Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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86
very good

710 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 45
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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 secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ultra-dark brown/black, with a massive head, and plenty of lace.
Aroma -- heavy duty coffee, courtesy of an infusion of fair-trade Kaldi's Coffee.
Smooth, typical oatmeal stout texture. Maybe a mite thin-bodied for the style, but that's not a bad thing, per se,
Flavor is, of course, heavy on the coffee side, with a slight chocolate hint. Smooth, muted bite at the finish. Tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of dbossman
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The lightest stout I've ever seen: redish, dark brown; nice big light brown head with good retention and okay lacing

S: Lots of coffee but also a brown sugary sweetness that seems a bit off--kind of smells like a brown ale with a grainy malt undertone; bready

T: Coffee maltiness up front--but this just doesn't seem like a stout; grainy with a nice roasted malt and bready presence; thin and simple but pleasant enough

F: A creaminess up front but that fades as it becomes quite thin as the beer moves to the back of the mouth and down the tongue

D: An easy drinking beer but just not what I expect in a stout

Photo of jbartlett89
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a deep deep brown with a creamy tan head. smells like a good coffee with a hit of malt. the taste is really good its exactly what i would want my perfect cup of coffee to taste like if i poured in a good stout. really like the mouth feel and its amazingly drinkable i could drink this instead of my few cups of joe in the am but i dont think work would like that too much... i recomend this to everyone....very good job schlafly

Photo of ncaudle
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours light brown, finally settling into a darker brown in the glass, with a creamy head that took a minute or two to dissipate.

coffee. that is all you smell. coffee! taste brings in some slight chocolate and vanilla tones, but just barely.

thin, slightly creamy mouthfeel.
decent brew but not necessarily something I can really get into.

is this really a coffee stout or just a coffee brown ale?

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown. Thin head and little lacing.
S- Smells strongly of fresh coffee grounds. Very coffee based. One dimensional, albeit pleasant.
T- On the tongue, there is more complexity than the aroma indicated. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, and espresso.
M- Smooth at first. Finishes quite dry. A bit underweighted at times.
D- This is probably my favorite beer of Schlafly's. Very strong on the coffee, but more or less well executed.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room. Dark black colored body, not pitch black, but a little red hue present as well. Dark tan head that leaves a little sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

Georgeous aroma of Kaldi's coffee is prominent. Hint of roasted malt follows. No question this is a coffee stout.

Superb coffee flavor, the best I've ever had. If you want coffee flavor in a beer, this is it. Some hints of roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit accompany the coffee flavor, but in small amounts.

A little thin on the mouthfeel based on the oatmeal stout base. But, it does not detract from the overall presentation. A reasonable abv makes this highly drinkable. Way to go, Schlafly.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this Schlafly's Coffee Stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The first thing you notice is great carbonation that explodes into a creamy white head. Decent head retention. The color of the Stout is a shade less then pitch black. This Coffee Stout has an Oatmeal Stout as a base and it is brewed with locally roasted Kaldi's Coffee. The aroma is wonderful. If you are a coffee lover, this is the perfect fusion of beer and coffee. As you drink the foam clings to the glass. This beer tastes like it smells, balanced, with the taste of coffee and slight hints of chocolate. Best Coffee based beer I have had- I think this is The Saint Louis Brewery's greatest victory. The only problem is that this is a seasonal beer. I could drink this year around. Now if I can only get my employer to put this on tap next to the coffee pot! Prost!

Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell of wet coffee grinds float out of the glass as the dense tan head slowly fades. A short and thick lace is left behind on top of the brew and around the glass itself. Dark brown in color with crimson hues where the light strikes.

Closer inspection of the nose reveals some vanilla bean notes and a bit of black licorice. The coffee grind notes have turned to pure espresso with a little bit of creamer sweetness evolving. Tastes of espresso and mocha with diminutive dark cherry notes, some caramel malt sweetness, some distant pine and ginger.

Creamy mouth-feel overall, albeit a bit thin at times. Medium bodied. Alcohol is barely noticed.

The near overpowering coffee grind notes can be a little alarming at first, but this is a coffee stout, and in the end everything evens out in the end to create a well-rounded and well-crafted brew that should easily give any coffee and or beer lover their fix.

Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown ale, a couple shades away from black with some red hues as well. Nice light tan head with some lacing.

Rich roasted coffee and burnt toast aroma.

Roasted flavor throughout, mainly bitter coffee and baking chocolate. Slightly acidic but not in a bad way. Plenty of oats to smooth it out. Just enough hops to balance.

Medium bodied and good carbonation.

This stuff is pretty good. Very tasty and satisfying on a winter night.

Photo of Shrews629
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown/ruby colored beer. Nice, thick, tan, creamy head. The tiniest orange highlights at the bottom of the glass. Very nice head retention and a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The head settled to a nice film covering the top.

Smell - A very rich and robust coffee, espresso note barrages the nose with the first whiff. A roasted or burnt barley backs up the coffee. No real sweetness to speak of, but that's alright. Almost getting a walnut type of scent too.

Taste - Again, very strong coffee, espresso flavors right off the bat. A very dry breadiness dusts the palate to give a bit of complexity. Finishes with a "whole" milk type of essence.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/full mouthfeel. Dry and a touch rugged, but in the most complementary way. Leaves a comfortable amount on the palate. Not so much that it's distracting.

Drinkability - I rather like this beer. Some may be turned off by the abundance of coffee flavors and aromas, but I found it most enjoyable. This would be a wonderful after dinner beer, maybe even enjoy this with a touch of vanilla ice cream on a cold, cold, night. Probably wouldn't want to tackle this on a Summers day however. It's worth a try and I'll pick it up again sometime soon for sure.

Photo of BeerWhale
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When first poured into a glass you'll notice the rich, dark color, the distinct smell of coffee and the tan colored head.

Upon first sip you'll notice the strong presence of something that can only be described as "cold coffee". The flavor of the coffee is defintaley there, although it's not the same comforting morning coffee flavor. It's chocolaty and noticeable thinner tasting than other coffee stouts. The coffee notes are intermingled with the pleasant undertone of the base Oatmeal Stout to create a very drinkable and pleasant, if somehow unsatisfying beer. I just wish the coffee flavor was somehow stronger and the head a little thicker and longer lasting.

Overall a very nice stout that would pair well with a chocolate desert or as a main course beer, although it would have to be with something rich enough to handle the coffee flavor, possibly venison chili, or beef pot pie.

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brownish,black with a decent,two finger tawny head and average lacing.The thinness of this beer is evident on the pour.

S-Quality,medium roast coffee,bittersweet chocolate and lightly charred malt.

T-More decent coffee flavors and medium roasted malts.More like a porter flavor profile.

M-Extremely thin.Not a stout.Very disappointing.

D-Stout lovers beware!This beer should be listed as a coffee ale but it is still quite drinkable.

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/2/10. Pours brown with a smallish off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, some chocolate and coffee.

The flavor is bready malts and slightly stale acidic coffee with a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK coffee stout. There's decent coffee presence but the flavor is a bit off for me.

Photo of deafcat
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/26/10 - on-tap at Schlafly Tap room in St. Louis
poured into 16oz. pint glass

a - dark brown, amber comes through with light at the bottom, decent head which hangs around for a little while

s - coffee beans, not much unexpected there. Smells like the rinds after brewing a fresh batch. Waft it in - it's half the pleasure with this beer.

t - caramel notes hit me stronger than I expected, then a nice, full bodied bitter coffee taste. Very tasty.

m - full-bodied, not as thick as I'd have expected. Slight carbonation.

d - I like my coffee strong, so this doesn't exactly taste like sitting down to a fresh cup in the morning, but the notes are there and it's a good sip nevertheless. Could have ordered a couple of these if I'd had the time for sure.

Overall this is an awesome brew. Brewed with beans from a local roaster, I believe. Was a little cold when it was brought out, but that happens. Definitely worth sampling; if I lived in St. Louis area, would be picking this up as a good lunch/afternoon brew.

Photo of jsh420
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 11/16/10

pours dark brown with a reddish tint - 1+ finger tan head that faded to a film and left spotted lacing

smell is all coffee not much else

taste is like the nose all coffee - some milk some roast some chocolate some caramel - this could be FBS light - drinking this beer fresh is the only way to drink it (under 90 days)

mouthfeel is light/medium with lots of carbonation

drinkability is great - if you love coffee beers this beer is a must - the low abv and lighter body makes me wish i bought a whole sixer instead of a single

Photo of bbkd3b
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My adventures with Schalafly continue this evening. Let's get this show on the road, and I'm pouring it into a pint glass.

A - Who would've thought - it pours a dark, dark color with a 1-finger tan head. It dissolves into a thin layer at the top. Light gives it a crimson hue whenever I go around it, and suddenly, I can see right through it. Little to no lacing left at all.

S - Yep, there's coffee alright. Easily the strongest scent in the brew, it makes me think of waking up in the morning. It's pretty hard to get past it and pick up anything else. Roasted, ground coffee. Not bad.

T - Whoa, a bit different than what I was expecting. Goes much deeper than the nose does, really. Yeah, the coffee bitterness is there, but there's a nice, butter-like twist to it (caramel, perhaps?). Fairly good combination of flavors.

M - Slicker body, it just rolls right off of the tongue. The carbonation is spot-on, as well. The coffee leaves a bitter aftertaste, but that's to be expected with a coffee-based stout, isn't it?

D - Surprisingly, I'm a little upset I don't have more of this around. Normally, I don't find these coffee-based brews to be drinkable, even if they're delicious. I want a second bottle, though. It's easy enough to obtain, too!

Overall/notes - I have to say, I like Schlafly beers, for the most part. This one is no different. It's nice to know that a company is sitting right in the heart of my hometown. Drinking this makes me want to visit the Taproom again sometime soon.

Also, seriously: coffee fans will like this. They really put the effort into getting the flavor in the beer.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the tap version, of which I purchased a growler of. Not sure if it should be "growler" or "cask" so I picked growler because I posted the review while drinking it from the growler.

Dark black. Small head, not much lacing. Not great to look at but appealing in color at least.

Smells slightly alcoholic, plenty o' coffee, with dark malts and dark chocolate. Quite fine in the nasal department.

Tastes friggin' great. Woody coffee blasts accent the smoky, roasted malts. Absolutely delicious in every way, a very complex and flavorful brew.

Feels very smooth and wet, mildly bitter. Very pleasant going down. No alcohol feeling, even tho it was slightly there in the smell.

Drinks absolutely great, which is why I got a growler of it after I had already had a glass.

One of their best offerings, without a doubt. This delicious stout is also right on the money of how I REALLY like my stouts; more so than imperials I really like the rich, dark, but not overly heavy or overpowering stouts, which this one delivers nicely.

On a special note, I met a woman named Angel whilst last at the Schlafly taproom, who enjoyed some Coffee Stout with me. I promised to post her review of the beer, according to the standard criteria, so here it is:

Appearance: 5
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Drinkability: 5

Hi Angel!

Photo of TheSarge
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours decently for a finger thick off white head, and has a cleanly filtered dark, black, and ruby red colored body.

In the aroma there is the coffee to contend with, along with sweet herbal and chocolaty tones.

The taste is sweet and smoky upfront, qualities such as semisweet chocolate and coffee. Feel wise it's a bit oily slick, and pretty much full in body though a mildly placed ABV setting.

Photo of Bung
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Lighter brown pour than would be expected. Nearly a brown ale pour. A minimal amount of off white bubbles.

Aroma is better, some malt, molasses and a nice dose of coffee. Still pretty light on the stout qualities expected though.

Taste is an American brown with coffee. Some malt, peat, caramel and coffee throughout. Finishes with some carmel, leathery coffee.

Lighter bodied as everything else has led to believe. Mouthfeel and higher mid level of carb are more similar to a brown ale again. Drinkability is good with this, I just would reach for something else. On it's own this is fine, just wouldn't really consider this a stout.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Apr 2010.

Served in an Abita shaker pint glass. Two finger light brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark reddish brown color. Smells strongly of roasted coffee, cocoa and molasses. Tastes like cold carbonated coffee. Roasty sweet, molasses and cocoa. Roasty bitterness through the middle and finish, touch of smokiness. Smooth milky mouthfeel. Slighty roasty sour in the finish. Ethanol is mild.

Would get this again.

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

A - pours a dark brown with a decent head that dissipates quickly

S - smells of coffee, coffee, coffee - smells delicious

T - the taste follows the nose. Loads of coffee and malts. Although this isn't the most complex beer, it is delicious.

M - smooth and medium bodied, pretty good for a stout

D - this is a fantastic coffee stout. This is one of the better Schlafly offerings out there, I would definitely recommend it.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather thin looking dark brown, but sitting much deeper and darker in the glass, still with some clearish edges. A full khaki head rises and settles to about a quarter of an inch, leaving a little spotty stringy lace.

Nose definitely as a characteristic coffee-beer aroma, with a doughy grainy body blended with not quite fresh coffee. A little sour on the nose, and slightly woody.

Thin and dry in flavor, with a decent dose of strong toasted grains, somewhat bitter and woody, with a well balanced blend of nice straightforward coffee over the top and faint hints at sweeter tobacco. Taste is pleasant and subtle, but it's decidedly lacking something I can't quite put my finger on. Hangs a coffee and grain induced bitterness out after the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, with hints at being fuller, but other times seeming thin and weak. nice tingly carbonation is bright and adds nice dimension to this brew.

Drinks nicely, mildly filling, but not heavy. I wouldn't give up my coffee or favorite stouts for it though, and in the realm of coffee stouts, it's tasty, but not quite outstanding. A highlight, though, is that it isn't over done, too strong, or too heavy.

Photo of pasdachuri
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a mocha colored head that fades pretty fast to a nice sheen and collar. Nice lacing.

Big coffee smell, naturally, but not a bitter roast, closer to sourish milk chocolate. The taste makes good on this promise, with a strong coffee flavor, finishing with a brisk hop snap.

Chocolate sweetness upfront is almost bitter. Roasted coffee flavors with a nice vanilla oatmeal undertone. Slight bitterness in the finish.

High carbonation, but a little watery.

Overall this is a pretty good coffee stout. It has a very nice flavor, rich in body, and some flavors linger in the end.

Photo of KI9A
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured black as night, nice brown head.

S: Big roasted coffee, chocolate.

T: Same as nose, not picking up the oatmeal at all. Finishes with bitter coffee bean.

M: rich, slight metallic.

D: Nice to sip before a BBQ dinner at Smokey Bones resturant. Not sure I want to session this.

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