Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

289 Reviews
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87
very good

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Reviews: 289
Hads: 799
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.35%
Wants: 51
Gots: 90 | 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: 289 | Hads: 799
Photo of pmcadamis
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - A thin but tight head sits atop a pitch-black brew, and some lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Chocolate covered espresso beans. Since I am a coffee lover and confirmed caffeine addict, I think that this smells great. The only problem is that it's pretty one-demensional...it smells like a good steaming cup of espresso, but that's about it.

T - Old stale coffee. Geez, I love beer...I love coffee. Why don't these two things ever seem to go together? I guess cold and fizzy and warm and steamy will never be a match made in heaven.

M - Thin and extremely carbonated. I think that a coffee flavored beer would benefit from an almost complete lack of carbonation along with a thick and full body. Aren't most cappacinos, lattes, mocha-chino-nonfat-double-latte-whatevers pretty damn thick and creamy?

D - Poor. This is no good. (840 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated 10/6/06, into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Created three fingers of pillowy tan head. The lumpy head rested on a clear but very dark ebony/ruby body. No lacing remained.

Smell was strong. I poured this beer at arms length and I could smell coffee immediately. Metallic malts and coffee bean oils. A slight molasses, dusty, earthy aroma appeared. Later walnut skins.

Taste was coffee bitterness. Bright. Not too sweet. Drying. Not cloying but one must like coffee in order to appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel was lacking stout creaminess. Zesty medium to high carbonation was uncharacteristic. This one was more scrubby than expected. Moderated body. (694 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Ruby dark brown with a finger of khaki head, medium spotty lacing.
S - Roasted oats and coffee beans, very biscuity malt, a little hop tone underneath.
T - There's large oat presence in this, and then is subtly followed by coffee notes, some burnt caramels, again, big on the biscuit malt, and some dark earthy and spicy hop notes underneath.
M - Smooth, decently lighter in feel compared to your average beer of this style.
O - If you like oat stouts, this is a good one, just a nice hint of coffee. (528 characters)

Photo of shand
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to BA redbird!

Gotta love the nice, clear bottled on date thrown right on the label! Pours a brown color with a modest head. The aroma is quite nice, with notes of roasted coffee, oatmeal, and roasted malts. The taste is also pretty good, it follows the nose fairly simply and one-dimensionally. It still tastes pretty darn good though, the coffee comes through very nicely, the malts are nice and roasty, and the oatmeal does it's own thing. Don't waste your time with this one if you don't enjoy coffee.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin on this one, being almost more brown ale-esque than stout, but I think it works fine with the coffee flavors. The drinkability is very good, as a coffee lover this one goes down very easily. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's not exceptional, but a solid, sessionable coffee beer that'd be a staple if locally available. (912 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 ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a coffee black with deep brown when held to the light. It looks like cold coffee in a glass. The head is a dark cream color that recedes slowly, leaving thick sudsy rings of lacing.

The beer smells of roasted malts and a sweet coffee aroma.

The taste is the best part of this beer, as the coffee comes through really, really well. It tastes like burnt, bitter coffee with roasted malts in the background. If ever a beer tasted like cold coffee, this is the one.

Mouthfeel is a tad watery.

Overall, I enjoy the abundant coffeeness of this beer. It's a great dessert beer, and it's watery feel makes it go down almost too fast. But if you love coffee then you'll want to try this beer for sure. (746 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa earlier this week. I had no idea that this was a Oatmeal Stout until I looked up this beer on here, since it wasn't as full as others that I've had in the past. As others have commented on here, this was quite thin and more like carbonated coffee rather than actual beer. On its own, it was fine but I expect an Oatmeal Stout to have the taste and body of actual oats and I think that this beer spread itself thin just a bit here.

The pour was as to be expected - cola brown with just a hint of garnet around the edges, with a fluffy tan head that quickly settled and a fair amount of lacing on the side of my pint glass that I drank down the side of. Lots of coffee and espresso in the nose but not a lot of oats. The look and mouthfeel of this beer was of the aforementioned cola without the sugary stickiness as the burnt notes of the coffee ended up taking over to a large degree here. If Starbucks brewed a beer, this would be it (although this would be a better buy for the buck!) and the hop bitterness really couldn't be found here. There was a faint bitter chocolate undertone to this as well with just a bit of vanilla extract and molasses to give this some bite. A fair presence of carbonation was here as well but not enough to scrub my palate clean after each sip.

At the alcohol was light here, as there was hardly any booze to be detected as I did "shots" of this coffee, er...beer. While I like something that pushes the edge a bit, something was missing here. Maybe it was the oats, some more powder to the chocolate, or some more bubbles to give this some life. Espresso tends to be watery, flat, and bitter and that's what this was too. If that's your thing, drink away! It will save you a trip to the place with the long lines, green aprons, and hum of the coffee machines. (1,821 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis, MO for $4.50. Tapped from a Stainless Steel Tap Handle into a 16oz Nonic/Pint Glass.

Aroma- Tons of roast and maltiness throughout the entire smell. Coffee is very apparent and nicely introduced. Enjoyed greatly!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is frothy and has great retention. Has the deepest brown colored body that is opaque. Leaves the thickest, creamy lacing behind.

Flavor- Very rich coffee and tastes as though it is a cask offering but isn't. Roast and dark malts are introduced in the middle of the drink. A light-medium bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Creamy, and has a light coffee finish.

Overall Impression- After each drink, I thought to myself, is this on-cask? Very creamy and easy going down! Of course it was still full bodied but very nice with coffee character but anyone can enjoy! I'm looking to enjoy my bottle of this within the week as well and compare. (988 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 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 RickS95
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell of wet coffee grinds float out of the glass as the dense tan head slowly fades. A short and thick lace is left behind on top of the brew and around the glass itself. Dark brown in color with crimson hues where the light strikes.

Closer inspection of the nose reveals some vanilla bean notes and a bit of black licorice. The coffee grind notes have turned to pure espresso with a little bit of creamer sweetness evolving. Tastes of espresso and mocha with diminutive dark cherry notes, some caramel malt sweetness, some distant pine and ginger.

Creamy mouth-feel overall, albeit a bit thin at times. Medium bodied. Alcohol is barely noticed.

The near overpowering coffee grind notes can be a little alarming at first, but this is a coffee stout, and in the end everything evens out in the end to create a well-rounded and well-crafted brew that should easily give any coffee and or beer lover their fix. (917 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 Tilley4
4/5  rDev +5%
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... (321 characters)

Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,301 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 thain709
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, dark brown body with two fingers worth of creamy, tan head...the head fell to a thin, yet full cap...there was sticky lacing left behind

S - Fresh, roasted coffee beans were the first aromas I caught...as the beer sat some vanilla/creme notes came out

T - The aroma did not lie...this one is all about the coffee flavor...coffee is the first thing you pick up as it tastes like a fresh brewed cup of joe...there is a hint of creme in the middle that mellows out the bitterness of the coffee...as the beer warms a soft chocolate flavor starts to creep in towards the finish...roasted coffee beans lend a bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...comes across a little thin...nice lingering coffee flavor

O - Other than the watery mouthfeel, this was a very nice coffee stout...the flavors weren't overpowering and they weren't non-existent...I will pick up more of this when I can (895 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black coffee pour with a touch of cream in the 1.5 finger head. Light on retention and thin lace.

Nose is somewhat understated, though definitely improves as the glass warms. Coffee notes, as expected, with vanilla underneath. Moderate roast characteristics.

Definite sweet component to the glass. You get the standard shot of coffee (medium roast) and roasted malt, but the oats add in a sweet component to the finish. Decent bitters, but from chocolate malt and lighter citrus hops.

Feel is just ever so slightly on the thin side, but pretty close to appropriate for the glass.

Nice, basic stout. (604 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is very dark brown and opaque. The Head is chocolate, 2 very big finger and fades to a huge lace like a spider web.

The smell is pure freshly used coffee grounds. Not a bad thing.

The taste in nice and coffee like, this beer is nicer warmed but not very complex. It does stick to the theme.

The mouthfeel is ok, good for a regular stout, I'm not sure why I was looking for more. The carbonation is good for a stout and the body could be just a bit better. All in all, Nice. Not a big brew but a fine example of the style.

Many thanks to My SS 06 Vancer and JPM30 for several of these gems.
Prosit Mk (667 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish black body settles into the glass showing hints of light only when held to the bulb. Head is two fingers of fat thick foamy bubbles that leave a large amount of deep tan lace all over the glass. Nose is a soft mix of spicey coffee and fresh chicory and toasty malt. At first sip you get a zesty rich burnt malt feel, sharp dry coffee notes and raw chicory. Mineral notes balance the coffee feel and almost help to showcase the integrity of the coffee. Mouthfeel is quite dry but does show a hint of sweetness. Mouth feel is malty thick. This is a nicely drinkable brew and a solid but slightly thin coffee stout. (623 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 bnes09
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 FtownThrowDown
1.96/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Make no mistakes this is a coffee stout! Other coffee stouts use some really expensive mocha, espresso, starbucks. Not this monster. This smells and tastes like the coffee grinds left in the filter from your local Quick Stop. If you’re a die hard daily multiple cup, cheap coffee drinker,then this is your beer. The appearance and mouthfeel was fine, I just didn’t like the strength and flavor of the coffee used. Worth a try. (428 characters)

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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