Schlafly Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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86
very good

289 Reviews
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Reviews: 289
Hads: 799
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: 289 | Hads: 799
Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola brown color with a small tight khaki colored head. The retention was quick and settled into a light ring.

The aroma is not particuliarly strong but does have a nice coffee scent. Nice cold coffee and coffee grounds aroma, good roast. The aroma is a nice earthy/woody scent.

Freshly ground coffee in the taste. Excellent flavor and not overly bitter. Subtle wood notes with a peaty type of flavor. The malt base is quite light and brings a tea like flavor, perhaps a note of lemon. A hint of caramel as well.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate but has enough of a roasted bitter offset to balance. Perhaps a touch stick in the finish.

Very good coffee flavor; I enjoyed that very much. However, the stout base is lacking and more resembles a brown ale. Quite light for the style.

#1700 reviewed (866 characters)

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

a: shaker pint serving, the stout is a murky brown in color, opaque, with a light to average head

s: great nose of nutty light roast coffee with full support from a roasty body that features chocolate and caramel, earthy hop aromas, good start

m: carbonation around moderate, body medium-full

t: nice coffee upfront - fresh, nutty light roast, quite nice, on a body of smooth roasted malt bringing slight chocolate, some caramel sweetness, mild earthy pine hop flavor, tasty

d: would be kind of an average stout base, but the coffee is pervasive and very fresh, like

draft at Lyon Hall, Arlington (601 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a thick tan head (caffe crema?). The smell is intensely espresso. Coffee beans...highly roasted...some background roasted barley and malt, but the coffee is in front. The taste is similar...coffee, with a stout bitterness and a lot of creamy mouthfeel. This is an excellent brew. (303 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/22/2010
Very dark brown color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Just a light spattering of spotty lacing. There is coffee in the aroma but it is balanced with some nice dark malt. A solid oatmeal stout lies under the coffee. The coffee is more dominat in the flavor. The coffee tastes fresh and of high quality. A little roasted bitterness in the finish. If the stout characteristics came through more, this would be a really good beer. It just cannot hold up to the coffee. The body is not as "chewy" as I would like it. This stout is nicely carbonated. A lower ABV stout that gives a good coffee fix. (639 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dakid for this one.

A: Pours a light nutty brown hue with a nice creamy head. Okay retention with some very light spotty lace.

S: The aroma is big on fresh roasted coffee with a hint of caramel malt. Simple but good.

T: Not as bold as I had hoped, I like big extreme coffee stouts, but this one is on the more sessionable side which is not a bad thing. Nice light roasted coffee backed but toasted malt. Very light chocolate to round things out.

M: On the thinner side, with nice carbonation.

D: A sessionable coffee stout. To be honest I would like a touch more coffee though. (592 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger head that last long and not much carbonation.

S-Coffee but it is extremely burnt and roasted. Malt and some chocolate but not much.

T-Very roasty coffee. Almost burnt. Some smoke/beef jerky like notes, similar to a smoked beer. Tad bit of caramel and chocolate.

M-Lighter, watery and not much carbonation.

O-One of the few times Schlafly has disappointed me. I was expecting better on this one. (431 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served at Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, IL. Poured into a snifter glass today, 4/4/2014.

App- dark brown body, one finger tan head, good retention and no lacing.

Smell- good roast espresso notes, milk chocolate. Not complex or anything but the balance here is very good

Flavour- milk chocolate, creamer with espresso. It's sort of what I'd expect a cafe au lait that tasted like noble, earthy hops on the backend. It works just well enough.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink. Not too bitter on the backend.

Overall- a fine local coffee stout that is balanced quite well. No offensive flavours. Works for me. (656 characters)

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

An impressively well-balanced integration of coffee flavor into this stout. Poured black, as one would expect. Off white head tinged with tan. A whiff of fresh ground coffee beans in the aroma. Pleasant roasted malt flavor was predominant, with some strong-brewed coffee in the background. A nice fullness to the mouthfeel. Unlike some coffee stouts that taste like a stout with some cold black coffee dumped in, this beer unites the flavors in a very pleasant way. (465 characters)

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

A - pours a dark brown with a decent head that dissipates quickly

S - smells of coffee, coffee, coffee - smells delicious

T - the taste follows the nose. Loads of coffee and malts. Although this isn't the most complex beer, it is delicious.

M - smooth and medium bodied, pretty good for a stout

D - this is a fantastic coffee stout. This is one of the better Schlafly offerings out there, I would definitely recommend it. (425 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

'extra' bottle in a trade with Tilley4

12oz bottle, 'bottled with love' on Sept. 27, 2007, served in a standard pint glass.

A - dark brown color with a good sized tan head that fell after a while and remains as a layer, leaving some globs of sticky lacing.

S - rich espresso coffee aroma.

T - good bitterness, roasted espresso coffee taste.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation. Light for the style (this is also listed under a Bottleworks version as a coffee stout).

D - a very tasty, easy drinking brew. I would love to have some more of these.

Final Note: if Starbucks made a beer, I think it might taste like this one. Recommended. (645 characters)

Photo of argock
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with small cap of light beige small-bubbled head which leaves a narrow line of lacing.

S: Big dark roasted aroma of coffee, almost like coffee grounds, with good accompaniment of roasted grain and dark malt as well. There is a light chocolate undercurrent as well.

T: The flavor is a dark roasted and roasted grain assault which I loved. The malt character is not entirely lost and is what provides the dark chocolate and light caramel sweetness that prevents this beer from being too bitter. The coffee component is very dark roasted/espresso-like in quality.

M: Mouthfeel is a little light but nothing wrong with it. Not too heavy and low carbonation with the oatmeal quality a little dampened by the coffee bitterness.

O: A really good coffee stout but I kept the Overall score in check because it is pretty one-dimensional -- but it is a really enjoyable dimension they bring in this brew. (981 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Quite a forgettable coffee stout, not so much for its thin feel, but for its burnt and acidic coffee notes.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Brown label with orange and light cream touches with the Schlafly branding. Offers a general description of the brew and intent on the neck label, including recognition to Kaldi´s fair trade coffee, and bragging about its deliciousness. Shows date of bottling (01 04 2001). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour with ruby brown edges. Nice ecru frothy head, fair retention and some lacing.

S - Burnt coffee nose, not particularly enticing or fresh.

T - More burnt coffee in the palate, with an acidic touch, some malty sense in the distant undercurrent... In essence this feels like bad - or not my kind of - coffee.

M - Medium-light to light body, small carbonation. It feels a tad watery and not particularly smooth, with that acidic bitterness in the finish.

O - Barely drinkable, too acidic and burnt a coffee to make it work with that base.

Notes: I do like Schlafly, and some of their offerings are amongst my favorites but here... This is by far the worst I´ve had from them. Maybe it is a matter of taste but while not despicable this is in the bottom bracket of coffee-oatmeal stouts I´ve tried. (1,271 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 11/16/10

pours dark brown with a reddish tint - 1+ finger tan head that faded to a film and left spotted lacing

smell is all coffee not much else

taste is like the nose all coffee - some milk some roast some chocolate some caramel - this could be FBS light - drinking this beer fresh is the only way to drink it (under 90 days)

mouthfeel is light/medium with lots of carbonation

drinkability is great - if you love coffee beers this beer is a must - the low abv and lighter body makes me wish i bought a whole sixer instead of a single (548 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent appearance poured into the glass, with an opaque dark chestnut body topped by a tan head that rises about an inch before falling to a lasting cap. Lacing is in chains and sheets.

Aroma is very nice. Lots of roasty coffee, just a hint of bitter chocolate. No hops are discerned.

Mouthfeel is light medium. Carbonation is above average for style.

Taste is bitter, dark roast malt, as per style. Lots of roasty coffee Columbian coffee bean flavor here. Maybe, some grassy hops in the background. Finishes bitter roasty malt, as the style dictates.

One of the better products from the nice folks at Schlafley. A very well put together American stout that is a pleasure to sip. (695 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow. What a dessert, er, beer. The pour looks just like the oatmeal stout, but you can barely detect the coffee under the malt chocolate in the aroma. The taste is outstanding - you start with the oatmeal stout and then finish with an enjoyable cappuccino flavor. Drinkability is a paradox, the first one, and then the second were outstanding – then it’s like a 2nd pumpkin ale or a dessert, it starts to become overwhelming. Would be a great after dinner finishing beer. (473 characters)

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

A - Into a snifter. Inch of light tan head. Dark brown, can still see light coming through when held up.

S - Stick your nose into a bag of freshly roasted coffee. That's what we have here. Also some burnt malt and a hint of vanilla and dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, bitter ending.

M - Crisp and light bodied for an oatmeal stout. Moderate carbonation, less would be better.

D - Good to drink. I like that there is no doubt that it is a coffee stout. Great looking and aroma. The taste and mouthfeel were fine but not standout. (543 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown to black...looks like coffee with small amount of tan head. Smell is of iced coffee, maybe mocha, something I really enjoy! Taste is good, iced coffee, chocolate, and a small amount of hops. Mouthfeel is good although I prefer a little thicker for this type of brew. Really only a one timer per night kinda beer but I do like this for a change of pace. (369 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10.27.08

A - Dark brown, nice big thick head. Slowly reduces to disk. Clingy, sudsy lacing.

S - Big time coffee.

T - Again, huge coffee, roasted malt, some bits of cocoa.

M - Creamy and satifying.

D - I could session this one, easy yet interesting enough to hang on. (279 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Nose is straight coffee. Deep roasted coffee ground with undertow of chocolate and roast. Taste is much a like a chilled black coffee. Nice robust coffee notes along with notes of oats, charred grain, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with mild carbonation. Overall, very nice coffee character in this beer. (356 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Illinois on the way down to Alabama.

Aroma presents rich and full coffee aroma with a roasted malt character too. Thiere is also a duller flat aspect that at colder temps isn't that appealing (yeast?).
Very dark, like a cup of coffee. Shows some reds in the light. One inch tannish head that slowly recedes.
Coffee comes through in flavor too with a backing (again) of roasted malt. Mildy bitter and surprisingly not dry. Coffee flavors linger.
Too thin and too carbonated. This would do better thicker and flatter.
Nice and solid version with lots of coffee flavors. (592 characters)

Photo of ncaudle
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours light brown, finally settling into a darker brown in the glass, with a creamy head that took a minute or two to dissipate.

coffee. that is all you smell. coffee! taste brings in some slight chocolate and vanilla tones, but just barely.

thin, slightly creamy mouthfeel.
decent brew but not necessarily something I can really get into.

is this really a coffee stout or just a coffee brown ale? (434 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy if DonFrap, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown color with a very nice tan head. Looks great!

Smells like a nice cup of coffee and not much else, maybe some cream and sugar.

Taste is very coffee forward. Some notes of roasted malts, brown sugars, and cream. But this is mostly about the coffee. Finish is crisp, and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, needs a bit more body.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. But this is a bit of a one trick pony, lots of coffee flavors that are nice, but it needs some more stout flavors to balance this out. Still enjoyable though. (588 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to mikennat for this from our recent trade!

Bottled With Love on 11 29 2010

A: Pours a dark, well, coffee brown with some lighter mahogany at the edges when tilted. The head reaches about two fingers thick but sadly was quite short lived. However, it did leave behind some very nice looking lace webs.

S: Pretty high quality espresso roast here. Loads of roasty malt as well. Also noticed some toasty oats, bakers chocolate, dark fruit, and brown sugar.

T: Very close to the smell. The slightly sweet oats, chocolate, and dark fruit add a nice balance to how the flavors are spread out and keep the espresso from becoming one note.

M: Feels full at first, like a milk stout. Then the bitter coffee and roasted malt kick in with some excellent peppery dryness that lingers for quite awhile on the tongue.

D: Pretty excellent as far as coffee stouts are concerned. The mouthfeel never becomes syrupy and there's nice balance here for the coffee. Plus, we're only at 5.7%...sessionable in my book! (1,065 characters)

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

Poured a deep dark black with a healthy tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts, black coffee, and caramel. Mostly black coffee and lots of it.

The taste was much like the aroma. A nice combination of the roasted malts, coffee, more coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This one went down so easily. Nice job on the coffee stout, Schlafly. (381 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my cracked DuClaw Colossus snifter. Thanks loving wife....

A: Extremely dark and vicious, with a nice dense, frothy tan head that stuck around in duration and to the glass.

S: Very intense smell of coffee grounds... high grade stuff, but not too. Yep, coffee is about all I got. However, this is a coffee stout, right?

T: Okay, this is definitely espresso, and an intense one at that. Is there any other kind? Very fresh and not overly sweet. However, this was fairly one dimensional overall and extremely dry on the finish.

M: Not as thick on the palate as it looked, but not exactly thin either. The lacing was substantial, and I definitely had coffee breathe after I finished.

O: This was good, but beer like Founders Breakfast Stout and Wake N' Wake beats this with one taste bud tied behind its back. (829 characters)

Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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