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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

737 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 47
Gots: 67 | 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:
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 yaegerje
2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A very thin, dark brown, minimal off-white head with no lacing
S - Damp grass, burnt coffee, slight caramel, but all very weak
T - A burnt charcoal taste, very bland, no hops, appropriate for the style but just really uninteresting
M - Over-carbonated for the style, with a rather weak chin
O - Not impressed and completely lacks any character

Sidenote: I tried this same beer in the tap-room at the brewery, and it was if I remember correctly, loads better. Maybe this particular beer just suffered in the bottle.

Photo of Daniellobo
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Quite a forgettable coffee stout, not so much for its thin feel, but for its burnt and acidic coffee notes.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Brown label with orange and light cream touches with the Schlafly branding. Offers a general description of the brew and intent on the neck label, including recognition to Kaldi´s fair trade coffee, and bragging about its deliciousness. Shows date of bottling (01 04 2001). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour with ruby brown edges. Nice ecru frothy head, fair retention and some lacing.

S - Burnt coffee nose, not particularly enticing or fresh.

T - More burnt coffee in the palate, with an acidic touch, some malty sense in the distant undercurrent... In essence this feels like bad - or not my kind of - coffee.

M - Medium-light to light body, small carbonation. It feels a tad watery and not particularly smooth, with that acidic bitterness in the finish.

O - Barely drinkable, too acidic and burnt a coffee to make it work with that base.

Notes: I do like Schlafly, and some of their offerings are amongst my favorites but here... This is by far the worst I´ve had from them. Maybe it is a matter of taste but while not despicable this is in the bottom bracket of coffee-oatmeal stouts I´ve tried.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An overall decent coffee/beer brew.
It looks like coffee in the glass.
Feels a bit thin for an oatmeal stout but you can smell and taste the coffee upfront. The coffee lingers for a pleasant aftertaste provided you are a coffee drinker. Moderate carbonation goes over well.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to birchstick for the bottle - thanks, pal!

Appearance -- Pours a chestnut brown, some clarity, with the slimmest possible beige head. Looks more like a rich brown or a porter.

Smell -- Coffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar sweetness are in the forefront. A tinge of sourness and pine forest hops. Not a great deal of roast malt aroma. The coffee is definitely apparent, but not in your face.

Taste -- Sweet up front with brown sugar, cocoa powder, and sweetened iced coffee. The roast malt character is somewhat lacking, though the coffee addition gives this a boost. Hop character is pronounced with floral notes and mild grassy bitterness, though the scale is definitely leaned toward sweetness over dryness. Lingering flavors of brown sugar, coffee, and floral hops. Tates good, but lacks depth.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium-high carbonation. In general, I don't care for the carbonation of most Schlafly beers and this is no exception. Very soft drink-esque. A few swirls helps the matter significantly, though.

Overall -- It's an okay coffee stout. What is a kind way to say 'middle of the pack?' Truthfully, there's a lot to like here. The coffee is pleasant, not stale or burnt, and the body makes this beer especially drinkable - dare I say sessionable? My big nitpicks with this beer are that it's unpleasantly carbonated, thin, and overly sweet. If this were available to me I probably wouldn't reach for it on a shelf, but I wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from RC0032 (thanks Rich!). Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle. "bottled with love" on 11/22/10.

A - Pours a root beer brown that looks like..well coffee. Ran about a two inch tannish white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Has a definite coffee smell but not huge. Dark malts.

T - Makes up for the light smell in a nice smooth coffee taste. The taste comes and goes rather quickly. It's not as bold as some. Oats give it just the slightest sweetness. Finishes with just a bit of bitterness.

M - Light bodied, light feel with decent carbonation. Could be a bit chewier in my opinion.

D - If you like coffee stouts this one is very drinkable. Would love to try this one again out of the tap.

Photo of robwestcott
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to LuciousJackson for this one, and bottled on 11/16/2010.

poured cold from the bottle a deep dark chocolate brown to a founders brewing goblet with a full finger, big bubbled, tan head with nice retention and a bit of lace.

big aroma of espresso roast and sweet dark malts.

coffee forward, woody, dark sugars, and unless I'm imaging it, a bit of dark fruits (?)

thin bodied for the style, creamy, no
real bitter, sweet to the back of the tongue.

drinkable - yep.

Photo of mdvatab
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into glass.
Bottled on: 12/8/2010

Aroma: Coffee grounds after a freshly-brewed batch. Wet, earthy topsoil followed by cocoa.
Appearance: 1.5 fingers of head dissipates relatively quickly, but clings to the inside of the glass. Light rings of lacing remain on the side of the glass. The beer itself is dark ruby brown--lighter than I'd anticipated for an oatmeal stout.
Taste: Roasted coffee (more like a middle-of-the-road pre-ground brand than the bold coffee house type...), hoppy bitterness, followed by subtle Tootsie Roll sweetness. Flavor dissipates quickly at the end.
Mouthfeel: Very thin for this style. The label says it's an oatmeal stout, but it more resembles a porter, or even a darker brown ale. I've had this beer on draught at the Tap Room a few times, and I remember it having more body than this. Carbonation is a bit on the biting side as well.
Drinkability: On a positive note, this beer is highly sessionable. Unfortunately, I was looking for something with more substance. I could enjoy quite a few of these, but I'd rather have one glass of a more complex, fuller-bodied stout.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to mikennat for this from our recent trade!

Bottled With Love on 11 29 2010

A: Pours a dark, well, coffee brown with some lighter mahogany at the edges when tilted. The head reaches about two fingers thick but sadly was quite short lived. However, it did leave behind some very nice looking lace webs.

S: Pretty high quality espresso roast here. Loads of roasty malt as well. Also noticed some toasty oats, bakers chocolate, dark fruit, and brown sugar.

T: Very close to the smell. The slightly sweet oats, chocolate, and dark fruit add a nice balance to how the flavors are spread out and keep the espresso from becoming one note.

M: Feels full at first, like a milk stout. Then the bitter coffee and roasted malt kick in with some excellent peppery dryness that lingers for quite awhile on the tongue.

D: Pretty excellent as far as coffee stouts are concerned. The mouthfeel never becomes syrupy and there's nice balance here for the coffee. Plus, we're only at 5.7%...sessionable in my book!

Photo of malloyca
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown to black in color, and opaque; it looks like coffee in the glass. There are powerful fresh ground espresso bean aromas framed by faint, bittersweet dark chocolate. Flavors are predominantly dark-roasted espresso, with some dark chocolate and cola profiles. Medium carbonation for a pleasing mouth feel, with a very long finish of roasted coffee bean and bitter malt. This is very drinkable because it is not overly sweet, syrupy or alcoholic for its style.

Photo of slvrmon82
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown surprised not black out of the bottle. A little light for a coffee stout. Can see through it with a little red almost. Thin white head vanishes quickly with light remnants on the sides.

Smell - Dark roasty with a slide fruity hoppy finish. Coffee upfront but almost a citrus middle.

Taste - It is surprisingly bitter. Not coffee bitter but hop bitter. This could have been great but I am turned off by the bitterness overall. Finishes with an almost burnt coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice. Could be a bit thicker for an oatmeal stout. Heavy but fades quickly and doesn't coat the palate as I believe a good stout should.

Drinkability - I just can't get over the hops and the bitterness. I love a good breakfast coffee stout to get my days off going and this one just doesn't do it for me. There are a lot of these on the market and I think there are better options.

Cheers!

Photo of n2185
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black with about a finger and a half of light tan head. The head quickly recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Some dark roasted malt and coffee. It lacks the deep, rich roasted coffee aromas that I expect from the best coffee stouts.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is some roasted malt up front followed by the coffee. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the coffee doesn't taste all that great.

M: Medium body and carbonation. The body is kind of watery and lacks the creaminess expected of an oatmeal stout is missing.

D: Goes down fairly smooth, but the lack of creaminess and watery body make it not entirely pleasant.

Overall, not a horrible beer, but there are far, far better coffee stouts out there.

Photo of stewart124
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost pitch black with some brown hues. Thin layer of tan head that doesn't linger.

Mild coffee nose with some roasted barley present and a bit of caramel.

Medium bodied with a nice mild roasted character and background bitterness. Some vanilla, earthy notes, and milk chocolate in the taste. Coffee is fairly mellow and that might be due to the cold toddy method of brewing the coffee. None of the harsh tannins or bitterness is present. Aftertaste has plenty of roasted character and some lingering pine.

This is a very nice oatmeal/coffee stout. Good drinkability and nice overall characters.

Photo of obywan59
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. 2 finger light brown head that leaves thick lacing.

Aroma is, not surprisingly, heavy on the coffee, but a little sweet malt shows through as well.

Light sweet malt upfront, followed immediately by loads of coffee merging with the flavor of roasted malt. A bit of acidity from the coffee.

Fairly light for an oatmeal stout, kind of watery for the style. Moderate. Prickle of carbonation. Drying on the tongue, almost astringent. Heartburn-like feel in the throat mimics coffee.

Probably a good session brew. The rather light mouthfeel, while perhaps atypical for the style, actually adds to the drinkability. An easy drinking beer.

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

a: shaker pint serving, the stout is a murky brown in color, opaque, with a light to average head

s: great nose of nutty light roast coffee with full support from a roasty body that features chocolate and caramel, earthy hop aromas, good start

m: carbonation around moderate, body medium-full

t: nice coffee upfront - fresh, nutty light roast, quite nice, on a body of smooth roasted malt bringing slight chocolate, some caramel sweetness, mild earthy pine hop flavor, tasty

d: would be kind of an average stout base, but the coffee is pervasive and very fresh, like

draft at Lyon Hall, Arlington

Photo of mcann2pu
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours into pint glass a dark, slightly reddish brown color with some cream head.

Smell: malt, coffee grinds smell is detectable.

Taste: sweet coffee flavor, some malt, also a little of a coco taste, nice coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: a little bit lighter than I would have preferred, could have been thicker.

Drinkability: pretty decent, one for the coffee lovers.

Photo of mpyle
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

app - effectively opaque, with a VERY dark, ruby color. Pours a nice sized off-white head, creamy and with good but not extreme retention.

smell - slightly solventy coffee/dark roast aroma. Smells slightly sweet and alcoholic, but not sure that alcohol is producing that smell.

taste - Some nice malty sweetness up front, before a very gradual transition to something a bit more roasty. Bitterness is somewhat subdued, and finishes with a gentle roasty flavor, and not overly dry.

MF - medium body and med-high carbonation - slightly more prickly than would like on the tongue due to the carbonation.

D'ability - aside from the carbonation, a very gentle and drinkable coffee stout.

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

Bottled on 11/29/2010

A: Very nice dark color with a slight bight of light on the edges. Thin off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S: The coffee is right there. Some dark chocolates also present. Very nice and dark with an unmistakable roasted appeal.

T: Great mix of malt and the coffee beans. Very roasted as the smell. High carbonation and a little thin for an oatmeal stout.

The mix of coffee and a stout is perfect. Other than the fact it was a wee bit thin on the taste the flavor profile was out of this world. Coffee, chocolate, and a bit of bitter hop bite. It's like chewing on a coffee bean and for some this can be a wonderful experience. Great Beer St. Louis Brewery!!!

Photo of Landfill21
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tried this because I generally like coffee stouts. Pours into a dark black that looks like coffee with a fingernail had that follows all the way down.

Has a very strong coffee smell and taste. Can smell and taste molasses in the nose then dissipates.

The strong black coffee taste was just too much to drink more than one at a time.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black with a sizable white head. Looks like coffee with a head. The smell is somewhat lacking for a coffee beer. I expected some more coffee aromas since that's one of the most distinctive parts about coffee. It's there, but you have to smell hard for it. The taste has a coffee taste and bitterness at first, but it dissapates rather quickly. Actually the first sip is very impressive, but as I kept drinking, I lost what that first sip yielded. I've had better coffee stouts but this is not bad. Maybe this is becasue I like my coffee strong. It finishes well, leaving a coffee-like bitterness behind. It's very smooth and enjoyable in the aspect of mouthfeel. Definitely balanced well and is not too acidic. Goes down easily, but if I wanted a go to stout, I'd go with something else usually.

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

A - Into a snifter. Inch of light tan head. Dark brown, can still see light coming through when held up.

S - Stick your nose into a bag of freshly roasted coffee. That's what we have here. Also some burnt malt and a hint of vanilla and dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, bitter ending.

M - Crisp and light bodied for an oatmeal stout. Moderate carbonation, less would be better.

D - Good to drink. I like that there is no doubt that it is a coffee stout. Great looking and aroma. The taste and mouthfeel were fine but not standout.

Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L-Deep brown, almost black, thick rocky head.

S-Deep rich coffee, lightly sweet oats, rich roasted malts.

T-Smooth, balanced, and deep malts - chocolate and dark roasted - very slight bitter on the finish.

D-Very sessionable beer for coffee lovers.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. This is the first Schlafly beer I've seen in the area.

Appearance: Too light in color. A hazy light brown at best. Poor head retention and a little lacing.

Smell: Very coffee driven. A little chocolate in there, not much else. Mostly just cold Waffle House coffee, in the best possible way.

Taste: Yeah, cold coffee mixed with weak stout. It doesn't at all taste bad, but its the most boring coffee beer I've had.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, but smooth and slightly creamy. Pretty nice.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, straightforward coffee stout. Decent, but minimal complexity and too light colored and light bodied.

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say that, normally, Schlafly doesn't tend to impress me. This fairly sessionable coffee/oatmeal (maybe breakfast) stout is solid though.

Pours with the color and basic consistency of coffee. A nice deep coffee brown that's nearly opaque. Lacing is always present and a bit viscous even though the body of this beer wouldn't suggest any such thing. Medium body... Maybe even light for a stout... This actually makes this brew quite drinkable. Aroma and flavor are simple and not overpowering. I love this quality in a breakfast stout. Coffee grounds, a touch of chocolate malt, roast... Meh... That's about it.

If you go into drinking this as it should be a damn fine nightcap, think again. If you'd like a light coffee stout to start your day or to end your work day with a cup of a Joe meets beer, here you go. Very drinkable and satisfying.

Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to AlCaponeJunior in the Math BIF #3. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a finger of khaki colored head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Rich roasted espresso, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very strong punch you in the face coffee aroma.

Taste: Bold espresso, bitterness from the coffee as well, burnt/roasted malt and some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: I was very impressed with this beer and definitely would drink again. A very good use of coffee in the beer.

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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