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

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Reviews: 422
Hads: 917
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 9
Gots: 96 | 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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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/12/2015. Pours fairly clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, compelxity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice coffee porter. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. It is labeled as a stout, but the malt profile feels much more like a porter; but still a nicely enjoyable offering as it is. (1,579 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.23/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: A pitch black column supports a ½” tan foam cap that quickly collapses. Produces thin lace.
S: Coffee and roast malt.
T: Luscious and rich with coffee flavors from both the roast malt and the added coffee, traces of chocolate. Nothing harsh or burnt.
F: Creamy smooth, soft palate, full body and medium carbonation.
O: A very drinkable coffee stout that is better than its ratings. (392 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a Lakefront mixed 12-pack. The best by date on this one suggests it's good for over two months. Poured at about 50 degrees into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee black with about three fingers of billowy khaki head that sticks around for a long time and leaves a thick film and nice lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted and toasty malts are the center of the bouquet, and there are nice coffee notes that play above this. There are some nutty notes, as well as vanilla, in the mix.

T: There are roasted and toasty malt flavors right up front. The coffee flavors comes along in the middle, accompanied by an acidic sensation, which doesn't exactly register as bitter--there's a kind of brightness to the taste. There's a bit of vanilla and nutty notes in the middle. The back end has the coffee taking over a bit more, this time registering in the aftertaste as overtly bitter. There are also plenty of those darker malts coming through.

F: This is where this beer lets me down. It has a medium body, but it's definitely on the watery side. It's a little difficult for me to get past this watered-down quality in a stout. It also drinks a little flat, owing to a low level of carbonation.

O: I really enjoy the flavors that this beer brings: it has a nice malt profile and coffee notes. However, it definitely leaves some things to be desired when it comes to body. I suppose it's the kind of stout you could enjoy on a hot summer day, but I'm not usually looking for that in this style. (1,513 characters)

Photo of ANiklaus
4.21/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not typically a stout guy but I'm a big fan of coffee so this beer with its strong coffee flavor appeals to me. It's a solid beer all around and should be enjoyed by stout fans who like strong coffee flavors in their beer. (226 characters)

Photo of ajchocholousek
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into Belgian snifter

Pours opaque black with the tiniest hint of ruby at the edge. 1.5 finger head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving some soapy, yet slightly leggy lacing. Strong roasty coffee on the nose with a tiny hint of cacao and a touch of vanilla. Light to light-medium mouthfeel that feels a bit watery for the style. Taste comes through a bit underwhelming. Looking for more of the coffee that I got on the nose here. Slightly over-carbed. Perhaps that's where the taste floats away. I get some watery too-darkly-roasted coffee with a tiny bit of dark chocolate bitterness and some misplaced lightly fruity esters. Hmm...a bit dissapointed with this overall. Just not a lot going on here. A little drier than I'd like in a coffee stout, and it's missing rich malt character beyond its touch of roast. (829 characters)

Photo of LloydDobler
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (157 characters)

Photo of PTRAINOR
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
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." (244 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (237 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (150 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.84/5  rDev +16%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
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] (1,150 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
3.84/5  rDev +16%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%

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. (316 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%

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. (890 characters)

Photo of wac9
2.06/5  rDev -37.8%
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 (302 characters)

Photo of zimm421
2.92/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev +3%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown. Head looks foamy and slowly fizzles away. Still keeping a medium-sized cap on top for insulation. Looks like a porter.

Coffee beans, earthy hops, caramel malt, moderate roast, and some tobacco. Has a burnt sugar vibe to the nose. Slightly herbal, too. Faint whiff of mole smoke. As it warms, there's a hint of artificial cherry that bleeds through, although I'm sure it's an unintended byproduct.

Kind of a cross between a coffee stout and a Belgian Dark Ale. There's some yeasty phenol thing happening in the finish that produces notes of dark fruits and lingering medicinal flavors. Forefront is all coffee with a roastiness in the middle that fades to malt bitterness before black cherry and plum make brief cameos. Gets more charred as it warms, where I'm now welcoming true stout-like flavors. Earthy hops get in there with some husky roughness, but I really dig them. I don't know if this was trying to be a little hoppy, but the hops I get stand out enough where some meddling caramelized grain sugars want to get all perky. Almost robust, and in the feel too, almost robust. The body is medium speed and the carbonation has a little grittiness. Feels good in the mouth, and is easy to drink, easy to gulp down.

No real complaints, just not as ballsy as a beer called 'Fuel Cafe' should be. Still, a worthy coffee stout. (1,347 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown in color with a fairly limited amount of light breaching this beverage. The khaki colored head quickly dissipates to the point that it only just covers the majority of the top. Aroma is faint but is a blend of roasted barley and coffee. The flavor is predominantly bitter dark roasted coffee and yet the back of the palate is a bit on the sweet end with plum like notes. The mouth is a bit oily and viscous. (418 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Cost Plus World Market.

The Coffee flavor grows more noticeable the more you drink and closer to room temp it gets.
It's not overpowering with stout flavor or mouthfeel. Medium to light body with lots of carbonation. Like another reviewer said could be considered a "sessionable" coffee stout. As much as that's a buzz word in this situation.
If you like coffee and beer and coffee stouts you'll enjoy the drinkability of this one, don't expect to be wowed with stout attributes. More of coffee brown ale or porter. (536 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with peripheral transparency and a thin cap of beige foam. Aroma smells of coffee, toffee, and salted caramel.

The taste is surprisingly mild compared to the aroma, with gentle flavors of coffee and roasted malt, and a semi-sweet, slightly nutty finish. The body is relatively thin and the mouthfeel slightly overcarbonated, lending a drinking experience more akin to a brown ale than a stout. The bitterness of the coffee is held in check well, avoiding the cloying acridity that so often accompanies coffee-flavored beers.

Fidelity notwithstanding, this is a surprisingly drinkable coffee stout--dare I say sessionable--if one avoids excessive warming. (673 characters)

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
76 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.