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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: 93 | 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 kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a near jet black body with some light getting through.

S: strong coffee, little else

T: coffee bomb which I happen to love with hints of vanilla and decent amount of cocoa but coffee roast dominates.

M: medium busy and moderate carbonation.

Overall: simple but very good. Not too bitter but yet tons of coffee flavor. Must pair this one with the chocolate cake at the brewpub.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer appears black in color but when held up to the light the bottom of the glass is clear dark red. No carbonation is visible. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and oats are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of oats and hints of cold brewed coffee. There are slight hints of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and very smooth and airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The mouthfeel of this beer has a really nice smoothness, although the coffee flavors take a bit of time to develop as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

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

pours black as night and smells just like a cupa joe, rich white head. has a wonderful coffee taste blended with their oatmeal stout and all of its goodness. locally roasted beans gives this a distinct flavor apart from other coffee stouts. not at all acidic as some can be, smooth mouthfeel, good coffee buzz. perfect for a rainy morning with a hangover.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Served in a nonic pint.

Pours a deep brown nearing black. Big mocha-colored head with nice lacing as it goes down. Good retention as well. Thin collar afterward. The nose carries a really nice bit of coffee with some mild cream. Slight roast as well. Flavor has a good coffee and roast combination with a slight creaminess behind it. Medium body with good carbonation. Slightly chewy. Quite good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rather translucent for a stout, with a creamy tan head that forms atop the liquid; the retention was not that impressive but it did leave some shards of lace behind

Smell: Piquant coffee aroma, with hints of mocha and oatmeal

Taste: Lots of coffee flavor in this one, with a chocolate and oatmeal undertone that builds by mid-palate; just a hint of citrusy hop character emerges, after the swallow, but the finish returns to the start, with plenty of coffee

Mouthfeel: As I anticipated from the appearance, the beer is rather thin for a stout and there is not that much of the creaminess I would have expected from the oatmeal, either; moderate carbonation

Overall: I find the thin mouthfeel forgivable as I really like the flavor profile; one of my favorites in the coffee beer style

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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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 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 zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh hell yeah, that is what I needed tonight, a rich, decadent coffee beer. My favorite of beer styles, though it is not really a style. This twelve ounce beauty was served lightly chilled and poured into my pint glass. Consumed on 12/11/2008.

The pour was really wonderful. Rich and completely black with no light coming through here at all. Huge tan head settled down just a tocuh leaving a ton of side glass lace alll over the place.

The smell, rich coffee aroma with a light hint of roasted malts and a touch of grain. As it warmed some light hints of molasses started to come through as well. The taste though, is why I love coffee and beer. Rich. Bitter. Dry. Totally and completely emerged in a huge coffee flavor from the very first sip. This had a really nice mellow brew flavor to it, not really harshm with a fine prickly carbonation that was smooth and subtle. Really very well done. Nice dry, slightly biter finish sealed the deal for me as this one was one of the most drinkable beers I have had in a very long time.

Overall I was floored by how good this one was. One of the best coffee beers i have had and really just a shining moment of the night for me. This was damn good.

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Photo of oline73
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Max's Taphouse.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a bit of light coming through at the edges. There is a very little bit of tan head which disappears very quickly.

Smell: Roasty nutty coffee dominates with some mild sweetness.

Taste: Again the coffee dominates. There is some bitterness from the coffee and a mild sweetness. This one doesn't have what I would call a full flavor and drinks more like a coffee brown ale than an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin considering the style. The carbonation is mild and the finish is dry.

Drinkability: This one isn't bad, but there are plenty of other coffee beers that I would choose before going back.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to whartontallboy for this bit o' extra goodness!

Not sure how the Cards/Pads game turned out, but it was shaping up to be entertaining. Now to this brew here. It pours a murky dark burnt sienna topped by a finger of lightly dusty dirty white foam. The nose is dominated by a rich coffee aroma, with some mild molasses, dusty dark chocolate, and lightly chlorinated wheat rollicking behind. The taste embitters the coffee, while simultaneously complimenting it with some rye notes. The chocolate also gets some bitterness (we're nearing cookin' choc here), and the roasted malts seem rather burnt. A hint of light leather hides in the back. The body is a lightly hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a nice coffee stout, though the bitterness borders on harshness. I could see drinking more of them, though.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Dertbert for including this in a recent trade.

Pours dark brown with a finger width of light tan head that settles down into a great looking full creamy retention across the top that leaves behind big swathes of lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is definitely roasted coffee up front although I also pick up some backing chocolate sweetness and a slight sour note.

The taste is once again a roasty coffee blend up front mixed with chocolate and caramel sweetness. There is also a slightly astringent feel to the proceedings. The overall taste of coffee is pretty good but there seems be something missing. Maybe a bit more assertiveness or better backing by the other flavors? The mouthfeel is a little thinnner than I expected but still maintains a creamy and sleek feel.

Overall, this wasn't a terrible Coffee Stout but it just didn't do enough in certain areas to make it overly memorable either. Still, the flavor isn't too bad and the drinkibility is still fairly good.

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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 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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/27/12 notes. had on tap at Bier Baron in DC. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a slightly murky, amber-brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of straight up coffee grinds, espresso, roasted malts, and toasted malts.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds, roasted malts, espresso, toasted malts, light chocolate, and light cream. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink stout.

o - Overall a very nice coffee stout. One of those stouts that smells and tastes like coffee grounds, it's very strong. Would have it again.

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

Best beer from Schlafly I've had all night. Beer is black, nice tan head, small and medium bubbles, lacing, moderate to low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is straight up coffee with fudge and roast mixed in.

Beer is medium in body and quite bitter, strong from the back moving forward. Interesting beer overall too. Sweetness minimal. A nice little stout for sure.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.66/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Nick by way of Justin after grabbing some beer from St. Louis on his most recent trip home. Thanks guys! Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark brown with some very obvious reddish/amber undertones towards the bottom of the glass. Somewhat clear though it's certainly dark enough to not see completely through. A huge frothy beige head forms and sticks around for quite some time. Nice slow dissipation with great retention and some nice lace.

S: Faint roasted coffee beans, cream, chocolate malts and a touch of vanilla on the back end. Nothing terribly aromatic though I guess it meets the criteria for what it's billed to be. It sort of reminds me of the Samuel Adams Black & Brew but much more muted.

T: Coffee is immediate up front and it doesn't necessarily taste "stale" but it's not that fresh coffee flavor. These bottles are fresh so I'm not sure what they were going for. Roasted beans, certainly nice amount of chocolate coming through with perhaps some caramel to round it out. The back palate has a bitterness that sticks around into the linger, giving it a bit of dryness. Boring, bland and something is off.

M: Extremely thin and watery, wow that's very disappointing. Dry in the finish with a lingering bitterness. I understand the ABV is on the low end but this is just way too thin.

Not a terrible beer but completely forgettable, and not enjoyable enough for me to finish. Nothing I'd ever revisit again unless it's on draft. I do enjoy Coffee Stouts when they're done correctly, and sadly for Schlafly this was not.

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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a dark brown color. When held to the light, this offering appears more like a brown ale than a stout. 2 fingers of tanned frothy head appear and retain well leaving a webbing of lace on the glassware.

The aroma of this brew has a strong scent of coffee that is somewhat tangy suggesting some citrus aspect to the coffee beans or maybe an accent to the hops. A roasted character of slightly musty grain fills the back of the nose. As it warms, some chocolate notes come out.

The taste includes roasted grain upfront with a slightly dry chocolate taste and a solid backing of coffee. There is a light musty aspect about the grain and the coffee flavor as a bit of citrus component possibly exaggerated by the hops. It leaves an aftertaste that is a mixture of roasted grain and coffee, not bad.

The alcohol is slightly noticeable in this brew. It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Not a bad offering at all.

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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 smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle she pours richly, and the head foams nice and large at about three fingers. Head is off tan colored, and a more expected together appearance from the pour seems in order, but it comes off as more foamy than creamy. Body color is a dark walnut brown with some great red hues along the edges, even some occasional ring lacing around the edges of the glass.

Nose is nice ripped bean coffee, but also a little acrid grain? Something seems a bit unusual on first smell. Subsequent whiffs seem more coffee dominant and better.

Taste improves. A wonderful simple coffee richness, but not heavy. Light bodied roast and char, but also a hint of wet. chewy grainy malts, and a pleasant texture. Simple and good, even some slight cream.

Overall the drink feels bigger than the low abv hints at. This however, tastes better than it smells, but it's just another solid beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the realm of everyday, crushable coffee stouts, this does incredibly well. Pours dark brown, slightly tan head with loose bubbles that lingers. Not much lacing. Looks good but I'd love more density to the head. Aroma is cold pressed coffee, iced, that clean flavor with chocolate up front, a hint of fruitiness in the back, slight acidity. Not heavily roasted coffee flavors which works really well in the lower ABV beer. Flavor delivers more of the same - a lightness to the flavors that builds in density over the class. Mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy.

Very well done.

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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 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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