch of burnt flavor, rather nice!

Mouthfeel - even, smooth, average body, right on. Carbonation is up there.

Drinkability -a most sessionable stout. Not overly filling but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 18:58:41 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The beer is deep brown in color with ruby tinges around the edges. A 2.5 finger tan head sits nicely over top of this one, falling to a towering compact island of foam over the beer. Clarity appears to be very good and there is a moderate carbonation apparent. The aroms brings roasty and nutty maltyness, a nice roundness, almost creamy from the oatmeal, with a kiss of coffee hiding in the background. The flavor is roasted and oaty up front, moving to a mild bitter and slightly pineyness from the hop, finishing with a hint of coffee and more bitter. As I swallow the beer, I get a bit of alcohol coming up into my sinus cavity, which detracts a little from the experience. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very minimal carbonation, with a hint of creamy texture to it. Overall, this is a fairly nice brew. It is one that would be easy to drink a few of.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 01:18:04 | More by kmpitz2
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birchstick

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a small head, with a black appearance. It's smell is faint, with hops and coffee coming out the most predominantly. It tastes of burnt malts and coffee. It has a slick mouthfeel and is easy to take down.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout. It is easy to have a couple of these in a night. I've had it on tap a couple of times and in bottle...not the best stout by any means, but definitely not the worst.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 03:01:58 | More by birchstick
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bigred89

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-03-2012 09:31:55 | More by bigred89
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-22-2013 00:43:58 | More by ADTaber
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the final brew from MJR. Thanks a bundle man!

Chilled sample in a pint glass. The beer pours a dark brown color with a soft fluffy beige head foamin up easily and residing on the surface for a long time. Aroma is sweet toffee, and rich roasted malt, some slight nuttiness perhaps? No real hop presence I can detect. First sip reveals a creamy, silky textured brew with very mild carbonation. Flavor is very roasty up front and rolls to a big malt sweetness of chocolate and caramel, some nuttiness here as well. The finish is slightly coffee bitter but is still appealing. Very smooth and tasty brew. Another winner from Schlafly!!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 20:47:40 | More by sulldaddy
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-21-2014 06:02:22 | More by MSandahl23
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

01-28-2013 19:34:28 | More by RedneckBeerz
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a thin dirt brown head that quickly recedes to the glass edges.

Smells of roasty vanilla and oats. Every once and a while I got some deli meat juice scent. I kid you not.

Roasty bitterness enhances the sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. Chalky cola aftertaste. Mouthfeel was incerdibly smooth, but also thin.

Overall smooth and highly drinkable but the flavors are inconsistent from sip to sip.

via mphopkins99

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 19:23:40 | More by donkeyrunner
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes…

"Bottled with Love on Dec 29 04”

Dark brown in hue, blacker in the middle, redder around the edges. Shiny. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was almost two-fingers in height before it quickly faded to a clumpy, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and moderate in its coverage. I like how this beer looks. The nose was unimpressive. It lacked any sort of assertive oat sweetness or roasted qualities. The loudest smell was metal, tin to be exact. Smells like a bottle too. Weak astringency tries to shine through. I’m not impressed with the nose and I can’t call it inviting. The palate is not impressive either. Like the nose the palate lacks any sort of assertive oat sweetness or roasted qualities. In fact this beer doesn’t even taste like an Oatmeal Stout to me. Porter? Sure. Regardless of what it is, this beer really isn’t that good. At best the palate is ordinary with very weak (and irrelevant) kisses of roast, char, day old coffee grinds (diluted), and some caramel sweetness. I have lost interest in this beer quickly. I should have never drunk the bottle version; I should have let the image of the cask-conditioned nectar stay at the forefront of my mind. The finish is clean, way too clean for a “quality” beer. I also don’t like the rawness that sits at the back of my tongue, it is disjointed and it fails to add anything to the taste. Yawn. I’ve had very few Oatmeal Stouts that tasted less like an Oatmeal Stout. Sad. Medium in body, firm carbonation but it fits the mouthfeel well. However there is something stiff and lifeless about it. I felt compelled to swallow just to get it out of my mouth. It is hard to savor anything that way; no loss really as this beer doesn’t have any flavors worth savoring. Drinkable? Well, it is easy to drink because there is nothing there but that is hardly what I’m looking for in a beer. I am hugely disappointed in this offering. I can’t see returning to this beer in the future. This was purchased at the Tap Room in St. Louis as part of a mixed six-pack. I say skip it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 12:14:54 | More by bditty187
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-12-2014 18:35:57 | More by LoveStout
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to unclejedi for sending this one my way. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a dark translucent brown color with about two fingers of bubbly, dark tan foam. Smells of roasted grains, coffee and a touch of sweetness. Tastes of lightly roasted coffee, and a hint of bittersweet cocoa. Medium in both body and carbonation. A pretty tasty example and one I'm glad I was able to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 15:45:05 | More by ClockworkOrange
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-03-2012 02:37:31 | More by lackenhauser
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the tap room, just as it should be, damnit. Poured off the tap a DARK brown like Coca Cola (not quite black because sunlight still passes through it). Tan head about a finger thick displays good retention and some broken lacing. Aromas are a little light for such a heavy looking brew, roasted malts and baker's chocolate with a slight hint of vinegar. The flavors were equally taut, bitter coffee, caramel with a milk chocolate finish when the malts balance out. Malts are a little chalky though. Medium body is a little light for the style but the carbonation is light which gives it a creamy feel. It feels off balance to me and lacks gumption and heft. Where's the winter deflecting chutzpah? Get on St. Louis and keep me posted.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 14:24:36 | More by thekevlarkid
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark red with some caramel and black notes. Minor dull white head dies quicklybut leaves lace straks on the glass.
Aroma of oatmeal, roasted coffee and some dry-rubbed ribs.
Flavor of chocolate, burnt day-old coffee and some darker spices. slightly odd flavor profile, can't quite but my finger on it.
Mouthfeel is full and rich. Starts from chocolate and oatmeal into a roasted and java-like bitterness.
Drinkability is solid. Little thin on the feel and flavors but pretty solid effort from AB's neighbors

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 03:36:54 | More by CRJMellor
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-01-2014 04:25:05 | More by threedaggers
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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