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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
82
good

246 Reviews
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Reviews: 246
Hads: 655
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 22
Gots: 68 | 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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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 655
Photo of mocktm
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (872 characters)

Photo of shanblur
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of Cummins9110
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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 (629 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of bugaboo416
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of fsvan
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of tykees88
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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 (643 characters)

Photo of rlshep
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of rrski198
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (465 characters)

Photo of Illtryit
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of xvoltronx
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of brewemstrong
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of HaysAmerica
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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! (662 characters)

Photo of jerryjeff
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of kalkavekkian
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark coca cola brown with thick rich head and lasting lace
S- faint hints of roast malt and a twinge of wheat
T- tasted like a stout with a grainy finish and malts weren't as pronounced
M- medium mouthfeel with a grain aftertaste
D- good drinkability for me. I would buy this again as with most offerings from schafelys (322 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Served in a pint glass. Dark brown body with ruby highlights. An inch and a half of mocha head.

S - I get dark chocolate and cocoa.

T - Dark chocolate with some hops on the finish to balance it out.

M - Medium to full

D - I goes down easy enough. I wouldn't put it up there with Sam Smith's but it's decent. (329 characters)

Photo of stephens101
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black middle with crimson edges and topped with a huge fluffy tan head that breaks apart slowly, leaving a belt of broken lace behind.

Aroma is a bit metallic and nutty up front. In the background some caramel malts lurk. Taste is a bit uninvolved with a bit of nutty character, a bit of grain, and some dark chocolates. A slight dark fruitiness may be found.

Well carbonated with with a light to medium somewhat airy mouth-feel. (447 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a deep chestnut brown. Thin head fizzes into a slick.
S- Smell is understated, but pleasant. Coffee grounds and some chocolate presence.
T- roasted coffee, some bittersweet chocolate presence.
M- Excessively light body. Needs more oatmeal I think.
D- This is overall a mediocre oatmeal stout. I think some more oatmeal would really help this beer out significantly. (374 characters)

Photo of sliverX
2.03/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

From the bottle a burnt sweet mess not smooth or rich too much carbonation nasty burnt after taste, picked this up in a trade. Not something I'd want to revisit.
Trying to pick out something worthwhile on this one hidden in the back with the char is slightly sweet banana note, doesn't redeem this mess. (303 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours looking just like a coke, with lesser carbonation, and a cream colored head. This bottle is over a year old so the smell is pretty dull. It's got some light roasted maltiness to it with a little sweetness and slight alcohol. It tastes pretty standard. It's not very rich but has the light coffee appeal of a stout and has some breadiness to it as well. It drinks medium bodied and pretty smoothly. It's a decent stout but nothing too special. (457 characters)

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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