The First Pour: Schlafly Coffee Stout

Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. As this is a work in progress, I have decided to change the name of this series of blogs from “Just out the Keg” to “The First Pour”. This series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work. By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio

ABV: 5.7%

Bitterness: 40

Availability: Seasonal, November 1st

Attention coffee lovers! Schlafly has a beer for you! This beer is dark, roasted, and perfect for a cold winter night. Every November 1st, Schlafly releases their highly anticipated seasonal brew – Coffee Stout. If you haven’t tried this beer before, run to Cicero’s and grab a pint – or growler – now. No, seriously, we’ll wait until you’re back.

The Coffee Stout pours out deep brown, almost black in color with a nice thick head. Immediately on the pour you are greeted by the rich aromas of coffee. This isn’t just any coffee though, this is locally brewed Kaldi’s Coffee. You also get a lightly sweet scent of oats, given that the foundation of the beer is Schlafly’s Oatmeal Stout. The taste is smooth, balanced, and deeply malty. The chocolate and dark roasted malts are balanced by 40 IBUs, which leave a very slight bitter on the finish. Even at 5.7%, this seems like a sessionable beer that even coffee drinking hop-heads will enjoy. Alaina and I both agree this is one of our favorite beers. Looks can be deceiving with this beer. The first time we had this beer we expected it to be heavier, but we both agree that we could sit and drink this all night. Picture a cold winter night with snow falling outside, but you’re inside buried under a blanket sipping on this delicious brew – you won’t be disappointed.

About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.

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