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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
83
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599 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 21
Gots: 46 | 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 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
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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
4.38/5  rDev +20%
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
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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
3.98/5  rDev +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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby color with a thick creamy light tan head. Lacing is great and retention pretty good.

Nose is pretty dead on for the style with lots of roasty chocolate, creamy oatmeal and a smattering of grassy hops.

One of the hoppier oatmeal stouts I have had, accentuated by some toasty malt notes and rather high carbonation. Roasty chocolate flavors get lost a bit and the body is pretty thin, but overall this was an easy drinking oaty stout that I would be happy to drink again.

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, grass, smoke, some earthy malt, and some very slight hops. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick. Average carbonation level and strong bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt up front, smoke comes through second, hops are noticeable in the background, an earthy malt flavor is present next, and the finish is a smooth roasted malt flavor. Overall, I rather enjoy the smoke flavors and the complexity of the palate. This is another fine beer from Schlafly and worth the try.

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

Dark brown color with a thin dirt brown head that quickly recedes to the glass edges.

Smells of roasty vanilla and oats. Every once and a while I got some deli meat juice scent. I kid you not.

Roasty bitterness enhances the sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. Chalky cola aftertaste. Mouthfeel was incerdibly smooth, but also thin.

Overall smooth and highly drinkable but the flavors are inconsistent from sip to sip.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Outlaw Blues in IL 2/20
Beer served a deep dark brown, slight mahogany hue to it. Not much head to speak of, but that may have been from the bartenders pour - what was there was a tan slightly more than film that lingered. Not much lacing to speak of. Nose is of rich caramel malts along with some roasted malts and bit of nut. Taste is very roasted at first sip - roasted malts definitely appear first. There are some hints of coffee and leaves a very sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy but not too heavy. This is a decent beer that I would pick up again.

Photo of PerzentRizen
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with cubbyswans - thank you. Despite the fact that I did not care for this beer I appreciate the thought as sending it as an extra.

Poured into a Duvel glass straight from the fridge. I let this one warm in the glass. Upon pouring I can see that this is very watery. It's not as dark as a good stout should be - in my honest opinion. There is almost no head to be found even when swirled later in the session a light lacing is all I could conjure. I'm not saying we need more carbonation I just think there needs to be more body for the head to stand on.

The aroma is really the best quality of this beer. I can detect coffee, light chocolate, and light malt.

I think Schlafly has created a new style - "Stout Light." I even have a slogan. "If you like water, you'll love this!" No but really this is way too watered down to be considered a stout. The flavors are reminiscient of Samuel Adam's Black Lager without the hops. Repeat, there are no hops in this beer (that I can detect). The flavors are just too soft to be considered good.

Mouthfeel is watery. I can tell this beer is somewhere between 3.0 and 4.0 ABV because there is absolutely no viscosity.

Due to the meager alcohol and mouthfeel with muted flavors you could probably drink a case of this stuff but I won't because it's not that good. This beer is highly drinkable but so is Coors Original and I'm not out buying that today.

Photo of cnally
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

deep brown color in the brew, only at the bottom can you see light, which comes in reddish. not as mysterious as truly dark beers. a bit of head remains around the rim.

smoky, earthy scents, woodsy and grainy, the background is malt.

the stout is well deserved in the flavor, as it is the first thing you taste, that typical stout taste. but the aftertaste devolves into a weird smoky taste like salmon raising off a grill. very strange in a beer, but it is a stout, so the strangeness is not as surprising.

dry bubbly heavy, like a stout.

this embodies all the qualities of your average stout, except for that strange aftertaste. i don't love stouts. this is no exception. hard for me to drink this.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a willy

Pours out nice and thick but is not as dark as i thought it would be judging by the pour, deep brown color with a nice 1 finger head that lingers and thickly laces the top of the glass

Alot of grain/biscut notes in the nose also some bitter chocolate and esspresso notes

Very roasted flavor all the way through, very rich and pretty complex as you can taste the carmel and even a nice hop presence. Very bitter middle and finsh like dark black coffee

Is a bit thin and the carbonation level on this one seems a little low.

With the wide varitey of this style im not sure that this would be the 1st i went for but overall a very sessionable beer and one for someone starting out in this area without a doubt

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

On Jan. 23 Bottle - pour into shaker glass. Pours clear, deep brown/amber (okay I am color blind!). Moderate head with good lacing throughout. Medium body - malty, chocolates, slightly bitter. Very enjoyable offering from the fine people at Saint Louis Brewery - Cheers!

Photo of echdk3
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a mug

A_Opaque dark dark brown, fairly lively, somewhat dense bubbly tan head

S_Bitter cocoa, charcoal, burnt toast. Fairly pungent, nice

T_A little sweetness from cocoa and caramel, but pretty overpoweringly bitter malt

M_Nice and sticky, heavy body. Very smooth

D_Pretty minimal aftertaste. Alcohol is a little present and warming. The taste is fantastic, but the heavy body is a bit prohibitive

Photo of TexIndy
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up in Missouri during trip to Indiana. Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on date on front label) into a pint glass. It was a dark, dark brown with mahogany edges. Little carb and no lacing. It had a small tan head that faded to a thin collar.

The aroma was burnt sugar and overly roasted malts. Not real pleasing - nose crinkler for sure. The taste was even worse. It tasted burnt and not in a good way. Picked this up from a brand new store and hand carried instead of shipping so it should be a good bottle (12/2/08 bottle date). The burnt taste just overpowers the others flavors and leaves a really bad aftertaste.

Overall, a terrible beer. Hopefully this was a bad bottle instead of their intention. Avoid. One and done. I'd try again just to see if it was a bad bottle if I found in someone else's fridge. For me, I'd never buy again.

Photo of skrib09
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got a nice dark pour with a dark brown head on this one.

smells a little oaky with the dark malts coming through. it lets you imagine the sweetness of an oatmeal stout.

has the malty characteristics of a stout with a little bit of the sweetness that comes with an oatmeal stout. it's above average for me but not great.

i like the mouthfeel. i like how these stouts make you think heavy but feel light in your mouth.

i gave this one above average drinkability mainly because of the mouthfeel and "sweeter" taste.

Photo of baos
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into Barilla jar.

A: Dark dark with two finger tan head than has good lacing.

S: Burnt oakiness.

T: I get kind of an astringent oak flavor atop the coffee and chocolate but my taster may be a bit off today. end with a wierd bitterness.

M: Pretty nice for a stout.

D: Not too bad I'll try this one again and update my numbers if needed.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/15/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a red black brown color body, looks like a flat cola with a tannish head. Oatmeal, coffee aroma. Some alcohol in the nose too. Effervescent. Coffee taste, some liquor taste like whiskey. Watery taste, almost like a porter, but it does have that taste of a stout, almost. Some bitter chocolate taste. Maybe some oatmeal in the taste too.

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.