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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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302 Reviews
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Reviews: 302
Hads: 850
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 56
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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Reviews: 302 | Hads: 850
Photo of John1985
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stout pours jet black with an ample 1" head with plenty of lacing. Aroma of fresh coffee. Crisp chocolate roasted malt with a jolt of hops in the middle. Coffee bitterish aftertaste. Smooth and satisfying. This is the first coffee stout available in Nashville so I don't have much to compare it to but this seems pretty good.

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

Poured a deep dark black with a healthy tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts, black coffee, and caramel. Mostly black coffee and lots of it.

The taste was much like the aroma. A nice combination of the roasted malts, coffee, more coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This one went down so easily. Nice job on the coffee stout, Schlafly.

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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 barefootbrewer
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured black with very little head. The aroma is strictly coffee. The taste follows with strong coffee flavors, but some sweet malt is also noticeable. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Overall, I'd say this is a good brew that would be great for a session.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish black body settles into the glass showing hints of light only when held to the bulb. Head is two fingers of fat thick foamy bubbles that leave a large amount of deep tan lace all over the glass. Nose is a soft mix of spicey coffee and fresh chicory and toasty malt. At first sip you get a zesty rich burnt malt feel, sharp dry coffee notes and raw chicory. Mineral notes balance the coffee feel and almost help to showcase the integrity of the coffee. Mouthfeel is quite dry but does show a hint of sweetness. Mouth feel is malty thick. This is a nicely drinkable brew and a solid but slightly thin coffee stout.

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Photo of BigBry
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On of the specialty brews on tap when I visited the Tap Room on my latest trip to St. Louis. Standard pint glass.
Very dark in color, basically black, with a dark brown 1/2 inch head. Lace strings are left on my glass. Rich smell of coffee, slightly bitter, like a strong cup of coffee and the grounds. Taste follows with more of that rich, slightly bitter coffee. Also some roasted chocolate malt. Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style. Overall, a pretty good slection, might be too strong in the coffee department for some, but I liked it. If it's going to be a coffee flavor, go all out.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a super dark garnett - brown, but I can just see through it. Thin light tan head with some filmy lacing.
Dark and sweet malts (probably alot of chocolate, with a strong coffee presence.
Coffee dominates teh flavor of this one. A little chocolate is hiddne behind the coffee and some slight bittering hops are detected.
Lighter side of full bodied. Has kind of a dry, mouth puckering finish... not what I'd expect from this type of beer.
Lightly hopped coffee, but nothing spectacular here. I'd tone down the coffee a bit, but it's not bad.

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Photo of Talisker
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drink a fair bit of Schlafly Coffee Stout, and my opinion on it swings all over the place. But I always come back to it, which means I must find it one of my favorites of the added-coffee style.

This review is of the 2007 edition (bottling date Nov 2007), consumed on December 23, 2007. But I am drinking a 2006 bottled version alongside it (about 15 months in the cellar), and just last week had a glass on tap at the brewery - those are certain to influence my comments.

Pours an entirely reasonable dark brown, clear with deep amber highlights faintly visible when held up to light. A couple of fingers of medium tan head. Aroma is of slightly burnt coffee grounds - not entirely fresh and pleasant, but certainly much better than average compared to most coffee stouts, which smells like someone dumped a used Folgers coffee filter into a batch of malty water (after 1+ years in bottle the coffee edge is gone, replaced by a more typically sweet stout smell).

The taste is actually quite excellent, if you like coffee. The dominant flavor is dark coffee, of course, accompanied by an extremely prominent dose of cola. Hops are nowhere to be found, which is fine. Unfortunately the texture is also very much like a Coke, tons of prickliness (despite no signs of heavy carbonation) really letting me down. That's what kills the drinkability for me, this back-and-forth between well-crafted beer and coffee cola.

Anyway, I like it and I don't. It's certainly worth a try, so don't pass it up. And don't be afraid to cellar it - not normally a beer I would suggest keeping around without drinking fresh, but I find some of the mellowing with age uncovers the nice base stout underneath, even if it loses in immediacy.

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