Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Coffee StoutSchlafly Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

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:
312
Ratings:
911
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
20.73%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
137
For Trade:
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Photo of GreenWBush
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When reviewing stouts, I often use 'ruby' to describe the glints of light eminating around the blackness. In this particular case, 'ruby' is more applicable than black, as this is transparent and reddish even when not held to light. A huge, invincible head gives way to a ridiculous brown glass-stick. Whizzing, from-bottom carbonation.

The nose of this beer is not so surprisingly coffee-centered; cappucino, iced coffee, iced mocha all come to mind.

The taste is possibly the most intensely 'coffee'd' stout i've experienced. Like iced beer-coffee; no real oatmeal or stout characteristics come forward above the wall of java.

Sort of thin, but damned good. I have to wonder what spices are used alongside the coffee to give this such an intensely beany flavor.

Not the best drinkability or mouthfeel in the world of stouts, but still a worthy offering.

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Photo of BeerWhale
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When first poured into a glass you'll notice the rich, dark color, the distinct smell of coffee and the tan colored head.

Upon first sip you'll notice the strong presence of something that can only be described as "cold coffee". The flavor of the coffee is defintaley there, although it's not the same comforting morning coffee flavor. It's chocolaty and noticeable thinner tasting than other coffee stouts. The coffee notes are intermingled with the pleasant undertone of the base Oatmeal Stout to create a very drinkable and pleasant, if somehow unsatisfying beer. I just wish the coffee flavor was somehow stronger and the head a little thicker and longer lasting.

Overall a very nice stout that would pair well with a chocolate desert or as a main course beer, although it would have to be with something rich enough to handle the coffee flavor, possibly venison chili, or beef pot pie.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears almost opaque brown color with better than a full finger fluffy light brown head that fades slowly. Plenty of lacing observed.

Smell is dominantly coffee grounds and graham crackers.

Medium bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated.

The flavor mirrors the smells. Like drinking an iced coffee roast beverage. It has a lingering aftertaste of the same.

Reasonable drinker. Glad i had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of scratch69
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Nothing but roasted coffee.

Taste- Black coffee flavor with some light notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall- Decent stout with an average coffee flavor. I would drink it again but there are some better coffee stouts out there.

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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 Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Dertbert for including this in a recent trade.

Pours dark brown with a finger width of light tan head that settles down into a great looking full creamy retention across the top that leaves behind big swathes of lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is definitely roasted coffee up front although I also pick up some backing chocolate sweetness and a slight sour note.

The taste is once again a roasty coffee blend up front mixed with chocolate and caramel sweetness. There is also a slightly astringent feel to the proceedings. The overall taste of coffee is pretty good but there seems be something missing. Maybe a bit more assertiveness or better backing by the other flavors? The mouthfeel is a little thinnner than I expected but still maintains a creamy and sleek feel.

Overall, this wasn't a terrible Coffee Stout but it just didn't do enough in certain areas to make it overly memorable either. Still, the flavor isn't too bad and the drinkibility is still fairly good.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewczar for the opportunity to try this one. Bottled on 12/5/2008 and served in a nonic. Poured three shades shy of black with deep maroon highlights around the base of the glass. Two inch, tight tan-colored head with excellent retention that left behinds thick bands of lacing as it receded. Roasted coffee dominates the nose with a slightly vegetal quality detected towards the back. Taste follows nose, but a little on the bland side and some residual espresso roast lightly lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel was somewhat light for the style without much of the chewiness I've come to associate with an oatmeal stout. Exceptional appearance and bold nose gives way to a somewhat muted representation of the style; easy drinking brew nonetheless.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/29/2010

A: Very nice dark color with a slight bight of light on the edges. Thin off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S: The coffee is right there. Some dark chocolates also present. Very nice and dark with an unmistakable roasted appeal.

T: Great mix of malt and the coffee beans. Very roasted as the smell. High carbonation and a little thin for an oatmeal stout.

The mix of coffee and a stout is perfect. Other than the fact it was a wee bit thin on the taste the flavor profile was out of this world. Coffee, chocolate, and a bit of bitter hop bite. It's like chewing on a coffee bean and for some this can be a wonderful experience. Great Beer St. Louis Brewery!!!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bottled on December 12 poured into a imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a two inch creamy and extremely active tan and sandy brown head that bubbles down into a thin ring in a few minutes. Little lacing but it's there. Not too viscous but not really that boozy either no I'm not really expecting that.

S: Smells very clean and very much like coffee with hints of chocolate and oatmeal, very dry, does not smell too sweet, like bakers chocolate or cocoa powder mixed with fresh coffee grounds, pretty good and not smash you over the head, nice and complex with no adjuncts.

T/MF: Pretty bitter and dry, heavy on the coffee as to be expected but not exactly like what I was expecting in terms of coffee taste. I mean the bitterness is there but the fresh coffee taste is not, it tastes of coffee granted but a bit old at that, again the dusty chocolate flavor is there as well, the body is medium and the finish is long and bitter with a longer focus on chocolate than coffee. The malt bitterness is minimal but the hop bitterness is there in spades.

D: This beer confuses me, I mean it is very complex, and smells fresh and tastes clean but the coffee taste that is there is not as clean and clear as I would have hoped for, complex to be sure but not the coffee taste I was expecting. Still good though.

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Photo of beerhandy
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark brown with a biege head that subsides rather quickly.Wispy border of foam clings to the edge of the glass.its slightly hazy but become more translucent (cola) as it warms.

Aroma is fresh roast coffee nothing gourmet just a solid cup of joe
Some malt comes through ,doughy bread

Flavor is medium roast with some expresso coming through.My bottle was old (nov 04) but the coffee character had not faded.I had drank a lot of it back in December and the character has not changed much.Hops are not noticible but the roast malt and coffee seem reasonably balanced.

Medium body with medium carbonation make it a easy drinking american coffee stout

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Photo of ncaudle
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours light brown, finally settling into a darker brown in the glass, with a creamy head that took a minute or two to dissipate.

coffee. that is all you smell. coffee! taste brings in some slight chocolate and vanilla tones, but just barely.

thin, slightly creamy mouthfeel.
decent brew but not necessarily something I can really get into.

is this really a coffee stout or just a coffee brown ale?

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Photo of Amerrell
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head. Aroma is light, mostly coffee. Tastes like a pretty good stout with a single shot of espresso. The coffee here is not as up front as I expected. I like my coffee stouts strong. It is, however, very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The coffee doesn't come through until the middle and the drink finishes out with a slight hop bitterness to it. Overall definitely a good beer, but I'll take one with stronger coffee if I can find it.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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 tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dakid for this one.

A: Pours a light nutty brown hue with a nice creamy head. Okay retention with some very light spotty lace.

S: The aroma is big on fresh roasted coffee with a hint of caramel malt. Simple but good.

T: Not as bold as I had hoped, I like big extreme coffee stouts, but this one is on the more sessionable side which is not a bad thing. Nice light roasted coffee backed but toasted malt. Very light chocolate to round things out.

M: On the thinner side, with nice carbonation.

D: A sessionable coffee stout. To be honest I would like a touch more coffee though.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich, dark brown color with a creamy one to two inger light brown head. Decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Rather weak aroma of roasted coffee and toasted bread. A little hoppy spiciness mixed in.

T - Notice more of a chocoalte sweetness initially before a somewhat muted coffee tastes comes in.

M/D - Very creamy and smooth. Easy drinking but the flavors just arent great.

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Photo of beer2day
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black coffee pour with a touch of cream in the 1.5 finger head. Light on retention and thin lace.

Nose is somewhat understated, though definitely improves as the glass warms. Coffee notes, as expected, with vanilla underneath. Moderate roast characteristics.

Definite sweet component to the glass. You get the standard shot of coffee (medium roast) and roasted malt, but the oats add in a sweet component to the finish. Decent bitters, but from chocolate malt and lighter citrus hops.

Feel is just ever so slightly on the thin side, but pretty close to appropriate for the glass.

Nice, basic stout.

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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 kirok1999
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent black, just a bit of head and no lace.
Smell of mild coffee and nicely sweet. Probably the best feature of this beer.
Taste is very mild with a dry lingering finish. The sweetness doesn't come through in the taste. It's a bit thin and watery as well. Not much like an oatmeal stout, which I expect to be much creamier than this. Very fizzy carbonation hurts the drinkability.

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

A- Pretty rich dark brown espresso. Medium lacing around the glass. Very little head in the glass.

S- More malt than coffee from the nose.

T- Pretty decent coffee stout. Some coffee comes out of the beer, but some great malty stout there too.

M- Pretty thin here. My lowest rating for this beer.

O- A well done coffee stout considering all of them that have been done.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SplashyFob and his friend for this one.

An agressive pour yields a finger of tan head that dissipates in a minute or so. I am left with a rich dark coffee colored body with a frothy little ring around the top. Faint lace sticks to the side of the glass.

I smell roasted malt, roasted nuts and roasted coffee.

Roasted malt and coffee make up the rather mild flavor on this one.

The mouthfeel is too light for me. I feel it should be creamier. The carbonation bites the middle of the tongue. Finishes with a little residue on the tongue.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer's appearance is an oily black, with a bubbly, soda-like head. The aroma contains hints of dark-roasted coffee beans, grains, and a touch of something sweet. My nose also detected a small presence of oxidation. The flavor has a nice bitter coffee flavor, and as advertised, the 'cold toddy extraction process' does indeed produce a less acidic flavor. It's rather light, no doubt benefiting from the breadiness of the Oatmeal as well. The overall mouthfeel however might be a little too light and carbonated, a bit of a let down compared to the expected velvety softness that one might get with other Oatmeal Stouts, such as New Holland's "The Poet." This might not be the best coffee stout ever made, but the uniqueness of the coffee blending and it's resulting flavor are enough to give it merit.

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Photo of mphopkins99
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is nice, pours to a two-finger head.

Smell is good, a definite coffee and chocolate presence.

Taste is very good. Bold, with a pronounced coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pleasant.

Drinkability - The first two go down exceptionally well, but after that its time to switch to something a little bit lighter. A bit heavy to drink more than a couple of.

I really look forward to this beer every winter, its one of Schlaflys best products, IMHO.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i enjoyed this beer thanks to BradLikesBrew.

this beer was bottled on december 12, 2007.

notes on the bottle say.... "uses locally roasted Kaldi's coffee"

this beer poured a jet black color with very little head. the lacing was ok. smell and taste are big on the coffee side. nothing really stands out about this beer, but it is a very easy drinker. i could easily drink a few of these.

thanks again brad.

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Photo of tito42
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 11/16/2011.

A: Deep, dark brown with mahogany hues around the edges of the glass when held up to light. Cocoa head that dissipates to a thin layer but sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S: Espresso roast coffee beans dominate the nose, with hints of roasted barley and grassy hops. Very robust coffee aroma.

T: Espresso, plum and cherry notes, caramel, roasted barley, grassy hops.

M: Light-bodied stout that is a bit watery throughout. Quite a bit of carbonation on the back end leaves a tang on the tongue. Too watery for a stout in my opinion.

O: A solid coffee stout. A poor mouthfeel holds this one back from being something more.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. This is the first Schlafly beer I've seen in the area.

Appearance: Too light in color. A hazy light brown at best. Poor head retention and a little lacing.

Smell: Very coffee driven. A little chocolate in there, not much else. Mostly just cold Waffle House coffee, in the best possible way.

Taste: Yeah, cold coffee mixed with weak stout. It doesn't at all taste bad, but its the most boring coffee beer I've had.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, but smooth and slightly creamy. Pretty nice.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, straightforward coffee stout. Decent, but minimal complexity and too light colored and light bodied.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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