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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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592 Ratings
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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 22
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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 GossageBrewery
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this oatmeal stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The stout pours a hazy blackish brown color and produces a nice tan head. Retention is great and it leaves ample amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of the beer contains sweet oats and malt, some suggestions of vanilla. This ale is medium in body, the front end of the ale contains roasted malt, sweet, and a very slight piney hop note. Overall this is an average oatmeal stout- Their coffee version of this ale is much better.

GossageBrewery, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of bugaboo416
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 2nd Shift tasting glass. Also had this on tap recently. Tap was better.

A: Black, lots of lacing on the top with long lasting legs

S: very lightly roasty and coffee

T: roasted malt with slight sweetness at the end. Moderate bitterness but an unpleasant mettalic taste appears midtaste.
This wasn't there in the tap version so I can only factor that I
may have a badly kept bottle.

M: light to moderate body, very very carbonated, lightly silky

O: I expect an oatmeal stout to have a full body with a very evident silky creaminess to it and an evident base sweetness. This meets my expectations only partway. It tasted sweeter and creamier on tap so I give the tap version a full grade higher than the bottle.

bugaboo416, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of fsvan
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 5/10/2011.

A- Deep brown. Slight red notes around the edges, but only very minor. Not much in the way of head. A finger or so of off white head.

S- Roasted malts. Some sweetness from the oatmeal. Some coffee bitterness. No real hop presence. No alcohol to note. Very clean, and big nose for a non imperial stout.

T- This is a quite bitter stout. Much more than one would have guessed from the smell. That is really the main player here is big bitter notes. The roasted malts, and oatmeal come through in the background. That hint of sweetness in the nose is drowned out by the bitterness. This is hard to put a score on for me. I think it is pretty good, but maybe a bit off of the style...but still within the realms of reason for the style. I'm scoring it overall, and giving it a 4 instead of 3.5.

M- Fairly thick. Mouth coating, with a lingering bitterness. Well carbonated.

O- I like this beer a good deal, and am happy it has found its way into the Nashville market.

fsvan, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of tykees88
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- color is great. black with a head the color of a mocha coffee. The head however doesn't stick around, doesn't offer more than a quick cameo either. Disappointing.

S- Smell is of oatmeal and chocolate. Somewhat a coffee taste as well.

T- Taste is good. Chocolate and oatmeal. nice sweet smooth flavor.

M- This has those fizzy bubble feelings that tingles my tongue. I hate that. I had that with the Poet which might have been the worst craft beer i have ever had.

O- it's around average for me. The flavors are good, but it's a stout made with oatmeal. Hard to beat that. The head and mouthfeel are huge with this and it missed by a mile

tykees88, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of rlshep
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed on 3/29/2011

Aroma: Chocolate, bread pudding.

Appearance: Pours thick rocky mocha colored head. Good lacing. Black.

Flavor: Chocolate, light coffee. Warm bready notes. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. This beer glides over your tongue. Light fruitiness. Alcohol prickly.

Overall: Great mouthfeel and restrained roast. I would like to see a bit more complexity. A really nice example of the style.

rlshep, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of rrski198
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: For a stout, this is pretty light. I can see red hues all over the glass and some straight through it. Decent off white head and some pretty good lacing.

S: Big time creamy maltiness. Sweet, malted chocolate balls.

T: Knd of blah. Not alot going on here. Expected malt sweetness, decent bitterness to balance. There is some bite from the carbonation.

M: Thin and the flavor profile leaves me desiring something rich and bold. Mush to be desired here.

O: THis stout leaves much to be desired. I am not sure if my palate is used to something ore over the top/kick in the face, or not, but I would not purchase again.

rrski198, May 27, 2011
Photo of bobhits
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium dark brown pour, turns near black in the glass, but not black. Light held to the glass is ep ruby red. A small head with lacking retention and stability.

Light roasted notes with some vanilla and caramel sweetness. Not a lot going on here.

This stout is very sweetness dominate. Caramel is a dominate flavor with some roasted barely and a bit of a hop touch as well. This beer does a wonderful job balancing things with the roasted and hop bitterness. I think all stouts being out some coffee and chocolate flavors, but this one doesn’t bring out any noticeable amount of either.

Thick and chewy with wonderful carbonation and a good body. A true oatmeal stout, and very well done.

I really have liked what Schlafly has done with their stouts outside of their barrel aged one. I have to say I need to buy more of their brews if they’re going to keep doing such great work.

bobhits, May 09, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 2/18/11

pours dark brown with a 1 finger tan head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell is not that strong - caramel malt earthy hops

taste - dark fruit light roasted caramel malt - i dont get any oatmeal? a good amount of bitter hops

mouthfeel - light medium body with decent carbonation very smooth

overall it is a decent brew - i get more brown ale then oaty stout but i still enjoyed it - reasonable price 7.99 a sixer

jsh420, May 04, 2011
Photo of Illtryit
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Bottled with Love' on 2-18-2011.

Pour a clean, dark black with ruby red highlights when viewed in direct lighting. 1 1/2 inch tan head hangs around through my first few sips, then dissapates to a thin layer and ring with superb lacing.

Smells lightly of caramel sweets, nothing more.

Tastes very smooth with a perfect mixture of bitter and sweet as the raosted barley and oats battle for control. Very drinkable, very clean. Aftertaste is bitter....but good.

For a stout, this feels not as hearty as some others Ive tried and the carbonation is a little too crisp for my taste, but it is smooth.

Overall, this is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Nice balance, good flavor, good feel. I recommend it.

Illtryit, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of xvoltronx
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - Dark brown with a nice beige head and moderate carbonation. Not quite opaque, but a very rich, deep brown.

SMELL - Toasty. Nice malty aroma with a slightly sweet trace of oats. Warm.

MOUTH FEEL - Slightly bitter with a crispiness to it. Smooth despite its moderate carbonation. Definitely makes its presence known across a wide array of taste buds.

TASTE - Roast malts with a great balance of oats. Has a certain sweetness to it that is quite nice. The moderate carbonation adds a certain degree of bitterness, however this is not unpleasant and I find it adds character.

OVERALL - Not as "big" of a beer as some of its darker brethren, but a great beer overall. It is more complex than beers of a similar price and if you are after a sweet and toasty brew, you can't go wrong with a Schafly's Oatmeal Stout. I recommend it.

xvoltronx, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black amber, with a thick, tan head of bubbles.

Nose is impressive - roasty and burnt.

Flavor is bold -- blackened, burnt malts with hints of bitter chocolate or French roasted coffee at the finish. Very smooth in body and quite drinkable.

Superb and very enjoyable, and the taste and complexity improved as my ale glass warmed to room temperature.

secondtooth, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of brewemstrong
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Almost black in appearance with a limited off-white head that stays only for a short time after the pour. Zero lace

S: Obvious notes of oatmeal, but light and not too sugary. Lacking much hop character here as well.

T: The smoothness is there, but I was hoping for more oat taste. Perfect amount of sweetness coupled with a soft hop finish. A touch of vanilla with toffee?

M: Heavy carbonation that might distract from the oats, as smooth as they are. Something is off with the oat-hop-carbonation dynamic.

D: Leaves an unfortunate chalky taste the more you sip. Really makes this just a medium-bodied stout.

brewemstrong, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of HaysAmerica
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a small snifter. It pours opaque w/ some red tint. Has a slightly tan head w/ poor lacing & the head goes away quickly. The smell is of sweet malt, however this is a little low for me. There's a slight acidic bite & restrained hop to the nose. The taste is coffeeish, roasted malt, some espresso notes, & not as smooth as expected taking into account the flakes used to make this style. It's quite reserved but a decent stout. A slight lingering finish & has a good hop taste to it. Medium body & pretty drinkable. I wish it were more assertive, that would do wonders for this beer. I could have several of these in a setting. Prosit!

HaysAmerica, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of jerryjeff
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Nutty scent, a bit muffled though. Hazelnut or almond, a theme of roastedness (smokiness?) comes through

Mouthfeel - Relatively light in body for what I was expecting, pretty lightly carbonated without much creaminess.

Appearance - Poured to dark mahoghany, with some light still making it through a regular pint glass. Little head initially, a slight amount hanging around without lacing.

Taste - Some burnt malt taste, the nuttiness is covered by the bitterness from the malt. Some smokiness seems to creep in, maybe a bit of smoked malt.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable, light in body wouldn't make it sit too heavy but this isn't all that great a flavor. 3 or 4 and done, but rather stop at 1.

Overall - doesn't really seem all that true to style being a bit too light in body and having more bitterness than expected. Don't get the expected silkiness in mouthfeel. Bit of a disappointment.

jerryjeff, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured brown into a snifter. Almost black in the glass, tan 1/2 inch head.

S - Roasted barley, burnt malt

T - Burnt malt and bitterness dominate. One dimensional. Good, but lacking complexity and balance. The hops have taken this stout hostage.

M - Soft and smooth. Moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

D - Drinkable, but I'm unlikely to get more of this.

Fatehunter, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of kalkavekkian
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark coca cola brown with thick rich head and lasting lace
S- faint hints of roast malt and a twinge of wheat
T- tasted like a stout with a grainy finish and malts weren't as pronounced
M- medium mouthfeel with a grain aftertaste
D- good drinkability for me. I would buy this again as with most offerings from schafelys

kalkavekkian, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

buschbeer, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of stephens101
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black middle with crimson edges and topped with a huge fluffy tan head that breaks apart slowly, leaving a belt of broken lace behind.

Aroma is a bit metallic and nutty up front. In the background some caramel malts lurk. Taste is a bit uninvolved with a bit of nutty character, a bit of grain, and some dark chocolates. A slight dark fruitiness may be found.

Well carbonated with with a light to medium somewhat airy mouth-feel.

stephens101, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

jsprain1, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of sliverX
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

From the bottle a burnt sweet mess not smooth or rich too much carbonation nasty burnt after taste, picked this up in a trade. Not something I'd want to revisit.
Trying to pick out something worthwhile on this one hidden in the back with the char is slightly sweet banana note, doesn't redeem this mess.

sliverX, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

aasher, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

alleykatking, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of rembrant
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours darkest brown,almost black opaque. 2 finger head with body,lacing,durability..a good look for a stout.

Aroma has some dark fruit,raisin etc,a bit of Coffee + Toffee

Taste, more than usual,the flavors merge,giving smoothness but limiting complexity. Odd, in their Bourbon Barrell Ale was distinctive in how sequenced the Malt---Hops----Bourbon flavors were...you actually want to hold a sip an extra moment so the bourbon finish does its encore.

Flavors are roasted malts,a blur of coffee and such but a bit light. There's a mild hop finish

Mouth,thinner than an Oatmeal Stout should be.Perhaps this one ius happier when rather warm,or you could see it as a lighter Summertime Brew for Stout lovers. Rather tasty but missing some of the body of it's type. Quite wet,almost watery near the finish as if they needed a couple more scoops of Oats in the batch.

"Kinder -Gentler" stout?

Drinkability. High for a stout,where it's lighter/wetter mouth + body hut it in some ways that does make it an easy job to have a few Pounding 3 watching a ball game on a hot St Louis night? Probably could replace a Lager or Pale in that role. Could be an " Entry Level" for friends not used to a big,robust brew. Reasonable price, flawed yet may have a niche.

rembrant, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Brent, Sep 17, 2010
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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