Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
10-21-2005 23:43:36 | More by hopsaplenty
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
09-26-2005 22:54:47 | More by karst
3.33/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
09-13-2005 21:10:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
(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.
09-05-2005 23:56:27 | More by rhoadsrage
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
08-28-2005 22:01:58 | More by beerceller99
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
07-21-2005 14:43:15 | More by Backer2004
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
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 Schlaflys signature beers, and even from a day old growler, its an enjoyable beer.
07-20-2005 21:59:39 | More by carln26
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
D: Good beer overall, good example of an oatmeal stout.
06-30-2005 02:19:49 | More by OatherS
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
05-31-2005 18:27:49 | More by cokes
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
I had a few of these brews on-tap during a recent trip to Missouri. On its own, as an pre-dinner drink, the beer was excellent. It also made a nice accompaniment to a mushroom-smothered pork chop. Its 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, its 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. Its an extremely satisfying beer. Its a moderately complex beer, but theres not so much going on that it doesnt go well with food. Im very pleased to have found this one.
05-07-2005 11:35:18 | More by Suds
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
04-28-2005 22:59:17 | More by bigbubba
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
04-24-2005 05:16:19 | More by whynot44
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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
04-13-2005 06:04:13 | More by DPMomutant
2.93/5 rDev -19.7%
"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. Im not impressed with the nose and I cant 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 doesnt even taste like an Oatmeal Stout to me. Porter? Sure. Regardless of what it is, this beer really isnt 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 dont like the rawness that sits at the back of my tongue, it is disjointed and it fails to add anything to the taste. Yawn. Ive 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 doesnt have any flavors worth savoring. Drinkable? Well, it is easy to drink because there is nothing there but that is hardly what Im looking for in a beer. I am hugely disappointed in this offering. I cant 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.
04-06-2005 12:14:54 | More by bditty187
4.7/5 rDev +28.8%
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!
03-11-2005 21:13:09 | More by GeoffRizzo
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
03-09-2005 04:55:52 | More by amicar
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
03-01-2005 01:11:58 | More by OStrungT
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
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
02-14-2005 16:20:56 | More by Vancer
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours deep dark red with some caramel and black notes. Minor dull white head dies quicklybut leaves lace straks on the glass.
Aroma of oatmeal, roasted coffee and some dry-rubbed ribs.
Flavor of chocolate, burnt day-old coffee and some darker spices. slightly odd flavor profile, can't quite but my finger on it.
Mouthfeel is full and rich. Starts from chocolate and oatmeal into a roasted and java-like bitterness.
Drinkability is solid. Little thin on the feel and flavors but pretty solid effort from AB's neighbors
11-22-2004 03:36:54 | More by CRJMellor
2.95/5 rDev -19.2%
Pours a dark black/brown with a minimalist head. Smells sweet and full of chocolate. Deception. Taste is weakly coffee based with a lot of the barley bite that I look for in a stout sadly absent. Scant traces of vanilla and espresso round it out but it's too late. Mouthfeel is way too watery for an oaty. Borderline soda like quality in the carbonation. It's drinkable but not by me.
09-30-2004 23:54:48 | More by yankeeheel
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
This is the final brew from MJR. Thanks a bundle man!
Chilled sample in a pint glass. The beer pours a dark brown color with a soft fluffy beige head foamin up easily and residing on the surface for a long time. Aroma is sweet toffee, and rich roasted malt, some slight nuttiness perhaps? No real hop presence I can detect. First sip reveals a creamy, silky textured brew with very mild carbonation. Flavor is very roasty up front and rolls to a big malt sweetness of chocolate and caramel, some nuttiness here as well. The finish is slightly coffee bitter but is still appealing. Very smooth and tasty brew. Another winner from Schlafly!!
09-11-2004 20:47:40 | More by sulldaddy
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
Sampled from a 12 ounce brown bottle secured from me by our man in Saint Louis. Thanks!
Beer pours into the glass a dark brown with light chocolate highlights and a sticky beige head. Beer is surprisingly light colored for a stout.
Aroma is lightly buttery, smokey, roasted almost like a burnt popcorn.
Flavor is ra big roast impression dancing hard on the palate for a time before a smooth slick body supports a caramel malt that leads to a hoppy finish that plays with the remaining roast.
09-11-2004 09:44:45 | More by drewbage
4/5 rDev +9.6%
I had this beer courtesy of a beer trade with MJR. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer pours with a redish brown color and a moderate head. The aroma is heavy with grains, acid, and alcohol. The flavor is complex with hints of coffee, black tea, citrus, pumperninckel bread, malt, sweet hops and a grassy note.
09-02-2004 14:26:38 | More by BrewMaster
4.05/5 rDev +11%
The beer pours a winsome onyx color; the head is a cap of frothy chocolate and the residual lace a sticky sheet. The aroma of burnt sugar, light coffee, sweet malted grain and quite pleasing this nose, start is rich and sweet, the top full and pleasurable to the palate. Mildly carbonated, the hops pesky in their bite, sweet and dry aftertaste, a quaffable brew tis true.
10-26-2003 16:35:05 | More by Gusler
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
Very dark brown/black, with brown highlights. Very fine creamy 1" mocha head settles to a thin cap leaving nice lacing.
Nose is toasty coffee, and unsweetened dark chocolate over bready malt. Hints of leafy hops.
Medium-full in the mouth. Lots of malt - brown-bready. Good chocolate, nice touch of burnt coffee - adds complexity rather than defining the beer. Long, slightly bitter finish. Very well-balanced.
Nice creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.
Bottled on 9/3/03. Purchased at the brewery.
10-13-2003 17:26:49 | More by Realale
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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