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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
82
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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 utopiajane
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark, dark brown and with chestnut highlights at the edges when held to the light. Touch of ruby in there too. Nose is weak overall. Bitter coffee, burnt sugar, light char, glimpse of dark fruit, roasted malt, faint chocolate and oats. Maybe some salted peanut. taste is slightly metallic up front. Body is thin and watery. My first thought is; "this is more like a porter than a stout." Has no depth or creaminess. Travels the palate way too quickly. Follows the nose with weak flavor of coffee, chocolate and the fruit has disappeared. Malt is weak and although this has balance it is lacking in intensity and depth. There’s a hop bitter mid palate that settles in back and without it there would be hardly any aftertaste except for the raw oat taste and a salted peanut flavor. I think this has potential but it just isn’t finished yet. It needs some tweaking. (873 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Tap House in St. Louis. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Black with ruby flecks in the light. Sticky lacing after a small off-white head settles to a thick collar.

Smell - Roasted malt. Oatmeal. Sharp aroma from the oatmeal.

Taste - Dry roasted coffee malt. Oatmeal flavor comes up after. Oatmeal lingers into a bitter roasty finish. The oatmeal lends a sharp flavor here as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's not exciting. Decent flavor. Nothing offensive. (513 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (384 characters)

Photo of cnally
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

deep brown color in the brew, only at the bottom can you see light, which comes in reddish. not as mysterious as truly dark beers. a bit of head remains around the rim.

smoky, earthy scents, woodsy and grainy, the background is malt.

the stout is well deserved in the flavor, as it is the first thing you taste, that typical stout taste. but the aftertaste devolves into a weird smoky taste like salmon raising off a grill. very strange in a beer, but it is a stout, so the strangeness is not as surprising.

dry bubbly heavy, like a stout.

this embodies all the qualities of your average stout, except for that strange aftertaste. i don't love stouts. this is no exception. hard for me to drink this. (704 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 bditty187
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes…

"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. I’m not impressed with the nose and I can’t 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 doesn’t even taste like an Oatmeal Stout to me. Porter? Sure. Regardless of what it is, this beer really isn’t 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 don’t like the rawness that sits at the back of my tongue, it is disjointed and it fails to add anything to the taste. Yawn. I’ve 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 doesn’t have any flavors worth savoring. Drinkable? Well, it is easy to drink because there is nothing there but that is hardly what I’m looking for in a beer. I am hugely disappointed in this offering. I can’t 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. (2,089 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. There's a finger worth of off-white head; retention isn't the best, although it leaves a little bit of lacing behind. Nothing too remarkable aesthetically here - it looks more like a porter than a stout.

S: This is pretty well roasted, but also does a great job of bringing a noticeable aroma of oats. There are also touches of herbal hops, chocolate, and smoke. This doesn't have an amazing nose, but it's still pretty decent.

T: Call me crazy, but this seems ridiculously smoky to me - almost like a rauchbier, in fact. When combined with the faint oat flavor on the front end, it's ridiculously redolent of ham. This goes away around the midtaste, being replaced with roasted coffee beans and some slight chocolate. When it warms up, the finish becomes hoppy, even. Cut out the weirdly unbalanced ham flavors, and this is a good stout.

M: I tend to prefer the drier oatmeal stouts over the more lingering ones, and this fits into the former nicely. There is a slight linger on the back end, though. The carbonation is on the moderate-to-high side, which helps give it some drinkability.

O: I must finally be going over the deep end, because this is FAR smokier than I remember. That's not a bad thing - I like Schlenkerla's rauchbiers and I like some good BBQ pulled pork (oddly enough, the only instance I enjoy pork products), but this beer is striking my palate too strangely to be a great oatmeal stout. As a result, it's hard for me to return to this one again. (1,553 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow it's been a while since I've reviewed, damn flu, but I'm back and ready for some quality brews.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark molasses brown with a big two finger fluffy khaki colored head. Stickiness leaves its marks all over the sides of the glass, somewhat spotty, but good. Smell is well...bad. Metallic odor with a bit of cinnamon. Not the combination I'm looking for in an Oatmeal Stout. Maybe there's some hops in the nose too?...with a hint of nuttiness. Taste is a bit of smokiness with some sweet toasted oat flavors. Some interesting pine flavors seem to make an appearance midway through which are a bit disturbing. Aftertaste has a hint of woody vanilla with a bit of earthy flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty light with a good amount of carbonation. Just not really digging this one, could use a lot more sweetness whether it be oat, chocolate, or caramel flavors. Not one to seek out. (917 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up some Missouri beers while in Joplin for a rotation at Freeman Medical Center.
Most weren't that great. We'll see if this was any better.

A - 4.0 - Good color, dark brown/black with a tan head that sticks around and leaves great lacing.

S - 3.0 - Not so great, mostly vinegar, oatmeal, cereal, maybe some rancid coffee/dark malts if you really try to smell them.

T - 2.5 - Again, vinegar and even bandaids are prevalent. Some roasty dark malts. Coffee. By far one of the worst stouts I've had.

M - 3.0 - Medium mouth feel, roasty aftertaste. Alc covered.

O - 3.0 - Yea, it's pretty bad. I hate to say it but this is pretty standard for Missouri beer. Good beer law state, just not good beers. (712 characters)

Photo of bamadog
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review is from note taken on 9/12/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark brown/near black color, similar to coffee; starts with a short 1/4 finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim; body is entirely opaque; loose spots of lacing slide back down into the beer.

Smell: Some dark roasty and burnt maltiness that's a tad bitter; slight burnt caramel scent and a faint cola-like sweetness; not especially strong or robust, or appealing...

Taste: Mostly just the bitter burnt roastiness that starts strong and just really lingers throughout; a bit of sweet underlies it all but has a hard time providing any kind of balance; not really appetizing and a bit of a letdown after the other offerings from Schlafly that I've had thus far.

Mouthfeel: Body is thin and watery; carbonation is fairly strong, as should be expected in the thinner body; a rather thick and sticky coating manages to hang around on the roof of the mouth; the gums are left tingly from that stronger carbonation.

Drinkability: Meh. Not especially appealing or pleasing to my tastes, but one could certainly drink it without much to worry about, just not something that I will seek out in the future. However, let it be known that Schlafly has still been a very reliable brewery for me and I will still have no problems picking up their other beers as I go. (1,379 characters)

Photo of Blupoet03
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a thin head, and caramel color.

Aroma is sweet, caramelly, and porter-like.

Mouth-feel is thick but not creamy, tasting a little of cocoa, a little sweet, and finishing rather bitter. This beer was incredibly fizzy for a stout as well.

As we drank this beer, I thought it was a little strong for the style - a little research on BA shows that it is 5.7% ABV.

Its ok, but with better oatmeal stouts available, I wouldn't buy it again. (469 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 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 JuicesFlowing
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown coming out of the bottle. After it settles it looks like black coffee in the glass. A foamy dark cream colored head sits on top. The head dissipates to a thin layer with random bubbles, but by the end there's hardly anything. Sticky lacing. It's hard to get a bead on the aroma, bitter chocolate is present. It tastes of bitter chocolate, burnt malts, and maybe a hint of oats. It's not all that complex. The mouthfeel is lacking. It's just too watery. Overall, I didn't know what to expect. I'm not overly impressed with Schlafly's offerings, except their Pumpkin Ale. This is definitely an oatmeal stout I will never revisit. (681 characters)

Photo of BrewBre
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look = dark dark brown with a light tan head

Smell = dark chocolates smell with a bit of oat

Taste = tastes of a bitter dark chocolate with a bit of roasted flavor and a hint of oat

Feel = has a thinner feel than most stouts I've had

Overall a decent brew, but not the best stout I've had (292 characters)

Photo of PerzentRizen
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with cubbyswans - thank you. Despite the fact that I did not care for this beer I appreciate the thought as sending it as an extra.

Poured into a Duvel glass straight from the fridge. I let this one warm in the glass. Upon pouring I can see that this is very watery. It's not as dark as a good stout should be - in my honest opinion. There is almost no head to be found even when swirled later in the session a light lacing is all I could conjure. I'm not saying we need more carbonation I just think there needs to be more body for the head to stand on.

The aroma is really the best quality of this beer. I can detect coffee, light chocolate, and light malt.

I think Schlafly has created a new style - "Stout Light." I even have a slogan. "If you like water, you'll love this!" No but really this is way too watered down to be considered a stout. The flavors are reminiscient of Samuel Adam's Black Lager without the hops. Repeat, there are no hops in this beer (that I can detect). The flavors are just too soft to be considered good.

Mouthfeel is watery. I can tell this beer is somewhere between 3.0 and 4.0 ABV because there is absolutely no viscosity.

Due to the meager alcohol and mouthfeel with muted flavors you could probably drink a case of this stuff but I won't because it's not that good. This beer is highly drinkable but so is Coors Original and I'm not out buying that today. (1,430 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to kentucky. drank from a standard american pint glass. brewed and bottled at the end of march.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with some ruby red highlights when held up to a light. a finger of beige colored head forms on top, and lasts for a little while. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the smell is more mild than i was expecting. faint roasted malts with a little bit of milk chocolate. a little bit of coffee comes through at the end.

T- the taste is almost as weak as the nose. faint roasted malts upfront. a little bit of sweet milk chocolate, and a weak coffee finish.

M- the body is lighter than i would have liked. almost watery. a stout should be bigger than this. highly carbonated.

D- probably wont be seeking this one out again. pretty bland for the style. (845 characters)

Photo of sevineyes
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with a weathered-looking yellow label.

A: Poured with a fairly small head. Dense and tan. The beer itself is a dark brown. Almost like a very dark root beer. Still allows quite a bit more light through it that I would have expected. Head dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Smells of sulphur. Metal smelling as well. Certainly sour, but not pronounced.

T: Roasty flavor with a touch of acidity initially. Has some chocolate tones, but rather than becoming sweet and rich, it turns somewhat salty and has aspects of watered-down beef bullion. Does finish bitter, but also on the salty side.

M: Not only a lot thinner and with less body than I was anticipating, but the carbonation is much more pronounced and distractingly prickly.

Overall: I though I might have picked up a bad bottle, but from reading some of the other reviews of this beer I'm not so sure that I did. In drinking this I'm wondering where the smoothness is. Where's the sweet and full flavor? This bears a lot more resemblance to a lager than an oatmeal stout. It's not that the beer is necessarily bad, but for the style it really misses the mark by a mile and that's what my scoring reflects. (1,202 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up in Missouri during trip to Indiana. Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on date on front label) into a pint glass. It was a dark, dark brown with mahogany edges. Little carb and no lacing. It had a small tan head that faded to a thin collar.

The aroma was burnt sugar and overly roasted malts. Not real pleasing - nose crinkler for sure. The taste was even worse. It tasted burnt and not in a good way. Picked this up from a brand new store and hand carried instead of shipping so it should be a good bottle (12/2/08 bottle date). The burnt taste just overpowers the others flavors and leaves a really bad aftertaste.

Overall, a terrible beer. Hopefully this was a bad bottle instead of their intention. Avoid. One and done. I'd try again just to see if it was a bad bottle if I found in someone else's fridge. For me, I'd never buy again. (851 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)

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
82 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.