Schlafly Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good
312 Reviews
Schlafly Coffee StoutSchlafly Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

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:
312
Ratings:
911
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
137
For Trade:
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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent appearance poured into the glass, with an opaque dark chestnut body topped by a tan head that rises about an inch before falling to a lasting cap. Lacing is in chains and sheets.

Aroma is very nice. Lots of roasty coffee, just a hint of bitter chocolate. No hops are discerned.

Mouthfeel is light medium. Carbonation is above average for style.

Taste is bitter, dark roast malt, as per style. Lots of roasty coffee Columbian coffee bean flavor here. Maybe, some grassy hops in the background. Finishes bitter roasty malt, as the style dictates.

One of the better products from the nice folks at Schlafley. A very well put together American stout that is a pleasure to sip.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/2/10. Pours brown with a smallish off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, some chocolate and coffee.

The flavor is bready malts and slightly stale acidic coffee with a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK coffee stout. There's decent coffee presence but the flavor is a bit off for me.

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Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow. What a dessert, er, beer. The pour looks just like the oatmeal stout, but you can barely detect the coffee under the malt chocolate in the aroma. The taste is outstanding - you start with the oatmeal stout and then finish with an enjoyable cappuccino flavor. Drinkability is a paradox, the first one, and then the second were outstanding – then it’s like a 2nd pumpkin ale or a dessert, it starts to become overwhelming. Would be a great after dinner finishing beer.

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

Pours black color with some mahogany at the edges when held up to light and 1 finger creamy/foamy light tan head that faded slowly as big craters formed and dropped in the head, leaving very good foamy lacing with rings as it went down.

Smells of very acidic coffee up front which is like a Starbucks sitting on your desk all day; the aroma is a combo of smoked grains, coffee, molasses, cocoa powder, herbs, burnt wood and caramel – the smoky notes play well with the coffee and malts, and to me it smells really nice. This is listed under Oatmeal Stout in BA, but the oatmeal is nowhere to be found in the nose.

Tastes like it smells in general, but with more complexity – the very acidic coffee up front, check; cold Starbucks, check; then the rest of the flavors including coffee, smoked grains, molasses, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, herbs, burnt wood, caramel, light citrus hops like a hint of lemon, oats or wheat bread, and faint vanilla. It is quite bitter and the burnt flavor reminds me of a coffee pot left on way too long, but somehow it was enjoyable in the form of a beer. The bitterness and smoky grains/malts somehow worked well with the coffee and hops added, and this got better as it warmed with more flavor showing through.

Mouthfeel was thin and almost watery for a stout, with very light carbonation, a light body and a bitter finish that trailed off smoky and full of coffee and cocoa flavors that also had a tea leaf/herbal quality to it.

Overall I liked this beer and enjoyed the complexities of the roasted coffee and bitter flavors; I love coffee so I’m always slightly biased on my enjoyment and rating of this type of beer, so I would recommend this brew since the coffee flavors were very tasty to me.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours light brown, finally settling into a darker brown in the glass, with a creamy head that took a minute or two to dissipate.

coffee. that is all you smell. coffee! taste brings in some slight chocolate and vanilla tones, but just barely.

thin, slightly creamy mouthfeel.
decent brew but not necessarily something I can really get into.

is this really a coffee stout or just a coffee brown ale?

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Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown to black...looks like coffee with small amount of tan head. Smell is of iced coffee, maybe mocha, something I really enjoy! Taste is good, iced coffee, chocolate, and a small amount of hops. Mouthfeel is good although I prefer a little thicker for this type of brew. Really only a one timer per night kinda beer but I do like this for a change of pace.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10.27.08

A - Dark brown, nice big thick head. Slowly reduces to disk. Clingy, sudsy lacing.

S - Big time coffee.

T - Again, huge coffee, roasted malt, some bits of cocoa.

M - Creamy and satifying.

D - I could session this one, easy yet interesting enough to hang on.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Nose is straight coffee. Deep roasted coffee ground with undertow of chocolate and roast. Taste is much a like a chilled black coffee. Nice robust coffee notes along with notes of oats, charred grain, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with mild carbonation. Overall, very nice coffee character in this beer.

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Photo of JayQue
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good smooth oatmeal stout, very prominent coffee presence. Thanks to Woodchopper who included it in a trade.

Poured a dark brown into a pint glass. A regular pour provides very little head. A hard pour rewards you with a nice size light tan head. Average retention, some delicate lacing on the glass.

Strong aroma of coffee and roasted malt..nice.

Tastes good as well. Fairly simple, roasted and bready malts and plenty of coffee.

Mouthfeel is as smooth as you would expect with a good oatmeal stout. Slides down very well. Plenty of coffee, not much bitterness.

Overall this is a very pleasant stout. If you like coffee, this is a good one for you as the coffee is prominent without being harsh or bitter.

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Photo of flexabull
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy if DonFrap, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown color with a very nice tan head. Looks great!

Smells like a nice cup of coffee and not much else, maybe some cream and sugar.

Taste is very coffee forward. Some notes of roasted malts, brown sugars, and cream. But this is mostly about the coffee. Finish is crisp, and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, needs a bit more body.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. But this is a bit of a one trick pony, lots of coffee flavors that are nice, but it needs some more stout flavors to balance this out. Still enjoyable though.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pour a light brownish and creamy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some film on the beer. The beer is a dark brown color that almost appears like a dark black that resembles coffee. As expected, the beer is opaque. The beer has a very strong coffee smell and dominates the other smells. However, the other smells such as the hint of oatmeal and roasted malts compliment the beer instead of detracting from it. The taste does not quite live up to the expectation of the smell but still works well. Coffee is the dominant flavor and slight complemented by the oatmeal and roasted malts. The beer feels surprisingly light for a heavy bodied beer with biting carbonation. The beer itself feels smooth as it goes down. Overall, a pretty decent coffee stout and worth getting again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Medium beige head that was quick to fade to a thin skim. Scant lace. Smells of roasty caramel and coffee.

Good stuff. Tastes of medium roast coffee with faint roast malt in back. Watery sweetness similiar to English brown ales. A tad heavy on the carbonation which comes through in the mouth and swallow.

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Photo of BigBry
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On of the specialty brews on tap when I visited the Tap Room on my latest trip to St. Louis. Standard pint glass.
Very dark in color, basically black, with a dark brown 1/2 inch head. Lace strings are left on my glass. Rich smell of coffee, slightly bitter, like a strong cup of coffee and the grounds. Taste follows with more of that rich, slightly bitter coffee. Also some roasted chocolate malt. Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style. Overall, a pretty good slection, might be too strong in the coffee department for some, but I liked it. If it's going to be a coffee flavor, go all out.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to mikennat for this from our recent trade!

Bottled With Love on 11 29 2010

A: Pours a dark, well, coffee brown with some lighter mahogany at the edges when tilted. The head reaches about two fingers thick but sadly was quite short lived. However, it did leave behind some very nice looking lace webs.

S: Pretty high quality espresso roast here. Loads of roasty malt as well. Also noticed some toasty oats, bakers chocolate, dark fruit, and brown sugar.

T: Very close to the smell. The slightly sweet oats, chocolate, and dark fruit add a nice balance to how the flavors are spread out and keep the espresso from becoming one note.

M: Feels full at first, like a milk stout. Then the bitter coffee and roasted malt kick in with some excellent peppery dryness that lingers for quite awhile on the tongue.

D: Pretty excellent as far as coffee stouts are concerned. The mouthfeel never becomes syrupy and there's nice balance here for the coffee. Plus, we're only at 5.7%...sessionable in my book!

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Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my cracked DuClaw Colossus snifter. Thanks loving wife....

A: Extremely dark and vicious, with a nice dense, frothy tan head that stuck around in duration and to the glass.

S: Very intense smell of coffee grounds... high grade stuff, but not too. Yep, coffee is about all I got. However, this is a coffee stout, right?

T: Okay, this is definitely espresso, and an intense one at that. Is there any other kind? Very fresh and not overly sweet. However, this was fairly one dimensional overall and extremely dry on the finish.

M: Not as thick on the palate as it looked, but not exactly thin either. The lacing was substantial, and I definitely had coffee breathe after I finished.

O: This was good, but beer like Founders Breakfast Stout and Wake N' Wake beats this with one taste bud tied behind its back.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black/deep brown, 1 finger khaki head, ok lacing

S: roasted coffee, baking oat bread and hint of drk chocolate

T: mild dark chocolate, big malt oats, and
firm roasted coffee finish

M: med body, smooth/semi-chewy mouth, semi-dry finish

O: Quite flavorful session Oat/Coffee stout.
Schlafly delivers mighty fine beers and this
is just another fine example.

YUMMY; GRAB A BOTTLE!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The brew pours a deep brown to almost black color with a faint ruby highlite around the edges. The head is massive, working up to 3 fingers tall. It leaves really nice lace as it falls to about a finger over top. There is little to no carbonation working up the sides of my glass. The aroms on this one is all about the coffee. It smells like a nice moderate roast coffee with a hint of sweetness and creamyness from the oatmeal stout base. This one really smells a lot like freshly ground coffee. I like it. The flavor brings the same intensity of coffee that I found in the aroma. This carries all the way through the beer. The aftertaste presents a mild creamy oat character with a mild roasted maltyness, but it definately screams coffee here. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. It is a little slick from the oats, but nothing bad. I think this is an incredibly good coffee stout, with a ton of coffee in both the aroma and flavor. It is a bit one dimensional, but I think that is what makes this beer what it is. I am happy to have 4 more of these.

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Photo of philbe311
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slightly less than a fingers worth even and fizzy dirty off-white colored head... Very minimal retention gives way to an unbalanced erratic lacing... Streaks of very rapid paced carbonation can been around the edges of the glass... The color is a deep dark brown that allows a bit of light to leak in around the edges... Some faint red undertones are noted deep within...

S - Fresh picked coffee beans are are the forefront... Heavy on roasted malts... Slightly charred... Some very faint caramel and vanilla notes...

T - Devoid of much of the flavor alluded to by the nose... Some roasted malts... A touch of smoke... The coffee component is rather weak... Faint notes of artificial sweetener....

M - Bone dry to start... Medium bodied... A good bit of fizzy carbonation... Slightly chalky finish...

D - After a promising start in terms of appearance and smell, this one sort of falls of a cliff... The palette is muddled and a bit on the timid side and the mouthfeel is slightly off putting... Not recommended as I can think of several coffee infused brews that I would put first...

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Photo of jsprain1
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown. Thin head and little lacing.
S- Smells strongly of fresh coffee grounds. Very coffee based. One dimensional, albeit pleasant.
T- On the tongue, there is more complexity than the aroma indicated. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, and espresso.
M- Smooth at first. Finishes quite dry. A bit underweighted at times.
D- This is probably my favorite beer of Schlafly's. Very strong on the coffee, but more or less well executed.

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Photo of bditty187
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes…

"Bottled with Love on Sep 30 04”

Dark brown in hue, blacker in the middle with some ruby influences around the edges. Even when the liquid is backlit the opaqueness holds-up well. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height, the bubbles faded quickly to a soapy cap with some naked spots in the middle, thicker around the edges. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing, just a few short-lived clumps. On the whole, this beer looks like what it should but little more. The nose is, well, coffee. Iced espresso. Day old spend grains. Roasted beans. There are hints of chocolate and a dash of milk-like sweetness. Wow, there is no fooling around here! I love the fact the potency is high and the aromas are allowed to fully explore my olfactory. For a Coffee Stout the complexity is fairly high, I could imagine something more in the bouquet like a tickle of hops or some smoke but I’m a greedy dick. For a beer of this sort I really like what I smell. Powerful. Inviting. The palate is far less complex and deep as the nose indicated. This is a major bummer. The espresso qualities are dimmer and the day old coffee flavors move into the forefront. This is always a worry with me when it comes to Coffee Stouts. It really needs to be the other way around. It is so hard to capture the goodness of coffee without turning it into something that you find at the end of a day at a Quickie Mart. You know, stale coffee. The acidity from the roast is way too naked, their needs to be more sweetness, malt depth, and/or hop bitterness. The palate lacks roundness, it is too sharp… where is the harmony? Plus the fact the body is so small this really hurts the development of the palate. One-dimensional. Boring. Straightforward. You get the point, right? It is not sophisticated enough to pair with dessert. Medium-light in body, the carbonation is firm, and the mouthfeel is lousy. There needs to be way more body to make this beer work. Skinny. The taste and mouthfeel of this beer reminded me a lot of Spilker Ales XPO Espresso Stout (RIP), that is too bad because that beer had some flaws as does this one. Sure it is drinkable but I’m bored with it and one bottle is enough for me, thankfully, I only had one bottle. This was purchased at the Tap Room in St. Louis as part of a mixed six-pack. I say skip it.

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

Nice, deep chocolate color. Slight tan head that quickly fades. Mellow, roasted coffee aroma. Faint, chocolate aroma as well. Good roasted and grainy flavor. The level of coffee is very well done-not too much or little. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin for my liking but that doesnt detract from anything. Overall a nice, enjoyable, coffee brew. Well worth trying.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish black body settles into the glass showing hints of light only when held to the bulb. Head is two fingers of fat thick foamy bubbles that leave a large amount of deep tan lace all over the glass. Nose is a soft mix of spicey coffee and fresh chicory and toasty malt. At first sip you get a zesty rich burnt malt feel, sharp dry coffee notes and raw chicory. Mineral notes balance the coffee feel and almost help to showcase the integrity of the coffee. Mouthfeel is quite dry but does show a hint of sweetness. Mouth feel is malty thick. This is a nicely drinkable brew and a solid but slightly thin coffee stout.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with with a fingernail of beige on top. Brussels lacing. No light seeps through. aroma of dark coffee and hints of chocolate. The flavor is initially bitter dark coffee and then it switches over to a chocolatey sweetness. The mouth is thick and viscous.

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

Pours ultra-dark brown/black, with a massive head, and plenty of lace.
Aroma -- heavy duty coffee, courtesy of an infusion of fair-trade Kaldi's Coffee.
Smooth, typical oatmeal stout texture. Maybe a mite thin-bodied for the style, but that's not a bad thing, per se,
Flavor is, of course, heavy on the coffee side, with a slight chocolate hint. Smooth, muted bite at the finish. Tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa earlier this week. I had no idea that this was a Oatmeal Stout until I looked up this beer on here, since it wasn't as full as others that I've had in the past. As others have commented on here, this was quite thin and more like carbonated coffee rather than actual beer. On its own, it was fine but I expect an Oatmeal Stout to have the taste and body of actual oats and I think that this beer spread itself thin just a bit here.

The pour was as to be expected - cola brown with just a hint of garnet around the edges, with a fluffy tan head that quickly settled and a fair amount of lacing on the side of my pint glass that I drank down the side of. Lots of coffee and espresso in the nose but not a lot of oats. The look and mouthfeel of this beer was of the aforementioned cola without the sugary stickiness as the burnt notes of the coffee ended up taking over to a large degree here. If Starbucks brewed a beer, this would be it (although this would be a better buy for the buck!) and the hop bitterness really couldn't be found here. There was a faint bitter chocolate undertone to this as well with just a bit of vanilla extract and molasses to give this some bite. A fair presence of carbonation was here as well but not enough to scrub my palate clean after each sip.

At the alcohol was light here, as there was hardly any booze to be detected as I did "shots" of this coffee, er...beer. While I like something that pushes the edge a bit, something was missing here. Maybe it was the oats, some more powder to the chocolate, or some more bubbles to give this some life. Espresso tends to be watery, flat, and bitter and that's what this was too. If that's your thing, drink away! It will save you a trip to the place with the long lines, green aprons, and hum of the coffee machines.

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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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