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 Blupoet03
1.3/5  rDev -66%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle dated "Dec. 4, 2006." The beer was dark-amber/brownish with no head.

Nose: day-old coffee grounds, burnt dark toffee, and a slight sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Slightly sticky, very watery, no carbonation, with a slight taste of toasted malt. Aftertaste was of cold, day-old coffee with a very bad lingering quality.

After pouring what was left down the sink, my buddy and I looked it up on this site. Judging by what's been said by others, we really hope that we had a bad bottle.

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Photo of sutcliff
1.44/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I had one of the best coffee and beer combinations ever. It was Red Hook's Double Espresso stout and it is miles above what Tom Schlafly is calling a coffee stout. The smell of coffee is vaguely present. I often use the toddy method to brew my morning coffee and it is a great method. The method is wasted in this brew. I may have gotten a bad six-pack but I live in St. Louis and grabbed a six as soon as it came available at my local mega mart. The brew had decent color but the nose was sour, the taste spicy in a puckering kinda way, and the finish was lackluster.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
1.96/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Make no mistakes this is a coffee stout! Other coffee stouts use some really expensive mocha, espresso, starbucks. Not this monster. This smells and tastes like the coffee grinds left in the filter from your local Quick Stop. If you’re a die hard daily multiple cup, cheap coffee drinker,then this is your beer. The appearance and mouthfeel was fine, I just didn’t like the strength and flavor of the coffee used. Worth a try.

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Photo of yaegerje
2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A very thin, dark brown, minimal off-white head with no lacing
S - Damp grass, burnt coffee, slight caramel, but all very weak
T - A burnt charcoal taste, very bland, no hops, appropriate for the style but just really uninteresting
M - Over-carbonated for the style, with a rather weak chin
O - Not impressed and completely lacks any character

Sidenote: I tried this same beer in the tap-room at the brewery, and it was if I remember correctly, loads better. Maybe this particular beer just suffered in the bottle.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.18/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - A thin but tight head sits atop a pitch-black brew, and some lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Chocolate covered espresso beans. Since I am a coffee lover and confirmed caffeine addict, I think that this smells great. The only problem is that it's pretty smells like a good steaming cup of espresso, but that's about it.

T - Old stale coffee. Geez, I love beer...I love coffee. Why don't these two things ever seem to go together? I guess cold and fizzy and warm and steamy will never be a match made in heaven.

M - Thin and extremely carbonated. I think that a coffee flavored beer would benefit from an almost complete lack of carbonation along with a thick and full body. Aren't most cappacinos, lattes, mocha-chino-nonfat-double-latte-whatevers pretty damn thick and creamy?

D - Poor. This is no good.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Delivered from a friend near St. Louis 02/15/09.

Appearance: Pours a nice black with a creamy, cappucino colored one head. Appears to be quite carbonated for a stout.

Smell: Acrid and sour. Some roasted malt and coffee.

Taste: Acidic sourness throughout initial tastes and subsequent sips. Roasted malt provides some stout-like qualities, but this does not taste like advertised on bottle.

Overall: My assumption is I received a mishandled or bad bottle, but that is not a reflection on the brewery as I very much enjoyed the Schlafly Winter ESB. Will retry when I can get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Quite a forgettable coffee stout, not so much for its thin feel, but for its burnt and acidic coffee notes.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Brown label with orange and light cream touches with the Schlafly branding. Offers a general description of the brew and intent on the neck label, including recognition to Kaldi´s fair trade coffee, and bragging about its deliciousness. Shows date of bottling (01 04 2001). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour with ruby brown edges. Nice ecru frothy head, fair retention and some lacing.

S - Burnt coffee nose, not particularly enticing or fresh.

T - More burnt coffee in the palate, with an acidic touch, some malty sense in the distant undercurrent... In essence this feels like bad - or not my kind of - coffee.

M - Medium-light to light body, small carbonation. It feels a tad watery and not particularly smooth, with that acidic bitterness in the finish.

O - Barely drinkable, too acidic and burnt a coffee to make it work with that base.

Notes: I do like Schlafly, and some of their offerings are amongst my favorites but here... This is by far the worst I´ve had from them. Maybe it is a matter of taste but while not despicable this is in the bottom bracket of coffee-oatmeal stouts I´ve tried.

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Photo of cameraman
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a black opaque color with a two inch beige head forming on top. A strong coffee aroma hits the nose right off the bat, followed by softer scents of chocolate and dark malt. The taste starts with the malt being ever present, with a tad bit of chocolate. The coffee tries very hard to become a fixture in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but it falls very short. A slightly thick mouthfeel, feels alot like skim milk, it finishes dry at the back of the palate. This became a bit of a disappointment, the color and aroma are very endearing, but the taste drags down what those two elements set up. This was just a lackluster beer.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Nick by way of Justin after grabbing some beer from St. Louis on his most recent trip home. Thanks guys! Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark brown with some very obvious reddish/amber undertones towards the bottom of the glass. Somewhat clear though it's certainly dark enough to not see completely through. A huge frothy beige head forms and sticks around for quite some time. Nice slow dissipation with great retention and some nice lace.

S: Faint roasted coffee beans, cream, chocolate malts and a touch of vanilla on the back end. Nothing terribly aromatic though I guess it meets the criteria for what it's billed to be. It sort of reminds me of the Samuel Adams Black & Brew but much more muted.

T: Coffee is immediate up front and it doesn't necessarily taste "stale" but it's not that fresh coffee flavor. These bottles are fresh so I'm not sure what they were going for. Roasted beans, certainly nice amount of chocolate coming through with perhaps some caramel to round it out. The back palate has a bitterness that sticks around into the linger, giving it a bit of dryness. Boring, bland and something is off.

M: Extremely thin and watery, wow that's very disappointing. Dry in the finish with a lingering bitterness. I understand the ABV is on the low end but this is just way too thin.

Not a terrible beer but completely forgettable, and not enjoyable enough for me to finish. Nothing I'd ever revisit again unless it's on draft. I do enjoy Coffee Stouts when they're done correctly, and sadly for Schlafly this was not.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.75/5  rDev -28%
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 Steedee
2.79/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark stout with typical English flavors of chocolate and caramel malts... with a twist of coffee flavor that you can smell and taste. Drinkable on certain occasions. I would say you would have to be in "that rare special mood" to crave one of these.
The problem I had with this beer was the carbonation is almost nil....
No head, no bubbles, not alot of mouth excitement.
I guess you could say this might be typical for a stout, but it really made the beer seem flat and dead. There are to many other great stouts on the market for me to rank this any higher.

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Photo of jar2574
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Midnight black beer, no light gets through. Decent lacing on the way down. A good, but not great, looking beer.

Tan head is pretty thin. Beer smells like roasted malts & espresso & chocolate. Not strong enough, I'd like a little stronger smell.

I don't enjoy the taste that much. It's a little artificial somehow, like you took a stout and injected it with syrupy iced espresso artificial flavoring. I like stouts and I like coffee, so I thought I'd like this more. There isn't enough stout flavor here - the roasted malt flavor is lacking compared to others.

Somehow the mouthfeel is a little off - instead of thick and creamy stout, it's a little too watery, lending it a syrupy character. Just slightly off.

Not terrible, but not looking forward to the rest of the 6-pack.

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Photo of n2185
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black with about a finger and a half of light tan head. The head quickly recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Some dark roasted malt and coffee. It lacks the deep, rich roasted coffee aromas that I expect from the best coffee stouts.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is some roasted malt up front followed by the coffee. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the coffee doesn't taste all that great.

M: Medium body and carbonation. The body is kind of watery and lacks the creaminess expected of an oatmeal stout is missing.

D: Goes down fairly smooth, but the lack of creaminess and watery body make it not entirely pleasant.

Overall, not a horrible beer, but there are far, far better coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pint at the brewpub. looks ok. head gone very quickly. black. served too cold to have much odor. taste is really, really bland, at least for what i was expecting. too yeasty and not really coffee flavored at all. tastes more like an oatmeal stout i made where the yeast went wild and overwhelmed the beer. dont need to have this again. no thanks.

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Photo of mdvatab
2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into glass.
Bottled on: 12/8/2010

Aroma: Coffee grounds after a freshly-brewed batch. Wet, earthy topsoil followed by cocoa.
Appearance: 1.5 fingers of head dissipates relatively quickly, but clings to the inside of the glass. Light rings of lacing remain on the side of the glass. The beer itself is dark ruby brown--lighter than I'd anticipated for an oatmeal stout.
Taste: Roasted coffee (more like a middle-of-the-road pre-ground brand than the bold coffee house type...), hoppy bitterness, followed by subtle Tootsie Roll sweetness. Flavor dissipates quickly at the end.
Mouthfeel: Very thin for this style. The label says it's an oatmeal stout, but it more resembles a porter, or even a darker brown ale. I've had this beer on draught at the Tap Room a few times, and I remember it having more body than this. Carbonation is a bit on the biting side as well.
Drinkability: On a positive note, this beer is highly sessionable. Unfortunately, I was looking for something with more substance. I could enjoy quite a few of these, but I'd rather have one glass of a more complex, fuller-bodied stout.

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Photo of stagman
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a good amount of head that doesn't fade too much. Smells like coffee (hence the name) and has a hint of oats as well. Is this a coffee stout or an oatmeal stout? Or both?

Has a creamy flavor but a bit of oiliness as well. There is also a bit of chocolate roasted malts with a hint of hops.

This is well balanced for a stout, and I'm impressed Schlafly used local coffee in their brew. This is a step up from Guinness, and is worth the extra few bucks.

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Photo of etenbus
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer guy at the local said this stuff was flying out cases at a time so I had to buy a sixer. This was my first coffee-tinged beer experience, although some stouts I've had taste like they have coffee in them.

The appearance is good as it pours virtually all black with a little ruby peeking through in the middle of the glass from the light of the tv. The fluffy head shrinks pretty quickly. Lacing is not consistent.

The smell is kind of earthy, with the coffee grinds shining through more than anything else. There's no doubting the special ingredient in this ale. It is kind of an expresso coffee aroma, strong and direct.

The taste is rather one-sided. It's coffee. The malt roastiness that I love about stouts and porters is somewhat missing here. At best it has the roastiness of a black lager, which is fine if you are having a black lager like Sam Adams' excellent one. But this is a stout so it needs more of that rich, warm, deep, tobacco-ish flavour. Plus, here the bitterness is coming from the coffee, not hops. It only has a hint of sweetness at the end in the middle of the tongue but it flattens out and turns oily.

The mouthfeel is thin for a stout. And the drinkability is down. One is fine but I can't see having more than one at a time given the potent, bitter coffee flavour. There is no lingering mouth puckering hops bitterness hanging around either. Not a bad beer, but could use some fine tuning.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a jet black with tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Nose was not just coffee, but more like day old coffee, and the flavor followed suit. The coffee flavor seemed to be somewhat masked by a slight acidity and pungent taste. I was not sure if this was a result of the alcohol creeping in, or just the beer taste, and the beer left a finish that was dry and somewhat acrid, both when cold and as the beer warmed.

I like coffee stouts in general, but this one was not my favorite.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brownish,black with a decent,two finger tawny head and average lacing.The thinness of this beer is evident on the pour.

S-Quality,medium roast coffee,bittersweet chocolate and lightly charred malt.

T-More decent coffee flavors and medium roasted malts.More like a porter flavor profile.

M-Extremely thin.Not a stout.Very disappointing.

D-Stout lovers beware!This beer should be listed as a coffee ale but it is still quite drinkable.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a super dark garnett - brown, but I can just see through it. Thin light tan head with some filmy lacing.
Dark and sweet malts (probably alot of chocolate, with a strong coffee presence.
Coffee dominates teh flavor of this one. A little chocolate is hiddne behind the coffee and some slight bittering hops are detected.
Lighter side of full bodied. Has kind of a dry, mouth puckering finish... not what I'd expect from this type of beer.
Lightly hopped coffee, but nothing spectacular here. I'd tone down the coffee a bit, but it's not bad.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Royal Liquor in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Not nearly as dark as the other stouts that I have been drinking lately. (I'm on a bit of a stout kick right now.) It poured a good old fashioned brown color. Collected in the glass, it darkened up a little and gained some hints of red. Light penetrated it easily. The tan head rose up to three fingers quickly and with little coaxing. It settled down quickly, though, and was soon just a cap of bubbles on top of the brew. This lingered until the beer was gone. There was some light lacing left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aromas that were there were nice, just too thin. Dark roasted malts, cream, and light hints of chocolate were present. The coffee was definitely apparent, but not too overpowering. It came across like old coffee that has been sitting in the pot for hours after the maker was shutoff. Not much else going on except the occasional whiff of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and very thin for a stout. It did have a certain "presence" that kept it from being a complete bomb in this catagory, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Taste: From the start, the coffee flavor, while not too strong, dominated the taste. It didn't have that deep, rich character that other coffee laced stouts that I have sampled had. It seemed sharp, thin, acidic, and had a very low bitterness. Now, I like my coffee acidic as hell, but this beer lacked the depth to back it up. There was some sweet malt thrown in to help balance things out. Milk chocolate and cocoa arose well into the aftertaste.

I know I seemed a little rough on this beer, but it wasn't bad. It was actually very quaffable, as evidenced by the fact that the drinkability score is the highest one. I just expect more from a coffee stout than this provided. I think the problem might be that the base stout just doesn't have the balls to handle this assignment. I would like to see them try this again with a beefier brew.

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Photo of Landfill21
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tried this because I generally like coffee stouts. Pours into a dark black that looks like coffee with a fingernail had that follows all the way down.

Has a very strong coffee smell and taste. Can smell and taste molasses in the nose then dissipates.

The strong black coffee taste was just too much to drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to birchstick for the bottle - thanks, pal!

Appearance -- Pours a chestnut brown, some clarity, with the slimmest possible beige head. Looks more like a rich brown or a porter.

Smell -- Coffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar sweetness are in the forefront. A tinge of sourness and pine forest hops. Not a great deal of roast malt aroma. The coffee is definitely apparent, but not in your face.

Taste -- Sweet up front with brown sugar, cocoa powder, and sweetened iced coffee. The roast malt character is somewhat lacking, though the coffee addition gives this a boost. Hop character is pronounced with floral notes and mild grassy bitterness, though the scale is definitely leaned toward sweetness over dryness. Lingering flavors of brown sugar, coffee, and floral hops. Tates good, but lacks depth.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium-high carbonation. In general, I don't care for the carbonation of most Schlafly beers and this is no exception. Very soft drink-esque. A few swirls helps the matter significantly, though.

Overall -- It's an okay coffee stout. What is a kind way to say 'middle of the pack?' Truthfully, there's a lot to like here. The coffee is pleasant, not stale or burnt, and the body makes this beer especially drinkable - dare I say sessionable? My big nitpicks with this beer are that it's unpleasantly carbonated, thin, and overly sweet. If this were available to me I probably wouldn't reach for it on a shelf, but I wouldn't turn one down.

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3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Boulevard Goblet. Poured just a shade lighter then jet-black, didn’t allow much light to shine through. Head was a slight tan layer that dissipated very quickly. Aroma is of coffee (duh) and sweet oats. Taste is coffee and that’s about all, and the coffee taste is pretty weak to boot. The body of the beer is pretty thin. Not much here. It’s definitely a drinkable beer, I just don’t know if I will seek it out again. Not a bad beer, just nothing very enduring either.

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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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