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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Coffee StoutSchlafly Coffee Stout

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589 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-11-2001)
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Photo of etenbus


2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 04:42:28 | More by etenbus
Photo of JEdmund


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited about trying this brew, as I've had another coffee stout before (Springfield Brewing Company's Mudhouse Stout, which is phenomenal) and was crazy about the style. Unfortunately, this one didn't live up to my excitement.

It had a deep brown -- nearly black -- color to it, and a moderate head that leveled out quickly. The aroma was good; you could definitely tell you were about to drink a coffee-infused beer. The taste was good at the get-go, but the mouthfeel was somewhat light in body, and the aftertaste was fairly sweet and heavy on the coffee.

My biggest complaint was the lack of balance. There was too much coffee flavor and not enough toasted malty goodness to balance it out. I could enjoy one of these in a session, but that's all. If I were an a.m. drinking man, I could see myself really enjoying this with a plate of greasy fried eggs, bacon, and toast! But I really don't see myself doing that any time soon. It's worth a try, but maybe not a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 22:02:20 | More by JEdmund
Photo of beerphilosopher


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

Pours a jet black with just a slight reddish brown hue when held in the light. The head is pale brown in color and not too thick. Spotty lacing in the pint. The nose is rather powerful ... like cold coffee that's been sitting all day. I don't mean that in a bad way either ... very aromatic and very intense. Espresso and roasted malts. Patale is dark espresso roast coffee, sweet malts, and baker's chocolate. Really quite well done. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which isn't bad but doesn't seem to match up with the strong flavor profile here. I'd love to see this in a thicker, slightly creamier version. Low carbonation and a dry lingering coffee finish. I truly enjoyed this brew. Very well executed and surprisingly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 00:57:43 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of Brent


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressively well-balanced integration of coffee flavor into this stout. Poured black, as one would expect. Off white head tinged with tan. A whiff of fresh ground coffee beans in the aroma. Pleasant roasted malt flavor was predominant, with some strong-brewed coffee in the background. A nice fullness to the mouthfeel. Unlike some coffee stouts that taste like a stout with some cold black coffee dumped in, this beer unites the flavors in a very pleasant way.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 14:46:55 | More by Brent
Photo of malcontent


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 06:57:57 | More by malcontent
Photo of FtownThrowDown


1.93/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Make no mistakes this is a coffee stout! Other coffee stouts use some really expensive mocha, espresso, starbucks. Not this monster. This smells and tastes like the coffee grinds left in the filter from your local Quick Stop. If you’re a die hard daily multiple cup, cheap coffee drinker,then this is your beer. The appearance and mouthfeel was fine, I just didn’t like the strength and flavor of the coffee used. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 14:40:38 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of Realale


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with mahogany highlights. Very fine tan head settles to an incomplete cap.

Nose is really good dark coffee. Roasty, rich, with some chocolate and earthy notes. Total domination by the coffee, and no hint that this is a beer, rather than a cool cup of high quality Joe.

Medium in the mouth. Much better balance between the malt and coffee, with the former actually making an appearance here. Quite long and lingering on the finish. Nice stuff.

Soft, low carbonation gives a richer feel to the mouth than is really there. A bit too much coffee to have more than one or two at a sitting, but I still like this quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 01:51:20 | More by Realale
Photo of bort11


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

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Black dark roasted coffee color with slight brown notes around the edges when held to the light. Fizzy tan head that quickly recedes, only the faintest of rings around the edge.
Smell is a robust espresso coffee flavor, with a tad bit of malt sweetness. Tastes like cold coffee with fizz. Mouthfeel is lighter than what I usually look for in a stout. This would be greatly improved with a bit of creaminess added to it. This seems fairly one dimensional

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 18:50:19 | More by bort11
Photo of Cresant


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated 10/6/06, into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Created three fingers of pillowy tan head. The lumpy head rested on a clear but very dark ebony/ruby body. No lacing remained.

Smell was strong. I poured this beer at arms length and I could smell coffee immediately. Metallic malts and coffee bean oils. A slight molasses, dusty, earthy aroma appeared. Later walnut skins.

Taste was coffee bitterness. Bright. Not too sweet. Drying. Not cloying but one must like coffee in order to appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel was lacking stout creaminess. Zesty medium to high carbonation was uncharacteristic. This one was more scrubby than expected. Moderated body.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 14:50:10 | More by Cresant
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Pours out jet black with no head. No lacing either.

S - Smelled like cofffee, actually not just coffee but fresh ground coffee beans.

T - Obviously it tasted like coffee.

M - It was soft on the tongue and medium-bodied.

D - I really am not a huge fan of coffee (mostly because I don't like hot drinks). I expected the coffee taste to be more subtle. That being said I actually liked the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 16:24:03 | More by zeff80
Photo of akorsak


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

A growler filled this past weekend, big thanks to czoch75 for it.

A: The stout is an oil black color with some ruby red highlights at the edge of the glass. The head leaves a nice patch of lace throughout the glass.

S: The beer has an intense coffee aroma. I use a french press to make coffee everyday. At the bottom of the cup there are 5 tablespoons of grounds that have an aroma similar to this. A very intense coffee aroma!

T: The coffee body continues into the taste. The flavor has a sweet undertone that is the oatmeal stout base. Built on top of that is an intense, acidic coffee flavor. The taste finishes long, leaving a strong coffee flavor in the mouth.

M: The coffee is a little intense, like a strong Starbucks brew, but it is one of the truer coffee stouts that I've had as it doesn't shy away from the coffee.

D: The ale's espresso-like body is a great change of pace, providing both an acidic strength and an oatmeal smoothness.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2006 00:39:21 | More by akorsak
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Well, happy to see this on local shelves. The beer delivers a big aromatic punch of espresso beans and roasted goodness. Its all about the coffee up front. Flavors are dominated by solidly brewed espresso with a supporting stout character. The stout has difficulty standing up to the immense coffee characteristics, but contributes malt sweetness, toffee, caramel, and a hint of vanilla and brown sugar. The oats in the brew round the coffee nicely, but maybe too much so. The beer needs some rough edges to compete with the coffee acidity and strength. Feels full and rich to the mouth and finishes with a velvety slickness. Aftertastes are all coffee in nature. A good beer, but an American Stout backbone would have been better.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 18:49:00 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of IntriqKen


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 06:20:59 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of frazbri


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This serving of Schlafly Coffee Stout was bottled October 5, 2006, and purchased at the Party Source accross the river from Cincinnati. The stout was black with ruby accents and a very tall light tan head. The aroma had notes of cocoa and toffee, but coffee provided the most notable smells. Flavor was loaded with espresso with a hint of chocolate and a nice bitter finish. The body of the beer had a light almost airy quality, but still had some depth.

I am intrigued by this stout. It's both flavorful and approachable. It's a sessionable coffee stout. This is the first Schlafly product I've bought, and it's made a good first impression on this beer advocate.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 01:41:24 | More by frazbri
Photo of kmpitz2


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The brew pours a deep brown to almost black color with a faint ruby highlite around the edges. The head is massive, working up to 3 fingers tall. It leaves really nice lace as it falls to about a finger over top. There is little to no carbonation working up the sides of my glass. The aroms on this one is all about the coffee. It smells like a nice moderate roast coffee with a hint of sweetness and creamyness from the oatmeal stout base. This one really smells a lot like freshly ground coffee. I like it. The flavor brings the same intensity of coffee that I found in the aroma. This carries all the way through the beer. The aftertaste presents a mild creamy oat character with a mild roasted maltyness, but it definately screams coffee here. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. It is a little slick from the oats, but nothing bad. I think this is an incredibly good coffee stout, with a ton of coffee in both the aroma and flavor. It is a bit one dimensional, but I think that is what makes this beer what it is. I am happy to have 4 more of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 01:46:38 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of RBorsato


4.9/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Almost pitch black with a nice beige/light brown head that lasts. Prominent intense roasted coffee bean aroma and flavor ... wow coffee, coffee, coffee like a cup was dumped in my stout. Light-medium bodied with a dry roasty bitter coffee finish.

Beer is for breakfast now !! Excellent beer and I don't really like coffee...

Per Label: "Oatmeal stout with natural flavor added uses locally roasted Kaldi's Coffee" "Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co."

Per SLB website: 5.7% ABV. OG: 14. IBU: 40

Bottled: 01/31/06
Tasted: 07/28/06

($6.69 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 15:47:02 | More by RBorsato
Photo of merlin48


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 01:02:39 | More by merlin48
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2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pint at the brewpub. looks ok. head gone very quickly. black. served too cold to have much odor. taste is really, really bland, at least for what i was expecting. too yeasty and not really coffee flavored at all. tastes more like an oatmeal stout i made where the yeast went wild and overwhelmed the beer. dont need to have this again. no thanks.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2006 15:01:44 | More by aforbes10
Photo of karst


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

Poured a 12 oz into my 0.4 L rastal tulip stuck my nose into the glass and I was back in St. Louis's Kaldi with Greg - their skilled roastemaster wating for the second crack before emptying the 75 lbs of hot beans to air dry. This flavor and aroma has been embellished over '05 vintage. I am sending a couple of my California homebrewers some beans along with a cold toddy recipe and am hoping they have the solid oatmeal stout recipes similar to Schlafly's to support the huge coffee flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 18:33:46 | More by karst
Photo of hopsaplenty


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bottled with love on Jan 05, 2006.

The Coffee Stout is contains Kaldi's Fair Trade espresso brewed using the cold toddy method.

Pours with a huge rocky latte colored head of small bubbles the slowly settles leaving a few strands of thick lacing. Deep dark mahogany with cordovan highlights. The smell is of strong, burnt espresso beans, smoke, carbon, and is sharp and acrid. The Kaldi's espresso dominates every facet of the taste. There is some initial soft sweetness that crosses the tongue, but then the espresso kicks in. Finishes with about a quarter cube of sugar-laced shot of espresso. Bitter and acrid. Medium body, slightly grating mouthfeel, but with some buzzing carbonation. This is all about the espresso and if it only had a bit more malt in the body it would be spectacular.

If you like your coffee strong, dark, and black, then this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 05:10:59 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of karengarys


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

This pours quite dark, but not that coal-tar dark, it is a bit lighter than that. I slow pour, but it had a ring of carmel colored foam around the edge that laced slightly.

Smell was french roast coffee, and a hint of malt.

Taste is heavy in malt, the coffee flavor comes through clear. There is little hop balance, though, but somehow it works very well. So, it isn't that bitter.

It has a surprisingly creamy, maybe slightly thin mouthfeel, but good. Not English thin, but just not as heavy as other dark beers.

It is somewhat medium body - lighter than I would expect for a beer like this, but once again it works.

This is one strange but very good beer to try. I am enjoying it, will probably get a 6 of it if I can find it. It is quite drinkable. Note: My wife is NOT a beer drinker. Michelob ultra for her - she doesn't like the bitterness of most craft brews. She described this as "smooth", she actually had a second taste. And a third. It pairs well with dark chocolate!

So - give this a try regardless of what you are looking for in a beer - it is an interesting experience worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 01:30:57 | More by karengarys
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. No light shines through. Small brown head that dissapates rather quickly. Moderate lacing. Smells of a rich dark coffee, and maybe some roasted malts in there. Taste is where this beer excels. Deep roasted malt flavor. Dark rich coffee. And a bit of a toast taste give this an exceptional flavor. Feels thick rich and crisp in the mouth. I could drink these all day. Of the beers I received in the trade from Dertbert this is the biggest suprise and my favorite so far. I love stouts and this is an excellent one.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 22:13:19 | More by wcudwight
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North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding brew!!! Got it as part of a trade from wcudwight who got it from dertbert. Thanks to these guys.

Wow!! I don't know where to begin with this beer. Poured out the color of a very dark porter. Not totally black but almost. A thin head with little lacing. The smell is of roasted oatmeal and coffee. The taste is incredible. You first notice the oatmeal with a coffee taste left for the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Nothing detracts from this brew. The only thing keeping me from driving to St. Louis to get a case is I am kinda tired. But I am thinking of calling in sick in the morning. So you could say I think this is a worthwhile beer. I will cross paths with this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 03:49:29 | More by Enola
Photo of Bighuge


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer is almost black. The head has a nice "whipped" appearance to it. It's light brown in color. Fairly thin, but it sticks around for a while. Lacing is moderate. Great aroma on this one. Thick coffee roast smell. With black malts/chocolate malts in the mix too it seems. The nose translates nicely to the palate. Thick, dark roasted coffee tones. Sharp and acrid. But not harsh. I'm not actually a coffee drinker, but I do like coffee beers and this is no exceptioin. There is a nice little sweet accent to everything. Like a vanilla or milk sugar trait. Something of that sort anyway. The body is light to light-medium in stature. I wish it were fuller. Carbonation is appropriately held in check. This is an easy drinker and quite tasty.

Thanks MJR, for my first two Schlafly brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 23:39:07 | More by Bighuge
Photo of HoboAGoGo


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark ruby into my pint glass, with a creamy dark brown chocolate head. The nose was of deep espresso, chocolate, bitter hop and malt. Taste was predominately the espresso and the hops. You know when you drink a coffee, and towards the end of the cup, it becomes kind of cold and slightly sour? That's what this tasted like. But good.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 04:36:30 | More by HoboAGoGo
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