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Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Coffee StoutSchlafly Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a Beer of the Month 6 pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice pitch black color with a small brownish head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some lacing. Smells of darkly roasted coffee, nothing else. Tastes of coffee and a little bit of malt, but definate dark coffee taste dominates, like there is still coffee beans in it (not actually, but that taste). Beer goes down real smooth for this light/medium bodied beer and is carbonated perfectly. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brownish,black with a decent,two finger tawny head and average lacing.The thinness of this beer is evident on the pour.

S-Quality,medium roast coffee,bittersweet chocolate and lightly charred malt.

T-More decent coffee flavors and medium roasted malts.More like a porter flavor profile.

M-Extremely thin.Not a stout.Very disappointing.

D-Stout lovers beware!This beer should be listed as a coffee ale but it is still quite drinkable.

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Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

Poured a 12 oz into my 0.4 L rastal tulip stuck my nose into the glass and I was back in St. Louis's Kaldi with Greg - their skilled roastemaster wating for the second crack before emptying the 75 lbs of hot beans to air dry. This flavor and aroma has been embellished over '05 vintage. I am sending a couple of my California homebrewers some beans along with a cold toddy recipe and am hoping they have the solid oatmeal stout recipes similar to Schlafly's to support the huge coffee flavor and aroma.

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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 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 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 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 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 zhanson88
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with very slight ruby highlights. About 1.5" of tan head forms, which has good retention and okay lacing.

Smell: Smells of dark malts, lots of coffee, maybe a hint of both bitter and sweet chocolate.

Taste: Mirrors smell. Some really nice coffee character is present, though it turns a bit acrid on the finish. Bitter and sweet chocolate is present as well, and minimal hop character.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The beer is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy. Overall, I was impressed with this coffee stout. Nice flavors in this.

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Photo of Enola
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding brew!!! Got it as part of a trade from wcudwight who got it from dertbert. Thanks to these guys.

Wow!! I don't know where to begin with this beer. Poured out the color of a very dark porter. Not totally black but almost. A thin head with little lacing. The smell is of roasted oatmeal and coffee. The taste is incredible. You first notice the oatmeal with a coffee taste left for the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Nothing detracts from this brew. The only thing keeping me from driving to St. Louis to get a case is I am kinda tired. But I am thinking of calling in sick in the morning. So you could say I think this is a worthwhile beer. I will cross paths with this brew again.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one into a glass stein.

Appearance- Coffee black body and two-fingers of mocha colored head, nice smooth look. There is a little bit of sheet lace on the side of the glass.

Smell- Oh yeah...Great coffee roast aroma with a sweet creamer quality to it. There is a little bit of caramel malt in there as well. Mainly, the amount of coffee in here has transferred very well.

Taste- The nose has transferred very well to the palate! Lots of roasted tingle leads off. It is quickly followed by coffee roast. The sweet creamer quality is not very noticeable is it was on the nose.

The finish is full of roast and a slightly sweet quality. The drink is nice!

Mouth feel- The beer is full bodied and finishes slightly dry. It is also a rather creamy drink that slides over the tongue.

Overall- This is a very enjoyable coffee stout that needs a little more of the sweet creamer quality in the taste. Otherwise, the nose and mouth feel are great!

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.
Look - Like a rich cup of coffee with a big khaki head that takes it's time to settle. Lacing pools on top and travels down the sides of the glass.
Smell - Coffee, chocolate and, more coffee.
Taste - Dark roasted coffee, little hint of bitter grinds and dark chocolate. This brew is all about the coffee.
Feel - Body more like a cold cup of coffee without the richness of a stout. Nicely carbonated with a touch of creamy finish on the tongue.
Overall - This coffee stout is delicious, especially if you dig strong coffee. Well worth seeking out. One of my favorites and I always try to get my hands on some every year. Schlafly's does this style right!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brown creamy head.
Smells of a nice balanced coffee with a sweet smelling barley/toffee smell.
A very balanced coffee, vanilla, barley malt taste. Pleasantly surprised.
Very smooth finish with coffee and slight bitter lingers.
Overall a very nice stout.

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

Received in a trade from RC0032 (thanks Rich!). Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle. "bottled with love" on 11/22/10.

A - Pours a root beer brown that looks like..well coffee. Ran about a two inch tannish white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Has a definite coffee smell but not huge. Dark malts.

T - Makes up for the light smell in a nice smooth coffee taste. The taste comes and goes rather quickly. It's not as bold as some. Oats give it just the slightest sweetness. Finishes with just a bit of bitterness.

M - Light bodied, light feel with decent carbonation. Could be a bit chewier in my opinion.

D - If you like coffee stouts this one is very drinkable. Would love to try this one again out of the tap.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with a thin tan head; a massive blast of coffee beans on the nose, a comparison to walking into a crowded coffee shop where everyone is drinking dark roasted java. Ok. Coffee beans noted up front; espresso, burnt malts, pretty creamy and just a bit dry. A bit of a watery palate; yet there is a full mouthfeel with the feeling of fresh brewed java on the tongue. Coffee dominated all the way; I need to know right now – You’re in or You’re out? I’m in. The folks at Schlafly have once again delivered!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Piraat tulip. A massive 3 fingers of sandy foam formed on top of the melted chocolate colored body. The head stuck around throughout the drink, leaving behind thick trails of lace. Great start to this one!

The nose has tons of roasted characters...malts, coffee, hints of chocolate and a touch of molasses in the background.

The first flavor that hits your tongue is the roasted coffee beans. This give way to a middle that finds a sweet lactose character before turning into a toasted malt finish. Super flavorful for a "regular" stout!

Ah...the mouth feel is the weak link to this offering. A tad on the thin side...watery with moderate carbonation. A thicker, creamier mouthfeel would do this one well.

A great offering by the guys at Schlafly. Complex and great looking...well worth the tiny price tag.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this Schlafly's Coffee Stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The first thing you notice is great carbonation that explodes into a creamy white head. Decent head retention. The color of the Stout is a shade less then pitch black. This Coffee Stout has an Oatmeal Stout as a base and it is brewed with locally roasted Kaldi's Coffee. The aroma is wonderful. If you are a coffee lover, this is the perfect fusion of beer and coffee. As you drink the foam clings to the glass. This beer tastes like it smells, balanced, with the taste of coffee and slight hints of chocolate. Best Coffee based beer I have had- I think this is The Saint Louis Brewery's greatest victory. The only problem is that this is a seasonal beer. I could drink this year around. Now if I can only get my employer to put this on tap next to the coffee pot! Prost!

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Photo of JEdmund
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited about trying this brew, as I've had another coffee stout before (Springfield Brewing Company's Mudhouse Stout, which is phenomenal) and was crazy about the style. Unfortunately, this one didn't live up to my excitement.

It had a deep brown -- nearly black -- color to it, and a moderate head that leveled out quickly. The aroma was good; you could definitely tell you were about to drink a coffee-infused beer. The taste was good at the get-go, but the mouthfeel was somewhat light in body, and the aftertaste was fairly sweet and heavy on the coffee.

My biggest complaint was the lack of balance. There was too much coffee flavor and not enough toasted malty goodness to balance it out. I could enjoy one of these in a session, but that's all. If I were an a.m. drinking man, I could see myself really enjoying this with a plate of greasy fried eggs, bacon, and toast! But I really don't see myself doing that any time soon. It's worth a try, but maybe not a six-pack.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black color with a 1 finger tan head. The head has really uniform bubbles, which I always like. The head reduces but does not disappear. It stays as a thin white layer over the brew.

S: It smells like coffee. A robust coffee very powerful and pronounced.

T: Slightly bitter coffee. It is not a subtle hint of coffee - it is full on coffee flavor.

M: Nice balance of carbonation - smooth on the palate.

O: Too much of a good thing? This is like coffee with some stout thrown in. I am not a coffee drinker - but I like the smell of it. This would be a great breakfast stout. It is not one that I could drink more than one at a sitting.

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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 SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with two-finger, off-white, creamy, rocky, head that lasted a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Coffee and burnt malt. Mild. Not much of a finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm.

O: Overall, not bad. Looks nice, and smells and tastes like coffee. The mouthfeel is nothing special considering that this is supposed to be an oatmeal stout. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of obywan59
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. 2 finger light brown head that leaves thick lacing.

Aroma is, not surprisingly, heavy on the coffee, but a little sweet malt shows through as well.

Light sweet malt upfront, followed immediately by loads of coffee merging with the flavor of roasted malt. A bit of acidity from the coffee.

Fairly light for an oatmeal stout, kind of watery for the style. Moderate. Prickle of carbonation. Drying on the tongue, almost astringent. Heartburn-like feel in the throat mimics coffee.

Probably a good session brew. The rather light mouthfeel, while perhaps atypical for the style, actually adds to the drinkability. An easy drinking beer.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Twelve-ounce bottle. Printed on the front of the label, on the bottom border, is probably a born-on date: “11 03 2011.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is almost opaque black; a tiny bit of light passes through when I hold it to light. Two fingers of fluffy, tan head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: I got a whiff of coffee the moment after popping the cap. It has a massive, roasted coffee aroma, a testament to the espresso shots the brew was inspired by. It is pretty sinister, and exhibits quite a bit of edge, but underneath (I want to believe) lurks scents of chocolate and oatmeal smoothness, which blunt the roasted bitterness a tad.

Taste: Wow. The first sip is an experience: surprisingly smooth and creamy, and not as bitter as I expected. Though the coffee from the smell dominates, it loses its edge. Perhaps my taste buds adjusted from the smell. The chocolate I wanted is present, as is the oatmeal smoothness in the flavor and mouthfeel, which counter the roasted bitterness from the coffee.

Drinkability: I am impressed. This is truly a coffee stout in the sense it smells like coffee and tastes like stout.

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown surprised not black out of the bottle. A little light for a coffee stout. Can see through it with a little red almost. Thin white head vanishes quickly with light remnants on the sides.

Smell - Dark roasty with a slide fruity hoppy finish. Coffee upfront but almost a citrus middle.

Taste - It is surprisingly bitter. Not coffee bitter but hop bitter. This could have been great but I am turned off by the bitterness overall. Finishes with an almost burnt coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice. Could be a bit thicker for an oatmeal stout. Heavy but fades quickly and doesn't coat the palate as I believe a good stout should.

Drinkability - I just can't get over the hops and the bitterness. I love a good breakfast coffee stout to get my days off going and this one just doesn't do it for me. There are a lot of these on the market and I think there are better options.


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Photo of malcontent
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid black mass of a body with a thick, sturdy head. Hard to improve on the visual for what it's supposed to be.

Espresso beans, some burnt maltiness but an odd off-scent, too; almost like cold beef broth. Yikes.

For something parading itself as a coffee stout I'm not getting that much java. There's a welcome level of hops for a style that is normally all malt but the coffee is really lacking. The malt aspects are not very complex and while the finish is nicely dry there just isn't enough going on her to distinguish itself from other American stouts.

Not as thick/smooth as I'd like to see from a stout but the drinkability is still above average. An unexceptional but inoffensive offering.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the taste

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