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Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good
315 Reviews
Schlafly Coffee StoutSchlafly Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
315
Ratings:
918
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
20.68%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
User Reviews
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Reviews: 315 | Ratings: 918
Reviews by Talisker:
Photo of Talisker
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drink a fair bit of Schlafly Coffee Stout, and my opinion on it swings all over the place. But I always come back to it, which means I must find it one of my favorites of the added-coffee style.

This review is of the 2007 edition (bottling date Nov 2007), consumed on December 23, 2007. But I am drinking a 2006 bottled version alongside it (about 15 months in the cellar), and just last week had a glass on tap at the brewery - those are certain to influence my comments.

Pours an entirely reasonable dark brown, clear with deep amber highlights faintly visible when held up to light. A couple of fingers of medium tan head. Aroma is of slightly burnt coffee grounds - not entirely fresh and pleasant, but certainly much better than average compared to most coffee stouts, which smells like someone dumped a used Folgers coffee filter into a batch of malty water (after 1+ years in bottle the coffee edge is gone, replaced by a more typically sweet stout smell).

The taste is actually quite excellent, if you like coffee. The dominant flavor is dark coffee, of course, accompanied by an extremely prominent dose of cola. Hops are nowhere to be found, which is fine. Unfortunately the texture is also very much like a Coke, tons of prickliness (despite no signs of heavy carbonation) really letting me down. That's what kills the drinkability for me, this back-and-forth between well-crafted beer and coffee cola.

Anyway, I like it and I don't. It's certainly worth a try, so don't pass it up. And don't be afraid to cellar it - not normally a beer I would suggest keeping around without drinking fresh, but I find some of the mellowing with age uncovers the nice base stout underneath, even if it loses in immediacy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mrfrancis
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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 mojohawk21
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of brownbeer
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany with a light brown head.

Has a lighter aroma of coffee bean, oats, and chocolate.

Once again, the flavors are lighter but the body is full. Not the cleanest blend of coffee roast and chocolate, but it still works. The finish is slightly astringent and dry with some noticable hops.

It has a nice quaffable quality, i've been known to drink around six of these at a time. More of the session coffee stout, if you will. I have drank my fair share of this beer and will continue as it's on tap at my weekend pub.

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Photo of Engibeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a growler provided by my brother and sister-in-law as a Christmas Gift. Served in a new English pint glass; a gift from my sister.

Poured a dark, dark karo syrup brown with garnet highlights. Head tan and fine. Nice lace. The aroma is good roast coffee. Very faint hops if any. The taste is delicious coffee and chocolate. No harsh bitterness, just the right amount to meet the style. A little thin on the mouth feel, but a nice finish. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of sabitu
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of chip26
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/2/10. Pours brown with a smallish off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, some chocolate and coffee.

The flavor is bready malts and slightly stale acidic coffee with a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK coffee stout. There's decent coffee presence but the flavor is a bit off for me.

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Photo of DuckDodgers
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of alarmclock314
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CAC329
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Dbrulet
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label. This stout is brewed with Kaldi's Coffee.

Head retention is fine, some good stickage on the glass. A shade lighter than pitch black the liquid is. Smells of mocha iced coffee with a hint of sweetness from the oats. Very smooth and creamy with a semi-slick mouth feel. Chocolaty roasted malt with a big tone of coffee flavor, mild hop bitterness. Finishes with a long lingering chocolate / coffee flavor.

Very tasty and balanced, and balanced is what I look for first in a coffee stout espsically if the acidity is too much which is not the case here. Paired well with a handful of chocolate cover espresso beans.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent appearance poured into the glass, with an opaque dark chestnut body topped by a tan head that rises about an inch before falling to a lasting cap. Lacing is in chains and sheets.

Aroma is very nice. Lots of roasty coffee, just a hint of bitter chocolate. No hops are discerned.

Mouthfeel is light medium. Carbonation is above average for style.

Taste is bitter, dark roast malt, as per style. Lots of roasty coffee Columbian coffee bean flavor here. Maybe, some grassy hops in the background. Finishes bitter roasty malt, as the style dictates.

One of the better products from the nice folks at Schlafley. A very well put together American stout that is a pleasure to sip.

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Photo of RilesWhite
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 juicebox
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boatshoes
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sent to me in an awesome package of generosity from rsyberg01 for the holiday sponsor a BA. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a ruddy dark brown with some light and a touch of crimson showing through the bottom of the glass. Only about a finger of fizzy, light brown head accompanies the beer and dies back in short order. Little to no lacing but some mild carbonation beading up the side.

Smell- Pretty straightforward roasted malt and burnt coffee on the nose. Pleasant enough but not much else going on.

Taste-Again, fairly one dimensional here. Mild flavors of roastiness enriched with some bitter coffee. A little to understated for my tastes without a whole lot of coffee coming through.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel comes across a bit thin and fizzy but not too bad. Drinkability suffers for me on this one as the flavor was just a little too uninteresting to make me want to session it.

Overall, an unoffensive, mild beer. I am partial to coffee stouts and found this one just a little lacking in the flavor and body department to make it a home run for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nateclarey
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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