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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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678 Ratings
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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 45
Gots: 50 | 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 MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a dark black body with a n average amount of dark tan head. It has a strong coffee aroma and burnt sugar smell. It tastes of caramel and coffee with some roasted malt. The coffee taste is very strong. If you like beer and you like coffee this is the beer for you. It has a thick body with average carbonation.

MTNboy, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of WWWade
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently grabbed a 6 pack of these hoping to milk it for a few days.
It hardly lasted one night.

L - black with a creamy off white head

S - smells like a nutty coffee

T- this seriously tastes like a very good latte

M - mild carbonation and very smooth

D - if you like lattes, then you will like this.

WWWade, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany with a light brown head.

Has a lighter aroma of coffee bean, oats, and chocolate.

Once again, the flavors are lighter but the body is full. Not the cleanest blend of coffee roast and chocolate, but it still works. The finish is slightly astringent and dry with some noticable hops.

It has a nice quaffable quality, i've been known to drink around six of these at a time. More of the session coffee stout, if you will. I have drank my fair share of this beer and will continue as it's on tap at my weekend pub.

brownbeer, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is fairly dark cola black with a light creamy head

huge espresso and roasted notes with a touch of sweetness

dark roasted coffee dominates. a slight sweetness through out but the coffee reigns. however, quite balanced overall where the coffee is not bitter.

a bit too much carbonation but a nice body

a very nice coffee stout with huge flavors, lower ABV, and balance. good stuff.

hooliganlife, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a very dark brown with some hues of red with close to 2 finger's worth of offwhite foam. This is a good lacer so a very nice start for this Stout.

Coffee is in the name and coffee is in the aroma. Good roasty notes are here and I'm definitely getting some bitter tones from the coffee. Nice.

The taste as a nice bitterness up front from the coffee along with a good roasted maltiness. I'm getting a slight astringency in the background but it's mild and doesn't hurt the flavour too much. A good taster to me as it isn't overloaded with coffee like some brews I've tried before.

A nice medium body and lightish carbonation make for a really smooth feel. Good.

Drinkability? The abv is reasonable and the taste is very pleasing so I think this is a very easy brew to drink. A nice job by Schlafly.

Bitterbill, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours into my glass looking, coincidentally, like a cup of coffee: dark brown, nearly black, with some clarity and a lighter brown in the light. There's a bit of a tan head that stays around for a little while before dissipating and leaves a little thin lacing in light patches. There's just enough going on here to put this above average in appearance.
There's some coffee on the nose with a little chocolate and another underlying sweetness tinged with something artificial, perhaps even a light metallic note. There's a nice malt (perhaps chocolate malts were used here, and/or definitely something roasted) and a light balance is achieved with some hops addition.
The taste follows suit with the tasty coffee and chocolate rich malt backbone accompanied by a light sweetness and a light hops touch in the finish.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a moderate carbonation and a medium body, maybe a little light for a stout. There's a richness to it and the feel stops just short of thickness.

Brenden, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at patten ally pub

a-dark coffee black no real head or lace very plain looking

s-not alot going on some light coffee and espresso notes. Small amounts of sweeter malt but extremly feint.

T-bitter chocolate and coffee notes are all that's really going on with this one on tap flavor is very mild but still pretty soils

m-feels a little flat really carbonation seems very low. Mouthfeel seems very thin and not complex at all

d-easy enough to drink and overall still a good beer but this one is far better out of a bottle than on tap

SpecialK088, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque dark brownish color with a some medium tan head.
Smell is almost heavily like brewed coffee beans and some oatmeal malt.
Taste is heavy in coffee/brewed taste with some small sweet on the end, almost like coffee grounds were brewed in the beer.
Finish is quick with a noticeable, yet quickly dissipating coffee bean after-taste.
Drinks pretty easy, although the taste is something overpowering.

ThaBobfather, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bross242 for this one.

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin mocha head that leaves a ring of foam and spotty lacing.

S - Rich coffee, toasted malts and roasty grains.

T - Fresh dark coffee, roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

M - Light with a surprising amount of carbonation. Creamy with some astringency.

D - A lighter stout but still tasty.

brewcrew76, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of kirok1999
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent black, just a bit of head and no lace.
Smell of mild coffee and nicely sweet. Probably the best feature of this beer.
Taste is very mild with a dry lingering finish. The sweetness doesn't come through in the taste. It's a bit thin and watery as well. Not much like an oatmeal stout, which I expect to be much creamier than this. Very fizzy carbonation hurts the drinkability.

kirok1999, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Smell is filled with roasty malts and freshly brewed coffee. Not much in the way of hops or other java-distracting aromas. Smells fairly light, smooth and quaffable.

Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to the aroma for me. It still has plenty of coffee flavor, but seems thin, watery and lifeless. A little bit of roastiness, but no flavor contributions from the hops or yeast and the malts could use some more dextrinous body and sweetness. I am a little disappointed with this beer, but coffee beer lovers should give it a go.

twiggamortis420, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a shade of brown that is certainly opaque though not exactly super-dark or anything. A generous, two-finger beige head formed leaving some good lacing. The lacing looks like (and excuse me for this labored comparison) the black swirls amongst the base-red of the Marvel Comics character Carnage's symbiotic suit.

A pleasant espresso scent (that my mind wants to describe as "simmering" somehow, despite this being a beer taken from the 'fridge) hits the nose first, followed by the roasty grain scents of the malt. Well-above average but not exceptional.

The espresso flavors wash over the tongue, and they are well-executed. This beer tastes like coffee in a good way. Thankfully, the coffee is not the only note that this beer hits. The roasted coffee taste matches well with the roasted malts, followed by the kiss of hop bitterness. Its a contrasting bitterness parade that I so love in Boulevard's Bully Porter, only executed on a smaller scale. In fact, the more I drink this beer, the more I am convinced that it is a coffee porter and not a coffee stout. This beer is never bold, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is inadequate for a stout. For a porter, it would be fine. For a stout, though, it is less thick/creamy than desired. Its not a huge issue, as there are thinner stouts that I enjoy, too. I think that this is a nicely drinkable beer; it has an ABV short of 6% and the coffee/roasted flavors are not heavy enough to wreck your palate.

I should note that the espresso used in this beer is from Clayton/St. Louis-based roaster Kaldi's. Its all free-trade, too (as problematic as that term is, its still nice to see on a beer). Overall, I found this to be more of a porter than a stout. Either way its a tasty beer with a good sense of balance to it.

Reaper16, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/18/2008. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is pretty straight forward, it smells like coffee and roasted malt. Taste is for the most part just like the aroma, it's mostly coffee and roasted malt, but has a little bit of a charred/burnt malt and smoky taste too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's a bit creamy and slick. However, it does seem to be a bit thin for a stout. Drinkability is good, it is smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good, sessionable coffee stout. Not bad at all!

bluejacket74, May 10, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big up to Phyl21ca for the extra!

Pours real black with only the slightest highlights toward the bottom. Two fingers of tan head with big ol bubbles, that falls to about half a finger & leaves some sticky 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.

This is interesting: the roast flavors in the coffee & the bitterness of the hop combine in a sharp way that almost snaps on the tongue. Maybe it's the big bubbles, too, but this has a way of finishing that somehow just "pops," like Pop Rocks, in a way that's almost abrasive. The mouthfeel is rather thin, otherwise, but leaving a remnant of fresh coffee bean taste. I get thrown by stouts that aren't thick and/or creamy, & this is rather thin & soda-esque, which makes for some cognitive dissonance. Dunno, maybe that's just my hang-up.

OneDropSoup, May 07, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mandy for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance. A monster 3 finger head that is tan and bubbly. The color of the beer is jet black . The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is some of the head clingy to the side of the glass.

Nose: A very nice roasted coffee, good toasted malt, and some molasses.

Taste: A very good coffee, toasted malt, some molasses, and a burnt character.

Overall: The mouth feel is kinda creamy and carbonated. The mouth feel is medium full and the finish lingers on the palate for a few moments. This is a pretty good coffee stout. It has a very nice flavor, rich in body, and some flavors linger in the end. You can't get anything beer would be good in the morning. You get your beer and your coffee in on swoop.

colts9016, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewCzar threw me this as an extra. Thanks!!

Pours a dark color with some transparent highlights when held up to light. Head leaves a full crown with decent lacing.

Scent is strongly of coffee beans. A hint of chocolate in the background. Smells good but a bit one dimensional.

Tastes of a coffee background, but not exactly like coffee. The stout makes itself known and makes for a pretty good mix. The relatively thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation work well here.

Overall, a good coffee stout, but I've got no reason to switch from Alesmith's Speedway.

sonicdescent, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown to black...looks like coffee with small amount of tan head. Smell is of iced coffee, maybe mocha, something I really enjoy! Taste is good, iced coffee, chocolate, and a small amount of hops. Mouthfeel is good although I prefer a little thicker for this type of brew. Really only a one timer per night kinda beer but I do like this for a change of pace.

Sean9689, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of MistaSparkle
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Schlafly Bottleworks before the brewery tour.

It poured dark brown with a little head into a small glass

the coffee stout smelled strongly of coffee, quite a bit more than I expected. It was somewhat overwhelming.

Tasted of strong coffee with hints of the oatmeal stout coming through.

It was a somewhat dry beer and left a somewhat bitter coffee feel in my mouth afterward, which i cured with some APA

I could not drink more than 1 of these in a night, I found it quite strong and dry, but I wouldn't mind on at all if it was an option.

Too much coffee for me, but if you like dark coffee and stouts, you will probably enjoy this. The tour guide said that drinking a pint of this has about 1 cup worth of coffee in it and i believe it.

MistaSparkle, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown and is completely opaque. There is a large tan colored head that has fairly god retention. Lacing is also present but not huge.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate.

T - Chocolate sweetness upfront is almost bitter. Roasted coffee flavors are like a pot of coffee that has sat around until cold but kept all the flavor. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - High carbonation, but a little watery.

D - Will I really enjoy this beer, I cannot have more than two at a time. The sweetness tends to linger on my palate and after two of these becomes overpowering.

CMW, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer when I don't want to think about what to drink. I am not a coffee drinker but I love this beer. It looks, smells, and tastes just like coffee. I have had it on tap and in a bottle and it is consistently good. The aroma is deep and and rich. This beer is not bitter, but has a chocolaty sweetness that compliments the coffee flavor quite well.

Wheelinb, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -39.2%
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 -10.4%
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 -6.5%
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 +8.4%
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
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