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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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567 Ratings
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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 22
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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 Shredz
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a thick tan head. Great lacing.

S: Not too strong, surprisingly. Roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: Oatmeal and a coffee finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste, which may turn lesser men away.

M: Not as thick as I had expected, but pleasing.

D: Very smooth for a stout, I could drink several of these.

Shredz, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the tap room, just as it should be, damnit. Poured off the tap a DARK brown like Coca Cola (not quite black because sunlight still passes through it). Tan head about a finger thick displays good retention and some broken lacing. Aromas are a little light for such a heavy looking brew, roasted malts and baker's chocolate with a slight hint of vinegar. The flavors were equally taut, bitter coffee, caramel with a milk chocolate finish when the malts balance out. Malts are a little chalky though. Medium body is a little light for the style but the carbonation is light which gives it a creamy feel. It feels off balance to me and lacks gumption and heft. Where's the winter deflecting chutzpah? Get on St. Louis and keep me posted.

thekevlarkid, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep, dark brown with a large, foamy light tan head that reduces slowly. Spotty lacing left behind.

S-Dark roasted malt a bit of mocha and coffee.

T-Roasted malts with a surprising amount of sweetness. Some bitterness from the hopa and the coffee-like astringency.

M-Medium-light body (bordering on light). This one is a bit too thin for my liking. Almost brown ale like. Decent creamy smoothness though.

D-The pleasant flavours rescues this one from being sub standard. Body profile could use a bit of beefing up. Decent overall but not one I would reach for over and over again.

Deuane, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey, CigarCityBrew

A: Pours a nutty brown hue with an average sized head. So so retention and spotty lace.

S: Nice roasted malt with hints of chocolate and grainy oats.

T: Similar to the aroma with hints of coffee and vanilla as well.

M: Medium in body, very smooth, somewhat creamy.

D: I enjoyed it. A nice drinking oatmeal stout.

tpd975, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Goliath thanks for the brew
Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a good finger worth of tan head that a became good layer of lace. All this on top of a black body

Aromas of hops, roasted malts and grain filled my nose

Heavily roasted flavor with just a touch of sweetness coming thru .Nice medium mouthfeel creamy as well

Not bad for a oatmeal stout and I say it about average in its drinkability

joepais, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark mahogany with ruby hints when held up to the light. 2 finger light tan head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S-Smells of raosted malt with a little bit of smoke.

T-Smooth malt flavor with a slight bitter aftertaste. Bitterness disapated about halfway through and transformed into a earthy milkshake.

M-Very rich and creamy, light carbonation.

D-A possible everyday drinker, smooth and flavorful with a good price. Very enjoyable, look foward to the second showing.

Zadok, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of STLStoutAddict poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown, not quite pitch black, with ruby hints around the edges. The head is small but dense and dissipates to a swirl on the top leaving sporadic lacing. The smell has some sweet malts and a bit of cocoa with a big oatmeal presence on top. The taste has a little more complexity than the smell with a larger presence of dark fruit and roasted malts. The oatmeal is still present in the taste just not as dominant as the nose. The mouthfeel is on the thin side as stouts go with good carbonation. The oatmeal leaves the finish a little dry and bitter, but not too bad. This is a decent oatmeal stout though it's not the most complex or tasty example I've had. Still recommended.

gford217, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. I had forgotten that I had tried this before, years ago. Otherwise I would have sampled something else.

Nice stout pour. Slight ruby hues when held up to the sun but otherwise opaque. Nice head, great lacing.

Smells of raw malted grain, more like a porter than a stout. I'm used to oatmeals being rough but this one is just a bit too intense for my liking. Sweet raw oatmeal, a little bitter malt backing it up.

Tastes better than it smells. Sweet burny oatmeal tears your tongue up. Loads of earthy tasting, pitchblack stout grain balance out one another fairly well. Ends with lingering dryness.

A nice, solid example of its style.

mynie, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque black with a one and a half inch rocky sandy white and brown tinged head.

S: Smooth and sweet, sort of creamy aroma with hints of toasted malt and that good old oatmeal. Good and fruity in there as well.

T/MF: Pretty toasty for an oatmeal stout but it really doesn't bother me that much because it tastes very good. There are fruity highlights in here as well that just let you know that there are some hops being used up in this beer, oatmeal flavor comes in smooth and thick in the finish. Mouthfeel is consistent, coats the tongue in an equally smooth and snappy feel.

D: Not a bad beer by any stretch but nothing really stands out here to make me want another, I am going to drink it and enjoy it because it tastes good but I am ultimately going to forget out it in the long run.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of 0110x011
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from Tilley4. Thanks!

Pours a murky black with brown highlights into a nonic. A little rough on the pour, which brings an enormous frothy head that leaves huge globs of sticky lacing down the entire glass. Not to fragrant, with a bit of chocolate, licorice & dark fruit. interesting. The flavor is a bit more as expected, with some chocolate & coffee, and a bit of hop bitterness. body is very light, bordering on watery.

I expected something completely different from this one. If this wasn't labeled "oatmeal stout" it would be a solid brew, but it doesn't fit the style at all. Name aside, it's very drinkable, and would make a good session brew.

0110x011, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, bottle date feb 2008

Poured a very dark brown, nearly black with light creeping in around the edges. Head is think but covers the top with a skimming, slight lacing noted.

Smell has char/ash/chocolate character to it and some weird earthy hops.

Taste is a char/ash/slightly burnt character to it with some bittersweet chocolate character to it as well. None of the individual flavors stand out above the rest but instead compliment each other. THere is a bit of an earthy hop note in the background as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy but a bit thin for me, seems to drink more like a good porter.

Drinkability is good for a stout, not heavy at all but yet flavorful. This could be an everyday stout if i lived in the midwest, but i wouldnt choose it over, say, black butte porter if it were offered out west.

tayner, May 08, 2008
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More old notes from beers I got from my summer trip through the Midwest.

Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights peeking through, thin but (persistent) khaki head. Sweet, grainy oaty smells, creamy nose.

Roasty grain in the mouth. Hint of alcohol. Astringent but in a good way and creamy. A lingering roastiness and bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

You can't go wrong with a good oatmeal stout as far as I'm concerned and this one isn't bad at all.

ViveLaChouffe, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from czoch75 via trade. Bottled on 5th Aug 2007

A:About as dark a brown as you can get without being black. Pretty one finger thick light brown head that recedes slowly leaving a little bit of a frothy lace.

S: Subtle coffee, chocolate and a little bit of marshmallows.

T: Bitter burnt coffee and chocolate with a little bit of nuttiness. The oatmeal flavor is present and pleasant. Good but mostly the norm for the style.

M: Overcarbonated for an oatmeal stout - the continuous carbonation detracts from the oatmeal smoothness. The finish is a burnt bitter and wonderfully dry.

D: An easy drinking oatmeal stout, this is

DefenCorps, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of ajmoody76
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the grocer. 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint. pretty much black. thick tan head. sticky lace.

toasty sweetness. chocolate. no off odors.

good bitterness. some sweetness. also chocolate. earthy aftertaste. good balance.

good carbonation. full body. smooth. great beer. i could drink more than a few. good oatmeal stout.

ajmoody76, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown with a foamy, bubbly tan head. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of oats and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and some bitter hop kick. Nice oatmeal flavors. Almost has a coffee-like taste, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay Oatmeal Stout. Certainly worth a try.

zeff80, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of gregis. thanks!
Pours basically black with a fluffy tan head. Light to moderate smell of dark roasty malt, a hint of coffee and almost a light skunk smell in the background. Taste is semi dry char, roast malt, and it has an appropriate level of carbonation. A touch thin in the body however, a lingering ashy, charred smokiness, rather than the oaty creaminess I expected. Not bad and an interesting Oatmeal Stout.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Hatch
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap. Freshness date found on bottle.

Pours pitch black with a tan head a little less than one finger thick. Head doesn't last very long and leaves some bubbly lacing that sinks pretty quickly. While everything last it looks pretty good.

Smells of sweet coffee, faint hops, faint roasted malts. A very sweet aroma, but isn't very strong.

Tastes of mildly roasted coffee, roasted malts leaning towards a chared taste. Pretty sweet up front with some mild hop bitterness coming through in the end. Would probably be better if there were more bitterness in the end to counter the sweetness of the malts. Tastes a little different at the bottom of the glass than it does at the top, but the variation is pretty small.

Mouthfeel stands out as creamy, with a perfect level of carbonation for the style. Fairly smooth.

Drinkability is pretty high for a stout. This brew is very easy to drink, though since it's a stout it's going to be pretty filling. Could easily drink a couple of these in one setting.

Notes: My first oatmeal stout, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I still liked it. It's kind of funny to me that this style of stout is sweeter than any sweet stout I've ever tired. A sweet, mild stout, that tastes pretty good and is easy to drink. I'd reccomend it.

Hatch, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a small head, with a black appearance. It's smell is faint, with hops and coffee coming out the most predominantly. It tastes of burnt malts and coffee. It has a slick mouthfeel and is easy to take down.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout. It is easy to have a couple of these in a night. I've had it on tap a couple of times and in bottle...not the best stout by any means, but definitely not the worst.

birchstick, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of schanker21
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown with a pretty thick, tan head. Left virtually no lacing however.

S- Smelled of chocolate and roasted grains. Not a very strong smell however.

T- Tasted decent. Noticed some chocolate flavor, a roasted flavor was very noticeable as well. Sort of sweet, without much bitterness at all. It wasn't as strong tasting as I had hoped for a stout.

M- Light, smooth finish.

D- Definitely very drinkable. It did fill me up pretty quickly; after a couple I was feeling pretty full. Like I said before, I was expecting a little more taste out of it, but I think it was worth buying.

schanker21, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bort11 for this bottle.

Pours a brown/black color with light only penetrating the edges of the glass. There is about an inch of light tan head on this one. Very little lacing.

The smell is a little faint, imo. What I do get is some chocolate, very light coffee, and a grainy scent that just doesn't fit.

The flavor is mainly of the dark roasted, somewhat burnt malts. A little bit grainy, also. Not bad, but not quite what I was expecting from an oatmeal stout. No sign of the oats anywhere.

Fuller side of medium bodied, with light carbonation. The aftertaste is of those burnt malts. Not bad, but I don't know if I would purchase it if I saw it.

Imstillthegman, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of WhiteDog2006
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Missouri borders my state...and I can't find this stuff anywhere around home. I'm surprised ther aren't more "wants" for this beer with thier limited disribution area.

As a truck driver, I loaded pallets at the brewery, and that is the only reason I even know of this beer.

Dock workers gave me a sixer to take along and sample when I got off-duty.

Drank straight from the bottle, but saw it poured in a glass in the restaurant, and it was nice and dark with an awsome deep baige two and a half / three finger head (out of a tap).

The smell for me, was good and strong. I caught a slight wiff of everything in the beer besides the alcohol.

The taste knocked me off my feet. Creamy, dark AND dark and creamy...everything I love about an oatmeal stout.

The mouthfeel went hand in hand with the taste. Thick and creamy.

The drinkability was as expected for a thick dark beer; no gas to fill you up, and lingering goodness to keep you asking for another.

Love it!

"Hey Schlafly...can we get a little distrabution in north-east Iowa please"!?!

WhiteDog2006, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewhaus, Springfield IL.

Sheets of spotty eggshell lacing around the wall of the glass. Body is an opaque black. Rings form on the sides as the glass is emptied.

Very mild roast to the aroma, too subdued for my taste. Mild bitterness on the end, with a subtle roast malt middle. Light feeling, not too thin or watery. Oatmeal isn't a major contributor in the body. It's light enough to session, bu tI moved on to something else.

emerge077, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of kguyty
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours beautifully, a rich dark brown when pouring turns into a deep brown/black color in the glass. I was a little disappointed by the thin head, but what're you going to do... Smells like sweet roasted grains and coffee. A decent taste that starts sweet and ends slightly bitter. The mouthfeel was impressive, nice and bubbly for a stout. A decent oatmeal stout, but not my favorite.

kguyty, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This oatmeal stout pours handsomely, a rich, deep, very dark brown body capped by one finger of mocha head. The smell is a definite letdown--a bit of roasted caramel and chocolate, some nice oats, and nothing else--too faint, not enough of what is there. The taste salvages it somewhat, with good roasted chocolate most prominently represented. Still, as with other Schlafly beverages I've tried, what flavor is present is good, but there's not enough of it to go around. That is, the flavor is too subtle--not good for stout, or anything really--particularly when it lacks complexity.

It's not difficult to drink a couple of these back-to-back, but I wouldn't be interested. Not enough about this grabs me. I'm far from compelled to grab another. Decent, but a bit of a letdown, mediocre compared to many other stouts--Samuel Smith's for starters. Then again, aren't most?

Gehrig, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Lambert St. Louis airport location. The beer is a nearly opaque dark brown color with a thick and foamy light beige head that burns off slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and milk chocolate, with a hint of mocha. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malt, chocolate and grain flavors with traces of hops and coffee. The finish remains smooth (bordering on watery actually) and sweet with a lingering sweetness. Above average overall.

Dogbrick, Dec 18, 2007
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.