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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Winter on 02-26-2002

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Ratings: 866 | Reviews: 427
Photo of pjvie
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't even taste like coffee... Tasted like a cheap chocolate mess.

Photo of LloydDobler
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Ommegang tulip.

Hefty pour left only a 1'', quickly dissipating, collar of foam. It looked pretty thin too. Opaque, almost a dark autumn amber. When I returned to my seat I realized that I could smell the deep roasted malt and quality coffee from 3 feet away! Very inviting! The taste wasn't what I would expect from the style, almost espresso like. If coffe is your style, then this is your beer. The mouthfeel was disappointing. Thin, and free of any carbonation. Overall a mediocre brew. I would, however, strongly recommend it to my friends who love that that in-your-face coffee taste.

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
4.16/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thought this was good stuff

Photo of boothbeer
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer overall. Coffee smell is great, but a little off in the taste. A little too thin for my taste in stouts.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good thin coffee stout. Not really much else to say, it's low ABV and mouthfeel make more like a coffee Porter. It's not bad at all, just not very complex.

Photo of PTRAINOR
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice roasted malt and coffee flavors. Light carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel. All in all a tasty brew. I don't know if I would seek this out to purchase on its own, but I always enjoy the two bottles that come in Lakefront's "box of beer."

Photo of brianjs711
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this beer. A solid coffee stout.

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad coffee stout, I have had better versions though. If you are really into organic products though, this is the way to go.

Will not seek out and purchase again. Good, but there are other coffee stouts that I can get much easier.

Photo of wblack2
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very similar to Coffee Bender from Surly.

Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ratings on this beer do not do it justice. Roasted malt and coffee flavors mix well, resulting in a pleasant drinking experience. Will pickup again.

Photo of M_J_Z
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drinking this as I type this review on 12/26/14. Got this as an "extra" via trade earlier this year and finally am checking it out.

Nothing stands out about this one. Pretty average coffee-flavored beer, in my opinion. I'm not sure it should be called a stout; it reminds me more of a brown ale.

The coffee flavor is nice but nothing extraordinary. I will down this entire bottle since the beer tastes good. This meets my expectations for a trade "extra" added by someone I traded with for the first time. Try it if you like coffee beers, but don't expect much. This is pretty standard, or in the neighborhood of standard, give or take a little.

3.25-3.5 stars.

Photo of capuchinpilates
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this here beer

Photo of AmeriCanadian
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Expected coffee scent and flavor, but minimal identity past that. Extremely thin and watery.

Photo of scotorum
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date info visible, purchased about a month ago in a mixed sixpack.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a; Black with clear ruby highlights when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild coffee and chocolate.

t: Chocolate and smoke with some mild hop bite for balance. Dry finish.

m: A smooth medium with good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A very drinkable stout. Little indication of the presence of coffee other than in the initial aroma, but a solid example of the stout style. Perhaps age muted the coffee flavor.

Photo of JamesMN
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 9/3/14.

Appearance: Black/brown body with a head of tan foam.

Aroma: Cream, coffee, roasted malt.

Taste: Watery black coffee with roasty malt. Some nice grassy hop bitterness. Not really balanced as the hops shine through the seemingly thin malt bill. Thin finish, cream and coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body. Decent drinkability though a bit over carbonated.

Final Thoughts: Another decent stout with added coffee. Sort of a popular style these days. Would I drink it again? Meh.

Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Dated 9/23/2014. Poured into a snifter 10/20/2014.

A- Dark black body, two finger light brown head with a lot of retention time. Not much lacing. [3.5]

S- Roast malt, black coffee, slightly burnt grain, earthy hops. Smells good, not complex, but exactly what is advertised. [3.75]

F- Milk chocolate sweetness, bitter black coffee, roast malts. Bitter burnt malt and earthy hops on the finish. This is a more than solid combination of flavours, I'm enjoying this one quite a bit, certainly tastes better than it smells. [4]

M- Thinner bodied, though closer to medium than straight up thin, about par for the American Stout style. Just enough carbonation to keep it crisp and refreshing. A good characteristic to have in a coffee stout. [3.75]

O- Pretty good coffee stout. Plenty of coffee, plenty of roast malt. Just about what you'd expect from an above-average, tasty coffee stout. This packs more flavour than our more local New Glarus Coffee Stout, but it hits you a little bit more quickly. Surprising that it isn't as well-received as I'd expect based on my review, but then again Lakefront has a tendency to be underrated. [4]

Photo of GRPunk
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle (04/17/13) poured into Sam Smith's imperial pint.

A- A normal pour creates 1-1/2 fingers of dark tan head. The body is dark brown, nearing black. Head drops to a thin film. Very light lacing left on the glass.

S- Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Dark roasted and strong. Very aromatic.

T- As the aroma suggests. Clearly infused with coffee, an underlying chocolate quality, and hints of vanilla. Definite dark roasted malts as well.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Light tingle.

O- Very nice coffee stout. I particularly like the pricing point (1.59 for the bottle at Copper Vine). While not a deal breaker for me, the USDA Organic stamp is a bonus. Maybe not quite up to the Bell's or Dark Horse versions, but very drinkable.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a thin tan head on a dark brown colored body.
The aroma is a nice mixture of dark chocolate, roasted malt and milk.
The taste has lots of coffee notes: bitter dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt and milk. Mild bitterness at the end.
The texture is crisp with a soft edge.
Great aroma and a descent tasting beer.

Photo of fatboyPeter
4/5  rDev +18%

I like it Very Well it's from milw, wi

Photo of BeccaH
4/5  rDev +18%

Tried this on the nitro tap at the brewery.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.22/5  rDev -5%

Serving Style : 12 oz glass bottle from The World Market

Appearance : n/a

Smell (3.5) : Roasted bitter coffee beans, hint of cocoa, mocha, some sour malts.

Taste (3) : Smooth and much like iced coffee. Cocoa and malts first, a little grain, and then bitter roasted beans at the end, like chewing a coffee bean. For the finish, roasted caramel coffee settles on the palette leaving a good aftertaste. Everything is good except for the "coffee bean chewed up" taste at the tail end.

Mouthfeel (3) - A little creamy. But overall watery, iced coffee-like. Just a hint of prickly carbonation. Finishes mildly dry. Again like a coffee bean. Not great, just...okay.

Overall (3.22) - Not a beer I'd buy again but it was an interesting tryout. I get an image of sitting by a fire on a cold winters' night drinking this beer with family and friends. But of course there's winter lagers for that.

Photo of wac9
2.06/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

coffee coffee coffee the over powering smell of coffe the overpowering taste of coffe thats all i can say it gags me i cant get tatse out of my mouth i got nothing more to say about it skip it and try another beer they make others but this one doesnt work for me the coffee lingers too long in my mouth

Photo of zimm421
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a dark brown, but not quite black, color with a small tan head, that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice ring around the glass, and touches of lacing. The pour was a much lighter color than expected here.

The nose is very weak, with the roasted malts taking the lead. It's tough to get anything else here, and the coffee is non-existent. The taste is pretty sharp for a stout; definitely not the smooth roasted malt profile you're looking for. There's definitely bitterness from those roasted malts, which tells me it just needs to be handled a bit differently. Again, the coffee is absent, which is disappointing. There's just not a lot going on here...

The mouthfeel is quite thin for a stout, with active carbonation playing on the palate. Overall, this is a very disappointing brew. The lack of coffee presence, and the lack of complexities in the stout as a whole make it something not really worth drinking.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

APPEARANCE: A dark brown color with an light tan foam, carbonation appears strong. Good clarity, head retention is less than average.

SMELL: Coffee, Malt, and Chocolate Liquor aromas are the standouts in the nose.

TASTE: The taste is roasted and bitter, with some iced coffee elements as well. Coffee grounds, raw chocolate, char, and dark breads round out the brew firmly. Though ample bitterness exists, the hop flavor is rather muted. Coffee flavors are not as strong as other stouts brewed with it, but certainly agreeable nonetheless.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated feel with coffee lingering in the after taste.

OVERALL: Fuel Cafe delivers on the promise of an accessible coffee beer, and it works, but doesn't take it to the next level like some gourmet coffee brews. Barrel aging or adding more quality ingredients could really develop this one into something special.

Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 3/16

Pours black, some fizzy tan foam on top but mostly settled and gone. Dark chocolate nose, some coffee. Stout taste, coffee flavored, light bitter. A little buttery. Taste fades, not abrupt. Becomes more coffee like over time. Lightly carbonated. Good.

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.