Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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87
very good

795 Ratings
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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 89 | 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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Ratings: 795 | Reviews: 296
Photo of FanofHefe
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room. Dark black colored body, not pitch black, but a little red hue present as well. Dark tan head that leaves a little sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

Georgeous aroma of Kaldi's coffee is prominent. Hint of roasted malt follows. No question this is a coffee stout.

Superb coffee flavor, the best I've ever had. If you want coffee flavor in a beer, this is it. Some hints of roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit accompany the coffee flavor, but in small amounts.

A little thin on the mouthfeel based on the oatmeal stout base. But, it does not detract from the overall presentation. A reasonable abv makes this highly drinkable. Way to go, Schlafly.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really liked this stout from Schlafly. Had this poured out of the bottle into a stout glass. Awesome coffee aroma and flavor. Burnt and robust. Nice dark brown color with a tape fluffy head. Great balance, try it with dessert or a smoky pork. Smooth down the gullet. So good.

Photo of craft_shannie
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown; single finger frothy tan head; average retention w. lacing.
S: roasty, roasty, black coffee.
T: follows nose - deep roast coffee that screams "good morning" or "come sit down for a cup." finishes w. light-medium bitterness.
M: low carbonation, tastes as though it is cask (love that). smooth; full-bodied.
O: let's just say that this beer made me change my mind about schlafly & as a result, i have become a fan of a couple of their beers. this isn't a complex stout, by any means, but that is part of the charm. it's simple, yet very well done. this stout is one of my everyday staples.

Photo of plfahey
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Deep black brown and almost totally impermeable to light. Dense, creamy tan head has good retention and shows nice lacing.

Aroma-Fresh brewed black roast and espresso notes. Great coffee aroma without any of the green pepper notes that often show up in beer brewed with coffee. There's a hint of roast malt, chocolate, and caramel underneath all that coffee, but the dominant aroma is that of a black cup o joe.

Flavor-The predominant flavor here is still coffee, but it's a bit more nuanced here, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, a slight nutty oat flavor, and a slight dab of caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is quite low and hop flavor is either entirely absent or masked by the coffee, but there's a dry bitterness and slight acridness (in a pleasant way) imparted by the espresso roast. Once again, no green pepper here, just delicious, black coffee. Aftertaste is mostly dry, but has some toasty malt character and a touch of sweetness to complement the black roast. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch thin, and I dont get a lot of the silky smoothness that I would expect the oats to impart. Still, a relatively minor flaw in an otherwise great beer.

An awesome coffee stout, with none of the off-putting green pepper flavors that I often find in beers actually brewed with coffee. Enjoying it right now with waffles and it's kicking a lot of ass.

Photo of suglis
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic blend of Schlafly Stout and local coffee-bar favorite Kaldi's coffee. Probably better than the Red Hook / Starbuck's combo -- if nothing else than it's all local. A distinctive brew, though not without it's detractors. I, for one, love it.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the tap version, of which I purchased a growler of. Not sure if it should be "growler" or "cask" so I picked growler because I posted the review while drinking it from the growler.

Dark black. Small head, not much lacing. Not great to look at but appealing in color at least.

Smells slightly alcoholic, plenty o' coffee, with dark malts and dark chocolate. Quite fine in the nasal department.

Tastes friggin' great. Woody coffee blasts accent the smoky, roasted malts. Absolutely delicious in every way, a very complex and flavorful brew.

Feels very smooth and wet, mildly bitter. Very pleasant going down. No alcohol feeling, even tho it was slightly there in the smell.

Drinks absolutely great, which is why I got a growler of it after I had already had a glass.

One of their best offerings, without a doubt. This delicious stout is also right on the money of how I REALLY like my stouts; more so than imperials I really like the rich, dark, but not overly heavy or overpowering stouts, which this one delivers nicely.

On a special note, I met a woman named Angel whilst last at the Schlafly taproom, who enjoyed some Coffee Stout with me. I promised to post her review of the beer, according to the standard criteria, so here it is:

Appearance: 5
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Drinkability: 5

Hi Angel!

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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 orfeu
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from czoch75 -- thanks for this "extra," Clint! Poured into a nonic at about 50 degrees, this is a dark cola-brown stout, with ruby-chestnut highlights and a fluffy, somewhat talkative, light tan head. Big roasted coffee aromas in the nose, along with some caramel-chocolate sweet scents and a bit of sour, black-roasted malt. A satisfying bouquet that approaches the sublimity of the noses of other more legendary coffee stouts made by Bell's and Founders. Good beers to emulate. Coffee permeates every part of the taste, with slightly sour dark-roasted grain flavors and a bready, cocoa-like sweetness. The non-coffee flavors are full and soft, providing a suitable contrast to the sharp bitterness of the coffee, which as I mentioned previously, is impossible to not notice. Impressive webby lacing, by the way. The palate is just a bit too thin for a stout with such a bold flavor profile. It's got a medium-full body, but I'm missing the oatmeal silkiness and richness of other coffee-forward stouts. Yes, I know every beer can't be Breakfast Stout, but that wouldn't really be so bad, now, would it? Anyway, this is a damn fine beer, perfect to sip on a snowy Sunday.

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rather translucent for a stout, with a creamy tan head that forms atop the liquid; the retention was not that impressive but it did leave some shards of lace behind

Smell: Piquant coffee aroma, with hints of mocha and oatmeal

Taste: Lots of coffee flavor in this one, with a chocolate and oatmeal undertone that builds by mid-palate; just a hint of citrusy hop character emerges, after the swallow, but the finish returns to the start, with plenty of coffee

Mouthfeel: As I anticipated from the appearance, the beer is rather thin for a stout and there is not that much of the creaminess I would have expected from the oatmeal, either; moderate carbonation

Overall: I find the thin mouthfeel forgivable as I really like the flavor profile; one of my favorites in the coffee beer style

Photo of deafcat
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/26/10 - on-tap at Schlafly Tap room in St. Louis
poured into 16oz. pint glass

a - dark brown, amber comes through with light at the bottom, decent head which hangs around for a little while

s - coffee beans, not much unexpected there. Smells like the rinds after brewing a fresh batch. Waft it in - it's half the pleasure with this beer.

t - caramel notes hit me stronger than I expected, then a nice, full bodied bitter coffee taste. Very tasty.

m - full-bodied, not as thick as I'd have expected. Slight carbonation.

d - I like my coffee strong, so this doesn't exactly taste like sitting down to a fresh cup in the morning, but the notes are there and it's a good sip nevertheless. Could have ordered a couple of these if I'd had the time for sure.

Overall this is an awesome brew. Brewed with beans from a local roaster, I believe. Was a little cold when it was brought out, but that happens. Definitely worth sampling; if I lived in St. Louis area, would be picking this up as a good lunch/afternoon brew.

Photo of AmitC
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 11/20/2012.

Excellent pour. Typical dark brown colored thin porter like pour. Pitch black inside the glass. Nice one finger thick tan brown colored head that recedes slowly. Excellent lacing on the sides. Opaque colored.

Nice strong coffee aroma. Ground coffee with strong pungent smell. Strength is moderate to good. The coffee dominates the flavors and hides the other components of the beer. Some roasted malts slide through the midst.

Taste is a nice mix of roasted malts and strong coffee flavors. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Drinks heavy. Very strong coffee.

Wrongly picked this beer at night when i wanted to sleep.

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 11/16/10

pours dark brown with a reddish tint - 1+ finger tan head that faded to a film and left spotted lacing

smell is all coffee not much else

taste is like the nose all coffee - some milk some roast some chocolate some caramel - this could be FBS light - drinking this beer fresh is the only way to drink it (under 90 days)

mouthfeel is light/medium with lots of carbonation

drinkability is great - if you love coffee beers this beer is a must - the low abv and lighter body makes me wish i bought a whole sixer instead of a single

Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite stout, which I am not a huge fan of, but do enjoy. This one is a nice smooth stout that is not too heavy or cloying. It is essentially their oatmeal stout, which is also good, but with the delicious addition of fresh ground Kaldi's coffee. This is my go to when I want a stout.

Would purchase again.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is fairly dark cola black with a light creamy head

huge espresso and roasted notes with a touch of sweetness

dark roasted coffee dominates. a slight sweetness through out but the coffee reigns. however, quite balanced overall where the coffee is not bitter.

a bit too much carbonation but a nice body

a very nice coffee stout with huge flavors, lower ABV, and balance. good stuff.

Photo of fscottkey
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black color with a 1 finger tan head. The head has really uniform bubbles, which I always like. The head reduces but does not disappear. It stays as a thin white layer over the brew.

S: It smells like coffee. A robust coffee very powerful and pronounced.

T: Slightly bitter coffee. It is not a subtle hint of coffee - it is full on coffee flavor.

M: Nice balance of carbonation - smooth on the palate.

O: Too much of a good thing? This is like coffee with some stout thrown in. I am not a coffee drinker - but I like the smell of it. This would be a great breakfast stout. It is not one that I could drink more than one at a sitting.

Photo of WWWade
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently grabbed a 6 pack of these hoping to milk it for a few days.
It hardly lasted one night.

L - black with a creamy off white head

S - smells like a nutty coffee

T- this seriously tastes like a very good latte

M - mild carbonation and very smooth

D - if you like lattes, then you will like this.

Photo of vandemonian
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of TippySelenoid
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

It's a black beer, tan head tat quickly turned to lace.

It's got some roasted malts but mostly coffee.

This beer has a nice coffee flavor under the beer. The beer itself is a nice roasted stout, the coffee sits nicely underneath it without overpowering it.

This beer was adequately carbonated, medium bodied with a dry finish.

Balanced! This beer's pretty good.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Drinkability: Superb.

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!

Photo of echdk3
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Nose is straight coffee. Deep roasted coffee ground with undertow of chocolate and roast. Taste is much a like a chilled black coffee. Nice robust coffee notes along with notes of oats, charred grain, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with mild carbonation. Overall, very nice coffee character in this beer.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near opaque black with subtle garnet highlights and a thick, bubbly tan head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Strong aromas of roasted grain, coffee, minerals, and earthy hops fill the nose.

T: Notes of coffee, cream, vanilla bean, roasted grain, leather, bitter chocolate, and earthy hops fill the mouth before a smooth finish of leather, coffee, and cream takes the reins.

M: Thinner than one would expect for a stout, I would say this ale is closer to being medium-bodied than full-bodied. The texture in the mouth is silky and smooth. Carbonation is very airy and delicate. This ale is almost too easy to drink.

O: An excellent stout. While I would have preferred a thicker, heavier body and more complexity on the nose, this is still a very good beer. Unlike many coffee stouts, this one really showcases the aroma and flavor of the coffee used. Highly recommended.

Photo of Engibeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a growler provided by my brother and sister-in-law as a Christmas Gift. Served in a new English pint glass; a gift from my sister.

Poured a dark, dark karo syrup brown with garnet highlights. Head tan and fine. Nice lace. The aroma is good roast coffee. Very faint hops if any. The taste is delicious coffee and chocolate. No harsh bitterness, just the right amount to meet the style. A little thin on the mouth feel, but a nice finish. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of nhindian
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Dated 11/03/2011. Pours a reflective, ominous black with no hint of what is contained within. About 2-fingers of khaki-colored head gradually forms with a thick, foamy consistency and big bubbles here and there. The retention is fantastic, and it only seems to slowly shrink, not dissipate. This lends itself to some great, sticky lacing.

S - Wow, the nose on this brings some of the strongest hints of espresso that I've had in a beer, maybe only behind Founders' Breakfast Stout line and Peche Mortel. It is almost all coffee grounds here, with only the malts having a chance to challenge it. There's a bit of chocolate and oat here, but this is definitely a coffee bomb.

T - I always find myself split on coffee-infused beers. On one hand, I absolutely love coffee and it's a rare day that I don't wake up to a cup (or more) of it, but on the other hand, most coffee beers aren't well-executed and are much too bitter. I don't know to what extent the 'cold toddy extraction process' played in this beer, but Schlafly really did a fine job of getting a ton of coffee flavor without the harshness or even a lot of the roast. It's pretty much drinking a smooth iced coffee. That being said, as in the nose, it's kind of hard to get much else besides the coffee, but I guess that's the point of this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. This even feels like coffee in the mouth, but perhaps without as dry a finish. A long lasting coffee aftertaste makes every sip last, and it is smooth all around.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I have to say I'm pretty impressed with this, especially for the price. This is definitely a beer for coffee-lovers so if you can't stand it, then buyer beware. For me, though, this is an example of the style done right, but I'd like to have gotten a bit more of the underlying oatmeal stout.

Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10.27.08

A - Dark brown, nice big thick head. Slowly reduces to disk. Clingy, sudsy lacing.

S - Big time coffee.

T - Again, huge coffee, roasted malt, some bits of cocoa.

M - Creamy and satifying.

D - I could session this one, easy yet interesting enough to hang on.

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