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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Oatmeal StoutSchlafly Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

478 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%


Brewed by:
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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beerceller99

Louisiana

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 22:01:58 | More by beerceller99
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2005 14:43:15 | More by Backer2004
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OatherS

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

M: Good.

D: Good beer overall, good example of an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 02:19:49 | More by OatherS
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2005 18:27:49 | More by cokes
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a few of these brews on-tap during a recent trip to Missouri. On it’s own, as an pre-dinner drink, the beer was excellent. It also made a nice accompaniment to a mushroom-smothered pork chop. It’s 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, it’s 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. It’s an extremely satisfying beer. It’s a moderately complex beer, but there’s not so much going on that it doesn’t go well with food. I’m very pleased to have found this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2005 11:35:18 | More by Suds
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bigbubba

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 22:59:17 | More by bigbubba
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whynot44

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2005 05:16:19 | More by whynot44
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DPMomutant

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles 2/10/05

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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 06:04:13 | More by DPMomutant
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 12:14:54 | More by bditty187
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: cask

03-11-2005 21:13:09 | More by GeoffRizzo
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amicar

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

03-09-2005 04:55:52 | More by amicar
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OStrungT

California

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 01:11:58 | More by OStrungT
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Vancer

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2005 16:20:56 | More by Vancer
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 03:36:54 | More by CRJMellor
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yankeeheel

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2004 23:54:48 | More by yankeeheel
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 20:47:40 | More by sulldaddy
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drewbage

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 09:44:45 | More by drewbage
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BrewMaster

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 14:26:38 | More by BrewMaster
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Gusler

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 16:35:05 | More by Gusler
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Realale

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 17:26:49 | More by Realale
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MJR

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a growler...

Appearance: Pours what seems to be black, but is really a dark reddish-brown. It has an opaque body and a tan head that starts out thick and creamy and dwindles down to a small cap. Leaves a nice pattern of spider web-like lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very soft on the nose with lots of roasted coffee. There's a hint of leafy, green hops, but it's covered by the roasted grains.

Taste: Like the aroma, the taste is quite soft and laid-back with lots of roasted flavor. Smallest suggestion of green hops. There's a muted and round sweetness that floats just below the surface. The flavor that stands out the most is coffee that's been cold for a while, and the finish seems to highlight this. There's also a bit of licorice on the tail end. Very relaxed and smooth flavor profile...

Mouthfeel: Full and round with a slighty chewy mouthfeel. Loses a bit of thickness on the finish...I'd like to see a bit more body there.

Drinkability: Quite good for the style. This brew is much better from the tap than it is from the bottle, and I could sip pint after pint of this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2003 18:51:27 | More by MJR
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was taken aback initially by this beer's aroma, a bit offputting as it gave a sense of spoilage. This faded with the miniscule, mid tan head and let the taste predominate. The pour revealed a deep reddish black color that will barely pass light, ruby red at the edge. The taste is of smoked or burned sugars. The finish leaves bitters in the back. Solid body with decent mouthfeel, perhaps a bit thin for the style. Very thin ring lacing. A final touch of licorice in the finish is sensed. Not a bad offering, but better are available.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 21:06:15 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Ave

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This St. Louis brew is available year round from Schlafly. It pours a dark opaque brown, with a smallish head that needs some help sticking around. Lots of wonderfully sweet roasty aroma. Good round taste, sweet honey chocolate flavors that work there way back to a slight bitter sweet end. Not as full or complete as Young’s, but a lot of taste that finishes well with just a touch or tartness. Stays solid year round in St. Louis even out of the bottle, but the tap is of course a superior pint. A good example of to rare a style.

ave

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2003 17:25:17 | More by Ave
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Pours a ruby- black in color can almost see through the glass when held up to a light, creamy tan head, chocalate and burnt coffee aroma. Dark roasted malty chocolate burnt coffee flavor, nice bitter hop finish, hoppy for the style this is not a sweet stout it is dry and bitter, but it is great oatmeal stout, better on draught than the bottled.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 18:24:15 | More by maxpower
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque. Simply opaque. Don't bother to hold this one up to the light, because you won't see through it at all.

The nose leaves little doubt that this is an oatmeal stout. Warm bread, roasted malt and aromas of a just opened container of Quaker's oatmeal are prominent. Very oatmeal-y. Perhaps a perfect breakfast beer for a cold winter morning.

Palate is dominated by the roastiness of the malt. Very sweet. Oatmeal too, though it's mostly on the nose.

Finish leaves a residual toasted or burnt sugar sweetness, roasted malt again, and a light to moderate hop character.

Only complaint is that the body is very thin or light. A thicker mouthfeel would make this an excellent beer. It might be more drinkable as it is, but the thinner body is disappointing. This is for the bottled version.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 18:53:51 | More by yemenmocha
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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