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Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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88
very good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 12 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

wagenvolks, Sep 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

claytong, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Schlafly tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Vintage 2012.

Pours a nice dark dark brown. Absolutely no light can get through. There is a nice light tan head that forms that is about 1 inch tall and is very active. It recedes very quickly to a thing ring around the glass.

Aroma starts off with fresh roasty coffee notes. Coffee beans and coffee grounds dominate initially. Very fresh. Nice slight malty sweetness can be perceived when a fresh a batch of raspberry notes creeps up. Slightly tart and sweet. Raspberry pure with some slight cocoa notes and a nice coffee roast.

Starts off with some midl raspberry sweetness that is then followed by some sharp tartness that last only a second. This is then complimented by nice bitter coffee roast. There is some nice slight malty grain notes and sweetness in the background but the raspberry tart notes and the coffee dominate. Very interesting combination of flavors but well executed. Mouthfeel is a bit light in my book. Still pretty good brew.

I finally got to try this. Good brew with interesting but well executed and balanced flavors.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

zeff80, Sep 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

RichH55, Sep 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

DQ13, Sep 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Luckytiki, Mar 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Beezee, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Madjr, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

tripelhops, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jmvecchio1, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

toneigh, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jhighlandbrewing, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

captainbearcat, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

BigJarv79, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

stxSS07, Nov 02, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Goliath, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

BarryMFBurton, Oct 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

fo1ksguitar, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

BedetheVenerable, Oct 02, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Verecund, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 10, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of beerswamie
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

beerswamie, Aug 23, 2011
Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.