Schlafly Oatmeal Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Oatmeal StoutSchlafly Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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

Added by maxpower on 07-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
728
Reviews:
258
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
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Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of icave
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soju6
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark chocolate with nice head that fades fairly quickly

S- Mild hint of Chocolate and roasted malt

T- Mild sweetness followed by a nice bitterness

F- Fairly medium body that is creamy & smooth, nicely balanced

D- I find this good for a couple, after a long day. Nothing spectacular but worth trying.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and not much light will penetrate it. Minimal Brussels lace at the top of the glass. I smell oatmeal and a bit of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous with a bit of dryness. Tastes strongly of roasted malt and oatmeal, leaving a pleasant lingering bitterness.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 10/17/2013.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a lightly tanned head on top. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Has a complimenting blend of sweetness and roastiness. A sweet carmel molasses aroma is what I initially smell. Then there is the roasty chocolate coffee aspect that cannot be ignored.

T: As with the aroma this beer has a blend of sweetness and roastiness. Lots of molasses makes its way into the flavor. Oatmeal smoothes things out. Chocolate and coffee are in the background giving way to the sweetness.

M: Medium body with a creamy full mouthfeel. Average carbonation. A bit of stickiness on the backend but not overwhelming.

Overall this is a solid oatmeal stout that is perhaps too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 6/1/11 into my trusty snifter...

A: Pours thin and dark...light shining in around the edges. A one finger head, that teeters on the edge of eggshell and light tan, recedes rather quickly. Plenty of carbonation bubbles in this.

S: Smooth, roasty character dominates...some vanilla there as well. A minor earthy hop presence, but just mostly a sweet caramel and roasty malt backbone eminating from the aroma.

T: Taste follows the nose...sweet roasty malts are stamped all over this brew. Definitely some vanilla, maybe even some cinnamon. The confectionary sweetness is very obvious...this is a good dessert beer.

M: A solid oatmeal stout texture: creamy, viscous...all over the mouth...but at the same time it's only medium bodied at best. Carbonation might be just a tad high, but nothing that would necessarily turn me off.

O: A pretty good example of the style. Sessionable for sure. Sweet, but not cloying. Just enough balance noticeable. A very respectable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head. The head is thin and not too long-lasting. The nose is roasted malt along with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Roasted malt pervades the taste as well with mild coffee notes. Good, creamy body with really nice carbonation. A bit plain, but pretty drinkable.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a willy

Pours out nice and thick but is not as dark as i thought it would be judging by the pour, deep brown color with a nice 1 finger head that lingers and thickly laces the top of the glass

Alot of grain/biscut notes in the nose also some bitter chocolate and esspresso notes

Very roasted flavor all the way through, very rich and pretty complex as you can taste the carmel and even a nice hop presence. Very bitter middle and finsh like dark black coffee

Is a bit thin and the carbonation level on this one seems a little low.

With the wide varitey of this style im not sure that this would be the 1st i went for but overall a very sessionable beer and one for someone starting out in this area without a doubt

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schanker21
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | 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.

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Photo of GregDuB65
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a short dense khaki head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is a tad grainy with a subtle roast note. Perhaps some light chocolate notes. The aroma is quite subdued.

The taste is of a smooth roasted malt. Nice milk chocolate notes. Much better than the aroma. Slight hints of char. Light ground coffee notes come through towards the end. A bit of a raisin sweetness plus some caramel.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Not as smooth as some other oatmeal stouts. Nice balance between sweet and roasted bitterness.

A good but not great oatmeal stout. Nice flavor but misses a tad on the feel and aroma.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has hints of sweetness and chocolate malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The oats lend some smoothness.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of Buck89
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ64
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jack_Frost79
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Adamanton
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mocktm
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Photo of justincolts
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a pretty good example of an oatmeal stout. It pours an initially large head which dissipates. Pretty smooth taste, easy to drink a couple of these. The smell is decent, I would have liked to find more of the caramel in terms of smell and taste though. Still, pretty easy to recommend this.

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Photo of rembrant
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours darkest brown,almost black opaque. 2 finger head with body,lacing,durability..a good look for a stout.

Aroma has some dark fruit,raisin etc,a bit of Coffee + Toffee

Taste, more than usual,the flavors merge,giving smoothness but limiting complexity. Odd, in their Bourbon Barrell Ale was distinctive in how sequenced the Malt---Hops----Bourbon flavors were...you actually want to hold a sip an extra moment so the bourbon finish does its encore.

Flavors are roasted malts,a blur of coffee and such but a bit light. There's a mild hop finish

Mouth,thinner than an Oatmeal Stout should be.Perhaps this one ius happier when rather warm,or you could see it as a lighter Summertime Brew for Stout lovers. Rather tasty but missing some of the body of it's type. Quite wet,almost watery near the finish as if they needed a couple more scoops of Oats in the batch.

"Kinder -Gentler" stout?

Drinkability. High for a stout,where it's lighter/wetter mouth + body hut it in some ways that does make it an easy job to have a few Pounding 3 watching a ball game on a hot St Louis night? Probably could replace a Lager or Pale in that role. Could be an " Entry Level" for friends not used to a big,robust brew. Reasonable price, flawed yet may have a niche.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't believe I had not reviewed this beer when I looked, as I have had it several times both out of the bottle and on tap.

This edition from the bottle pours a deep, almost black, brown color with some ruby hues when held to light. Thick creamy light tan colored head that has great retention. In fact I left the room to see if I had reviewed this beer, came back ten minutes later to see still half the head still left along with some great lacing on the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, bitter coffee, bittersweet chocolate, a bit nutty.

Taste is bitter from all of the roasted malt along with a touch of cocoa. The malt is also has a bit of a toasted character giving the beer a bit of a nutty characteristic noticed in the aroma. Hops are noticeable towards the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and medium to full. The finish is a bit dry. The first stout I have ever had besides Guinness and I have a soft spot for it, but not the best I have ever had. Still a decent beer from Schlafly.

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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