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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

740 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 47
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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 yeahnatenelson
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to birchstick for the bottle - thanks, pal!

Appearance -- Pours a chestnut brown, some clarity, with the slimmest possible beige head. Looks more like a rich brown or a porter.

Smell -- Coffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar sweetness are in the forefront. A tinge of sourness and pine forest hops. Not a great deal of roast malt aroma. The coffee is definitely apparent, but not in your face.

Taste -- Sweet up front with brown sugar, cocoa powder, and sweetened iced coffee. The roast malt character is somewhat lacking, though the coffee addition gives this a boost. Hop character is pronounced with floral notes and mild grassy bitterness, though the scale is definitely leaned toward sweetness over dryness. Lingering flavors of brown sugar, coffee, and floral hops. Tates good, but lacks depth.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium-high carbonation. In general, I don't care for the carbonation of most Schlafly beers and this is no exception. Very soft drink-esque. A few swirls helps the matter significantly, though.

Overall -- It's an okay coffee stout. What is a kind way to say 'middle of the pack?' Truthfully, there's a lot to like here. The coffee is pleasant, not stale or burnt, and the body makes this beer especially drinkable - dare I say sessionable? My big nitpicks with this beer are that it's unpleasantly carbonated, thin, and overly sweet. If this were available to me I probably wouldn't reach for it on a shelf, but I wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of hwwty4
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Boulevard Goblet. Poured just a shade lighter then jet-black, didn’t allow much light to shine through. Head was a slight tan layer that dissipated very quickly. Aroma is of coffee (duh) and sweet oats. Taste is coffee and that’s about all, and the coffee taste is pretty weak to boot. The body of the beer is pretty thin. Not much here. It’s definitely a drinkable beer, I just don’t know if I will seek it out again. Not a bad beer, just nothing very enduring either.

Photo of antichuckmoore
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boatshoes
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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 Bosoxfan20
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Moderately dark brown, near bark in color. Looks to have very average viscosity. A soft, faint, light khaki head that doesn't stick around long. Little to no lacing.

S- Coffee, toffee, and chocolate as expected. Big roasted oats that smells like a fresh blend from your corner coffee shop.

T- A straight forward coffee presence that makes up for a lack of robust character with an uncanny amount of smoothness. Not much of an acidic bite as can normally be seen with this style. I would have preferred this one have more of an edge to it or have some of the other flavor components step up to the plate a little more. But solid taste none the less.

M- Just too thin for how I prefer my coffee stouts. Mid to light body with a lack of sustenance. I know it is a coffee, but I prefer the stout to at least attempt to coat the tongue.

O- Not bad. Not great either. One for die-hard coffee lovers to seek out, but if not, I would probably leave on the shelf.

Photo of sabitu
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of pastramionrye7
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Joey-bags1990
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with light roasted malt. Taste is dominated by dry bitter coffee notes with and almost spicy finish. Light bitter black chocolate notes are also noticeable. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation. Too bitter for my taste with coffee notes veering into stringency territory.

Photo of BKArmstrong
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Mikexw
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Markbienvenu
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hanzo
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of IPA1978
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of kemoarps
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of jewellrunner
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of malcontent
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid black mass of a body with a thick, sturdy head. Hard to improve on the visual for what it's supposed to be.

Espresso beans, some burnt maltiness but an odd off-scent, too; almost like cold beef broth. Yikes.

For something parading itself as a coffee stout I'm not getting that much java. There's a welcome level of hops for a style that is normally all malt but the coffee is really lacking. The malt aspects are not very complex and while the finish is nicely dry there just isn't enough going on her to distinguish itself from other American stouts.

Not as thick/smooth as I'd like to see from a stout but the drinkability is still above average. An unexceptional but inoffensive offering.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the taste

Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of thegerm87
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of firstlighthiker
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of chodinheaven
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black with a sizable white head. Looks like coffee with a head. The smell is somewhat lacking for a coffee beer. I expected some more coffee aromas since that's one of the most distinctive parts about coffee. It's there, but you have to smell hard for it. The taste has a coffee taste and bitterness at first, but it dissapates rather quickly. Actually the first sip is very impressive, but as I kept drinking, I lost what that first sip yielded. I've had better coffee stouts but this is not bad. Maybe this is becasue I like my coffee strong. It finishes well, leaving a coffee-like bitterness behind. It's very smooth and enjoyable in the aspect of mouthfeel. Definitely balanced well and is not too acidic. Goes down easily, but if I wanted a go to stout, I'd go with something else usually.

Photo of Bung
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Lighter brown pour than would be expected. Nearly a brown ale pour. A minimal amount of off white bubbles.

Aroma is better, some malt, molasses and a nice dose of coffee. Still pretty light on the stout qualities expected though.

Taste is an American brown with coffee. Some malt, peat, caramel and coffee throughout. Finishes with some carmel, leathery coffee.

Lighter bodied as everything else has led to believe. Mouthfeel and higher mid level of carb are more similar to a brown ale again. Drinkability is good with this, I just would reach for something else. On it's own this is fine, just wouldn't really consider this a stout.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.