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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

290 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 290
Hads: 803
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 51
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 11-11-2001

Our Coffee Stout is a classic combination of a traditional stout and premium French roast coffee from St. Louis roaster, Kaldi’s Coffee. Roasted barley and coffee dominate the aroma, with the sweetness from the stout balancing the acidity of the coffee. We use a unique cold toddy extraction process to brew a less acidic coffee for the beer.

In the 1990’s, Kaldi’s staff started visiting the Schlafly Tap Room, asking for a pint of stout and a shot of espresso. Both Schlafly and Kaldi’s realized this was a match made in beer heaven, and soon started working together to find the perfect coffee blend to mix with our Oatmeal Stout. This collaboration continues today, with regular tastings to perfect the Coffee Stout.

30 IBU
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Reviews: 290 | Hads: 803
Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really strong and really good coffee flavor, with a small amount of carbonation that helps get the full effect without feeling overpowered. Very nice. (153 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near opaque black with subtle garnet highlights and a thick, bubbly tan head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Strong aromas of roasted grain, coffee, minerals, and earthy hops fill the nose.

T: Notes of coffee, cream, vanilla bean, roasted grain, leather, bitter chocolate, and earthy hops fill the mouth before a smooth finish of leather, coffee, and cream takes the reins.

M: Thinner than one would expect for a stout, I would say this ale is closer to being medium-bodied than full-bodied. The texture in the mouth is silky and smooth. Carbonation is very airy and delicate. This ale is almost too easy to drink.

O: An excellent stout. While I would have preferred a thicker, heavier body and more complexity on the nose, this is still a very good beer. Unlike many coffee stouts, this one really showcases the aroma and flavor of the coffee used. Highly recommended. (887 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this from Schlafly Bottelworks on May 9th and drank it May 10th (poured into a thick panel beer mug). It pretty much does taste like black iced coffee. I was expecting it to be a little sweeter (not sure why), but it was pretty bitter, however it was a coffee bitter (which I don't mind) and not an American hop bitter. (329 characters)

Photo of DrS_StL
4.96/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Taste: Excellent full flavor, combines a strong stout (akin to the Oatmeal Stout brewed by Schlafly) with a robust local dark roast coffee. No overly sweet aftertaste or bitterness from the coffee. Delicious all the way through. Bold and slightly creamy texture.

Smell: Coffee notes, toasted malts.

*Minor complaint: Sometimes does not hold head when poured out in a glass. I recommend drinking straight from the bottle. (422 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with with a fingernail of beige on top. Brussels lacing. No light seeps through. aroma of dark coffee and hints of chocolate. The flavor is initially bitter dark coffee and then it switches over to a chocolatey sweetness. The mouth is thick and viscous. (274 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a moderate light brown (or beige) head. Lacing evident. Coffee flavor that is well done and no bitter aftertaste. Good coffee stout that is at a reasonable alcohol level. (194 characters)

Photo of CAC329
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am enjoying this greatly.
Nice creamy head, webbing to glass.
Wonderful coffee aroma!
Not overpowering, good blend, easy going down.
This one has a future in my fridge. (174 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 3/25/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Brew pours close to a pitch black in color with a good 1-finger foamy beige head. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with some fresh roasted and ground coffee beans. Very nice. The taste is pretty much the same with a nice flavor of coffee that is not strong or overpowering like some coffee stouts I have tried. Very smooth and goes down easy. No strong, no bitter and no harsh aftertaste at all. A great Coffee Stout! Medium-bodied with lower carbonation. (651 characters)

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: 4.25 - Looks a little like Dr. Pepper with an amber tint among all the blackness. Poured a thin head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: 4.5 - A wonderful smell of coffee, as to be expected. It isn't at all overpowering, but a nice, comfortable scent. Like walking into a coffee shop. This is probably what Kaldi's smells like. Nice.

Taste: 4.5 - Just like the nose, a wonderful coffee smell. Some people may actually like this over BS. BS is like, "have some of this extra dark roast coffee b***h!"; this is like a nice morning cup of joe. In beer form. Awesome stuff.

Feel: 3.5 - A little thin; I'd like it to be a little thicker. Very easy drinking.

Overall: 4.25 - Overall this is a delightful little coffee stout. It lives up to the name. B (758 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a thick tan head (caffe crema?). The smell is intensely espresso. Coffee beans...highly roasted...some background roasted barley and malt, but the coffee is in front. The taste is similar...coffee, with a stout bitterness and a lot of creamy mouthfeel. This is an excellent brew. (303 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Color was dark brown but not quite opaque. It rather resembled coffee. Very light milk-colored head. Strong smell of coffee. Very strong taste of burnt coffee but lacked other, complimentary flavors. Starts strong but finishes rather weak. It could have used some chocolate. Very light carbonation. Not a bad stout but cannot be compared to, say, Founders Breakfast Stout. (403 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer appears black in color but when held up to the light the bottom of the glass is clear dark red. No carbonation is visible. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and oats are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of oats and hints of cold brewed coffee. There are slight hints of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and very smooth and airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The mouthfeel of this beer has a really nice smoothness, although the coffee flavors take a bit of time to develop as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle (824 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped 41113E2121006. Brewed with love 12/28/14.

A: Deep amber-brown body with an opaque black appearance in the glass. 1 finger of light mocha-colored head. Below average retention. Light lacing.

S: Strongly of dark roasted coffee grounds. Light cacao, licorice, nuts. Faint indistinct hops lurk in the background.

T: Bittersweet coffee and roasted malts open with the former dominating. A mild hop presence enters late. Finished mostly dry with a coffee-like aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a surprisingly light body and feel. Think carbonated iced coffee.

O: The coffee is very strong with this one. I almost forgot I was drinking a beer at times, which may or may not be your thing. Left me a bit unfulfilled, but the coffee notes are admittedly quite good.

Prost! (901 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brown creamy head.
Smells of a nice balanced coffee with a sweet smelling barley/toffee smell.
A very balanced coffee, vanilla, barley malt taste. Pleasantly surprised.
Very smooth finish with coffee and slight bitter lingers.
Overall a very nice stout. (278 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L (3.5) - Pours a nice dark, stout color. Little to no head. And whats there is kinda dark and sad.

S (4) - Smells good. Get a nice coffee note.

T (3) - Coffee. I get it should taste like coffee, but this was too overbearing. I thought I was drinking cold, slightly carbonated coffee.

F (4) - Decent feel. Not overly carbed, and drinks well. Maybe a little thin for an oatmeal stout?

O (3.5) - I bought this one on a lark, and probably won't again. Maybe it's just me, but I thought the coffee taste was too over-the-top. (535 characters)

Photo of embass
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown with a light-tan head. A little thin; does not grab the glass.

Had a strong coffee scent along with some nice chocolaty notes mixed in along with.

Taste was a very smooth blend of roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of caramel.

Very light on the bitterness; nice balance of a sweet stout versus the bitterness/acidity of the coffee.

A little on the thin-side as far as feel goes. Not necessarily a bad thing but I typically prefer more of a medium-bodied coffee stout.

Overall I really liked the balance and drinkability of this coffee stout. I’m generally pretty impressed with Schlafly’s. I wish this was a bit thicker and had a higher ABV; but I get what they were going for. (710 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Preston.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates to big bubbles. Fragmented lacing.

S: Heavy coffee grounds. Chocolate malts, barley. So nice.

T: A terrific blend of french roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Hefty, robust. Low bitterness and acidity. So drinkable.

M: Medium with medium mouthfeel. A solid finish.

O: A very nice surprise. I went right out and bought a sixer. At only $8, this is a steal. Recommended for coffee beer fans. (512 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite stout, which I am not a huge fan of, but do enjoy. This one is a nice smooth stout that is not too heavy or cloying. It is essentially their oatmeal stout, which is also good, but with the delicious addition of fresh ground Kaldi's coffee. This is my go to when I want a stout.

Would purchase again. (321 characters)

Photo of qchic
3.85/5  rDev +1%

For coffee lovers only. Thought the moderate alcohol might make for a thin beer, but plenty of roasty, chocolatey coffee flavor with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit of tang and bitterness. Good beer from a solid brewery! (228 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%

Aroma is roasty malt, coffee grounds, a touch of chocolate, licorice, and rounded out by nutty malt sweetness. Flavor reveals strong coffee dominance throughout, accented by dark chocolate. There's a touch of an acrid character initially, which fades in the lightly bitter, roasty finish. Toasted nuts emerge in the aftertaste. Coffee isn't my favorite, but this is a well constructed beer. (390 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola brown color with a small tight khaki colored head. The retention was quick and settled into a light ring.

The aroma is not particuliarly strong but does have a nice coffee scent. Nice cold coffee and coffee grounds aroma, good roast. The aroma is a nice earthy/woody scent.

Freshly ground coffee in the taste. Excellent flavor and not overly bitter. Subtle wood notes with a peaty type of flavor. The malt base is quite light and brings a tea like flavor, perhaps a note of lemon. A hint of caramel as well.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate but has enough of a roasted bitter offset to balance. Perhaps a touch stick in the finish.

Very good coffee flavor; I enjoyed that very much. However, the stout base is lacking and more resembles a brown ale. Quite light for the style.

#1700 reviewed (866 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black color with a 1 finger tan head. The head has really uniform bubbles, which I always like. The head reduces but does not disappear. It stays as a thin white layer over the brew.

S: It smells like coffee. A robust coffee very powerful and pronounced.

T: Slightly bitter coffee. It is not a subtle hint of coffee - it is full on coffee flavor.

M: Nice balance of carbonation - smooth on the palate.

O: Too much of a good thing? This is like coffee with some stout thrown in. I am not a coffee drinker - but I like the smell of it. This would be a great breakfast stout. It is not one that I could drink more than one at a sitting. (640 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served at Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, IL. Poured into a snifter glass today, 4/4/2014.

App- dark brown body, one finger tan head, good retention and no lacing.

Smell- good roast espresso notes, milk chocolate. Not complex or anything but the balance here is very good

Flavour- milk chocolate, creamer with espresso. It's sort of what I'd expect a cafe au lait that tasted like noble, earthy hops on the backend. It works just well enough.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink. Not too bitter on the backend.

Overall- a fine local coffee stout that is balanced quite well. No offensive flavours. Works for me. (656 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also some grains and a bit of a an oatmeal type flavour.

Overall - A good beer, not as much coffee and I was expecting, tastes just like a regular stout. Good nonetheless. (586 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Nose is straight coffee. Deep roasted coffee ground with undertow of chocolate and roast. Taste is much a like a chilled black coffee. Nice robust coffee notes along with notes of oats, charred grain, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with mild carbonation. Overall, very nice coffee character in this beer. (356 characters)

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