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

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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Winter on 02-26-2002

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Reviews: 431 | Ratings: 982
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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Photo of JordanHageman
4.06/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you're looking for a good coffee stout look no further. This is quite good. It's one of two that I've had and I couldn't pick which one I liked more so I'd say try this if you want to get into it. I will say, if you don't like the flavor of coffee do NOT try this because you won't like it. That being said I think it's fairly accessible; I found it at my local Friar Tucks in Fenton. Enjoy!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fuel Cafe pours a black color with a smaller lacing head. Their is a sweeter roasted aroma, with hints of coffee. The taste has a mellow sweetness, strong roasted flavors, with good hints of coffee. Nice rather full flavors, a bit too carbonated. Overall a nice easy drinking coffee stout.

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Photo of emyers
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75


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.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
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

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Photo of MCain04
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of argock
2.87/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of GoldHorde
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Meursaultmama
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.05/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
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).

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.