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Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good
312 Reviews
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:
910
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
137
For Trade:
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3.2/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, goblet, bottled on 12.10.09.

Middlin' brown body with muted red highlights running through, capped with a inch thick stack of tan froth. This leaves us a skim within a minute. Some leggy lace may appear.

Stale coffee, milk chocolate, metal, barley, patent malt.

Metallic hop twang through the sip. Roast, patent malt, and milk chocolate. Very Guinness-like.

Thin, over-carbonated, and not what a stout should be. Schlafly impressed me during my first experience with their Dry-hopped APA. It has since gone downhill.

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Photo of beerman207
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with red highights and a nice tan head

S - Strong coffee and malts

T - Roasted malt, coffee, and some caramel

M - Very light bodied considering this is a stout which puts it down a tad for me.

D - Easy to drink. Having one of these by a fire tonight and it is going down very easy.

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Photo of Jeebs
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown with about a fingers worth of tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: A huge roasted coffee aroma from this beer, so much so that I can't smell anything else.

T: Roasted coffee with a bit of a sweet caramel hint. The carbonation really seems to bring out the coffee flavor in this beer. The drink finishes with a bitter coffee ground taste to it. If you don't like coffee definitely don't drink this beer!

M: Feels a bit thin or watery, has a bit too much carbonation and not creamy like I would expect from a stout.

D: Drinkability is decent, it would be much better if it were a bit creamier without so much harsh carbonation.

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Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. At first a large white head forms and gently recedes. Light lace is left behind.
S: Roasted coffee is up front and dominates the nose. Light mineral aroma. Acidic and astringent.
T: A little more balanced than the nose. Coffee is in full force, but just a touch more of a sweet chocolate flavor to balance out the acidic and astringent coffee.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin and watery for a stout though. Chalky and dry. Not hard to drink, though I think one in a session is just fine.

Not much of an Oatmeal Stout as far as I am concerned. The coffee really takes over everything. Along with the chalky, dry, and acidic feel this is a sub standard coffee stout as well. Not bad, just nothing I will visit again soon.

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Photo of wnh
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottled with love on 11.16.2009

Pours a dark ruby-tinted chestnut brown, deep mahogany when held up to the light, topped by a dense and foamy light tan head.

Medium roast coffee on the nose with a moderate flinty, minerally roasted barley base. A little bit of earthy cocoa underneath, but subtle. Not as big on the coffee--or the stout--as the better examples of the style, but it's hard to complain with an $8 sixer.

Coffee picks up on the palate, as well as the minerally roasted barley. Sweet caramel mid-palate is quickly fleeting, fading into a mildly earthy and dry cocoa powder note. Finishes dry but faintly fruity. Medium bodied and moderately firm, but with a decided smoothness from the oats.

Not the most complex coffee stout, and far from the most flavorful, but a nice drinkable, sessionable entry.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a dark black body with a n average amount of dark tan head. It has a strong coffee aroma and burnt sugar smell. It tastes of caramel and coffee with some roasted malt. The coffee taste is very strong. If you like beer and you like coffee this is the beer for you. It has a thick body with average carbonation.

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Photo of WWWade
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently grabbed a 6 pack of these hoping to milk it for a few days.
It hardly lasted one night.

L - black with a creamy off white head

S - smells like a nutty coffee

T- this seriously tastes like a very good latte

M - mild carbonation and very smooth

D - if you like lattes, then you will like this.

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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 hooliganlife
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is fairly dark cola black with a light creamy head

huge espresso and roasted notes with a touch of sweetness

dark roasted coffee dominates. a slight sweetness through out but the coffee reigns. however, quite balanced overall where the coffee is not bitter.

a bit too much carbonation but a nice body

a very nice coffee stout with huge flavors, lower ABV, and balance. good stuff.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a very dark brown with some hues of red with close to 2 finger's worth of offwhite foam. This is a good lacer so a very nice start for this Stout.

Coffee is in the name and coffee is in the aroma. Good roasty notes are here and I'm definitely getting some bitter tones from the coffee. Nice.

The taste as a nice bitterness up front from the coffee along with a good roasted maltiness. I'm getting a slight astringency in the background but it's mild and doesn't hurt the flavour too much. A good taster to me as it isn't overloaded with coffee like some brews I've tried before.

A nice medium body and lightish carbonation make for a really smooth feel. Good.

Drinkability? The abv is reasonable and the taste is very pleasing so I think this is a very easy brew to drink. A nice job by Schlafly.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours into my glass looking, coincidentally, like a cup of coffee: dark brown, nearly black, with some clarity and a lighter brown in the light. There's a bit of a tan head that stays around for a little while before dissipating and leaves a little thin lacing in light patches. There's just enough going on here to put this above average in appearance.
There's some coffee on the nose with a little chocolate and another underlying sweetness tinged with something artificial, perhaps even a light metallic note. There's a nice malt (perhaps chocolate malts were used here, and/or definitely something roasted) and a light balance is achieved with some hops addition.
The taste follows suit with the tasty coffee and chocolate rich malt backbone accompanied by a light sweetness and a light hops touch in the finish.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a moderate carbonation and a medium body, maybe a little light for a stout. There's a richness to it and the feel stops just short of thickness.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at patten ally pub

a-dark coffee black no real head or lace very plain looking

s-not alot going on some light coffee and espresso notes. Small amounts of sweeter malt but extremly feint.

T-bitter chocolate and coffee notes are all that's really going on with this one on tap flavor is very mild but still pretty soils

m-feels a little flat really carbonation seems very low. Mouthfeel seems very thin and not complex at all

d-easy enough to drink and overall still a good beer but this one is far better out of a bottle than on tap

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

Pours a nearly opaque dark brownish color with a some medium tan head.
Smell is almost heavily like brewed coffee beans and some oatmeal malt.
Taste is heavy in coffee/brewed taste with some small sweet on the end, almost like coffee grounds were brewed in the beer.
Finish is quick with a noticeable, yet quickly dissipating coffee bean after-taste.
Drinks pretty easy, although the taste is something overpowering.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bross242 for this one.

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin mocha head that leaves a ring of foam and spotty lacing.

S - Rich coffee, toasted malts and roasty grains.

T - Fresh dark coffee, roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

M - Light with a surprising amount of carbonation. Creamy with some astringency.

D - A lighter stout but still tasty.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a mocha colored head that fades pretty fast to a nice sheen and collar. Nice lacing.

Smell is filled with roasty malts and freshly brewed coffee. Not much in the way of hops or other java-distracting aromas. Smells fairly light, smooth and quaffable.

Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to the aroma for me. It still has plenty of coffee flavor, but seems thin, watery and lifeless. A little bit of roastiness, but no flavor contributions from the hops or yeast and the malts could use some more dextrinous body and sweetness. I am a little disappointed with this beer, but coffee beer lovers should give it a go.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/18/2008. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is pretty straight forward, it smells like coffee and roasted malt. Taste is for the most part just like the aroma, it's mostly coffee and roasted malt, but has a little bit of a charred/burnt malt and smoky taste too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's a bit creamy and slick. However, it does seem to be a bit thin for a stout. Drinkability is good, it is smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good, sessionable coffee stout. Not bad at all!

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big up to Phyl21ca for the extra!

Pours real black with only the slightest highlights toward the bottom. Two fingers of tan head with big ol bubbles, that falls to about half a finger & leaves some sticky lacing.

Big coffee smell, naturally, but not a bitter roast, closer to sourish milk chocolate. The taste makes good on this promise, with a strong coffee flavor, finishing with a brisk hop snap.

This is interesting: the roast flavors in the coffee & the bitterness of the hop combine in a sharp way that almost snaps on the tongue. Maybe it's the big bubbles, too, but this has a way of finishing that somehow just "pops," like Pop Rocks, in a way that's almost abrasive. The mouthfeel is rather thin, otherwise, but leaving a remnant of fresh coffee bean taste. I get thrown by stouts that aren't thick and/or creamy, & this is rather thin & soda-esque, which makes for some cognitive dissonance. Dunno, maybe that's just my hang-up.

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Photo of colts9016
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mandy for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance. A monster 3 finger head that is tan and bubbly. The color of the beer is jet black . The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is some of the head clingy to the side of the glass.

Nose: A very nice roasted coffee, good toasted malt, and some molasses.

Taste: A very good coffee, toasted malt, some molasses, and a burnt character.

Overall: The mouth feel is kinda creamy and carbonated. The mouth feel is medium full and the finish lingers on the palate for a few moments. This is a pretty good coffee stout. It has a very nice flavor, rich in body, and some flavors linger in the end. You can't get anything beer would be good in the morning. You get your beer and your coffee in on swoop.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewCzar threw me this as an extra. Thanks!!

Pours a dark color with some transparent highlights when held up to light. Head leaves a full crown with decent lacing.

Scent is strongly of coffee beans. A hint of chocolate in the background. Smells good but a bit one dimensional.

Tastes of a coffee background, but not exactly like coffee. The stout makes itself known and makes for a pretty good mix. The relatively thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation work well here.

Overall, a good coffee stout, but I've got no reason to switch from Alesmith's Speedway.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown to black...looks like coffee with small amount of tan head. Smell is of iced coffee, maybe mocha, something I really enjoy! Taste is good, iced coffee, chocolate, and a small amount of hops. Mouthfeel is good although I prefer a little thicker for this type of brew. Really only a one timer per night kinda beer but I do like this for a change of pace.

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Photo of MistaSparkle
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Schlafly Bottleworks before the brewery tour.

It poured dark brown with a little head into a small glass

the coffee stout smelled strongly of coffee, quite a bit more than I expected. It was somewhat overwhelming.

Tasted of strong coffee with hints of the oatmeal stout coming through.

It was a somewhat dry beer and left a somewhat bitter coffee feel in my mouth afterward, which i cured with some APA

I could not drink more than 1 of these in a night, I found it quite strong and dry, but I wouldn't mind on at all if it was an option.

Too much coffee for me, but if you like dark coffee and stouts, you will probably enjoy this. The tour guide said that drinking a pint of this has about 1 cup worth of coffee in it and i believe it.

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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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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.
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