Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Average: 3.88 | pDev: 11.86%

Reviews: 330 | Ratings: 978

#103 ranked English Oatmeal Stout | 5.70% ABV

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Notes: Winter availibility. 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
BA SCORE
87
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Saint Louis Brewery, LLC "Schlafly Coffee Stout"
12 fluid oz brown glass bottle, "Bottled With Love on 10232018 09:29" and sampled on 03162019 16:40
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a typical stout appearance with an opaque black brown body beneath a short head of tan. Unfortunately the head retention is not that good, it's already dropped before I could even type this far, and thus I doubt there will be much in the way of lacing. (I know my glass is "beer clean" as I've just used it). The aroma displays some green pepper spiciness which is disappointing. How old is this? 5 months?... well, that is a little long so I guess that's to be expected. Over that, and dominating, however, is a pleasant fresh coffee bean aroma. Or, that of a freshly brewed cup of black coffee. Not the most premium of cups, mind you, but at least that of McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts quality. It's pleasant. On to the flavor... the coffee remains but it's not as bright, there's maltiness to dilute it, and it is, after all, a beer and not a cup of coffee. It's got some sweet grainy malt to it, some golden caramel, some medium dark chocolate (maybe half milk chocolate and half bittersweet dark chocolate), and the expected coffee like roastiness. A median bitterness balances it (the label states 30 IBUs) and it finishes dry and softly roasty with coffee and a delicate note of dark caramel and toffee lingering. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently crisp. As I thought, there's no lacing left behind, nor is there even a collar of foam left of the head. If that's it's only flaw I can live with it; it's a solid coffee stout that you could fall back on time and time again, and I'd imagine that i could probably drink three of these in a row before I'd get tired of it and move on.
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Photo of Maestro0708
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice beige head that reduces to a film and leaves lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell is almost entirely roast, combining coffee with big toasty malt.

Flavor boasts huge espresso character paired with those same roasted malt notes. There is enough sweetness to keep the bitter coffee from overwhelming the beer. The finish is balanced.

The feel is thinner in body than expected but it doesn't ruin the experience.

Solid coffee stout.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color. Very low carbonation with a below average body. This is not a thick bodied stout but was still a decent feel.
Aroma is black coffee, roasted coffee beans, roasted malt
Taste is everything coffee with some roasted malt as well. This is a coffee lovers beer. I actually had with dessert after dinner instead of coffee and it worked very well

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Photo of jkblr
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 11/8/18 (29 days ago) poured into a shaker pint glass at fridge temp 5.7% ABV. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head. The head recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing. The aroma is nice and dominated by cold brew coffee. The taste is roasty malts and baker's chocolate at first with the coffee beans coming through mid-palate on. There is some slight tang on the mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. This is a really good looking and smelling beer. It's a little one dimensional with the coffee, but it's all nicely done. I don't think this is an oatmeal stout at all, but I did fault the body for lack of fullness (very thin for that style).

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

living my stout season life to the fullest. poured into a proper schlafly tulip glass from goodwill, this beers a dark brown with a big sizzling khaki head, chunks of lacing left behind. the coffee that was promised is delivered immediately on the nose, with a bit of sweetness and earthiness baking it up. taste is straight up coffee at first, warming into more roasted malt with bits of chocolate and maybe hop flavors. lingering coffee flavor that just sits forever. drinks nice but is quite thin and carbonated, almost tingly. doesn't ruin the beer for me though and i'm gladly picking up more soon.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of black coffee. Taste is black coffee, some light chocolate, zero oats. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer if you like coffee, otherwise, give it a miss.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a big head and leaves behind copious frosted lace. Nose is indeed drenched in roast coffee aroma, and a touch of balancing hops.

The roasted coffee and espresso flavors dominate the taste as well, with late balancing hops and heavy baker's chocolate and medium nut notes. Texture is smooth but a little thin, and a little over carbonated. This beer also improves as it warms

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly sweet, not too bitter and tastes like real coffee. A good coffee flavor, not something reminiscent that tastes eh. It’s light, not thick and creamy, so it’s easy to drink. It evokes a refreshing iced coffee rather than a rich steamy cup. The best real coffee stout I’ve had.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours s opaque lack with a frothy, lasting khaki head. Bold malt and coffee shop aromas. Rich coffee, roasted sweet malt, and caramel flavors with some chocolate and oat tastes. Bitter hops as an aftertaste at the end. On fairness, it's really drinkable, but more watery and less creamy than most oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It is very drinkable because of its low IBUs (bitterness). Just about anyone could drink this and enjoy it (even people who don't normally drink beer).

Look:
It has an outstanding look to it. Very dark black/brown when poured out into a glass mug. No head formed when pouring out though.

Smell:
Lots of coffee bean and malts in my whiffs of this beer. Smells wonderful!

Taste:
It grew on me the more and more I sipped it. The flavors just linger in your mouth for minutes after each sip. Lots of coffee beans and malt. The coffee is very smooth and not very acidic tasting. This is a really pleasant beer. The more I sip this and type this review, the more I'm liking this brew.

Feel:
Not heavy on the tongue but certainly not watery either. It sits somewhere in the middle. I feel carbonation on my tongue which gives it a smoothness to it. I think people will want a beer like this to have a lot of body to it but I don't mind it being somewhere in the middle. My first reaction when drinking it was: "I wish it had more body" but then as I continued to drink it I sort of forgot about that since the flavors just linger in your mouth for such a long time. I think it being a little thinner makes it more drinkable as a session beer which you could certainly do with this brew.

Overall:
Ok, so this beer is actually really good for the money spent. I was able to get a bottle at my local beer store for $1.99 and for that amount of money I'd be a repeat buyer. Of course you save money if you buy a 6 pack and next time I'm at my beer shop I might just do it. I'm loving Schlafly's beer bargains. I might not have tried it if it was more expensive. I loved their pumpkin ale and this coffee stout is another great of theirs. I'm no expert in stouts but I've had some good ones over the years. We all know someone who enjoys Guiness, this would blow their mind if they drank this. It is so much better. Heck I've had Guinness' Foreign Extra Stout (the imported version from Ireland) and I'd take this Schlafly's Coffee Stout every time over that. The drinkability of this stout makes it great for someone dipping their toes into the craft beer world.

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Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of coffee, roasted malt, light hops, and oatmeal as well.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of roasted malt, a good shot of coffee (to be expected), a bit of hops (mostly in the finish), a tinge of oatmeal, and light chocolate notes. For the most part, this is a decent flavor, mostly focused on coffee. Unfortunately, it could have used a boost with the other ingredients. not bad, though.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely not a perfect beer, but it's solid enough. Worth a try.

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Photo of Coolguy_chris
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Very dark, no light penetration, very thin 1/8" tan head that went away quickly. Smell of strong roasted malt. Very pleasant cold brew coffee taste. Not bitter at all. Pretty carbonated feel. Really liked it. I'll buy again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent is coffee. The taste is coffee with hint of milk chocolate. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a decent stout.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown but it does let some light in around the edges. Tan head that leaves uniform specks of lacing. The aroma is sweet and bitter coffee with some roastiness. The flavor is sweet roasted malt with tons of coffee and bitter char. Fairly thin for a stout but it is pretty tasty.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer & an espresso shot expresses my personality, my preference, and my past perfectly. So does this beer.

A: Outstanding, translucent for a stout, with a creamy tan head that lasts and laces massively.

S: Sharp coffee aroma, with shards of mocha, herbs, and oatmeal.

T: Lots of dark coffee flavor with a dusting of chocolate and oatmeal, and a bit of see-saw with a touch of bitter hops and mostly semi-sweet black coffee.

F: Lighter body and moderate carbonation.

O: As good as any coffee stout, front of the pack.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good, not great. Although aromatic, it was not nearly as flavorful or complex (not a surprise) when compared with a year-old Founder's Breakfast Stout and a Bell's Java Stout (David and I over a year ago during our 'lark in the park').

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Photo of jw4free
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Opaque dark brown, decent 1 finger head. Good lacing. S: coffee, roasted coffee, roasted grain, excellent. T: not so intense. Still coffee, good. F: creamy, but not oatmeal thick. O: a good coffee stout. Not real aware of the oatmeal part.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, soapy head fades to a ring with tendrils of lace. Freshly ground black coffee nose with a bit of earthiness, neutral pH. Taste is nearly straight coffee, like a cappuccino (cream and sweetness), slight note of roasted malt and that yummy earthiness. Slightly bitter. Body is much too light, with pokey carbonation.
Big warm coffee notes accented with earth, which is highly enjoyable to me. The least beer-like most coffee-like beer I've had in recent memory, which is fine by me, just wish the body had more to it.

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Photo of Pencible
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured an opaque cola with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh coffee and cream, with a bit of dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like coffee grounds, with some earthy dark chocolate. It had a somewhat dirty bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Thin body.
D: This had great scent, ok taste, and weak body. The finish was a little rough, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not bad, but not great quality.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black.
Head settles quickly.
Smells great with lots of coffee.
Taste follows aroma with prominent coffee. No chocolate or dark fruit to speak of.
Mouth feel is thin, and lets down the experience.
Tastes good and smells nice, just no richness to the feel.
Good dessert beer.

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Photo of Cavebabble
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first coffee stout I've tried, and a welcome addition to the expanding set of Schlafly beers I very much enjoy. I don't always like oatmeal stouts, but this combination hits me just right. The coffee smell and taste is strong, but adds a welcome bite and counterbalance to the sweet smoothness of the stout.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

My chalice, Thulsa Doom, is being used for this review.

Pours a coffee brown-black with 100% opacity and enough space to let light in to highlight the edges in cranberry. Head is khaki colored and 1 finger, leaves moss on top.

Smells like opening a canister of Foldgers' Mild Roast coffee. That's about it.

Some sour funk out front followed by whole coffee bean, ending again with more funk. A bit of burnt charcoal on the finish. I don't know where it's coming from, but my guess is stale malt/hop mixture. The more I sip it the more it goes away but it's still there.

Feel is smooth, moderately carbonated, and a dry roasty finish.

Overall, eh...this may be a drain pour. It's not totally undrinkable but it's just not really enjoyable with all the off-flavors floating around.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not roasty enough, but the coffee presence is there, replete with good depth of flavour. I'm no coffee expert, but it's redolent of Hawaiian coffee to my tastes. Oddly smooth and wet on the mouthfeel (on account of oats, methinks) which helps hide any coffee harshness or acidity at the expense of the duration of flavour.

A solid choice as a go-to coffee stout for those outside Founders' distribution area. That said, it's a no frills coffee stout and while it will scratch your coffee stout itch, discerning drinkers will fail to be impressed.

Low B- (3.28)

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Photo of Buck89
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Opaque mahogany brown with a generous light tan head. Wonderful fresh coffee aroma with faint dark bread and grain. Taste followed, with a nice coffee presence, followed by dark malts and then a clean bitter finish. Medium-bodied and medium carbed.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of Sept. 2015.

The body looks like black coffee with unusually red edges. The head is too fizzy and short lived.

Aroma: cold pressed coffee and fainter dark roasted grains.

Flavor. lightly sweet up front; mildly bitter by the finish. Coffee dominated but with a solid base of dark roasted malts. High quality coffee flavor.


Feel: smooth, near full body with light carbonation.

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