Schlafly Oatmeal Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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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Ratings: 732 |  Reviews: 260
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: opaque brown-black brew, with a cappucino colored head that stands thick and creamy. leaves great lacing

S: Delicious cocoa and roasted barley and oatmeal

T: Follows the smell with a duste cocoa entry followed by oatmeal and roasted barley with a fading roasty and cocoa finish.

M: A full bodied beer that goes down smooth and creamy with a slightly dry finish

Overall, this is a very good example of the style. It has been my go too for english style stouts. The nose and flavor are wonderful.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the growler via Jungle Jim's. This very quaff-able brew pours near black with brown highlights, a thick light tan head of foam that lingers, and a lot of great lacing. Nose of faint coffee, faint cocoa, sweet dark molasses, and light smokey char. Flavors follow the nose with sweet malts to the front bringing in a dark molasses flavor followed by deeply roasted malts that have a kiss of smoke to them, and a touch of light coffee and cocoa on the sides and back. A light bittering hops comes through on the aftertaste blending nicely with the roasted quality. Oats gives a smooth mouth feel finishing with a moderately roasted malt and light hops aftertaste. Excellent and balanced.


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Photo of Winston3737
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Clockwork420
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to glass stein.
Purple label. $6.97 a six.

A - Black ruby. Nice lacing. Nice 1 finger head that has decent rention.

S - Hint of smoke, and dark goodies. Sweet, bready goodness in the nose.

T - Taste bready, hints of lots of dark notes and chocolate. Smooth and thick to the teeth, But not thick when you drink it. Easy to get down. Smoke and tang aftertaste. But not overwhelming.

M - At first taste I thought it was rather thick. But then after a sitting it was brought to my attention that a few of these buggers could go down no problem. Definitly good. Thick tasting but not thick in reality. Could be better in this area but Its not lacking much at all.

D - Im going to say fairly high. Definitly surprized.

This one was different than alot of my other reviews. I though it was going to be dead on or fail for the class. It was different in a major way. I thought it was a thicker beer but it just tasted thicker than it actually was. Not complex. Full frontal easy to the new beer drinker or advocate for that matter.

I would buy again most likely for the price.
Although alot of seasonal stuff is out for spring time and I regret not getting some of that.

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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-very dark chestnut brown with a fingers worth of tan head that sticks to the side of the glass

S-roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and oatmeal sweetness

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt backbone, dark roasted coffee, some dark chocolate sweetness

M-very smooth, thin to medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall a nice, pretty basic oatmeal stout that is easy to drink

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

A: Dark brown with a thick tan head. Great lacing.

S: Not too strong, surprisingly. Roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: Oatmeal and a coffee finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste, which may turn lesser men away.

M: Not as thick as I had expected, but pleasing.

D: Very smooth for a stout, I could drink several of these.

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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 mullenite
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a mostly-opaque black color with a cocoa head that is impressive. Delicate lacing in the pint glass. Nose is of sweet chocolate, mocha, and oat bread. Palate is on the sweet side up front, then finished a bit drier. Good round mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Hop backbone balances this beer nicely. Everything a good, standard ooatmeal stout ought to be. One of my favorites from Schlafly.

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Photo of alostplot
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours nearly pitch black with a one and a half finger dark tan head. Excellent head retention with a cap remaining over halfway through the glass. Nearly a solid wall of lacing as well. Impressive.

Lot of coffee in the aroma along with a solid shot of dark chocolate. Nice dark roasted malt and a touch of dark fruits.

Rich roasted malt, espresso, and dark chocolate on the taste. The chocolately roast just carries on for what seems like forever and is perfect with the silky smoothe mouthfeel provided by the oats in the mash. The more I drink this, the more I pick up on some plums and dates as well. Just a moderate bitterness that is enough to balance out the sweetness.

Overall, one of the better oatmeal stouts I have had. Lots of roast and chocolate and a great mouthfeel. A wonderful dessert beer.

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Photo of jw35
3.92/5  rDev +8%

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 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 TheCondor
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Also grabbed as a mix and match sixer. Some Schlafly products are good, some are bad. Only time and experience will tell with some of their products. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a flat black with no head and leaves little lacing. Pretty standard fare for a stout. Exactly what I expected

Smell - Smells exactly as described on the bottle. Strong notes of coffee, raisins, cocoa, malts, and oatmeal. I'm enjoying the smell thoroughly.

Taste - Smooth cocoa and chocolate up front, with the coffee more prevalent toward the middle and rear of the drink. Roasted malts are prevalent in the drink as well. Fairly complex flavor, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth and creamy, nice and thick. Very much what I expected out of an oatmeal stout, very good.

Overall - While this is not the best oatmeal stout I have ever had, it is certainly a quality product. I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone. Condor recommended and approved!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a very dark brown that appears to almost be black. The head is a lasting tan that is frothy.

Strong oatmeal notes with hints of coffee notes appear in the smell. Some bready malt smell and yeast smell also make an appearance.

The stout has a bit of hop bitterness that mixes well with the coffee notes and the oatmeal flavor. The oatmeal is fairly strong and unifies the beer to an extent. Hints of roasted barely add to the complex mix as well. Additionally, a roasted malt flavor makes an appearance as well.

Heavy bodied with biting carbonation. Smooth feel and finish. However, the oatmeal sometimes provides a nice silky feel to the beer after it warms up a little bit.

A pretty decent oatmeal stout and probably worth purchasing again.

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Photo of Vancer
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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

12 oz. bottle as an extra from (I believe) hooliganlife. Thanks! Expiration date of 07.01.2009, poured into a traditional American pint. CORRECTION: This was the bottled date, NOT the expiration date!

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with enough ruby highlights around the periphery to let you know this beer is filtered and transparent, but this beer is - for all practical purposes - near black. A good solid two fingers of tan head fades into a thick, persistent sheen of lace - really a good quarter-finger in height - that remains for nearly the entirety of the drink. Great swaths of sticky lacing betray the high flaked oat content of this one - very nice.

Aroma: Very faint, but what is there is nice - a toasty presence, faint cocoa, earth, some sweet roastedness, and only the faintest astringencies.

Taste: Very smooth, solid, and - while not overly flavorful - I'd have to say balanced. Your standard array of toasted notes, with overtones of bittersweet cocoa, toast, caramel, dark toffee, and wholesome oatmeal. A faint amount of astringencies that pick up a little as it warms but blend interestingly enough with a mild hop bitterness and a faint grassy, spicy backing note. All in all, nothing to write home about, but pretty good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very creamy from the oat addition, with an already slightly thin body that's beefed up to just about the point I'd hope it to be with the aforementioned addition. Moderate carbonation adds a nice, light prickle.

Drinkability: Well this was a really nice treat. Not sure why this one is scoring so low - for the style, it's pretty good, hitting most of the highlights without making any huge missteps. The relatively low abv% enhances the drinkability a little further, too. I can see myself enjoying one of these on a Friday after work or with a nice earthy cheese or a grilled veggie kabob or two. Nothing to write home about, but it was good.

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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 tshute
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mlockman
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not amazing, but very drinkable.

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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 Captain_Komamura
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It is a dark brown to black in color with a tan head.

Smell - A nice fruity smell from the raisins, with coffee, malts, and oatmeal smell as well.

Taste - It is a nice coffee/chocolate flavor hits the tongue first, followed by the raisins, and ending with the oatmeal and burnt malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Nice silky body, with good carbonation.

Overall - It is a pretty good oatmeal stout.

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

This stout is just on the verge of being a lesser beer.
L=dark brown/reddish color, thin lacey head that dissipates quickly
S= non descript typical malty - no sweet notes to mention
T = this is what saves this beer. The sweetness certainly comes through in the taste. Raisins, and tart/sweet/dried fruit flavor. The finish is rather bland - but I like it.
F= the carbonation is fine with this doesnt detract from the experience.
O = I got this beer on a whim hoping to find the coffee/vanilla stout. Being that I like Sam Smiths Oatmeal stout I thought I would give this one a go.
This is my first experience with Schlafly beer - I will be buying more!

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

Pours a dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, grass, smoke, some earthy malt, and some very slight hops. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick. Average carbonation level and strong bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt up front, smoke comes through second, hops are noticeable in the background, an earthy malt flavor is present next, and the finish is a smooth roasted malt flavor. Overall, I rather enjoy the smoke flavors and the complexity of the palate. This is another fine beer from Schlafly and worth the try.

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.63 out of 5 based on 732 ratings.
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