Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
87
very good

795 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 89 | 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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Ratings: 795 | Reviews: 296
Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours opaque black with a small fizzy light-tan head that reduces quickly leaving just a ring, short lasting lace

S- nice chocolaty roasted notes with some sweet oats, dark-yet-not overly bitter coffee with a touch of vanilla, very nice

T- great balance between the bitterness of the coffee and the chocolaty roasted notes. I think that by using the coffe extract, it tames the bitterness a bit. The sweet chocolate is complimented nicely by a silky oat character that leads to a dry-yet-slightly bitter finish with a faint coffee linger

M- medium body and carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel that leads to a creamy finish, dont necessarily get the silkiness associated with an oatmeal stout

O- nice coffee flavors in this one, reminds me of a poor mans FBS, would pair nicely with desserts or chocolate.

Photo of flexabull
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy if DonFrap, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown color with a very nice tan head. Looks great!

Smells like a nice cup of coffee and not much else, maybe some cream and sugar.

Taste is very coffee forward. Some notes of roasted malts, brown sugars, and cream. But this is mostly about the coffee. Finish is crisp, and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, needs a bit more body.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. But this is a bit of a one trick pony, lots of coffee flavors that are nice, but it needs some more stout flavors to balance this out. Still enjoyable though.

Photo of capnamerica
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A shade or two before black. Thin cream head.

S: Great smell. Reminiscent of chocolate covered espresso beans.

T: Iced coffee. Very nice balance.

O: Very pleasant, and enjoyable. Worth a try.

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.

Photo of AmitC
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 11/20/2012.

Excellent pour. Typical dark brown colored thin porter like pour. Pitch black inside the glass. Nice one finger thick tan brown colored head that recedes slowly. Excellent lacing on the sides. Opaque colored.

Nice strong coffee aroma. Ground coffee with strong pungent smell. Strength is moderate to good. The coffee dominates the flavors and hides the other components of the beer. Some roasted malts slide through the midst.

Taste is a nice mix of roasted malts and strong coffee flavors. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Drinks heavy. Very strong coffee.

Wrongly picked this beer at night when i wanted to sleep.

Photo of xnicknj
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours opaque mahogany color with deep dark hues. Fluffy tuft of tanned head builds up, slowly collapsing into wispy film and rings of patchy lacing.

Smooth roasted coffee beans in the nose with hints of creamy sweetness. Touch of chocolate and cocoa, a hint of vanilla with caramel and dark roasted malts.

Refreshing blast of invigorating coffee beans and roasted tones. The coffee bitterness is super mild in this one, followed by hints of sweetness with cocoa and a dash of vanilla. Roasted dark malts and caramel backbone. Smooth finish with lingering coffee dryness.

Medium body, well carbonated, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Well crafted, drinkable coffee stout without the acrid bitterness that ruins some of similar ilk. Schlafly should get more attention these days - their beers are continually tasty year in and year out.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black/deep brown, 1 finger khaki head, ok lacing

S: roasted coffee, baking oat bread and hint of drk chocolate

T: mild dark chocolate, big malt oats, and
firm roasted coffee finish

M: med body, smooth/semi-chewy mouth, semi-dry finish

O: Quite flavorful session Oat/Coffee stout.
Schlafly delivers mighty fine beers and this
is just another fine example.

YUMMY; GRAB A BOTTLE!

Photo of argock
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with small cap of light beige small-bubbled head which leaves a narrow line of lacing.

S: Big dark roasted aroma of coffee, almost like coffee grounds, with good accompaniment of roasted grain and dark malt as well. There is a light chocolate undercurrent as well.

T: The flavor is a dark roasted and roasted grain assault which I loved. The malt character is not entirely lost and is what provides the dark chocolate and light caramel sweetness that prevents this beer from being too bitter. The coffee component is very dark roasted/espresso-like in quality.

M: Mouthfeel is a little light but nothing wrong with it. Not too heavy and low carbonation with the oatmeal quality a little dampened by the coffee bitterness.

O: A really good coffee stout but I kept the Overall score in check because it is pretty one-dimensional -- but it is a really enjoyable dimension they bring in this brew.

Photo of scratch69
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Nothing but roasted coffee.

Taste- Black coffee flavor with some light notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall- Decent stout with an average coffee flavor. I would drink it again but there are some better coffee stouts out there.

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a failry clear dark dark brown color with a small creamy tan head that recedes quite rapidly to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin all java forward for sure with a great deal of mocha and espresso. Roasted coffee through and through with little else coming through.

The tastes begin with a lot of black, slightly stale coffee with some oats and mocha in the background. Did I mention this tasted like coffee, really just overwhelmingly, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if that's what your in the mood for but I feel this lacks the nice toasted bready base malt or something to counterbalance the roasted coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter and creamy but comes across more watery than I expected.

Overall if you want some coffee with a tad bit of alcohol, go for this. It was very drinkable but forgetable as a beer because of the coffee-esque thin mouthfeel and one dimentional flavor profile. I've had worse coffee beers for sure but definitely better ones as well.

Photo of Neorebel
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer's appearance is an oily black, with a bubbly, soda-like head. The aroma contains hints of dark-roasted coffee beans, grains, and a touch of something sweet. My nose also detected a small presence of oxidation. The flavor has a nice bitter coffee flavor, and as advertised, the 'cold toddy extraction process' does indeed produce a less acidic flavor. It's rather light, no doubt benefiting from the breadiness of the Oatmeal as well. The overall mouthfeel however might be a little too light and carbonated, a bit of a let down compared to the expected velvety softness that one might get with other Oatmeal Stouts, such as New Holland's "The Poet." This might not be the best coffee stout ever made, but the uniqueness of the coffee blending and it's resulting flavor are enough to give it merit.

Photo of craft_shannie
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown; single finger frothy tan head; average retention w. lacing.
S: roasty, roasty, black coffee.
T: follows nose - deep roast coffee that screams "good morning" or "come sit down for a cup." finishes w. light-medium bitterness.
M: low carbonation, tastes as though it is cask (love that). smooth; full-bodied.
O: let's just say that this beer made me change my mind about schlafly & as a result, i have become a fan of a couple of their beers. this isn't a complex stout, by any means, but that is part of the charm. it's simple, yet very well done. this stout is one of my everyday staples.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at their tap room.

A: Dark as a moonless night, 2 finger creamy head. Excellent retention. Some coffee grinds at the bottom, cowboy style.

S: Coffee, oats, chocolate, english malt.

T: Well done. Very nice balance of flavors. They didn't go overboard with coffee, and there's a nice malt backbone and hop bitterness towards the end. Some chocolate. On cask, this is phenomenal.

M: Chewy, not too thick though. Well carbonated. Very easy to drink.

O: I like this more than their Oatmeal Stout, from which this is derived from. Great seasonal, and tastes amazing on cask. Prost!

Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium bodied dark cola brown in color with a one finger off white head. The nose features authentic coffee (sans creamer, just black), almost espresso, mild coffee bitterness, light baking chocolate, and a subtle malty sweetness. The flavors are well rounded and approachable. There is a good amount of coffee with moderate bitterness, baking chocolate, smooth dark malts, obviously some roast, and a light chocolate/oatmeal malty sweetness. It has nice flavor. It drinks on the lighter side of medium in body and leaves behind a nice amount of coffee in the aftertaste. This is a pretty solid beer. The level of coffee is impressive considering this beer is an oatmeal stout registering in at just 5.7%.

Photo of jgagne
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice jet black body with light brown creamy looking head. Good looking beer for sure.

S-Slightly disappointing smell. Very obscure coffee and malty notes.

T-Nice big coffee flavor, smell is deceiving for sure. Clean and crisp for the style.

M-I thought because of the low abv the body would be too light but i was pleasantly surprised. Good medium body with medium carb as well.

O-Very good stout. Very drinkable with just the right amount of coffee flavor. And for a $8/6 pack you cant go wrong. Solid beer for sure, especially if you are on a budget.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a Beer of the Month 6 pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice pitch black color with a small brownish head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some lacing. Smells of darkly roasted coffee, nothing else. Tastes of coffee and a little bit of malt, but definate dark coffee taste dominates, like there is still coffee beans in it (not actually, but that taste). Beer goes down real smooth for this light/medium bodied beer and is carbonated perfectly. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of JayQue
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good smooth oatmeal stout, very prominent coffee presence. Thanks to Woodchopper who included it in a trade.

Poured a dark brown into a pint glass. A regular pour provides very little head. A hard pour rewards you with a nice size light tan head. Average retention, some delicate lacing on the glass.

Strong aroma of coffee and roasted malt..nice.

Tastes good as well. Fairly simple, roasted and bready malts and plenty of coffee.

Mouthfeel is as smooth as you would expect with a good oatmeal stout. Slides down very well. Plenty of coffee, not much bitterness.

Overall this is a very pleasant stout. If you like coffee, this is a good one for you as the coffee is prominent without being harsh or bitter.

Photo of Amerrell
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head. Aroma is light, mostly coffee. Tastes like a pretty good stout with a single shot of espresso. The coffee here is not as up front as I expected. I like my coffee stouts strong. It is, however, very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The coffee doesn't come through until the middle and the drink finishes out with a slight hop bitterness to it. Overall definitely a good beer, but I'll take one with stronger coffee if I can find it.

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis, MO for $4.50. Tapped from a Stainless Steel Tap Handle into a 16oz Nonic/Pint Glass.

Aroma- Tons of roast and maltiness throughout the entire smell. Coffee is very apparent and nicely introduced. Enjoyed greatly!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is frothy and has great retention. Has the deepest brown colored body that is opaque. Leaves the thickest, creamy lacing behind.

Flavor- Very rich coffee and tastes as though it is a cask offering but isn't. Roast and dark malts are introduced in the middle of the drink. A light-medium bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Creamy, and has a light coffee finish.

Overall Impression- After each drink, I thought to myself, is this on-cask? Very creamy and easy going down! Of course it was still full bodied but very nice with coffee character but anyone can enjoy! I'm looking to enjoy my bottle of this within the week as well and compare.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of TippySelenoid
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

It's a black beer, tan head tat quickly turned to lace.

It's got some roasted malts but mostly coffee.

This beer has a nice coffee flavor under the beer. The beer itself is a nice roasted stout, the coffee sits nicely underneath it without overpowering it.

This beer was adequately carbonated, medium bodied with a dry finish.

Balanced! This beer's pretty good.

Photo of kencarman
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby highlights, off white pillow head that lasts...

My first sense, taste-wise, was a background oatmeal chewiness. I didn't know it was an Oatmeal Stout. Sweet, but not quite Sweet Stout-ish. Aroma also sweet and espresso-ish. Espresso also in the taste. If I were to brew a crossover beer between Oatmeal, Coffee, Sweet and Robust, this is what I would brew. Nice chewy, slight sweet, with very, very slight sour. Little if no hops sense, but great moderate roast.

Perfect: they went exactly where they were headed. They designed a recipe and hit the target. Excellent.

Photo of nhindian
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Dated 11/03/2011. Pours a reflective, ominous black with no hint of what is contained within. About 2-fingers of khaki-colored head gradually forms with a thick, foamy consistency and big bubbles here and there. The retention is fantastic, and it only seems to slowly shrink, not dissipate. This lends itself to some great, sticky lacing.

S - Wow, the nose on this brings some of the strongest hints of espresso that I've had in a beer, maybe only behind Founders' Breakfast Stout line and Peche Mortel. It is almost all coffee grounds here, with only the malts having a chance to challenge it. There's a bit of chocolate and oat here, but this is definitely a coffee bomb.

T - I always find myself split on coffee-infused beers. On one hand, I absolutely love coffee and it's a rare day that I don't wake up to a cup (or more) of it, but on the other hand, most coffee beers aren't well-executed and are much too bitter. I don't know to what extent the 'cold toddy extraction process' played in this beer, but Schlafly really did a fine job of getting a ton of coffee flavor without the harshness or even a lot of the roast. It's pretty much drinking a smooth iced coffee. That being said, as in the nose, it's kind of hard to get much else besides the coffee, but I guess that's the point of this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. This even feels like coffee in the mouth, but perhaps without as dry a finish. A long lasting coffee aftertaste makes every sip last, and it is smooth all around.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I have to say I'm pretty impressed with this, especially for the price. This is definitely a beer for coffee-lovers so if you can't stand it, then buyer beware. For me, though, this is an example of the style done right, but I'd like to have gotten a bit more of the underlying oatmeal stout.

Photo of crhensel
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz. into imperial pint) Pours a rich black color with very little head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma out of the glass is immediately of the coffee roast, and chocolate malts. It actually smells just like a good cup of espresso. The flavor is exactly the same, with a slight hint of the roast with an overwhelming flavor of espresso. The finish is very smooth and refreshing. Let this one warm up a bit to fully appreciate the complexity and subtlety of all the flavors.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 11/03/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of light tan, creamy head with good retention; Very dark brown appearance; Moderate lacing mostly towards the bottom of the glass

S - Nice roasted coffee bean smell with just a bit of chocolate and sweetness; Very subtle grassy and floral hops

T - Pretty close to the smell; Good dose of roasted coffee bean flavor, though it isn't in-your-face robust; A little bit of bitterness in the taste; Tiny bit of chocolate and sweetness with a touch of citrusy and floral hops as well

M - Above moderate amount of carbonation; Medium bodied, though the beer feels a bit thin in the mouth

O - I thought this was a solid brew overall with a pretty tasty flavor profile. There's a good amount of coffee flavor without being too unbalanced. This wasn't quite as smooth as some other oatmeal stouts, but the lighter feel of this beer, coupled with the lighter ABV, makes it session worthy. I wouldn't mind trying this beer again, especially when I'm in the mood for a lighter bodied stout.

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.