Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: KI9A on 09-14-2010)
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2.4/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with a slight mocha head clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma was a borderline orgasmic level of raspberry. Coffee notes lay in the background, but the raspberry is dominant.

Taste - The disappointment starts on the initial taste. I feel like I have just taken a gulp of raspberry scented 80's hairspray. Dry malts, Sanka, and artificial raspberry notes are present. There is a strange artificial aftertaste that I just do not like.

Mouthfeel - This is a stout and largely resembles the style. The viscosity is thick and coats.

Overall - I had trouble finishing the glass. I could not finish the bottle.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Verecund
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

September 25, 2011. 2011 version - I missed out on last year's, so I brought this back from a recent trip from St. Louis. Kaldi's coffee and raspberry puree; sounds like a winner to me.

Almost blackout black (light maroonish tints) with a one finger tanned head. Thin blankets of lacing.

Bright, sweet raspberries tear through the lightly smoky coffee bean aroma. Some chocolate. Very nice.

Definitely a couple of steps down. Faint chocolately coffee, a strong bitterness, roasted malt, and sweet raspberry (though I wish this came through more). As something halfway between an oatmeal and imperial stout with just a touch of offsetting fruit, this isn't half bad.

A bit thin-bodied with just under medium carbonation.

I enjoyed this, though more on the nose than on the palate. Very drinkable though; I don't think I'll have a problem knocking this out.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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