Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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646 Ratings
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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 63 | 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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Ratings: 646 | Reviews: 252
Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some red at the edges when light comes through. There is a finger and a half of light tan head with decent retention.

Smell: Not super strong. Roasty with a dark fruit note.

Taste: Up front this tastes like a very nice, roasty oatmeal stout. There are some mildly tart dark fruit notes that combine with the roast and remind me slightly of blue cheese. I don't think the bottle was bad, I just think the background flavors weren't my thing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish. Feels nice.

Overall: I would have liked this to be a little bit smoother. Not bad, but I don't think I'll search out another.

Photo of cagocubs
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Darker brown near to opaque. A considerate tan head that is bubbly and quickly receding. Some lacing as it leaves.

S: Roasted malt, cedarwood, chocolate, and some coffee. Not an overly powering stout.

T: Roasted malts, caramel sweetness, some bitter cocoa and coffee. Up front it is surprisingly sweet but has some bitter bite at the end. A little mundane next to what I was expecting.

M - Medium body with a creamy texture. Easy to drink with a nice balanced, but boring aftertaste.

Photo of Domingo
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Brown/black. Big head with normal pour. They seem to have consistently good carbonation.
Mild nose - coffee'ish, maybe a bit of mocha. A bit too reserved?
Sweet right away, but heads into to roasty dark chocolate flavor. Almost like they’re using a little bit of liquid smoke in there. That makes it unique.
Nice texture, though. Just about perfect.
Comparable with their porter although I like that one a bit more. Still, a solid everyday beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown nature. Nearly opaque with a nice head of dark tan that rose up to around an inch before settling back down. Nice lacing along the sides fades quickly. Aroma is of deep roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel and a light chocolate note that seems to build with time. Nice touches of vanilla balancing in here now as well. Clean flavor, nothing rough about it at all as the brown sugar and vanilla really take over the profile and provide a very smooth, and very even feel to it. Warm roasted malts and hints of chocolate.

Photo of Bonis
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 9/10/11

A - Dark dark brown, not quite black but close. Generous bubbly cream colored head, fades quick and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Roasted and caramel malts, a tad woody. Bitter silky chocolate. Nothing really comes out big. Decent overall.

T - Luckily, this tastes better than it smells. The roast and caramel malts carry over from the nose. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee malt are noted. Sweet initially with a subtle bitter dry finish. A solid oatmeal stout.

M - Pretty full bodied for an oatmeal stout. A bit of sticky sugar coats the mouth with each drink. A slight lingering bitterness is left as well.

O - Again, this is a solid oatmeal stout, but nothing amazing for the style (which I thoroughly enjoy). Another nice offering from Schlafly. Glad I picked up some of their beers on my last out of state beer trip.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Nice dark brown look to it. It has a nice head on this beer.

Smell: Nice chocolate and roasted melt smell.

Taste and mouthfeel: Nice balance beer that has a nice toffee and chocolate notes.

This is a very good beer. I wish I could get it every day. Cheers!

Photo of mocktm
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/14/11

Dark brown with ruby read highlights, khaki colored head with pleasing retention and some spotty lacing.

Nose is namely that of this beer's namesake, oatmeal with caramel, coffee grinds and some herbal twang to round it out. Not quite the robust meal in a glass aromas that others in this style bring to the table.

Same as the nose: oatmeal flakes, caramel and espresso with an acidic limey finish. Warm and amicable roasted characteristics that mesh the flavors together well, nicely done.

Bottle advertises this as heavy bodied, I feel that its more medium. Syrupy and creamy, thickens up a bit as it warms up to room temperature. Maybe a little over-carbonated for a stout though.

Overall, a respectable offering, but its not going to blow you away, especially since we are now in the season of Founders Breakfast Stout. Still good though, Cheers!

Photo of shanblur
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/29/10. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark cola color with some red highlights. Minimal head produced which leaves sparse lacing.

S - Caramel and roasted malts. Faint chocolate and coffee aromas.

T - Get sweetness from the malts with a nice roasted malt flavor. Very smooth.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

Not my favorite from this brewer but a nice stout. Nothing great.

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour with just the faintest suggestion of red. 2-finger dark tan head with pretty decent retention and nice lace.

Nose is a light mocha coffee drink. Not overpowering, but quite nice.

Getting a bit of an oyster stout feel. Very smoky. Mocha comes though the smoke. Bitters in the finish are a little strong, but well done.

Feel started out thinner than I expected, but picked up as the glass warmed. Nice and smooth.

Nice glass of good, basic stout.

Photo of Cummins9110
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this oatmeal stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The stout pours a hazy blackish brown color and produces a nice tan head. Retention is great and it leaves ample amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of the beer contains sweet oats and malt, some suggestions of vanilla. This ale is medium in body, the front end of the ale contains roasted malt, sweet, and a very slight piney hop note. Overall this is an average oatmeal stout- Their coffee version of this ale is much better.

Photo of bugaboo416
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 2nd Shift tasting glass. Also had this on tap recently. Tap was better.

A: Black, lots of lacing on the top with long lasting legs

S: very lightly roasty and coffee

T: roasted malt with slight sweetness at the end. Moderate bitterness but an unpleasant mettalic taste appears midtaste.
This wasn't there in the tap version so I can only factor that I
may have a badly kept bottle.

M: light to moderate body, very very carbonated, lightly silky

O: I expect an oatmeal stout to have a full body with a very evident silky creaminess to it and an evident base sweetness. This meets my expectations only partway. It tasted sweeter and creamier on tap so I give the tap version a full grade higher than the bottle.

Photo of fsvan
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 5/10/2011.

A- Deep brown. Slight red notes around the edges, but only very minor. Not much in the way of head. A finger or so of off white head.

S- Roasted malts. Some sweetness from the oatmeal. Some coffee bitterness. No real hop presence. No alcohol to note. Very clean, and big nose for a non imperial stout.

T- This is a quite bitter stout. Much more than one would have guessed from the smell. That is really the main player here is big bitter notes. The roasted malts, and oatmeal come through in the background. That hint of sweetness in the nose is drowned out by the bitterness. This is hard to put a score on for me. I think it is pretty good, but maybe a bit off of the style...but still within the realms of reason for the style. I'm scoring it overall, and giving it a 4 instead of 3.5.

M- Fairly thick. Mouth coating, with a lingering bitterness. Well carbonated.

O- I like this beer a good deal, and am happy it has found its way into the Nashville market.

Photo of tykees88
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- color is great. black with a head the color of a mocha coffee. The head however doesn't stick around, doesn't offer more than a quick cameo either. Disappointing.

S- Smell is of oatmeal and chocolate. Somewhat a coffee taste as well.

T- Taste is good. Chocolate and oatmeal. nice sweet smooth flavor.

M- This has those fizzy bubble feelings that tingles my tongue. I hate that. I had that with the Poet which might have been the worst craft beer i have ever had.

O- it's around average for me. The flavors are good, but it's a stout made with oatmeal. Hard to beat that. The head and mouthfeel are huge with this and it missed by a mile

Photo of rlshep
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed on 3/29/2011

Aroma: Chocolate, bread pudding.

Appearance: Pours thick rocky mocha colored head. Good lacing. Black.

Flavor: Chocolate, light coffee. Warm bready notes. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. This beer glides over your tongue. Light fruitiness. Alcohol prickly.

Overall: Great mouthfeel and restrained roast. I would like to see a bit more complexity. A really nice example of the style.

Photo of rrski198
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: For a stout, this is pretty light. I can see red hues all over the glass and some straight through it. Decent off white head and some pretty good lacing.

S: Big time creamy maltiness. Sweet, malted chocolate balls.

T: Knd of blah. Not alot going on here. Expected malt sweetness, decent bitterness to balance. There is some bite from the carbonation.

M: Thin and the flavor profile leaves me desiring something rich and bold. Mush to be desired here.

O: THis stout leaves much to be desired. I am not sure if my palate is used to something ore over the top/kick in the face, or not, but I would not purchase again.

Photo of bobhits
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium dark brown pour, turns near black in the glass, but not black. Light held to the glass is ep ruby red. A small head with lacking retention and stability.

Light roasted notes with some vanilla and caramel sweetness. Not a lot going on here.

This stout is very sweetness dominate. Caramel is a dominate flavor with some roasted barely and a bit of a hop touch as well. This beer does a wonderful job balancing things with the roasted and hop bitterness. I think all stouts being out some coffee and chocolate flavors, but this one doesn’t bring out any noticeable amount of either.

Thick and chewy with wonderful carbonation and a good body. A true oatmeal stout, and very well done.

I really have liked what Schlafly has done with their stouts outside of their barrel aged one. I have to say I need to buy more of their brews if they’re going to keep doing such great work.

Photo of jsh420
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 2/18/11

pours dark brown with a 1 finger tan head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell is not that strong - caramel malt earthy hops

taste - dark fruit light roasted caramel malt - i dont get any oatmeal? a good amount of bitter hops

mouthfeel - light medium body with decent carbonation very smooth

overall it is a decent brew - i get more brown ale then oaty stout but i still enjoyed it - reasonable price 7.99 a sixer

Photo of Illtryit
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Bottled with Love' on 2-18-2011.

Pour a clean, dark black with ruby red highlights when viewed in direct lighting. 1 1/2 inch tan head hangs around through my first few sips, then dissapates to a thin layer and ring with superb lacing.

Smells lightly of caramel sweets, nothing more.

Tastes very smooth with a perfect mixture of bitter and sweet as the raosted barley and oats battle for control. Very drinkable, very clean. Aftertaste is bitter....but good.

For a stout, this feels not as hearty as some others Ive tried and the carbonation is a little too crisp for my taste, but it is smooth.

Overall, this is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Nice balance, good flavor, good feel. I recommend it.

Photo of xvoltronx
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - Dark brown with a nice beige head and moderate carbonation. Not quite opaque, but a very rich, deep brown.

SMELL - Toasty. Nice malty aroma with a slightly sweet trace of oats. Warm.

MOUTH FEEL - Slightly bitter with a crispiness to it. Smooth despite its moderate carbonation. Definitely makes its presence known across a wide array of taste buds.

TASTE - Roast malts with a great balance of oats. Has a certain sweetness to it that is quite nice. The moderate carbonation adds a certain degree of bitterness, however this is not unpleasant and I find it adds character.

OVERALL - Not as "big" of a beer as some of its darker brethren, but a great beer overall. It is more complex than beers of a similar price and if you are after a sweet and toasty brew, you can't go wrong with a Schafly's Oatmeal Stout. I recommend it.

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black amber, with a thick, tan head of bubbles.

Nose is impressive - roasty and burnt.

Flavor is bold -- blackened, burnt malts with hints of bitter chocolate or French roasted coffee at the finish. Very smooth in body and quite drinkable.

Superb and very enjoyable, and the taste and complexity improved as my ale glass warmed to room temperature.

Photo of brewemstrong
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Almost black in appearance with a limited off-white head that stays only for a short time after the pour. Zero lace

S: Obvious notes of oatmeal, but light and not too sugary. Lacking much hop character here as well.

T: The smoothness is there, but I was hoping for more oat taste. Perfect amount of sweetness coupled with a soft hop finish. A touch of vanilla with toffee?

M: Heavy carbonation that might distract from the oats, as smooth as they are. Something is off with the oat-hop-carbonation dynamic.

D: Leaves an unfortunate chalky taste the more you sip. Really makes this just a medium-bodied stout.

Photo of HaysAmerica
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a small snifter. It pours opaque w/ some red tint. Has a slightly tan head w/ poor lacing & the head goes away quickly. The smell is of sweet malt, however this is a little low for me. There's a slight acidic bite & restrained hop to the nose. The taste is coffeeish, roasted malt, some espresso notes, & not as smooth as expected taking into account the flakes used to make this style. It's quite reserved but a decent stout. A slight lingering finish & has a good hop taste to it. Medium body & pretty drinkable. I wish it were more assertive, that would do wonders for this beer. I could have several of these in a setting. Prosit!

Photo of jerryjeff
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Nutty scent, a bit muffled though. Hazelnut or almond, a theme of roastedness (smokiness?) comes through

Mouthfeel - Relatively light in body for what I was expecting, pretty lightly carbonated without much creaminess.

Appearance - Poured to dark mahoghany, with some light still making it through a regular pint glass. Little head initially, a slight amount hanging around without lacing.

Taste - Some burnt malt taste, the nuttiness is covered by the bitterness from the malt. Some smokiness seems to creep in, maybe a bit of smoked malt.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable, light in body wouldn't make it sit too heavy but this isn't all that great a flavor. 3 or 4 and done, but rather stop at 1.

Overall - doesn't really seem all that true to style being a bit too light in body and having more bitterness than expected. Don't get the expected silkiness in mouthfeel. Bit of a disappointment.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured brown into a snifter. Almost black in the glass, tan 1/2 inch head.

S - Roasted barley, burnt malt

T - Burnt malt and bitterness dominate. One dimensional. Good, but lacking complexity and balance. The hops have taken this stout hostage.

M - Soft and smooth. Moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

D - Drinkable, but I'm unlikely to get more of this.

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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