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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 49
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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 thain709
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, dark brown body with two fingers worth of creamy, tan head...the head fell to a thin, yet full cap...there was sticky lacing left behind

S - Fresh, roasted coffee beans were the first aromas I caught...as the beer sat some vanilla/creme notes came out

T - The aroma did not lie...this one is all about the coffee flavor...coffee is the first thing you pick up as it tastes like a fresh brewed cup of joe...there is a hint of creme in the middle that mellows out the bitterness of the coffee...as the beer warms a soft chocolate flavor starts to creep in towards the finish...roasted coffee beans lend a bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...comes across a little thin...nice lingering coffee flavor

O - Other than the watery mouthfeel, this was a very nice coffee stout...the flavors weren't overpowering and they weren't non-existent...I will pick up more of this when I can

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Twelve-ounce bottle. Printed on the front of the label, on the bottom border, is probably a born-on date: “11 03 2011.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is almost opaque black; a tiny bit of light passes through when I hold it to light. Two fingers of fluffy, tan head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: I got a whiff of coffee the moment after popping the cap. It has a massive, roasted coffee aroma, a testament to the espresso shots the brew was inspired by. It is pretty sinister, and exhibits quite a bit of edge, but underneath (I want to believe) lurks scents of chocolate and oatmeal smoothness, which blunt the roasted bitterness a tad.

Taste: Wow. The first sip is an experience: surprisingly smooth and creamy, and not as bitter as I expected. Though the coffee from the smell dominates, it loses its edge. Perhaps my taste buds adjusted from the smell. The chocolate I wanted is present, as is the oatmeal smoothness in the flavor and mouthfeel, which counter the roasted bitterness from the coffee.

Drinkability: I am impressed. This is truly a coffee stout in the sense it smells like coffee and tastes like stout.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one into a glass stein.

Appearance- Coffee black body and two-fingers of mocha colored head, nice smooth look. There is a little bit of sheet lace on the side of the glass.

Smell- Oh yeah...Great coffee roast aroma with a sweet creamer quality to it. There is a little bit of caramel malt in there as well. Mainly, the amount of coffee in here has transferred very well.

Taste- The nose has transferred very well to the palate! Lots of roasted tingle leads off. It is quickly followed by coffee roast. The sweet creamer quality is not very noticeable is it was on the nose.

The finish is full of roast and a slightly sweet quality. The drink is nice!

Mouth feel- The beer is full bodied and finishes slightly dry. It is also a rather creamy drink that slides over the tongue.

Overall- This is a very enjoyable coffee stout that needs a little more of the sweet creamer quality in the taste. Otherwise, the nose and mouth feel are great!

Photo of mmitgang
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best beer from Schlafly I've had all night. Beer is black, nice tan head, small and medium bubbles, lacing, moderate to low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is straight up coffee with fudge and roast mixed in.

Beer is medium in body and quite bitter, strong from the back moving forward. Interesting beer overall too. Sweetness minimal. A nice little stout for sure.

Photo of jhighlandbrewing
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Steedee
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark stout with typical English flavors of chocolate and caramel malts... with a twist of coffee flavor that you can smell and taste. Drinkable on certain occasions. I would say you would have to be in "that rare special mood" to crave one of these.
The problem I had with this beer was the carbonation is almost nil....
No head, no bubbles, not alot of mouth excitement.
I guess you could say this might be typical for a stout, but it really made the beer seem flat and dead. There are to many other great stouts on the market for me to rank this any higher.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dav
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Orchids
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of radicalruckus
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mikennat
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lh012717
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of seth72104
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jar2574
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Midnight black beer, no light gets through. Decent lacing on the way down. A good, but not great, looking beer.

Tan head is pretty thin. Beer smells like roasted malts & espresso & chocolate. Not strong enough, I'd like a little stronger smell.

I don't enjoy the taste that much. It's a little artificial somehow, like you took a stout and injected it with syrupy iced espresso artificial flavoring. I like stouts and I like coffee, so I thought I'd like this more. There isn't enough stout flavor here - the roasted malt flavor is lacking compared to others.

Somehow the mouthfeel is a little off - instead of thick and creamy stout, it's a little too watery, lending it a syrupy character. Just slightly off.

Not terrible, but not looking forward to the rest of the 6-pack.

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

Poured into pint glass at Schlafly Bottleworks during summer months 2011.

Appearance: An extremely dark pour that light does not penetrate. Leaves a HUGE dark brown, creamy head that made my mouth water. It leaves all sorts of trace down the side of the glass. Brilliant!

Smell: Deep, rich coffees, dark roasted malts with a hint of grain. The Kaldie's coffee is very present though not overwhelming in the nose. Stong without being overbearing-- which I think is a mark of a good coffee stout. As it warmed, I caught some vanilla and some molasses.

Taste: HELL YEAH! Toasty in the front and coffee bitter in the back. Really stick to the palate. The oats give it incredible balance while still holding onto the bitter roast in the finish. Full bodied to indeed! Everything in the nose shows up in the mouth.

Mouth: Full body and low carbonation.

Overall: This is one of my go-to beers at Schlafly and its a personal favorite of mine. It could be a true masterpiece if it had a real American Stout backbone to it. Nevertheless, one of the best of its sub-style.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish body w/ quick dying, large-sized head on top of a beer w/ an aroma of coffee, roasted, burnt chocolaty malts as well as dry bready/oakiness. This is a great example of a stout pulling off a tricky balancing act as at first I found this beer real smooth, almost creamy, w/ sweetness emanating from chococlate, caramel and possible touches of vanilla, toffee and oats. Then an afterfinish w/ a burst of tasty, roasted coffee malt that gives it a strong, dry, hearty finish. Overall, an easy to drink and low-priced stout that is a great beer.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a million to n8dietz for giving me this bottle from his St. Louis trip.

Dark brown and ruby in color. Good lacing and good foam after the pour.

Roasted malt add too the very faint acidic smell of just brewed "7-11" brand coffee. Dry coffee grounds and pumpernickel bread.

Roasted malts upfront, maybe some powdered chocolate for a minute. Then its all acidic, somewhat low quality tasting, coffee grounds and brew come together from middle to finish. The finish is acidic and dark tahnks to the coffee and roasted malts.

Could bee sessionable for acidic almost acrid coffee & beer lovers.

Photo of mgbickel
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Piraat tulip. A massive 3 fingers of sandy foam formed on top of the melted chocolate colored body. The head stuck around throughout the drink, leaving behind thick trails of lace. Great start to this one!

The nose has tons of roasted characters...malts, coffee, hints of chocolate and a touch of molasses in the background.

The first flavor that hits your tongue is the roasted coffee beans. This give way to a middle that finds a sweet lactose character before turning into a toasted malt finish. Super flavorful for a "regular" stout!

Ah...the mouth feel is the weak link to this offering. A tad on the thin side...watery with moderate carbonation. A thicker, creamier mouthfeel would do this one well.

A great offering by the guys at Schlafly. Complex and great looking...well worth the tiny price tag.

Photo of litheum94
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 11/22/10. Reviewed 5/22/11.

Very dark brown body, with a tan head that's modest in size. Settles down to a thin cover, leaving moderate lacing.

Aromas of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, with a cup of coffee thrown in as well. Americano with cream in it.

Starts off with nice, medium roast coffee. Smooth, with only a touch of bitterness. Silky texture from the oatmeal. Rich, bittersweet chocolate flavors with light hop bitterness on the finish. Cola flavors begin to develop as the beer warms.

Great balance between bitter and sweet. A very nice oatmeal stout.

Photo of shand
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to BA redbird!

Gotta love the nice, clear bottled on date thrown right on the label! Pours a brown color with a modest head. The aroma is quite nice, with notes of roasted coffee, oatmeal, and roasted malts. The taste is also pretty good, it follows the nose fairly simply and one-dimensionally. It still tastes pretty darn good though, the coffee comes through very nicely, the malts are nice and roasty, and the oatmeal does it's own thing. Don't waste your time with this one if you don't enjoy coffee.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin on this one, being almost more brown ale-esque than stout, but I think it works fine with the coffee flavors. The drinkability is very good, as a coffee lover this one goes down very easily. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's not exceptional, but a solid, sessionable coffee beer that'd be a staple if locally available.

Photo of vandemonian
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly Coffee Stout is a very nice coffee stout with quite some woodiness to it. Yum.

A: Dark brown colour and a good 1 cm head with good lacing. 4

S: Delicious coffee and umami smell. Super roasty and yum. 4.5

T: The taste is black coffee with some hops and smokiness. This has a really good coffee flavour to it. There is also some definate woodiness. 4

M: Reasonably foamy. 4

O: Very nice. 4.5

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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