Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

Not Rated.
Schlafly Coffee StoutSchlafly Coffee Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

309 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 309
Hads: 888
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 56
Gots: 122 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Schlafly Coffee Stout Alström Bros
Reviews: 309 | Hads: 888
Photo of Greywulfken
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black bodied ale under a dark tan creamy-looking foam. Aromas of darkly roasted malts and espresso beans preface the dark bittersweet coffee roast and char that follows. Delivers on the coffee. On the dry side, with just a sliver of sweetness - bitter and dark, smooth and creamy-feeling. Medium-light weight with slight feel of carbonation. Finishes nicely, too.

 363 characters

Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark ruby into my pint glass, with a creamy dark brown chocolate head. The nose was of deep espresso, chocolate, bitter hop and malt. Taste was predominately the espresso and the hops. You know when you drink a coffee, and towards the end of the cup, it becomes kind of cold and slightly sour? That's what this tasted like. But good.

 342 characters

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An overall decent coffee/beer brew.
It looks like coffee in the glass.
Feels a bit thin for an oatmeal stout but you can smell and taste the coffee upfront. The coffee lingers for a pleasant aftertaste provided you are a coffee drinker. Moderate carbonation goes over well.

 273 characters

Photo of brewcrew76
3.82/5  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.

 371 characters

Photo of slvrmon82
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown surprised not black out of the bottle. A little light for a coffee stout. Can see through it with a little red almost. Thin white head vanishes quickly with light remnants on the sides.

Smell - Dark roasty with a slide fruity hoppy finish. Coffee upfront but almost a citrus middle.

Taste - It is surprisingly bitter. Not coffee bitter but hop bitter. This could have been great but I am turned off by the bitterness overall. Finishes with an almost burnt coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice. Could be a bit thicker for an oatmeal stout. Heavy but fades quickly and doesn't coat the palate as I believe a good stout should.

Drinkability - I just can't get over the hops and the bitterness. I love a good breakfast coffee stout to get my days off going and this one just doesn't do it for me. There are a lot of these on the market and I think there are better options.

Cheers!

 912 characters

Photo of dank203
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

brown in a pint class, lots of tan head. aroma of fresh coffee beans. flavor is okay, lots of coffee there, more bitterness though. a little bit roasty, some candy-like or syrupy sweetness on the back end. overall good but not my favorite coffee stout

 251 characters

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 1,000 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

 968 characters

Photo of jcompton
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 759 characters

Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown ale, a couple shades away from black with some red hues as well. Nice light tan head with some lacing.

Rich roasted coffee and burnt toast aroma.

Roasted flavor throughout, mainly bitter coffee and baking chocolate. Slightly acidic but not in a bad way. Plenty of oats to smooth it out. Just enough hops to balance.

Medium bodied and good carbonation.

This stuff is pretty good. Very tasty and satisfying on a winter night.

 438 characters

Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black color with some mahogany at the edges when held up to light and 1 finger creamy/foamy light tan head that faded slowly as big craters formed and dropped in the head, leaving very good foamy lacing with rings as it went down.

Smells of very acidic coffee up front which is like a Starbucks sitting on your desk all day; the aroma is a combo of smoked grains, coffee, molasses, cocoa powder, herbs, burnt wood and caramel – the smoky notes play well with the coffee and malts, and to me it smells really nice. This is listed under Oatmeal Stout in BA, but the oatmeal is nowhere to be found in the nose.

Tastes like it smells in general, but with more complexity – the very acidic coffee up front, check; cold Starbucks, check; then the rest of the flavors including coffee, smoked grains, molasses, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, herbs, burnt wood, caramel, light citrus hops like a hint of lemon, oats or wheat bread, and faint vanilla. It is quite bitter and the burnt flavor reminds me of a coffee pot left on way too long, but somehow it was enjoyable in the form of a beer. The bitterness and smoky grains/malts somehow worked well with the coffee and hops added, and this got better as it warmed with more flavor showing through.

Mouthfeel was thin and almost watery for a stout, with very light carbonation, a light body and a bitter finish that trailed off smoky and full of coffee and cocoa flavors that also had a tea leaf/herbal quality to it.

Overall I liked this beer and enjoyed the complexities of the roasted coffee and bitter flavors; I love coffee so I’m always slightly biased on my enjoyment and rating of this type of beer, so I would recommend this brew since the coffee flavors were very tasty to me.

 1,747 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours opaque mahogany color with deep dark hues. Fluffy tuft of tanned head builds up, slowly collapsing into wispy film and rings of patchy lacing.

Smooth roasted coffee beans in the nose with hints of creamy sweetness. Touch of chocolate and cocoa, a hint of vanilla with caramel and dark roasted malts.

Refreshing blast of invigorating coffee beans and roasted tones. The coffee bitterness is super mild in this one, followed by hints of sweetness with cocoa and a dash of vanilla. Roasted dark malts and caramel backbone. Smooth finish with lingering coffee dryness.

Medium body, well carbonated, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Well crafted, drinkable coffee stout without the acrid bitterness that ruins some of similar ilk. Schlafly should get more attention these days - their beers are continually tasty year in and year out.

 872 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
Brewed on Oct 06.06
A- This beer has a dense opaque walnut brown body with a brown glint glowing at the base. There is a creamy light tan head that pulls away from the glass to from a cone of head that last and last.

S- The smell of fresh espresso coffee beans has a hint of chocolate malt and some nice roasted bitter notes.

T- This beer has a smooth creamy black coffee bean flavor with a slight tart nose that increase as the beer warms. There are notes of black malt and some black roasted grain with a slight nougat note and a nice molasses note toward the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light slippery/watery texture.

D- This beer has a smooth creamy mellow flavor with a big coffee bean taste. There are no cold and old coffee flavor but on the other had there are not many bitter flavors from the grain that really make a stout a stout.

 896 characters

Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow. What a dessert, er, beer. The pour looks just like the oatmeal stout, but you can barely detect the coffee under the malt chocolate in the aroma. The taste is outstanding - you start with the oatmeal stout and then finish with an enjoyable cappuccino flavor. Drinkability is a paradox, the first one, and then the second were outstanding – then it’s like a 2nd pumpkin ale or a dessert, it starts to become overwhelming. Would be a great after dinner finishing beer.

 473 characters

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with two-finger, off-white, creamy, rocky, head that lasted a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Coffee and burnt malt. Mild. Not much of a finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm.

O: Overall, not bad. Looks nice, and smells and tastes like coffee. The mouthfeel is nothing special considering that this is supposed to be an oatmeal stout. Good nonetheless.

 522 characters

Photo of oline73
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Max's Taphouse.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a bit of light coming through at the edges. There is a very little bit of tan head which disappears very quickly.

Smell: Roasty nutty coffee dominates with some mild sweetness.

Taste: Again the coffee dominates. There is some bitterness from the coffee and a mild sweetness. This one doesn't have what I would call a full flavor and drinks more like a coffee brown ale than an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin considering the style. The carbonation is mild and the finish is dry.

Drinkability: This one isn't bad, but there are plenty of other coffee beers that I would choose before going back.

 700 characters

Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a dark brown color. When held to the light, this offering appears more like a brown ale than a stout. 2 fingers of tanned frothy head appear and retain well leaving a webbing of lace on the glassware.

The aroma of this brew has a strong scent of coffee that is somewhat tangy suggesting some citrus aspect to the coffee beans or maybe an accent to the hops. A roasted character of slightly musty grain fills the back of the nose. As it warms, some chocolate notes come out.

The taste includes roasted grain upfront with a slightly dry chocolate taste and a solid backing of coffee. There is a light musty aspect about the grain and the coffee flavor as a bit of citrus component possibly exaggerated by the hops. It leaves an aftertaste that is a mixture of roasted grain and coffee, not bad.

The alcohol is slightly noticeable in this brew. It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Not a bad offering at all.

 976 characters

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Apr 2010.

Served in an Abita shaker pint glass. Two finger light brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark reddish brown color. Smells strongly of roasted coffee, cocoa and molasses. Tastes like cold carbonated coffee. Roasty sweet, molasses and cocoa. Roasty bitterness through the middle and finish, touch of smokiness. Smooth milky mouthfeel. Slighty roasty sour in the finish. Ethanol is mild.

Would get this again.

 445 characters

Photo of fourstringer
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped 41113E2121006. Brewed with love 12/28/14.

A: Deep amber-brown body with an opaque black appearance in the glass. 1 finger of light mocha-colored head. Below average retention. Light lacing.

S: Strongly of dark roasted coffee grounds. Light cacao, licorice, nuts. Faint indistinct hops lurk in the background.

T: Bittersweet coffee and roasted malts open with the former dominating. A mild hop presence enters late. Finished mostly dry with a coffee-like aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a surprisingly light body and feel. Think carbonated iced coffee.

O: The coffee is very strong with this one. I almost forgot I was drinking a beer at times, which may or may not be your thing. Left me a bit unfulfilled, but the coffee notes are admittedly quite good.

Prost!

 901 characters

Photo of flexabull
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy if DonFrap, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown color with a very nice tan head. Looks great!

Smells like a nice cup of coffee and not much else, maybe some cream and sugar.

Taste is very coffee forward. Some notes of roasted malts, brown sugars, and cream. But this is mostly about the coffee. Finish is crisp, and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, needs a bit more body.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. But this is a bit of a one trick pony, lots of coffee flavors that are nice, but it needs some more stout flavors to balance this out. Still enjoyable though.

 588 characters

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice stout that I found to be strong in all categories but the nose. This stout is all about coffee and, surprisingly, this did not come through in the aroma. in fact, the nose was very light overall.

The appearance is good, being very dark brown to black and having enough head to lace a bit. The flavor is coffee, coffee, and a little more coffee, please. The feel is quite good and creamy.

Overall, this is a very nice offering, but I'd like to see more aroma in the presentation. Still, I'd go for it again, and again.

 535 characters

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours looking just like a stout-- or at least what I expect a stout should pour and look like.

It's labeled "Coffee Stout" and there's even a homage to a coffee roasting company. Funny thing is there wasn't much of a coffee note in either the nose or the flavor.

I really couldn't detect the coffee note-- in fact I'd rate this beer more of a porter than a stout.

It's flavor profile or mouthfeel or both are somewhat lighter than satisfies my "stout" desires. There are the right kind of flavors there-- the hops bitterness the toasted malt, but all are subdued and the beer feels too light on my palate prompting me to nod toward "porter" rather than "stout".

Mouthfeel is cordial. But I wish more life.

Drinkability is good-- the somewhat subdued flavor character and the lower ABV make this beer eminently drinkable... so I could guzzle a pint or two in one sitting w/o complaint.

I wonder what this beer is like on tap?

 933 characters

Photo of jgagne
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice jet black body with light brown creamy looking head. Good looking beer for sure.

S-Slightly disappointing smell. Very obscure coffee and malty notes.

T-Nice big coffee flavor, smell is deceiving for sure. Clean and crisp for the style.

M-I thought because of the low abv the body would be too light but i was pleasantly surprised. Good medium body with medium carb as well.

O-Very good stout. Very drinkable with just the right amount of coffee flavor. And for a $8/6 pack you cant go wrong. Solid beer for sure, especially if you are on a budget.

 562 characters

Photo of IntriqKen
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to rsyberg01 for a chance to try this coffee stout.
Pours black with a nice creamy tan head that slowly melts to thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is definately coffee...espresso coffee
Just barely a hint of chocolate in the aromas.
Flavor again is espresso coffee but here more bitter chocolate comes through.
Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy due to the high level of soft, tiny carbonation.
No noticable hops, yet a sudden drying hits your mouth after you swallow letting you know that it is there.
As thick and creamy as this is and as intense in coffee flavors, it still manages to leave your mouth clean and dry making it quite sessionable.
Thanks Ric...nice stuff.

 681 characters

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a failry clear dark dark brown color with a small creamy tan head that recedes quite rapidly to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin all java forward for sure with a great deal of mocha and espresso. Roasted coffee through and through with little else coming through.

The tastes begin with a lot of black, slightly stale coffee with some oats and mocha in the background. Did I mention this tasted like coffee, really just overwhelmingly, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if that's what your in the mood for but I feel this lacks the nice toasted bready base malt or something to counterbalance the roasted coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter and creamy but comes across more watery than I expected.

Overall if you want some coffee with a tad bit of alcohol, go for this. It was very drinkable but forgetable as a beer because of the coffee-esque thin mouthfeel and one dimentional flavor profile. I've had worse coffee beers for sure but definitely better ones as well.

 1,069 characters

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.