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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

290 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 290
Hads: 803
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 51
Gots: 91 | 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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Reviews: 290 | Hads: 803
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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%
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%
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%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 jgagne
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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)

Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from beerhandy as part of BIF 24. Thanks for the opportunity. "Bottled with love on Sep 30 2004".

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" tan head above the burgundy brown brew. Pillowy head fades very slowly, with heavy lacing. Aroma is of dark malts and coffee. Taste seems a bit light on the dark malts and coffee, and a bit of fruity shines through. Mouthfeel isn't quite as hearty as I'd look for in a stout, but drinkability is still quite nice. Not a bad product, this one right here... (520 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with mahogany highlights. Very fine tan head settles to an incomplete cap.

Nose is really good dark coffee. Roasty, rich, with some chocolate and earthy notes. Total domination by the coffee, and no hint that this is a beer, rather than a cool cup of high quality Joe.

Medium in the mouth. Much better balance between the malt and coffee, with the former actually making an appearance here. Quite long and lingering on the finish. Nice stuff.

Soft, low carbonation gives a richer feel to the mouth than is really there. A bit too much coffee to have more than one or two at a sitting, but I still like this quite a bit. (634 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 11/03/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of light tan, creamy head with good retention; Very dark brown appearance; Moderate lacing mostly towards the bottom of the glass

S - Nice roasted coffee bean smell with just a bit of chocolate and sweetness; Very subtle grassy and floral hops

T - Pretty close to the smell; Good dose of roasted coffee bean flavor, though it isn't in-your-face robust; A little bit of bitterness in the taste; Tiny bit of chocolate and sweetness with a touch of citrusy and floral hops as well

M - Above moderate amount of carbonation; Medium bodied, though the beer feels a bit thin in the mouth

O - I thought this was a solid brew overall with a pretty tasty flavor profile. There's a good amount of coffee flavor without being too unbalanced. This wasn't quite as smooth as some other oatmeal stouts, but the lighter feel of this beer, coupled with the lighter ABV, makes it session worthy. I wouldn't mind trying this beer again, especially when I'm in the mood for a lighter bodied stout. (1,038 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of pasdachuri
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Chocolate sweetness upfront is almost bitter. Roasted coffee flavors with a nice vanilla oatmeal undertone. Slight bitterness in the finish.

High carbonation, but a little watery.

Overall this is a pretty good coffee stout. It has a very nice flavor, rich in body, and some flavors linger in the end. (625 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%

Aroma is roasty malt, coffee grounds, a touch of chocolate, licorice, and rounded out by nutty malt sweetness. Flavor reveals strong coffee dominance throughout, accented by dark chocolate. There's a touch of an acrid character initially, which fades in the lightly bitter, roasty finish. Toasted nuts emerge in the aftertaste. Coffee isn't my favorite, but this is a well constructed beer. (390 characters)

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say that, normally, Schlafly doesn't tend to impress me. This fairly sessionable coffee/oatmeal (maybe breakfast) stout is solid though.

Pours with the color and basic consistency of coffee. A nice deep coffee brown that's nearly opaque. Lacing is always present and a bit viscous even though the body of this beer wouldn't suggest any such thing. Medium body... Maybe even light for a stout... This actually makes this brew quite drinkable. Aroma and flavor are simple and not overpowering. I love this quality in a breakfast stout. Coffee grounds, a touch of chocolate malt, roast... Meh... That's about it.

If you go into drinking this as it should be a damn fine nightcap, think again. If you'd like a light coffee stout to start your day or to end your work day with a cup of a Joe meets beer, here you go. Very drinkable and satisfying. (855 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to LuciousJackson for this one, and bottled on 11/16/2010.

poured cold from the bottle a deep dark chocolate brown to a founders brewing goblet with a full finger, big bubbled, tan head with nice retention and a bit of lace.

big aroma of espresso roast and sweet dark malts.

coffee forward, woody, dark sugars, and unless I'm imaging it, a bit of dark fruits (?)

thin bodied for the style, creamy, no
real bitter, sweet to the back of the tongue.

drinkable - yep. (479 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of Jeebs
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown with about a fingers worth of tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: A huge roasted coffee aroma from this beer, so much so that I can't smell anything else.

T: Roasted coffee with a bit of a sweet caramel hint. The carbonation really seems to bring out the coffee flavor in this beer. The drink finishes with a bitter coffee ground taste to it. If you don't like coffee definitely don't drink this beer!

M: Feels a bit thin or watery, has a bit too much carbonation and not creamy like I would expect from a stout.

D: Drinkability is decent, it would be much better if it were a bit creamier without so much harsh carbonation. (660 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger head that last long and not much carbonation.

S-Coffee but it is extremely burnt and roasted. Malt and some chocolate but not much.

T-Very roasty coffee. Almost burnt. Some smoke/beef jerky like notes, similar to a smoked beer. Tad bit of caramel and chocolate.

M-Lighter, watery and not much carbonation.

O-One of the few times Schlafly has disappointed me. I was expecting better on this one. (431 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average lookign black stout with small head

Smells with faint hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted and burnt malts

Tastes like it smells with chocolate, coffee and burnt notes. Pleasant tasting and slight crisp finish. Smooth and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - a tad watery

Overally - not too bad, but I've had much better crafted and flavored coffee/oatmeal stouts. (368 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (592 characters)

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.