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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 21
Gots: 45 | 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 toolbrew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown. Had to hold it in front of a light to determine the color. Small tan head.

Can smell the dark malts, hint of chocolate and other grains.

Slight chocolate flavor, but mostly dark malty flavor - difficult to describe.

Medium body and goes down easily. Coats the mouth with flavor.

Easily drinkable on a cold and snowy night like tonight.

Photo of jneiswender
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room and served in a 5oz sample glass.

A-dark garnet body and a light tan head
S-grassy smell with a little bid of grain

T-chocolate, peaty with a hop bite at the end


D-one of the better tasting beers from this brewery

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a clear dark root beer brown color with a slight head and average carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, nuts with a little alcohol coming through. First sip is sweet then quickly bitter. Some nutty flavor notes present. Very light bodied. Decent mouthfeel but a tad under carbonated. Not too bad.

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

a - This is a very dark beer but the head disappears quickly leaving almost nothing. Definitely a stout with that dark roast look. The little head is lacey though and hangs on to the glass.

s - Smells very roasty, malty, and some coffee.

t - Wow, .... you get a bang of coffee followed by chocolate with the deep roast and malts. You can tell the alcohol is there in your throat and belly.

m - This beer has a strange carbonation similar to soda but then it quickly turns back into a regular beer carbonation. Dry Stout feel throughout.

d - Stouts are my favorite - definately have several more to drink.

Photo of mcsquint
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint mug.
A - Almost black color with nice 2 finger tan head.
S - Light aroma of chocolate and coffee.
T - Well balanced tastes of malt, chocolate and coffee.
M - Medium mouthfeel. Very smooth. Lighter than a lot of stouts.
D - This is a very drinkable stouts. This has been my 'go to' stout when I can't make up my mind!

Photo of botham
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a pub glass at the brewery in St. Louis. pours balck with distant garnet highlights and a minimal head that produces no lacings and has moderate retention.

aroma is of roasted and burnt malts, along with notes of coffee, chocolate, and a bit of grain that works as a base.

taste is more of the same with a subtle fruity quality, possibly from the ale yeast used to brew it, which works curiously well with the overall profile of dark malt complexity.

mouthfeel is full bodied, with a creamy texture and a very light tartness from the fruit. nice.

drinkability is good. this is a solid oatmeal stout, which is easy-drinking, but lacks the richness of flavor that makes the style so appealing. could be much better.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.