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Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Coffee StoutSchlafly Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by maxpower on 11-11-2001

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -13.9%
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 -2.6%
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 +5%
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 -10.5%
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 -13.9%
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 +5.5%
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 +6%
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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Photo of jmasher85
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bit thin in texture, but a nice coffee stout with straightforward coffee and roasted oat flavors. Low bitterness and acidity, and not a ton of personality, but well-balanced, smooth, and a generally very nice drink.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid dark brown color with a good sized frothy beige head that persists. Big coffee on the aroma and creamed coffee on the flavor. Could use a big more sweetness and body to stand up to the huge coffee, but tasty just the same.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first coffee stout. Was expecting something subtle, so was surprised by the strong coffee aroma upon opening the bottle. Color just like coffee in the glass. Pretty bitter. I feel this brew could benefit from some rounder flavors. Tried pouring over vanilla bean ice cream. It was okay, but nothing like the dreamy wonder you get when you make a float from Schlafly Irish stout. The mouth feel is a bit thin, the bitterness is a bit sharp. Still, I wonder if there is magic to be had with the right food pairing.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black bodied ale under a dark tan creamy-looking foam. Aromas of darkly roasted malts and espresso beans preface the dark bittersweet coffee roast and char that follows. Delivers on the coffee. On the dry side, with just a sliver of sweetness - bitter and dark, smooth and creamy-feeling. Medium-light weight with slight feel of carbonation. Finishes nicely, too.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the realm of everyday, crushable coffee stouts, this does incredibly well. Pours dark brown, slightly tan head with loose bubbles that lingers. Not much lacing. Looks good but I'd love more density to the head. Aroma is cold pressed coffee, iced, that clean flavor with chocolate up front, a hint of fruitiness in the back, slight acidity. Not heavily roasted coffee flavors which works really well in the lower ABV beer. Flavor delivers more of the same - a lightness to the flavors that builds in density over the class. Mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy.

Very well done.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really strong and really good coffee flavor, with a small amount of carbonation that helps get the full effect without feeling overpowered. Very nice.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near opaque black with subtle garnet highlights and a thick, bubbly tan head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Strong aromas of roasted grain, coffee, minerals, and earthy hops fill the nose.

T: Notes of coffee, cream, vanilla bean, roasted grain, leather, bitter chocolate, and earthy hops fill the mouth before a smooth finish of leather, coffee, and cream takes the reins.

M: Thinner than one would expect for a stout, I would say this ale is closer to being medium-bodied than full-bodied. The texture in the mouth is silky and smooth. Carbonation is very airy and delicate. This ale is almost too easy to drink.

O: An excellent stout. While I would have preferred a thicker, heavier body and more complexity on the nose, this is still a very good beer. Unlike many coffee stouts, this one really showcases the aroma and flavor of the coffee used. Highly recommended.

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

I bought this from Schlafly Bottelworks on May 9th and drank it May 10th (poured into a thick panel beer mug). It pretty much does taste like black iced coffee. I was expecting it to be a little sweeter (not sure why), but it was pretty bitter, however it was a coffee bitter (which I don't mind) and not an American hop bitter.

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Photo of DrS_StL
4.96/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Taste: Excellent full flavor, combines a strong stout (akin to the Oatmeal Stout brewed by Schlafly) with a robust local dark roast coffee. No overly sweet aftertaste or bitterness from the coffee. Delicious all the way through. Bold and slightly creamy texture.

Smell: Coffee notes, toasted malts.

*Minor complaint: Sometimes does not hold head when poured out in a glass. I recommend drinking straight from the bottle.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with with a fingernail of beige on top. Brussels lacing. No light seeps through. aroma of dark coffee and hints of chocolate. The flavor is initially bitter dark coffee and then it switches over to a chocolatey sweetness. The mouth is thick and viscous.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a moderate light brown (or beige) head. Lacing evident. Coffee flavor that is well done and no bitter aftertaste. Good coffee stout that is at a reasonable alcohol level.

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Photo of CAC329
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am enjoying this greatly.
Nice creamy head, webbing to glass.
Wonderful coffee aroma!
Not overpowering, good blend, easy going down.
This one has a future in my fridge.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer has tons of coffee flavor. It's pretty smooth at first but after having one I wouldn't want another right away. I'm glad I tried it but I probably won't again. nb

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 3/25/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Brew pours close to a pitch black in color with a good 1-finger foamy beige head. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with some fresh roasted and ground coffee beans. Very nice. The taste is pretty much the same with a nice flavor of coffee that is not strong or overpowering like some coffee stouts I have tried. Very smooth and goes down easy. No strong, no bitter and no harsh aftertaste at all. A great Coffee Stout! Medium-bodied with lower carbonation.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: 4.25 - Looks a little like Dr. Pepper with an amber tint among all the blackness. Poured a thin head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: 4.5 - A wonderful smell of coffee, as to be expected. It isn't at all overpowering, but a nice, comfortable scent. Like walking into a coffee shop. This is probably what Kaldi's smells like. Nice.

Taste: 4.5 - Just like the nose, a wonderful coffee smell. Some people may actually like this over BS. BS is like, "have some of this extra dark roast coffee b***h!"; this is like a nice morning cup of joe. In beer form. Awesome stuff.

Feel: 3.5 - A little thin; I'd like it to be a little thicker. Very easy drinking.

Overall: 4.25 - Overall this is a delightful little coffee stout. It lives up to the name. B

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Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a thick tan head (caffe crema?). The smell is intensely espresso. Coffee beans...highly roasted...some background roasted barley and malt, but the coffee is in front. The taste is similar...coffee, with a stout bitterness and a lot of creamy mouthfeel. This is an excellent brew.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Color was dark brown but not quite opaque. It rather resembled coffee. Very light milk-colored head. Strong smell of coffee. Very strong taste of burnt coffee but lacked other, complimentary flavors. Starts strong but finishes rather weak. It could have used some chocolate. Very light carbonation. Not a bad stout but cannot be compared to, say, Founders Breakfast Stout.

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