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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

309 Reviews
THE BROS
87
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Reviews: 309
Hads: 887
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 56
Gots: 122 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

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: 309 | Hads: 887
Photo of NickTheGreat
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L (3.5) - Pours a nice dark, stout color. Little to no head. And whats there is kinda dark and sad.

S (4) - Smells good. Get a nice coffee note.

T (3) - Coffee. I get it should taste like coffee, but this was too overbearing. I thought I was drinking cold, slightly carbonated coffee.

F (4) - Decent feel. Not overly carbed, and drinks well. Maybe a little thin for an oatmeal stout?

O (3.5) - I bought this one on a lark, and probably won't again. Maybe it's just me, but I thought the coffee taste was too over-the-top.

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Photo of embass
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown with a light-tan head. A little thin; does not grab the glass.

Had a strong coffee scent along with some nice chocolaty notes mixed in along with.

Taste was a very smooth blend of roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of caramel.

Very light on the bitterness; nice balance of a sweet stout versus the bitterness/acidity of the coffee.

A little on the thin-side as far as feel goes. Not necessarily a bad thing but I typically prefer more of a medium-bodied coffee stout.

Overall I really liked the balance and drinkability of this coffee stout. I’m generally pretty impressed with Schlafly’s. I wish this was a bit thicker and had a higher ABV; but I get what they were going for.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Preston.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates to big bubbles. Fragmented lacing.

S: Heavy coffee grounds. Chocolate malts, barley. So nice.

T: A terrific blend of french roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Hefty, robust. Low bitterness and acidity. So drinkable.

M: Medium with medium mouthfeel. A solid finish.

O: A very nice surprise. I went right out and bought a sixer. At only $8, this is a steal. Recommended for coffee beer fans.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite stout, which I am not a huge fan of, but do enjoy. This one is a nice smooth stout that is not too heavy or cloying. It is essentially their oatmeal stout, which is also good, but with the delicious addition of fresh ground Kaldi's coffee. This is my go to when I want a stout.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of qchic
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

For coffee lovers only. Thought the moderate alcohol might make for a thin beer, but plenty of roasty, chocolatey coffee flavor with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit of tang and bitterness. Good beer from a solid brewery!

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%

Aroma is roasty malt, coffee grounds, a touch of chocolate, licorice, and rounded out by nutty malt sweetness. Flavor reveals strong coffee dominance throughout, accented by dark chocolate. There's a touch of an acrid character initially, which fades in the lightly bitter, roasty finish. Toasted nuts emerge in the aftertaste. Coffee isn't my favorite, but this is a well constructed beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola brown color with a small tight khaki colored head. The retention was quick and settled into a light ring.

The aroma is not particuliarly strong but does have a nice coffee scent. Nice cold coffee and coffee grounds aroma, good roast. The aroma is a nice earthy/woody scent.

Freshly ground coffee in the taste. Excellent flavor and not overly bitter. Subtle wood notes with a peaty type of flavor. The malt base is quite light and brings a tea like flavor, perhaps a note of lemon. A hint of caramel as well.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate but has enough of a roasted bitter offset to balance. Perhaps a touch stick in the finish.

Very good coffee flavor; I enjoyed that very much. However, the stout base is lacking and more resembles a brown ale. Quite light for the style.

#1700 reviewed

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Photo of fscottkey
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black color with a 1 finger tan head. The head has really uniform bubbles, which I always like. The head reduces but does not disappear. It stays as a thin white layer over the brew.

S: It smells like coffee. A robust coffee very powerful and pronounced.

T: Slightly bitter coffee. It is not a subtle hint of coffee - it is full on coffee flavor.

M: Nice balance of carbonation - smooth on the palate.

O: Too much of a good thing? This is like coffee with some stout thrown in. I am not a coffee drinker - but I like the smell of it. This would be a great breakfast stout. It is not one that I could drink more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served at Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, IL. Poured into a snifter glass today, 4/4/2014.

App- dark brown body, one finger tan head, good retention and no lacing.

Smell- good roast espresso notes, milk chocolate. Not complex or anything but the balance here is very good

Flavour- milk chocolate, creamer with espresso. It's sort of what I'd expect a cafe au lait that tasted like noble, earthy hops on the backend. It works just well enough.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink. Not too bitter on the backend.

Overall- a fine local coffee stout that is balanced quite well. No offensive flavours. Works for me.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also some grains and a bit of a an oatmeal type flavour.

Overall - A good beer, not as much coffee and I was expecting, tastes just like a regular stout. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Nose is straight coffee. Deep roasted coffee ground with undertow of chocolate and roast. Taste is much a like a chilled black coffee. Nice robust coffee notes along with notes of oats, charred grain, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with mild carbonation. Overall, very nice coffee character in this beer.

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Photo of dank203
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

brown in a pint class, lots of tan head. aroma of fresh coffee beans. flavor is okay, lots of coffee there, more bitterness though. a little bit roasty, some candy-like or syrupy sweetness on the back end. overall good but not my favorite coffee stout

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: black tan head and little lacing

S: coffee and cocoa mostly

T: fresh coffe chocolate and some dark fruit type taste almost like raspberry

M: creamy with a lingering sweet finish

O: a delicious coffee stout. Everything is in great balance and exactly what a coffee stout should be

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Photo of darthvohn
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glass Used: Tumbler

Appearance: A deep dark brown with a finger thick tan head. Lacing is minimal; a thin film of foam seals the surface.

Smell: A dark roast black coffee aroma fills the nostrils. I get some roasted malt characteristics as well. A lot of roast going on here.

Taste: Tastes like malted ice coffee. Not too heavy but the coffee is the star here. If you like the flavor of iced black coffee, with a hint of sweetness, then this beer is for you. The finish leaves a slight bitterness associated with a stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy up until mid palate where it gets a bit thin in the finish. It's rather pleasant. Medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a great black coffee stout. I get sweetened iced black coffee during the Summer so this is right up my alley. Recommended if you like those flavors.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really liked this stout from Schlafly. Had this poured out of the bottle into a stout glass. Awesome coffee aroma and flavor. Burnt and robust. Nice dark brown color with a tape fluffy head. Great balance, try it with dessert or a smoky pork. Smooth down the gullet. So good.

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Photo of NYR2
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown with no head.

S - Simply put smells like coffee...as it should!

T - This is by far the best "coffee stout" that I have tasted. Many stouts and porters have "hints" of coffee among other flavors. To me it tasted like I was drinking a delicious iced coffee...if you like coffee you will love this beer. However, this is only for coffee lovers, if you are only an occasional coffee drinker this probably won't be the stout for you.

M - Smooth with minimal carbonation. Certainly not a chore to drink.

O - I think I covered it in "taste" but I had this on tap a week ago and craved it all week. I manged to find the last 6-pack in one of my local spots and while the bottle isn't quite the experience the tap was, I would still recommend this beer to all lovers of stouts and coffee.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty rich dark brown espresso. Medium lacing around the glass. Very little head in the glass.

S- More malt than coffee from the nose.

T- Pretty decent coffee stout. Some coffee comes out of the beer, but some great malty stout there too.

M- Pretty thin here. My lowest rating for this beer.

O- A well done coffee stout considering all of them that have been done.

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Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Ruby dark brown with a finger of khaki head, medium spotty lacing.
S - Roasted oats and coffee beans, very biscuity malt, a little hop tone underneath.
T - There's large oat presence in this, and then is subtly followed by coffee notes, some burnt caramels, again, big on the biscuit malt, and some dark earthy and spicy hop notes underneath.
M - Smooth, decently lighter in feel compared to your average beer of this style.
O - If you like oat stouts, this is a good one, just a nice hint of coffee.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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 CFHMagnet
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SplashyFob and his friend for this one.

An agressive pour yields a finger of tan head that dissipates in a minute or so. I am left with a rich dark coffee colored body with a frothy little ring around the top. Faint lace sticks to the side of the glass.

I smell roasted malt, roasted nuts and roasted coffee.

Roasted malt and coffee make up the rather mild flavor on this one.

The mouthfeel is too light for me. I feel it should be creamier. The carbonation bites the middle of the tongue. Finishes with a little residue on the tongue.

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

Appearance - It is a blackish brown color, with a tan colored head.

Smell - a nice roasted coffee smell, reminds me a bit of a mocha cappuccino.

Taste - like the smell, it leaves a nice coffee aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel - silky smooth beer, with a decent body.

Overall - A pretty good coffee stout.

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Photo of beerbully
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into snifter

A-black with 1/2 inch off white head with little retention. moderate lacing that quickly falls from side of glass.

S-moderate aroma. mocha mostly as the chocolate and coffee meld together. slight roastiness

T-roasty coffee and chocolate follows the nose. slight smokiness

M-a bit thin , especially in the finish would like more creaminess...maybe a bit too carbonated for the style

O-solid coffee stout but comes up short when compared to others. However for the price its a solid offering

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa earlier this week. I had no idea that this was a Oatmeal Stout until I looked up this beer on here, since it wasn't as full as others that I've had in the past. As others have commented on here, this was quite thin and more like carbonated coffee rather than actual beer. On its own, it was fine but I expect an Oatmeal Stout to have the taste and body of actual oats and I think that this beer spread itself thin just a bit here.

The pour was as to be expected - cola brown with just a hint of garnet around the edges, with a fluffy tan head that quickly settled and a fair amount of lacing on the side of my pint glass that I drank down the side of. Lots of coffee and espresso in the nose but not a lot of oats. The look and mouthfeel of this beer was of the aforementioned cola without the sugary stickiness as the burnt notes of the coffee ended up taking over to a large degree here. If Starbucks brewed a beer, this would be it (although this would be a better buy for the buck!) and the hop bitterness really couldn't be found here. There was a faint bitter chocolate undertone to this as well with just a bit of vanilla extract and molasses to give this some bite. A fair presence of carbonation was here as well but not enough to scrub my palate clean after each sip.

At the alcohol was light here, as there was hardly any booze to be detected as I did "shots" of this coffee, er...beer. While I like something that pushes the edge a bit, something was missing here. Maybe it was the oats, some more powder to the chocolate, or some more bubbles to give this some life. Espresso tends to be watery, flat, and bitter and that's what this was too. If that's your thing, drink away! It will save you a trip to the place with the long lines, green aprons, and hum of the coffee machines.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger head that last long and not much carbonation.

S-Coffee but it is extremely burnt and roasted. Malt and some chocolate but not much.

T-Very roasty coffee. Almost burnt. Some smoke/beef jerky like notes, similar to a smoked beer. Tad bit of caramel and chocolate.

M-Lighter, watery and not much carbonation.

O-One of the few times Schlafly has disappointed me. I was expecting better on this one.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.