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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 292
Hads: 804
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 52
Gots: 94 | 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: 292 | Hads: 804
Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better offerings from Schlafly, Coffee Stout lives up to its name, and how. It presents a good, nearly black coffee color, capped by a finger of mocha froth. The smell is all coffee, all the time, with a decent hint of roasted chocolate. The same with the taste, with a nice hopped aftertaste. Quite tasty.

This impressed me more than the other Schlafly beverages, with the exception of their Saison. A good coffee stout, worth grabbing a sixer.

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Photo of stagman
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a good amount of head that doesn't fade too much. Smells like coffee (hence the name) and has a hint of oats as well. Is this a coffee stout or an oatmeal stout? Or both?

Has a creamy flavor but a bit of oiliness as well. There is also a bit of chocolate roasted malts with a hint of hops.

This is well balanced for a stout, and I'm impressed Schlafly used local coffee in their brew. This is a step up from Guinness, and is worth the extra few bucks.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of mikescags
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark near black brown. It is supposedly made by mixing coffee with the schlafly oatmeal stout. Taking a big smell of this and you instantly get some roasted coffee and dark malts. A very nice smell. The taste is exquisite, taste just like it smells. A fairly decent mouthfeel, not super thick, but not thin. This is a superb coffee stout, but more than 2-3 would be overboard for me.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a near black with brown edges and a tan head that fades into a mild cap and a hearty collar. Streaky rings and spots of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of mocha, cream, java grounds, and roasted nuts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some vanilla cream and a hint of caramel coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with sweet cream and bitter coffee grounds battling it out along the palate.
I'm usually skeptical when it comes to these coffee beers but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/07/07- Received via BA Talisker as a gift.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of Feb 28th, 2007. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark in color. Not quite black, but a super dark brown. Nice off white 1/2 inch head which settles at a light rim. Lace patches are evident at the end of the brew.

Smell- Heavy coffee grounds flavor. Not really coffee beans, but the grounds after the coffee has been brewed. Some dark sweeter malt as well.

Taste- Taste follows the scent right in line. Mild roasted chocolate malt background that plays second fiddle to a heavy coffee grounds. and or slightly stale coffee taste (which I actually don't really mind and kinda like). Mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- A bit too much carbonation for me, reminded me of a coffee cola a few times.

Drinkability- Overall pretty tasty. Wouldn't turn one down if offered to me. My first beer from Schlafly scores well.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, deep chocolate color. Slight tan head that quickly fades. Mellow, roasted coffee aroma. Faint, chocolate aroma as well. Good roasted and grainy flavor. The level of coffee is very well done-not too much or little. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin for my liking but that doesnt detract from anything. Overall a nice, enjoyable, coffee brew. Well worth trying.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled With Love on OCT08 2007"

a: Very dark brown, basically black. A light tan head slowly settles, leaving a good amount of lacing.

s: Slightly sweet coffee and little else. Smells delicious.

t: Iced coffee and sweet roasted malt. A touch of chocolate and just a hint of hops.

m: Creamy, very creamy. Pretty smooth, a slight acidity to the finish, but its faint.

d: With a good balance between the malt and coffee, this coffee beer is quite drinkable. The coffee flavor is pleasant, not too overpowering or acidic. It can get a bit filling though.

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Photo of AMo
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly Coffee Stout pours a dark brownish black which is similar in appearace to none other than a cup of black coffee. The coffee/expresso smell really comes though which is also very evident in the taste as well. There is a slight bitter aftertaste, not overpowering by any means. I was hoping the mouthfeel would be a bit thicker seeing as how it's an oatmeal stout, just brewed with coffee beans, but none the less it does have a nice moderate body to it. One or two of these is definitely good, any more than that and the bitterness of the aftertaste starts to take presidence over the pleasant coffee taste this beer offers.

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Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Puffy cap of long lasting tan foam that leaves some sticky lacing... metallic aroma that is a bit of a downer. Dark roasty mahogany color, some broken skim, though it maintains some foam on top.

Mellow and rich coffee flavor, roasty and woody. Body is a bit thin, but mimics coffee to an extent. Somewhat bitter and roasty, dry aftertaste. Dry cocoa and bakers chocolate linger. Coffee flavor is clean and isolated, lending a succinct character to define this coffee stout. Maybe not groundbreaking compared to Bells or Founders iterations, but it has a perceptible local following in southern Illinois and St. Louis for sure.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated Jan 23 2007

Pours chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Coffee beans, chocolate & roasted malt

T: Roasted coffee beans & chocolate up front. More like coffee grounds & some iron as this warms. Finishes dry with chocolatey & mocha notes, plus some roasty grains

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation with some creaminess

Drinks pretty easy, not a bad coffee stout

Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this one!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a jet black with tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Nose was not just coffee, but more like day old coffee, and the flavor followed suit. The coffee flavor seemed to be somewhat masked by a slight acidity and pungent taste. I was not sure if this was a result of the alcohol creeping in, or just the beer taste, and the beer left a finish that was dry and somewhat acrid, both when cold and as the beer warmed.

I like coffee stouts in general, but this one was not my favorite.

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Photo of klewis
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.
Brewed on 1/23/07

A: Pours nearly black with a big foamy head. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Very nice smell of roasted barley and espresso.

T: Earthy and bitter with a dry coffee flavor.

M: Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation. The taste doesn't stick around for long, only some bitterness.

D: This beer is quite nice and seems to be exactly what it's going for, but it's nothing exciing or original. Still, this is a solid choice for coffee stout lovers.

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Photo of cameraman
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a black opaque color with a two inch beige head forming on top. A strong coffee aroma hits the nose right off the bat, followed by softer scents of chocolate and dark malt. The taste starts with the malt being ever present, with a tad bit of chocolate. The coffee tries very hard to become a fixture in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but it falls very short. A slightly thick mouthfeel, feels alot like skim milk, it finishes dry at the back of the palate. This became a bit of a disappointment, the color and aroma are very endearing, but the taste drags down what those two elements set up. This was just a lackluster beer.

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Photo of Blupoet03
1.3/5  rDev -65.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Murphy's pint glass, thanks to Boolshot.

About a three inch head when poured, with a nice medium coffee smell already coming through. Smells like the coffee was a bit in the backseat - but this wasn't absolutely fresh when I opened it (my fault).

Taste - very nice and mild, easy session coffee stout, with a nice roasted coffee flavor. Not overly flavored like Founders Breakfast stout, which is syrupy compared to this one. Chocolate flavors come through, with a nice coffee backdrop and no bitterness with a clean finish.

Again, this is truly a great sessionable coffee stout that is very mild, and definitely a must try for people who enjoy coffee flavored stouts. This is not an intense flavor too, so, you can ejoy this without having everything tasting like coffee when you are done.


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Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark black with tan suds that leave lots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is coffee. Mabey some malt and sugar behind that black bean but mostly coffee.
Taste is a bitter mix of coffee and hop. Not really all that dry but bitter with the bean. Some sugar here keeping the bitterness in check.
Pretty nice stout here from a local brewery. My first Schlafly.

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

Thanks to Vancer for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is of tons of roasted coffee malts. The finish is slightly dry. The taste is mostly roasted coffee malts. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice coffee stout for sure.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is very dark brown and opaque. The Head is chocolate, 2 very big finger and fades to a huge lace like a spider web.

The smell is pure freshly used coffee grounds. Not a bad thing.

The taste in nice and coffee like, this beer is nicer warmed but not very complex. It does stick to the theme.

The mouthfeel is ok, good for a regular stout, I'm not sure why I was looking for more. The carbonation is good for a stout and the body could be just a bit better. All in all, Nice. Not a big brew but a fine example of the style.

Many thanks to My SS 06 Vancer and JPM30 for several of these gems.
Prosit Mk

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee bean brown, through which bright sunlight can (barely) be seen. Generous ruby and amber highlights are additional evidence that this isn't a light-rejecting stout. Since Kaldi's is more of a light, sessionable stout (5.7% ABV), I'll cut it some slack on the lack of opacity. The most impressive feature of the ecru cap is its stickiness. Thick bridges of foam connect head and glass, leaving quite a bit of lace when they eventually break.

The nose smells more like old coffee grounds than it does freshly brewed coffee or a coffee-added oatmeal stout (which is what it is). The fact that I'm not a big java fan probably has something to do with my lack of enthusiasm. Actually, let's throw a little cigarette ash in there as well. Those beans must have been roasted with a flame-thrower.

For some reason, the flavor is a small step up. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, it just hits me better than the nose did. On a good note, the added coffee doesn't overwhelm the essential beerness of the beer. On a not-so-good note, the underlying beer doesn't taste very impressive. Looking back at my review of Oatmeal Stout, that isn't a big surprise.

Scorched coffee is at least 80% of the flavor profile. The remaining 20% is a roasted chocolate maltiness. The malt sugars try their level best to offset what is a pretty impressive overarching bitterness. I can believe every one of the 40 IBUs. Warming brings out increased flavor intensity with no change in the basic constellation of flavors.

Even if this isn't meant to be a big stout, the mouthfeel is still lacking as far as I'm concerned. It's probably even on the left side of the bell curve for a porter. The obvious fix for a lot of this beer's ills is... more malt.

I'm not thrilled with Kaldi's Coffee Stout, for reasons that have very little to do with the fact that I'm not a java junkie. I've given plenty of coffee-dominant stouts high scores if they've deserved them. I guess the moral of this story is that Schlafly needs to use a solid base beer (which Oatmeal Stout isn't) on the back end in order to get a solid coffee stout on the front end.

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Photo of orfeu
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from czoch75 -- thanks for this "extra," Clint! Poured into a nonic at about 50 degrees, this is a dark cola-brown stout, with ruby-chestnut highlights and a fluffy, somewhat talkative, light tan head. Big roasted coffee aromas in the nose, along with some caramel-chocolate sweet scents and a bit of sour, black-roasted malt. A satisfying bouquet that approaches the sublimity of the noses of other more legendary coffee stouts made by Bell's and Founders. Good beers to emulate. Coffee permeates every part of the taste, with slightly sour dark-roasted grain flavors and a bready, cocoa-like sweetness. The non-coffee flavors are full and soft, providing a suitable contrast to the sharp bitterness of the coffee, which as I mentioned previously, is impossible to not notice. Impressive webby lacing, by the way. The palate is just a bit too thin for a stout with such a bold flavor profile. It's got a medium-full body, but I'm missing the oatmeal silkiness and richness of other coffee-forward stouts. Yes, I know every beer can't be Breakfast Stout, but that wouldn't really be so bad, now, would it? Anyway, this is a damn fine beer, perfect to sip on a snowy Sunday.

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Photo of etenbus
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer guy at the local said this stuff was flying out cases at a time so I had to buy a sixer. This was my first coffee-tinged beer experience, although some stouts I've had taste like they have coffee in them.

The appearance is good as it pours virtually all black with a little ruby peeking through in the middle of the glass from the light of the tv. The fluffy head shrinks pretty quickly. Lacing is not consistent.

The smell is kind of earthy, with the coffee grinds shining through more than anything else. There's no doubting the special ingredient in this ale. It is kind of an expresso coffee aroma, strong and direct.

The taste is rather one-sided. It's coffee. The malt roastiness that I love about stouts and porters is somewhat missing here. At best it has the roastiness of a black lager, which is fine if you are having a black lager like Sam Adams' excellent one. But this is a stout so it needs more of that rich, warm, deep, tobacco-ish flavour. Plus, here the bitterness is coming from the coffee, not hops. It only has a hint of sweetness at the end in the middle of the tongue but it flattens out and turns oily.

The mouthfeel is thin for a stout. And the drinkability is down. One is fine but I can't see having more than one at a time given the potent, bitter coffee flavour. There is no lingering mouth puckering hops bitterness hanging around either. Not a bad beer, but could use some fine tuning.

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