Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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87
very good

795 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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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 mdvatab
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into glass.
Bottled on: 12/8/2010

Aroma: Coffee grounds after a freshly-brewed batch. Wet, earthy topsoil followed by cocoa.
Appearance: 1.5 fingers of head dissipates relatively quickly, but clings to the inside of the glass. Light rings of lacing remain on the side of the glass. The beer itself is dark ruby brown--lighter than I'd anticipated for an oatmeal stout.
Taste: Roasted coffee (more like a middle-of-the-road pre-ground brand than the bold coffee house type...), hoppy bitterness, followed by subtle Tootsie Roll sweetness. Flavor dissipates quickly at the end.
Mouthfeel: Very thin for this style. The label says it's an oatmeal stout, but it more resembles a porter, or even a darker brown ale. I've had this beer on draught at the Tap Room a few times, and I remember it having more body than this. Carbonation is a bit on the biting side as well.
Drinkability: On a positive note, this beer is highly sessionable. Unfortunately, I was looking for something with more substance. I could enjoy quite a few of these, but I'd rather have one glass of a more complex, fuller-bodied stout.

Photo of embass
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown with a light-tan head. A little thin; does not grab the glass.

Had a strong coffee scent along with some nice chocolaty notes mixed in along with.

Taste was a very smooth blend of roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of caramel.

Very light on the bitterness; nice balance of a sweet stout versus the bitterness/acidity of the coffee.

A little on the thin-side as far as feel goes. Not necessarily a bad thing but I typically prefer more of a medium-bodied coffee stout.

Overall I really liked the balance and drinkability of this coffee stout. I’m generally pretty impressed with Schlafly’s. I wish this was a bit thicker and had a higher ABV; but I get what they were going for.

Photo of Realale
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with mahogany highlights. Very fine tan head settles to an incomplete cap.

Nose is really good dark coffee. Roasty, rich, with some chocolate and earthy notes. Total domination by the coffee, and no hint that this is a beer, rather than a cool cup of high quality Joe.

Medium in the mouth. Much better balance between the malt and coffee, with the former actually making an appearance here. Quite long and lingering on the finish. Nice stuff.

Soft, low carbonation gives a richer feel to the mouth than is really there. A bit too much coffee to have more than one or two at a sitting, but I still like this quite a bit.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather thin looking dark brown, but sitting much deeper and darker in the glass, still with some clearish edges. A full khaki head rises and settles to about a quarter of an inch, leaving a little spotty stringy lace.

Nose definitely as a characteristic coffee-beer aroma, with a doughy grainy body blended with not quite fresh coffee. A little sour on the nose, and slightly woody.

Thin and dry in flavor, with a decent dose of strong toasted grains, somewhat bitter and woody, with a well balanced blend of nice straightforward coffee over the top and faint hints at sweeter tobacco. Taste is pleasant and subtle, but it's decidedly lacking something I can't quite put my finger on. Hangs a coffee and grain induced bitterness out after the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, with hints at being fuller, but other times seeming thin and weak. nice tingly carbonation is bright and adds nice dimension to this brew.

Drinks nicely, mildly filling, but not heavy. I wouldn't give up my coffee or favorite stouts for it though, and in the realm of coffee stouts, it's tasty, but not quite outstanding. A highlight, though, is that it isn't over done, too strong, or too heavy.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at patten ally pub

a-dark coffee black no real head or lace very plain looking

s-not alot going on some light coffee and espresso notes. Small amounts of sweeter malt but extremly feint.

T-bitter chocolate and coffee notes are all that's really going on with this one on tap flavor is very mild but still pretty soils

m-feels a little flat really carbonation seems very low. Mouthfeel seems very thin and not complex at all

d-easy enough to drink and overall still a good beer but this one is far better out of a bottle than on tap

Photo of wnh
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottled with love on 11.16.2009

Pours a dark ruby-tinted chestnut brown, deep mahogany when held up to the light, topped by a dense and foamy light tan head.

Medium roast coffee on the nose with a moderate flinty, minerally roasted barley base. A little bit of earthy cocoa underneath, but subtle. Not as big on the coffee--or the stout--as the better examples of the style, but it's hard to complain with an $8 sixer.

Coffee picks up on the palate, as well as the minerally roasted barley. Sweet caramel mid-palate is quickly fleeting, fading into a mildly earthy and dry cocoa powder note. Finishes dry but faintly fruity. Medium bodied and moderately firm, but with a decided smoothness from the oats.

Not the most complex coffee stout, and far from the most flavorful, but a nice drinkable, sessionable entry.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up almost black, with ruby highlights at the extreme edges. Almost opaque.

S - Subtle coffee and roasted malt aroma

T - Tastes acrid from the beginning. The acrid coffee overwhelms everything else.

M - Good mouthfeel

D - The coffee is too bitter for me to consider this very drinkable. One is okay. Two is too much.

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

12oz bottle. Bottled with love on Jan 05, 2006.

The Coffee Stout is contains Kaldi's Fair Trade espresso brewed using the cold toddy method.

Pours with a huge rocky latte colored head of small bubbles the slowly settles leaving a few strands of thick lacing. Deep dark mahogany with cordovan highlights. The smell is of strong, burnt espresso beans, smoke, carbon, and is sharp and acrid. The Kaldi's espresso dominates every facet of the taste. There is some initial soft sweetness that crosses the tongue, but then the espresso kicks in. Finishes with about a quarter cube of sugar-laced shot of espresso. Bitter and acrid. Medium body, slightly grating mouthfeel, but with some buzzing carbonation. This is all about the espresso and if it only had a bit more malt in the body it would be spectacular.

If you like your coffee strong, dark, and black, then this one is for you.

Photo of dank203
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

brown in a pint class, lots of tan head. aroma of fresh coffee beans. flavor is okay, lots of coffee there, more bitterness though. a little bit roasty, some candy-like or syrupy sweetness on the back end. overall good but not my favorite coffee stout

Photo of fourstringer
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped 41113E2121006. Brewed with love 12/28/14.

A: Deep amber-brown body with an opaque black appearance in the glass. 1 finger of light mocha-colored head. Below average retention. Light lacing.

S: Strongly of dark roasted coffee grounds. Light cacao, licorice, nuts. Faint indistinct hops lurk in the background.

T: Bittersweet coffee and roasted malts open with the former dominating. A mild hop presence enters late. Finished mostly dry with a coffee-like aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a surprisingly light body and feel. Think carbonated iced coffee.

O: The coffee is very strong with this one. I almost forgot I was drinking a beer at times, which may or may not be your thing. Left me a bit unfulfilled, but the coffee notes are admittedly quite good.

Prost!

Photo of Sephiroth
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Pours with an inch and a half of foam, leaving some decent lacing. The aroma is mostly of coffee, with a little bit of stout.

The taste is pretty good. I find myself liking it more as I progress through the glass. Coffee is the dominant flavor, with a mild stouty profile. Mouthfeel is good, even if it is a bit light. This would make a nice session beer.

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

poured into a mug. one finger tan head and deep black.

amell is rich chocolate malt and some espresso in the nose. just a hint of hops.

tastes rich, Dark roasted malt and espresso, not too complex but just a great representation.

mouth is slightly grainy and very thick. Medium carbonation, maybe too much carbonation. drinks easy but there's no way I could have more than a few on any given day.

Photo of boatshoes
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sent to me in an awesome package of generosity from rsyberg01 for the holiday sponsor a BA. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a ruddy dark brown with some light and a touch of crimson showing through the bottom of the glass. Only about a finger of fizzy, light brown head accompanies the beer and dies back in short order. Little to no lacing but some mild carbonation beading up the side.

Smell- Pretty straightforward roasted malt and burnt coffee on the nose. Pleasant enough but not much else going on.

Taste-Again, fairly one dimensional here. Mild flavors of roastiness enriched with some bitter coffee. A little to understated for my tastes without a whole lot of coffee coming through.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel comes across a bit thin and fizzy but not too bad. Drinkability suffers for me on this one as the flavor was just a little too uninteresting to make me want to session it.

Overall, an unoffensive, mild beer. I am partial to coffee stouts and found this one just a little lacking in the flavor and body department to make it a home run for me.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste's just like iced coffee but is not quite as balanced as most coffee stouts

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 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 TechTriumph
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 11/03/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of light tan, creamy head with good retention; Very dark brown appearance; Moderate lacing mostly towards the bottom of the glass

S - Nice roasted coffee bean smell with just a bit of chocolate and sweetness; Very subtle grassy and floral hops

T - Pretty close to the smell; Good dose of roasted coffee bean flavor, though it isn't in-your-face robust; A little bit of bitterness in the taste; Tiny bit of chocolate and sweetness with a touch of citrusy and floral hops as well

M - Above moderate amount of carbonation; Medium bodied, though the beer feels a bit thin in the mouth

O - I thought this was a solid brew overall with a pretty tasty flavor profile. There's a good amount of coffee flavor without being too unbalanced. This wasn't quite as smooth as some other oatmeal stouts, but the lighter feel of this beer, coupled with the lighter ABV, makes it session worthy. I wouldn't mind trying this beer again, especially when I'm in the mood for a lighter bodied stout.

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

This pours quite dark, but not that coal-tar dark, it is a bit lighter than that. I slow pour, but it had a ring of carmel colored foam around the edge that laced slightly.

Smell was french roast coffee, and a hint of malt.

Taste is heavy in malt, the coffee flavor comes through clear. There is little hop balance, though, but somehow it works very well. So, it isn't that bitter.

It has a surprisingly creamy, maybe slightly thin mouthfeel, but good. Not English thin, but just not as heavy as other dark beers.

It is somewhat medium body - lighter than I would expect for a beer like this, but once again it works.

This is one strange but very good beer to try. I am enjoying it, will probably get a 6 of it if I can find it. It is quite drinkable. Note: My wife is NOT a beer drinker. Michelob ultra for her - she doesn't like the bitterness of most craft brews. She described this as "smooth", she actually had a second taste. And a third. It pairs well with dark chocolate!

So - give this a try regardless of what you are looking for in a beer - it is an interesting experience worth trying!

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 hoppytobehere
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at their tap room.

A: Dark as a moonless night, 2 finger creamy head. Excellent retention. Some coffee grinds at the bottom, cowboy style.

S: Coffee, oats, chocolate, english malt.

T: Well done. Very nice balance of flavors. They didn't go overboard with coffee, and there's a nice malt backbone and hop bitterness towards the end. Some chocolate. On cask, this is phenomenal.

M: Chewy, not too thick though. Well carbonated. Very easy to drink.

O: I like this more than their Oatmeal Stout, from which this is derived from. Great seasonal, and tastes amazing on cask. Prost!

Photo of bcostner1
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tiffany Crystal Beer Mug. Bottled on 11/16/11; drank and reviewed on 12/9/11.

A: Very dark brown. 1-2 finger tan head that lingers around the edge of the glass for a while. Nice looking. Definitely not "black" like a lot of other coffee stouts that I have had.

S: Roasted coffee. Not much else...but that's all I need! Smells great! Nice aroma that makes me want to keep putting my nose into the glass.

T: Solid tasting beer. Lots of coffee up front and in the aftertaste too. Chocolate and roasty undertones. Definitely does not forget to "bring the coffee" as some other coffee stouts that I have had do. I really enjoy drinking this one.

M: A little on the thin side for a stout. Definitely doesn't have the body of some other coffee stouts such as FBS, WNB, or Bell's Java to name a few. Still, the low ABV and mildly thin body make this an easy one to drink and could even be a sessionable coffee stout IMO.

Overall I have to say that I am really enjoying this beer a lot this year. I had it last year and don't remember liking it as much as I do now. Seems richer with more coffee and definitely a stronger all around flavor profile than I remember. This will become a yearly wintertime staple for me I'm sure from now on since coffee stouts are pretty much my favorite kind of beer, it is easy to find in Nashville, easy to drink, tastes great, and is reasonably priced. Another solid product from Schlafly!

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

A: pours an opaque black into a DFH signature glass with a finger of thick frothy head that slowly dissipates throught the drinking experience.

S: a wallop of fresh espresso and freshly ground dark roasted beans, a tad grassy.

T: bitter dark coffee, a good kind of bitter, like a great cup of coffee. Still a bit grassy and a little malt sweetness shines through on the middle of the tongue.

MF: fairly heavy body, a tad chewy, good effervescence for a such a thick stout.

O: great coffee stout, a little much coffee and a little light on the beer flavors but still great.

I had my second glass with a Snickers and it was AWESOME!

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 OlRasputin989
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: dark, dark murky brown with a 2 finger head of creamy tan bubbles. leaves long strips of lacing down the glass along with a nice layer of foam atop the brew.

S: a rich, espresso aroma with chocolate and oatmeal also present

T: dark roast coffee, caramel malt, and chocolate, though that may be part of the coffee i'm tasting. Finishes with bitter coffee bean, oatmeal, and dark chocolate.

M: medium-full body. smooth entry then roast bitterness instantly, pretty oily as well, finishes with more roasted bitterness along with bit of hop bitterness, and finishes very dry.

Overall, a very coffee oriented beer. I really enjoy drinking this one, as I do drink dark roast coffee on a daily basis. If you are a coffee drinker and also enjoy stouts (i don't see how the two wouldn't go hand-in-hand) you will most likely appreciate this beer.

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.

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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