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

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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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 TheSarge
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +10.7%
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 -5%
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 +7.7%
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 +10.7%
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 +3.3%
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 +14.2%
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 +7.7%
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 +10.7%
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 +3.9%
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 -5%
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 -2.7%
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 +1.8%
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 -39.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +15.7%
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 +3.9%
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
Photo of scarfield
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown/black with a 1 inch rocky khaki colored head. Light lacing.

Smell is at first peppery and high in alcohol, or almost vinegary, like a Louisiana Hot Sauce. Faintly a very sweetness can be discerned.

A metallic and bitter espresso dominates the taste. Roasted coffee beans and cocoa beans also come through. Bitterness comes from dark chocolate, and a bit of staleness also seems to be evident.

A bit of creamy characteristic in the mouth, but the bitterness makes it hard to come through.

Not bad to drink, but the flavors are too dialed up for me to want more than one or two.

I feel like this is a beer that ups its flavor character to hide the alcohol. At 5.9% it has to try to cover the alcohol, and it does this by upping the espresso and roasty character. For the first time in my life I am asking for a more tame version of a beer.

scarfield, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of davesway10
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

for a run of the mill, think you can brew it, coffee stout. This one is ok. It really doesn't have the wow factor that I have come to associate with an exceptional coffee stout. Nice color, nice look, thats it. every thing else fall flat with this one. Sorry .

davesway10, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep, dark black with a smaller than average sized, creamy, frothy, light cafe colored head. Disappears fast leaving behind essentially no lace.

S - Coffee dominates the nose. Roasted black coffee and a roasted malt aroma. Second smell reveals a fairly strong smokey aroma as well. Also a very background tart anise kind of aroma.

T - A bit less coffee than the aroma suggested. Strong black coffee, but not strong espresso. Just as the aroma suggested, I am picking up a showing of smoked malt. Faint smoked meat flavors. A touch of earthiness toward the finish. Fairly bitter but has a slight creamy taste.

M - Lighter body but a good level of carbonation. Has a slick/oily feel.

D - Not especially drinkable because the mixture of strong black coffee, smoked malt and meat, and faint tart anise didn't quite mix right for me. Fairly bitter, roasted taste. 1 was enough for me.

Notes: A slightly odd beer. Coffee was obviously a very strong component of this beer. The smoked malt/meat flavor and aroma really threw me for a loop and caught me off guard. Not a bad beer, but I probably won't get it again.

FreshHawk, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of beeragent
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
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 -26.4%
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 -22%
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 +7.7%
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 +18.7%
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
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.