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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 55 | 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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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.

Photo of rembrant
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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.

Photo of bamadog
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review is from note taken on 9/12/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark brown/near black color, similar to coffee; starts with a short 1/4 finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim; body is entirely opaque; loose spots of lacing slide back down into the beer.

Smell: Some dark roasty and burnt maltiness that's a tad bitter; slight burnt caramel scent and a faint cola-like sweetness; not especially strong or robust, or appealing...

Taste: Mostly just the bitter burnt roastiness that starts strong and just really lingers throughout; a bit of sweet underlies it all but has a hard time providing any kind of balance; not really appetizing and a bit of a letdown after the other offerings from Schlafly that I've had thus far.

Mouthfeel: Body is thin and watery; carbonation is fairly strong, as should be expected in the thinner body; a rather thick and sticky coating manages to hang around on the roof of the mouth; the gums are left tingly from that stronger carbonation.

Drinkability: Meh. Not especially appealing or pleasing to my tastes, but one could certainly drink it without much to worry about, just not something that I will seek out in the future. However, let it be known that Schlafly has still been a very reliable brewery for me and I will still have no problems picking up their other beers as I go.

Photo of kylejohnson03
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, brewed on 7/15/10 into a pint glass. I have had this beer many times, but this is my first time to review. Pours black, with just a touch of light peeking through. Not much lacing. Aroma and flavors are sweet, with oats, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is thin with a low level of carbonation. ABV and mouthfeel combine to make this a drinkable stout, I never have a problem finishing 2 or 3 of these in a sitting. All said one of my favorites from Schlafly. Cheers!

Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light black to cola brown color with some nice residual foam after the two finger head recedes.

Some gypsum dry roasted malts, faint cocoa powder, and wet oats.

The taste is full of roasted malts that give a very dry brownie a cocoa nuance. The front is dry, while the finish is smooth and syrupy.

Photo of CHL
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours picture-perfect with tall, clinging tan head and dark body (black unless held to the light.

Smelled with a touch of the oats, malt, and very strong roasted odors. These totally dominated the taste to me, and the malts were not remarkable. I found the taste surprisingly simple, and I'm not a fan of the strong smoke component. Felt thin in my mouth for the style as well.

That said, it's pretty quaffable for the style.

Photo of jwinship83
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to kentucky. drank from a standard american pint glass. brewed and bottled at the end of march.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with some ruby red highlights when held up to a light. a finger of beige colored head forms on top, and lasts for a little while. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the smell is more mild than i was expecting. faint roasted malts with a little bit of milk chocolate. a little bit of coffee comes through at the end.

T- the taste is almost as weak as the nose. faint roasted malts upfront. a little bit of sweet milk chocolate, and a weak coffee finish.

M- the body is lighter than i would have liked. almost watery. a stout should be bigger than this. highly carbonated.

D- probably wont be seeking this one out again. pretty bland for the style.

Photo of soju6
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark chocolate with nice head that fades fairly quickly

S- Mild hint of Chocolate and roasted malt

T- Mild sweetness followed by a nice bitterness

F- Fairly medium body that is creamy & smooth, nicely balanced

D- I find this good for a couple, after a long day. Nothing spectacular but worth trying.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle dated 01-26-2010 poured into standard shaker glass. I've had this before but have never reviewed it so here goes:

More a dark brown than black like most better stouts. Pours a small head that disapated quickly, leaving a thin lacing on sides of glass.

Tasting a fair amount of oatmeal as this warms up; definitely quite quaffable. I'd get this again as a sessionable stout.

Photo of channelzero0
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

April 30, 2010

A - Extremely Black, reminds me of Guinness.

S - Light Oats and Coffee smell

T - I liked stiff malt and oat taste. A stronger than expected bitterness.

M - Very carbonated.

D - Its hard to drink fast because of the carbonation and because its a stout.

Cheaper than Guinness and without the taste of burnt barley.

I liked the beer but am not a fan of stouts.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk yesterday, 12oz to goblet, bottled on 1/26/2010.

Hershey brown and clear. Frothy cap of a fairly dark shade of off-white. I'll call it toasted marshmallow.

Clean lager crackery yeast smell that seems to be characteristic of Schlafly's house yeast. A little sour, a little toffee, and a bit like a smore to be honest.

Coffee beans, milk chocolate, even more sour. Some cracker or bread, graininess, or oatiness.

Lighter than an oatmeal stout should be, the standard carb of Schlafly, verging on too much.

Probably a pounder of a stout that's a better value than Guinness.

Photo of WWWade
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of stouts, and this is one of my favorite. It really does not hit as deep as most stouts. It feels much more carbonated and drinkable than most stouts, without compromising one ounce of flavor.

A - the darkest brown ever, almost black, with a small off white head.

S - very very mild malts. Not a strong aroma at all.

T - light malts and oats. It is very perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter.

M - More carbonated than most stouts.

D - If you love stouts, or if you don't, grab a 12 pack or more.


Photo of Jeebs
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice dark brown with a somewhat ruby tint when held to the light. Leaves a 1.5 finger tan colored head the leaves very nice lacing down the glass.

S: Pretty faint smell, but what is there is malt and cocoa.

T: Toasty with some cocoa/coffee and a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Slightly thin and overly carbonated with a muddy finish.

D: Not much of a fan of this beer, the mouthfeel just kills it for me. If this beer was beefed up a bit with less carbonation it would be much better.

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of smibroncos
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a dark opaque, coffee color, with a frothy creamy tan two finger head. Great lacing on the glass.

S. Coffee, chocolate malt, herbs, carmel,leaves

T. Moderately sweet, an average bitterness. Short duration. No off flavors.

M. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

D.Nice brew not as thick and creamy as Guiness. A strong coffee, chocolate character with a nice bitter finish.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of beerhobo22
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of vividox
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of webbcreative
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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