Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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86
very good
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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:
12.07%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
137
For Trade:
1
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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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from czoch75. Thanks!
My last beer before i drive out to Dark Lord Day!

A: Deep brown with ruby-brown highlights. Thin head

S: Coffee, brown caramel malts, chocolate, a slight nuttiness

T: Espresso up front with a hint of chocolate and nuts coming through later. Some figs? The finish is bitter coffee and dry. Nice!

M: Mildly over carbonated but the finish is great

D: Sure. I'll have another
3.5/4/4/4/4

**Edit 21 May 2102**
And have another I did, 4 years after my original review. Bottled Nov 2011. I'm updating my scores.

The coffee nose is pretty excellent. Fresh, clean, cold-brewed coffee with minimal astringency, plenty of smooth coffee aromatics. The coffee character is just exceptional here. The palate opens with plenty of coffee, smooth, with low bitterness and acidity and mild roast. I wish they'd brew a more aggressive base beer for this, as after the wonder that the nose is, the palate doesn't quite live up to it. Thin, a little over carbonated, the mid-palate is rather weak with a mild grainy bitterness, coffee and a little cocoa. No fucking figs here. Drying on the finish, the carbonation takes away from the oatmeal here. Solid stuff.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz received as a very cool extra in trade with Tilley4.. big thanks.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger lite tan head is small bubbled and actually looks like a latte. Good lacing atop a very very dark walnut brew.. only deep brown highlites show up when held to a bright light.

Aroma is dark roast coffee more than anything else.. not black grains.. but coffee. A little milky sweetness opens up as it warms.

Traditional stout flavors abound.. but the coffee is a significant player... touches of bittersweet chocolate show as it approaches room temperature... slightly sweet maltiness does its best to bring the flavors together.. but the coffee may be a little too high.. but I can't dock it on that alone. Body is lite/medium.. but the fine bubble carbonation lends to a silky mouthfeel none the less.

The brew is pretty good.. but not necessarily my cup of Joe.

More props to Tilley4... Jason is a great trader, and we need to do it again soon.

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

A - nice dark brown, almost black body with a light tan head
S - breakfast blend coffee, bakers chocolate and after the halfway point a tartness that creeps into the nose.
T - similar to the nose with roasted grain, molasses note thrown in for good measure.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, bit of an astringent leftover in the aftertaste.
D - started off well but sort of fell flat by midway.

might be me but this one sort of left me wishing for something more by the end of the glass.

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

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 50° from a 12 ounce bottle. A 'Bottled With Love on' date was on the bottom of the label. Two fingers of light brown or dirty white head were created with the pour and some lacing resulted as the head dissipated. The beer was dark brown in color.

There was a hint of malt as I moved the glass around to see clarity and color. The malt was more evident with the first inhalation which revealed a dark roasted malt aroma. Coffee and hop bitterness were secondary aromas lifting from the glass.

Dark roasted malt was the initial flavor I sensed. Hops were well coordinated as the coffee and malt provided decent flavors.

There was a slight prickly or tickling taste on the tongue to start. The sense was then smooth and nicely put together.

It is difficult for me to say if this beer would be any better had it been continuously refrigerated as recommended by the brewer. I thought the appearance and aroma slightly better but with taste and feel well integrated for a nicely brewed beer.

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Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a big thanks to gregis
Pours black, just a hair shy of opaque. Tan head. Smell is strong coffee all around. Hint of metal peeking through the wet bitter coffee grind smell. Taste is largely the same. Gritty wet strong coffee grind flavor with a hint of sweetness, and ending bitterness. Good strong coffee flavored beer with a nice mildly thick body and appropriate carbonation. Just a touch simple and one-note, but I still liked it a lot. Definitely worth a try if you like coffee beers.

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

Poured a deep dark black with a healthy tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts, black coffee, and caramel. Mostly black coffee and lots of it.

The taste was much like the aroma. A nice combination of the roasted malts, coffee, more coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This one went down so easily. Nice job on the coffee stout, Schlafly.

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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 barefootbrewer
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured black with very little head. The aroma is strictly coffee. The taste follows with strong coffee flavors, but some sweet malt is also noticeable. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Overall, I'd say this is a good brew that would be great for a session.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish black body settles into the glass showing hints of light only when held to the bulb. Head is two fingers of fat thick foamy bubbles that leave a large amount of deep tan lace all over the glass. Nose is a soft mix of spicey coffee and fresh chicory and toasty malt. At first sip you get a zesty rich burnt malt feel, sharp dry coffee notes and raw chicory. Mineral notes balance the coffee feel and almost help to showcase the integrity of the coffee. Mouthfeel is quite dry but does show a hint of sweetness. Mouth feel is malty thick. This is a nicely drinkable brew and a solid but slightly thin coffee stout.

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

On of the specialty brews on tap when I visited the Tap Room on my latest trip to St. Louis. Standard pint glass.
Very dark in color, basically black, with a dark brown 1/2 inch head. Lace strings are left on my glass. Rich smell of coffee, slightly bitter, like a strong cup of coffee and the grounds. Taste follows with more of that rich, slightly bitter coffee. Also some roasted chocolate malt. Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style. Overall, a pretty good slection, might be too strong in the coffee department for some, but I liked it. If it's going to be a coffee flavor, go all out.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
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 Talisker
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drink a fair bit of Schlafly Coffee Stout, and my opinion on it swings all over the place. But I always come back to it, which means I must find it one of my favorites of the added-coffee style.

This review is of the 2007 edition (bottling date Nov 2007), consumed on December 23, 2007. But I am drinking a 2006 bottled version alongside it (about 15 months in the cellar), and just last week had a glass on tap at the brewery - those are certain to influence my comments.

Pours an entirely reasonable dark brown, clear with deep amber highlights faintly visible when held up to light. A couple of fingers of medium tan head. Aroma is of slightly burnt coffee grounds - not entirely fresh and pleasant, but certainly much better than average compared to most coffee stouts, which smells like someone dumped a used Folgers coffee filter into a batch of malty water (after 1+ years in bottle the coffee edge is gone, replaced by a more typically sweet stout smell).

The taste is actually quite excellent, if you like coffee. The dominant flavor is dark coffee, of course, accompanied by an extremely prominent dose of cola. Hops are nowhere to be found, which is fine. Unfortunately the texture is also very much like a Coke, tons of prickliness (despite no signs of heavy carbonation) really letting me down. That's what kills the drinkability for me, this back-and-forth between well-crafted beer and coffee cola.

Anyway, I like it and I don't. It's certainly worth a try, so don't pass it up. And don't be afraid to cellar it - not normally a beer I would suggest keeping around without drinking fresh, but I find some of the mellowing with age uncovers the nice base stout underneath, even if it loses in immediacy.

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

One of the better offerings from Schlafly, Coffee Stout lives up to its name, and how. It presents a good, nearly black coffee color, capped by a finger of mocha froth. The smell is all coffee, all the time, with a decent hint of roasted chocolate. The same with the taste, with a nice hopped aftertaste. Quite tasty.

This impressed me more than the other Schlafly beverages, with the exception of their Saison. A good coffee stout, worth grabbing a sixer.

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Photo of stagman
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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 hwwty4
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Photo of mikescags
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark near black brown. It is supposedly made by mixing coffee with the schlafly oatmeal stout. Taking a big smell of this and you instantly get some roasted coffee and dark malts. A very nice smell. The taste is exquisite, taste just like it smells. A fairly decent mouthfeel, not super thick, but not thin. This is a superb coffee stout, but more than 2-3 would be overboard for me.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a near black with brown edges and a tan head that fades into a mild cap and a hearty collar. Streaky rings and spots of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of mocha, cream, java grounds, and roasted nuts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some vanilla cream and a hint of caramel coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with sweet cream and bitter coffee grounds battling it out along the palate.
I'm usually skeptical when it comes to these coffee beers but I enjoyed this one.

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

11/07/07- Received via BA Talisker as a gift.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of Feb 28th, 2007. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark in color. Not quite black, but a super dark brown. Nice off white 1/2 inch head which settles at a light rim. Lace patches are evident at the end of the brew.

Smell- Heavy coffee grounds flavor. Not really coffee beans, but the grounds after the coffee has been brewed. Some dark sweeter malt as well.

Taste- Taste follows the scent right in line. Mild roasted chocolate malt background that plays second fiddle to a heavy coffee grounds. and or slightly stale coffee taste (which I actually don't really mind and kinda like). Mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- A bit too much carbonation for me, reminded me of a coffee cola a few times.

Drinkability- Overall pretty tasty. Wouldn't turn one down if offered to me. My first beer from Schlafly scores well.

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

Nice, deep chocolate color. Slight tan head that quickly fades. Mellow, roasted coffee aroma. Faint, chocolate aroma as well. Good roasted and grainy flavor. The level of coffee is very well done-not too much or little. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin for my liking but that doesnt detract from anything. Overall a nice, enjoyable, coffee brew. Well worth trying.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.81 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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