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
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.