Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
4.1/5 rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
The pour produces three+ fingers of frothed creme head, just like you would expect to see sitting on top of your espresso. It is almost gone in ten minutes but leaves great lacing. The beer is opaque black. The nose is chocolate, sugar, and faint hop.
The taste creeps onto the tounge and leads with a bitter, roasted, almost metallic flavor which goes to a milky sweetness followed by just a second of hop bitter, and then a chocolatey sweet finish. Though a wonderful roasted character is maintained throughout, I've had many stouts which did not refer to themselves as "coffee stout" and tasted much more like coffee. The coffee issue aside, this is one of the best damn stouts I've ever had.
The mouthfeel loses points for being rather stingy in the beginning, but a bout halfway through the pint that fizzled out to reveal something more pleasant. Quite drinkable none the less, especially for such a flavorful beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2006 21:06:49 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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3.41/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 22:23:10 | More by Stinkypuss
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.