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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: 762
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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 beeragent
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown, forming a 1/4 inch mocha head, with light lace.

S - Espresso aroma dominates the nose.

T - Smooth espresso and light roasted malts up front followed by a stronger roasted coffee finish. The flavor is good but not as powerful as expected.

M - Heavy bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D - Good coffee flavored stout! Great aroma and body compliment the taste well. Nothing extraordinary but still very good and highly sessionable.

beeragent, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Completely black body, topped by a finger and a half of level and rapidly decaying dark tan foam.

Nice highly inviting coffee aroma.

Lightning fast flashes of sweet malt and hops as it hits the tongue, quickly engulfed by deep roasted, maybe burnt, black coffee. Bitter finish. Lake of depth to the whole taste.

Wimpy mouthfeel slips by, nothing to chew on here.

Drinkable maybe, but not desirable.

Tempted to add a shot of half-n-half to the black coffee to take the edge off the bitter burnt sensation. I've no sense of the beer hiding behing a bad cup of coffee here.

RonfromJersey, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From the hash marks on the label, it appears to have been brewed about six months ago, during the third week of April. Inote this only because it is clear that the beer should still be in its prime, taste-wise.

Pours black like motor oil, with a tan head that quickly disapates to a thin skin.

Smell is odd; a grainy, wet straw smell overpowers a faint coffee smell. Frankly, it is not very pleasant.

Taste is out of whack; on the one hand, there's a sweet chocolate coffee taste, on the other, a tangy malt dominated by barley and grain. The two tastes battle as you drink this beer, never really resolving if this is a tangy beer or a sweet coffee stout. As it is billed as a coffee stout, I suppose that is what is supposed to win, but...

Mouthfeel is thinner than you'd expect from a stout, more along the lines of a porter.

The unbalanced taste really throws this one off for me; not drinkable, and I would not get this again.

TheHoppiest, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another impulse buy that turned out ok. I was quite impressed with the consistency and dark color pouring out almost in clumps. The aroma was malty with cocoa and coffee. The taste was a good portion of coffee with a bit of cocoa and toffee. Being a Starbucks my expectations for coffee are a bit high but this was enjoyable. I downplayed the mouthfeel because it seems a bit acidic for a stout, this lessened as the beer warmed up. I'd get this one again, but not frequently.

DesMoinesMike, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single procured from the only store currently around that breaks down expensive Yankee import six-packs. In Calgary. Shame, Edmonton.

This beer pours a rather opaque black, with slight basal cola highlights, and one finger of thinly creamy beige head, which leaves some low-lying shoreline lace around the glass as it slinks away. Weirdly Guinness like.

It smells strongly of bitter, astringent espresso, chocolate malt, a bit of dark sugary fruit, and sort of acidic, leafy hops. The taste is more pungent bittersweet coffee grinds, 2 creams, 1 sugar, caramel malt, understated milk chocolate, a bit of overwhelmed earthy hops, and a mild alcohol warming.

The carbonation is well on the soft side, the body a decent medium weight, and deftly smooth. It finishes off-dry, as the coffee, tempered malt, and dry chocolate still predominate.

Not being a fan of coffee in any of its myriad forms, I still find this to be a pleasant enough stout - flavourful, and enjoyable. Worthy of picking up, for javaheads and anyone else.

biboergosum, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of soze47
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated the fourth week of May (~4 months old) from a Lakefront Sampler.

Appearance: Very deep, dark almost blackish brown. No real head, but a beautiful creamy light brown foam lasts for a bit.

Aroma: Get the roastiness of the caramel and malt. Coffee biterness is there too. Nice bouquet, but nothing that dominates the nostrils.

Taste: Not a very dramatic or big taste in this one. Yes, the coffee flavor is there, as is a nice roasted malt and toffee flavor, but it is slightly underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but not creamy or heavy bodied. The light body on what is billed as a stout and so dramatically dark in appearance.

Drinkability: This one is almost watery for the style and not rich at all. Fuel Cafe would actually work quite well as a session stout and not leave you with a full feeling after have a few.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but its grade will get hurt for being called a stout. This seems like a really dark porter in flavor and mouthfeel, but it's nose and look definitely fit the style. I've had much better coffee stouts as I expect something a bit more flavorful.

soze47, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark rich brown color, nearly black. The briefly lived head was a beautiful tan color that soon faded to a thin ring along the edge of the glass.

When still cold, the smell was difficult to pick up; mild coffee grounds, oak and earth. As it warmed however the scent became more pronounced: the earth tones and wood became more evident and the coffee scent became amplified. A lingering dry bitterness filled my nose in its aftermath. Despite the many flavors within, it seems off balanced, a bit of chaos in the mouth from start to finish.

Taste is metallic, coffee grounds, earth, and smoke, and dark roasted malts. As with the nose, a lingering dry bitterness hangs out after swallowing.

Overall not a bad beer, but one that definately needs some work.

donteatpoop, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with dark tan head that dissipates into a ring of bubbles.

S - Smoky malt, earthy coffee, some dark chocolate, alcohol.

T - Stale coffee, smoky malt, slight chocolate, a bit of hops, some swettness towards the end. Finish is a nutty coffee flavor. A little thin.

The coffee is there but it's a little weird. It has good flavors but they don't quite line up. That being said, I enjoy this beer. I took a chance and bought a six pack. I would buy this again.

StaveHooks, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled the first week of March. Thank you for putting the bottling date!

It pours a decent 1.5 finger somewhat thick and frothy darker colored head that bubbles away at a decent rate. The beer is just about pitch black, with essentially no light getting through, except a few small bubbles at the very bottom of the glass allowing a touch of light to permeate.

It has mostly dark malt aromas, as expected. Lots of roast, and tons of coffee, some light bakers chocolate, some creamy aromas like a milk chocolate, a little bitterness and acidity seem to be present too, light sweetness and caramel, not bad. So far I'm not sure why this only has a B- for rating.

The taste doesn't hold up as well as the aroma did. It has some malts, roasted and chocolate, a little bakers chocolate, some coffee but not nearly as much as I expected. It also has some bitterness, mostly coming from the roasted malts. A little sweetness and slight creaminess. But from there it goes kinda bleh. Hard to explain, but let's see. It has a weird almost oxidized roundness to it, a little bit of an unpleasant bitterness too. An interesting mineral flavor too, not really the salty minerality you get a lot from heavy roasts, but a different mineral flavor. Some of the coffee flavors and acidity come through more and more as it goes that also come on a little too sharp.

The mouth isn't bad with a heavier to medium body with decent carbonation.

It finishes fairly bitter, again mostly from the scorched malts. Somewhat dry but a slight lingering sticky sweetness with like a corn syrup or dark syrup. A little bit of lingering creamy taste with a little chocolate and lingering roast. Some coffee flavors lingering as well. There's also a long late lingering earthy roasted coffee bean flavor that just sticks to the mouth for a while.

Not sure what is bad about this beer. I'll have to read some of the other reviews. It's a pretty tasty beer IMO, and only has a slight off flavor variation in the taste, mostly from the coffee I believe.

jlindros, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Black as pitch with a thin, light brown head that completely disappears after a few moments.

Instead of the smooth coffee character I've had in coffee flavored beers before, Fuel Cafe Coffee Stout has a dominant earthy, woody, twiggy character. Undoubtedly it's from the coffee, but it's not entirely pleasant, at least not for the whole glass. It's difficult to disentangle the "beer" flavors from the coffee, but in general it's a strong, bitter roastiness that might be okay in a stronger beer, but it overpowers this one. Thick in the mouth, it might be nice to have a few ounces of this on a cold night.

It's hard to put my finger on exactly what's not right with this beer. It doesn't have any glaring mistakes, just the overwhelming, odd coffee flavor. And I'll note here that I'm a coffee enthusiast and I've never found coffee that tasted quite like the coffee character in this beer does. Perhaps Fuel Cafe Espresso Stout would be a more appropriate name that would indicate the strength of the coffee in this beer.

bump8628, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Infamous7100
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A brownish black pour with a great, tan, 2 finger head.
S: I get a nice roasted coffee scent on my first whiff. Some chocolate and malt notes soon follow.
T: A nice blend of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. I expected a more dominant coffee flavor, but this was okay.
M: Creamy and medium bodied. Not as thick as I would like but decent.
D: Very light for the style and when combined with the taste, you could do well to have a few of these.

Infamous7100, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark Brown almost black, big head 3 fingers or more of off tan head.... Head settles to a nice layer of foam, wonder lacing. Great looking beer.

S: I'm getting roasted malt, dark chocolate, and freshly ground coffee... Coffee being the later smell in the bunch.

T: First thing I'm getting is roasted malt, almost smokey. Then a slight bit of chocolate, then a finish of bitter mild coffee. Less coffee than I had expected but just as bitter as I had expected. Aftertaste of mainly coffee like.

M: Mid bodied.... A little lighter than I had expected. There is a creaminess here but it feels a little watered down. Very little carbonation and finish is a little dry.

D: Pretty low ABV, makes this a session like beer but one was enough for me.... I'm not a big coffee guy, but I could handle this one.... has coffee but not over bearing.

So for a Coffee Flavored Stout is it not overly coffee.. strange, but overall not a bad little brew.

mralphabet, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark through glass with creamy tall dark head.

S - strong coffee smell at first, but it quickly turned a bit bitter.

T - a cheap bitter coffee but it oddly finishes well.

M - mild coating with a tingle on front of tongue.

D - my love for coffee saves this brew. I could have a few of these before wanting to move on.

biglite351, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of aahynick
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

about 55 degree F into a pint glass
A- opaque black, mocha-colored head.

S- bitter coffee aroma. Hard to decipher anything else from it.

T- prominent espresso flavor. Not too complex, can't even detect anything else over the coffee

M- weak to medium body. Not too smooth. acidic

D- it's okay, certainly unexceptional. Reminds me of when I brewed a can of Mountmellic with a little coffee. I could take it or leave it.

aahynick, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a shaker.

Pours a dark chocloate with a smallish head that recedes quickly to a cap.

Aroma is of dark chocolate and light coffee. Slight yeastiness in the sniff.

Flavor opens with coffee. Grain creeps to the end of the opening followed in the middle by dark chocolate and dark fruit. Sweetness slides into the finish followed by a light hop bitterness. Leaves the mouth slightly dry from the sourness of the yeast and dark malt roast.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick. Carbonation is light and a few more bubblies wouldn't hurt this brew. Leaves a slight stickiness on the tongue, but lighter bodies than the flavor lets on.

Pretty good coffee stout. Not up to standards set by others, but worth a try.

wheatyweiss, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured practically near black in color (a hint of amber was showing at the edges) with a finger-sized mocha head. A thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a light aroma of dark roasted malts in the nose with some notes of coffee.
T: The overall taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with some hints of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and very creamy and smooth, yet very much thin.
D: The beer is very easy to drink; the flavor is good but it doesn't have a lot of body.

metter98, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/10/10

Bottled during the third week of April

Pours a robust, dark cherry-brown; settles essentially black. Close to two fingers of light brown head is reduced to a skim & some bubbles. Swirling helps a little & did drum up some drippy lace. However, retention keeps thinning.

Freshly ground coffee beans greet the nose & are joined by wispier notes of roasted coffee. The aroma is very, very smooth. Other than coffee, there are notes of dark malts - molasses & maybe a touch of caramel. Beyond that, the aroma is decidedly dry.

While there are roasted coffee overtones present throughout, it isn't nearly as prominent a flavor as I would expect. I wouldn't mind more coffee, actually. Despite that shortcoming, as it were, the base stout seems pretty good. Smooth dark malts are prevalent. Earthy hops offer a mild bite. As implied by the aroma this is certainly dry (a plus in my book).

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, Fuel Cafe is well-seated on the tongue. Carbonation adds just a minute prickliness; right under my personal threshold for stout carbonation. The finish is no less dry than the taste. Roasted malts & coffee linger.

Overall, drinkability is decent. It's obviously a well-crafted & proportioned beer. I just wish it had more coffee on there. Though it isn't something I'd seek out, I'm glad to have tried it.

Ryan011235, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Graham5161986
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, this stout pours a thick syrupy black with a really dark, creamy tan head that reduces to fine film but with a ring of bubbly foam sticking around. A bit of sparse lacing is left on my glass.

Smell is, indeed, full of roasted coffee notes with a good amount of dark chocolate and a touch of raisin and spice in the background.

Taste is very roasty and malty with a ton of coffee and dark chocolate flavours mixing about. Yet it still has some light, yet bright fruit and brown sugar notes going on in the background that add to this beer's complexity. The finish and linger is really quite roasty and bitter which is nice.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy with a good amount of carbonation and a spicy, tingly, oily finish that covers every inch of the palate as it goes down.

This is a pretty heavy-drinking beer eve for a stout. I am really enjoying all the roasted coffee flavour they packed into this one. It delivers exactly what it claims to deliver. Overall, a really tasty brew but I would rather stick to one serving of it rather than pound back a whole 6-pack - it's just a bit too heavy for that. Still, a must-try for all coffee lovers.

Graham5161986, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of bradleyp
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought at The Bier Stein in Eugene OR. Surprised to see something from Milwaukee in Oregon, but anyways, this beer is meh. pours a dark brown, but appears black in the glass. no lacing whatsoever. I got this because I'm a big fan of coffee beers, but I refuse to buy this beer again. Taste is so-so for a coffee stout. I def. wouldn't drink more than one of these. the smell is probably the best part of it.

bradleyp, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one because it sounded delicious. We'll see. Bottled first week of March 2010. 12 oz bottle...

A: Pours like a soda. Super dark with a small light mocha colored head that fades quickly leaving a small lace on the brew. Good.

S: Vanilla oak upfront, slight coffee in the middle with booziness on the backend. Not much else. Eh.

T: Like a super watery KBS. A bitter roast coffee flavor. Not much else going on. Sucks.

M: Very good amount of cabonation. Good.

D: Goes down easy. A little for the wrong reasons, but good.

All in all, not a brew for the taste. Nothing special by any stretch of the word.

steve8robin, May 31, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A simple yet flavorful Coffee Stout that showcases a deliate balance between coffee and malt.

The beer pour very impressively. Dark brown and completely opaque. A lightly browned head forms and retains in a very sturdy and moussey way. Great lacing and light legging.

Aromas of wet grain and earthiness are a bit distracting at first. But after the beer breathes for a bit, the malty and coffee notes emerge. The roast from the stout-like grains are subdued. No real ester or hop profile.

Flavors of coffee rise just ahead of the roasted grains, giving the balance tilted slightly toward the spicy and bitter coffee flavor. Toast, roast, and campfire notes give complexity to the beer and keeps the coffee from complete domination. Bitter mostly from the coffee, but in complimentary ways from hops and the acrid roast. Cocoa and light ash also give background flavors.

Medium body sometimes seems lighter because of the coffee thinning. Creamy carbonation keeps the beer from completely loosing its texture. The roast sometimes seems astringent and bitey without the extra firmness of a more malty base beer.

Like many other Lakefront beers, the maltiness waivers a bit at mid-palate, allowing for a grain character to a bit more of an impact than I prefer.

BEERchitect, May 12, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Bottled During: Aug 2009, Wk 1

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, small fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with a slight hint of coffee. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, bitter, nice touch of coffee. Medium body. Drinkable, I was expecting more from this brew.

Wasatch, May 07, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Nonic. Pours from the bottle a dark brown almost black color, minimal tan head formation. Aromas of caramel stand out in this one more than coffee. Flavors were smooth and not overpowering with slight malt and a hint of coffee that intensifies upon swallowing. The brew is light with good carbonation. No apparent lacing throughout. Overall this was a very nice beer. It was easy to drink and had a nice flavor as well. As I don't drink coffee, this was a nice stout. I was concerned that the coffee would be overwhelming but it was not at all. Very enjoyable, but still not a homerun.

thagr81us, May 04, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - dark brown brew with a light brown head that started off creamy but then thinned out in a few minutes leaving some spots of lacing.
S - french roast coffee and caramel sweetness.
T - rich coffee flavor and malty sweetness most of the way through with a touch of bitterness near the finish.
F - medium/full bodied with a creamy feel.
D - goes down easy enough but just one is good.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Holy coffee batman. This is a true coffee stout. Stay clear if you are not a coffee fan. From what I gathered from the bartender this beer has about 4 cups of coffee worth of caffeine per pint. That said the smell is of a fresh coffee roast but has hints of chocolate. The taste starts sweet with a slight carbonation bit then becomes dry with a blast of coffee. For me I gave it an average on taste as i do not like the taste coffee that much but this beer is very unique and deserves consideration for any coffee lover.

bishopdc0, Apr 10, 2010
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.