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

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | 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 Lemke10
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Lakefront 8-pack variety from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $11 in Fall 2010.

Pours a very dark brown color with a little head but vanishes quickly. Has that strong stout scent with coffee and cocoa being the most noticable. Has a smooth semi creamy taste to it and finishes with a strong coffee aftertaste. Not too bad especially since I don't care for coffee, but could use a little work on it's aftertaste.

Lemke10, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black, with small head and no lace.

Aroma is coffee. Not much else here. Maybe a hint of mocha, but really it's straight coffee.

Taste follows this lead. Very coffee, with a hint of cocoa. I get very little complexity here. Suffice to say, if you like coffee, this one may appeal. Otherwise, Fuel Cafe isn't something I'd seek out.

secondtooth, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of BeerTwigs
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12oz bottle in a goblet. It was a dark brown with a thin light brown head. The lacing was lacking for what I like in a stout.

The aroma doesnt initially come off as a coffee stout, it has more of a sweeter chocolaty aroma. The roasty coffee aroma does come through but not as much as you would expect.

After the initial smell you are lead to believe you will get a sweeter taste and you do. Its more of a milk chocolate stout then a coffee stout.

This beer has a very light mouthfeel with moder carbonation. It definitely dissapoints for a coffee infused beer. However, this is still a good beer, not to be ruined by its "as advertised" name. I would recommend drinking this beer with an open mind

BeerTwigs, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Cigar City pint glass. it poured dark brown in color with a modest tan head barely covering the top of it.

The aroma has a sweeter, milk stout like quality to it with some lactose showing through. I get more milky chocolate to it than I do the coffee. I little bit of the roasty, bitter flavors of the coffee poke through through.

The taste also has a sweeter, milk stout character to it right off the bat. Like the nose, I get some lactose as well as milk chocolate in it. I get some lighter, roasty and bitter coffee flavors that start to come in towards the finish. The coffee flavors are very light for a coffee beer though.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style, and carbonation is moderate. Overall, it wasn't one of my favorite coffee infused beers, but it was a decent American/milk stout. Easy drinking, slightly sweet, with some decent chocolate flavors.

billab914, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle label is notched as December, Week 4. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep black body with a small mocha head. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is dominated by chocolate, coffee, and backed up by a little roasted malt. A hint of tangy hops lingers in the background.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, but comes across as a little more sweet. Chocolate milk and smoke are present but with less of the coffee in the flavor than I would have expected from the aroma.

The mouthfeel seems way too thin for a stout in my opinion. Overall, the flavors don't mix very well. The aroma I described as tangy hops in the background almost seems sour in the flavor. I think a few changes are needed to make this a better brew.

FanofHefe, Mar 20, 2011
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 StLThrash
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I received this as a gift - part of the beer of the month club.

12 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. Had a notch in the label - brewed December, Week 4.

A - Dark with very little if any head whatsoever. No lacing at all.

S - Roasted coffee, toasted malts, sour chocolate flavor?

T & M - Very light body for a stout. OK carbonation. Starts bitter, finishes sweet. Leaves you dry.

D - Not a strong stout, pretty easy to drink. Just an 'OK' effort.

StLThrash, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Chaz
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this is a dark amber-brown -black to the eye- and topped with a rather dark tan head. Head is uniform and covers the entire surface of the beer for a good couple of minutes, and lacing is excellent - a better than average beer on first glance.

Nose is somewhat roasty, with notes of pungent espresso and sweet malt, along with an acrid bitterness that I've encountered in this beer in the past, and some others which have used coffee as a flavoring agent.

Sweet and lightly-tangy on the first sip, there's not a great deal of coffee up-front, but in emerges gradually toward the end of the palate. Roasted malt and coffee notes mingle nicely and indeed, as I recall from past visits this is a fairly mellow, easy-drinking take on the coffee stout phenomenon. There's a slight lactic quality to the beer, and I can certainly appreciate this without wondering if any lactose/milk sugar was used. There's also a fairly nice bitter-sweet quality throughout, reminiscent of a milk chocolate (see EDIT) -- perhaps Fuel Cafe Coffee Stout drinks better as it ages? I am gonna take that bet and pick up another couple of bottles, if not a six!

Mouthfeel is at least average for the style, and the drinkability is good.

Altogether this is a solid if not exceptional take on the style.

Note: If rated as a Stout I'd say that this one is a tad thin in terms of body, but I reckon that's a common complaint of most flavored stouts.

EDIT: I just noticed the -proprietary- Lakefront date code notched onto the side of the label, and this beer is easily six months past its bottling date. In other words, this beer wasn;t fresh, but held-up VERY well. Better than I remember it, in fact, and as such I have adjusted my score.

Chaz, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of coffee infused beers, but I'll give this'n a try:

This brew pours decent enough, with a couple fingers thick tan head, and has a black colored body but shows off reddish hues on the edge of my glass when held up to light.

In the aroma it's mostly a blend of coffee and metallic fragrances.

The taste shares pretty much the same qualities as the aroma, but has an additional nutty note.

Has a fair amount of carbonation and is dry upfront to the end. This brew actually isn't too bad for the additional coffee, so be it.

TheSarge, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of TheStoutAholic
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A: pours a deep black color slight short lived dark tan head.

S: strong dark malts.

T: Tastes similar to, but in my opinion not as good as Surly's Coffee Bender.

D/M: The first drink was pretty good then everyone after that seemed to go down hill. But overall I would never turn one down.

TheStoutAholic, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 50 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours an opaque black color with a very thin khaki head that is gone faster than it arrived.

S: Smoky bacon, sour dark fruits, and some background coffee.

T: Light coffee with cream, sour dark fruits that turn lightly sweet, and smoked ham late.

M: It has an oily, slick body that is moderately thick and is a bit sticky.

D: A coffee should be centered around (get ready for it)...COFFEE. Instead, this tastes more like a rauchbier-mild porter blend.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up a week or so back since I hadn't seen anything like this on the market and it's been cold enough here for this type of beer. Although it wasn't as thick as I envisioned, this was a decent brew for the winter months and nowhere near as heavy as the other Stouts I've had recently.

Very dark pour to this along with a chocolate-like brown head that was fluffy, although not that long-lasting. Still kept this hue as I held it up to the light. As I said before, the mouthfeel was a bit light both in body and carbonation with notes of roasted coffee, espresso, and chocolate. This went down surprisingly easy without much of an aftertaste and the coffee went well with this style of beer.

The fact that the ABV% was relatively low reinforced the notion that this was a good marriage of different flavors and styles. It would have been a bit more bold but for a winter beer that's dark and doesn't have any hint of alcohol in the taste, this is a good choice. It won't be replacing my drink at Starbucks but it's certainly worthy to have as dessert on a cold winter's night!

JerzDevl2000, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another offering from my BOTM subscription. Poured into my snifter and allowed to warm to ~50 degrees before I began reviewing.

The pour produces a jet-black body that produces on a thin layer of dark brown, even when held right up to the light. A creamy espresso colored head forms and bubbles up to one finger in depth. The head dissipates quickly, leaving only a ring of foam around the beer/glass interface. However, this does not lead to any notable lacing.

Coffee is obviously the dominant aroma. However, it is less one-dimensional than one might think at first scent. There are also notes charred wood, bitter dark chocolate, and some earthy hop character. The flavor is very similar to the aroma, though the over-roasted/burnt flavors come through a bit more heavily on top of the delicious roast coffee. I find that the coffee has a very natural flavor, and if it hadn't been overshadowed by the roasted barley, it would have really made this a great coffee stout. The potency of the acrid flavors do detract from the general palate of Fuel Cafe. The bitter chocolate slips in and out briefly, and the beer finishes with that burnt wood flavor.

Overall, a bit too carbonated on the palate, as the fizz takes some of the texture away from an otherwise well-bodied brew. This is a fairly decent coffee stout, and I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again, though a bit more coffee and a good amount less roast will really do a lot for it.

NittanyBeerFan, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of aepb1
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a tasting hosted by vapodge, many thanks my friend!

A- Black body with a small airy brown head

S- Chocolate, coffee, quite standard

T- Not super strong coffee, chocolate, good and smooth and so unoffensive

M- On the lighter side for the style, quite surprised by the lack of body

D- Nothing too impressive and with the weak mouthfeel it doesn't get much above average for me on this one.

aepb1, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lakefront Brewery, Inc.--Fuel Cafe Coffee Flavored Stout--Brewed By Lakefront Brewery Especially For Fuel Cafe--A Stout Brewed With Coffee--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 18 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) No sediment. Thick dark bronze pour. Obsidian black brew. Big lacy dark espresso head. Rich roasted mellow coffee front. Crusty roasted burnt mild creamy sweet smooth coffee mild fruit Stout body. Dry mild hop tangy hint lingering roast refreshing balanced end. Sampled 1/27/2011. Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Selection received 1/19/2011.

philbertk, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Nice dark brown with a finger of frothy brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S - Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt.

T - Like fresh brewed coffee, and little else. One of the most coffee-ey beers I can recall, but a bit one-noted. Not really any roast going on. Some grain is present.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Just right for this style, it's like a thick cup of coffee.

D - Easy to drink and very tasty. A quality beer in many ways and a great stout for any night.

greenmonstah, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of bonkers
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. The pour is jet black and it has a thin little tan head, light lacing. The aroma is black coffee. It has black coffee up front, as well as some chocolate. It has a lingering bitter coffee finish. The beer is a solid medium body, carbonation is average/light for the style. A decent coffee stout, one of the better selections for the BOTMC.

bonkers, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to StormKing47 for sending this beer my way.

The beer pours a deep black color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice and better than expected. I get a lot of strong, bitter coffee as well as some chocolate and roasted malt. Overall, this smells like a very nice coffee beer.

The flavor is not as nice as the aroma, but there are not any huge faults with it. I get a good amount of coffee and roasted malt, but I also get some cherries and chocolate. There is quite a bit of bitterness from the heavily roasted malt. The more I drink the beer, the more it starts to gain a cough syrup quality.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a deep black color with a slight amount of creamy like brown head that disipates quickly, slight lacing

S: strong coffee malts, slight chocolate malts, slight sweetness

T: nice deep coffee malts and medium chocolate malts

D/M: drinks very smooth on the pallet, slight lingering coffee malt on the pallet, slight carbonation

BigPlay1824, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from 11/09 into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear dark brown body with a finger of fine tan head. Average retention and spotty lacing. Not bad.

S: Brown sugar, caramel malt, and a little coffee. Not nearly as coffee-forward as I would expect, but overall quite pleasant.

T: Grainy sweetness dominates, with a hint of coffee and hops adding just a bit of balance. A bit more coffee on the aftertaste, but still disappointing. Weak and not great.

M: Soft carbonation and a light body. A little watery.

D: Easy to drink, but far from compelling.

Notes: Just ok; I'd never turn down a bottle, but I won't be seeking it out.


woosterbill, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out black in color with only slightly lighter brown edges. The pour produces a dark brown colored head, however it doesn't stick around very long at all. Each sip however shows the liquid clinging to the glass, almost like a light syrup. Overall pretty good looking.

Smell is really pretty average. Coffee is present in the smell, but really not as strong as one would expect. Slight hints of dark roasted coffee, then additions of dark roasted malts and ends with a hint of hops. So overall if you add some slight hints of coffee to your average stout, than that's what your going to smell here.

Taste is a slight step up from the smell in my opinion. In addition to the coffee flavors from the coffee itself and the malts, there are notes of bitter dark chocolate added to it. Slight hop presence to it at the end, pretty good.

The mouthfeel isn't very good. I feel it's not thick or full bodied enough to be a stout. Earthy finish that's almost a little gritty. Drinkability is pretty good, slightly above average.

First beer I've had from Lakefront, not bad overall, certainly worth it if you like coffee stouts, just don't expect to be blown away.

AndyAvalanche, Jan 03, 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
Photo of dudemuskie
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black as night, 2 fingers of creamy tan head builds and falls fairly quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma- Roasted barley and black roasted coffee. Maybe a touch of earthy hops. Nice coffee on the nose- not too much or too faint. Some powdery cocoa.

Flavor- Same as aroma with a bit more on the coffee in the flavor. Decent balancing hops and a long lingering coffee infused soft chocolate and roasty malt finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied, decent balance, great fermentation profile with a fairly clean finish. Not too much in the way of residual sugars. Fairly drinkable stuff.

Overall- Pretty good coffee stout, but nothing outrageous or intense. If you like a healthy kiss of coffee without it being overwhelming, this is your brew! Relatively sessionable and quite enjoyable.

dudemuskie, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to fellow BA joemcgrath27 for the exchange on this one.

A - Pours nearly opaque with some ruby red colours noticeable on the edges, thin layer of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Very sweet on the nose with roasted coffee beans and chocolate coming through.

T - Strong coffee flavours, but not bitter. The sweet chocolate is very tasty and some marshmallow flavours are also noticeable. The ABV is well hidden. A very tasty coffee stout indeed.

M - Could use a tad more carbonation to give it some lift, but it goes down smooth and doesn't finish overly dry.

D - Overall a very tasty coffee stout, and I would definitely grab a 6-er of this. The flavours are strong, but the sweetness is very tasty. One of the better coffee stouts I've had and worthy of trying.

andrenaline, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a single.

Appearance - Pours a rather opaque, chocolate color into my SA perfect pint. About a finger of head is achieved with moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Earthy, coffee, malt, hints of chocolate and hops.

Taste - Similar to the nose though a bit sweeter. There is a more prominent roasted malt which lends itself to a rather smoky flavor. Stale coffee, bitter chocolate, and again, slight hops. Honestly, not horrible.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter mouthfeel. Slight creaminess, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - One and done, however, not as bad as the reviews make it out to be. Decent for what it is.

SpdKilz, Dec 10, 2010
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.