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Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good
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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Reviews: 313 | Ratings: 916
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 Neorebel
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer's appearance is an oily black, with a bubbly, soda-like head. The aroma contains hints of dark-roasted coffee beans, grains, and a touch of something sweet. My nose also detected a small presence of oxidation. The flavor has a nice bitter coffee flavor, and as advertised, the 'cold toddy extraction process' does indeed produce a less acidic flavor. It's rather light, no doubt benefiting from the breadiness of the Oatmeal as well. The overall mouthfeel however might be a little too light and carbonated, a bit of a let down compared to the expected velvety softness that one might get with other Oatmeal Stouts, such as New Holland's "The Poet." This might not be the best coffee stout ever made, but the uniqueness of the coffee blending and it's resulting flavor are enough to give it merit.

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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 nukem5
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful pour with a solid 1 inch cap poured into a tulip glass.

S: Coffee punch with loads of malt and a light hop.

T: Iced coffee with malts is the biggie. I believe one of the best in the coffee beer class.

M: Rich and full with a bit of lacing around glass.

D: Wish this one was available in my area to get more, could have one of these every single day.

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

A- Dark black. When held up to the light a ruby tint comes through. Cream colored head with decent retention.

A- Nice coffee aroma right off the bat. Bitter malt aromas in the background.

T- Lots of coffee flavor. Light bitterness behind the coffee flavor. Nice light coffee aftertaste.

M- Moderate to full body with moderate carbonation. Very creamy.

D- I was rather dreading this beer as I was never a big coffee fan, however this stout was amazing. There is a load of coffee flavor, however it really pairs well and tastes amazing.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Royal Liquor in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Not nearly as dark as the other stouts that I have been drinking lately. (I'm on a bit of a stout kick right now.) It poured a good old fashioned brown color. Collected in the glass, it darkened up a little and gained some hints of red. Light penetrated it easily. The tan head rose up to three fingers quickly and with little coaxing. It settled down quickly, though, and was soon just a cap of bubbles on top of the brew. This lingered until the beer was gone. There was some light lacing left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aromas that were there were nice, just too thin. Dark roasted malts, cream, and light hints of chocolate were present. The coffee was definitely apparent, but not too overpowering. It came across like old coffee that has been sitting in the pot for hours after the maker was shutoff. Not much else going on except the occasional whiff of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and very thin for a stout. It did have a certain "presence" that kept it from being a complete bomb in this catagory, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Taste: From the start, the coffee flavor, while not too strong, dominated the taste. It didn't have that deep, rich character that other coffee laced stouts that I have sampled had. It seemed sharp, thin, acidic, and had a very low bitterness. Now, I like my coffee acidic as hell, but this beer lacked the depth to back it up. There was some sweet malt thrown in to help balance things out. Milk chocolate and cocoa arose well into the aftertaste.

I know I seemed a little rough on this beer, but it wasn't bad. It was actually very quaffable, as evidenced by the fact that the drinkability score is the highest one. I just expect more from a coffee stout than this provided. I think the problem might be that the base stout just doesn't have the balls to handle this assignment. I would like to see them try this again with a beefier brew.

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

Received in a trade from czoch75 -- thanks for this "extra," Clint! Poured into a nonic at about 50 degrees, this is a dark cola-brown stout, with ruby-chestnut highlights and a fluffy, somewhat talkative, light tan head. Big roasted coffee aromas in the nose, along with some caramel-chocolate sweet scents and a bit of sour, black-roasted malt. A satisfying bouquet that approaches the sublimity of the noses of other more legendary coffee stouts made by Bell's and Founders. Good beers to emulate. Coffee permeates every part of the taste, with slightly sour dark-roasted grain flavors and a bready, cocoa-like sweetness. The non-coffee flavors are full and soft, providing a suitable contrast to the sharp bitterness of the coffee, which as I mentioned previously, is impossible to not notice. Impressive webby lacing, by the way. The palate is just a bit too thin for a stout with such a bold flavor profile. It's got a medium-full body, but I'm missing the oatmeal silkiness and richness of other coffee-forward stouts. Yes, I know every beer can't be Breakfast Stout, but that wouldn't really be so bad, now, would it? Anyway, this is a damn fine beer, perfect to sip on a snowy Sunday.

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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 Rschis16
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black with a sizable white head. Looks like coffee with a head. The smell is somewhat lacking for a coffee beer. I expected some more coffee aromas since that's one of the most distinctive parts about coffee. It's there, but you have to smell hard for it. The taste has a coffee taste and bitterness at first, but it dissapates rather quickly. Actually the first sip is very impressive, but as I kept drinking, I lost what that first sip yielded. I've had better coffee stouts but this is not bad. Maybe this is becasue I like my coffee strong. It finishes well, leaving a coffee-like bitterness behind. It's very smooth and enjoyable in the aspect of mouthfeel. Definitely balanced well and is not too acidic. Goes down easily, but if I wanted a go to stout, I'd go with something else usually.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SplashyFob and his friend for this one.

An agressive pour yields a finger of tan head that dissipates in a minute or so. I am left with a rich dark coffee colored body with a frothy little ring around the top. Faint lace sticks to the side of the glass.

I smell roasted malt, roasted nuts and roasted coffee.

Roasted malt and coffee make up the rather mild flavor on this one.

The mouthfeel is too light for me. I feel it should be creamier. The carbonation bites the middle of the tongue. Finishes with a little residue on the tongue.

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

app - effectively opaque, with a VERY dark, ruby color. Pours a nice sized off-white head, creamy and with good but not extreme retention.

smell - slightly solventy coffee/dark roast aroma. Smells slightly sweet and alcoholic, but not sure that alcohol is producing that smell.

taste - Some nice malty sweetness up front, before a very gradual transition to something a bit more roasty. Bitterness is somewhat subdued, and finishes with a gentle roasty flavor, and not overly dry.

MF - medium body and med-high carbonation - slightly more prickly than would like on the tongue due to the carbonation.

D'ability - aside from the carbonation, a very gentle and drinkable coffee stout.

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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 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 dank203
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

brown in a pint class, lots of tan head. aroma of fresh coffee beans. flavor is okay, lots of coffee there, more bitterness though. a little bit roasty, some candy-like or syrupy sweetness on the back end. overall good but not my favorite coffee stout

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Photo of KI9A
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured black as night, nice brown head.

S: Big roasted coffee, chocolate.

T: Same as nose, not picking up the oatmeal at all. Finishes with bitter coffee bean.

M: rich, slight metallic.

D: Nice to sip before a BBQ dinner at Smokey Bones resturant. Not sure I want to session this.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Deep black brown and almost totally impermeable to light. Dense, creamy tan head has good retention and shows nice lacing.

Aroma-Fresh brewed black roast and espresso notes. Great coffee aroma without any of the green pepper notes that often show up in beer brewed with coffee. There's a hint of roast malt, chocolate, and caramel underneath all that coffee, but the dominant aroma is that of a black cup o joe.

Flavor-The predominant flavor here is still coffee, but it's a bit more nuanced here, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, a slight nutty oat flavor, and a slight dab of caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is quite low and hop flavor is either entirely absent or masked by the coffee, but there's a dry bitterness and slight acridness (in a pleasant way) imparted by the espresso roast. Once again, no green pepper here, just delicious, black coffee. Aftertaste is mostly dry, but has some toasty malt character and a touch of sweetness to complement the black roast. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch thin, and I dont get a lot of the silky smoothness that I would expect the oats to impart. Still, a relatively minor flaw in an otherwise great beer.

An awesome coffee stout, with none of the off-putting green pepper flavors that I often find in beers actually brewed with coffee. Enjoying it right now with waffles and it's kicking a lot of ass.

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Photo of cameraman
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a black opaque color with a two inch beige head forming on top. A strong coffee aroma hits the nose right off the bat, followed by softer scents of chocolate and dark malt. The taste starts with the malt being ever present, with a tad bit of chocolate. The coffee tries very hard to become a fixture in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but it falls very short. A slightly thick mouthfeel, feels alot like skim milk, it finishes dry at the back of the palate. This became a bit of a disappointment, the color and aroma are very endearing, but the taste drags down what those two elements set up. This was just a lackluster beer.

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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 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 MarkQ617
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really liked this stout from Schlafly. Had this poured out of the bottle into a stout glass. Awesome coffee aroma and flavor. Burnt and robust. Nice dark brown color with a tape fluffy head. Great balance, try it with dessert or a smoky pork. Smooth down the gullet. So good.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours looking just like a stout-- or at least what I expect a stout should pour and look like.

It's labeled "Coffee Stout" and there's even a homage to a coffee roasting company. Funny thing is there wasn't much of a coffee note in either the nose or the flavor.

I really couldn't detect the coffee note-- in fact I'd rate this beer more of a porter than a stout.

It's flavor profile or mouthfeel or both are somewhat lighter than satisfies my "stout" desires. There are the right kind of flavors there-- the hops bitterness the toasted malt, but all are subdued and the beer feels too light on my palate prompting me to nod toward "porter" rather than "stout".

Mouthfeel is cordial. But I wish more life.

Drinkability is good-- the somewhat subdued flavor character and the lower ABV make this beer eminently drinkable... so I could guzzle a pint or two in one sitting w/o complaint.

I wonder what this beer is like on tap?

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Photo of jar2574
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Midnight black beer, no light gets through. Decent lacing on the way down. A good, but not great, looking beer.

Tan head is pretty thin. Beer smells like roasted malts & espresso & chocolate. Not strong enough, I'd like a little stronger smell.

I don't enjoy the taste that much. It's a little artificial somehow, like you took a stout and injected it with syrupy iced espresso artificial flavoring. I like stouts and I like coffee, so I thought I'd like this more. There isn't enough stout flavor here - the roasted malt flavor is lacking compared to others.

Somehow the mouthfeel is a little off - instead of thick and creamy stout, it's a little too watery, lending it a syrupy character. Just slightly off.

Not terrible, but not looking forward to the rest of the 6-pack.

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Photo of mdvatab
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into glass.
Bottled on: 12/8/2010

Aroma: Coffee grounds after a freshly-brewed batch. Wet, earthy topsoil followed by cocoa.
Appearance: 1.5 fingers of head dissipates relatively quickly, but clings to the inside of the glass. Light rings of lacing remain on the side of the glass. The beer itself is dark ruby brown--lighter than I'd anticipated for an oatmeal stout.
Taste: Roasted coffee (more like a middle-of-the-road pre-ground brand than the bold coffee house type...), hoppy bitterness, followed by subtle Tootsie Roll sweetness. Flavor dissipates quickly at the end.
Mouthfeel: Very thin for this style. The label says it's an oatmeal stout, but it more resembles a porter, or even a darker brown ale. I've had this beer on draught at the Tap Room a few times, and I remember it having more body than this. Carbonation is a bit on the biting side as well.
Drinkability: On a positive note, this beer is highly sessionable. Unfortunately, I was looking for something with more substance. I could enjoy quite a few of these, but I'd rather have one glass of a more complex, fuller-bodied stout.

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Photo of embass
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown with a light-tan head. A little thin; does not grab the glass.

Had a strong coffee scent along with some nice chocolaty notes mixed in along with.

Taste was a very smooth blend of roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of caramel.

Very light on the bitterness; nice balance of a sweet stout versus the bitterness/acidity of the coffee.

A little on the thin-side as far as feel goes. Not necessarily a bad thing but I typically prefer more of a medium-bodied coffee stout.

Overall I really liked the balance and drinkability of this coffee stout. I’m generally pretty impressed with Schlafly’s. I wish this was a bit thicker and had a higher ABV; but I get what they were going for.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really strong and really good coffee flavor, with a small amount of carbonation that helps get the full effect without feeling overpowered. Very nice.

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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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