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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

658 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 45
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-11-2001)
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Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

peabody, May 04, 2007
Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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

thain709, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Kahlerbock, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Eriktheipaman, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Jamison85, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of beer2day
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

beer2day, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

RickS95, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

AtLagerHeads, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

Tilley4, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of robwestcott
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

robwestcott, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pour a light brownish and creamy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some film on the beer. The beer is a dark brown color that almost appears like a dark black that resembles coffee. As expected, the beer is opaque. The beer has a very strong coffee smell and dominates the other smells. However, the other smells such as the hint of oatmeal and roasted malts compliment the beer instead of detracting from it. The taste does not quite live up to the expectation of the smell but still works well. Coffee is the dominant flavor and slight complemented by the oatmeal and roasted malts. The beer feels surprisingly light for a heavy bodied beer with biting carbonation. The beer itself feels smooth as it goes down. Overall, a pretty decent coffee stout and worth getting again.

HattedClassic, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of bzach
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

bzach, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of FtownThrowDown
1.93/5  rDev -49.5%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

JerzDevl2000, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Eaglefan344, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

match1112, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a jet black with tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Nose was not just coffee, but more like day old coffee, and the flavor followed suit. The coffee flavor seemed to be somewhat masked by a slight acidity and pungent taste. I was not sure if this was a result of the alcohol creeping in, or just the beer taste, and the beer left a finish that was dry and somewhat acrid, both when cold and as the beer warmed.

I like coffee stouts in general, but this one was not my favorite.

kimcgolf, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

stephens101, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of BlueMoon10
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

BlueMoon10, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

stortore, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours opaque black with a small fizzy light-tan head that reduces quickly leaving just a ring, short lasting lace

S- nice chocolaty roasted notes with some sweet oats, dark-yet-not overly bitter coffee with a touch of vanilla, very nice

T- great balance between the bitterness of the coffee and the chocolaty roasted notes. I think that by using the coffe extract, it tames the bitterness a bit. The sweet chocolate is complimented nicely by a silky oat character that leads to a dry-yet-slightly bitter finish with a faint coffee linger

M- medium body and carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel that leads to a creamy finish, dont necessarily get the silkiness associated with an oatmeal stout

O- nice coffee flavors in this one, reminds me of a poor mans FBS, would pair nicely with desserts or chocolate.

Treyliff, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of JoeMans
3/5  rDev -21.5%

JoeMans, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +4.7%

tykechandler, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Dec 11, 2011
Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.