Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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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 ThaBobfather
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque dark brownish color with a some medium tan head.
Smell is almost heavily like brewed coffee beans and some oatmeal malt.
Taste is heavy in coffee/brewed taste with some small sweet on the end, almost like coffee grounds were brewed in the beer.
Finish is quick with a noticeable, yet quickly dissipating coffee bean after-taste.
Drinks pretty easy, although the taste is something overpowering.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of kirok1999
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Smell is filled with roasty malts and freshly brewed coffee. Not much in the way of hops or other java-distracting aromas. Smells fairly light, smooth and quaffable.

Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to the aroma for me. It still has plenty of coffee flavor, but seems thin, watery and lifeless. A little bit of roastiness, but no flavor contributions from the hops or yeast and the malts could use some more dextrinous body and sweetness. I am a little disappointed with this beer, but coffee beer lovers should give it a go.

Photo of Reaper16
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a shade of brown that is certainly opaque though not exactly super-dark or anything. A generous, two-finger beige head formed leaving some good lacing. The lacing looks like (and excuse me for this labored comparison) the black swirls amongst the base-red of the Marvel Comics character Carnage's symbiotic suit.

A pleasant espresso scent (that my mind wants to describe as "simmering" somehow, despite this being a beer taken from the 'fridge) hits the nose first, followed by the roasty grain scents of the malt. Well-above average but not exceptional.

The espresso flavors wash over the tongue, and they are well-executed. This beer tastes like coffee in a good way. Thankfully, the coffee is not the only note that this beer hits. The roasted coffee taste matches well with the roasted malts, followed by the kiss of hop bitterness. Its a contrasting bitterness parade that I so love in Boulevard's Bully Porter, only executed on a smaller scale. In fact, the more I drink this beer, the more I am convinced that it is a coffee porter and not a coffee stout. This beer is never bold, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is inadequate for a stout. For a porter, it would be fine. For a stout, though, it is less thick/creamy than desired. Its not a huge issue, as there are thinner stouts that I enjoy, too. I think that this is a nicely drinkable beer; it has an ABV short of 6% and the coffee/roasted flavors are not heavy enough to wreck your palate.

I should note that the espresso used in this beer is from Clayton/St. Louis-based roaster Kaldi's. Its all free-trade, too (as problematic as that term is, its still nice to see on a beer). Overall, I found this to be more of a porter than a stout. Either way its a tasty beer with a good sense of balance to it.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/18/2008. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is pretty straight forward, it smells like coffee and roasted malt. Taste is for the most part just like the aroma, it's mostly coffee and roasted malt, but has a little bit of a charred/burnt malt and smoky taste too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's a bit creamy and slick. However, it does seem to be a bit thin for a stout. Drinkability is good, it is smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good, sessionable coffee stout. Not bad at all!

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big up to Phyl21ca for the extra!

Pours real black with only the slightest highlights toward the bottom. Two fingers of tan head with big ol bubbles, that falls to about half a finger & leaves some sticky 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.

This is interesting: the roast flavors in the coffee & the bitterness of the hop combine in a sharp way that almost snaps on the tongue. Maybe it's the big bubbles, too, but this has a way of finishing that somehow just "pops," like Pop Rocks, in a way that's almost abrasive. The mouthfeel is rather thin, otherwise, but leaving a remnant of fresh coffee bean taste. I get thrown by stouts that aren't thick and/or creamy, & this is rather thin & soda-esque, which makes for some cognitive dissonance. Dunno, maybe that's just my hang-up.

Photo of colts9016
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mandy for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance. A monster 3 finger head that is tan and bubbly. The color of the beer is jet black . The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is some of the head clingy to the side of the glass.

Nose: A very nice roasted coffee, good toasted malt, and some molasses.

Taste: A very good coffee, toasted malt, some molasses, and a burnt character.

Overall: The mouth feel is kinda creamy and carbonated. The mouth feel is medium full and the finish lingers on the palate for a few moments. This is a pretty good coffee stout. It has a very nice flavor, rich in body, and some flavors linger in the end. You can't get anything beer would be good in the morning. You get your beer and your coffee in on swoop.

Photo of sonicdescent
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewCzar threw me this as an extra. Thanks!!

Pours a dark color with some transparent highlights when held up to light. Head leaves a full crown with decent lacing.

Scent is strongly of coffee beans. A hint of chocolate in the background. Smells good but a bit one dimensional.

Tastes of a coffee background, but not exactly like coffee. The stout makes itself known and makes for a pretty good mix. The relatively thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation work well here.

Overall, a good coffee stout, but I've got no reason to switch from Alesmith's Speedway.

Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of MistaSparkle
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Schlafly Bottleworks before the brewery tour.

It poured dark brown with a little head into a small glass

the coffee stout smelled strongly of coffee, quite a bit more than I expected. It was somewhat overwhelming.

Tasted of strong coffee with hints of the oatmeal stout coming through.

It was a somewhat dry beer and left a somewhat bitter coffee feel in my mouth afterward, which i cured with some APA

I could not drink more than 1 of these in a night, I found it quite strong and dry, but I wouldn't mind on at all if it was an option.

Too much coffee for me, but if you like dark coffee and stouts, you will probably enjoy this. The tour guide said that drinking a pint of this has about 1 cup worth of coffee in it and i believe it.

Photo of CMW
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown and is completely opaque. There is a large tan colored head that has fairly god retention. Lacing is also present but not huge.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate.

T - Chocolate sweetness upfront is almost bitter. Roasted coffee flavors are like a pot of coffee that has sat around until cold but kept all the flavor. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - High carbonation, but a little watery.

D - Will I really enjoy this beer, I cannot have more than two at a time. The sweetness tends to linger on my palate and after two of these becomes overpowering.

Photo of Wheelinb
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer when I don't want to think about what to drink. I am not a coffee drinker but I love this beer. It looks, smells, and tastes just like coffee. I have had it on tap and in a bottle and it is consistently good. The aroma is deep and and rich. This beer is not bitter, but has a chocolaty sweetness that compliments the coffee flavor quite well.

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

One of the creamiest brews I've had on tap.. Its super smooth and creamy and dark and semi-delicious...I've had better coffee stout but this is a good rep of the style...its loaded with dark coffee flavors and aroma... So much so that I'm not sure I would care anything about sessioning this but it was a nice nightcap...

Photo of Birchgrove77
2.36/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Delivered from a friend near St. Louis 02/15/09.

Appearance: Pours a nice black with a creamy, cappucino colored one head. Appears to be quite carbonated for a stout.

Smell: Acrid and sour. Some roasted malt and coffee.

Taste: Acidic sourness throughout initial tastes and subsequent sips. Roasted malt provides some stout-like qualities, but this does not taste like advertised on bottle.

Overall: My assumption is I received a mishandled or bad bottle, but that is not a reflection on the brewery as I very much enjoyed the Schlafly Winter ESB. Will retry when I can get my hands on another bottle.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Medium beige head that was quick to fade to a thin skim. Scant lace. Smells of roasty caramel and coffee.

Good stuff. Tastes of medium roast coffee with faint roast malt in back. Watery sweetness similiar to English brown ales. A tad heavy on the carbonation which comes through in the mouth and swallow.

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dakid for this one.

A: Pours a light nutty brown hue with a nice creamy head. Okay retention with some very light spotty lace.

S: The aroma is big on fresh roasted coffee with a hint of caramel malt. Simple but good.

T: Not as bold as I had hoped, I like big extreme coffee stouts, but this one is on the more sessionable side which is not a bad thing. Nice light roasted coffee backed but toasted malt. Very light chocolate to round things out.

M: On the thinner side, with nice carbonation.

D: A sessionable coffee stout. To be honest I would like a touch more coffee though.

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.

Photo of RickS95
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To start off, I'm not a coffee drinker, so if I was a coffee drinker, I would imagine this beer would have scored even better.

Pours a thick creamy head. Dark brown in color, looks like a man's beer.

Smells like it should...the coffee smell is robust, with a bit of malt in the background.

As you would expect, the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The taste of the coffee isn't overwhelming like in the nose.

This beer provides a very attractive lacing. The finish is as smooth as they come. The bitter hops and bitter coffee seem to act to offset one another, for a creamy, almost sweet finish.

Schlafly is becoming my favorite brewer. This is my 5th or 6th variety, and I'm still haven't had one that wasn't exceptional.

Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewczar for the opportunity to try this one. Bottled on 12/5/2008 and served in a nonic. Poured three shades shy of black with deep maroon highlights around the base of the glass. Two inch, tight tan-colored head with excellent retention that left behinds thick bands of lacing as it receded. Roasted coffee dominates the nose with a slightly vegetal quality detected towards the back. Taste follows nose, but a little on the bland side and some residual espresso roast lightly lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel was somewhat light for the style without much of the chewiness I've come to associate with an oatmeal stout. Exceptional appearance and bold nose gives way to a somewhat muted representation of the style; easy drinking brew nonetheless.

Photo of gpogo
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black. When held up to the light a ruby tint comes through. Cream colored head with decent retention.

A- Nice coffee aroma right off the bat. Bitter malt aromas in the background.

T- Lots of coffee flavor. Light bitterness behind the coffee flavor. Nice light coffee aftertaste.

M- Moderate to full body with moderate carbonation. Very creamy.

D- I was rather dreading this beer as I was never a big coffee fan, however this stout was amazing. There is a load of coffee flavor, however it really pairs well and tastes amazing.

Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Very dark in color - almost 100% opaque. You may be able to see a small amount of light on the edges. The head formation is light - almost only a film. The head is very light colored, opposite of many previous stouts. Carbonation inside the beer is light.

S - Am I at the coffee pot here? They certainly captured the essence of a fresh brew. Coffee smell is overt. A hair of coffee acidity exists on the nose- very pungent.

T - At first, the beer is fairly flavorless. There is a hair of roasted malt flavors that develop into some balanced bitterness. Some yeast spiciness exists in the background. There it is: the aftertaste is dominated by the harsh acidity and flavor of coffee.

M - A fairly thin body - not as thick as other American stouts - and too light for my taste. Carbonation creates a lighter beer than I would have expected for the style, or for the appearance.

D - Easy to drink from an ABV point of view. I do find the coffee style grows tiresome from its acidic assertiveness that makes this beer a limited session beer.

A solid offering - and if I were in the mood for a coffee stout, it would be on my list. At the end of the day, I would guess that this particular beer is just missing the body I would desire in a nice warming coffee stout.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with a thick, creamy, tan colored head that has good retention and leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Strong aroma of coffee as one would expect and a touch of chocolate malt. The coffee flavors are very nice here, not too overpowering, good level of roasted bitterness. Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. This is a very good coffee stout.

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown. 5/4 inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of coffee (roasted malts). Fits the style. Smooth, bitter from the roasted malts, and average carbonation levels. Tastes of roasted malts (coffee) up front. Aftertaste is less bitter and more sweet (chocolate). Overall, this is a really nice example of a coffee stout.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich, dark brown color with a creamy one to two inger light brown head. Decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Rather weak aroma of roasted coffee and toasted bread. A little hoppy spiciness mixed in.

T - Notice more of a chocoalte sweetness initially before a somewhat muted coffee tastes comes in.

M/D - Very creamy and smooth. Easy drinking but the flavors just arent great.

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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