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:
12.07%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
137
For Trade:
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Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Ruby dark brown with a finger of khaki head, medium spotty lacing.
S - Roasted oats and coffee beans, very biscuity malt, a little hop tone underneath.
T - There's large oat presence in this, and then is subtly followed by coffee notes, some burnt caramels, again, big on the biscuit malt, and some dark earthy and spicy hop notes underneath.
M - Smooth, decently lighter in feel compared to your average beer of this style.
O - If you like oat stouts, this is a good one, just a nice hint of coffee.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 26 November 2012. Tasted 2 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown, effectively black, with color only at the edges. One finger of medium-light tan head. Okay retention and lacing.

Smell is soft, almost watered-down, coffee. It has a milky artificial-feeling sweetness, much like some of the big sweet Southern Tier stouts. Like over-sugared weak coffee, though pretty good for that realm, and with more positive than negative.

Taste is a blend of gentle stout and soft coffee flavors. Both sides are restrained, a little more than I'd like them to be, but they add up to a nice whole.

Mouthfeel is light, with a slickness like a milk stout. Medium-low carbonation that fades out pretty early; I want it to be more persistent. Fades out into that slickness.

Finding this, well, not exactly mediocre, but uninspiring. Has a funny sweetness that reminds me a lot of beers like Southern Tier Mokah and Creme Brulee. Also has some distinct milk stout characteristics, which I wasn't expecting.

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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 AlCaponeJunior
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the tap version, of which I purchased a growler of. Not sure if it should be "growler" or "cask" so I picked growler because I posted the review while drinking it from the growler.

Dark black. Small head, not much lacing. Not great to look at but appealing in color at least.

Smells slightly alcoholic, plenty o' coffee, with dark malts and dark chocolate. Quite fine in the nasal department.

Tastes friggin' great. Woody coffee blasts accent the smoky, roasted malts. Absolutely delicious in every way, a very complex and flavorful brew.

Feels very smooth and wet, mildly bitter. Very pleasant going down. No alcohol feeling, even tho it was slightly there in the smell.

Drinks absolutely great, which is why I got a growler of it after I had already had a glass.

One of their best offerings, without a doubt. This delicious stout is also right on the money of how I REALLY like my stouts; more so than imperials I really like the rich, dark, but not overly heavy or overpowering stouts, which this one delivers nicely.

On a special note, I met a woman named Angel whilst last at the Schlafly taproom, who enjoyed some Coffee Stout with me. I promised to post her review of the beer, according to the standard criteria, so here it is:

Appearance: 5
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Drinkability: 5

Hi Angel!

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Photo of Jayli
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a current trip to MO.
The beer is a coffee colored brew with a decent tan head that fades pretty quickly. The nose is over overwhelming coffee/espresso slight malty background to it. Great taste, slight bitter aftertaste. For a stout this is an extremely light body - normally, I would say this detracts from the beer, however the lighter body makes this beer great for a session. I will definitely need to have some of this shipped to me!

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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 bnes09
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown ale, a couple shades away from black with some red hues as well. Nice light tan head with some lacing.

Rich roasted coffee and burnt toast aroma.

Roasted flavor throughout, mainly bitter coffee and baking chocolate. Slightly acidic but not in a bad way. Plenty of oats to smooth it out. Just enough hops to balance.

Medium bodied and good carbonation.

This stuff is pretty good. Very tasty and satisfying on a winter night.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a coffee black with deep brown when held to the light. It looks like cold coffee in a glass. The head is a dark cream color that recedes slowly, leaving thick sudsy rings of lacing.

The beer smells of roasted malts and a sweet coffee aroma.

The taste is the best part of this beer, as the coffee comes through really, really well. It tastes like burnt, bitter coffee with roasted malts in the background. If ever a beer tasted like cold coffee, this is the one.

Mouthfeel is a tad watery.

Overall, I enjoy the abundant coffeeness of this beer. It's a great dessert beer, and it's watery feel makes it go down almost too fast. But if you love coffee then you'll want to try this beer for sure.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a small khaki head. Nice lacing around the top of the glass when given a quick swirl.

Aroma is coffee with one lump of sugar. Roasted malt, molasses, and some licorice.

Tastes of a mildly roasted coffee bean. Some sweetness and cream from the oats. Like the aroma, some licorice. Underlying woody(not oak) flavor I can't quite put my finger on.

Medium body with a bit more carbonation than expected though still fairly mild. A little unexpected bitterness left behind considering the oat sweetness of the taste.

A quality beer that is not particularly complex. Could use a few more flavors. I'd especially like to see a bit more chocolate.

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Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Greywulfken
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black bodied ale under a dark tan creamy-looking foam. Aromas of darkly roasted malts and espresso beans preface the dark bittersweet coffee roast and char that follows. Delivers on the coffee. On the dry side, with just a sliver of sweetness - bitter and dark, smooth and creamy-feeling. Medium-light weight with slight feel of carbonation. Finishes nicely, too.

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Photo of soju6
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Ferguson Brewhouse.

A: Served a virtual black color with a nice head and good lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of coffee, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.

T: Flavor of fresh brewed coffee, a hint of bittersweet chocolate with a very mild bitterness and clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and creamy. very well balanced.

O: Really enjoyed this this offering from Schlafly. Not overpowering just a nice touch of character. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in Secret Bunny 07 trade from Vancer.

"Schlafly Coffe Stout: This oatmeal stout with natural flavor added uses locally roasted Kaldi's Coffee. This Fair Trade espresso is brewed using the cold toddy method for an exceptionally delicious, fresh flavor."

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black beer with a one finger sized head. Heavy and dense and nearly white. Nice lacing as well.

Aroma is full of coffee and chocolate. Nice, fresh coffee smell.

Coffee flavors. Fresh brewed coffee and some hop bitterness as well. Smooth and creamy and a very tastey beer. This is a lot like Terrapins Wake N Bake except a bit more subdued. I really like this beer a lot. A perfect beer with eggs and salmon.

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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 IntriqKen
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to rsyberg01 for a chance to try this coffee stout.
Pours black with a nice creamy tan head that slowly melts to thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is definately coffee...espresso coffee
Just barely a hint of chocolate in the aromas.
Flavor again is espresso coffee but here more bitter chocolate comes through.
Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy due to the high level of soft, tiny carbonation.
No noticable hops, yet a sudden drying hits your mouth after you swallow letting you know that it is there.
As thick and creamy as this is and as intense in coffee flavors, it still manages to leave your mouth clean and dry making it quite sessionable.
Thanks Ric...nice stuff.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

My chalice, Thulsa Doom, is being used for this review.

Pours a coffee brown-black with 100% opacity and enough space to let light in to highlight the edges in cranberry. Head is khaki colored and 1 finger, leaves moss on top.

Smells like opening a canister of Foldgers' Mild Roast coffee. That's about it.

Some sour funk out front followed by whole coffee bean, ending again with more funk. A bit of burnt charcoal on the finish. I don't know where it's coming from, but my guess is stale malt/hop mixture. The more I sip it the more it goes away but it's still there.

Feel is smooth, moderately carbonated, and a dry roasty finish.

Overall, eh...this may be a drain pour. It's not totally undrinkable but it's just not really enjoyable with all the off-flavors floating around.

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

big thanks to LuciousJackson for this one, and bottled on 11/16/2010.

poured cold from the bottle a deep dark chocolate brown to a founders brewing goblet with a full finger, big bubbled, tan head with nice retention and a bit of lace.

big aroma of espresso roast and sweet dark malts.

coffee forward, woody, dark sugars, and unless I'm imaging it, a bit of dark fruits (?)

thin bodied for the style, creamy, no
real bitter, sweet to the back of the tongue.

drinkable - yep.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - A thin but tight head sits atop a pitch-black brew, and some lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Chocolate covered espresso beans. Since I am a coffee lover and confirmed caffeine addict, I think that this smells great. The only problem is that it's pretty one-demensional...it smells like a good steaming cup of espresso, but that's about it.

T - Old stale coffee. Geez, I love beer...I love coffee. Why don't these two things ever seem to go together? I guess cold and fizzy and warm and steamy will never be a match made in heaven.

M - Thin and extremely carbonated. I think that a coffee flavored beer would benefit from an almost complete lack of carbonation along with a thick and full body. Aren't most cappacinos, lattes, mocha-chino-nonfat-double-latte-whatevers pretty damn thick and creamy?

D - Poor. This is no good.

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Photo of Cresant
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated 10/6/06, into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Created three fingers of pillowy tan head. The lumpy head rested on a clear but very dark ebony/ruby body. No lacing remained.

Smell was strong. I poured this beer at arms length and I could smell coffee immediately. Metallic malts and coffee bean oils. A slight molasses, dusty, earthy aroma appeared. Later walnut skins.

Taste was coffee bitterness. Bright. Not too sweet. Drying. Not cloying but one must like coffee in order to appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel was lacking stout creaminess. Zesty medium to high carbonation was uncharacteristic. This one was more scrubby than expected. Moderated body.

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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 peabody
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark black with tan suds that leave lots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is coffee. Mabey some malt and sugar behind that black bean but mostly coffee.
Taste is a bitter mix of coffee and hop. Not really all that dry but bitter with the bean. Some sugar here keeping the bitterness in check.
Pretty nice stout here from a local brewery. My first Schlafly.

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Photo of shand
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to BA redbird!

Gotta love the nice, clear bottled on date thrown right on the label! Pours a brown color with a modest head. The aroma is quite nice, with notes of roasted coffee, oatmeal, and roasted malts. The taste is also pretty good, it follows the nose fairly simply and one-dimensionally. It still tastes pretty darn good though, the coffee comes through very nicely, the malts are nice and roasty, and the oatmeal does it's own thing. Don't waste your time with this one if you don't enjoy coffee.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin on this one, being almost more brown ale-esque than stout, but I think it works fine with the coffee flavors. The drinkability is very good, as a coffee lover this one goes down very easily. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's not exceptional, but a solid, sessionable coffee beer that'd be a staple if locally available.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

One of the creamiest brews I've had on tap.. Its super smooth and creamy and dark and semi-delicious...I've had better coffee stout but this is a good rep of the style...its loaded with dark coffee flavors and aroma... So much so that I'm not sure I would care anything about sessioning this but it was a nice nightcap...

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Preston.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates to big bubbles. Fragmented lacing.

S: Heavy coffee grounds. Chocolate malts, barley. So nice.

T: A terrific blend of french roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Hefty, robust. Low bitterness and acidity. So drinkable.

M: Medium with medium mouthfeel. A solid finish.

O: A very nice surprise. I went right out and bought a sixer. At only $8, this is a steal. Recommended for coffee beer fans.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 3/25/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Brew pours close to a pitch black in color with a good 1-finger foamy beige head. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with some fresh roasted and ground coffee beans. Very nice. The taste is pretty much the same with a nice flavor of coffee that is not strong or overpowering like some coffee stouts I have tried. Very smooth and goes down easy. No strong, no bitter and no harsh aftertaste at all. A great Coffee Stout! Medium-bodied with lower carbonation.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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