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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

645 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 44
Gots: 44 | 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 jcompton
3.78/5  rDev -1%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz bottle received from czoch75. Thanks!
My last beer before i drive out to Dark Lord Day!

A: Deep brown with ruby-brown highlights. Thin head

S: Coffee, brown caramel malts, chocolate, a slight nuttiness

T: Espresso up front with a hint of chocolate and nuts coming through later. Some figs? The finish is bitter coffee and dry. Nice!

M: Mildly over carbonated but the finish is great

D: Sure. I'll have another
3.5/4/4/4/4

**Edit 21 May 2102**
And have another I did, 4 years after my original review. Bottled Nov 2011. I'm updating my scores.

The coffee nose is pretty excellent. Fresh, clean, cold-brewed coffee with minimal astringency, plenty of smooth coffee aromatics. The coffee character is just exceptional here. The palate opens with plenty of coffee, smooth, with low bitterness and acidity and mild roast. I wish they'd brew a more aggressive base beer for this, as after the wonder that the nose is, the palate doesn't quite live up to it. Thin, a little over carbonated, the mid-palate is rather weak with a mild grainy bitterness, coffee and a little cocoa. No fucking figs here. Drying on the finish, the carbonation takes away from the oatmeal here. Solid stuff.

DefenCorps, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz received as a very cool extra in trade with Tilley4.. big thanks.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger lite tan head is small bubbled and actually looks like a latte. Good lacing atop a very very dark walnut brew.. only deep brown highlites show up when held to a bright light.

Aroma is dark roast coffee more than anything else.. not black grains.. but coffee. A little milky sweetness opens up as it warms.

Traditional stout flavors abound.. but the coffee is a significant player... touches of bittersweet chocolate show as it approaches room temperature... slightly sweet maltiness does its best to bring the flavors together.. but the coffee may be a little too high.. but I can't dock it on that alone. Body is lite/medium.. but the fine bubble carbonation lends to a silky mouthfeel none the less.

The brew is pretty good.. but not necessarily my cup of Joe.

More props to Tilley4... Jason is a great trader, and we need to do it again soon.

JohnGalt1, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

'extra' bottle in a trade with Tilley4

12oz bottle, 'bottled with love' on Sept. 27, 2007, served in a standard pint glass.

A - dark brown color with a good sized tan head that fell after a while and remains as a layer, leaving some globs of sticky lacing.

S - rich espresso coffee aroma.

T - good bitterness, roasted espresso coffee taste.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation. Light for the style (this is also listed under a Bottleworks version as a coffee stout).

D - a very tasty, easy drinking brew. I would love to have some more of these.

Final Note: if Starbucks made a beer, I think it might taste like this one. Recommended.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -5%

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Dertbert for including this in a recent trade.

Pours dark brown with a finger width of light tan head that settles down into a great looking full creamy retention across the top that leaves behind big swathes of lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is definitely roasted coffee up front although I also pick up some backing chocolate sweetness and a slight sour note.

The taste is once again a roasty coffee blend up front mixed with chocolate and caramel sweetness. There is also a slightly astringent feel to the proceedings. The overall taste of coffee is pretty good but there seems be something missing. Maybe a bit more assertiveness or better backing by the other flavors? The mouthfeel is a little thinnner than I expected but still maintains a creamy and sleek feel.

Overall, this wasn't a terrible Coffee Stout but it just didn't do enough in certain areas to make it overly memorable either. Still, the flavor isn't too bad and the drinkibility is still fairly good.

Kegatron, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of mphopkins99
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance is nice, pours to a two-finger head.

Smell is good, a definite coffee and chocolate presence.

Taste is very good. Bold, with a pronounced coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pleasant.

Drinkability - The first two go down exceptionally well, but after that its time to switch to something a little bit lighter. A bit heavy to drink more than a couple of.

I really look forward to this beer every winter, its one of Schlaflys best products, IMHO.

mphopkins99, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.63/5  rDev -5%

A - nice dark brown, almost black body with a light tan head
S - breakfast blend coffee, bakers chocolate and after the halfway point a tartness that creeps into the nose.
T - similar to the nose with roasted grain, molasses note thrown in for good measure.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, bit of an astringent leftover in the aftertaste.
D - started off well but sort of fell flat by midway.

might be me but this one sort of left me wishing for something more by the end of the glass.

barleywinebrewer, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of SMark
3.63/5  rDev -5%

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 50° from a 12 ounce bottle. A 'Bottled With Love on' date was on the bottom of the label. Two fingers of light brown or dirty white head were created with the pour and some lacing resulted as the head dissipated. The beer was dark brown in color.

There was a hint of malt as I moved the glass around to see clarity and color. The malt was more evident with the first inhalation which revealed a dark roasted malt aroma. Coffee and hop bitterness were secondary aromas lifting from the glass.

Dark roasted malt was the initial flavor I sensed. Hops were well coordinated as the coffee and malt provided decent flavors.

There was a slight prickly or tickling taste on the tongue to start. The sense was then smooth and nicely put together.

It is difficult for me to say if this beer would be any better had it been continuously refrigerated as recommended by the brewer. I thought the appearance and aroma slightly better but with taste and feel well integrated for a nicely brewed beer.

SMark, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottle with a big thanks to gregis
Pours black, just a hair shy of opaque. Tan head. Smell is strong coffee all around. Hint of metal peeking through the wet bitter coffee grind smell. Taste is largely the same. Gritty wet strong coffee grind flavor with a hint of sweetness, and ending bitterness. Good strong coffee flavored beer with a nice mildly thick body and appropriate carbonation. Just a touch simple and one-note, but I still liked it a lot. Definitely worth a try if you like coffee beers.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

12oz bottle bottled on December 12 poured into a imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a two inch creamy and extremely active tan and sandy brown head that bubbles down into a thin ring in a few minutes. Little lacing but it's there. Not too viscous but not really that boozy either no I'm not really expecting that.

S: Smells very clean and very much like coffee with hints of chocolate and oatmeal, very dry, does not smell too sweet, like bakers chocolate or cocoa powder mixed with fresh coffee grounds, pretty good and not smash you over the head, nice and complex with no adjuncts.

T/MF: Pretty bitter and dry, heavy on the coffee as to be expected but not exactly like what I was expecting in terms of coffee taste. I mean the bitterness is there but the fresh coffee taste is not, it tastes of coffee granted but a bit old at that, again the dusty chocolate flavor is there as well, the body is medium and the finish is long and bitter with a longer focus on chocolate than coffee. The malt bitterness is minimal but the hop bitterness is there in spades.

D: This beer confuses me, I mean it is very complex, and smells fresh and tastes clean but the coffee taste that is there is not as clean and clear as I would have hoped for, complex to be sure but not the coffee taste I was expecting. Still good though.

bluemoonswoon, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of John1985
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Stout pours jet black with an ample 1" head with plenty of lacing. Aroma of fresh coffee. Crisp chocolate roasted malt with a jolt of hops in the middle. Coffee bitterish aftertaste. Smooth and satisfying. This is the first coffee stout available in Nashville so I don't have much to compare it to but this seems pretty good.

John1985, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured a deep dark black with a healthy tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts, black coffee, and caramel. Mostly black coffee and lots of it.

The taste was much like the aroma. A nice combination of the roasted malts, coffee, more coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This one went down so easily. Nice job on the coffee stout, Schlafly.

Monkeyknife, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

i enjoyed this beer thanks to BradLikesBrew.

this beer was bottled on december 12, 2007.

notes on the bottle say.... "uses locally roasted Kaldi's coffee"

this beer poured a jet black color with very little head. the lacing was ok. smell and taste are big on the coffee side. nothing really stands out about this beer, but it is a very easy drinker. i could easily drink a few of these.

thanks again brad.

deepsouth, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

This beer poured black with very little head. The aroma is strictly coffee. The taste follows with strong coffee flavors, but some sweet malt is also noticeable. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Overall, I'd say this is a good brew that would be great for a session.

barefootbrewer, Jan 26, 2008
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