Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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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.
12-07-2008 23:02:27 | More by echdk3
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.
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!
12-06-2008 06:32:18 | More by BedetheVenerable
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!
12-04-2008 20:42:07 | More by Jayli
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.
11-24-2008 18:27:57 | More by Dogbrick
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.
06-27-2008 01:36:42 | More by hiikeeba
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.
05-15-2008 02:08:26 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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.
05-13-2008 04:16:00 | More by Cheech22
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
**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.
04-25-2008 03:39:13 | More by DefenCorps
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.
04-15-2008 06:43:14 | More by JohnGalt1
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.
04-10-2008 00:57:30 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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.
03-27-2008 17:24:52 | More by Kegatron
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.
03-14-2008 19:23:14 | More by mphopkins99
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.
03-12-2008 20:06:52 | More by barleywinebrewer
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.
03-09-2008 21:09:57 | More by SMark
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.
03-01-2008 22:23:47 | More by JDV
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.
02-19-2008 04:15:40 | More by bluemoonswoon
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.
02-16-2008 02:45:41 | More by John1985
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.
02-09-2008 20:40:27 | More by Monkeyknife
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.
01-29-2008 15:22:33 | More by deepsouth
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.
01-26-2008 23:57:37 | More by barefootbrewer
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
A brownish black body settles into the glass showing hints of light only when held to the bulb. Head is two fingers of fat thick foamy bubbles that leave a large amount of deep tan lace all over the glass. Nose is a soft mix of spicey coffee and fresh chicory and toasty malt. At first sip you get a zesty rich burnt malt feel, sharp dry coffee notes and raw chicory. Mineral notes balance the coffee feel and almost help to showcase the integrity of the coffee. Mouthfeel is quite dry but does show a hint of sweetness. Mouth feel is malty thick. This is a nicely drinkable brew and a solid but slightly thin coffee stout.
01-17-2008 02:16:18 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
On of the specialty brews on tap when I visited the Tap Room on my latest trip to St. Louis. Standard pint glass.
Very dark in color, basically black, with a dark brown 1/2 inch head. Lace strings are left on my glass. Rich smell of coffee, slightly bitter, like a strong cup of coffee and the grounds. Taste follows with more of that rich, slightly bitter coffee. Also some roasted chocolate malt. Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style. Overall, a pretty good slection, might be too strong in the coffee department for some, but I liked it. If it's going to be a coffee flavor, go all out.
01-15-2008 05:56:13 | More by BigBry
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
I drink a fair bit of Schlafly Coffee Stout, and my opinion on it swings all over the place. But I always come back to it, which means I must find it one of my favorites of the added-coffee style.
This review is of the 2007 edition (bottling date Nov 2007), consumed on December 23, 2007. But I am drinking a 2006 bottled version alongside it (about 15 months in the cellar), and just last week had a glass on tap at the brewery - those are certain to influence my comments.
Pours an entirely reasonable dark brown, clear with deep amber highlights faintly visible when held up to light. A couple of fingers of medium tan head. Aroma is of slightly burnt coffee grounds - not entirely fresh and pleasant, but certainly much better than average compared to most coffee stouts, which smells like someone dumped a used Folgers coffee filter into a batch of malty water (after 1+ years in bottle the coffee edge is gone, replaced by a more typically sweet stout smell).
The taste is actually quite excellent, if you like coffee. The dominant flavor is dark coffee, of course, accompanied by an extremely prominent dose of cola. Hops are nowhere to be found, which is fine. Unfortunately the texture is also very much like a Coke, tons of prickliness (despite no signs of heavy carbonation) really letting me down. That's what kills the drinkability for me, this back-and-forth between well-crafted beer and coffee cola.
Anyway, I like it and I don't. It's certainly worth a try, so don't pass it up. And don't be afraid to cellar it - not normally a beer I would suggest keeping around without drinking fresh, but I find some of the mellowing with age uncovers the nice base stout underneath, even if it loses in immediacy.
12-24-2007 03:53:37 | More by Talisker
4/5 rDev +4.7%
One of the better offerings from Schlafly, Coffee Stout lives up to its name, and how. It presents a good, nearly black coffee color, capped by a finger of mocha froth. The smell is all coffee, all the time, with a decent hint of roasted chocolate. The same with the taste, with a nice hopped aftertaste. Quite tasty.
This impressed me more than the other Schlafly beverages, with the exception of their Saison. A good coffee stout, worth grabbing a sixer.
12-23-2007 23:06:50 | More by Gehrig
3/5 rDev -21.5%
Pours a dark brown with a good amount of head that doesn't fade too much. Smells like coffee (hence the name) and has a hint of oats as well. Is this a coffee stout or an oatmeal stout? Or both?
Has a creamy flavor but a bit of oiliness as well. There is also a bit of chocolate roasted malts with a hint of hops.
This is well balanced for a stout, and I'm impressed Schlafly used local coffee in their brew. This is a step up from Guinness, and is worth the extra few bucks.
12-18-2007 04:15:37 | More by stagman
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