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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%
 
 
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Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- aroma is made up of mostly raisin and dried fig, with traces of coffee & chocolate

T- dark fruit notes continue through to the taste with notes of fig & raisin. Coffee and chocolate kick in mid-palate with a smoothness from the oats. More dark fruit on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- an easy drinking, middle of the road oatmeal stout

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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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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Good beer that pours a decent 1/2 to 3/4 in. head and produces pretty good lacing. Beautiful deep chocolate color that is very hard to see through. Aroma is very light. Taste is good and this is one of the more criper oatmeal stouts I have had. There is a nice malty-raisin taste and a great crisp, carbonated finish. Not as creamy as other stouts, but unique in its own way and very very drinkable !!!!!!!!!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the final brew from MJR. Thanks a bundle man!

Chilled sample in a pint glass. The beer pours a dark brown color with a soft fluffy beige head foamin up easily and residing on the surface for a long time. Aroma is sweet toffee, and rich roasted malt, some slight nuttiness perhaps? No real hop presence I can detect. First sip reveals a creamy, silky textured brew with very mild carbonation. Flavor is very roasty up front and rolls to a big malt sweetness of chocolate and caramel, some nuttiness here as well. The finish is slightly coffee bitter but is still appealing. Very smooth and tasty brew. Another winner from Schlafly!!

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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 AndrewMichael
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled with love on 02/24/2015 at 09:21 so was a bit worried in freshness. Still poured the dark black ale with a white foamy head. I consider this a classic stout, great roasted flavors, easy and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - no light getting through any part of the Belgian glass. A thick finger of light tan foam holds at a partial cover, leaving dotted lace behind.

Aroma - good roasted crystal malt nose, a robust grain staying around after things settle.

Taste - a good roasty level, minimal char. Not very intense but quite flavorful. Solid espresso notes, just a touch of burnt flavor, rather nice!

Mouthfeel - even, smooth, average body, right on. Carbonation is up there.

Drinkability -a most sessionable stout. Not overly filling but very tasty.

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

A-Deep, dark brown with a large, foamy light tan head that reduces slowly. Spotty lacing left behind.

S-Dark roasted malt a bit of mocha and coffee.

T-Roasted malts with a surprising amount of sweetness. Some bitterness from the hopa and the coffee-like astringency.

M-Medium-light body (bordering on light). This one is a bit too thin for my liking. Almost brown ale like. Decent creamy smoothness though.

D-The pleasant flavours rescues this one from being sub standard. Body profile could use a bit of beefing up. Decent overall but not one I would reach for over and over again.

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

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

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
A pretty decent oatmeal stout and probably worth purchasing again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque. Simply opaque. Don't bother to hold this one up to the light, because you won't see through it at all.

The nose leaves little doubt that this is an oatmeal stout. Warm bread, roasted malt and aromas of a just opened container of Quaker's oatmeal are prominent. Very oatmeal-y. Perhaps a perfect breakfast beer for a cold winter morning.

Palate is dominated by the roastiness of the malt. Very sweet. Oatmeal too, though it's mostly on the nose.

Finish leaves a residual toasted or burnt sugar sweetness, roasted malt again, and a light to moderate hop character.

Only complaint is that the body is very thin or light. A thicker mouthfeel would make this an excellent beer. It might be more drinkable as it is, but the thinner body is disappointing. This is for the bottled version.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a thin dirt brown head that quickly recedes to the glass edges.

Smells of roasty vanilla and oats. Every once and a while I got some deli meat juice scent. I kid you not.

Roasty bitterness enhances the sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. Chalky cola aftertaste. Mouthfeel was incerdibly smooth, but also thin.

Overall smooth and highly drinkable but the flavors are inconsistent from sip to sip.

via mphopkins99

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

Had on-tap at the Tap Room on my latest trip to St. Louis.
Dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipated slowly, leaving thin lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, some faint coffee and chocolate, no real hop smell. Taste is similar to the aroma. Light roasted malt flavor, some bitter coffee or bittersweet chocolate come through. More coffee flavor comes out at the end (once it has warmed a bit). Good mouthfeel, but not as thick and rich as I was expecting. Closer to a dry stout in body and finish. Moderate level of carbonation keep it smooth, dry finish. Overall this is OK, but I have had better.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a terrible complex beer but a good one none the less.
Some desent roasted malts in the nose comes through nicely in the taste along with some hints of chocolate and coffee.
The addition of oatmeal makes for a full body and smooth beer on the palate.
I wish I had another.

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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 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 kmpitz2
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The beer is deep brown in color with ruby tinges around the edges. A 2.5 finger tan head sits nicely over top of this one, falling to a towering compact island of foam over the beer. Clarity appears to be very good and there is a moderate carbonation apparent. The aroms brings roasty and nutty maltyness, a nice roundness, almost creamy from the oatmeal, with a kiss of coffee hiding in the background. The flavor is roasted and oaty up front, moving to a mild bitter and slightly pineyness from the hop, finishing with a hint of coffee and more bitter. As I swallow the beer, I get a bit of alcohol coming up into my sinus cavity, which detracts a little from the experience. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very minimal carbonation, with a hint of creamy texture to it. Overall, this is a fairly nice brew. It is one that would be easy to drink a few of.

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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 ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark brown to near black and has a small tan head. The aroma is big on oatmeal with some fruit and coffee in the background. The flavor is roasted malt with hops. A real good beer.

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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 bditty187
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes…

"Bottled with Love on Dec 29 04”

Dark brown in hue, blacker in the middle, redder around the edges. Shiny. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was almost two-fingers in height before it quickly faded to a clumpy, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and moderate in its coverage. I like how this beer looks. The nose was unimpressive. It lacked any sort of assertive oat sweetness or roasted qualities. The loudest smell was metal, tin to be exact. Smells like a bottle too. Weak astringency tries to shine through. I’m not impressed with the nose and I can’t call it inviting. The palate is not impressive either. Like the nose the palate lacks any sort of assertive oat sweetness or roasted qualities. In fact this beer doesn’t even taste like an Oatmeal Stout to me. Porter? Sure. Regardless of what it is, this beer really isn’t that good. At best the palate is ordinary with very weak (and irrelevant) kisses of roast, char, day old coffee grinds (diluted), and some caramel sweetness. I have lost interest in this beer quickly. I should have never drunk the bottle version; I should have let the image of the cask-conditioned nectar stay at the forefront of my mind. The finish is clean, way too clean for a “quality” beer. I also don’t like the rawness that sits at the back of my tongue, it is disjointed and it fails to add anything to the taste. Yawn. I’ve had very few Oatmeal Stouts that tasted less like an Oatmeal Stout. Sad. Medium in body, firm carbonation but it fits the mouthfeel well. However there is something stiff and lifeless about it. I felt compelled to swallow just to get it out of my mouth. It is hard to savor anything that way; no loss really as this beer doesn’t have any flavors worth savoring. Drinkable? Well, it is easy to drink because there is nothing there but that is hardly what I’m looking for in a beer. I am hugely disappointed in this offering. I can’t see returning to this beer in the future. This was purchased at the Tap Room in St. Louis as part of a mixed six-pack. I say skip it.

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to unclejedi for sending this one my way. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a dark translucent brown color with about two fingers of bubbly, dark tan foam. Smells of roasted grains, coffee and a touch of sweetness. Tastes of lightly roasted coffee, and a hint of bittersweet cocoa. Medium in both body and carbonation. A pretty tasty example and one I'm glad I was able to try.

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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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