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Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Raspberry Coffee StoutSchlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a trade at DLD. Popped open to share with Nashvillain as I have greatly been looking forward to this- it just sounds so good! Poured into Tulip...

A- Pours black into the glas with a fairly large two finger tan/caramel colored head. Leaves very nice lacing.

S- Gives off a slight tartness from the raspberry. A little bit of roast with just a tinge of coffee in there. Also, a small amount of earthy and woodiness detected in there... Overall there is just a little bit of quite a few things going on in the nose. Nothing very pronounced though which is a disappointment because it has the potential to be amazing.

T/M- First impression is that this is very good. Upfront you get a very nice fruit flavor. The level of raspberry is spot on; not too much, or too little. Directly behind the raspberry is the coffee which is more subtle, but still very noticeable and blends much more than I may have thought they would. The beer really finishes with the roastiness and earthy tones that I got in the nose. This reminds me of a Raspberry Mocha. The body is super smooth and slick with a minimal amount of carbonation...

O- Such a great beer. It is definitely different, but quite wonderful. Though the nose was disappointing, the taste and overall experience make up for it. I did notice that as this beer warmed up, the raspberry popped out even more with some chocolate to really give the mocha impression. If available, I would definitely get this again.

TheGordianKnot, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Nashvillain
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Nashvillain, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

akorsak, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Nesued
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Nesued, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, courtesy of jtrockchalk (thanks!), into a Weyerbacher tulip. Shared at a tasting.

A: Dark brown body with red highlights; thin off-white head that dissipates quickly into a delicate, attractive ring.

S: Dark chocolate raspberry cordial. Simple, direct, and good.

T: Follows the nose, plus a bit of caramel. Surprisingly dry finish, with a slight hint of the promised coffee (finally). The raspberry is more potent while the beer's cold, while more chocolate and caramel come through as it warms. Tasty.

M: A little thin, but nicely carbonated.

D: Excellent. The flavors are bright and fairly simple, but their evolution as the beer warms is wonderful.

Notes: Some people at the tasting found the raspberry flavor to be a trifle artificial, but it didn't bother me in this context. I do wish the coffee had been more prominent, but other than that I thought this was a great beer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Zamadeous
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pretty dark with a light red tint. There is a pretty strong raspberry smell that actually made my nose crinkle. Also small hint of coffee. The raspberry is very stong in the tast. Almost overpowering but beat back down at the end by some chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel was a little thin for me, and i felt that it got worse as the beer warmed up, but that just means enjoy faster!

Zamadeous, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Nizinski
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Nizinski, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

birchstick, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of bort11
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

bort11, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

glid02, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Tone, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of KI9A
4.43/5  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.

KI9A, Sep 14, 2010
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Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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