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Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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315 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:
315
Ratings:
918
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
20.68%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 315 | Ratings: 918
Photo of ShanePB
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Nick by way of Justin after grabbing some beer from St. Louis on his most recent trip home. Thanks guys! Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark brown with some very obvious reddish/amber undertones towards the bottom of the glass. Somewhat clear though it's certainly dark enough to not see completely through. A huge frothy beige head forms and sticks around for quite some time. Nice slow dissipation with great retention and some nice lace.

S: Faint roasted coffee beans, cream, chocolate malts and a touch of vanilla on the back end. Nothing terribly aromatic though I guess it meets the criteria for what it's billed to be. It sort of reminds me of the Samuel Adams Black & Brew but much more muted.

T: Coffee is immediate up front and it doesn't necessarily taste "stale" but it's not that fresh coffee flavor. These bottles are fresh so I'm not sure what they were going for. Roasted beans, certainly nice amount of chocolate coming through with perhaps some caramel to round it out. The back palate has a bitterness that sticks around into the linger, giving it a bit of dryness. Boring, bland and something is off.

M: Extremely thin and watery, wow that's very disappointing. Dry in the finish with a lingering bitterness. I understand the ABV is on the low end but this is just way too thin.

Not a terrible beer but completely forgettable, and not enjoyable enough for me to finish. Nothing I'd ever revisit again unless it's on draft. I do enjoy Coffee Stouts when they're done correctly, and sadly for Schlafly this was not.

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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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Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium bodied dark cola brown in color with a one finger off white head. The nose features authentic coffee (sans creamer, just black), almost espresso, mild coffee bitterness, light baking chocolate, and a subtle malty sweetness. The flavors are well rounded and approachable. There is a good amount of coffee with moderate bitterness, baking chocolate, smooth dark malts, obviously some roast, and a light chocolate/oatmeal malty sweetness. It has nice flavor. It drinks on the lighter side of medium in body and leaves behind a nice amount of coffee in the aftertaste. This is a pretty solid beer. The level of coffee is impressive considering this beer is an oatmeal stout registering in at just 5.7%.

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

Thanks to Vancer for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is of tons of roasted coffee malts. The finish is slightly dry. The taste is mostly roasted coffee malts. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice coffee stout for sure.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish body w/ quick dying, large-sized head on top of a beer w/ an aroma of coffee, roasted, burnt chocolaty malts as well as dry bready/oakiness. This is a great example of a stout pulling off a tricky balancing act as at first I found this beer real smooth, almost creamy, w/ sweetness emanating from chococlate, caramel and possible touches of vanilla, toffee and oats. Then an afterfinish w/ a burst of tasty, roasted coffee malt that gives it a strong, dry, hearty finish. Overall, an easy to drink and low-priced stout that is a great beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
Brewed on Oct 06.06
A- This beer has a dense opaque walnut brown body with a brown glint glowing at the base. There is a creamy light tan head that pulls away from the glass to from a cone of head that last and last.

S- The smell of fresh espresso coffee beans has a hint of chocolate malt and some nice roasted bitter notes.

T- This beer has a smooth creamy black coffee bean flavor with a slight tart nose that increase as the beer warms. There are notes of black malt and some black roasted grain with a slight nougat note and a nice molasses note toward the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light slippery/watery texture.

D- This beer has a smooth creamy mellow flavor with a big coffee bean taste. There are no cold and old coffee flavor but on the other had there are not many bitter flavors from the grain that really make a stout a stout.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a very dark brown with some hues of red with close to 2 finger's worth of offwhite foam. This is a good lacer so a very nice start for this Stout.

Coffee is in the name and coffee is in the aroma. Good roasty notes are here and I'm definitely getting some bitter tones from the coffee. Nice.

The taste as a nice bitterness up front from the coffee along with a good roasted maltiness. I'm getting a slight astringency in the background but it's mild and doesn't hurt the flavour too much. A good taster to me as it isn't overloaded with coffee like some brews I've tried before.

A nice medium body and lightish carbonation make for a really smooth feel. Good.

Drinkability? The abv is reasonable and the taste is very pleasing so I think this is a very easy brew to drink. A nice job by Schlafly.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled this past weekend, big thanks to czoch75 for it.

A: The stout is an oil black color with some ruby red highlights at the edge of the glass. The head leaves a nice patch of lace throughout the glass.

S: The beer has an intense coffee aroma. I use a french press to make coffee everyday. At the bottom of the cup there are 5 tablespoons of grounds that have an aroma similar to this. A very intense coffee aroma!

T: The coffee body continues into the taste. The flavor has a sweet undertone that is the oatmeal stout base. Built on top of that is an intense, acidic coffee flavor. The taste finishes long, leaving a strong coffee flavor in the mouth.

M: The coffee is a little intense, like a strong Starbucks brew, but it is one of the truer coffee stouts that I've had as it doesn't shy away from the coffee.

D: The ale's espresso-like body is a great change of pace, providing both an acidic strength and an oatmeal smoothness.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also some grains and a bit of a an oatmeal type flavour.

Overall - A good beer, not as much coffee and I was expecting, tastes just like a regular stout. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from beerhandy as part of BIF 24. Thanks for the opportunity. "Bottled with love on Sep 30 2004".

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" tan head above the burgundy brown brew. Pillowy head fades very slowly, with heavy lacing. Aroma is of dark malts and coffee. Taste seems a bit light on the dark malts and coffee, and a bit of fruity shines through. Mouthfeel isn't quite as hearty as I'd look for in a stout, but drinkability is still quite nice. Not a bad product, this one right here...

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%

Aroma is roasty malt, coffee grounds, a touch of chocolate, licorice, and rounded out by nutty malt sweetness. Flavor reveals strong coffee dominance throughout, accented by dark chocolate. There's a touch of an acrid character initially, which fades in the lightly bitter, roasty finish. Toasted nuts emerge in the aftertaste. Coffee isn't my favorite, but this is a well constructed beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/18/2008. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is pretty straight forward, it smells like coffee and roasted malt. Taste is for the most part just like the aroma, it's mostly coffee and roasted malt, but has a little bit of a charred/burnt malt and smoky taste too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's a bit creamy and slick. However, it does seem to be a bit thin for a stout. Drinkability is good, it is smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good, sessionable coffee stout. Not bad at all!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Almost pitch black with a nice beige/light brown head that lasts. Prominent intense roasted coffee bean aroma and flavor ... wow coffee, coffee, coffee like a cup was dumped in my stout. Light-medium bodied with a dry roasty bitter coffee finish.

Beer is for breakfast now !! Excellent beer and I don't really like coffee...

Per Label: "Oatmeal stout with natural flavor added uses locally roasted Kaldi's Coffee" "Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co."

Per SLB website: 5.7% ABV. OG: 14. IBU: 40

Bottled: 01/31/06
Tasted: 07/28/06

($6.69 / 6-pack)

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a million to n8dietz for giving me this bottle from his St. Louis trip.

Dark brown and ruby in color. Good lacing and good foam after the pour.

Roasted malt add too the very faint acidic smell of just brewed "7-11" brand coffee. Dry coffee grounds and pumpernickel bread.

Roasted malts upfront, maybe some powdered chocolate for a minute. Then its all acidic, somewhat low quality tasting, coffee grounds and brew come together from middle to finish. The finish is acidic and dark tahnks to the coffee and roasted malts.

Could bee sessionable for acidic almost acrid coffee & beer lovers.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served at Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, IL. Poured into a snifter glass today, 4/4/2014.

App- dark brown body, one finger tan head, good retention and no lacing.

Smell- good roast espresso notes, milk chocolate. Not complex or anything but the balance here is very good

Flavour- milk chocolate, creamer with espresso. It's sort of what I'd expect a cafe au lait that tasted like noble, earthy hops on the backend. It works just well enough.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink. Not too bitter on the backend.

Overall- a fine local coffee stout that is balanced quite well. No offensive flavours. Works for me.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer is almost black. The head has a nice "whipped" appearance to it. It's light brown in color. Fairly thin, but it sticks around for a while. Lacing is moderate. Great aroma on this one. Thick coffee roast smell. With black malts/chocolate malts in the mix too it seems. The nose translates nicely to the palate. Thick, dark roasted coffee tones. Sharp and acrid. But not harsh. I'm not actually a coffee drinker, but I do like coffee beers and this is no exceptioin. There is a nice little sweet accent to everything. Like a vanilla or milk sugar trait. Something of that sort anyway. The body is light to light-medium in stature. I wish it were fuller. Carbonation is appropriately held in check. This is an easy drinker and quite tasty.

Thanks MJR, for my first two Schlafly brews.

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Photo of Bung
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Lighter brown pour than would be expected. Nearly a brown ale pour. A minimal amount of off white bubbles.

Aroma is better, some malt, molasses and a nice dose of coffee. Still pretty light on the stout qualities expected though.

Taste is an American brown with coffee. Some malt, peat, caramel and coffee throughout. Finishes with some carmel, leathery coffee.

Lighter bodied as everything else has led to believe. Mouthfeel and higher mid level of carb are more similar to a brown ale again. Drinkability is good with this, I just would reach for something else. On it's own this is fine, just wouldn't really consider this a stout.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewczar for the opportunity to try this one. Bottled on 12/5/2008 and served in a nonic. Poured three shades shy of black with deep maroon highlights around the base of the glass. Two inch, tight tan-colored head with excellent retention that left behinds thick bands of lacing as it receded. Roasted coffee dominates the nose with a slightly vegetal quality detected towards the back. Taste follows nose, but a little on the bland side and some residual espresso roast lightly lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel was somewhat light for the style without much of the chewiness I've come to associate with an oatmeal stout. Exceptional appearance and bold nose gives way to a somewhat muted representation of the style; easy drinking brew nonetheless.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a failry clear dark dark brown color with a small creamy tan head that recedes quite rapidly to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin all java forward for sure with a great deal of mocha and espresso. Roasted coffee through and through with little else coming through.

The tastes begin with a lot of black, slightly stale coffee with some oats and mocha in the background. Did I mention this tasted like coffee, really just overwhelmingly, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if that's what your in the mood for but I feel this lacks the nice toasted bready base malt or something to counterbalance the roasted coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter and creamy but comes across more watery than I expected.

Overall if you want some coffee with a tad bit of alcohol, go for this. It was very drinkable but forgetable as a beer because of the coffee-esque thin mouthfeel and one dimentional flavor profile. I've had worse coffee beers for sure but definitely better ones as well.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a label describing this as an oatmeal stout flavored with Kaldi's coffee. The beer is dark brown, a little transclucent at the edges. Coffee is the dominant smell, some malt too. The taste is nice, the coffee doesn't seem overbearing or anything, but I'd prefer more a thicker body and maybe more sweetness. Very tasty but more body would be nice for a fit with the flavor.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger head that last long and not much carbonation.

S-Coffee but it is extremely burnt and roasted. Malt and some chocolate but not much.

T-Very roasty coffee. Almost burnt. Some smoke/beef jerky like notes, similar to a smoked beer. Tad bit of caramel and chocolate.

M-Lighter, watery and not much carbonation.

O-One of the few times Schlafly has disappointed me. I was expecting better on this one.

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Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. At first a large white head forms and gently recedes. Light lace is left behind.
S: Roasted coffee is up front and dominates the nose. Light mineral aroma. Acidic and astringent.
T: A little more balanced than the nose. Coffee is in full force, but just a touch more of a sweet chocolate flavor to balance out the acidic and astringent coffee.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin and watery for a stout though. Chalky and dry. Not hard to drink, though I think one in a session is just fine.

Not much of an Oatmeal Stout as far as I am concerned. The coffee really takes over everything. Along with the chalky, dry, and acidic feel this is a sub standard coffee stout as well. Not bad, just nothing I will visit again soon.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.82 out of 5 based on 918 ratings.
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