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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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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of jsprain1


3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours very dark. Nice color. Head retention is pretty poor.
S- For a coffee stout, this is pretty mild. Roasted grain, and a faint chocolate/coffee.
T- The coffee comes through pretty nice, but beyond that, there's just a faint roasted malt. Not much going on.
M- Too thin. Carbonation is pleasantly medium or just on the low side, but the body is lacking.
O- Just an average beer, or maybe a little below average. I'd pass.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:55:08 | More by jsprain1
Photo of sleded


4/5  rDev +19%

11-17-2011 02:48:45 | More by sleded
Photo of paulmcm


4/5  rDev +19%

11-15-2011 17:31:44 | More by paulmcm
Photo of HardTarget


2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque black glass drops it's dark tan head pretty quickly holding only a thin collar that fails to lace.

Smell: Mild roasted grain, not much else here.

Taste: Sweet base with a sour mash twist. No real coffee flavors, the stout side is a bit thin as well. A slight medicinal alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, low carbonation, slick texture.

Overall: Not a horrible beer, but not a lot of bold flavors going here. A thin stout with a dash of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:16:31 | More by HardTarget
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a syrupy dark brown almost black color with a cola colored head that recedes to a thin lace rather quickly. Smells immediately and strongly of dark roasted coffee with subtle scents of dark chocolate.

Medium body and more carbonation then I expected, almost like a coffee flavored soda. Tastes of dark chocolate malts and caramel with a huge amount of bitter coffee flavor upfront masking almost all of the other flavors. Interesting but the flavor is almost entirely coffee. Not much balance, and the perceived bitterness is a coffee like bitterness not a hoppy one.

This beer is strange in that it has flavors you'd expect to come across as sweet but they dont. At the same time there is no lingering bitterness either. Unique for sure.

You definitely have to like coffee to enjoy this brew. I wish some of the other flavors were pronounced more as the combination of the flavors is nice just not balanced enough.

If you like drinking black coffee though you'll love this. I'd also like to add that the beer exceeded my expectations so that was nice. Not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:28:18 | More by jtierney89
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/11/11

A fairly black with cola around the edges with a two finger mocha head that falls in seconds leaving no lace

S cold coffee and a little chocolate and raisins

T more of the same but even more coffee but its cold and burnt

M fairly thin but well carbonated, burnt coffee aftertaste leaves something to be desired

O I get the coffee but wheres the stout?

this one just didn't do it for me, nowhere near a drain pour but not something I'd ever spend 17$ for a 6er, waaayyy over priced in this part of the world.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:16:21 | More by wordemupg
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I enjoy coffee flavoured stouts but this one was too much coffee and not enough stout. The bitterness on the finish and the lack of a smooth mouthfeel really decreased the drinkability of this beer. I could barely finish one let think of buying a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 17:46:03 | More by canucklehead
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very aggressive pour to get a thin layer of dark tan bubbles. No head, but pitch black beer with no light coming through anywhere. Good amount of visible carbonation too.

S - Lots of coffee. Some roasted malts, hints of chocolate and alcohol, but mostly just straight-up coffee beans.

T - Wow that has a lot of coffee flavor. I should have expected this, but not too many coffee stouts have this much coffee flavor that just punches you in the face. Flavors follow the aroma. Coffee being most dominant, with roasted malts and chocolate hiding in the background. Not too much else to this.

M - Fairly thin for a stout. Still a heavy body, but just doesn't feel as thick as it should. Nothing coats the inside of my mouth, it almost feels watery. Finish is fleeting with the malt flavor staying the longest after coffee dissipates.

O - I almost want the label to say "A Coffee Brewed With Stout" rather than the other way around. Still a decent beer, but damn, so much coffee.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:34:52 | More by GarrettMD
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3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle by a lower key brewery that I have come to like. "Especially for Fuel Cafe", thats pretty cool that they do that. This is a jet black stout with a huge dark khaki mocha head miniscule fine bubbles looks like that of bottle conditioned brews. Legs stick to the glass w/ minimal lacing, I woulda thought the opposite seeing the <6% abv.

A lot of dark bitter chocolate in the nose accompanied by roasted coffee and a little nut quality. Taste follows suit, just two big components here - the dark chocolate and the roasted coffee. Up front is where the chocolates start sweet yet bitter. The coffee hits on the back end still intertwined with dark chocolates. Moderately thick (7/10) with a drying mouthfeel that I didnt really care for.

If I recall correctly, this was $8.99 a 6pak at Total Wine. Well priced, I am liking Lakefront Brewery more & more.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 21:49:00 | More by hoptualBrew
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown which is borderline black. It has a nice mocha colored head, but it fades quickly to a small ring. It appear sot have a decent amount of carbonation.

S: Lots and lots of coffee. Some earthy and sweet malts are also noticeable.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a big coffee kick followed by the earthy and sweet malt backbone.

M: It is medium bodied with no carbonation, very still. It has a sort of chewy fell to it while also being very smooth and easy to drink.

O: This is a good coffee stout and a fine way to start the day. I would've liked some more complexity, but if you're a coffee lover, this would be quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 18:16:00 | More by BilbosNuts


3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into clear coffee mug.
A: Body is a deep black in color and the tan head pours a one finger formation, and retreats to a thin layer. lacing is left in a layered pattern.

S: The aroma is very welcoming of chocolate and coffee. While notes are present, they are also on the lighter side for the style.

TM: The beer has a rich coffee flavor on the palate, while still holding on to critical element that make it a stout. On the mouthfeel it is a bit thin and watery on the finish. The roasted element is a bit lost, but overall a balanced taste. The level of carbonation is a bit high for my preference in this style, but not too high.

O: The overall impression I got from this brew is a lighter more approachable morning coffee brew, with a lower ABV for style and a lighter easy drinking character. I wouldn't say that this brew defines the style, but is a very nicely balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 13:26:09 | More by GDBEERMAN
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1.85/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a deep black with a tiny mocha head. By all accounts what a stout should look like

S: Got some roasted malts, not a whole lot of the coffee that I would've expected. Has a bit of a earthy smell, somewhat herbal

T: Pretty bad. Very little flavor. I at least got the coffee a bit, but overall it was really lacking here.

M: Way too thin for any kind of stout. Minimal carbonation and kind of left a film on my tongue

Not too good. I doubt I will revisit this one

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 05:47:57 | More by Bobheed
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle bottled in November 2010 and served in a pint glass.

Pours opaque and nearly black with a towering head that quickly settles to a rather thin, creamy, resilient, dark tan top

Aroma has coffee and dark roasted malts in about equal strengths. However, the coffee component becomes dominant in the taste and even more dominant in the aftertaste.

T- As advertised, there is plenty of coffee flavor this brew. Too much black coffee in that it doesn't allow the dark malt to shine as it should in a stout. Aftertaste of coffee with some faint roasted malt and fainter hops and smoke. More bitter and sour than sweet.

M - smooth but with some hops/carbonation tingle; semi-dry finish. Near medium body.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 18:30:30 | More by chinchill
Photo of JackieTH


3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first bottle randomly selected of eight from Lakefront's sampler pack of eight different varieties. That's nice.

Poured dark brown black with an inch of tan head. Smell was coffee-forward with background notes of malt, grain, chocolate. Taste was heavily roasted coffee as advertised with malt and bitterness of the beer a background element. Body was on the lighter side of medium. Overall this tastes like a middling quality lager with a healthy dose of french roasted coffee, served cold. Decent but the flavor profiles are only partially integrated, perhaps by design.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 14:28:47 | More by JackieTH
Photo of xnicknj


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

12oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to kstrickler

Pours an opaque black color with a crop of tanned head. Fades fairly quickly, with a few patches of lacing.

Notes of roasted coffee beans in the nose along with nuttiness and dark malts. Touches of chocolate and caramel as well.

Roasted dark malts dominate the profile with intermittent notes of coffee beans. Some nutty flavor coupled with milk chocolate sweetness and vanilla. Decent malt backbone, although fairly light on the coffee. Finishes dry and a bit sweet.

Medium body, higher carbonation, a little prickly on the tongue, some lingering dry and chewy feel as well. I'd like to see the coffee amped up a little on this, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:24:35 | More by xnicknj
Photo of JayS2629


3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color with a thick tan head that fades fast, but leaves walls of mocha on the glass.

The aroma is mild with roasted malts, dark chocolate and robust coffee.

The taste starts out with cocoa and dark choclate, followed with a black coffee and bitter finish with earthy hops.

Simple and unbalanced. Not enough coffee flavor to call it a coffee stout. It also resembles a porter too much. Not quite enough body for the stout label.

Easy to drink. Nothing offensive, but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 04:19:14 | More by JayS2629
Photo of lurpy1


3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black, upon first whiff, this brew is all coffee all the time. Can't knock that!

i have had coffee stouts that really tasted burnt, and others that have gone the opposite direction by going all Frappucino. Give Lakefront credit for doing neither. However, the beer was a bit bitter yet, and the consistency was little gritty. Nevertheless, a pretty good drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:29:43 | More by lurpy1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/27/11. Enjoyed at the brewery in a bottle.

A - Dark brown with a small amount of white head.

S - Dark caramel and a good coffee punch. Some bitterness is evident as well.

T - Dark caramel, bitter dark roasted coffee and a slight hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, light carbonation

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 13:58:40 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of EricCioe


3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my sister for passing this along.

This pours a deep mahogany with a nice, espresso crema head that's about two fingers and leaves chunky lace. On the nose there is dark chocolate and some coffee, but also some smoke and dark fruits. In the mouth there is a slightly sour lactic note that goes pretty well with the coffee, which is less forward than I had expected. Any chocolate from the nose pretty much disappears in the mouth. The body is pretty light, but not necessarily surprising for the ABV. The finish is pretty long with the lactic sour note lasting longest.

Overall, this is a pretty interesting stout, one that doesn't quite fit the coffee billing to me, but it's interesting in other ways. There are certainly redeeming qualities here, but if I want a coffee stout, I'm usually going to reach for something a bit bigger and a bit more coffeeish.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 22:06:38 | More by EricCioe
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3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured pitch black and thick. had a one finger khaki head that doesnt last long. left a ring and little lacing.

S: smelled like the coffee pot was on and filled the room with roasted coffee, even my wife asked if i was drinking iced coffee or something.

T: tasted like coffee with a little chocolate in there with a slightly dry bitter aftertaste.

M: a little flat kind of boring didnt feel as thick as it looked.

O: its a gooood coffee stout worth the try

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 12:55:29 | More by match1112
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4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in kansas enjoyed at home in okc.

Roasted aroma.

Very dry stout with some roasted coffee notes, extremely dry. Fair amount of hops for a stout. Lots of toastiness. Just a bit of tannins.

Medium body but bitterness prexominates. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 05:20:34 | More by jmbranum
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3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last one from their sampler pack, which as I mentioned before, it is like every other sampler should be: 8 different bottles!
Quite dark in color, nearly but not quite black in a pint glass. Small dark tan head, minimal retention, some lacing.
Aroma lacks power, you really need your nose in there to get some chocolate and roasted malts. Minimal, if any coffee.
Light bodied, it lacks body in the same way it lacks aroma.
Flavors are pleasant, but also a little too delicate. Despite the fact I had this on a hot summer night, it still felt a little too watered down.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 14:22:17 | More by brdc
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3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a tan foam head. No lace, no real retention.

Big coffee nose, but little else.

Expresso bean up front, with a little sourness and then the palate clears out a bit to strong pure coffee bitterness. I slight pucker at the end. I got what they advertised, but hard to find any brew in my pint of coffee. Sour edge is off-putting, but not enough to warrant a lower grade. 1 trick pony here.

Fuller bodied, good mouth clearing tendencies, and a little carbonation tingle/or is it acid?

One and done for me. Overkill at its purest. The flaws are hard to overlook. What works, works really well, but as I drink this I'm adjusting ratings - lower. Everything works well but the taste, and for a beverage that's a big flaw.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 22:58:29 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Black with reddish brown rings around the edges. 1/4 tan head with no retention

Smell: Huge malt profile right off the bat. Traces of dark fruits coffee and chocolate

Taste: Roasted malt character upfronst and in the middle. Really amazing coffee after taste. I like the back end but the front end is just ok

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with actually a pretty high level of carbonation which is a bit off putting and it tingles the roof of your mouth a bit

Overall: This is not a bad coffee stout but it's not great especially when you compare it to something like speedway stout

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 06:31:32 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque brown colour with thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of very mild coffee with some mild roast, very faint smell for a coffee stout though. Flavour has a little bit of bitterness and roast, not too much going on. This is ok, but I've had much better versions of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 22:43:05 | More by kwjd
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.