Sunday, February 26, 2012

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout



Schlafly Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Saint Louis Brewery / Schlafly Tap Room
Saint Louis, Missouri USA

Oatmeal Stout

5.70% ABV





Commercial Description:
This rich, full-bodied Stout has sweetness from caramel malt, bitterness from roasted barley and smoothness from flaked oats. Available on draft and in bottles.
(RateBeer.com.com)

General Pricing:
12oz bottle, ~$9.50 6 pack, ~$34.00 case

Background:
The gang at work contracted State Line Liquors to put together a basket of cheer for me when I was home with a nasty case of the Shingles. Robert Murray at SLL did a great job in personally selecting beers for me. The next several reviews will be from this gift basket.


Review:
The beer pours a “Stout Black” actually very dark brown, completely opaque with no light getting through and a rich dark tan to chocolate brown head.

The nose is nice with pleasant hardy dark roasted malt aromas. There is a nice earthy or hardy aspect to the nose. I can’t what to see what that taste like.

Not a bad first sip. There isn’t anything over the top about this beer; it’s just a very good straight forward Oatmeal Stout. Love it!

We start out with a hint of dark malt sweetness up front followed by a very pleasant mouthfeel as this full bodied stout rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking for a stout with an almost effortless swallow. There is a slight carbonation release that masks some flavors during the swallow. The finish is nice with hardy dark roasted malt flavors with modest notes of dark chocolate. There is also a simple sweetness in the finish that gives a drying effect. For a stout there is not much of a final aftertaste just some lingering dark malts. At least in these first sips there is not that stout coating left in the mouth.

I am really enjoying this beer. Too often craft brewers push things to the extreme. That’s not bad to push the limits but it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy a simple easy drinking straight forward Oatmeal Stout for a change. In this case simple is better. Or maybe it’s just the mood that I’m in.

I have let this warm to room temperature. We are now at 71 degrees.

What a nice beer at this temperature. It’s a little smoother and I’m picking up some coffee notes that I did not notice when it was colder. The really nice thing is that it did not pick up any off flavors. It is still delicious at 71 degrees.

This is an A for me.

Schlafly Oatmeal Stout is a delightfully simple well crafted Oatmeal Stout with straightforward rich dark roasted malt flavors, smooth and easy drinking to the last delicious warm drop. This goes to show you that you don’t need to be extreme to be an A.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the nice review. While we certainly do brew some more "extreme" beers, including a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout at over 10% abv, our year-round styles like the Oatmeal Stout are designed to be more sessionable and approachable. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Hope you're feeling better.
    Troika Brodsky
    Communications Dir. Schlafly Beer

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    1. Troika, Thanks for leaving a comment and yes, I am doing much better thank you.
      I only recently discovered Schlafly and have been pretty impressed with what I have had so far. I’ll have to look for your imperial stout, it really sounds good.
      Thanks again and thanks for brewing such good beers.
      John

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