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Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
88
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 21
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KI9A on 09-14-2010

We at Schlafly Beer, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company and Culinaria, a Schnucks Market, are proud to share with you our latest collaborative effort: Oatmeal Stout brewed with raspberry puree and cold-toddy Colombia Monserrate Coffee. Since 2008, Kaldi’s has worked directly with a small community of fifty-nine producers in the Huila region of Colombia. This unique coffee comes from this collaboration of farmers, who are as proud to bring you this coffee as we are to bring you this beer.

40 IBU
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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 painted bottle, nice look. Many thanks to Mike for getting one of these for me, since I couldn't seem to track it down! "Bottled with love" on 8-9-11. Retailed for 9 bucks.

Appearance: Pitch black brew with a nice dark tan cap, which soon fades to a thick film and cunky foam collar with good retention.

Smell: Surprisingly little at first. A little warming produces notes of medium-roast coffee and dusty raspberry fruit. With a bit more warming, I'm getting notes of mocha and raspberry cream. The aromas aren't too bold, but they'er pleasant.

Taste: Thankfully this is not a sweet, sugary, fake-tasting fruit beer. Coffee and dark malts lead, followed up by a lightly tart raspberry presence. Again, the coffee flavors taste more like medium-roast than the sharp espresso of Schlafly's regular Coffee Stout, and with the raspberry, I think that's for the best.

Mouthfeel: The only real downfall here; I'd like a bit more for what should be a rich, indulgent desert-style stout.

Overall: Verdict: I'm a bit torn on this beer, partly because after searching for over a year and finally landing it, my expectations may have been unfairly high. There is certainly nothing unpleasant about this beer, even if it didn't wow me quite the way I was hoping it would. My one complaint, other than the lighter body, is the fact that coffee and raspberry seem to be duking it out without really knowing who's supposed to come out on top. Is this a coffee stout with a hint of raspberry, or a raspberry stout with a splash of mocha cream? Still, the coffee and raspberry go fairly well together, and Schlafly did a great job in making a non-sour (i.e. wild) beer that has natural (and not overly sweet) fruit flavor. And the flavor you're left with after taking a sip is very similar to a quality chocolate-covered raspberry cream candy. Not at all a bad thing.

This is a solid, well-crafted beer. Not something I'd pick up regularly, but I might well grab from time to time if available.

More User Reviews:
Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium dark brown with a good head.

S- Smells of dark coffee and a slight hint of raspberry

T- very nice and balanced. There is a smooth coffee and chocolate upfront with a hint of raspberry and a nice acidic finish.

M- The medium body is offset by the citrus notes and makes it an easy drinker.

O- I thought this was a very solid coffee stout and the raspberry gives it a nice change on the back end and gets rid of the bitter finish without using a lot of malt Delicious with a piece of chocolate cake.

Photo of gibgink
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Was really excited to try this one, but in the end was disappointed. Started out great with a huge 2-3 finger head. Very dark, basically black. On the nose I smelled a nice roasted/dark malt with a raspberry background. After the smelling, it went down hill from there. The biggest disappointment is that I never tasted any of the coffee flavors in this beer. The raspberry is definitely there, but as the beer warmed up, a pleasant raspberry taste actually turned tart to sour.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jet black in appearance. When held up to light just a wee bit will seep through. A tiny wisp of off white foam partially covers the top of the beer. The aroma is mainly a very sweet raspberry with undertones of rich,bold,dark coffee. The mouth is thick and yet silky. The flavor is bold,dark coffee with a faint tartness of raspberry. There's a lingering battle of bitterness from the coffee and tartness of raspberry.

Photo of ehammond1
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Black throughout, with very dark brown, near ruby, edges and a thin brown head of small bubbles. Leaves the glass with an oily sheen.

Pronounced raspberry aroma, surprisingly so. It's not quite as genuine or juicy as some framboises, for instance, as there's some definite coffee and roast character coming through as well.

The flavor is similar to the aroma: combination of roast, mild coffee, and earthy raspberry, as opposed to plump, juicy, and vibrant. The flavors might be clashing a little bit, though I think the flavors are what the brewer intended.

Medium bodied with prickly, unfortunate carbonation. Not able to drink a ton of this.

A decent attempt with some flaws, mainly in mouthfeel. It's a bit prickly and a bit too sweet for the style, at least for my tastes.

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a fellow BA - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with large amounts of raspberries. Also present are mild amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and very small amounts of roasted coffee.

Tastes better integrated than it smells. Equal parts roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by solid amounts of raspberry flavors that are both sweet and tart. Midway through the sip very slight amounts of coffee flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is slightly harsh.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I liked the concept of this beer but in practice there is too much going on and not enough flavor to make it work. Still, another solid beer by Schlafly that's worth a shot although I like some of their other beers more.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 750 mL silk-screened bottle. Poured into a tumbler.

A: The stout is dark, a deep crimson red color that verges on black. Heck, from a distance the ale looks black. The first pour generates a two-plus finger head, cafe au lait colored, that leaves a few legs behind.

S: A warming stout mixed with sweet raspberry juice. That about sims things up. On alternating sniffs the raspberry and stout take turns standing out. I like that the berry isn't cloying.

T: Raspberry puree, all sweetness without the normal sour variation seen in raspberries. That sweetness builds up into the roasted body of the stout. There are chocolate and burnt flavors, so much so that the raspberry disappears. The sweet fruits do make a return appearance in the finish, a juicy flavor that makes up for the stout's lack of staying power.

M: The mouthfeel brings both the stout and fruit in equal measures. I'm surprised that the big stout flavors don't linger for a longer period of time.

Photo of cousineddy
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the schlafly tap room St. Louis Missouri

Appearance: Very dark, small amount of tan head, little to no lacing

Smell: Chocolate cake with raspberries.

Taste: Mocha and raspberries. Dessert all the way, would be a great way to finish off a meal. Wouldn't want to drink more than one of these. Very rich.

Mouthfeel: nice and full, has a nice thickness that corresponds with the richness of the flavors

Overall: I liked it, not excactly familiar with the style but it was very enjoyable. Definately a must try.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the taproom poured into snifter. Pours a deep black with thin tan head. Great coffee and roasted malt aroma. Maybe there is a slight fruit aroma but I may just be looking for it. Taste is great coffee chocolate cake with a definite raspberry flavor. It all works well and is very good. Niice stout for sure.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have not had much experience with Schlafly…never had any of their beers, actually. I thought I’d start big, though, and that’s exactly what I have here: their Raspberry Coffee Stout. Apparently it was only distributed around the St. Louis area, but tripelhops was kind enough to trade me for a couple bottles. Thanks dude – I’m pumped!

I didn't even see this until I finished the whole damn thing and looked through the bottle, but there's a tag on the bottom: "Bottled with love on 8 9 11," or a little over two months before the date of this tasting. Fresh enough for me.

A: Rich, motor oil black with a slight hue of reddish-brown. The consistency is milky, bordering on silkiness, though it sometimes comes off a little watery. The head is rather light, with some chunky foam; beach-sand-tan and bubbly, it comes to the height of a finger before falling to half that for the remainder. Light retention, smooth lacing…a good presence, overall.

S: Superb coffee aromas! Wow! Full roast scent with nutty, oaky aftershocks – incredible. Big sweets, as well: dense chocolate, rich hazelnut, light caramel, and a blackberry/raspberry undertone. They’re creamy and full, but definitely not cloying. On the finish, I’m even getting a hint of English pub-style bitterness (i.e., mineral water, light hops). What an inviting mixture of aromas.

T: Whoa, raspberry sugar buzz! Was not expecting something that big. It’s great, though; full, natural flavor, just like Blushing Monk, coming off in an impressively tart way. The coffee mixes in soon, but without enough flavor to balance out the sweet berries. It’s still nice, providing a smooth caramel roast…though it’s a taste that sort of feels like it’s more from the malt that anything else. The true coffee flavor comes out more in the aftertaste. Some yeast breads pull up last, along with a hint of nuttiness and earthy wood. It finishes quite nicely, with a breath of bitter coffee, almond, and ripe raspberry.

M: Sort of thin, which is sad for the style – I’d much rather have a full-on viscous feel. The lightness is intensified by a persistent fizz that’s impossible to ignore. Maybe if this wasn’t so bubbly, more attention would be directed to the chocolate and coffee instead of the heaps of raspberry I’m getting.

O: One of the only ways I’ll drink coffee is with a shot of balancing flavor, especially raspberry; hell, I grew up on Terry’s Chocolate Raspberries. I'm glad to say, then, that this is a worthy crack at that classic flavor combination – chiefly due to the spot-on fruit flavor. With just a few minor tweaks to the feel and balance (i.e., upping the chocolate/coffee flavor and getting it thicker), I’d be in love with this beer. Still, as it stands, I’m glad I have another bottle! Thanks again, Brian.

NOTE: If you're planning on drinking this as soon as you pour it, DON'T. It gets much better as it warms, probably because the cold prickliness augments the raspberry flavor so much, throwing off the balance. The closer to room temperature, the better.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an opaque purple-black with a single finger of mocha head.

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate milk and a light whiff of raspberry.

The taste pretty much matched the aroma straight on. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate milk, roasted malts, and raspberry. Roasted malts linger on the tongue.

Medium to full bodied and smooth with a very light carbonation.

A pretty easy-drinking stout from Schlafly.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Light black bodied beer. Light to medium tan colored head. Good lacing.

Smell: Medium roast coffee and tart raspberries.

Taste: just like it smells. a nice blend of coffee with a mild to moderate bitterness and a mildly tart raspberry. It reminds me of the raspberry hot cocoa from land o lakes brand plus beer. Its nicely balanced. The coffee and the raspberry don't over power each other. Simple, yet complex. Hints of milk chocolate and coffee creamer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and slick, but still seems a tad bit thinner than I was expecting.

Overall: Very nice beer. My first Schlafly beer. Look forward to more. Its a tastey and interesting stout.

Photo of Nesued
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a deep brown, almost black color. Nice two-finger tan head formed that slowly receded to a thin ring with a denser center. Nice lacing formed.

Smell - Opened this cold, but tasted it after it warmed. The nose very much opened up as the offering reached room temp. Bold raspberry and coffee notes (as expected) take center stage. Some nice caramel and roasted malts come through as well.

Taste - Opens with a mild sweet malty presence. Continues on with the tart raspberry and caramel middle. Some of the berry/fruity components open up in the middle mixing well with the malty contributions. Finishes with a crisp tart and coffee mix, with the final gasp going to a slight coffee bitter contribution. Not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel - For a stout, this is thinner than I expected. I would have almost thought this was a porter or a brown ale, that's how much the mouthfeel departs from what I think of when I think stouts. Mild carbonation throughout.

Overall - Reading this beer, you would think it would be a strong mix of both raspberry and coffee. This is not the case. The coffee is present, but very subtle. Not sure if that is a plus or minus. The raspberry is big and bold here, almost to the point of being off-putting. It is barely kept in check by the coffee bitterness.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Co-reviewed with myself and an old army buddy, ratings averaged and notes combined.

Slightly red tinted but mostly dead of night coffee black, one finger didn't last with so-so lacing.

Lots of coffee beans with a fair amount of raspberry, accented nicely with smoky, roasted malts.

I thought it was plenty raspberry enough, but he thought it could use even more raspberry flavor. Either way, we agree that the coffee flavors are right on the money. Roasted and toasty malts almost give it a woody after-thought.

We agree that the aftertaste kicks ass. Body is between medium and full, but remains easy to drink. Carbonation is decent even though the appearance wasn't spectacular.

A great sipper, we could both easily drink it all night. On par with their regular coffee and oatmeal stouts for great drinkability. No need to rush this one though, let the flavors slowly permeate your taste buds and simply enjoy.

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of coffee, raspberry, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of coffee, raspberries, roasted malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, great appearance, good blend, body, and aroma.

Photo of bort11
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a standard shaker pint glass. There is a nice, thick looking khaki tan head that has a slight pinkish tint. The head recedes gradually, but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Body color is a dense black. That black shifts to a chocolaty brown with a tilt of the glass to look at the head from underneath. That chocolate brown also has a hint of purplish pink.

Smell is domainated by a tart raspberry balanced by a sweet mocha coffee bitterness. Very bold aromas linger in the back of the nose. Taste is also dominated by the raspberries. The raspberries are sweet, but not cloyingly sweet. The tartness from the berries and the coffee bitterness does a great job of balancing it out. The coffee has a mild roasted bitterness. I can't tell if it's the coffee or the malts giving off the chocolate flavors, probably a combination of both.

The standard Schlafly Coffee Stout is a little on the thin side. This one has a little more body, a little bit on the syrupy side. Not in a bad way at all. This was an excellent treat.

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasty coffee and some subtle raspberry notes. Fresh raspberries not some raspberry juice.

T - Good dark roasty coffee flavors with an espresso-like bite. Light raspberry flavor adds some sweetness to balance the bitter coffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good coffee stout. I love the Schlafly Culinaria releases.

Photo of stxSS07
2.42/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml Bottled 08/09/11 into a Duvel Tulip

Thanks to DuffmanOhYeah01

A- Pitch black with a 2 finger khaki head. Tight bubbles, leaves sticky lacing.

S- Holy raspberries. All I can smell is raspberry puree. Smells like Leiny's Berryweis.

T- Again, raspberries and not a whole lot else. Maybe some sweet and roasted/chocolate malts at the finish.

M- Medium for the style with decent carb.

O- Really overpowering with the raspberry sweetness. Other flavors eventually creep in, but you have to work for them.

Photo of Nizinski
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, very little light seen through when you hold it up to the light. Nice tan head to it, a good inch thick, I pour my stouts hard. No lacing in the glass after its gone.

Smell is very good, nice tart raspberrys, a good coffee smell, dark chocolates and the malts you normally smell from a oatmeal stout.

Taste is bitter for me up front, like a fresh raspberry, then it sweetens up and theres a dark mocha chocolate coffee taste. I really dig this taste, others complained about a fake raspberry taste but this tastes to me what a fresh, tart, non-sugared berry tastes like. Changes a bit once it warms up, a nice beer to try cold, then have the other half of the bottle warm up till your ready for it.

Mouthfeel its a little thick, but I dont need to chew it, perfect for the style imo. Carbonation is good, mellows out as it sits and warms up.

Overall I really dig this beer, it sat on my shelf for a bit till I tryed it. Glad I picked it up, tastes change as it warms up for the better. Schlafly never dissappoints me, makes me happy to be from St Louis.

Photo of kemoarps
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, beautiful pour. Dark cola with ruby hints in the light, massive creamy tan head that sticks around for a good while leaving reminders along the edge as it slinks its way to the bottom. Almost looks nitro the way the head cascades into liquid

Nose is an interesting blend of baking chocolate, roast and burnt malts and just a touch of raspberry at the finish. There's a little gritty coffee grounds in there as well, but not as much as I was expecting.

The taste starts with a little sweetness (ostensibly from the raspberry), but doesn't delve too far into that flavour before giving way to the biting black coffee and burnt malt. The raspberry comes back around in the last third, letting it finish with an incredibly creamy smoothe finish of bitter and sweet that is really well balanced.

I wasn't really sure what to expect going into this one, but I'm enjoying it immensely. Happy labour day y'all!

Photo of Goliath
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black with no head. A faint rim of bubbles forms around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is great. Ripe red raspberries hit me up front and are followed by some nice coffee tones.

The taste is quite nice. There is a great presence of coffee with a little bit of sweet malt. Again, ripe red raspberries finish everything off. I think it's all very well balanced which is necessary in a beer like this.

The mouthfeel is pushing full bodied with a very fine bubbled carbonation.

Overall this is a solid beer. The flavors are well balanced and each adds something great. It's a very drinkable beer, as none of the flavors are overpowering or palate killers. Bravo.

Photo of KI9A
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow.

A: Coke black, puffy tan head, lasting, big lace chunks.

S: Rasberry, coffee, obviously.

T: Sweet/tart berries upfront, finishes with a bitter chocolate mocha. Neither the Rasberries, or coffee dominate. Just a neat balance of the two. Slight metallic aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy. Light carbonation, but nice head.

D: This is like drinking a rasberry chocolate bar. WAY, WAY too quafable. The 750 was emptied far to fast, after the first glass. Just an amazing beer.

Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown with a hint of red in it

S - smells like a fresh cup of coffee with a chocolaty raspberry sweetness to it.

T - The bottle reads as a combination of an oatmeal stout, coffe, and raspberry. Usually, Schlafly's descriptions are pretty dead-on. It took me a while to decide my feelings on the taste. I first got a very sweet faux raspberry flavor, similar to the one that is in their Raspberry Hefe. The sweetness was complemented by some subtle chocolates, but then was overtaken and balanced out by the acidity and flavor of the Kaldi's coffee. On the exhale, the two realms of sweet and roasted blended in the way I hoped they would when I first bought this stout. If only that taste was more consistent throughout and not as much of the fake Raspberry flavor was present, I would have ranked the taste higher (I really think Schlafly needs to find a new way to add Raspberry to their beers, or start exploring different fruits). Also, the more this warmed, the more the two flavors melded, so if you are splitting this let it warm for a while before drinking.

M - pretty good body, nice and full as a stout should be

D - another solid offering by Schlafly for Culinaria. This is a cool St Louis connection between Schlafly, Culinaria, and Kaldi's Coffee. The notes in the tasting section sum up my feelings on this brew for the most part, however I found it to be very drinkable once I started working through it. My biggest recommendation is to let this warm up quite a bit before drinking. Definitely looking forward to the next Schlafly Culinaria release!

Photo of Nashvillain
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice silky dark brown, slinking it's way into the glass like a motha f*ckin snake on a motha fuc*in plane. This nonsense is crazy. It's the darkest, dankest brown I've seen in a while. Certainly not the bottom of the ocean, but definitely dark. The only reason I docked it any on the appearance is that the bottom of my glass is completely covered in nastiness. So the smell is pretty lackluster. Honestly there's not much going on here. That's fine, the taste will probably make up for it. And then it does. Taste is a smooth, silky stout with raspberries. Go figure. Seriously, though, the raspberries are awesome. It is a little thin though. It's very unique. I like it.

Photo of beerswamie
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this last year and now this year, both times on tap in a small snifter.

Appearance- This is what you would except very dark more like a RIS look.

Smell- You definitely get a good wiff of the raspberries in this along with that nice good coffee smell.

Taste- This has improved over last years batch, last year was a bit coffee heavy. This year there is a great balance between the raspberries and coffee.

mouthfeel- is improving to me, i think this year is creamier but i think that is the best you are going to get with a 7% stout.

Overall- This is a great beer and a nce treat to get one a year, if you are able try and get a bottle to taste for yourself.

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Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.