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Schlafly Oatmeal StoutSchlafly Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black amber, with a thick, tan head of bubbles.

Nose is impressive - roasty and burnt.

Flavor is bold -- blackened, burnt malts with hints of bitter chocolate or French roasted coffee at the finish. Very smooth in body and quite drinkable.

Superb and very enjoyable, and the taste and complexity improved as my ale glass warmed to room temperature.

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Photo of brewemstrong
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Almost black in appearance with a limited off-white head that stays only for a short time after the pour. Zero lace

S: Obvious notes of oatmeal, but light and not too sugary. Lacking much hop character here as well.

T: The smoothness is there, but I was hoping for more oat taste. Perfect amount of sweetness coupled with a soft hop finish. A touch of vanilla with toffee?

M: Heavy carbonation that might distract from the oats, as smooth as they are. Something is off with the oat-hop-carbonation dynamic.

D: Leaves an unfortunate chalky taste the more you sip. Really makes this just a medium-bodied stout.

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

Poured from the bottle into a small snifter. It pours opaque w/ some red tint. Has a slightly tan head w/ poor lacing & the head goes away quickly. The smell is of sweet malt, however this is a little low for me. There's a slight acidic bite & restrained hop to the nose. The taste is coffeeish, roasted malt, some espresso notes, & not as smooth as expected taking into account the flakes used to make this style. It's quite reserved but a decent stout. A slight lingering finish & has a good hop taste to it. Medium body & pretty drinkable. I wish it were more assertive, that would do wonders for this beer. I could have several of these in a setting. Prosit!

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Nutty scent, a bit muffled though. Hazelnut or almond, a theme of roastedness (smokiness?) comes through

Mouthfeel - Relatively light in body for what I was expecting, pretty lightly carbonated without much creaminess.

Appearance - Poured to dark mahoghany, with some light still making it through a regular pint glass. Little head initially, a slight amount hanging around without lacing.

Taste - Some burnt malt taste, the nuttiness is covered by the bitterness from the malt. Some smokiness seems to creep in, maybe a bit of smoked malt.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable, light in body wouldn't make it sit too heavy but this isn't all that great a flavor. 3 or 4 and done, but rather stop at 1.

Overall - doesn't really seem all that true to style being a bit too light in body and having more bitterness than expected. Don't get the expected silkiness in mouthfeel. Bit of a disappointment.

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

A- dark coca cola brown with thick rich head and lasting lace
S- faint hints of roast malt and a twinge of wheat
T- tasted like a stout with a grainy finish and malts weren't as pronounced
M- medium mouthfeel with a grain aftertaste
D- good drinkability for me. I would buy this again as with most offerings from schafelys

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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 stephens101
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of sliverX
2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours looking just like a coke, with lesser carbonation, and a cream colored head. This bottle is over a year old so the smell is pretty dull. It's got some light roasted maltiness to it with a little sweetness and slight alcohol. It tastes pretty standard. It's not very rich but has the light coffee appeal of a stout and has some breadiness to it as well. It drinks medium bodied and pretty smoothly. It's a decent stout but nothing too special.

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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 alleykatking
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a darker brown color with reddish hues when held to the light around the glass edges. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. Nice webbed lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Aroma was mostly roasted malts with some faint cocoa powder like aroma in the backend. There is also some light coffee in the tailend. The overall aroma is faint and understated for the most part.

T- The taste is roasted malts in the front in a light form. The roasted malts linger through to the ending but faintly. The middle is a light chocolate flavor. The ending is a faint coffee taste.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Watery flavor in the overall mouthfeel. Light roasted malts left on the palate with some coffee flavors in the aftertaste. The alcohol shows up lightly in drying the palate. The flavors however weak they appear are actually well balanced for the style.

D- This beer is highly drinkable. The downplay in the flavor helps to this and reminds me of the next step above Guinness. The alcohol is low enough to make this beer sessionable to the average drinker and beyond.

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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 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 bamadog
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, brewed on 7/15/10 into a pint glass. I have had this beer many times, but this is my first time to review. Pours black, with just a touch of light peeking through. Not much lacing. Aroma and flavors are sweet, with oats, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is thin with a low level of carbonation. ABV and mouthfeel combine to make this a drinkable stout, I never have a problem finishing 2 or 3 of these in a sitting. All said one of my favorites from Schlafly. Cheers!

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

Light black to cola brown color with some nice residual foam after the two finger head recedes.

Some gypsum dry roasted malts, faint cocoa powder, and wet oats.

The taste is full of roasted malts that give a very dry brownie a cocoa nuance. The front is dry, while the finish is smooth and syrupy.

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Photo of CHL
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours picture-perfect with tall, clinging tan head and dark body (black unless held to the light.

Smelled with a touch of the oats, malt, and very strong roasted odors. These totally dominated the taste to me, and the malts were not remarkable. I found the taste surprisingly simple, and I'm not a fan of the strong smoke component. Felt thin in my mouth for the style as well.

That said, it's pretty quaffable for the style.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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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 Schmittymack
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle dated 01-26-2010 poured into standard shaker glass. I've had this before but have never reviewed it so here goes:

More a dark brown than black like most better stouts. Pours a small head that disapated quickly, leaving a thin lacing on sides of glass.

Tasting a fair amount of oatmeal as this warms up; definitely quite quaffable. I'd get this again as a sessionable stout.

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Photo of channelzero0
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

April 30, 2010

A - Extremely Black, reminds me of Guinness.

S - Light Oats and Coffee smell

T - I liked stiff malt and oat taste. A stronger than expected bitterness.

M - Very carbonated.

D - Its hard to drink fast because of the carbonation and because its a stout.

Cheaper than Guinness and without the taste of burnt barley.

I liked the beer but am not a fan of stouts.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk yesterday, 12oz to goblet, bottled on 1/26/2010.

Hershey brown and clear. Frothy cap of a fairly dark shade of off-white. I'll call it toasted marshmallow.

Clean lager crackery yeast smell that seems to be characteristic of Schlafly's house yeast. A little sour, a little toffee, and a bit like a smore to be honest.

Coffee beans, milk chocolate, even more sour. Some cracker or bread, graininess, or oatiness.

Lighter than an oatmeal stout should be, the standard carb of Schlafly, verging on too much.

Probably a pounder of a stout that's a better value than Guinness.

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Photo of WWWade
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of stouts, and this is one of my favorite. It really does not hit as deep as most stouts. It feels much more carbonated and drinkable than most stouts, without compromising one ounce of flavor.

A - the darkest brown ever, almost black, with a small off white head.

S - very very mild malts. Not a strong aroma at all.

T - light malts and oats. It is very perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter.

M - More carbonated than most stouts.

D - If you love stouts, or if you don't, grab a 12 pack or more.


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