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

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)

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Reviews: 427
Hads: 947
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 24.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 100 | 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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Reviews: 427 | Hads: 947
Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 3/16

Pours black, some fizzy tan foam on top but mostly settled and gone. Dark chocolate nose, some coffee. Stout taste, coffee flavored, light bitter. A little buttery. Taste fades, not abrupt. Becomes more coffee like over time. Lightly carbonated. Good.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown. Head looks foamy and slowly fizzles away. Still keeping a medium-sized cap on top for insulation. Looks like a porter.

Coffee beans, earthy hops, caramel malt, moderate roast, and some tobacco. Has a burnt sugar vibe to the nose. Slightly herbal, too. Faint whiff of mole smoke. As it warms, there's a hint of artificial cherry that bleeds through, although I'm sure it's an unintended byproduct.

Kind of a cross between a coffee stout and a Belgian Dark Ale. There's some yeasty phenol thing happening in the finish that produces notes of dark fruits and lingering medicinal flavors. Forefront is all coffee with a roastiness in the middle that fades to malt bitterness before black cherry and plum make brief cameos. Gets more charred as it warms, where I'm now welcoming true stout-like flavors. Earthy hops get in there with some husky roughness, but I really dig them. I don't know if this was trying to be a little hoppy, but the hops I get stand out enough where some meddling caramelized grain sugars want to get all perky. Almost robust, and in the feel too, almost robust. The body is medium speed and the carbonation has a little grittiness. Feels good in the mouth, and is easy to drink, easy to gulp down.

No real complaints, just not as ballsy as a beer called 'Fuel Cafe' should be. Still, a worthy coffee stout.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown in color with a fairly limited amount of light breaching this beverage. The khaki colored head quickly dissipates to the point that it only just covers the majority of the top. Aroma is faint but is a blend of roasted barley and coffee. The flavor is predominantly bitter dark roasted coffee and yet the back of the palate is a bit on the sweet end with plum like notes. The mouth is a bit oily and viscous.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Cost Plus World Market.

The Coffee flavor grows more noticeable the more you drink and closer to room temp it gets.
It's not overpowering with stout flavor or mouthfeel. Medium to light body with lots of carbonation. Like another reviewer said could be considered a "sessionable" coffee stout. As much as that's a buzz word in this situation.
If you like coffee and beer and coffee stouts you'll enjoy the drinkability of this one, don't expect to be wowed with stout attributes. More of coffee brown ale or porter.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with peripheral transparency and a thin cap of beige foam. Aroma smells of coffee, toffee, and salted caramel.

The taste is surprisingly mild compared to the aroma, with gentle flavors of coffee and roasted malt, and a semi-sweet, slightly nutty finish. The body is relatively thin and the mouthfeel slightly overcarbonated, lending a drinking experience more akin to a brown ale than a stout. The bitterness of the coffee is held in check well, avoiding the cloying acridity that so often accompanies coffee-flavored beers.

Fidelity notwithstanding, this is a surprisingly drinkable coffee stout--dare I say sessionable--if one avoids excessive warming.

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Photo of SamN
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bit thin looking, with a crackling, active head that manages to stick around for longer than expected. Deep dark hazel brown color, a deep garnet/reddish hue to light. Decent looks, smell is a bit odd, almost a smokey-fish smell initially. Hint of peppers in there, but devoid of heat. Grainy smells, a bit of coffee in there, too. Taste offers more than the aroma, with some decent coffee flavors and dark roasted grains. I still taste a sort of hollow peppers, no heat just the pepper essence. Is that the hops? The hops in this beer, seem buried, with only a bit of their potential peeking out from beneath the malt and roasted tastes. Taste is a bit scatterted, directionless. Wide array of flavors that don't quite mesh together. A "coffee stout" is a stretch.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with a foamy brown head. Smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of malt. Big dark-roasted coffee taste that overpowers everything else. Very little bitterness. Slightly sweet. Medium mouth, but not very oily. Coffee stouts have to strike a good balance to be noteworthy. This one is missing the stout.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with minimal mocha head and retreats to the rim and lasts. Wispyness on the top.

The aroma steals the show here. First beer that came to mind was Peruvian Morning by Central Waters in all it's creamy chocolate goodness smattered with quality coffee as you would smell from a fresh ground bag.

Not as sweet as the aroma but I can appreciate the slightly bitter coffee with hints of dark chocolate. An artificial sweetener like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel thin for a stout and the carbonation holds well throughout. Lacking in the malt department. Coffee does linger well also.

I was Jonesing for a coffee stout tonight and wanting something new so I bought this. I got home, saw the score and became disappointed immediately but jumped in with an open mind. IMO this brew is soooo underrated. This is a straight forward, no frills, no nonsense coffee brown, although it claims stout. Only two things hold this back for me-one is the sweetener aftertaste and the other is the thin structure, but hey, neither bother me. This you can literally have in the morning and get a nice buzz to carry you-if you were inclined to do so. Hell, Mikkeller could put this brew in bourbon barrels for a week and sell this for about 6 bucks @ 12oz and receive accolades-I think you get my point. This Fuel Cafe sixpack is at a great price, a Mikkellerish like coffee stout (c'mon some of those overrated), Peruvian Morning aroma, not infected make this a click to pick!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on Nitro. It was pretty good. When a stout is on nitro, the coffee taste stands out. My girlfriend didn't try this one. She pouted and got mad. We went to comet cafe after this and I bought her a canvas bag. This kind of changed her mood.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Nitro-tap, 6oz sampler from brewery tour
Served: 3 January 2014

Appearance: Magnificent nitro-head when this one pours. Takes what seems to be an eternity to finally settle into something other than nitro-foam. Dirty white one finger head that sticks around for an eternity. Lacing evident even in the plastic sampler cup they give you. Looks spectacular.

Smell: Not much of a nose on this one. Faint coffee smells and some sweetness but that's about it. Maybe the nitro head just doesn't let the same sort of bouquet come through?

Taste: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Almost tastes like coffee ice cream melted down. Not really able to taste much "stout" here at all, actually. Odd.

Mouthfeel: Stouts on nitro are always damn smooth and delicious.

Overall: Generally, I can't see why this beer is rated as low as it is here. It's a solid offering, but one that could use just a little tweaking. More roasted malt would really make this beer take the cake- there just isn't enough "stout" happening in this beer for me. An offering with a higher proportion of roasted/smoked malt would make this one golden.

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Photo of socon67
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black pour with a thin brown foam. Pours relatively thin. Minimal lacing and carbonation.

S - Scents of roasted malt and coffee. Nice aroma, but not particularly complex.

T - Rich malt that has notes of chocolate. The finish has some coffee flavors, and gives a mild bitterness & roasted taste.

M - I find this thin for a porter, let alone a stout (the whole porter\stout debate not withstanding). However it is a sessionable beer, and one that is good to finish the night with in your mug.

O - The first time I had this was at the Brickskeller in DC and it holds some nostalgia for that reason, although even at that time I knew there were much better coffee stouts out there. Coming back to it I appreciate Fuel for what it is as an easy drinking stout with some coffee flavor. It is worth trying it you frame it from that perspective.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: December 20, 2013... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint...OCCASION: let the Christmas season celebration season begin!... APPEARANCE: jet black body--no daylight--with a dominant, three-finger brown head that settles to a beautifully even line'; no lacing, though .. AROMA: peppercorn, vanilla bean and coffee; creamy latte also works its way in; the combination is not altogether appealing... PALATE: a warming, rather thin body; slickly moves down the throat; mellows and remains drinkable, but not an impressive strength...TASTE: whoa--complex and intense--the coffee isn't pronounced, but creates a funky, briny stringently medicinal quality; a bit of a downer... OVERALL: surprisingly, a Lakefront bummer--the overall effect neither promotes the coffee or the stout aspects...

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Photo of buschbeer
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is dark with ruby highlights when held to the light. It is capped with an inch of tan head the disappears quickly.

S - It get a big nose full of coffee aroma. After it warms more I smell some chocolate.

T - It has a huge coffee flavor. It is bitter at first, but some sweeter coffee flavors come in later.

M - Medium which I think is thin for a stout.

O - I am not sure why this beer is rated so poorly. I thought the flavor and aroma were great. It was pretty thin for a stout, but other than that I enjoyed it.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma comes with a lot of roasted coffee, bit of water-logged wood and a hint of generic sweetness. Nice aroma, beautiful opaque appearance, w/ rootbeer-like fluffy head (large bubbles) but no lacing.

The flavor is solid, but not great. Rather simplistic: coffee and roasted malt. What will be worth coming back to is the strong stout/coffee character lasts beyond the first couple of sips, unlike so many low-ABV stouts that peter out after the first couple of sips. I'm fairly pleased with this beer.

The moderate carbonation gives a refreshing feel.

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Photo of TheChrisK
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Small tan head that fades quickly. Dark and opaque color.

S: A sensible aroma of medium to dark coffee beans.

T: Medium to heavy carbonation that leads into roasted malt and coffee. It has a clean finish with a lasting aftertaste of mild espresso.

M: Lighter than expected for a coffee stout but it goes down smooth and clean.

O: I would prefer it to be a little fuller and thicker but overall it is a good coffee stout. The carbonation was surprisingly stronger than expected but it didn't take away from the flavor.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and bit of barley.

T: Taste follows with roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate and the stout warms. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth but with a slight;y grainy feel.

O: Decent beer for the style.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
6.4% ABV

A - Fuel Cafe is completely opaque black with a large tan head that leaves some residual lacing as it goes down slowly.

S - Lakefront's Fuel Cafe smells like cold, bitter coffee slightly overwhelmed by unsweetened dark chocolate and cocoa from the roasted maltiness but at first whiff, it's not an aggressive, bitter roast.

T - Smooth black coffee and dark roasted malts combine for a dark chocolate-covered coffee bean flavor with suggestions of vanilla bean.

M - While the flavor would be considered full, the beer itself is much lighter-bodied than it appears in the pint. Still smooth as velvet and rich in flavor, Fuel Cafe doesn't go down like motor oil but remains balanced with a medium body and trace of sweetness keeping the roasted bitterness in check.

O - Coffee is certainly present in Fuel Cafe but it doesn't punch one in the face with coffee flavor or bitterness, rather, roasted malt incorporates quite a bit of dark chocolate flavor for a stout-leaning coffee beer that's lighter-bodied than it looks.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Serve on nitro at the brewery. Appearance is black with cascading brown head. Typical creamy nitro appearance with heavy lacing and light brown head. Nose features a moderate level of medium roast coffee with notes if cream and light chocolate. Taste is neutral in the malt department with a light amount of roasted barley followed by significant coffee flavor. The flavors are somewhat subdued here, but what there is is nice. This is more of an easy drinking stout versus a sipper. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, overall, this could benefit form a lot more coffee and roasted malts.

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Photo of Sark
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- a soda-esque head with little retention, dark reddish brown

Smell- toasted malts with coffee and chocolate are noted, but this isn't the most aromatic of brews

Taste- definite coffee with slight astringent characters, mid mouth malts and a fast fade out back

Mouthfeel- lots of rough carbonation for a stout, full bodied yet doesn't linger

Overall- I've had much better stouts with more personality

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Photo of Act25
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brewery tried too hard to be original. Evidenced by an 8 pack of crazy 8s!

L: Black as you'd expect, big head at first, but it fades fast and laces medium.

S: Roasty, a bit sour, (even tho a very fresh bottle date), smoke, malt, and as astute BuckeyeNation wrote "bacon grease". A true bfast beer!

Not that strong, and lacks the kind of creamy welcome of best stouts.

T: Follows the nose. A lot of smoke. Tobacco. roast. Again to quote my friend "Drinking and thinking… drinking and thinking" what is it that I am tasting? sour, stinky, but in a peaty, grassy legit way. Interesting. But not inviting me back for another.

F: Too thin. A little astringent. I prefer my stouts malty and creamy.

O: A mysterious and ORGANIC beer, definitely worth a try, but I will not be coming back. Good for a stout taste off, as an out-lier.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of coffee and raisins, interesting combination. Tastes of coffee and slight chocolate, but with a watery taste. Beer is carbonated heavily but full body goes down smooth. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This American Coffee Stout poured a dark brown color, produced an average tan head, average retention and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of prune juice and a slight hint of coffee beans. Aroma was underwhelming. Medium bodied there is a flavor of dark fruit and some hints of coffee. To thin for my liking- there are much better quality coffee stouts- I would not purchase this again.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into shaker pint. Jet black beer with two finger beige head, low carbonation

Smell: coffee and booze

Taste: coffee, burnt malt, and a hint of hop at the finish

Mouthfeel: smooth elixir

Overall, this is a fine beer, not glamorous, but good! I'd seek this one out on draught!

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a brooklyn pint glass. 10/30/12 bottling date

Pours a pitch black with a very mild head. Smell is big on roasted malts, though im not picking up much coffee. Taste is sort of "harsh" for a stout. the cocoa notes are definitely there but again, not much coffee flavor. There is an offputting feel on the nose/back of the throat that hurts drinkability some. Medium bodied/low carbonation.

overall this is a decent beer, just dont go out of your way to try it

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.