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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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86
very good

290 Reviews
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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 kirok1999
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty rich dark brown espresso. Medium lacing around the glass. Very little head in the glass.

S- More malt than coffee from the nose.

T- Pretty decent coffee stout. Some coffee comes out of the beer, but some great malty stout there too.

M- Pretty thin here. My lowest rating for this beer.

O- A well done coffee stout considering all of them that have been done. (376 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SplashyFob and his friend for this one.

An agressive pour yields a finger of tan head that dissipates in a minute or so. I am left with a rich dark coffee colored body with a frothy little ring around the top. Faint lace sticks to the side of the glass.

I smell roasted malt, roasted nuts and roasted coffee.

Roasted malt and coffee make up the rather mild flavor on this one.

The mouthfeel is too light for me. I feel it should be creamier. The carbonation bites the middle of the tongue. Finishes with a little residue on the tongue. (550 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer's appearance is an oily black, with a bubbly, soda-like head. The aroma contains hints of dark-roasted coffee beans, grains, and a touch of something sweet. My nose also detected a small presence of oxidation. The flavor has a nice bitter coffee flavor, and as advertised, the 'cold toddy extraction process' does indeed produce a less acidic flavor. It's rather light, no doubt benefiting from the breadiness of the Oatmeal as well. The overall mouthfeel however might be a little too light and carbonated, a bit of a let down compared to the expected velvety softness that one might get with other Oatmeal Stouts, such as New Holland's "The Poet." This might not be the best coffee stout ever made, but the uniqueness of the coffee blending and it's resulting flavor are enough to give it merit. (808 characters)

Photo of mphopkins99
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (456 characters)

Photo of deepsouth
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (410 characters)

Photo of tito42
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 11/16/2011.

A: Deep, dark brown with mahogany hues around the edges of the glass when held up to light. Cocoa head that dissipates to a thin layer but sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S: Espresso roast coffee beans dominate the nose, with hints of roasted barley and grassy hops. Very robust coffee aroma.

T: Espresso, plum and cherry notes, caramel, roasted barley, grassy hops.

M: Light-bodied stout that is a bit watery throughout. Quite a bit of carbonation on the back end leaves a tang on the tongue. Too watery for a stout in my opinion.

O: A solid coffee stout. A poor mouthfeel holds this one back from being something more. (692 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. This is the first Schlafly beer I've seen in the area.

Appearance: Too light in color. A hazy light brown at best. Poor head retention and a little lacing.

Smell: Very coffee driven. A little chocolate in there, not much else. Mostly just cold Waffle House coffee, in the best possible way.

Taste: Yeah, cold coffee mixed with weak stout. It doesn't at all taste bad, but its the most boring coffee beer I've had.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, but smooth and slightly creamy. Pretty nice.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, straightforward coffee stout. Decent, but minimal complexity and too light colored and light bodied. (639 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes…

"Bottled with Love on Sep 30 04”

Dark brown in hue, blacker in the middle with some ruby influences around the edges. Even when the liquid is backlit the opaqueness holds-up well. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height, the bubbles faded quickly to a soapy cap with some naked spots in the middle, thicker around the edges. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing, just a few short-lived clumps. On the whole, this beer looks like what it should but little more. The nose is, well, coffee. Iced espresso. Day old spend grains. Roasted beans. There are hints of chocolate and a dash of milk-like sweetness. Wow, there is no fooling around here! I love the fact the potency is high and the aromas are allowed to fully explore my olfactory. For a Coffee Stout the complexity is fairly high, I could imagine something more in the bouquet like a tickle of hops or some smoke but I’m a greedy dick. For a beer of this sort I really like what I smell. Powerful. Inviting. The palate is far less complex and deep as the nose indicated. This is a major bummer. The espresso qualities are dimmer and the day old coffee flavors move into the forefront. This is always a worry with me when it comes to Coffee Stouts. It really needs to be the other way around. It is so hard to capture the goodness of coffee without turning it into something that you find at the end of a day at a Quickie Mart. You know, stale coffee. The acidity from the roast is way too naked, their needs to be more sweetness, malt depth, and/or hop bitterness. The palate lacks roundness, it is too sharp… where is the harmony? Plus the fact the body is so small this really hurts the development of the palate. One-dimensional. Boring. Straightforward. You get the point, right? It is not sophisticated enough to pair with dessert. Medium-light in body, the carbonation is firm, and the mouthfeel is lousy. There needs to be way more body to make this beer work. Skinny. The taste and mouthfeel of this beer reminded me a lot of Spilker Ales XPO Espresso Stout (RIP), that is too bad because that beer had some flaws as does this one. Sure it is drinkable but I’m bored with it and one bottle is enough for me, thankfully, I only had one bottle. This was purchased at the Tap Room in St. Louis as part of a mixed six-pack. I say skip it. (2,356 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather thin looking dark brown, but sitting much deeper and darker in the glass, still with some clearish edges. A full khaki head rises and settles to about a quarter of an inch, leaving a little spotty stringy lace.

Nose definitely as a characteristic coffee-beer aroma, with a doughy grainy body blended with not quite fresh coffee. A little sour on the nose, and slightly woody.

Thin and dry in flavor, with a decent dose of strong toasted grains, somewhat bitter and woody, with a well balanced blend of nice straightforward coffee over the top and faint hints at sweeter tobacco. Taste is pleasant and subtle, but it's decidedly lacking something I can't quite put my finger on. Hangs a coffee and grain induced bitterness out after the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, with hints at being fuller, but other times seeming thin and weak. nice tingly carbonation is bright and adds nice dimension to this brew.

Drinks nicely, mildly filling, but not heavy. I wouldn't give up my coffee or favorite stouts for it though, and in the realm of coffee stouts, it's tasty, but not quite outstanding. A highlight, though, is that it isn't over done, too strong, or too heavy. (1,182 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours decently for a finger thick off white head, and has a cleanly filtered dark, black, and ruby red colored body.

In the aroma there is the coffee to contend with, along with sweet herbal and chocolaty tones.

The taste is sweet and smoky upfront, qualities such as semisweet chocolate and coffee. Feel wise it's a bit oily slick, and pretty much full in body though a mildly placed ABV setting. (399 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served at Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, IL. Poured into a snifter glass today, 4/4/2014.

App- dark brown body, one finger tan head, good retention and no lacing.

Smell- good roast espresso notes, milk chocolate. Not complex or anything but the balance here is very good

Flavour- milk chocolate, creamer with espresso. It's sort of what I'd expect a cafe au lait that tasted like noble, earthy hops on the backend. It works just well enough.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink. Not too bitter on the backend.

Overall- a fine local coffee stout that is balanced quite well. No offensive flavours. Works for me. (656 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my cracked DuClaw Colossus snifter. Thanks loving wife....

A: Extremely dark and vicious, with a nice dense, frothy tan head that stuck around in duration and to the glass.

S: Very intense smell of coffee grounds... high grade stuff, but not too. Yep, coffee is about all I got. However, this is a coffee stout, right?

T: Okay, this is definitely espresso, and an intense one at that. Is there any other kind? Very fresh and not overly sweet. However, this was fairly one dimensional overall and extremely dry on the finish.

M: Not as thick on the palate as it looked, but not exactly thin either. The lacing was substantial, and I definitely had coffee breathe after I finished.

O: This was good, but beer like Founders Breakfast Stout and Wake N' Wake beats this with one taste bud tied behind its back. (829 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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 (547 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (331 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Black dark roasted coffee color with slight brown notes around the edges when held to the light. Fizzy tan head that quickly recedes, only the faintest of rings around the edge.
Smell is a robust espresso coffee flavor, with a tad bit of malt sweetness. Tastes like cold coffee with fizz. Mouthfeel is lighter than what I usually look for in a stout. This would be greatly improved with a bit of creaminess added to it. This seems fairly one dimensional (503 characters)

Photo of mcann2pu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours into pint glass a dark, slightly reddish brown color with some cream head.

Smell: malt, coffee grinds smell is detectable.

Taste: sweet coffee flavor, some malt, also a little of a coco taste, nice coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: a little bit lighter than I would have preferred, could have been thicker.

Drinkability: pretty decent, one for the coffee lovers. (376 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark black with tan suds that leave lots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is coffee. Mabey some malt and sugar behind that black bean but mostly coffee.
Taste is a bitter mix of coffee and hop. Not really all that dry but bitter with the bean. Some sugar here keeping the bitterness in check.
Pretty nice stout here from a local brewery. My first Schlafly. (379 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

app - effectively opaque, with a VERY dark, ruby color. Pours a nice sized off-white head, creamy and with good but not extreme retention.

smell - slightly solventy coffee/dark roast aroma. Smells slightly sweet and alcoholic, but not sure that alcohol is producing that smell.

taste - Some nice malty sweetness up front, before a very gradual transition to something a bit more roasty. Bitterness is somewhat subdued, and finishes with a gentle roasty flavor, and not overly dry.

MF - medium body and med-high carbonation - slightly more prickly than would like on the tongue due to the carbonation.

D'ability - aside from the carbonation, a very gentle and drinkable coffee stout. (687 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from RC0032 (thanks Rich!). Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle. "bottled with love" on 11/22/10.

A - Pours a root beer brown that looks like..well coffee. Ran about a two inch tannish white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Has a definite coffee smell but not huge. Dark malts.

T - Makes up for the light smell in a nice smooth coffee taste. The taste comes and goes rather quickly. It's not as bold as some. Oats give it just the slightest sweetness. Finishes with just a bit of bitterness.

M - Light bodied, light feel with decent carbonation. Could be a bit chewier in my opinion.

D - If you like coffee stouts this one is very drinkable. Would love to try this one again out of the tap. (713 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L (3.5) - Pours a nice dark, stout color. Little to no head. And whats there is kinda dark and sad.

S (4) - Smells good. Get a nice coffee note.

T (3) - Coffee. I get it should taste like coffee, but this was too overbearing. I thought I was drinking cold, slightly carbonated coffee.

F (4) - Decent feel. Not overly carbed, and drinks well. Maybe a little thin for an oatmeal stout?

O (3.5) - I bought this one on a lark, and probably won't again. Maybe it's just me, but I thought the coffee taste was too over-the-top. (535 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out jet black with no head. No lacing either.

S - Smelled like cofffee, actually not just coffee but fresh ground coffee beans.

T - Obviously it tasted like coffee.

M - It was soft on the tongue and medium-bodied.

D - I really am not a huge fan of coffee (mostly because I don't like hot drinks). I expected the coffee taste to be more subtle. That being said I actually liked the beer. (401 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/2/10. Pours brown with a smallish off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, some chocolate and coffee.

The flavor is bready malts and slightly stale acidic coffee with a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK coffee stout. There's decent coffee presence but the flavor is a bit off for me. (442 characters)

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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