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Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

645 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 44
Gots: 44 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

mendvicdog, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

11/07/07- Received via BA Talisker as a gift.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of Feb 28th, 2007. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark in color. Not quite black, but a super dark brown. Nice off white 1/2 inch head which settles at a light rim. Lace patches are evident at the end of the brew.

Smell- Heavy coffee grounds flavor. Not really coffee beans, but the grounds after the coffee has been brewed. Some dark sweeter malt as well.

Taste- Taste follows the scent right in line. Mild roasted chocolate malt background that plays second fiddle to a heavy coffee grounds. and or slightly stale coffee taste (which I actually don't really mind and kinda like). Mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- A bit too much carbonation for me, reminded me of a coffee cola a few times.

Drinkability- Overall pretty tasty. Wouldn't turn one down if offered to me. My first beer from Schlafly scores well.

GClarkage, Nov 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

imperialking, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a near black with brown edges and a tan head that fades into a mild cap and a hearty collar. Streaky rings and spots of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of mocha, cream, java grounds, and roasted nuts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some vanilla cream and a hint of caramel coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with sweet cream and bitter coffee grounds battling it out along the palate.
I'm usually skeptical when it comes to these coffee beers but I enjoyed this one.

weeare138, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a dark brown color. When held to the light, this offering appears more like a brown ale than a stout. 2 fingers of tanned frothy head appear and retain well leaving a webbing of lace on the glassware.

The aroma of this brew has a strong scent of coffee that is somewhat tangy suggesting some citrus aspect to the coffee beans or maybe an accent to the hops. A roasted character of slightly musty grain fills the back of the nose. As it warms, some chocolate notes come out.

The taste includes roasted grain upfront with a slightly dry chocolate taste and a solid backing of coffee. There is a light musty aspect about the grain and the coffee flavor as a bit of citrus component possibly exaggerated by the hops. It leaves an aftertaste that is a mixture of roasted grain and coffee, not bad.

The alcohol is slightly noticeable in this brew. It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Not a bad offering at all.

stakem, Dec 08, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

A growler filled this past weekend, big thanks to czoch75 for it.

A: The stout is an oil black color with some ruby red highlights at the edge of the glass. The head leaves a nice patch of lace throughout the glass.

S: The beer has an intense coffee aroma. I use a french press to make coffee everyday. At the bottom of the cup there are 5 tablespoons of grounds that have an aroma similar to this. A very intense coffee aroma!

T: The coffee body continues into the taste. The flavor has a sweet undertone that is the oatmeal stout base. Built on top of that is an intense, acidic coffee flavor. The taste finishes long, leaving a strong coffee flavor in the mouth.

M: The coffee is a little intense, like a strong Starbucks brew, but it is one of the truer coffee stouts that I've had as it doesn't shy away from the coffee.

D: The ale's espresso-like body is a great change of pace, providing both an acidic strength and an oatmeal smoothness.

akorsak, Nov 23, 2006
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

(Served in a nonic)
Brewed on Oct 06.06
A- This beer has a dense opaque walnut brown body with a brown glint glowing at the base. There is a creamy light tan head that pulls away from the glass to from a cone of head that last and last.

S- The smell of fresh espresso coffee beans has a hint of chocolate malt and some nice roasted bitter notes.

T- This beer has a smooth creamy black coffee bean flavor with a slight tart nose that increase as the beer warms. There are notes of black malt and some black roasted grain with a slight nougat note and a nice molasses note toward the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light slippery/watery texture.

D- This beer has a smooth creamy mellow flavor with a big coffee bean taste. There are no cold and old coffee flavor but on the other had there are not many bitter flavors from the grain that really make a stout a stout.

rhoadsrage, Sep 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to Vancer for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is of tons of roasted coffee malts. The finish is slightly dry. The taste is mostly roasted coffee malts. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice coffee stout for sure.

Wasatch, Apr 04, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz bottle from beerhandy as part of BIF 24. Thanks for the opportunity. "Bottled with love on Sep 30 2004".

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" tan head above the burgundy brown brew. Pillowy head fades very slowly, with heavy lacing. Aroma is of dark malts and coffee. Taste seems a bit light on the dark malts and coffee, and a bit of fruity shines through. Mouthfeel isn't quite as hearty as I'd look for in a stout, but drinkability is still quite nice. Not a bad product, this one right here...

ppoitras, Oct 21, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle she pours richly, and the head foams nice and large at about three fingers. Head is off tan colored, and a more expected together appearance from the pour seems in order, but it comes off as more foamy than creamy. Body color is a dark walnut brown with some great red hues along the edges, even some occasional ring lacing around the edges of the glass.

Nose is nice ripped bean coffee, but also a little acrid grain? Something seems a bit unusual on first smell. Subsequent whiffs seem more coffee dominant and better.

Taste improves. A wonderful simple coffee richness, but not heavy. Light bodied roast and char, but also a hint of wet. chewy grainy malts, and a pleasant texture. Simple and good, even some slight cream.

Overall the drink feels bigger than the low abv hints at. This however, tastes better than it smells, but it's just another solid beer from this brewery.

smakawhat, Dec 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

LXIXME, Feb 18, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Beer is almost black. The head has a nice "whipped" appearance to it. It's light brown in color. Fairly thin, but it sticks around for a while. Lacing is moderate. Great aroma on this one. Thick coffee roast smell. With black malts/chocolate malts in the mix too it seems. The nose translates nicely to the palate. Thick, dark roasted coffee tones. Sharp and acrid. But not harsh. I'm not actually a coffee drinker, but I do like coffee beers and this is no exceptioin. There is a nice little sweet accent to everything. Like a vanilla or milk sugar trait. Something of that sort anyway. The body is light to light-medium in stature. I wish it were fuller. Carbonation is appropriately held in check. This is an easy drinker and quite tasty.

Thanks MJR, for my first two Schlafly brews.

Bighuge, Jan 10, 2006
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz received as a very cool extra in trade with Tilley4.. big thanks.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger lite tan head is small bubbled and actually looks like a latte. Good lacing atop a very very dark walnut brew.. only deep brown highlites show up when held to a bright light.

Aroma is dark roast coffee more than anything else.. not black grains.. but coffee. A little milky sweetness opens up as it warms.

Traditional stout flavors abound.. but the coffee is a significant player... touches of bittersweet chocolate show as it approaches room temperature... slightly sweet maltiness does its best to bring the flavors together.. but the coffee may be a little too high.. but I can't dock it on that alone. Body is lite/medium.. but the fine bubble carbonation lends to a silky mouthfeel none the less.

The brew is pretty good.. but not necessarily my cup of Joe.

More props to Tilley4... Jason is a great trader, and we need to do it again soon.

JohnGalt1, Apr 15, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

Tone, Jan 15, 2009
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2.63/5  rDev -31.2%

Bottle courtesy of Nick by way of Justin after grabbing some beer from St. Louis on his most recent trip home. Thanks guys! Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark brown with some very obvious reddish/amber undertones towards the bottom of the glass. Somewhat clear though it's certainly dark enough to not see completely through. A huge frothy beige head forms and sticks around for quite some time. Nice slow dissipation with great retention and some nice lace.

S: Faint roasted coffee beans, cream, chocolate malts and a touch of vanilla on the back end. Nothing terribly aromatic though I guess it meets the criteria for what it's billed to be. It sort of reminds me of the Samuel Adams Black & Brew but much more muted.

T: Coffee is immediate up front and it doesn't necessarily taste "stale" but it's not that fresh coffee flavor. These bottles are fresh so I'm not sure what they were going for. Roasted beans, certainly nice amount of chocolate coming through with perhaps some caramel to round it out. The back palate has a bitterness that sticks around into the linger, giving it a bit of dryness. Boring, bland and something is off.

M: Extremely thin and watery, wow that's very disappointing. Dry in the finish with a lingering bitterness. I understand the ABV is on the low end but this is just way too thin.

Not a terrible beer but completely forgettable, and not enjoyable enough for me to finish. Nothing I'd ever revisit again unless it's on draft. I do enjoy Coffee Stouts when they're done correctly, and sadly for Schlafly this was not.

ShanePB, Dec 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

harpus, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a label describing this as an oatmeal stout flavored with Kaldi's coffee. The beer is dark brown, a little transclucent at the edges. Coffee is the dominant smell, some malt too. The taste is nice, the coffee doesn't seem overbearing or anything, but I'd prefer more a thicker body and maybe more sweetness. Very tasty but more body would be nice for a fit with the flavor.

TurdFurgison, Jan 01, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Thanks a million to n8dietz for giving me this bottle from his St. Louis trip.

Dark brown and ruby in color. Good lacing and good foam after the pour.

Roasted malt add too the very faint acidic smell of just brewed "7-11" brand coffee. Dry coffee grounds and pumpernickel bread.

Roasted malts upfront, maybe some powdered chocolate for a minute. Then its all acidic, somewhat low quality tasting, coffee grounds and brew come together from middle to finish. The finish is acidic and dark tahnks to the coffee and roasted malts.

Could bee sessionable for acidic almost acrid coffee & beer lovers.

scruffwhor, Jul 24, 2011
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours opaque mahogany color with deep dark hues. Fluffy tuft of tanned head builds up, slowly collapsing into wispy film and rings of patchy lacing.

Smooth roasted coffee beans in the nose with hints of creamy sweetness. Touch of chocolate and cocoa, a hint of vanilla with caramel and dark roasted malts.

Refreshing blast of invigorating coffee beans and roasted tones. The coffee bitterness is super mild in this one, followed by hints of sweetness with cocoa and a dash of vanilla. Roasted dark malts and caramel backbone. Smooth finish with lingering coffee dryness.

Medium body, well carbonated, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Well crafted, drinkable coffee stout without the acrid bitterness that ruins some of similar ilk. Schlafly should get more attention these days - their beers are continually tasty year in and year out.

xnicknj, Jan 25, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a very dark brown with some hues of red with close to 2 finger's worth of offwhite foam. This is a good lacer so a very nice start for this Stout.

Coffee is in the name and coffee is in the aroma. Good roasty notes are here and I'm definitely getting some bitter tones from the coffee. Nice.

The taste as a nice bitterness up front from the coffee along with a good roasted maltiness. I'm getting a slight astringency in the background but it's mild and doesn't hurt the flavour too much. A good taster to me as it isn't overloaded with coffee like some brews I've tried before.

A nice medium body and lightish carbonation make for a really smooth feel. Good.

Drinkability? The abv is reasonable and the taste is very pleasing so I think this is a very easy brew to drink. A nice job by Schlafly.

Bitterbill, Nov 28, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Cynic-ale, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

bluejacket74, May 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

On draught at the brewpub (as "Kaldi's"). This beer is a nearly opaque dark brown color with ruby on the fringes. Thin and creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly, and spotty lacing. Aroma of coffee, oatmeal and roasted malt. Medium, smooth body with coffee, roasted barley and malt flavors. The finish is nutty with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

Dogbrick, Nov 24, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

twiggamortis420, Jun 13, 2009
Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.