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

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762 Ratings
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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Winter on 02-26-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slightly acidic coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the coffee presence is better in the smell in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

zestar, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +19%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured practically near black in color (a hint of amber was showing at the edges) with a finger-sized mocha head. A thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a light aroma of dark roasted malts in the nose with some notes of coffee.
T: The overall taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with some hints of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and very creamy and smooth, yet very much thin.
D: The beer is very easy to drink; the flavor is good but it doesn't have a lot of body.

metter98, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black/dark brown color with a modest and quickly fading tan head; some splashes of lace

Smell: More like a dark fruit aroma than coffee - prune juice, perhaps?

Taste: Starts with a black bread flavor; after the swallow the prune fruitiness jumps in, followed by a hint of coffee; the finish is surprisingly sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I can finish this one but would not seek out another

brentk56, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightless dark walnut with dusky gold edges. In fact, the beer looks like iced coffee except for the head. The cap of foam is large after a vigorous pour, is coffee-with-cream in color and is impressively frothycreamy, like hazelnut mousse. Arcing strands of soapy lace decorate the glass and add to the attractive appearance.

It seems to me that a coffee-flavored stout should smell more like coffee than this. The nose is low on power and consists primarily of roasted black malt and smoke. I was a little surprised by that second one, but I detect a definite hint of bacon grease. Mmm... bacon. Even more reason to consider this a breakfast beer.

Fuel Cafe is more sour than expected and not quite as stout. Man oh man, the smoky bacon is now rampant on the palate. I can't believe that actual smoked malt was used, but I'm here to say that this beer is more rauch-like than many rauchbiers. I'm still not impressed with the coffee, especially since I'm having trouble detecting it.

The flavor profile is interesting even if it isn't all that delicious. There's something to be said for interesting though, it keeps me drinking and thinking, drinking and thinking... trying to sort out the oddities and idiosyncrasies of this most unconventional stout. Upon further reflection, the sourness is somewhat phenolic, almost like Islay whisky without the peatiness or the alcoholic power.

The body is just barely able to mingle among the other stout bodies in the stout locker-room without being embarrassed by its size. It's just about where I like my porters to be, but then I have a big body bias (with beer, not women). The low level of carbonation keeps it in the realm of acceptable.

Fuel Cafe Coffee Stout is a strange beast in that it isn't very coffee-like at all. An ounce of Peche Mortel per bottle ought to fix it right up. My two other experiences with Lakefront beer (Organic ESB, Pumpkin Lager) were less than happy ones. This beer though, while a bit bizarre, is worth a purchase if only to see just how bizarre it really is. Don't worry, there's still some enjoyment to be had.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A simple yet flavorful Coffee Stout that showcases a deliate balance between coffee and malt.

The beer pour very impressively. Dark brown and completely opaque. A lightly browned head forms and retains in a very sturdy and moussey way. Great lacing and light legging.

Aromas of wet grain and earthiness are a bit distracting at first. But after the beer breathes for a bit, the malty and coffee notes emerge. The roast from the stout-like grains are subdued. No real ester or hop profile.

Flavors of coffee rise just ahead of the roasted grains, giving the balance tilted slightly toward the spicy and bitter coffee flavor. Toast, roast, and campfire notes give complexity to the beer and keeps the coffee from complete domination. Bitter mostly from the coffee, but in complimentary ways from hops and the acrid roast. Cocoa and light ash also give background flavors.

Medium body sometimes seems lighter because of the coffee thinning. Creamy carbonation keeps the beer from completely loosing its texture. The roast sometimes seems astringent and bitey without the extra firmness of a more malty base beer.

Like many other Lakefront beers, the maltiness waivers a bit at mid-palate, allowing for a grain character to a bit more of an impact than I prefer.

BEERchitect, May 12, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark black with nearly no light at all shining through on this one. Rich tan colored head of about two inches quickly settled down to about a half inch of tan that thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. This was what the style is all about!

The aroma was just loaded down with coffee. Rich notes of mocha mixes in with a rich, and sweet coffee note. A tiny bit of bitterness and an earthy flare lying down underneath of it, but the majority of this one was hands down, rich brewed coffee. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes just rolled over the tongue in waves and thoroughly coated the inside of the mouth. Sweet with touches of chocolate and vanilla to highlight the coffee notes,

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.05/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black with a short tan head.

Nose is fruity coffee but simple and light and not assertive.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with no character or substance.

Flavors are simple citric bitter light coffee with a very short club soda water finish. Not for me.

GRG1313, Dec 26, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

kylehay2004, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rumor has this may be an older bottle, but when pressed as to the exact date, my friend politely told me to "mind my own business."

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, wispy, beige head.

Smell: Malty nose smelling primarily of chocolate, with lesser notes of roast, nuts, and fruit.

Taste: Chocolate-covered coffee beans with a hint of licorice, almonds, and even prunes. Tiny, tiny blip of acidity. Mild hops with a small tingle of bitterness. Roasty, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent enough! Definitely easy drinking, particularly with the restrained ABV.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking black color with a tan colored head. The lacing wasn't too bad on the glass. The smell of the beer was full of coffee and other roasted aromas. The taste of the beer had a good amount of coffee flavoring along with some chocolate bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer was average, there wasn't too much in way of complexity in this brew. Overall it's ok but I wouldn't have to buy it again.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of oberon
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My first offering from Lakefront and to be honest it likely wont be remembered,poured an ink black with a thin quick to fade mocha colored head that left no trace as it settled.Hmm something is off in the nose it has almost a sour lactic quality to it wich isnt very appealing in a stout some roastiness and mocha java qualities show thru as it warms a bit but still that sourness never really fades.Way to thin and prickley in the mouth pretty much water fizz,no depth in flavors light roastiness and earth.Ouch this is really bad and I hope to forget about it quickly this is a drain pour.

oberon, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I remember thoroughly enjoying this brew during my days in NoVa, so I'm looking forward to having it again today. It pours a bleakly murky black-brown topped by a finger of sandy ecru foam. The nose comprises coffee, dark chocolate, light roasted malts, and a touch of straight dry malt extract. Not really sure what to think of that last one, frankly. The taste focuses on the coffee, though now it is more sour/astringent than dark/roasty. The dark chocolate returns, along with a beefed-up measure of roasted malts, and the DME seems to have dropped out (though I'm not terribly surprised about that), but everything seems to be dwarfed by the sharp coffee. It's definitely not a train wreck, but it's also definitely not something I would call genuinely enjoyable. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid coffee stout, but the astringency of the coffee is a bit much and keeps this brew from ascending to the heights of greatness.

TMoney2591, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle notched: May Wk4

A coffee stout for the masses. The unwashed masses that inhabit the countercultural Milwaukee institution that is Fuel Cafe.

Out of the bottle, there is a billowing mocha-tinged head of foam. Looks similar to a root-beer float, minus the root-beer and ice-cream. Very deep dark stout, with slight brown highlights in the light. Sadly, the head fades to nothing after a few swigs.

Smells like a malted milk ball, with an earthy, vegetal note when swirling.

The coffee is there, it may be the age, but it gives a more sour impression than i'm used to in a coffee stout (not a bad thing). There's a round, medium mouthfeel. Pretty malty. Easily drinkable, most likely better on tap.

emerge077, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a small, fizzy, caramel colored head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

T - It tasted of coffee with a bitter kick. Chocolate flavors added some sweetness along with a subtle caramel taste. Maybe a little vanilla taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth. Somewhat thick and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good coffee flavored stout. I enjoyed it better than some. The coffee flavor isn't overdone.

zeff80, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single procured from the only store currently around that breaks down expensive Yankee import six-packs. In Calgary. Shame, Edmonton.

This beer pours a rather opaque black, with slight basal cola highlights, and one finger of thinly creamy beige head, which leaves some low-lying shoreline lace around the glass as it slinks away. Weirdly Guinness like.

It smells strongly of bitter, astringent espresso, chocolate malt, a bit of dark sugary fruit, and sort of acidic, leafy hops. The taste is more pungent bittersweet coffee grinds, 2 creams, 1 sugar, caramel malt, understated milk chocolate, a bit of overwhelmed earthy hops, and a mild alcohol warming.

The carbonation is well on the soft side, the body a decent medium weight, and deftly smooth. It finishes off-dry, as the coffee, tempered malt, and dry chocolate still predominate.

Not being a fan of coffee in any of its myriad forms, I still find this to be a pleasant enough stout - flavourful, and enjoyable. Worthy of picking up, for javaheads and anyone else.

biboergosum, Oct 24, 2010
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

JAHMUR, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuel Cafe pours from the bottle as might be expected, bringing up a full, frothy head of creamy tan over its dark brown-black body. The head holds well, especially given that the oils in coffee would normally kill it, and it leaves some very nice Brussels lace about the glass as it goes. The aroma is more of stout than Starbucks, but there is coffee there, and it is noticeable. In the mouth, the coffee flavor somes on strong with an almost expresso-like character. It acts as the centerpiece, and also the back bone, to the rich maltiness. Some notes of dark, soft caramel and rich chocolate bouy it, and it's quite pleasant and intriguing. Many coffee-flavored beers can push the beans really well, but all too often they end up being just a little too much on the palate as you progress through the glass - even a little too acidic at times, but that's not the case here. Instead, it's fairly well balanced between malt and coffee, and the roastiness and acidity never overpower. Very nicely rounded, I could see having more than one of these in a row, although not too often. Perhaps during a cold winter storm, or a night at the pub with the lads. And I'd certainly be up for buying a six-pack to keep in the fridge for special occassions. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, May 24, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, roasted malts and a touch of fruit but a bit metallic.

T: The taste is creamy with a strong flavor of roasted coffee beans and a very hearty malt character as you would expect. The hops presence is mild and there just a little bit of sweetness, but there is enough of both to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer but there are several other coffee-flavored beers that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with about a half inch tan head in my tulip. Nose is mildly tar-like with very little molasses in there. More noticed is the coffee. Flavor is a sustained bitter thing with definite coffee presence, but nothing really blowing away the palate. Feel is fairly thick on liquid and the carbonation is lower. Overall a nice enough stout to drink. No great shakes or anything crazy as far as the palate goes, but it's still worth going for.

RblWthACoz, Jul 10, 2008
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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.