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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 | website

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:
256
Ratings:
713
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
19.56%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
94
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Photo of DrDemento456
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep black just the way me likes it. Head on the other hand is just a minimal 1/4 inch that settles back to nothing really. Could use more carbonation.
S - Smells of chocolate, molasses, coffee, roast, and a touch of lactic acidic twang.
T -Well the hops they use are a touch acidic but it's smooth enough. Has some chocolate and roast not as balanced as other world class oatmeal stouts (hint Anderson Valley) but its easy enough to drink.
M - Light to medium easy to drink yet not as creamy as one would expect.

Overall this is a major disappointment this oatmeal stout is acidic, not very sweet, and quite unbalanced. Would not get this again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from czoch75 via trade. Bottled on 5th Aug 2007

A:About as dark a brown as you can get without being black. Pretty one finger thick light brown head that recedes slowly leaving a little bit of a frothy lace.

S: Subtle coffee, chocolate and a little bit of marshmallows.

T: Bitter burnt coffee and chocolate with a little bit of nuttiness. The oatmeal flavor is present and pleasant. Good but mostly the norm for the style.

M: Overcarbonated for an oatmeal stout - the continuous carbonation detracts from the oatmeal smoothness. The finish is a burnt bitter and wonderfully dry.

D: An easy drinking oatmeal stout, this is

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Tap Room.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of small amounts of roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light roasted malt flavors kick things off until they're joined by unsweetened chocolate midway through the sip. Mild coffee flavors sneak out as the beer warms leading to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished one glass without a problem but I'm not ecstatic about ordering another.

Overall this is a decent oatmeal stout, but Schlafly has plenty of better offerings. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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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 ZAP
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable, lighter bodied oatmeal tout....lacks the creamy texture I like for this style but tastes like an old school oatmeal stout...that is the kind of oatmeal stouts I used to enjoy back 15 years ago...roasty, some dark coca, light dark fruitness. Only knock is the body but it is ok...finishes slightly with a slight unsweetened dark chocolate impression..

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby color with a thick creamy light tan head. Lacing is great and retention pretty good.

Nose is pretty dead on for the style with lots of roasty chocolate, creamy oatmeal and a smattering of grassy hops.

One of the hoppier oatmeal stouts I have had, accentuated by some toasty malt notes and rather high carbonation. Roasty chocolate flavors get lost a bit and the body is pretty thin, but overall this was an easy drinking oaty stout that I would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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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 mynie
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. I had forgotten that I had tried this before, years ago. Otherwise I would have sampled something else.

Nice stout pour. Slight ruby hues when held up to the sun but otherwise opaque. Nice head, great lacing.

Smells of raw malted grain, more like a porter than a stout. I'm used to oatmeals being rough but this one is just a bit too intense for my liking. Sweet raw oatmeal, a little bitter malt backing it up.

Tastes better than it smells. Sweet burny oatmeal tears your tongue up. Loads of earthy tasting, pitchblack stout grain balance out one another fairly well. Ends with lingering dryness.

A nice, solid example of its style.

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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 ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Lambert St. Louis airport location. The beer is a nearly opaque dark brown color with a thick and foamy light beige head that burns off slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and milk chocolate, with a hint of mocha. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malt, chocolate and grain flavors with traces of hops and coffee. The finish remains smooth (bordering on watery actually) and sweet with a lingering sweetness. Above average overall.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of STLStoutAddict poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown, not quite pitch black, with ruby hints around the edges. The head is small but dense and dissipates to a swirl on the top leaving sporadic lacing. The smell has some sweet malts and a bit of cocoa with a big oatmeal presence on top. The taste has a little more complexity than the smell with a larger presence of dark fruit and roasted malts. The oatmeal is still present in the taste just not as dominant as the nose. The mouthfeel is on the thin side as stouts go with good carbonation. The oatmeal leaves the finish a little dry and bitter, but not too bad. This is a decent oatmeal stout though it's not the most complex or tasty example I've had. Still recommended.

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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 cokes
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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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 jsh420
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of KYGunner
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just flat black in color the head was stiff yet fluffy and disappeared rather quickly.

Oat and lactose-sweetness in aroma there's a touch of malt but the scent is somewhat weak and non-descript.

Roasted oat and charred malt with some residual coffee the taste is also weak and simply does not hold the hardiness that a stout should. Easy to drink with a watery smoothness it's just not all that I want in a Oatmeal Stout.

This needs a more solid backbone with more char, more chocolate and more character. It is tasty though.

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Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey, CigarCityBrew

A: Pours a nutty brown hue with an average sized head. So so retention and spotty lace.

S: Nice roasted malt with hints of chocolate and grainy oats.

T: Similar to the aroma with hints of coffee and vanilla as well.

M: Medium in body, very smooth, somewhat creamy.

D: I enjoyed it. A nice drinking oatmeal stout.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darkish shoe leather brown, with brandyish edges and a finger of proud, light cocoa brown head. A little bit lighter than your typical oatmeal stout, but it looks nice nonetheless. Chocolate Twizzlers, dulce de leche, tobacco, and roasted malt bitterness on the nose.

Roasted bitterness up front, followed by toasted marshmallows and baking chocolate. Mild chocolate and fruit cake sweetness mid-palate. Dark chocolate bitter finish with a tartish, milk sugar edge. Moderate body that seems a little dry for the style. Not bad.

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Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seemed to fall a bit short on the creamy, study notes that oatmeal lends to a stout. Pleasant deep roasted malt flavor with no particular notes. A touch on the thin side for the style. Finish was a hint of astringency. Overall a pleasant but unengaging beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled the Oatmeal Stout cask-conditioned at the brewpub. The flavor was much better than either the bottled version or the regular draft. The taste was smooth and a bit sweet, but with heavy chocolate and coffee flavors. Very nice mouthfeel without the added carbonation. The cask version even seemed to have slightly more malty aroma than the other versions.

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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