Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

BA SCORE
86
very good
942 Ratings
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
Ratings:
942
Reviews:
318
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
144
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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 mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated Jan 23 2007

Pours chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Coffee beans, chocolate & roasted malt

T: Roasted coffee beans & chocolate up front. More like coffee grounds & some iron as this warms. Finishes dry with chocolatey & mocha notes, plus some roasty grains

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation with some creaminess

Drinks pretty easy, not a bad coffee stout

Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this one!

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee bean brown, through which bright sunlight can (barely) be seen. Generous ruby and amber highlights are additional evidence that this isn't a light-rejecting stout. Since Kaldi's is more of a light, sessionable stout (5.7% ABV), I'll cut it some slack on the lack of opacity. The most impressive feature of the ecru cap is its stickiness. Thick bridges of foam connect head and glass, leaving quite a bit of lace when they eventually break.

The nose smells more like old coffee grounds than it does freshly brewed coffee or a coffee-added oatmeal stout (which is what it is). The fact that I'm not a big java fan probably has something to do with my lack of enthusiasm. Actually, let's throw a little cigarette ash in there as well. Those beans must have been roasted with a flame-thrower.

For some reason, the flavor is a small step up. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, it just hits me better than the nose did. On a good note, the added coffee doesn't overwhelm the essential beerness of the beer. On a not-so-good note, the underlying beer doesn't taste very impressive. Looking back at my review of Oatmeal Stout, that isn't a big surprise.

Scorched coffee is at least 80% of the flavor profile. The remaining 20% is a roasted chocolate maltiness. The malt sugars try their level best to offset what is a pretty impressive overarching bitterness. I can believe every one of the 40 IBUs. Warming brings out increased flavor intensity with no change in the basic constellation of flavors.

Even if this isn't meant to be a big stout, the mouthfeel is still lacking as far as I'm concerned. It's probably even on the left side of the bell curve for a porter. The obvious fix for a lot of this beer's ills is... more malt.

I'm not thrilled with Kaldi's Coffee Stout, for reasons that have very little to do with the fact that I'm not a java junkie. I've given plenty of coffee-dominant stouts high scores if they've deserved them. I guess the moral of this story is that Schlafly needs to use a solid base beer (which Oatmeal Stout isn't) on the back end in order to get a solid coffee stout on the front end.

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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label. This stout is brewed with Kaldi's Coffee.

Head retention is fine, some good stickage on the glass. A shade lighter than pitch black the liquid is. Smells of mocha iced coffee with a hint of sweetness from the oats. Very smooth and creamy with a semi-slick mouth feel. Chocolaty roasted malt with a big tone of coffee flavor, mild hop bitterness. Finishes with a long lingering chocolate / coffee flavor.

Very tasty and balanced, and balanced is what I look for first in a coffee stout espsically if the acidity is too much which is not the case here. Paired well with a handful of chocolate cover espresso beans.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh hell yeah, that is what I needed tonight, a rich, decadent coffee beer. My favorite of beer styles, though it is not really a style. This twelve ounce beauty was served lightly chilled and poured into my pint glass. Consumed on 12/11/2008.

The pour was really wonderful. Rich and completely black with no light coming through here at all. Huge tan head settled down just a tocuh leaving a ton of side glass lace alll over the place.

The smell, rich coffee aroma with a light hint of roasted malts and a touch of grain. As it warmed some light hints of molasses started to come through as well. The taste though, is why I love coffee and beer. Rich. Bitter. Dry. Totally and completely emerged in a huge coffee flavor from the very first sip. This had a really nice mellow brew flavor to it, not really harshm with a fine prickly carbonation that was smooth and subtle. Really very well done. Nice dry, slightly biter finish sealed the deal for me as this one was one of the most drinkable beers I have had in a very long time.

Overall I was floored by how good this one was. One of the best coffee beers i have had and really just a shining moment of the night for me. This was damn good.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/27/12 notes. had on tap at Bier Baron in DC. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a slightly murky, amber-brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of straight up coffee grinds, espresso, roasted malts, and toasted malts.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds, roasted malts, espresso, toasted malts, light chocolate, and light cream. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink stout.

o - Overall a very nice coffee stout. One of those stouts that smells and tastes like coffee grounds, it's very strong. Would have it again.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to whartontallboy for this bit o' extra goodness!

Not sure how the Cards/Pads game turned out, but it was shaping up to be entertaining. Now to this brew here. It pours a murky dark burnt sienna topped by a finger of lightly dusty dirty white foam. The nose is dominated by a rich coffee aroma, with some mild molasses, dusty dark chocolate, and lightly chlorinated wheat rollicking behind. The taste embitters the coffee, while simultaneously complimenting it with some rye notes. The chocolate also gets some bitterness (we're nearing cookin' choc here), and the roasted malts seem rather burnt. A hint of light leather hides in the back. The body is a lightly hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a nice coffee stout, though the bitterness borders on harshness. I could see drinking more of them, though.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid dark brown color with a good sized frothy beige head that persists. Big coffee on the aroma and creamed coffee on the flavor. Could use a big more sweetness and body to stand up to the huge coffee, but tasty just the same.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent is coffee. The taste is coffee with hint of milk chocolate. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a decent stout.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a dark brown color. When held to the light, this offering appears more like a brown ale than a stout. 2 fingers of tanned frothy head appear and retain well leaving a webbing of lace on the glassware.

The aroma of this brew has a strong scent of coffee that is somewhat tangy suggesting some citrus aspect to the coffee beans or maybe an accent to the hops. A roasted character of slightly musty grain fills the back of the nose. As it warms, some chocolate notes come out.

The taste includes roasted grain upfront with a slightly dry chocolate taste and a solid backing of coffee. There is a light musty aspect about the grain and the coffee flavor as a bit of citrus component possibly exaggerated by the hops. It leaves an aftertaste that is a mixture of roasted grain and coffee, not bad.

The alcohol is slightly noticeable in this brew. It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Not a bad offering at all.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle she pours richly, and the head foams nice and large at about three fingers. Head is off tan colored, and a more expected together appearance from the pour seems in order, but it comes off as more foamy than creamy. Body color is a dark walnut brown with some great red hues along the edges, even some occasional ring lacing around the edges of the glass.

Nose is nice ripped bean coffee, but also a little acrid grain? Something seems a bit unusual on first smell. Subsequent whiffs seem more coffee dominant and better.

Taste improves. A wonderful simple coffee richness, but not heavy. Light bodied roast and char, but also a hint of wet. chewy grainy malts, and a pleasant texture. Simple and good, even some slight cream.

Overall the drink feels bigger than the low abv hints at. This however, tastes better than it smells, but it's just another solid beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown. 5/4 inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of coffee (roasted malts). Fits the style. Smooth, bitter from the roasted malts, and average carbonation levels. Tastes of roasted malts (coffee) up front. Aftertaste is less bitter and more sweet (chocolate). Overall, this is a really nice example of a coffee stout.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.82 out of 5 based on 942 ratings.
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