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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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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 cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a Beer of the Month 6 pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice pitch black color with a small brownish head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some lacing. Smells of darkly roasted coffee, nothing else. Tastes of coffee and a little bit of malt, but definate dark coffee taste dominates, like there is still coffee beans in it (not actually, but that taste). Beer goes down real smooth for this light/medium bodied beer and is carbonated perfectly. Overall, a very good beer. (565 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When reviewing stouts, I often use 'ruby' to describe the glints of light eminating around the blackness. In this particular case, 'ruby' is more applicable than black, as this is transparent and reddish even when not held to light. A huge, invincible head gives way to a ridiculous brown glass-stick. Whizzing, from-bottom carbonation.

The nose of this beer is not so surprisingly coffee-centered; cappucino, iced coffee, iced mocha all come to mind.

The taste is possibly the most intensely 'coffee'd' stout i've experienced. Like iced beer-coffee; no real oatmeal or stout characteristics come forward above the wall of java.

Sort of thin, but damned good. I have to wonder what spices are used alongside the coffee to give this such an intensely beany flavor.

Not the best drinkability or mouthfeel in the world of stouts, but still a worthy offering. (869 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with two-finger, off-white, creamy, rocky, head that lasted a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Coffee and burnt malt. Mild. Not much of a finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm.

O: Overall, not bad. Looks nice, and smells and tastes like coffee. The mouthfeel is nothing special considering that this is supposed to be an oatmeal stout. Good nonetheless. (522 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Twelve-ounce bottle. Printed on the front of the label, on the bottom border, is probably a born-on date: “11 03 2011.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is almost opaque black; a tiny bit of light passes through when I hold it to light. Two fingers of fluffy, tan head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: I got a whiff of coffee the moment after popping the cap. It has a massive, roasted coffee aroma, a testament to the espresso shots the brew was inspired by. It is pretty sinister, and exhibits quite a bit of edge, but underneath (I want to believe) lurks scents of chocolate and oatmeal smoothness, which blunt the roasted bitterness a tad.

Taste: Wow. The first sip is an experience: surprisingly smooth and creamy, and not as bitter as I expected. Though the coffee from the smell dominates, it loses its edge. Perhaps my taste buds adjusted from the smell. The chocolate I wanted is present, as is the oatmeal smoothness in the flavor and mouthfeel, which counter the roasted bitterness from the coffee.

Drinkability: I am impressed. This is truly a coffee stout in the sense it smells like coffee and tastes like stout. (1,207 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 malcontent
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid black mass of a body with a thick, sturdy head. Hard to improve on the visual for what it's supposed to be.

Espresso beans, some burnt maltiness but an odd off-scent, too; almost like cold beef broth. Yikes.

For something parading itself as a coffee stout I'm not getting that much java. There's a welcome level of hops for a style that is normally all malt but the coffee is really lacking. The malt aspects are not very complex and while the finish is nicely dry there just isn't enough going on her to distinguish itself from other American stouts.

Not as thick/smooth as I'd like to see from a stout but the drinkability is still above average. An unexceptional but inoffensive offering.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the taste (742 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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. (538 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 brewerburgundy
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, goblet, bottled on 12.10.09.

Middlin' brown body with muted red highlights running through, capped with a inch thick stack of tan froth. This leaves us a skim within a minute. Some leggy lace may appear.

Stale coffee, milk chocolate, metal, barley, patent malt.

Metallic hop twang through the sip. Roast, patent malt, and milk chocolate. Very Guinness-like.

Thin, over-carbonated, and not what a stout should be. Schlafly impressed me during my first experience with their Dry-hopped APA. It has since gone downhill. (534 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: black tan head and little lacing

S: coffee and cocoa mostly

T: fresh coffe chocolate and some dark fruit type taste almost like raspberry

M: creamy with a lingering sweet finish

O: a delicious coffee stout. Everything is in great balance and exactly what a coffee stout should be (287 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Royal Liquor in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Not nearly as dark as the other stouts that I have been drinking lately. (I'm on a bit of a stout kick right now.) It poured a good old fashioned brown color. Collected in the glass, it darkened up a little and gained some hints of red. Light penetrated it easily. The tan head rose up to three fingers quickly and with little coaxing. It settled down quickly, though, and was soon just a cap of bubbles on top of the brew. This lingered until the beer was gone. There was some light lacing left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aromas that were there were nice, just too thin. Dark roasted malts, cream, and light hints of chocolate were present. The coffee was definitely apparent, but not too overpowering. It came across like old coffee that has been sitting in the pot for hours after the maker was shutoff. Not much else going on except the occasional whiff of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and very thin for a stout. It did have a certain "presence" that kept it from being a complete bomb in this catagory, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Taste: From the start, the coffee flavor, while not too strong, dominated the taste. It didn't have that deep, rich character that other coffee laced stouts that I have sampled had. It seemed sharp, thin, acidic, and had a very low bitterness. Now, I like my coffee acidic as hell, but this beer lacked the depth to back it up. There was some sweet malt thrown in to help balance things out. Milk chocolate and cocoa arose well into the aftertaste.

I know I seemed a little rough on this beer, but it wasn't bad. It was actually very quaffable, as evidenced by the fact that the drinkability score is the highest one. I just expect more from a coffee stout than this provided. I think the problem might be that the base stout just doesn't have the balls to handle this assignment. I would like to see them try this again with a beefier brew. (2,015 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. 2 finger light brown head that leaves thick lacing.

Aroma is, not surprisingly, heavy on the coffee, but a little sweet malt shows through as well.

Light sweet malt upfront, followed immediately by loads of coffee merging with the flavor of roasted malt. A bit of acidity from the coffee.

Fairly light for an oatmeal stout, kind of watery for the style. Moderate. Prickle of carbonation. Drying on the tongue, almost astringent. Heartburn-like feel in the throat mimics coffee.

Probably a good session brew. The rather light mouthfeel, while perhaps atypical for the style, actually adds to the drinkability. An easy drinking beer. (652 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (1,193 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to AlCaponeJunior in the Math BIF #3. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a finger of khaki colored head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Rich roasted espresso, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very strong punch you in the face coffee aroma.

Taste: Bold espresso, bitterness from the coffee as well, burnt/roasted malt and some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: I was very impressed with this beer and definitely would drink again. A very good use of coffee in the beer. (571 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black with a sizable white head. Looks like coffee with a head. The smell is somewhat lacking for a coffee beer. I expected some more coffee aromas since that's one of the most distinctive parts about coffee. It's there, but you have to smell hard for it. The taste has a coffee taste and bitterness at first, but it dissapates rather quickly. Actually the first sip is very impressive, but as I kept drinking, I lost what that first sip yielded. I've had better coffee stouts but this is not bad. Maybe this is becasue I like my coffee strong. It finishes well, leaving a coffee-like bitterness behind. It's very smooth and enjoyable in the aspect of mouthfeel. Definitely balanced well and is not too acidic. Goes down easily, but if I wanted a go to stout, I'd go with something else usually. (814 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 slvrmon82
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown surprised not black out of the bottle. A little light for a coffee stout. Can see through it with a little red almost. Thin white head vanishes quickly with light remnants on the sides.

Smell - Dark roasty with a slide fruity hoppy finish. Coffee upfront but almost a citrus middle.

Taste - It is surprisingly bitter. Not coffee bitter but hop bitter. This could have been great but I am turned off by the bitterness overall. Finishes with an almost burnt coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice. Could be a bit thicker for an oatmeal stout. Heavy but fades quickly and doesn't coat the palate as I believe a good stout should.

Drinkability - I just can't get over the hops and the bitterness. I love a good breakfast coffee stout to get my days off going and this one just doesn't do it for me. There are a lot of these on the market and I think there are better options.

Cheers! (912 characters)

Photo of beerman207
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with red highights and a nice tan head

S - Strong coffee and malts

T - Roasted malt, coffee, and some caramel

M - Very light bodied considering this is a stout which puts it down a tad for me.

D - Easy to drink. Having one of these by a fire tonight and it is going down very easy. (300 characters)

Photo of KI9A
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured black as night, nice brown head.

S: Big roasted coffee, chocolate.

T: Same as nose, not picking up the oatmeal at all. Finishes with bitter coffee bean.

M: rich, slight metallic.

D: Nice to sip before a BBQ dinner at Smokey Bones resturant. Not sure I want to session this. (288 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (1,455 characters)

Photo of cameraman
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a black opaque color with a two inch beige head forming on top. A strong coffee aroma hits the nose right off the bat, followed by softer scents of chocolate and dark malt. The taste starts with the malt being ever present, with a tad bit of chocolate. The coffee tries very hard to become a fixture in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but it falls very short. A slightly thick mouthfeel, feels alot like skim milk, it finishes dry at the back of the palate. This became a bit of a disappointment, the color and aroma are very endearing, but the taste drags down what those two elements set up. This was just a lackluster beer. (636 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (385 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 ThaBobfather
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (321 characters)

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