Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by scarfield:
3.38/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pours very dark brown/black with a 1 inch rocky khaki colored head. Light lacing.
Smell is at first peppery and high in alcohol, or almost vinegary, like a Louisiana Hot Sauce. Faintly a very sweetness can be discerned.
A metallic and bitter espresso dominates the taste. Roasted coffee beans and cocoa beans also come through. Bitterness comes from dark chocolate, and a bit of staleness also seems to be evident.
A bit of creamy characteristic in the mouth, but the bitterness makes it hard to come through.
Not bad to drink, but the flavors are too dialed up for me to want more than one or two.
I feel like this is a beer that ups its flavor character to hide the alcohol. At 5.9% it has to try to cover the alcohol, and it does this by upping the espresso and roasty character. For the first time in my life I am asking for a more tame version of a beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2010 23:49:06 | More by scarfield
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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.