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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
83
good

517 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly-opaque black color with a cocoa head that is impressive. Delicate lacing in the pint glass. Nose is of sweet chocolate, mocha, and oat bread. Palate is on the sweet side up front, then finished a bit drier. Good round mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Hop backbone balances this beer nicely. Everything a good, standard ooatmeal stout ought to be. One of my favorites from Schlafly.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 14:24:42 | More by beerphilosopher
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout pours the darkest shade of brown bordering on black and has a very slight amber hue around the edges when held up to the light. 1/2 finger creamy head fades to a haze of smoke over the brew.

The nose is sweet, rich, creamy, and very bready...but not thick. I smell cola and rootbeer along with a deep red fruit. Maybe a bit like cherry cola. Also a bit of vinous grape is evident.

Tastes dark and smokey at first, then...salty roasted meat, whole grain breads, oatmeal. This really tastes alot different than it smells. IMO a bit to salty and overly bitter for the style.

I enjoyed the aromas much more than the taste, and IMO the carbonation is a little overdone. This is really not very smooth or creamy for an oatmeal stout.

Oddly enough my girlfriend, who (like alot of non-BA's) has "dark beer fear," really liked this one. That kind of suprised me. Overall, I don't think I would come back to this one as there are much better oatmeal's out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 15:41:44 | More by pmcadamis
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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this fresh from the Schlafly brewery aka The Tap Room. It poured w/ a foamy head and was a deep black liquid. I took a deep breath and it smelled light, very little smell. It is highly carbonated though, reminded me of a pepsi for a moment. The taste is mild, i've had much better oatmeal stouts. I would drink it again, but it didn't win me over like I had hoped. It had the aftertaste of coffee grinds, overall I was a bit disappointed. As you can see from my rating above...

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 15:19:39 | More by beeroclock
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at "The St. Louis Brewery."

Roasty and yeasty but has a bit of a "sour" aroma. Not a Guiness sour, but kind of an unpleasant nose.

Deep black with a thick lasting head that leaves nice lacing as I drank it.

Very sweet and malty flavor. There's a little bit of roast and some toffee flavors as if lots of darker crystal malts are used. Hop bitterness comes through strong on the back end but the overall impression is dark malts.

Full bodied and creamy with good delicate carbonation.

Overall a pretty nice easy drinking stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2006 04:16:31 | More by czechsaaz
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sevineyes

Arkansas

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with a weathered-looking yellow label.

A: Poured with a fairly small head. Dense and tan. The beer itself is a dark brown. Almost like a very dark root beer. Still allows quite a bit more light through it that I would have expected. Head dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Smells of sulphur. Metal smelling as well. Certainly sour, but not pronounced.

T: Roasty flavor with a touch of acidity initially. Has some chocolate tones, but rather than becoming sweet and rich, it turns somewhat salty and has aspects of watered-down beef bullion. Does finish bitter, but also on the salty side.

M: Not only a lot thinner and with less body than I was anticipating, but the carbonation is much more pronounced and distractingly prickly.

Overall: I though I might have picked up a bad bottle, but from reading some of the other reviews of this beer I'm not so sure that I did. In drinking this I'm wondering where the smoothness is. Where's the sweet and full flavor? This bears a lot more resemblance to a lager than an oatmeal stout. It's not that the beer is necessarily bad, but for the style it really misses the mark by a mile and that's what my scoring reflects.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 01:41:56 | More by sevineyes
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bort11

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local grocery store started carrying Schlafly beer so I thought I would give it a try.

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Black like a stout should be. Slight reddish tint on the edge. I couldn't get a very big head on it, and it went away quickly. On my second bottle I did a hard pour and the head still disapated quickly. It did maintain some nice lacing though.

S: for the life of me, I couldn't get much aroma from it. The was a slight, slight hops bitterness and just a twinge of sweetness. My wife laughed at me because I had face buried into the tulip glass to get something. It didn't smell bad, it just didn't have much.

T: Very standard stout flavor. More bitter than sweet. Nothing really stands out. I think this would be better served with a meal.

M: Mouthfeel does stand out. Very smooth, almost silky. Not over-carbonated.

D: Overall, this is a pretty standard stout. You drink one and it's "Yup, that's a stout." I doubt I'll buy another 6er, but I might try it again if I eat at one of the Schlafly brewpubs the next time I'm in St Louis

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 15:31:21 | More by bort11
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stark onyx. Nearly bleached white head. Fine lace vertibrates preen against the glass.

Nose is metallic, acridly roasty with an almost hazelnut impression.

All negatives of the aroma seem to disappear on the tongue. A well-balanced stout, not noticably dissonant in anyway.

Velvet silk mouthfeel, this goes down pretty easy. Great session contender, but nothing shockingly awesome. Seems to have a great deal of conversion potential as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 21:44:00 | More by GreenWBush
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle freshly delivered from the St. Louis brewery by my wife's mother.

Appearance: Tiny to medium sized bubbles pack a one finger high khaki/tan head. Carbonation bubbles quickly rise to the surface. It pours a deep, dark amber, almost black. I cannot see my hand behind the glass. Slight lacing traces its way down the glass as it is consumed.

Smell: Roasted, fresh malt. Slightly sweet hints.

Taste: Roasted malt. Hints of coffee, charcoal. Missing the smooth oatmeal that I expected and remember from previous bottles. Drying hop notes in the finish, more bitter than expected.

Mouthfeel: Small popping carbonation on the tongue. Surprisingly thin, as if something were left out. Like the oatmeal.

Drinkability: This is an average beer, not fantastic. I enjoy it, but feel that it is not a great representation of the style. If you are looking for oatmeal smoothness, it is not here. I could drink a few of these, but if I was looking for an oatmeal stout, I'd have to keep looking.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 23:43:36 | More by hopsaplenty
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karst

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark reddish brown with tan head and some lace on the fest glass.
Aroma was weak malt.

Flavors were of sweet caramel malts and some hints of chocolate and coffee, little oatmeal. Medium body and mouthfeel lower carbonation (cask conditioned).

Bitterness from roasted barley somewhat smoothed by flaked oats but not as rich as expected. I am wondering if this truely is the base for their Kaldi Coffee Stout. Had to believe that the cold coffee toddy adds so much more complexity.

Serving type: cask

09-26-2005 22:54:47 | More by karst
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque, dark walnut brown with a lot of maroon in the mix when backlit. All stouts should be opaque. Period. The head is lightly toasted tan in color, has some substance to it and stays around for a while. There's an acceptable amount of lace, no more.

The nose is weakly roasted barley-like with the barest hint of cocoa and nuts. It's simple and is about as deep and rich as the color. I'm beginning to think that Schlafly bottled a porter and mislabled it as a stout. It isn't bad exactly, but it sure doesn't smell like the stated style.

Things improve a little on the palate. Like the nose, though, the flavor is a mite too muffled. This is one of the lightest, least hearty stouts that I've had in a while, but it's far from the worst. There's a pleasant dark maltiness with weak chocolate, weaker coffee and (surprise!) a touch of citrusy hops.

Just when things start to get interesting, the light mouthfeel makes sure the flavor is washed off the tongue like a squeegee across a windshield. Even though SOS is more porter-like than stout-like in the mouth, I suppose it snags the bottom rung of the style ladder. An understated bitterness lingers, conjuring up comparisons to an Irish dry stout.

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout isn't a total loss, although it's a mere shadow of the beer that it could be if more malt had been utilized. The skeleton is there, it just needs to be fleshed out.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 21:10:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A-This beer pours a deep hazel opaque brown body with a thick tan creamy head.

S- Nice soft roasted grain nose with some coffee notes and a very faint hop bitterness.

T- There is a nice roasted malt flavor with some sweetness up front. A hint of smoky grains and some tartness in the finish. A faint earthiness from the malt is a nice compliment to the light bitterness from the hops.

M-Medium mouthfeel but a bit of a watery texture. No alcohol warmth or astringency

D-This is a very tasty oatmeal stout. It has good complexity and nice depth of malt characters. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but the beer is a nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 23:56:27 | More by rhoadsrage
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6-15-2005 bottling date. Pours black with a thin, but lingering tan head. Nice mocha chocolate smell. Fairly light bodied for a stout with a smooth, oily texture. Taste is noticeably oatmeal with roasted grains and a hint of chocolate. A slight sour taste detracted here.
Much better on tap at their brewpub.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 22:01:58 | More by beerceller99
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best Schlafly brew and oatlmeal Stout I may have ever drank. This one actually tastes like oatmeal, not just "hints" of scent and taste. Great serving temperature to get the full effect. Nice chocoloate color that dances on the palate. Easy enough to drink for its style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2005 14:43:15 | More by Backer2004
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carln26

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with ruby highlights topped by a thick clumpy tan head. The head receded quickly, but left a nice lace on the side of the glass. The aroma has a lot of roast malt with just a hint of coffee and black cherry on the finish. The flavor has cherry up front followed by a mild espresso flavor backed by a bit of chocolate. No real citrus in the flavor, bit there is a light bitterness on the finish. The mouth feel is smooth and rich, altogether a highly drinkable beer. This has always been one of Schlafly’s signature beers, and even from a day old growler, it’s an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2005 21:59:39 | More by carln26
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OatherS

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this in Jacksonville, Illinois. Nice brown label.

A: Nice dark appearance, with a nice two finger head.

S: Very good roasted, malty aroma.

T: Nice and smooth malty caramel flavor. Very good flavor.

M: Good.

D: Good beer overall, good example of an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 02:19:49 | More by OatherS
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Schlafly's at STL airport.

Pours dark brown, translucent and pale for the style, the head endures as a yellowed tan froth.
Nose of mild roast beans, cocoa, and smoked pulled beef.
Enters with a smoky chocolate and caramel nougat maltiness, but never ventures very sweet. Watery coffee hues take over. Some oat structure is noted, as the smokiness lingers, but the malt fairly falls off the bone, leaving a weak notion of caramel. Hops provide a concluding stalky dryness, but little associated flair, aside from a wavering astringency.
Thin and flaccid in the mouth, drinkable in gulps, but not particularly well-structured. It presents as a cross between an Irish Dry Stout and a Brown Ale.
A pleasant diversion while waiting for a flight, but that's about it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2005 18:27:49 | More by cokes
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a few of these brews on-tap during a recent trip to Missouri. On it’s own, as an pre-dinner drink, the beer was excellent. It also made a nice accompaniment to a mushroom-smothered pork chop. It’s a dark, black beer with an exceptionally creamy light-brown head. An aroma of deeply roasted barley and oats is appealing. The beer also has a pronounced and lingering coffee and smoke smell. All together, it’s very nice. The taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roasted grains, oats, and a distinct malt sweetness. The hops are very toned down in this beer, which has a loud grain and oat quality. Fully body with a mouth-filling feel. It’s an extremely satisfying beer. It’s a moderately complex beer, but there’s not so much going on that it doesn’t go well with food. I’m very pleased to have found this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2005 11:35:18 | More by Suds
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bigbubba

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is dark brown, a bit light for a stout. There is a decent tan head. The smell of chocolate is inviting but the taste just doesn't live up to it. It is not really bitter, it's more of a sourness or sharpness. Maybe I just don't like the particular hops used. Or maybe they were just too skimpy on the fermentables. The mouthfeel is thin and sharp, and it is highly carbonated. Drinkability is average. Overall it is average, it just doesn't meet my expectations compared to other oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 22:59:17 | More by bigbubba
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whynot44

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mediuym bodied, very dark reddish brown, almost black with a decent creamy beige head that disappears fairly quickly leaving only a trace of sticky lace.

The aroma is mild, dark roasted malt primarily.

The taste is more complex with the dark roast malt flavors dominating with a bit of coffee, dark chocolate, oats, caramel and even a bit of floral hops at the finish. Starts mildly sweet with a dark roast bitterness and hops in the middle and at the finish. The aftertaste is lingering coffee and sweet caramel.

Very smooth and very easy to drink. I want another already. The body is a little thin for this style, but it is still relatively filling.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2005 05:16:19 | More by whynot44
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DPMomutant

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles 2/10/05

Very deep, not quite opaque, red in appearance up close but black from a distance. One inch head sticks a little after it leaves maybe a bit too soon.

Smell is of fresh-roasted malts and oats with a hint of coffee. Very simple, yet very pleasant.

The oats and coffee come out in a nice blend in the taste that goes all the way down. Properly balanced taste all the way down, never overpowering.

Nice, moderate carbonation and a smooth feel make you want to keep it in your mouth a second to enjoy it longer. Consistency is a bit thin for the style for my taste but is no big problem.

I'd be good for drinking a couple or three of these with no problem. Nice session stout.

This may be a bit better on-tap at the Tap Room and I've never had cask beer but I could imagine it being great there as well (something I MUST try on my next trip to St Louis). A worthwhile oatmeal stout

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 06:04:13 | More by DPMomutant
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 12:14:54 | More by bditty187
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near pitch black in hue, 1/3 inch dark tan head with intense patching and sticky lacing. Roasted malts, oats and some dark chocolate can be detected on the nose. A massively smooth and slick palate. Dried oats, burnt coffee, hints of chocolate and blended roasted malts to be found in the body. Nearly too easy and smooth, for the style oh-so thirst quenching. Tender hop bitterness and sweet malts coupled with strings of black licorice; oily-slick and lip-smacking good, enough word describers? Well rounded and full of great flavorings. This stuff is world class on cask, liquid gold!

Serving type: cask

03-11-2005 21:13:09 | More by GeoffRizzo
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amicar

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the taproom... ahhh the oatmeal stout is on the cask today...

Looks beautiful- completely dark, with a browned head. Less carbonation than on tap, but that fits with the conditioning in the basement. The smell is very nice- roast malts on the nose, and a little floral scent; The taste is wonderful; all the full roast, malty flavors you expect, but you can tell they did throw some dry hops in there in the cask; the amount and contribution to the flavor is perfect. Mouthfeel is great- nice and full and chewey. The appropriate level of carbonation and cellar temperature also add to the feel. The slightly 'beefy' feel to the bottled version is absent, and this makes it even better. Sooo easy to order another, then another, then a cab ride home.

Yeah, so overall, this is awesome. Really. The cask conditioning transforms this from a pretty good stout to a spectacular one. Definitely on the must try list.

Serving type: cask

03-09-2005 04:55:52 | More by amicar
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OStrungT

California

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark reddish brown. The head is creamy tan. It fades fast leaving decent laces. It smells very malty. There are hints of caramel and chocolate. The malty aroma dominates though. It tastes malty and sweet. The roasted malts are quite apparent. There is a light caramel taste. This beer is carbonated perfectly. It leaves a sweet caramel like taste on the palate It is easy to drink. It is just a little thin. Most stouts are very thick, but this one seems just a little thin. This would be a good session beer because it is not too strong and the flavors are not too intense. I would definately drink this beer again if it was avaliable here in California.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 01:11:58 | More by OStrungT
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Vancer

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the TapRoom was just as good as from the bottle. Still, dark brown/black with an impressive brownish head that laced throughout. Carbonation is less, taste is still malty chocolate with a small underlying hop kick. Still a little thin for a stout. But still very drinkable for one, two or a session

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2005 16:20:56 | More by Vancer
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.