I used to drink coffee a lot. The smell of the ground beans every morning was intoxicating, especially the variety of styles I could have every day. While the taste of coffee was just fine, it was always the smell that kept me coming back.
But eventually, I decided to give it up. The only time I now have any coffee is through my beer.
To add a coffee kick to their stout recipe, Schlafly brewers used a cold extraction process with Kaldi’s coffee, essentially taking the characteristics of coffee without adding any harsh bitterness to the beer itself. There’s no mistaking this beer for what it is – my nose was bombarded with aromas that made me think mocha coffee.
Smells of roasted grains and sweet chocolate simply billow out of the top of the glass, accompanied by caramel, marshmallow and maybe a touch of molasses. All of this, of course, is led by intense mocha smells up front and circle back around to also finish off every snif.
There’s really no acidity to the flavor, despite the fact that the beer tastes like coffee all the way though. My bottle had very little carbonation and a super-thin mouthfeel, which made me think I was drinking an iced coffee. This is odd, since the brewers used oat flakes in this beer. Something that typically enhances and thickens the body of a brew.
Coffee Stout stats:
- Malt: 2-row and caramel malted barley, roasted barley and oat flakes
- Hops: Marynka
- Adjunct/Additive: Kaldi’s coffee using a cold extraction toddy
- ABV: 5.7 percent
- Brewery: Schlafly Brand, via St. Louis Brewing Company of St. Louis, Missouri
“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.” — Jack Kerouac