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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
82
good

246 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 246
Hads: 655
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 22
Gots: 68 | 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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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 655
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque. Simply opaque. Don't bother to hold this one up to the light, because you won't see through it at all.

The nose leaves little doubt that this is an oatmeal stout. Warm bread, roasted malt and aromas of a just opened container of Quaker's oatmeal are prominent. Very oatmeal-y. Perhaps a perfect breakfast beer for a cold winter morning.

Palate is dominated by the roastiness of the malt. Very sweet. Oatmeal too, though it's mostly on the nose.

Finish leaves a residual toasted or burnt sugar sweetness, roasted malt again, and a light to moderate hop character.

Only complaint is that the body is very thin or light. A thicker mouthfeel would make this an excellent beer. It might be more drinkable as it is, but the thinner body is disappointing. This is for the bottled version. (802 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +11%
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!! (642 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Served in a pint glass. Dark brown body with ruby highlights. An inch and a half of mocha head.

S - I get dark chocolate and cocoa.

T - Dark chocolate with some hops on the finish to balance it out.

M - Medium to full

D - I goes down easy enough. I wouldn't put it up there with Sam Smith's but it's decent. (329 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 (522 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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 (437 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Tap Room on my latest trip to St. Louis.
Dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipated slowly, leaving thin lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, some faint coffee and chocolate, no real hop smell. Taste is similar to the aroma. Light roasted malt flavor, some bitter coffee or bittersweet chocolate come through. More coffee flavor comes out at the end (once it has warmed a bit). Good mouthfeel, but not as thick and rich as I was expecting. Closer to a dry stout in body and finish. Moderate level of carbonation keep it smooth, dry finish. Overall this is OK, but I have had better. (619 characters)

Photo of bditty187
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (2,089 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark brown/black color with some good initial tan head and some very nice lasting lacing. Good scent, malty and sweet with a great sweet oatmeal tinge to it, along with the classic stout burnt grains; just wish it would've been a little deeper. Excellent taste, well balanced, great malt/burnt grain stout flavor with a great oatmeal sweetness and enough hops to round it off without making it a hop bomb stout (can't stand those). Goes down very smooth, a very well brewed oatmeal stout. (506 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a deep chestnut brown. Thin head fizzes into a slick.
S- Smell is understated, but pleasant. Coffee grounds and some chocolate presence.
T- roasted coffee, some bittersweet chocolate presence.
M- Excessively light body. Needs more oatmeal I think.
D- This is overall a mediocre oatmeal stout. I think some more oatmeal would really help this beer out significantly. (374 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Outlaw Blues in IL 2/20
Beer served a deep dark brown, slight mahogany hue to it. Not much head to speak of, but that may have been from the bartenders pour - what was there was a tan slightly more than film that lingered. Not much lacing to speak of. Nose is of rich caramel malts along with some roasted malts and bit of nut. Taste is very roasted at first sip - roasted malts definitely appear first. There are some hints of coffee and leaves a very sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy but not too heavy. This is a decent beer that I would pick up again. (576 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (434 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (559 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- aroma is made up of mostly raisin and dried fig, with traces of coffee & chocolate

T- dark fruit notes continue through to the taste with notes of fig & raisin. Coffee and chocolate kick in mid-palate with a smoothness from the oats. More dark fruit on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- an easy drinking, middle of the road oatmeal stout (575 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle as an extra from (I believe) hooliganlife. Thanks! Expiration date of 07.01.2009, poured into a traditional American pint. CORRECTION: This was the bottled date, NOT the expiration date!

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with enough ruby highlights around the periphery to let you know this beer is filtered and transparent, but this beer is - for all practical purposes - near black. A good solid two fingers of tan head fades into a thick, persistent sheen of lace - really a good quarter-finger in height - that remains for nearly the entirety of the drink. Great swaths of sticky lacing betray the high flaked oat content of this one - very nice.

Aroma: Very faint, but what is there is nice - a toasty presence, faint cocoa, earth, some sweet roastedness, and only the faintest astringencies.

Taste: Very smooth, solid, and - while not overly flavorful - I'd have to say balanced. Your standard array of toasted notes, with overtones of bittersweet cocoa, toast, caramel, dark toffee, and wholesome oatmeal. A faint amount of astringencies that pick up a little as it warms but blend interestingly enough with a mild hop bitterness and a faint grassy, spicy backing note. All in all, nothing to write home about, but pretty good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very creamy from the oat addition, with an already slightly thin body that's beefed up to just about the point I'd hope it to be with the aforementioned addition. Moderate carbonation adds a nice, light prickle.

Drinkability: Well this was a really nice treat. Not sure why this one is scoring so low - for the style, it's pretty good, hitting most of the highlights without making any huge missteps. The relatively low abv% enhances the drinkability a little further, too. I can see myself enjoying one of these on a Friday after work or with a nice earthy cheese or a grilled veggie kabob or two. Nothing to write home about, but it was good. (1,934 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a very dark brown that appears to almost be black. The head is a lasting tan that is frothy.

Smell:
Strong oatmeal notes with hints of coffee notes appear in the smell. Some bready malt smell and yeast smell also make an appearance.

Taste:
The stout has a bit of hop bitterness that mixes well with the coffee notes and the oatmeal flavor. The oatmeal is fairly strong and unifies the beer to an extent. Hints of roasted barely add to the complex mix as well. Additionally, a roasted malt flavor makes an appearance as well.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied with biting carbonation. Smooth feel and finish. However, the oatmeal sometimes provides a nice silky feel to the beer after it warms up a little bit.

Overall:
A pretty decent oatmeal stout and probably worth purchasing again. (806 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a darker brown color with reddish hues when held to the light around the glass edges. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. Nice webbed lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Aroma was mostly roasted malts with some faint cocoa powder like aroma in the backend. There is also some light coffee in the tailend. The overall aroma is faint and understated for the most part.

T- The taste is roasted malts in the front in a light form. The roasted malts linger through to the ending but faintly. The middle is a light chocolate flavor. The ending is a faint coffee taste.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Watery flavor in the overall mouthfeel. Light roasted malts left on the palate with some coffee flavors in the aftertaste. The alcohol shows up lightly in drying the palate. The flavors however weak they appear are actually well balanced for the style.

D- This beer is highly drinkable. The downplay in the flavor helps to this and reminds me of the next step above Guinness. The alcohol is low enough to make this beer sessionable to the average drinker and beyond. (1,154 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out black as night. thin head and nice lacing. light aromas of burnt roasted malt and a bit of hops. dark roasted malts are evident, even burnt or woody in profile. malts add bitterness, but an above average hop presence adds some more flavors, and a bit of additional bittrness in the finish. pretty smooth, as an oatmeal stout should be. a slightly thin mouthfeel is masked by the above average hopping. can't find too much fault here. a good stout! (457 characters)

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