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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 57 | 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: 628 | Reviews: 248
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3.03/5  rDev -17%
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.

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3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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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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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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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