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

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 80 | 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: 882 | Reviews: 430
Photo of Giesch
4.41/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great taste tried at their brewery and tour. Worth a visit for sure! New German like beer hall

Photo of chessiejackson
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exactly how a coffee stout should be. a+ on this. Smell, body, and taste was great.

Photo of ajchocholousek
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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.

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

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