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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 49 | 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 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.

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of duffextracold
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Wheelinb
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of justincolts
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of dismal
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Clockwork420
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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