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Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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86
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313 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:
313
Ratings:
916
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
20.73%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Engibeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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 nhindian
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Dated 11/03/2011. Pours a reflective, ominous black with no hint of what is contained within. About 2-fingers of khaki-colored head gradually forms with a thick, foamy consistency and big bubbles here and there. The retention is fantastic, and it only seems to slowly shrink, not dissipate. This lends itself to some great, sticky lacing.

S - Wow, the nose on this brings some of the strongest hints of espresso that I've had in a beer, maybe only behind Founders' Breakfast Stout line and Peche Mortel. It is almost all coffee grounds here, with only the malts having a chance to challenge it. There's a bit of chocolate and oat here, but this is definitely a coffee bomb.

T - I always find myself split on coffee-infused beers. On one hand, I absolutely love coffee and it's a rare day that I don't wake up to a cup (or more) of it, but on the other hand, most coffee beers aren't well-executed and are much too bitter. I don't know to what extent the 'cold toddy extraction process' played in this beer, but Schlafly really did a fine job of getting a ton of coffee flavor without the harshness or even a lot of the roast. It's pretty much drinking a smooth iced coffee. That being said, as in the nose, it's kind of hard to get much else besides the coffee, but I guess that's the point of this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. This even feels like coffee in the mouth, but perhaps without as dry a finish. A long lasting coffee aftertaste makes every sip last, and it is smooth all around.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I have to say I'm pretty impressed with this, especially for the price. This is definitely a beer for coffee-lovers so if you can't stand it, then buyer beware. For me, though, this is an example of the style done right, but I'd like to have gotten a bit more of the underlying oatmeal stout.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10.27.08

A - Dark brown, nice big thick head. Slowly reduces to disk. Clingy, sudsy lacing.

S - Big time coffee.

T - Again, huge coffee, roasted malt, some bits of cocoa.

M - Creamy and satifying.

D - I could session this one, easy yet interesting enough to hang on.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: black tan head and little lacing

S: coffee and cocoa mostly

T: fresh coffe chocolate and some dark fruit type taste almost like raspberry

M: creamy with a lingering sweet finish

O: a delicious coffee stout. Everything is in great balance and exactly what a coffee stout should be

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Photo of jw4free
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Opaque dark brown, decent 1 finger head. Good lacing. S: coffee, roasted coffee, roasted grain, excellent. T: not so intense. Still coffee, good. F: creamy, but not oatmeal thick. O: a good coffee stout. Not real aware of the oatmeal part.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

'extra' bottle in a trade with Tilley4

12oz bottle, 'bottled with love' on Sept. 27, 2007, served in a standard pint glass.

A - dark brown color with a good sized tan head that fell after a while and remains as a layer, leaving some globs of sticky lacing.

S - rich espresso coffee aroma.

T - good bitterness, roasted espresso coffee taste.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation. Light for the style (this is also listed under a Bottleworks version as a coffee stout).

D - a very tasty, easy drinking brew. I would love to have some more of these.

Final Note: if Starbucks made a beer, I think it might taste like this one. Recommended.

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Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis, MO for $4.50. Tapped from a Stainless Steel Tap Handle into a 16oz Nonic/Pint Glass.

Aroma- Tons of roast and maltiness throughout the entire smell. Coffee is very apparent and nicely introduced. Enjoyed greatly!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is frothy and has great retention. Has the deepest brown colored body that is opaque. Leaves the thickest, creamy lacing behind.

Flavor- Very rich coffee and tastes as though it is a cask offering but isn't. Roast and dark malts are introduced in the middle of the drink. A light-medium bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Creamy, and has a light coffee finish.

Overall Impression- After each drink, I thought to myself, is this on-cask? Very creamy and easy going down! Of course it was still full bodied but very nice with coffee character but anyone can enjoy! I'm looking to enjoy my bottle of this within the week as well and compare.

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Photo of Goliath
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with extreme dark amber hues in the light. Basically opaque as well. A large inch and a half light tan head forms on the pour and lingers with excellent retention leaving some nice looking lace behind.

I love the nose on this beer. Huge coffee notes, straight espresso...mmm. Really roasty, with a slight touch of chocolate, and even a light hop presence. Really appealing for me.

The taste is quite good. A nice coffee note, though not overwhelming, is the dominant flavor profile. Slightly roasty, and slightly sweet, with a touch of chocolate and a touch of hops. This beer is a nice dose of coffee with a bit of balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly, but appropriately carbonated.

Drinkability is high. This beer tastes great, goes down smooth, and could be fairly sessionable. I suppose some might not want to drink several coffee beers in a row, but I certainly could with this beer. Schlafly's coffee is one of my favorite seasonal six packs, and I enjoy it year after year. It's not the best coffee stout I've ever had, but it's tasty and it's local. I look forward to enjoying this beer for years to come. I only wish it were available year round.

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Photo of John1985
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stout pours jet black with an ample 1" head with plenty of lacing. Aroma of fresh coffee. Crisp chocolate roasted malt with a jolt of hops in the middle. Coffee bitterish aftertaste. Smooth and satisfying. This is the first coffee stout available in Nashville so I don't have much to compare it to but this seems pretty good.

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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 Sephiroth
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Pours with an inch and a half of foam, leaving some decent lacing. The aroma is mostly of coffee, with a little bit of stout.

The taste is pretty good. I find myself liking it more as I progress through the glass. Coffee is the dominant flavor, with a mild stouty profile. Mouthfeel is good, even if it is a bit light. This would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours an opaque black into a DFH signature glass with a finger of thick frothy head that slowly dissipates throught the drinking experience.

S: a wallop of fresh espresso and freshly ground dark roasted beans, a tad grassy.

T: bitter dark coffee, a good kind of bitter, like a great cup of coffee. Still a bit grassy and a little malt sweetness shines through on the middle of the tongue.

MF: fairly heavy body, a tad chewy, good effervescence for a such a thick stout.

O: great coffee stout, a little much coffee and a little light on the beer flavors but still great.

I had my second glass with a Snickers and it was AWESOME!

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Photo of Brent
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressively well-balanced integration of coffee flavor into this stout. Poured black, as one would expect. Off white head tinged with tan. A whiff of fresh ground coffee beans in the aroma. Pleasant roasted malt flavor was predominant, with some strong-brewed coffee in the background. A nice fullness to the mouthfeel. Unlike some coffee stouts that taste like a stout with some cold black coffee dumped in, this beer unites the flavors in a very pleasant way.

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Photo of Axic10
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to AlCaponeJunior in the Math BIF #3. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a finger of khaki colored head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Rich roasted espresso, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very strong punch you in the face coffee aroma.

Taste: Bold espresso, bitterness from the coffee as well, burnt/roasted malt and some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: I was very impressed with this beer and definitely would drink again. A very good use of coffee in the beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Served in a nonic pint.

Pours a deep brown nearing black. Big mocha-colored head with nice lacing as it goes down. Good retention as well. Thin collar afterward. The nose carries a really nice bit of coffee with some mild cream. Slight roast as well. Flavor has a good coffee and roast combination with a slight creaminess behind it. Medium body with good carbonation. Slightly chewy. Quite good.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bottled with love on Jan 05, 2006.

The Coffee Stout is contains Kaldi's Fair Trade espresso brewed using the cold toddy method.

Pours with a huge rocky latte colored head of small bubbles the slowly settles leaving a few strands of thick lacing. Deep dark mahogany with cordovan highlights. The smell is of strong, burnt espresso beans, smoke, carbon, and is sharp and acrid. The Kaldi's espresso dominates every facet of the taste. There is some initial soft sweetness that crosses the tongue, but then the espresso kicks in. Finishes with about a quarter cube of sugar-laced shot of espresso. Bitter and acrid. Medium body, slightly grating mouthfeel, but with some buzzing carbonation. This is all about the espresso and if it only had a bit more malt in the body it would be spectacular.

If you like your coffee strong, dark, and black, then this one is for you.

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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 crhensel
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz. into imperial pint) Pours a rich black color with very little head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma out of the glass is immediately of the coffee roast, and chocolate malts. It actually smells just like a good cup of espresso. The flavor is exactly the same, with a slight hint of the roast with an overwhelming flavor of espresso. The finish is very smooth and refreshing. Let this one warm up a bit to fully appreciate the complexity and subtlety of all the flavors.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown/ruby colored beer. Nice, thick, tan, creamy head. The tiniest orange highlights at the bottom of the glass. Very nice head retention and a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The head settled to a nice film covering the top.

Smell - A very rich and robust coffee, espresso note barrages the nose with the first whiff. A roasted or burnt barley backs up the coffee. No real sweetness to speak of, but that's alright. Almost getting a walnut type of scent too.

Taste - Again, very strong coffee, espresso flavors right off the bat. A very dry breadiness dusts the palate to give a bit of complexity. Finishes with a "whole" milk type of essence.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/full mouthfeel. Dry and a touch rugged, but in the most complementary way. Leaves a comfortable amount on the palate. Not so much that it's distracting.

Drinkability - I rather like this beer. Some may be turned off by the abundance of coffee flavors and aromas, but I found it most enjoyable. This would be a wonderful after dinner beer, maybe even enjoy this with a touch of vanilla ice cream on a cold, cold, night. Probably wouldn't want to tackle this on a Summers day however. It's worth a try and I'll pick it up again sometime soon for sure.

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Photo of CMW
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown and is completely opaque. There is a large tan colored head that has fairly god retention. Lacing is also present but not huge.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate.

T - Chocolate sweetness upfront is almost bitter. Roasted coffee flavors are like a pot of coffee that has sat around until cold but kept all the flavor. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - High carbonation, but a little watery.

D - Will I really enjoy this beer, I cannot have more than two at a time. The sweetness tends to linger on my palate and after two of these becomes overpowering.

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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 GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to mikennat for this from our recent trade!

Bottled With Love on 11 29 2010

A: Pours a dark, well, coffee brown with some lighter mahogany at the edges when tilted. The head reaches about two fingers thick but sadly was quite short lived. However, it did leave behind some very nice looking lace webs.

S: Pretty high quality espresso roast here. Loads of roasty malt as well. Also noticed some toasty oats, bakers chocolate, dark fruit, and brown sugar.

T: Very close to the smell. The slightly sweet oats, chocolate, and dark fruit add a nice balance to how the flavors are spread out and keep the espresso from becoming one note.

M: Feels full at first, like a milk stout. Then the bitter coffee and roasted malt kick in with some excellent peppery dryness that lingers for quite awhile on the tongue.

D: Pretty excellent as far as coffee stouts are concerned. The mouthfeel never becomes syrupy and there's nice balance here for the coffee. Plus, we're only at 5.7%...sessionable in my book!

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

On cask at their tap room.

A: Dark as a moonless night, 2 finger creamy head. Excellent retention. Some coffee grinds at the bottom, cowboy style.

S: Coffee, oats, chocolate, english malt.

T: Well done. Very nice balance of flavors. They didn't go overboard with coffee, and there's a nice malt backbone and hop bitterness towards the end. Some chocolate. On cask, this is phenomenal.

M: Chewy, not too thick though. Well carbonated. Very easy to drink.

O: I like this more than their Oatmeal Stout, from which this is derived from. Great seasonal, and tastes amazing on cask. Prost!

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with a thick, creamy, tan colored head that has good retention and leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Strong aroma of coffee as one would expect and a touch of chocolate malt. The coffee flavors are very nice here, not too overpowering, good level of roasted bitterness. Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. This is a very good coffee stout.

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Photo of Cheech22
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You hear about a lot of dark beers, particularly stouts, having tastes reminiscent of coffee, typically due to the type of grain used and the way that it is roasted/treated. This, on the other hand, tastes like Mr. Schlafly dumped several buckets of some crazy French roast into the damn fermenter. Whatever. It's interesting, and I dig it. Give it a try.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.81 out of 5 based on 916 ratings.
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