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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Coffee StoutSchlafly Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

786 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 86 | 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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Ratings: 786 | Reviews: 295
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Photo of brownbeer
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany with a light brown head.

Has a lighter aroma of coffee bean, oats, and chocolate.

Once again, the flavors are lighter but the body is full. Not the cleanest blend of coffee roast and chocolate, but it still works. The finish is slightly astringent and dry with some noticable hops.

It has a nice quaffable quality, i've been known to drink around six of these at a time. More of the session coffee stout, if you will. I have drank my fair share of this beer and will continue as it's on tap at my weekend pub.

Photo of Engibeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a growler provided by my brother and sister-in-law as a Christmas Gift. Served in a new English pint glass; a gift from my sister.

Poured a dark, dark karo syrup brown with garnet highlights. Head tan and fine. Nice lace. The aroma is good roast coffee. Very faint hops if any. The taste is delicious coffee and chocolate. No harsh bitterness, just the right amount to meet the style. A little thin on the mouth feel, but a nice finish. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/2/10. Pours brown with a smallish off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, some chocolate and coffee.

The flavor is bready malts and slightly stale acidic coffee with a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK coffee stout. There's decent coffee presence but the flavor is a bit off for me.

Photo of CAC329
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label. This stout is brewed with Kaldi's Coffee.

Head retention is fine, some good stickage on the glass. A shade lighter than pitch black the liquid is. Smells of mocha iced coffee with a hint of sweetness from the oats. Very smooth and creamy with a semi-slick mouth feel. Chocolaty roasted malt with a big tone of coffee flavor, mild hop bitterness. Finishes with a long lingering chocolate / coffee flavor.

Very tasty and balanced, and balanced is what I look for first in a coffee stout espsically if the acidity is too much which is not the case here. Paired well with a handful of chocolate cover espresso beans.

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent appearance poured into the glass, with an opaque dark chestnut body topped by a tan head that rises about an inch before falling to a lasting cap. Lacing is in chains and sheets.

Aroma is very nice. Lots of roasty coffee, just a hint of bitter chocolate. No hops are discerned.

Mouthfeel is light medium. Carbonation is above average for style.

Taste is bitter, dark roast malt, as per style. Lots of roasty coffee Columbian coffee bean flavor here. Maybe, some grassy hops in the background. Finishes bitter roasty malt, as the style dictates.

One of the better products from the nice folks at Schlafley. A very well put together American stout that is a pleasure to sip.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of boatshoes
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sent to me in an awesome package of generosity from rsyberg01 for the holiday sponsor a BA. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a ruddy dark brown with some light and a touch of crimson showing through the bottom of the glass. Only about a finger of fizzy, light brown head accompanies the beer and dies back in short order. Little to no lacing but some mild carbonation beading up the side.

Smell- Pretty straightforward roasted malt and burnt coffee on the nose. Pleasant enough but not much else going on.

Taste-Again, fairly one dimensional here. Mild flavors of roastiness enriched with some bitter coffee. A little to understated for my tastes without a whole lot of coffee coming through.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel comes across a bit thin and fizzy but not too bad. Drinkability suffers for me on this one as the flavor was just a little too uninteresting to make me want to session it.

Overall, an unoffensive, mild beer. I am partial to coffee stouts and found this one just a little lacking in the flavor and body department to make it a home run for me.

Photo of OStrungT
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown with a creamy head. The head fades somewhat quickly leaving few laces. As soon as the beer is poured, you are assulted by a very strong coffee aroma. Hidden is a malty aroma, but the coffee aroma is dominant. It tastes very coffee like. I guess that is because it is a coffee stout. It tastes just like cold coffee with alcohol. It is very impressive. Other coffee stouts only have a mild coffee flavor, but this one has very strong flavors. It leaves a coffee taste in the mouth. It is rather pleasent. It is carbonated just right. This beer would be a great session beer. It is very tasty and it doesnt have too much alcohol. If I could get this beer where I live, I would drink it all the time. The rating it has doesnt give it justice.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
Brewed on Oct 06.06
A- This beer has a dense opaque walnut brown body with a brown glint glowing at the base. There is a creamy light tan head that pulls away from the glass to from a cone of head that last and last.

S- The smell of fresh espresso coffee beans has a hint of chocolate malt and some nice roasted bitter notes.

T- This beer has a smooth creamy black coffee bean flavor with a slight tart nose that increase as the beer warms. There are notes of black malt and some black roasted grain with a slight nougat note and a nice molasses note toward the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light slippery/watery texture.

D- This beer has a smooth creamy mellow flavor with a big coffee bean taste. There are no cold and old coffee flavor but on the other had there are not many bitter flavors from the grain that really make a stout a stout.

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours into my glass looking, coincidentally, like a cup of coffee: dark brown, nearly black, with some clarity and a lighter brown in the light. There's a bit of a tan head that stays around for a little while before dissipating and leaves a little thin lacing in light patches. There's just enough going on here to put this above average in appearance.
There's some coffee on the nose with a little chocolate and another underlying sweetness tinged with something artificial, perhaps even a light metallic note. There's a nice malt (perhaps chocolate malts were used here, and/or definitely something roasted) and a light balance is achieved with some hops addition.
The taste follows suit with the tasty coffee and chocolate rich malt backbone accompanied by a light sweetness and a light hops touch in the finish.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a moderate carbonation and a medium body, maybe a little light for a stout. There's a richness to it and the feel stops just short of thickness.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to rsyberg01 for a chance to try this coffee stout.
Pours black with a nice creamy tan head that slowly melts to thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is definately coffee...espresso coffee
Just barely a hint of chocolate in the aromas.
Flavor again is espresso coffee but here more bitter chocolate comes through.
Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy due to the high level of soft, tiny carbonation.
No noticable hops, yet a sudden drying hits your mouth after you swallow letting you know that it is there.
As thick and creamy as this is and as intense in coffee flavors, it still manages to leave your mouth clean and dry making it quite sessionable.
Thanks Ric...nice stuff.

Photo of SMark
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 50° from a 12 ounce bottle. A 'Bottled With Love on' date was on the bottom of the label. Two fingers of light brown or dirty white head were created with the pour and some lacing resulted as the head dissipated. The beer was dark brown in color.

There was a hint of malt as I moved the glass around to see clarity and color. The malt was more evident with the first inhalation which revealed a dark roasted malt aroma. Coffee and hop bitterness were secondary aromas lifting from the glass.

Dark roasted malt was the initial flavor I sensed. Hops were well coordinated as the coffee and malt provided decent flavors.

There was a slight prickly or tickling taste on the tongue to start. The sense was then smooth and nicely put together.

It is difficult for me to say if this beer would be any better had it been continuously refrigerated as recommended by the brewer. I thought the appearance and aroma slightly better but with taste and feel well integrated for a nicely brewed beer.

Photo of Blupoet03
1.3/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle dated "Dec. 4, 2006." The beer was dark-amber/brownish with no head.

Nose: day-old coffee grounds, burnt dark toffee, and a slight sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Slightly sticky, very watery, no carbonation, with a slight taste of toasted malt. Aftertaste was of cold, day-old coffee with a very bad lingering quality.

After pouring what was left down the sink, my buddy and I looked it up on this site. Judging by what's been said by others, we really hope that we had a bad bottle.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.18/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - A thin but tight head sits atop a pitch-black brew, and some lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Chocolate covered espresso beans. Since I am a coffee lover and confirmed caffeine addict, I think that this smells great. The only problem is that it's pretty one-demensional...it smells like a good steaming cup of espresso, but that's about it.

T - Old stale coffee. Geez, I love beer...I love coffee. Why don't these two things ever seem to go together? I guess cold and fizzy and warm and steamy will never be a match made in heaven.

M - Thin and extremely carbonated. I think that a coffee flavored beer would benefit from an almost complete lack of carbonation along with a thick and full body. Aren't most cappacinos, lattes, mocha-chino-nonfat-double-latte-whatevers pretty damn thick and creamy?

D - Poor. This is no good.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, goblet, bottled on 12.10.09.

Middlin' brown body with muted red highlights running through, capped with a inch thick stack of tan froth. This leaves us a skim within a minute. Some leggy lace may appear.

Stale coffee, milk chocolate, metal, barley, patent malt.

Metallic hop twang through the sip. Roast, patent malt, and milk chocolate. Very Guinness-like.

Thin, over-carbonated, and not what a stout should be. Schlafly impressed me during my first experience with their Dry-hopped APA. It has since gone downhill.

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ultra-dark brown/black, with a massive head, and plenty of lace.
Aroma -- heavy duty coffee, courtesy of an infusion of fair-trade Kaldi's Coffee.
Smooth, typical oatmeal stout texture. Maybe a mite thin-bodied for the style, but that's not a bad thing, per se,
Flavor is, of course, heavy on the coffee side, with a slight chocolate hint. Smooth, muted bite at the finish. Tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of RickS95
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To start off, I'm not a coffee drinker, so if I was a coffee drinker, I would imagine this beer would have scored even better.

Pours a thick creamy head. Dark brown in color, looks like a man's beer.

Smells like it should...the coffee smell is robust, with a bit of malt in the background.

As you would expect, the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The taste of the coffee isn't overwhelming like in the nose.

This beer provides a very attractive lacing. The finish is as smooth as they come. The bitter hops and bitter coffee seem to act to offset one another, for a creamy, almost sweet finish.

Schlafly is becoming my favorite brewer. This is my 5th or 6th variety, and I'm still haven't had one that wasn't exceptional.

Photo of plfahey
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Deep black brown and almost totally impermeable to light. Dense, creamy tan head has good retention and shows nice lacing.

Aroma-Fresh brewed black roast and espresso notes. Great coffee aroma without any of the green pepper notes that often show up in beer brewed with coffee. There's a hint of roast malt, chocolate, and caramel underneath all that coffee, but the dominant aroma is that of a black cup o joe.

Flavor-The predominant flavor here is still coffee, but it's a bit more nuanced here, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, a slight nutty oat flavor, and a slight dab of caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is quite low and hop flavor is either entirely absent or masked by the coffee, but there's a dry bitterness and slight acridness (in a pleasant way) imparted by the espresso roast. Once again, no green pepper here, just delicious, black coffee. Aftertaste is mostly dry, but has some toasty malt character and a touch of sweetness to complement the black roast. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch thin, and I dont get a lot of the silky smoothness that I would expect the oats to impart. Still, a relatively minor flaw in an otherwise great beer.

An awesome coffee stout, with none of the off-putting green pepper flavors that I often find in beers actually brewed with coffee. Enjoying it right now with waffles and it's kicking a lot of ass.

Photo of dbossman
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The lightest stout I've ever seen: redish, dark brown; nice big light brown head with good retention and okay lacing

S: Lots of coffee but also a brown sugary sweetness that seems a bit off--kind of smells like a brown ale with a grainy malt undertone; bready

T: Coffee maltiness up front--but this just doesn't seem like a stout; grainy with a nice roasted malt and bready presence; thin and simple but pleasant enough

F: A creaminess up front but that fades as it becomes quite thin as the beer moves to the back of the mouth and down the tongue

D: An easy drinking beer but just not what I expect in a stout

Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Into a snifter. Inch of light tan head. Dark brown, can still see light coming through when held up.

S - Stick your nose into a bag of freshly roasted coffee. That's what we have here. Also some burnt malt and a hint of vanilla and dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, bitter ending.

M - Crisp and light bodied for an oatmeal stout. Moderate carbonation, less would be better.

D - Good to drink. I like that there is no doubt that it is a coffee stout. Great looking and aroma. The taste and mouthfeel were fine but not standout.

Photo of mlockman
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very strong coffee flavor, a bit smoother than the oatmeal stout.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is fairly dark cola black with a light creamy head

huge espresso and roasted notes with a touch of sweetness

dark roasted coffee dominates. a slight sweetness through out but the coffee reigns. however, quite balanced overall where the coffee is not bitter.

a bit too much carbonation but a nice body

a very nice coffee stout with huge flavors, lower ABV, and balance. good stuff.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/29/2010

A: Very nice dark color with a slight bight of light on the edges. Thin off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S: The coffee is right there. Some dark chocolates also present. Very nice and dark with an unmistakable roasted appeal.

T: Great mix of malt and the coffee beans. Very roasted as the smell. High carbonation and a little thin for an oatmeal stout.

The mix of coffee and a stout is perfect. Other than the fact it was a wee bit thin on the taste the flavor profile was out of this world. Coffee, chocolate, and a bit of bitter hop bite. It's like chewing on a coffee bean and for some this can be a wonderful experience. Great Beer St. Louis Brewery!!!

Photo of mdvatab
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into glass.
Bottled on: 12/8/2010

Aroma: Coffee grounds after a freshly-brewed batch. Wet, earthy topsoil followed by cocoa.
Appearance: 1.5 fingers of head dissipates relatively quickly, but clings to the inside of the glass. Light rings of lacing remain on the side of the glass. The beer itself is dark ruby brown--lighter than I'd anticipated for an oatmeal stout.
Taste: Roasted coffee (more like a middle-of-the-road pre-ground brand than the bold coffee house type...), hoppy bitterness, followed by subtle Tootsie Roll sweetness. Flavor dissipates quickly at the end.
Mouthfeel: Very thin for this style. The label says it's an oatmeal stout, but it more resembles a porter, or even a darker brown ale. I've had this beer on draught at the Tap Room a few times, and I remember it having more body than this. Carbonation is a bit on the biting side as well.
Drinkability: On a positive note, this beer is highly sessionable. Unfortunately, I was looking for something with more substance. I could enjoy quite a few of these, but I'd rather have one glass of a more complex, fuller-bodied stout.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.