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

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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Winter on 02-26-2002

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Reviews: 432 | Ratings: 983
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, opaque except a subtle light on the edge, light off white head, some lacing.

S - Mostly ash. Harsh acidity. If it tasted like this, I'd be seriously disappointed.

T - But it doesn't follow the nose. The flavor is full of roasted malt, toast and cocoa nib, and all kinds of coffee, with espresso beans and dark roast forward, and a back end hitting the acidity of standard American brews. A mild sweetness in the middle keeps things from tipping to bitterness along.

M - Despite the acidity and bitterness, this is moderately bodied and pleasant as a drinker.

O - A solid coffee forward stout with a lot of coffee without getting too sharp. I like it.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 05/03/16:

Fairly opaque and extremely dark brown. Foamy even light brown head of great retention. Interesting melted pepper cheese aroma, works well booze heat and general roastiness. Not what I would call on off-aroma. It isn’t terribly strong and is therefore pleasant. After settling, overall smell is like dark, sweet bread. Milk chocolate, caramelized fruit or vegetable, medium roast coffee, toasted rye bread, smoke tartness, spicy and soily hops, warm booze. A lot going on here but none of it really gets me. Definitely tastes more like a coffee stout but almost seems like a chili beer, not sure what is up with that. Medium-bodied, oily, finer carbonation throughout, sometimes prickly, sometimes velvety.

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Photo of JimNeedsBrew
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do drink coffee stouts but I have to say this one really lets the coffee flavor through. Pours dark, didn't notice any head, a little carbonation. Delicious roasted coffee with dark bitter chocolate, sightly creamy, with a bitter finish. Letting it warm up a bit does seem to temper the bitterness. Oh, and its USDA Organic!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with small tan head the disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell you get a coffee smell slight nutty malt smell I get a hint of peanut butter but that may be me I smelled throughout the glass.
Taste is good strong coffee flavor little hint of oak little bitter on the back end.
Feel not a heavy beer does not leave an aftertaste.
Overall I like this beer it is a decent stout at only 6.4% I can drink it up and it is not heavy that it fills me up, this is not a beer I would drink when I want one and something substantial but if I want 3 or 4 stouts I would drink this

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Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks black with small tan head that doesnt last smells just like coffee, taste alot like coffee with a slight dark chocolate bitter finish.the feel is medium body slight carbonation.
This is a good breakfast beer, i would recommend this to any coffee lovers

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated during the second week of January 2015. Not terribly fresh, but oh well. Pours jet black with a half finger tan head. Looks nice! Smells of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a little thin with a bitter coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A: Opaque black. One finger high of head and moderate retention.
S: Coconut. Moderate roasted aroma.
T: Coffee. Mildly woody. A touch of sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Slightly butter. Dry finish.
M: Medium high bodied.
O: Decent stout.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i think folks are being a little hard on this one, or perhaps some older reviews are like boat anchors.

it's nothing spectacular. it's good enough for what it is.

pours black with a thick, tan head. a little wet lacing.

smells of decent coffee - a little acidic perhaps, but nothing remarkably biting. i'd be curious to see what the beans are that they used here. if you're expecting a french roast, this isn't it, but i wonder if an ethiopian bean wouldn't lend some brightness without the bitter.

flavor is coffee and a touch of roasted sweet.

mouthfeel is coffee without cream. it's a little thin.

overall, i think i could get used to this one. again, i think the reviews were perhaps expecting something dark and biting, but that's not always representative of good coffee.

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Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dominated by roast coffee grounds, with a touch of chocolate malt.

Flavor is similar, big coffee presence, with a robust roast malt backbone and a modestly bitter, charred finish. Hints of chocolate longer in the aftertaste. I don't know why ratings are so low. There's a touch of an acrid character, but that's not uncommon. A bit thin.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin September 9, 2015. Look is deep dark brown, creamy tan head and some lingering lacing. Smell is coffee and dark roasted malts. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Feel is medium in body with and somewhat bitter coffee finish.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of ANiklaus
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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3.26/5  rDev -3%
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."

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Good, but there are other coffee stouts that I can get much easier.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of M_J_Z
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
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]

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Photo of GRPunk
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.