Schlafly Brand Oatmeal StoutMay 1, 2004 St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Brewery
St. Louis, MO
Available: MO, IL
The St. Louis Brewery, the second largest brewery in St. Louis, has only recently begun bottling. Beer, however, is not its only product: fans all over the country await the column “Top Fermentation” in the brewery’s newsletter and website. Schlafly Oatmeal Stout is brewed with caramel malt, roasted barley and flaked oats.
Alcohol (wt.): 5
Alcohol (vol.): 6.3
Wonderful stout with a beautiful blond head and an inviting, snappy sound, followed by a truly inviting nose and a character-filled, palate-pleasing, full-bodied taste. Roasty bitterness backed up by fullness and an invitation to linger awhile to savor the wholesome goodness. Perhaps to the freezer for a dollop of some vanilla-bean ice cream to enhance the wonder of it all.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer is dark, of course, but it’s also so murky that I can’t see through it at all. Is it unfiltered? The nose shows some chocolate and coffee with a lurking whiff of sulfur. The palate is rather thin, with a tough hop edge and a metallic roast tang. The flavors scoot through the center and exit quickly, leaving a hard bitterness behind. The rounded silkiness of oatmeal seems nowhere in sight. This beer needs broader malt shoulders and a softer touch.
- Garrett Oliver
Beige head. Ebony color. Oily texture, but not as creamy as oatmeal stouts typically can be. In the labelling, the word oatmeal is downplayed, perhaps intentionally. No doubt it contains oatmeal, but in style this is a dry stout, and a good one. It is well balanced, but definitely dry, without the aggressively carbonised, burnt malt character found in some examples. Good hop bitterness, without being overwhelming, and the slightest hint of licorice toffee.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.