Friday, March 8, 2013

Schlafly Coffee Stout

I tend to associate coffee stouts with being big imperial brews, so when I find one in a smaller body it’s an interesting experience. Schlafly Coffee Stout is more of a standard American stout with coffee added, and is a drinker-friendly beer in many ways. It’s not as good as the imperialized brews, but for something on the smaller end it’s impressive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (825) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Opaque black body. Forms a small, tan, soapy head which almost completely dissipates and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Medium-roast coffee aroma plus a general sweet scent.

Taste: If you want the delectable palate of a coffee stout but without the density of an imperial, then Schlafly Coffee Stout is the beer for you. Remarkably sweet all around, with an almost cola-like taste and accompanying sweetness, yet not overtly sugary or cloying. A gentle bitterness through the middle imparting some roasted malt taste and a hint of hops. The palate ends with a coffee taste that’s on the darker, more robust spectrum (though it should be since the label says it’s brewed with French roasted coffee). The coffee taste lingers for a moment or two and can actually be savored with some effort. It’s a somewhat simplistic, repetitive palate, but that’s okay because the net result is a taste I really enjoy.

Drinkability: What really makes this beer appreciable is the fact its palate is flavorful without needing the raw energy of a bigger beer. The mouthfeel and body are both perfectly medium - neither thick nor thin, neither short nor cloying. It goes down smooth with an aftertaste that’s quite clean. At 5.7% ABV it would be easy to throw back a few of these as dessert with any guilt.
 Grade: 8/10