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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Oatmeal StoutSchlafly Oatmeal Stout

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475 Ratings

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
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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Photo of mdcrouser


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

That's a nice pour - deep dark chocolate, with a pretty good head on it - it quickly falls away though, leaving but a foamy cap.

Heavy tones of malt and even licorice dominate, leaving little to the imagination - it dominates your nose.

Chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a bit of nuttiness, with hints of soft oats lingering in the background. Decent on the tongue, leaving behind a toasted and even mildly burnt flavor.

A little too carbonated to make it a smooth as I'd like in a good stout.

Given its faults, this is still a pretty good beer - good enough to enjoy more than once. Pretty satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 01:34:30 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice typical Schlafly label and bottled on date clearly marked

Appearance: Opaque, dark brown beer with just the slightest hint of garnet when held up to the light. This beer is capped with a large, medium-tan head which soon fades to a thick film with some decent staying power.

Smell: This is quite a bit more mild than I expected for the style...very light hints of cocoa and vanilla...sweet and mild

Taste: In keeping with the aromas, this is quite a bit lighter than I expected. There are some nice burnt caramel and very light roasted grains, but that's about it...it's not that it's unpleasant, there's just not a lot going on here

Mouthfeel: A bit on the light side for the style, though it's still a bit creamy

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Love me some Schlafly, and some of their beers are DAMN good. This one, though, is just a bit uninspired and average-ish. Not bad, just not special. It was a bit better/richer on tap at the Bottleworks.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 04:00:43 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of tatoodkelt


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of a box of goddies a buddy visiting from Chicago brought.

Consumed 10/11/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled date of 7/16/2009.

A- Super dark brown, border line black with faint ruby around the edges when held up to the light. Topped off by a big two and a half finger tan head that had great retention, great lacing as well.

S- Fainter than I expected, roasted oats, a little coffee-ish.

T- Everything from the nose except much stronger with the addition of some chocolate hints through out. Very nicely balanced.

M- Medium to heavy, very smooth and creamy.

D- I could definitely have a few of these in a sitting. One of the best oatmeal stouts I've tried, too bad its not available local.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 20:23:06 | More by tatoodkelt
Photo of CrellMoset


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 03:32:32 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown shade with some tan shaded medium head.
Smell has some small malts on it and a little oatmeal cookie aroma.
Taste is kind of thin, but the malted taste of sweetened oatmeal in it.
Finish is a bit muddy with a small sweetened after-taste.
Drinks great. The body is a bit thin and low powered here for my taste, but it is smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 13:47:45 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of OlRasputin989


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

A: opaque brown-black brew, with a cappucino colored head that stands thick and creamy. leaves great lacing

S: Delicious cocoa and roasted barley and oatmeal

T: Follows the smell with a duste cocoa entry followed by oatmeal and roasted barley with a fading roasty and cocoa finish.

M: A full bodied beer that goes down smooth and creamy with a slightly dry finish

Overall, this is a very good example of the style. It has been my go too for english style stouts. The nose and flavor are wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:26:43 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of beerhobo22


3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roasted coffee aroma with no hop character. Dark brown, black, color, but very crisp. Caramel malt is evidenced, with some bitterness from dark malts. Hop bitterness becomes more evident on the finish. Medium bodied with a pleasant hop bitterness to cleanse the palate. Not a "big stout". Very balanced grain bill as the dark malts do not dominate the palate. This isn't your normal stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 20:08:44 | More by beerhobo22
Photo of vividox


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, with about a finger's worth of head. Smells wonderful, just like opening a package of oatmeal. Has a creamy mouthfeel and tasted of roasted malt with a bitter finish. Had a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste which is what leaves it from being voted higher.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 01:11:50 | More by vividox
Photo of webbcreative


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

Poures black, with tan 2 finger head. Aroma smells a tad sweet with a pretty decent oat smell also. Taste is nice and full bodied, nice roasted barley flavor, with a good dosing of oatmeal that comes through nicely, and finishes just a bit sweet and with a touch of hops to even things out. Wonderful med mouthfeel that is smooth and creamy. Overall a really god oatmeal stout that is better than most.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 02:19:55 | More by webbcreative
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 22:01:37 | More by glid02
Photo of duffextracold


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

Dark brown, not quite black. thin head fades quickly. Has a fruity, slightly oaty smell. Tastes roasty, sweet malt, slightly fruity finish. slightly spicy. Light bodied, medium carbonation. Tasty, well balanced, good mouthfeel. nothing fancy, but i like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:20:32 | More by duffextracold
Photo of Wheelinb


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Repeal of Prohibition party.

I have had this beer before and I forgot how much I liked it. It is a very rich and creamy beer, which makes for smooth drinking. A nice example of what a stout should be. Nice flavors with a slight sweetness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 23:51:49 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of JamesS


4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 12:35:46 | More by JamesS
Photo of Ragingbull


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a mixed six pack at a liquour store while visiting my brother in law. I had regretted not stopping at Schlafly while in St. Louis last summer and after trying this I regretted it even more. Black in color with wispy lacing on the surface after being poured into a pint glass. Mild oatmeal and coffee nose. Rich sweet flavor. Smoky coffee attack. Creamy finish. Mild smoke aftertaste. Very pleasant flavor and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 17:59:00 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of justincolts


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a pretty good example of an oatmeal stout. It pours an initially large head which dissipates. Pretty smooth taste, easy to drink a couple of these. The smell is decent, I would have liked to find more of the caramel in terms of smell and taste though. Still, pretty easy to recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:16:28 | More by justincolts
Photo of dismal


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it pours a dark brown almost black color with a bit of red around the edges. Produces a nice sized head leaving good lacing down the glass. The aroma is sweet, a hint of chocolate, caramel, and of the roasted barley. The taste is a little sweet and the roasted taste comes out. The mouthfeel is very creamy and not as thick as I was expecting but at least it's smooth. Overall it's not bad. I think I was expecting a bit more but at least it's pretty drinkable. Not the best oatmeal stout available but it does a decent job.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 19:34:22 | More by dismal
Photo of Clockwork420


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to glass stein.
Purple label. $6.97 a six.

A - Black ruby. Nice lacing. Nice 1 finger head that has decent rention.

S - Hint of smoke, and dark goodies. Sweet, bready goodness in the nose.

T - Taste bready, hints of lots of dark notes and chocolate. Smooth and thick to the teeth, But not thick when you drink it. Easy to get down. Smoke and tang aftertaste. But not overwhelming.

M - At first taste I thought it was rather thick. But then after a sitting it was brought to my attention that a few of these buggers could go down no problem. Definitly good. Thick tasting but not thick in reality. Could be better in this area but Its not lacking much at all.

D - Im going to say fairly high. Definitly surprized.

This one was different than alot of my other reviews. I though it was going to be dead on or fail for the class. It was different in a major way. I thought it was a thicker beer but it just tasted thicker than it actually was. Not complex. Full frontal easy to the new beer drinker or advocate for that matter.

I would buy again most likely for the price.
Although alot of seasonal stuff is out for spring time and I regret not getting some of that.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 03:21:58 | More by Clockwork420
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby color with a thick creamy light tan head. Lacing is great and retention pretty good.

Nose is pretty dead on for the style with lots of roasty chocolate, creamy oatmeal and a smattering of grassy hops.

One of the hoppier oatmeal stouts I have had, accentuated by some toasty malt notes and rather high carbonation. Roasty chocolate flavors get lost a bit and the body is pretty thin, but overall this was an easy drinking oaty stout that I would be happy to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 22:28:27 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Tone


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 05:02:21 | More by Tone
Photo of donkeyrunner


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
Photo of Jayli


4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 22:54:37 | More by Jayli
Photo of PerzentRizen


2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with cubbyswans - thank you. Despite the fact that I did not care for this beer I appreciate the thought as sending it as an extra.

Poured into a Duvel glass straight from the fridge. I let this one warm in the glass. Upon pouring I can see that this is very watery. It's not as dark as a good stout should be - in my honest opinion. There is almost no head to be found even when swirled later in the session a light lacing is all I could conjure. I'm not saying we need more carbonation I just think there needs to be more body for the head to stand on.

The aroma is really the best quality of this beer. I can detect coffee, light chocolate, and light malt.

I think Schlafly has created a new style - "Stout Light." I even have a slogan. "If you like water, you'll love this!" No but really this is way too watered down to be considered a stout. The flavors are reminiscient of Samuel Adam's Black Lager without the hops. Repeat, there are no hops in this beer (that I can detect). The flavors are just too soft to be considered good.

Mouthfeel is watery. I can tell this beer is somewhere between 3.0 and 4.0 ABV because there is absolutely no viscosity.

Due to the meager alcohol and mouthfeel with muted flavors you could probably drink a case of this stuff but I won't because it's not that good. This beer is highly drinkable but so is Coors Original and I'm not out buying that today.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 22:52:15 | More by PerzentRizen
Photo of cnally


2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

deep brown color in the brew, only at the bottom can you see light, which comes in reddish. not as mysterious as truly dark beers. a bit of head remains around the rim.

smoky, earthy scents, woodsy and grainy, the background is malt.

the stout is well deserved in the flavor, as it is the first thing you taste, that typical stout taste. but the aftertaste devolves into a weird smoky taste like salmon raising off a grill. very strange in a beer, but it is a stout, so the strangeness is not as surprising.

dry bubbly heavy, like a stout.

this embodies all the qualities of your average stout, except for that strange aftertaste. i don't love stouts. this is no exception. hard for me to drink this.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 05:15:23 | More by cnally
Photo of SpecialK088


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a willy

Pours out nice and thick but is not as dark as i thought it would be judging by the pour, deep brown color with a nice 1 finger head that lingers and thickly laces the top of the glass

Alot of grain/biscut notes in the nose also some bitter chocolate and esspresso notes

Very roasted flavor all the way through, very rich and pretty complex as you can taste the carmel and even a nice hop presence. Very bitter middle and finsh like dark black coffee

Is a bit thin and the carbonation level on this one seems a little low.

With the wide varitey of this style im not sure that this would be the 1st i went for but overall a very sessionable beer and one for someone starting out in this area without a doubt

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 21:28:39 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of OzarkElmo


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

On Jan. 23 Bottle - pour into shaker glass. Pours clear, deep brown/amber (okay I am color blind!). Moderate head with good lacing throughout. Medium body - malty, chocolates, slightly bitter. Very enjoyable offering from the fine people at Saint Louis Brewery - Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:47:48 | More by OzarkElmo
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