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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Ratings: 942 |  Reviews: 318
Photo of AMo
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly Coffee Stout pours a dark brownish black which is similar in appearace to none other than a cup of black coffee. The coffee/expresso smell really comes though which is also very evident in the taste as well. There is a slight bitter aftertaste, not overpowering by any means. I was hoping the mouthfeel would be a bit thicker seeing as how it's an oatmeal stout, just brewed with coffee beans, but none the less it does have a nice moderate body to it. One or two of these is definitely good, any more than that and the bitterness of the aftertaste starts to take presidence over the pleasant coffee taste this beer offers.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From MJR. Thanks bro'. Super cola-like in appearance. Brown with a small white head that rises up and than dies leaving some nice lacing. Carbonation is big bubbled, and frothy. Aromas are fresh espresso, some lightly roasted malts, and maybe some slight hops. The taste is coffee like, but weak-coffee like with some roasted coffee notes and a subtle hoppiness that is very much in the background. There are also some chocolate notes in the mix as well and maybe some caramel? Mouthfeel is too light and this hurts the drinkability a little bit. This is very light for a stout, and it almost comes accross as more of a coffee porter. I'd love to know the abv on this. A solidly good, but not spectacular coffee-infused beer.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with very slight ruby highlights. About 1.5" of tan head forms, which has good retention and okay lacing.

Smell: Smells of dark malts, lots of coffee, maybe a hint of both bitter and sweet chocolate.

Taste: Mirrors smell. Some really nice coffee character is present, though it turns a bit acrid on the finish. Bitter and sweet chocolate is present as well, and minimal hop character.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The beer is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy. Overall, I was impressed with this coffee stout. Nice flavors in this.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of naterock
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a mug. one finger tan head and deep black.

amell is rich chocolate malt and some espresso in the nose. just a hint of hops.

tastes rich, Dark roasted malt and espresso, not too complex but just a great representation.

mouth is slightly grainy and very thick. Medium carbonation, maybe too much carbonation. drinks easy but there's no way I could have more than a few on any given day.

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Photo of qchic
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

For coffee lovers only. Thought the moderate alcohol might make for a thin beer, but plenty of roasty, chocolatey coffee flavor with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit of tang and bitterness. Good beer from a solid brewery!

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Photo of amicar
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re- reviewing from the bottle; purchased from a 6 pack; I guess that I love coffee so much, that I just really want to give it a great score.

appearance: still wonderful poured from the bottle; lighter colored head than I would've expected (still). Smell does not give the coffee undertones justice- smells acrid and bitter. The taste I like better this time, but still very roast bitter; Maybe a little overdone in the espresso compartment, or shoulda backed off in the roast barley. But at the same time, I love the coffee flavor- am I being schizophrenic here? However, feels nice and sticky in the mouth (could be more full) from the bottle. I am more optimistic about my ability to have a couple of these in a row than the last time I reviewed.

In summary, still nice; however, although in theory the melding of my two loves (coffee and beer) should be an easy winner, it works less well in practise.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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 slipperysoup
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerbully
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into snifter

A-black with 1/2 inch off white head with little retention. moderate lacing that quickly falls from side of glass.

S-moderate aroma. mocha mostly as the chocolate and coffee meld together. slight roastiness

T-roasty coffee and chocolate follows the nose. slight smokiness

M-a bit thin , especially in the finish would like more creaminess...maybe a bit too carbonated for the style

O-solid coffee stout but comes up short when compared to others. However for the price its a solid offering

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Photo of embass
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown with a light-tan head. A little thin; does not grab the glass.

Had a strong coffee scent along with some nice chocolaty notes mixed in along with.

Taste was a very smooth blend of roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of caramel.

Very light on the bitterness; nice balance of a sweet stout versus the bitterness/acidity of the coffee.

A little on the thin-side as far as feel goes. Not necessarily a bad thing but I typically prefer more of a medium-bodied coffee stout.

Overall I really liked the balance and drinkability of this coffee stout. I’m generally pretty impressed with Schlafly’s. I wish this was a bit thicker and had a higher ABV; but I get what they were going for.

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Photo of JoshuaWilkins-38
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of capnamerica
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A shade or two before black. Thin cream head.

S: Great smell. Reminiscent of chocolate covered espresso beans.

T: Iced coffee. Very nice balance.

O: Very pleasant, and enjoyable. Worth a try.

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.

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Photo of Travitten
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Very dark in color - almost 100% opaque. You may be able to see a small amount of light on the edges. The head formation is light - almost only a film. The head is very light colored, opposite of many previous stouts. Carbonation inside the beer is light.

S - Am I at the coffee pot here? They certainly captured the essence of a fresh brew. Coffee smell is overt. A hair of coffee acidity exists on the nose- very pungent.

T - At first, the beer is fairly flavorless. There is a hair of roasted malt flavors that develop into some balanced bitterness. Some yeast spiciness exists in the background. There it is: the aftertaste is dominated by the harsh acidity and flavor of coffee.

M - A fairly thin body - not as thick as other American stouts - and too light for my taste. Carbonation creates a lighter beer than I would have expected for the style, or for the appearance.

D - Easy to drink from an ABV point of view. I do find the coffee style grows tiresome from its acidic assertiveness that makes this beer a limited session beer.

A solid offering - and if I were in the mood for a coffee stout, it would be on my list. At the end of the day, I would guess that this particular beer is just missing the body I would desire in a nice warming coffee stout.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle she pours richly, and the head foams nice and large at about three fingers. Head is off tan colored, and a more expected together appearance from the pour seems in order, but it comes off as more foamy than creamy. Body color is a dark walnut brown with some great red hues along the edges, even some occasional ring lacing around the edges of the glass.

Nose is nice ripped bean coffee, but also a little acrid grain? Something seems a bit unusual on first smell. Subsequent whiffs seem more coffee dominant and better.

Taste improves. A wonderful simple coffee richness, but not heavy. Light bodied roast and char, but also a hint of wet. chewy grainy malts, and a pleasant texture. Simple and good, even some slight cream.

Overall the drink feels bigger than the low abv hints at. This however, tastes better than it smells, but it's just another solid beer from this brewery.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a Beer of the Month 6 pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice pitch black color with a small brownish head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some lacing. Smells of darkly roasted coffee, nothing else. Tastes of coffee and a little bit of malt, but definate dark coffee taste dominates, like there is still coffee beans in it (not actually, but that taste). Beer goes down real smooth for this light/medium bodied beer and is carbonated perfectly. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Twelve-ounce bottle. Printed on the front of the label, on the bottom border, is probably a born-on date: “11 03 2011.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is almost opaque black; a tiny bit of light passes through when I hold it to light. Two fingers of fluffy, tan head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: I got a whiff of coffee the moment after popping the cap. It has a massive, roasted coffee aroma, a testament to the espresso shots the brew was inspired by. It is pretty sinister, and exhibits quite a bit of edge, but underneath (I want to believe) lurks scents of chocolate and oatmeal smoothness, which blunt the roasted bitterness a tad.

Taste: Wow. The first sip is an experience: surprisingly smooth and creamy, and not as bitter as I expected. Though the coffee from the smell dominates, it loses its edge. Perhaps my taste buds adjusted from the smell. The chocolate I wanted is present, as is the oatmeal smoothness in the flavor and mouthfeel, which counter the roasted bitterness from the coffee.

Drinkability: I am impressed. This is truly a coffee stout in the sense it smells like coffee and tastes like stout.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a shade of brown that is certainly opaque though not exactly super-dark or anything. A generous, two-finger beige head formed leaving some good lacing. The lacing looks like (and excuse me for this labored comparison) the black swirls amongst the base-red of the Marvel Comics character Carnage's symbiotic suit.

A pleasant espresso scent (that my mind wants to describe as "simmering" somehow, despite this being a beer taken from the 'fridge) hits the nose first, followed by the roasty grain scents of the malt. Well-above average but not exceptional.

The espresso flavors wash over the tongue, and they are well-executed. This beer tastes like coffee in a good way. Thankfully, the coffee is not the only note that this beer hits. The roasted coffee taste matches well with the roasted malts, followed by the kiss of hop bitterness. Its a contrasting bitterness parade that I so love in Boulevard's Bully Porter, only executed on a smaller scale. In fact, the more I drink this beer, the more I am convinced that it is a coffee porter and not a coffee stout. This beer is never bold, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is inadequate for a stout. For a porter, it would be fine. For a stout, though, it is less thick/creamy than desired. Its not a huge issue, as there are thinner stouts that I enjoy, too. I think that this is a nicely drinkable beer; it has an ABV short of 6% and the coffee/roasted flavors are not heavy enough to wreck your palate.

I should note that the espresso used in this beer is from Clayton/St. Louis-based roaster Kaldi's. Its all free-trade, too (as problematic as that term is, its still nice to see on a beer). Overall, I found this to be more of a porter than a stout. Either way its a tasty beer with a good sense of balance to it.

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Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell of wet coffee grinds float out of the glass as the dense tan head slowly fades. A short and thick lace is left behind on top of the brew and around the glass itself. Dark brown in color with crimson hues where the light strikes.

Closer inspection of the nose reveals some vanilla bean notes and a bit of black licorice. The coffee grind notes have turned to pure espresso with a little bit of creamer sweetness evolving. Tastes of espresso and mocha with diminutive dark cherry notes, some caramel malt sweetness, some distant pine and ginger.

Creamy mouth-feel overall, albeit a bit thin at times. Medium bodied. Alcohol is barely noticed.

The near overpowering coffee grind notes can be a little alarming at first, but this is a coffee stout, and in the end everything evens out in the end to create a well-rounded and well-crafted brew that should easily give any coffee and or beer lover their fix.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass at Schlafly Bottleworks during summer months 2011.

Appearance: An extremely dark pour that light does not penetrate. Leaves a HUGE dark brown, creamy head that made my mouth water. It leaves all sorts of trace down the side of the glass. Brilliant!

Smell: Deep, rich coffees, dark roasted malts with a hint of grain. The Kaldie's coffee is very present though not overwhelming in the nose. Stong without being overbearing-- which I think is a mark of a good coffee stout. As it warmed, I caught some vanilla and some molasses.

Taste: HELL YEAH! Toasty in the front and coffee bitter in the back. Really stick to the palate. The oats give it incredible balance while still holding onto the bitter roast in the finish. Full bodied to indeed! Everything in the nose shows up in the mouth.

Mouth: Full body and low carbonation.

Overall: This is one of my go-to beers at Schlafly and its a personal favorite of mine. It could be a true masterpiece if it had a real American Stout backbone to it. Nevertheless, one of the best of its sub-style.

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Photo of klewis
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.
Brewed on 1/23/07

A: Pours nearly black with a big foamy head. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Very nice smell of roasted barley and espresso.

T: Earthy and bitter with a dry coffee flavor.

M: Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation. The taste doesn't stick around for long, only some bitterness.

D: This beer is quite nice and seems to be exactly what it's going for, but it's nothing exciing or original. Still, this is a solid choice for coffee stout lovers.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a near jet black body with some light getting through.

S: strong coffee, little else

T: coffee bomb which I happen to love with hints of vanilla and decent amount of cocoa but coffee roast dominates.

M: medium busy and moderate carbonation.

Overall: simple but very good. Not too bitter but yet tons of coffee flavor. Must pair this one with the chocolate cake at the brewpub.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.82 out of 5 based on 942 ratings.
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