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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

658 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 45
Gots: 47 | 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 Tilley4
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

One of the creamiest brews I've had on tap.. Its super smooth and creamy and dark and semi-delicious...I've had better coffee stout but this is a good rep of the style...its loaded with dark coffee flavors and aroma... So much so that I'm not sure I would care anything about sessioning this but it was a nice nightcap...

Tilley4, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Birchgrove77
2.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Delivered from a friend near St. Louis 02/15/09.

Appearance: Pours a nice black with a creamy, cappucino colored one head. Appears to be quite carbonated for a stout.

Smell: Acrid and sour. Some roasted malt and coffee.

Taste: Acidic sourness throughout initial tastes and subsequent sips. Roasted malt provides some stout-like qualities, but this does not taste like advertised on bottle.

Overall: My assumption is I received a mishandled or bad bottle, but that is not a reflection on the brewery as I very much enjoyed the Schlafly Winter ESB. Will retry when I can get my hands on another bottle.

Birchgrove77, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Medium beige head that was quick to fade to a thin skim. Scant lace. Smells of roasty caramel and coffee.

Good stuff. Tastes of medium roast coffee with faint roast malt in back. Watery sweetness similiar to English brown ales. A tad heavy on the carbonation which comes through in the mouth and swallow.

donkeyrunner, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dakid for this one.

A: Pours a light nutty brown hue with a nice creamy head. Okay retention with some very light spotty lace.

S: The aroma is big on fresh roasted coffee with a hint of caramel malt. Simple but good.

T: Not as bold as I had hoped, I like big extreme coffee stouts, but this one is on the more sessionable side which is not a bad thing. Nice light roasted coffee backed but toasted malt. Very light chocolate to round things out.

M: On the thinner side, with nice carbonation.

D: A sessionable coffee stout. To be honest I would like a touch more coffee though.

tpd975, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10.27.08

A - Dark brown, nice big thick head. Slowly reduces to disk. Clingy, sudsy lacing.

S - Big time coffee.

T - Again, huge coffee, roasted malt, some bits of cocoa.

M - Creamy and satifying.

D - I could session this one, easy yet interesting enough to hang on.

srandycarter, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To start off, I'm not a coffee drinker, so if I was a coffee drinker, I would imagine this beer would have scored even better.

Pours a thick creamy head. Dark brown in color, looks like a man's beer.

Smells like it should...the coffee smell is robust, with a bit of malt in the background.

As you would expect, the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The taste of the coffee isn't overwhelming like in the nose.

This beer provides a very attractive lacing. The finish is as smooth as they come. The bitter hops and bitter coffee seem to act to offset one another, for a creamy, almost sweet finish.

Schlafly is becoming my favorite brewer. This is my 5th or 6th variety, and I'm still haven't had one that wasn't exceptional.

RickS95, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewczar for the opportunity to try this one. Bottled on 12/5/2008 and served in a nonic. Poured three shades shy of black with deep maroon highlights around the base of the glass. Two inch, tight tan-colored head with excellent retention that left behinds thick bands of lacing as it receded. Roasted coffee dominates the nose with a slightly vegetal quality detected towards the back. Taste follows nose, but a little on the bland side and some residual espresso roast lightly lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel was somewhat light for the style without much of the chewiness I've come to associate with an oatmeal stout. Exceptional appearance and bold nose gives way to a somewhat muted representation of the style; easy drinking brew nonetheless.

Jwale73, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of gpogo
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black. When held up to the light a ruby tint comes through. Cream colored head with decent retention.

A- Nice coffee aroma right off the bat. Bitter malt aromas in the background.

T- Lots of coffee flavor. Light bitterness behind the coffee flavor. Nice light coffee aftertaste.

M- Moderate to full body with moderate carbonation. Very creamy.

D- I was rather dreading this beer as I was never a big coffee fan, however this stout was amazing. There is a load of coffee flavor, however it really pairs well and tastes amazing.

gpogo, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of katan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Very dark in color - almost 100% opaque. You may be able to see a small amount of light on the edges. The head formation is light - almost only a film. The head is very light colored, opposite of many previous stouts. Carbonation inside the beer is light.

S - Am I at the coffee pot here? They certainly captured the essence of a fresh brew. Coffee smell is overt. A hair of coffee acidity exists on the nose- very pungent.

T - At first, the beer is fairly flavorless. There is a hair of roasted malt flavors that develop into some balanced bitterness. Some yeast spiciness exists in the background. There it is: the aftertaste is dominated by the harsh acidity and flavor of coffee.

M - A fairly thin body - not as thick as other American stouts - and too light for my taste. Carbonation creates a lighter beer than I would have expected for the style, or for the appearance.

D - Easy to drink from an ABV point of view. I do find the coffee style grows tiresome from its acidic assertiveness that makes this beer a limited session beer.

A solid offering - and if I were in the mood for a coffee stout, it would be on my list. At the end of the day, I would guess that this particular beer is just missing the body I would desire in a nice warming coffee stout.

katan, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with a thick, creamy, tan colored head that has good retention and leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Strong aroma of coffee as one would expect and a touch of chocolate malt. The coffee flavors are very nice here, not too overpowering, good level of roasted bitterness. Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. This is a very good coffee stout.

hckyfn9999, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown. 5/4 inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of coffee (roasted malts). Fits the style. Smooth, bitter from the roasted malts, and average carbonation levels. Tastes of roasted malts (coffee) up front. Aftertaste is less bitter and more sweet (chocolate). Overall, this is a really nice example of a coffee stout.

Tone, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich, dark brown color with a creamy one to two inger light brown head. Decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Rather weak aroma of roasted coffee and toasted bread. A little hoppy spiciness mixed in.

T - Notice more of a chocoalte sweetness initially before a somewhat muted coffee tastes comes in.

M/D - Very creamy and smooth. Easy drinking but the flavors just arent great.

ckeegan04, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of naterock
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a mug. one finger tan head and deep black.

amell is rich chocolate malt and some espresso in the nose. just a hint of hops.

tastes rich, Dark roasted malt and espresso, not too complex but just a great representation.

mouth is slightly grainy and very thick. Medium carbonation, maybe too much carbonation. drinks easy but there's no way I could have more than a few on any given day.

naterock, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of jcompton
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle poured into a schlafly pint glass...

appearance: a deep black expected with a stout. the 2-fingered head decides to hang around a while. looks fantastic!

smell: before even bringing it up to my nose the smell of Kaldi's coffee is filling the air.

taste: up front coffee bittness followed by the roasted malts of the oatmeal stout a a hint of burnt chocolate. aftertaste of coffee lingers on the palate.

mouthfeel: schlafly seems to have a good balance of carbonation with their stouts. nice and creamy

drinkability: last winter this was my go-to stout, and i would drink a sixer at a time. still like it a lot, but don't think i could handle more than just a few at a time. for someone that likes coffee-dominant stouts this is a must try.

jcompton, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a label describing this as an oatmeal stout flavored with Kaldi's coffee. The beer is dark brown, a little transclucent at the edges. Coffee is the dominant smell, some malt too. The taste is nice, the coffee doesn't seem overbearing or anything, but I'd prefer more a thicker body and maybe more sweetness. Very tasty but more body would be nice for a fit with the flavor.

TurdFurgison, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of mcsquint
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Nearly opaque black in color. Some red tinges when held up to the light. 1 finger tan head that dissipates very quickly.
S - Mostly cold espresso.
T - Predominant flavor of cold espresso. Some chocolate and darkl roasted malt. Finishes very clean.
M - Light and surprisingly crisp. Carbonation is just right.
D - This is the epitome of drinkable. Light and refreshing with excellent coffee flavor. This one of my favorite session beers. At @ $7.50 six pack it's very affordable.

mcsquint, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with extreme dark amber hues in the light. Basically opaque as well. A large inch and a half light tan head forms on the pour and lingers with excellent retention leaving some nice looking lace behind.

I love the nose on this beer. Huge coffee notes, straight espresso...mmm. Really roasty, with a slight touch of chocolate, and even a light hop presence. Really appealing for me.

The taste is quite good. A nice coffee note, though not overwhelming, is the dominant flavor profile. Slightly roasty, and slightly sweet, with a touch of chocolate and a touch of hops. This beer is a nice dose of coffee with a bit of balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly, but appropriately carbonated.

Drinkability is high. This beer tastes great, goes down smooth, and could be fairly sessionable. I suppose some might not want to drink several coffee beers in a row, but I certainly could with this beer. Schlafly's coffee is one of my favorite seasonal six packs, and I enjoy it year after year. It's not the best coffee stout I've ever had, but it's tasty and it's local. I look forward to enjoying this beer for years to come. I only wish it were available year round.

Goliath, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of echdk3
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 12oz bottle into a glass stein

A_One hundred percent opaque, near-black brown all the way down to a very nice glowing mahogany bottom. One fingered tan creamy head. Very decent lacing too

S_Oh yeah, big time sweetness. Just as much caramel aroma as coffee. The particular coffee aroma to me most resembles a sweet coffee, maybe even a french vanilla

T_Pure mellow smoothness. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and of course lots of sweet and bitter coffee. Nice and very bitter coffee grounds aftertaste that doesn't show up while the beer is still on the pallet

M_So absolutely creamy but not chewy. Lightly carbonated, good mouth coating. Really pleasant

D_The first few sips really let you know there are two competing drugs here, a depressant as well as the introduced stimulant - the caffeine (or if I'm making an ass out of myself and there is no caffeine in here, then just the suggestion of caffeine) was enough to cause some unique feelings in my head. This beer is flavorful without being oppressive and I would have two if only I hadn't bought one bottle as part of a mix-your-own-six.

echdk3, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle, bottled, 10-13-2008.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black beer with garnet highlights and thick light tan head with good retention.

Smell: The most coffee I've ever smelled in a beer. The label suggests it's espresso that it's brewed with, which explains the sharp, extremely fresh coffee aromas. Behind the fresh roasted coffee are notes of chocolate and caramel...very mocha-like: quite nice.

Taste: Fresh-roasted coffee from fresh-ground beans, right out of the pot. This is incredibly fresh, vibrant, and has a very natural cofee flavor, unlike some coffee stouts/porters that are obviously contrived. Coffee takes center stage, with mild chocolate notes in the background. Hopping is minimal, with most of the bitterness coming from sharp roasted barley and the espresso.

Mouthfeel: Substantial, but light enough to make this a truly sessionable stout.

Drinkability: Superb.

Conclusion: If you like coffee (and I mean really like coffee) and you like stout, this is for you. It's the freshest, most "coffee-oriented" coffee beer I've yet to try...simple, ballsy, and delicious!

BedetheVenerable, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a current trip to MO.
The beer is a coffee colored brew with a decent tan head that fades pretty quickly. The nose is over overwhelming coffee/espresso slight malty background to it. Great taste, slight bitter aftertaste. For a stout this is an extremely light body - normally, I would say this detracts from the beer, however the lighter body makes this beer great for a session. I will definitely need to have some of this shipped to me!

Jayli, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub (as "Kaldi's"). This beer is a nearly opaque dark brown color with ruby on the fringes. Thin and creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly, and spotty lacing. Aroma of coffee, oatmeal and roasted malt. Medium, smooth body with coffee, roasted barley and malt flavors. The finish is nutty with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

Dogbrick, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up almost black, with ruby highlights at the extreme edges. Almost opaque.

S - Subtle coffee and roasted malt aroma

T - Tastes acrid from the beginning. The acrid coffee overwhelms everything else.

M - Good mouthfeel

D - The coffee is too bitter for me to consider this very drinkable. One is okay. Two is too much.

hiikeeba, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a very dark brown with a fluffy off white head that quickly dissipated. The smell was amazing. I love Starbucks and coffee altogether so this one is great. There is also some sweet caramel malts and milk chocolate in there as well. The taste is slightly sweet chocolate and a robust espresso. The coffee is not dominate which is good for this. There is an amazing balance between all the flavors which make it a great brew. If the coffee was overpowering it would just be coffee and not beer. The mouthfeel was a little thin. I would have liked this to have a little bit more of a creamy texture. Maybe I should put some half and half in it. Overall I am impressed and would like to have another.

CrazyMacHarris99, May 15, 2008
Photo of Cheech22
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You hear about a lot of dark beers, particularly stouts, having tastes reminiscent of coffee, typically due to the type of grain used and the way that it is roasted/treated. This, on the other hand, tastes like Mr. Schlafly dumped several buckets of some crazy French roast into the damn fermenter. Whatever. It's interesting, and I dig it. Give it a try.

Cheech22, May 13, 2008
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