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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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302 Reviews
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Reviews: 302
Hads: 851
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 57
Gots: 111 | 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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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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!!!

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

12oz bottle bottled on December 12 poured into a imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a two inch creamy and extremely active tan and sandy brown head that bubbles down into a thin ring in a few minutes. Little lacing but it's there. Not too viscous but not really that boozy either no I'm not really expecting that.

S: Smells very clean and very much like coffee with hints of chocolate and oatmeal, very dry, does not smell too sweet, like bakers chocolate or cocoa powder mixed with fresh coffee grounds, pretty good and not smash you over the head, nice and complex with no adjuncts.

T/MF: Pretty bitter and dry, heavy on the coffee as to be expected but not exactly like what I was expecting in terms of coffee taste. I mean the bitterness is there but the fresh coffee taste is not, it tastes of coffee granted but a bit old at that, again the dusty chocolate flavor is there as well, the body is medium and the finish is long and bitter with a longer focus on chocolate than coffee. The malt bitterness is minimal but the hop bitterness is there in spades.

D: This beer confuses me, I mean it is very complex, and smells fresh and tastes clean but the coffee taste that is there is not as clean and clear as I would have hoped for, complex to be sure but not the coffee taste I was expecting. Still good though.

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

Pours a medium dark brown with a biege head that subsides rather quickly.Wispy border of foam clings to the edge of the glass.its slightly hazy but become more translucent (cola) as it warms.

Aroma is fresh roast coffee nothing gourmet just a solid cup of joe
Some malt comes through ,doughy bread

Flavor is medium roast with some expresso coming through.My bottle was old (nov 04) but the coffee character had not faded.I had drank a lot of it back in December and the character has not changed much.Hops are not noticible but the roast malt and coffee seem reasonably balanced.

Medium body with medium carbonation make it a easy drinking american coffee stout

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

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours light brown, finally settling into a darker brown in the glass, with a creamy head that took a minute or two to dissipate.

coffee. that is all you smell. coffee! taste brings in some slight chocolate and vanilla tones, but just barely.

thin, slightly creamy mouthfeel.
decent brew but not necessarily something I can really get into.

is this really a coffee stout or just a coffee brown ale?

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Photo of Amerrell
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head. Aroma is light, mostly coffee. Tastes like a pretty good stout with a single shot of espresso. The coffee here is not as up front as I expected. I like my coffee stouts strong. It is, however, very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The coffee doesn't come through until the middle and the drink finishes out with a slight hop bitterness to it. Overall definitely a good beer, but I'll take one with stronger coffee if I can find it.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dakid for this one.

A: Pours a light nutty brown hue with a nice creamy head. Okay retention with some very light spotty lace.

S: The aroma is big on fresh roasted coffee with a hint of caramel malt. Simple but good.

T: Not as bold as I had hoped, I like big extreme coffee stouts, but this one is on the more sessionable side which is not a bad thing. Nice light roasted coffee backed but toasted malt. Very light chocolate to round things out.

M: On the thinner side, with nice carbonation.

D: A sessionable coffee stout. To be honest I would like a touch more coffee though.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich, dark brown color with a creamy one to two inger light brown head. Decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Rather weak aroma of roasted coffee and toasted bread. A little hoppy spiciness mixed in.

T - Notice more of a chocoalte sweetness initially before a somewhat muted coffee tastes comes in.

M/D - Very creamy and smooth. Easy drinking but the flavors just arent great.

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Photo of beer2day
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black coffee pour with a touch of cream in the 1.5 finger head. Light on retention and thin lace.

Nose is somewhat understated, though definitely improves as the glass warms. Coffee notes, as expected, with vanilla underneath. Moderate roast characteristics.

Definite sweet component to the glass. You get the standard shot of coffee (medium roast) and roasted malt, but the oats add in a sweet component to the finish. Decent bitters, but from chocolate malt and lighter citrus hops.

Feel is just ever so slightly on the thin side, but pretty close to appropriate for the glass.

Nice, basic stout.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid dark brown color with a good sized frothy beige head that persists. Big coffee on the aroma and creamed coffee on the flavor. Could use a big more sweetness and body to stand up to the huge coffee, but tasty just the same.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent black, just a bit of head and no lace.
Smell of mild coffee and nicely sweet. Probably the best feature of this beer.
Taste is very mild with a dry lingering finish. The sweetness doesn't come through in the taste. It's a bit thin and watery as well. Not much like an oatmeal stout, which I expect to be much creamier than this. Very fizzy carbonation hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty rich dark brown espresso. Medium lacing around the glass. Very little head in the glass.

S- More malt than coffee from the nose.

T- Pretty decent coffee stout. Some coffee comes out of the beer, but some great malty stout there too.

M- Pretty thin here. My lowest rating for this beer.

O- A well done coffee stout considering all of them that have been done.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SplashyFob and his friend for this one.

An agressive pour yields a finger of tan head that dissipates in a minute or so. I am left with a rich dark coffee colored body with a frothy little ring around the top. Faint lace sticks to the side of the glass.

I smell roasted malt, roasted nuts and roasted coffee.

Roasted malt and coffee make up the rather mild flavor on this one.

The mouthfeel is too light for me. I feel it should be creamier. The carbonation bites the middle of the tongue. Finishes with a little residue on the tongue.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer's appearance is an oily black, with a bubbly, soda-like head. The aroma contains hints of dark-roasted coffee beans, grains, and a touch of something sweet. My nose also detected a small presence of oxidation. The flavor has a nice bitter coffee flavor, and as advertised, the 'cold toddy extraction process' does indeed produce a less acidic flavor. It's rather light, no doubt benefiting from the breadiness of the Oatmeal as well. The overall mouthfeel however might be a little too light and carbonated, a bit of a let down compared to the expected velvety softness that one might get with other Oatmeal Stouts, such as New Holland's "The Poet." This might not be the best coffee stout ever made, but the uniqueness of the coffee blending and it's resulting flavor are enough to give it merit.

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Photo of mphopkins99
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is nice, pours to a two-finger head.

Smell is good, a definite coffee and chocolate presence.

Taste is very good. Bold, with a pronounced coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pleasant.

Drinkability - The first two go down exceptionally well, but after that its time to switch to something a little bit lighter. A bit heavy to drink more than a couple of.

I really look forward to this beer every winter, its one of Schlaflys best products, IMHO.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i enjoyed this beer thanks to BradLikesBrew.

this beer was bottled on december 12, 2007.

notes on the bottle say.... "uses locally roasted Kaldi's coffee"

this beer poured a jet black color with very little head. the lacing was ok. smell and taste are big on the coffee side. nothing really stands out about this beer, but it is a very easy drinker. i could easily drink a few of these.

thanks again brad.

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Photo of tito42
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 11/16/2011.

A: Deep, dark brown with mahogany hues around the edges of the glass when held up to light. Cocoa head that dissipates to a thin layer but sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S: Espresso roast coffee beans dominate the nose, with hints of roasted barley and grassy hops. Very robust coffee aroma.

T: Espresso, plum and cherry notes, caramel, roasted barley, grassy hops.

M: Light-bodied stout that is a bit watery throughout. Quite a bit of carbonation on the back end leaves a tang on the tongue. Too watery for a stout in my opinion.

O: A solid coffee stout. A poor mouthfeel holds this one back from being something more.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. This is the first Schlafly beer I've seen in the area.

Appearance: Too light in color. A hazy light brown at best. Poor head retention and a little lacing.

Smell: Very coffee driven. A little chocolate in there, not much else. Mostly just cold Waffle House coffee, in the best possible way.

Taste: Yeah, cold coffee mixed with weak stout. It doesn't at all taste bad, but its the most boring coffee beer I've had.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, but smooth and slightly creamy. Pretty nice.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, straightforward coffee stout. Decent, but minimal complexity and too light colored and light bodied.

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Photo of bditty187
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes…

"Bottled with Love on Sep 30 04”

Dark brown in hue, blacker in the middle with some ruby influences around the edges. Even when the liquid is backlit the opaqueness holds-up well. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height, the bubbles faded quickly to a soapy cap with some naked spots in the middle, thicker around the edges. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing, just a few short-lived clumps. On the whole, this beer looks like what it should but little more. The nose is, well, coffee. Iced espresso. Day old spend grains. Roasted beans. There are hints of chocolate and a dash of milk-like sweetness. Wow, there is no fooling around here! I love the fact the potency is high and the aromas are allowed to fully explore my olfactory. For a Coffee Stout the complexity is fairly high, I could imagine something more in the bouquet like a tickle of hops or some smoke but I’m a greedy dick. For a beer of this sort I really like what I smell. Powerful. Inviting. The palate is far less complex and deep as the nose indicated. This is a major bummer. The espresso qualities are dimmer and the day old coffee flavors move into the forefront. This is always a worry with me when it comes to Coffee Stouts. It really needs to be the other way around. It is so hard to capture the goodness of coffee without turning it into something that you find at the end of a day at a Quickie Mart. You know, stale coffee. The acidity from the roast is way too naked, their needs to be more sweetness, malt depth, and/or hop bitterness. The palate lacks roundness, it is too sharp… where is the harmony? Plus the fact the body is so small this really hurts the development of the palate. One-dimensional. Boring. Straightforward. You get the point, right? It is not sophisticated enough to pair with dessert. Medium-light in body, the carbonation is firm, and the mouthfeel is lousy. There needs to be way more body to make this beer work. Skinny. The taste and mouthfeel of this beer reminded me a lot of Spilker Ales XPO Espresso Stout (RIP), that is too bad because that beer had some flaws as does this one. Sure it is drinkable but I’m bored with it and one bottle is enough for me, thankfully, I only had one bottle. This was purchased at the Tap Room in St. Louis as part of a mixed six-pack. I say skip it.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a dark black body with a n average amount of dark tan head. It has a strong coffee aroma and burnt sugar smell. It tastes of caramel and coffee with some roasted malt. The coffee taste is very strong. If you like beer and you like coffee this is the beer for you. It has a thick body with average carbonation.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather thin looking dark brown, but sitting much deeper and darker in the glass, still with some clearish edges. A full khaki head rises and settles to about a quarter of an inch, leaving a little spotty stringy lace.

Nose definitely as a characteristic coffee-beer aroma, with a doughy grainy body blended with not quite fresh coffee. A little sour on the nose, and slightly woody.

Thin and dry in flavor, with a decent dose of strong toasted grains, somewhat bitter and woody, with a well balanced blend of nice straightforward coffee over the top and faint hints at sweeter tobacco. Taste is pleasant and subtle, but it's decidedly lacking something I can't quite put my finger on. Hangs a coffee and grain induced bitterness out after the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, with hints at being fuller, but other times seeming thin and weak. nice tingly carbonation is bright and adds nice dimension to this brew.

Drinks nicely, mildly filling, but not heavy. I wouldn't give up my coffee or favorite stouts for it though, and in the realm of coffee stouts, it's tasty, but not quite outstanding. A highlight, though, is that it isn't over done, too strong, or too heavy.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours decently for a finger thick off white head, and has a cleanly filtered dark, black, and ruby red colored body.

In the aroma there is the coffee to contend with, along with sweet herbal and chocolaty tones.

The taste is sweet and smoky upfront, qualities such as semisweet chocolate and coffee. Feel wise it's a bit oily slick, and pretty much full in body though a mildly placed ABV setting.

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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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my cracked DuClaw Colossus snifter. Thanks loving wife....

A: Extremely dark and vicious, with a nice dense, frothy tan head that stuck around in duration and to the glass.

S: Very intense smell of coffee grounds... high grade stuff, but not too. Yep, coffee is about all I got. However, this is a coffee stout, right?

T: Okay, this is definitely espresso, and an intense one at that. Is there any other kind? Very fresh and not overly sweet. However, this was fairly one dimensional overall and extremely dry on the finish.

M: Not as thick on the palate as it looked, but not exactly thin either. The lacing was substantial, and I definitely had coffee breathe after I finished.

O: This was good, but beer like Founders Breakfast Stout and Wake N' Wake beats this with one taste bud tied behind its back.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a million to n8dietz for giving me this bottle from his St. Louis trip.

Dark brown and ruby in color. Good lacing and good foam after the pour.

Roasted malt add too the very faint acidic smell of just brewed "7-11" brand coffee. Dry coffee grounds and pumpernickel bread.

Roasted malts upfront, maybe some powdered chocolate for a minute. Then its all acidic, somewhat low quality tasting, coffee grounds and brew come together from middle to finish. The finish is acidic and dark tahnks to the coffee and roasted malts.

Could bee sessionable for acidic almost acrid coffee & beer lovers.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.