Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - Dated 11/03/2011. Pours a reflective, ominous black with no hint of what is contained within. About 2-fingers of khaki-colored head gradually forms with a thick, foamy consistency and big bubbles here and there. The retention is fantastic, and it only seems to slowly shrink, not dissipate. This lends itself to some great, sticky lacing.
S - Wow, the nose on this brings some of the strongest hints of espresso that I've had in a beer, maybe only behind Founders' Breakfast Stout line and Peche Mortel. It is almost all coffee grounds here, with only the malts having a chance to challenge it. There's a bit of chocolate and oat here, but this is definitely a coffee bomb.
T - I always find myself split on coffee-infused beers. On one hand, I absolutely love coffee and it's a rare day that I don't wake up to a cup (or more) of it, but on the other hand, most coffee beers aren't well-executed and are much too bitter. I don't know to what extent the 'cold toddy extraction process' played in this beer, but Schlafly really did a fine job of getting a ton of coffee flavor without the harshness or even a lot of the roast. It's pretty much drinking a smooth iced coffee. That being said, as in the nose, it's kind of hard to get much else besides the coffee, but I guess that's the point of this beer.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. This even feels like coffee in the mouth, but perhaps without as dry a finish. A long lasting coffee aftertaste makes every sip last, and it is smooth all around.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I have to say I'm pretty impressed with this, especially for the price. This is definitely a beer for coffee-lovers so if you can't stand it, then buyer beware. For me, though, this is an example of the style done right, but I'd like to have gotten a bit more of the underlying oatmeal stout.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 04:23:58 | More by nhindian
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