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

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

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Winter on 02-26-2002)
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emyers

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Near black with a one-finger tan head which dissipates quickly into lacing.

Smell: Coffee up front with roasted malt and a hint of cocoa powder. Not the most complex aroma, but it does deliver the coffee.

Taste: Similar to the smell in that there isn't a whole lot there other than roasted malt and coffee. The coffee flavor is a bit thin as well, almost watered down. No alcohol presence, bittersweet finish. Just not a whole lot there.

Mouthfeel: This is probably the biggest weakness of this beer. It's very thin-bodied, which does not help the watered-down impression I'm getting. High carbonation level only accentuates the thin body.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but there are far, far superior coffee stouts out there. This one just doesn't do a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 01:13:32 | More by emyers
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from bluewolf17, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black color with a small bubbly tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of slightly acrid coffee with a hint of caramel, but little else. The flavor is an assault of java with a roasty malt edge. Light burnt caramel and dark chocolate malts attempt to provide some balance but aren't strong enough to stand up to the unrelenting coffee bean. Medium to thin body with a light carbonation and a slick almost ashy mouthfeel. Decent enough coffee bomb, but really could use a bit more body and sweetness to help stand up to the acrid and thinning effects of the coffee.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:39:56 | More by johnnnniee
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced quickly to a ring of foam. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and sweet and bready oats.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness from the coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice American stout. Coffee bitterness is a bit much, but it is still an enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 06:54:46 | More by Flounder57
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HopHead84

California

2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

03/29/2013

Thanks! Snifter.

A: Dark brown with a quarter inch of pillowy, bubbly tan foam.

S: The aroma is nutty and earthy with some raw, piney, forest floor earthy notes and a bit of cinnamon (strange). Smells like a roasty watered down coffee with some cinnamon and essence of earth sprinkled in. Pretty standard around the office.

T: Bland watered down coffee flavor with a low bitterness and the thought of the suggestion of chocolate. Lightly earthy with some astringency near the end. Blah.

M: Upper medium body with matching carbonation.

O: Not very good. Not a beer I would ever buy or order on tap if it were available.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 16:21:43 | More by HopHead84
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Murrhey

Montana

2.64/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. Bottled in the third week of August, 2012.

A- One-finger thick mocha head with fairly low retention. Lasts 45 seconds. Lacing doesn't cling to the glass. Black beer. No light permeates. Not a top-notch looking brew.

S- Musty coffee smell. Chocolate, toffee, roasted malts but more than anything dark coffee.

T- Not a very rich flavor. Musty and grassy. Burnt coffee flavors. Blech.

M- Grainy and dry finish. Not a great feel.

O- The weakest beer I've had from Lakefront. Maybe it would be better fresh. Right now it tastes like old coffee grounds.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:30:31 | More by Murrhey
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Been on my tick list for a while so I found a single for 3 bucks.

A - Sweet 1/2 inch of deep mocha head and beer itself is a nice deep black with mild hues of amber at the base. Looks far too good for an "average" beer.
S - Mild notes of coffee and espresso. Some vanilla highlight but it's faint. Not much hops to speak of.
T - Well its a very mild coffee stout yet it's fairly balanced. Sweet vanilla malts and mild bittering hops help to balance the roast and cold coffee taste. Good but not great.
M - Worst part of the beer it is way too thin for a stout to be. Very watery yet somewhat creamy.
Overall not worth a repeated purchase but a great gateway to someone who wants to try a coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 00:00:15 | More by DrDemento456
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mtboozeaddict41

Montana

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass
A: extremely thick pour. Beautiful and dark
S: Aromas of thick morning coffee and fresh espresso beans. its like stepping into my favorite coffee shop. Sweet malt
T: Straightforward espresso bean and mocha dominate the palate. Malts don't intrude too far in the way and it just lets the espresso do the talking. Absolutely refreshing for a coffee stout(never thought i'd say that)
M: Great level of pretty strong carbonation has a cleansing effect upon the palate make this also drinkable
O: this is an awesome espresso stout. I wish i could buy this by the case but since I'm huddled away in a whole in Montana this'll have to do. the most concentrated espresso flavor i've had yet in a beer. Good job lakefront, always a fan of your brews

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:09:13 | More by mtboozeaddict41
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MCain04

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown/black, only a half-finger head of light tan, quickly dissipates, minimal lacing.

S: Intensely coffee, old burnt coffee. Dark chocolate. Roasty. Something else seems a little off... kind of like a campfire but not in an appealing sense.

T: Less coffee on the taste than one would expect. A little thin on the taste. Some acidity, a touch of sourness. Roasted barley malts.

M: A little high on the carbonation. Medium-bodied. Wet on the finish.

O: Not terrible, but not something I'd have again. A lot better offerings out there. Definitely an interesting take on a coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 04:30:38 | More by MCain04
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argock

Virginia

2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled in Feb (presumably 2012) notched on side of label. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $1.69.

A: Dark brown but far from black with 1-2 finger soft beige head with average retention and no lacing.

S: The aroma is very weak -- mainly hazelnut, spent black coffee grounds, and sour dark malts.

T: The flavor is not terrible but not very strong in the coffee department with a chemical nuttiness, a lot like hazelnut flavored artificial creamer without the creaminess. The sourness is not completely off-putting but is a big detractor, not sure if this is a malt problem or fermentation. The coffee contribution is very weak and really only evident on the aftertaste. Finishes bitterly chalky dry with maybe a hint of cocoa.

M: Way way too light in body and has an overly dry finish that doesn't combine well with the sourness

O: Not horrible and maybe hurt a little by age but I still think this is simply an average to below average beer because of the number of off-flavors and lack of substantive body.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 03:37:07 | More by argock
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Correct me if you feel I am wrong about this BUT as a rule I expect STOUTS to be of a HEAVIER mouthfeel than PORTERS - even though BOTH can be a dense opaque black. This stout pours a beautiful chocolately opaque black with a thin tan head around the edge of the glass. I've had MANY porters like this but very few stouts - it seems misnamed. As a stout I would give it a lower grade than if it were classified as a porter. As a stout it lacked the expected body and malty flavor where as a porter it had a very sweet finish - too sweet for me. Billed as "Coffee Flavored Stout" I was wondering where the coffee went - I am an avid coffee drinker and I did NOT get the delivery of coffee at all while many stouts deliver strong espresso aftertastes. As a homebrewer, I know how it is to 'miss your intended style' and this one to me is more at> Porter or a black Belgian Ale style than a stout classification. If I were to rate THIS BEER in a "style class of choice" I would have the highest probable rating for this beer in the Belgian Ale classification with a judged complexity of sweet/sour notes and finishing notably sour.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 06:32:00 | More by GoldHorde
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fuel Café opens to a medium-strength nose of nuanced and varied aromas. The notes are split between sugars and dark, acidic coffees, with a noticeable advantage given to the sugars. These sweet notes bring black cherry, berry, prune, date, and fig fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, honey, touches of molasses and vanilla, and an almost candi sugar-like sweetness around the rim, which plays well off of the darker sugars. These sweet notes as a whole bounce off of the black coffee, ash, tobacco, and chocolate malt aromas, which sometimes struggle to be noticed. There are also thick, dark breads and toast crust adding countering factors to the sugars. As a whole, the nose is quite good, and surprisingly aromatic for a beverage of such low ABV. Even better, while the coffee notes are certainly present, they don’t overwhelm the nose, evidencing a good balance.

On the tongue, the beer opens far darker and blacker that the nose let on, with a huge rush of black coffee, coffee grounds, ash, tobacco, and chocolate and black malts washing over the tongue. Here the coffee is extremely noticeable, almost swallowing the other flavors at times. Even the heady sugars hinted at in the nose take a backseat to coffee, the fruit esters muddled into a darkly sweet fruity wash, and the brown sugar, molasses, honey, and vanilla having an equally hard time distinguishing themselves. In subsequent sips the sugars disappear further, as do many of the basic beer flavors, until strong, but somehow strangely watery coffee seems to overtake everything else. The aftertaste is a quickly fading coffee and ash remnant. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while there was much in the nose that was excellent, the flavors were much weaker on the tongue, and were largely washed out by coffee. The watery mouthfeel does not help here, giving the impression of someone trying to disguise a weak porter with a bevy of coffee grounds. And even the coffee grounds aren’t terribly flavorful, equivalent to perhaps pre-ground Folgers, as opposed to fresh-ground Peet’s. Better ingredients, and a better recipe, including several more pounds of good malt, would have done much to make this beer more rounded and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 18:38:16 | More by jondeelee
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Meursaultmama


4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maybe it's because I drank this while eating a chewy chocolate brownie, but I loved this beer. Super match anyway. That was tonight, but I also had this a few months ago with a Cobb salad and that was a delicious match as well. It's a simple stout and seems like a great choice with food.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 04:48:54 | More by Meursaultmama
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thin creamy dark brown head. Aromas of chocolate ice cream. Taste begins with a bit of acidic coffee bean flavor, followed by some schwarzbrot flavor, then a bit of earthy chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was watery and bland. Overall an average stout, pretty light tasting for how strong it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 00:46:13 | More by tronester
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AgentMunky

California

2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours well, with a finger or two of head. Very dark brown, almost opaque.

S: Coffee. That beer-coffee scent that reminds you of vanilla, cold-flat coffee, and chocolate. I really enjoy it.

T/M: Flat, sour, and brackish. It's like bad coffee that's been introduced to hops and...spoilt cream. Needless to say, I'm not a fan. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and not bad. Mouthfeel is thin and meh.

O: Decent beer. I guess. I would never have another or recommend it. Bah...I'm going to go drink an FBS now.

Notes
IBU: 18
Malts: 2-Row Pale Dingemans Cara 45, Dingemans Special B, Crisp Roasted Barley, Crisp Chocolate Malt, Weyermann Cara III
Hops: Zeus

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:34:11 | More by AgentMunky
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a snifter, it has a jet black body with not head but a real thin tan lace around the edge. The aroma of choclate and coffee beans come through nicely.
The taste has a burst of fresh brewed coffee flavor with a choclate coming after, i also pick up some roasted malt flavor. I don't detect any hops. The mouth feel is nice, well balanced, and rolls off the tongue very well, not to thick or to thin. Overall this is a a good coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:55:51 | More by chefhatt
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MadScientist

New York

3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost completely black with some light getting through the edge showing garnet and good clarity. The long lasting, medium tan head is made of rocky foam.

S: My initial impression is that of coffee and cream with some chocolate and a small shot of Kahlua. It smells pretty good for a coffee beer which is promising. No hops aroma detected. A light fig fruitiness and some caramel malt aroma.

T: The taste is matches the nose with big time coffee and cream with a some chocolate and enough alcohol to give the impression of a short shot Kahlua. There is a light hops bitterness and no flavor hops. The balance is slightly to the sweet with a medium malt sweetness. The finish is off dry with a roasty bitterness and chocolate aftertaste.

M: A medium-full body with moderately-light carbonation. There is a light creaminess and a touch of alcohol warmth.

O: This is at the sweeter end of the American style but a very well done coffee stout.
This one would be great with dessert or at dinner with a coffee dust steak.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 00:08:53 | More by MadScientist
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wiscokid920

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Dark black, minimal mocha head with virtually zero lacing. Head fades fast into a ring around glass.

S- Not a whole lot of coffee and chocolate which I was expecting. Subtle malt sweetness undertones.

T- Coffee, roasted malts, toffee and a tad bit of chocolate.

M- Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy up front and ends dry.

O- A decent beer. Not a whole lot of coffee flavor but the brew seems to be balanced nicely and is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:14:03 | More by wiscokid920
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look is dark brown amber, almost black, mocha head. Smell is not what I expected, red ale, apricots, ripe fruit, I have to strain to pick up the expected coffee/cocoa. Taste is much better, heavy on the bitter coffee, but not without roasted hazelnut, toffee, and cocoa. The red ale taste hits near the finish. The feel is creamy, smooth, and full.

I enjoyed this one much more than I expected. Becoming a fan of Lakefront, between this and their IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 11:26:29 | More by jimmah120
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scratch69

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color with no almost no head and minimal lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of coffee and chocolate.

Taste- Light flavor of bitter coffee with roasted malt notes and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied. Smooth and creamy with a slightly dry finish. Light amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not a terrible beer, but if you are going to advertise as a coffee flavored stout I would expect a stronger coffee flavor (or stout flavor).

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 22:02:37 | More by scratch69
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TX-Badger

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

With this offering from Lakefront Brewery, the Fuel Cafe Coffee Stout, I had a 12oz bottle poured into a pint/nonic glass.

A - this beer has a gorgeous deep brown/brunette color to it. Poured a very lovely 1/2 head on top which actually stayed for a bit.

S - coffee, it smacks you in the face with it.

T - I mainly get coffee and malt on the palate, some hints of toffee and caramel with a vanilla bean type of finish.

M - full-bodied, but yet extrememly smooth and somewhat creamy. There really isn't any chewiness to it, you just know you're drinking a stout.

O - A most enjoyable offering from Lakefront, but I really love having my coffee in the morning and strong; therefore, it made complete sense that I enjoyed this stout. The infusion of coffee is a great coffee bean flavor without the bitterness. A must try if you're a stout lover.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:14:43 | More by TX-Badger
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Black color. One finger of frothy light brown head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing. I know coffee kills heads so I'll give them a break.

4.0 S: Strong coffee with a supple roastiness, some vanilla, and a lactose-like tanginess. I think it smells great.

3.0 T: The coffee is there again, but the malts to back it up aren't. It's still not bad, but the vanilla, sweet maltiness, and depth are gone. Good thing that I like coffee.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Food moderate carbonation. Lightly velvety without being very creamy if that makes sense. Not bad.

3.5 D: It's not an outstanding beer, but it's passable for a coffee stout. I don't understand all the hate.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 20:59:47 | More by DavoleBomb
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown, almost black. The head is a creamy brownish color, and build one and a half fingers high. Good lacing.
Not much smell, the little there is, is coffee.
Tasting the beer, lite coffee flavors build the front, being sweetened in the middle by toffee notes and caramel. The finish is quite bitter and dry.
Medium to light bodied Stout, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 03:14:44 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

2.18/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Looks a somewhat thick brown. Good head. Nice and bubbly.
S: Doesn't really smell very strong. For a coffee stout I was expecting more.
T: Tastes pretty terrible. A gross bitterness that I think is supposed to be coffee prevails. I don't taste the coffee at all. There are other gross spice notes that don't compliment the beer.
M: Sits very light and bitter. Bubbles are weak and it was like drinking a soda water.

Overall a pretty bad showing here. The beer doesn't taste like coffee and the other characteristics don't compensate for this.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 14:12:18 | More by Jamesthebrit
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). Bottled 8/12. Served in a snifter. 

Pours near-black brown with a half finger tan head. No lacing.

Big coffee smell. A little bit of roast. Mainly just sweet coffee. 

Taste is bittersweet burnt coffee. That's it. Any roast or malt just comes across as coffee. No trace of alcohol- but at under 6% it can onlt vaguely qualify as a stout. 

Thin barely carbonated feel. Long bitter coffee aftertaste. 

I like coffee beers and this really delivers on coffe flavor but lacks any depth. It comes across like a cold pot of coffee with a mere wisp of beer. I'll be taking my beer dollars elsewhere. 

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:45:55 | More by ThickNStout
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had some liquid breakfast in a nonic pint.

Appearance- The hard pour results in a finger's width of chocolate froth with a pretty smooth cap. It recedes slowly, leaving just enough stuff on the top to completely cover the beer. The beer is not letting any highlights through the glass, a good opaque look to it.

Smell- A malt monster if I ever smelled one: a little bready, some roasted grain, but not nearly as much as you would expect in a coffee stout. Even a subtle sweetness, like someone put some creamer in the brew kettle. Good, but awfully tame.

Taste- Again, this one won't blow you away with coffee or espresso flavors. It is like someone put in so much cream and sugar that you aren't even left with a cup of coffee anymore. It is just the ever so slightly bready and roasted front end, with gobs of creamer and vanilla finishing the gulp off. More coffee flavor or straight up coffee roast? Yes please. I like where this one is going, it is just too muddled by the sweetness.

Mouth feel- Not very dry, as most coffee stouts tend to be, and a little nip in the finish from the roast. Otherwise, this one borders on thin with some carbonation that is out of place. I would have preferred if this one was more slick on the tongue.

Overall- This coffee stout is serviceable, and they would be very easy to throw back one after the other. However, if flavor and a quality feel are what you are looking for, it would be best to get your java fix from somewhere else.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 21:26:49 | More by Pintofbrown
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.