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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
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
718
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
19.28%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
97
For Trade:
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Photo of Joshualvsjenny
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark with tinges of amber red when held up to the light. Light brown rocky 2 fingered head that dissipates quickly, leaving a little bit of lacing.

S:roasted malt, coffee, notes of dark chocolate and toffee.

T: follows the nose pretty well, coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, slight hops bitterness on the finish and a coffee after taste. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: a pretty good stout , nothing that will blow you away but a good above average stout. I would defiantly pick this one up again.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black with the slightest bit of amber at the thin bottom of the glass. Sticky and frothy tan head that leaves tons of lacing and hangs around.

S- Roasted malts, caramel malt, oats, slight mild hop note.

T- Rather light on flavor. Slight grainy oats in the beginning with roasted malts towards the middle. The end leaves a tasty roasted finish. No robust flavor by any means, but no off flavors either.

M- Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Slight sting at the end that is not normally apparent in stouts. Overall, very drinkable.

O- A good oatmeal stout, but nothing stands out and probably not something I would persue again with better options out there.

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Photo of TCMike
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Produced a finger and a half of tan, long lived head. Beer color is a very dark mahogany.

The aroma was of roasted malts, dark bread.

The taste was the same, with a slight sweetness, and hop note. Medium mouth-feel, and low carbonation.

This is a good, easy drinking stout, but no a great one.

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Photo of scratch69
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown almost black with a finger and a half worth of tan head. Light amount of runny lace.

Smell- Dark roasted malt and coffee with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste- Dark roasted malt, coffee, char, and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. Above average carbonation but just a tad watery.

Overall- Not my favorite stout but easy to drink. I wouldn't turn one down in the future.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head with minimal lacing on a black with some light getting through body.

S: cocoa, oats, vanilla and roasts malts.

T: bitter rotated and coffee malts, breads, oatmeal.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: interesting beer which has some flavors that are unfamiliar to me especially for the style.

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Photo of fallopia
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into an ale glass.

Appearance: Completely opaque, black color with a creamy-tan thick head that lasts for 3-4 minutes.

Aroma: Overwhelming smell of bacon and brined meats with a subtler aroma of smokiness and a hint of coffee and anise

Flavor: Rich malt and cured meat flavors that remind me of chewing a piece of prosciutto. Coffee and a refreshing, cleansing hoppiness lingers for 45-60 seconds.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full-bodied but lighter than expected based on the appearance

Overall: A very enjoyable stout that is typical of its style. I have a fondness for the Schlafly brand in general, but will want to redrink this beer the next time I make it to St. Louis.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours dark with a good amount of head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Not a ton going on here, though the last stout I've had was a FBS, so yeah.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate, oats and finishes with some hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, I'd have no problem knocking back a few of these in a night.

O: I probably first had this stout 10 years ago. Brings back memories. Solid stout and tastes as good as ever.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep amber/brown when pouring, black in the glass with a one finger tan head.

S-Oats, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Good balance in the nose.

T-Blend of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and oats. Sweet. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, lots of carbonation for the style, creamy.

O-As it warms though it starts to go awry, roasted/burnt seems to overpower. It still is a good stout though.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown with foamy off white, 3 finger head.

S- Roasted malt, a bit nutty with a hint of toffee and vanilla.

T- Pretty full flavor. Dark malt, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Quite good.

M- Robust and smooth, a tad thin, more heavily carbonated than I expected

O- Pretty good beer. It's not outstanding, but a solid oatmeal stout

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Photo of The_1084
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark brown, almost black color with a tan head roughly 2 fingers in width. It fades rather quickly, but leaves good lacing.

S - Hints of cocoa powder, vanilla cream, coffee, and oats.

T - Strong presence of roasted malts that fade to chocolate and finish with coffee.

M - Although filling, it is relatively light for a stout beer; easy to drink with low-medium carbonation.

O - I wouldn't rank this as one of my favorite beers, but it is definitely note worthy and I would have no problem drinking more of these in the future.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at my Wedding Rehearsal Dinner @ Schlafly Tap Room.

A - Pours a muddled darker brown color, cream-colored head.

S - Bitter malts, light roast, some chocolate. Tastes "old" and "stale" to me and I know this has tasted better previously. Not sure what is up...

T - Similar to the nose, slightly more watery. Old coffee, burnt malts, some cream, light roast. Alcohol is hidden. Finish is toasted oats and chocolate.

M - Light body (too thin), good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - This beer has been better in the past, for sure. Not sure if it's a bad batch or the recipe has changed, but I wasn't digging this one as much as I had in the past.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by CE, much thanks
From a store in St. Louis, MO
Bottled 01.09.2012
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Schlafly's oatmeal stout appears like a solidly roasted oatmeal stout, but hides a surprising amount of sweetness from the malt bill, making this a sweeter-than-average version of the style. If that fits your preferences, you'll be in luck; for me, this was a below-average beer that had caramel sweetness where I wanted roasted aromas/flavors, bitter chocolate, and hints of coffee and vanilla.

Pours a 2.5cm head of small, densely compacted bubbles that are very light tan in color. Body is very dark brown to black, with light bringing out slight burgundy-brown highlights around the edges of the beer. Not able to view any carbonation due to opacity of beer.

Aroma is like a combination between old, stale coffee with artificially sweetened hazelnut creamer. In general, this is not a pleasant aroma, though expressive, it just comes across as too sweet, cloying.

Taste opens with very high levels of malt sweetness, a bit of caramel, roast, and chocolate all rolled into one, with caramel sweetness being the winner. Starts out rather cloying. Mid-palate picks up more roasted malt than anything else, correcting early mistakes. Mild chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of toasted hazelnuts are also expressed mid-palate. Closes out with a bit of sweetness and roasted flavor, leading to mostly roasted, slightly acrid aftertaste. The roasted middle and finish balances out the overly sweet introduction, making me feel this is just "average."

Beer is medium to medium-light bodied, with mid-level carbonation that feels soft on the palate, but still manages to foam this up slightly. The result is a satisfyingly creamy and smooth beer with just a hint of crispness. Would be a bit better if just slightly heavier in body, but still above average.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Pitch black, unknown visibility, pours a light medium brown head but a quick change to decent lacing, minimal internal carbonation

S: Mildly fragrant, cocoa and vanilla notes, definite oatmeal presence, hints of nutmeg, espresso as well

T: Strong espresso, elements of chocolate, not the strongest flavor, good balance, mild spiciness to finish

M: Pretty smooth, but nothing incredible, hardly any aftertaste, pretty drying on the mouth though

O: A decent stout overall, would have liked a little higher abv, as well as more fragrance and flavor

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Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a solid black hue with mild amber highlights and a thick, 3-finger, tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail down the glass, and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong malty aroma with huge cocoa powder background and finishes slighltly hoppy.

T: Smooth bitter flavor with a big malt backbone. Slightly creamy middle and finishes slightly sweet and hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent oatmeal stout. Nice balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of KellyL
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Adams Glass it settles out into a dark, dark brown it allows some light through around the edges of the glass. Two fingers of light brown head with heavy lacing.

S: Subtle hints of roasted barley and coffee, no hop aroma.

T: Hints of roasted barley and dark chocolate up front, slightly coffee like at the end with a bitter aftertaste from the dark grains.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth with perfect carbonation. This is a great session beer, it can be sipped for time and gets better as it warms up. The oats lend a creamy mouthfeel that is balanced well with the mild carbonation.

O: Schlafly is my favorite brewery, they do everything well and this is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Sdesenberg
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of schlafly oatmeal stout at my local stateline beer store for just under eight bucks. The brew date is a year old and it's not been kept refrigerated as the bottle instructs. It pours black, with lots of thick foamy head which leaves copious lacing. The aroma is of malt and vanilla, and flavor is a little harsh. It's not as smooth and balanced as I'd hoped. Still a good, solid stout, but not as refined as I expected.

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Photo of BrewBre
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
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

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an inky black with a thin, creamy tan mousse. If the beer is held up to the light, one can clearly make out a shimmering amber hue around the edges of the beer's pitch black body.

S: Gentle on the nose, with aromas of roasted grain, milk chocolate, and coffee being most prevalent.

T: Notes of roasted grain, coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, heavy cream, and mild, earthy hops follow an extremely smooth, gentle entry. The finish is rich and smooth with cream, coffee, and vanilla notes underscored by hints of roasted grain.

M: Medium-bodied and silky. Carbonation is initially balanced, but quickly softens in the mouth. Very drinkable, but also very filling.

O: This is a decent oatmeal stout from a brewery that has developed a reputation for producing solid, no-frills beers. I wouldn't buy this one on a regular basis, but I'm definitely glad I tried it and would buy it again. Recommended.

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Photo of jmagnus87
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Pours black with a half finger of tan head. Aroma of light coffee and chocolate. Taste is light bitter. Mostly coffee with a little chocolate and some caramel. Medium bodied with a surprisingly thin texture. Lively carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, not too bad. There are better stouts out there but this one is darn good for the price.

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Photo of Merkur
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on cask at the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis.

Beer poured a nice dark brown, almost black. Very little head.

Beer smells very roasty like most oatmeal stouts, but nothing special.

The taste is very pleasant with the roasted malts and a hint of caramel flavors. A bit sweet.

The mouthfeel was dissapointing. The beer was a bit too thin and watery for an Oatmeal stout.

All in all, an OK beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kier for this extra, Schlafly is the kind of place I do believe I'd like to live down the street from. My wallet & liver disagree. We'll work it out, if the time comes.

Pours along the international border of pitch dark brown to black, with a few quiet bubbles. Nose is long on roast, sprinkling of chocolate. Nice, but mild.

Schafly Oatmeal Stout lurches right into the oatmeal stout gut. Roast & chocolate do a little dance, make a little love. Hard edge of bitterness stings after the gentle wave passes by. That's what sticks around. Slick as an oatmeal stout. Because, that's, what, it, is.

A nice, routine oatmeal stout that's saved from forgettability by the sharpenss of the bittering. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of match1112
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours black with a thin brown head, no lacing.

s: pretty weak, mostly some roastieness.

t: some roasted malt, a little oat and a little hop.

m: lackluster. body feels awful thin and watery for a stout. goes down easy. carbonation is lacking.

o: average at best.

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Photo of DCon
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Jack Patrick's (10th & Olive) in St. Louis, MO for $3.75. Tapped from the Black Tap Handle into a 16oz Guinness Nonic Glass.

Aroma- A slight oat aroma hidden behind the most dominant attribute, roastiness. Also has a burnt aroma with a ton of grain.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, dark brown head that has poor retention. The body is an opaque, dark brown color. Leaves sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- Oats, choco, and roasty flavors come and go this entire drink! Grainy comes around also with a background of sweet malts. Finishes with a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Lightly Carbonated, Smooth, and has a bit of grain/roast that stays around on the palate.

Overall Impression- Great oatmeal stout! I've had many times in bottle but never on tap! I'll be enjoying the Coffee Stout by Schlafly very soon as well. Go for this if you enjoy a nice, roasty stout with good oaty and grainy attributes. Don't order if your looking for a medium bodied brew or anything less than medium-full. Could be substituted for a meal!

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Photo of cbbjr
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, almost black. A little bit of light tan head that dissipates quickly but does leave some lacing. Smell is roasted malt and not much else. Taste is similar - after you get beyond the base caramel malt flavor, there isn't much else going on. No significant hop presence, even for an oatmeal stout. It is very smooth and easy drinking, but the smell and taste won't compel me to want to drink that many.

Overall I'm a bit disappointed. I've had, and loved, Schlafly's coffee stout, but the oatmeal stout isn't cutting it for me. There just isn't much to it.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 13 June 2011.

Pours dark brown, not quite black, with one finger of very light tan head. Okay retention, not much lacing.

Smells like very dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, with nice oat presence. Smells like a good oatmeal stout. Has a bit of sweetness and fulness from the oats; more on the roasted side than many stouts.

Taste has a sharp character that I don't really like. Sweet, but the most overwhelming thing about it is a charred over-roasted malt flavor that sits on the sides of the tongue. It has the bitterness of bitter coffee (without the coffee flavor), which overshadows the nice sweetness of the oats.

Mouthfeel is more slick than smooth. Kinda slippery and slinky, rather than smooth and full.

A decent oatmeal stout, but it's very heavy on the roasted malts, and charred in a way that I don't like. Not my favorite.

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