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

Black in color with a thick tan head (caffe crema?). The smell is intensely espresso. Coffee beans...highly roasted...some background roasted barley and malt, but the coffee is in front. The taste is similar...coffee, with a stout bitterness and a lot of creamy mouthfeel. This is an excellent brew.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours opaque mahogany color with deep dark hues. Fluffy tuft of tanned head builds up, slowly collapsing into wispy film and rings of patchy lacing.

Smooth roasted coffee beans in the nose with hints of creamy sweetness. Touch of chocolate and cocoa, a hint of vanilla with caramel and dark roasted malts.

Refreshing blast of invigorating coffee beans and roasted tones. The coffee bitterness is super mild in this one, followed by hints of sweetness with cocoa and a dash of vanilla. Roasted dark malts and caramel backbone. Smooth finish with lingering coffee dryness.

Medium body, well carbonated, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Well crafted, drinkable coffee stout without the acrid bitterness that ruins some of similar ilk. Schlafly should get more attention these days - their beers are continually tasty year in and year out.

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Photo of Pencible
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured an opaque cola with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh coffee and cream, with a bit of dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like coffee grounds, with some earthy dark chocolate. It had a somewhat dirty bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Thin body.
D: This had great scent, ok taste, and weak body. The finish was a little rough, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not bad, but not great quality.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a mocha colored head that fades pretty fast to a nice sheen and collar. Nice lacing.

Smell is filled with roasty malts and freshly brewed coffee. Not much in the way of hops or other java-distracting aromas. Smells fairly light, smooth and quaffable.

Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to the aroma for me. It still has plenty of coffee flavor, but seems thin, watery and lifeless. A little bit of roastiness, but no flavor contributions from the hops or yeast and the malts could use some more dextrinous body and sweetness. I am a little disappointed with this beer, but coffee beer lovers should give it a go.

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

This brew pours into my glass looking, coincidentally, like a cup of coffee: dark brown, nearly black, with some clarity and a lighter brown in the light. There's a bit of a tan head that stays around for a little while before dissipating and leaves a little thin lacing in light patches. There's just enough going on here to put this above average in appearance.
There's some coffee on the nose with a little chocolate and another underlying sweetness tinged with something artificial, perhaps even a light metallic note. There's a nice malt (perhaps chocolate malts were used here, and/or definitely something roasted) and a light balance is achieved with some hops addition.
The taste follows suit with the tasty coffee and chocolate rich malt backbone accompanied by a light sweetness and a light hops touch in the finish.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a moderate carbonation and a medium body, maybe a little light for a stout. There's a richness to it and the feel stops just short of thickness.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near opaque black with subtle garnet highlights and a thick, bubbly tan head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Strong aromas of roasted grain, coffee, minerals, and earthy hops fill the nose.

T: Notes of coffee, cream, vanilla bean, roasted grain, leather, bitter chocolate, and earthy hops fill the mouth before a smooth finish of leather, coffee, and cream takes the reins.

M: Thinner than one would expect for a stout, I would say this ale is closer to being medium-bodied than full-bodied. The texture in the mouth is silky and smooth. Carbonation is very airy and delicate. This ale is almost too easy to drink.

O: An excellent stout. While I would have preferred a thicker, heavier body and more complexity on the nose, this is still a very good beer. Unlike many coffee stouts, this one really showcases the aroma and flavor of the coffee used. Highly recommended.

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

On draught at the brewpub (as "Kaldi's"). This beer is a nearly opaque dark brown color with ruby on the fringes. Thin and creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly, and spotty lacing. Aroma of coffee, oatmeal and roasted malt. Medium, smooth body with coffee, roasted barley and malt flavors. The finish is nutty with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Quite a forgettable coffee stout, not so much for its thin feel, but for its burnt and acidic coffee notes.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Brown label with orange and light cream touches with the Schlafly branding. Offers a general description of the brew and intent on the neck label, including recognition to Kaldi´s fair trade coffee, and bragging about its deliciousness. Shows date of bottling (01 04 2001). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour with ruby brown edges. Nice ecru frothy head, fair retention and some lacing.

S - Burnt coffee nose, not particularly enticing or fresh.

T - More burnt coffee in the palate, with an acidic touch, some malty sense in the distant undercurrent... In essence this feels like bad - or not my kind of - coffee.

M - Medium-light to light body, small carbonation. It feels a tad watery and not particularly smooth, with that acidic bitterness in the finish.

O - Barely drinkable, too acidic and burnt a coffee to make it work with that base.

Notes: I do like Schlafly, and some of their offerings are amongst my favorites but here... This is by far the worst I´ve had from them. Maybe it is a matter of taste but while not despicable this is in the bottom bracket of coffee-oatmeal stouts I´ve tried.

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Photo of morimech
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/22/2010
Very dark brown color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Just a light spattering of spotty lacing. There is coffee in the aroma but it is balanced with some nice dark malt. A solid oatmeal stout lies under the coffee. The coffee is more dominat in the flavor. The coffee tastes fresh and of high quality. A little roasted bitterness in the finish. If the stout characteristics came through more, this would be a really good beer. It just cannot hold up to the coffee. The body is not as "chewy" as I would like it. This stout is nicely carbonated. A lower ABV stout that gives a good coffee fix.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Into a snifter. Inch of light tan head. Dark brown, can still see light coming through when held up.

S - Stick your nose into a bag of freshly roasted coffee. That's what we have here. Also some burnt malt and a hint of vanilla and dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, bitter ending.

M - Crisp and light bodied for an oatmeal stout. Moderate carbonation, less would be better.

D - Good to drink. I like that there is no doubt that it is a coffee stout. Great looking and aroma. The taste and mouthfeel were fine but not standout.

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Photo of n2185
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black with about a finger and a half of light tan head. The head quickly recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Some dark roasted malt and coffee. It lacks the deep, rich roasted coffee aromas that I expect from the best coffee stouts.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is some roasted malt up front followed by the coffee. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the coffee doesn't taste all that great.

M: Medium body and carbonation. The body is kind of watery and lacks the creaminess expected of an oatmeal stout is missing.

D: Goes down fairly smooth, but the lack of creaminess and watery body make it not entirely pleasant.

Overall, not a horrible beer, but there are far, far better coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola brown color with a small tight khaki colored head. The retention was quick and settled into a light ring.

The aroma is not particuliarly strong but does have a nice coffee scent. Nice cold coffee and coffee grounds aroma, good roast. The aroma is a nice earthy/woody scent.

Freshly ground coffee in the taste. Excellent flavor and not overly bitter. Subtle wood notes with a peaty type of flavor. The malt base is quite light and brings a tea like flavor, perhaps a note of lemon. A hint of caramel as well.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate but has enough of a roasted bitter offset to balance. Perhaps a touch stick in the finish.

Very good coffee flavor; I enjoyed that very much. However, the stout base is lacking and more resembles a brown ale. Quite light for the style.

#1700 reviewed

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

From MJR. Thanks bro'. Super cola-like in appearance. Brown with a small white head that rises up and than dies leaving some nice lacing. Carbonation is big bubbled, and frothy. Aromas are fresh espresso, some lightly roasted malts, and maybe some slight hops. The taste is coffee like, but weak-coffee like with some roasted coffee notes and a subtle hoppiness that is very much in the background. There are also some chocolate notes in the mix as well and maybe some caramel? Mouthfeel is too light and this hurts the drinkability a little bit. This is very light for a stout, and it almost comes accross as more of a coffee porter. I'd love to know the abv on this. A solidly good, but not spectacular coffee-infused beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average lookign black stout with small head

Smells with faint hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted and burnt malts

Tastes like it smells with chocolate, coffee and burnt notes. Pleasant tasting and slight crisp finish. Smooth and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - a tad watery

Overally - not too bad, but I've had much better crafted and flavored coffee/oatmeal stouts.

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

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with small cap of light beige small-bubbled head which leaves a narrow line of lacing.

S: Big dark roasted aroma of coffee, almost like coffee grounds, with good accompaniment of roasted grain and dark malt as well. There is a light chocolate undercurrent as well.

T: The flavor is a dark roasted and roasted grain assault which I loved. The malt character is not entirely lost and is what provides the dark chocolate and light caramel sweetness that prevents this beer from being too bitter. The coffee component is very dark roasted/espresso-like in quality.

M: Mouthfeel is a little light but nothing wrong with it. Not too heavy and low carbonation with the oatmeal quality a little dampened by the coffee bitterness.

O: A really good coffee stout but I kept the Overall score in check because it is pretty one-dimensional -- but it is a really enjoyable dimension they bring in this brew.

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

A - pours a dark brown with a decent head that dissipates quickly

S - smells of coffee, coffee, coffee - smells delicious

T - the taste follows the nose. Loads of coffee and malts. Although this isn't the most complex beer, it is delicious.

M - smooth and medium bodied, pretty good for a stout

D - this is a fantastic coffee stout. This is one of the better Schlafly offerings out there, I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 11/16/10

pours dark brown with a reddish tint - 1+ finger tan head that faded to a film and left spotted lacing

smell is all coffee not much else

taste is like the nose all coffee - some milk some roast some chocolate some caramel - this could be FBS light - drinking this beer fresh is the only way to drink it (under 90 days)

mouthfeel is light/medium with lots of carbonation

drinkability is great - if you love coffee beers this beer is a must - the low abv and lighter body makes me wish i bought a whole sixer instead of a single

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

a: shaker pint serving, the stout is a murky brown in color, opaque, with a light to average head

s: great nose of nutty light roast coffee with full support from a roasty body that features chocolate and caramel, earthy hop aromas, good start

m: carbonation around moderate, body medium-full

t: nice coffee upfront - fresh, nutty light roast, quite nice, on a body of smooth roasted malt bringing slight chocolate, some caramel sweetness, mild earthy pine hop flavor, tasty

d: would be kind of an average stout base, but the coffee is pervasive and very fresh, like

draft at Lyon Hall, Arlington

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deeply dark but not entirely black this stout was quite fetching with its stiffly built head and thick core.

The aroma is a bit too subtle with roasted coffee, dry chocolate and malt.

The scent was a touch quiet but the taste is not so subtle. Big roasted flavor, robust coffee taste, oddly earthy peppers and dry grain malt all hit the palate with a shout. There's no mention of habenero or any other pepper but I get a nice little kick on the tongue and then the roasted coffee rushes through for a nicely satisfying finish. There's even a bit of chocolate.

This is a touch unorthodox, with the earthy pepper flavor, chocolate and coffee but it is quite good.

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Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dakid for this one.

A: Pours a light nutty brown hue with a nice creamy head. Okay retention with some very light spotty lace.

S: The aroma is big on fresh roasted coffee with a hint of caramel malt. Simple but good.

T: Not as bold as I had hoped, I like big extreme coffee stouts, but this one is on the more sessionable side which is not a bad thing. Nice light roasted coffee backed but toasted malt. Very light chocolate to round things out.

M: On the thinner side, with nice carbonation.

D: A sessionable coffee stout. To be honest I would like a touch more coffee though.

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

Poured a deep dark black with a healthy tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts, black coffee, and caramel. Mostly black coffee and lots of it.

The taste was much like the aroma. A nice combination of the roasted malts, coffee, more coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This one went down so easily. Nice job on the coffee stout, Schlafly.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Illinois on the way down to Alabama.

Aroma presents rich and full coffee aroma with a roasted malt character too. Thiere is also a duller flat aspect that at colder temps isn't that appealing (yeast?).
Very dark, like a cup of coffee. Shows some reds in the light. One inch tannish head that slowly recedes.
Coffee comes through in flavor too with a backing (again) of roasted malt. Mildy bitter and surprisingly not dry. Coffee flavors linger.
Too thin and too carbonated. This would do better thicker and flatter.
Nice and solid version with lots of coffee flavors.

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Photo of Brent
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressively well-balanced integration of coffee flavor into this stout. Poured black, as one would expect. Off white head tinged with tan. A whiff of fresh ground coffee beans in the aroma. Pleasant roasted malt flavor was predominant, with some strong-brewed coffee in the background. A nice fullness to the mouthfeel. Unlike some coffee stouts that taste like a stout with some cold black coffee dumped in, this beer unites the flavors in a very pleasant way.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours opaque black with a small fizzy light-tan head that reduces quickly leaving just a ring, short lasting lace

S- nice chocolaty roasted notes with some sweet oats, dark-yet-not overly bitter coffee with a touch of vanilla, very nice

T- great balance between the bitterness of the coffee and the chocolaty roasted notes. I think that by using the coffe extract, it tames the bitterness a bit. The sweet chocolate is complimented nicely by a silky oat character that leads to a dry-yet-slightly bitter finish with a faint coffee linger

M- medium body and carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel that leads to a creamy finish, dont necessarily get the silkiness associated with an oatmeal stout

O- nice coffee flavors in this one, reminds me of a poor mans FBS, would pair nicely with desserts or chocolate.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

'extra' bottle in a trade with Tilley4

12oz bottle, 'bottled with love' on Sept. 27, 2007, served in a standard pint glass.

A - dark brown color with a good sized tan head that fell after a while and remains as a layer, leaving some globs of sticky lacing.

S - rich espresso coffee aroma.

T - good bitterness, roasted espresso coffee taste.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation. Light for the style (this is also listed under a Bottleworks version as a coffee stout).

D - a very tasty, easy drinking brew. I would love to have some more of these.

Final Note: if Starbucks made a beer, I think it might taste like this one. Recommended.

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Schlafly Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.81 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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