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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: 716
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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 jwc215


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in December notched on label:

Pours black with a brown head that grows, then diminishes.

The smell of tart fruit greets the nose, oddly. But then licorice and chocolate come through. A second smell reveals the coffee. My initial impression (tartness) was not good, but the aroma does gain momentum, and coffee mixes with other stout characteristics and the tartness diminishes.

The taste is of coffee/licorice with an earthy bitterness. The unfortunate tart fruit character is there, which detracts a bit, but doesn't overwhelm. Shame of it is that it would be a good flavor if it weren't for that. Coffee (towards grinds) in the finish.

It has more of a porter body than a stout body, with carbonation just a bit too aggressive for the style. Still, it has a certain silky character to it.

A bit tarter and more carbonated for what I would really like, but it does have a coffee character mixed with a solid stout character, and the detracters didn't totally destroy it for me. There are better coffee stouts (and porters), but this one isn't bad (if you can "get over" the minor flaws.)

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 12:01:24 | More by jwc215
Photo of scottyshades


3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick rich black color that forbids any light from entering. The head is a coffee color that reaches about 2 fingers when poured mildly. No lacing along the pint glass

S: The nose is kind of subdued, but burnt malts are pretty aggressive as well as coffee (duh). Also, a touch of hops. Decent nose, expected a little more

T: The flavor profile is pretty simple, yet still delicious. Burnt malts dominate along with strong coffee beans. A little hoppy and bitter, but nicely done.

MF/D: Pours a thick syrupy consistency, medium-full body, finishes dry and clean

Decent coffee stout, worth a try if you come across it

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 21:34:37 | More by scottyshades
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of standard bottle this beer was a nearly opaque brown/black color with lots of visible sediment. The head was tan, one-finger, retained decently and left respectable lacing. The aroma was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee and light alcohol. The flavors were underwhelming and perhaps a little washed out. Light chocolate malt, coffee, and toasted malt. One-dimensional and lacks the heartiness I expect from stouts. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/full and the carbonation good.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 12:55:54 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black, some visible carbonation in the drakness with a creamy mocha head.

Light aroma of mocha and chocolate. Flowery with not much roasted malt character. Somewhat lacking just in pure strength, but not bad.

Taste bland and slightly medicinal. Hop flavor rolls right into a band-aid taste, coffee is totally imperceptible, as is any real roasted malt. Basically tastes like black seltzer water.

Mouthfeel is way too light, but steers just clear of being a "beer soda" or "beer flavored water" kind of mouthfeel.

The totally neutral taste makes this beer close to a drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 05:27:26 | More by wiseguy142
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3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown longneck, aquired in a trade courtesy of leftmindedrighty, thanks Aaron! It pours an ultra dark brown with a tiny light brown, short lasting head. Little remnants of head and no lace clinging.

Smells just like black coffee...cold black coffee. A little bit of roastiness in there as well...like black coffee. Mildly sweet...just.

Faintly sweet roasty coffee with a bit of chocolate and a mild bitter finish sums it up. Tastes good but nothing fancy going on at all.

Body is a little thin and watery, can't complain about the carbonation but the alcohol seems almost non-existant.

Easy enough to drink, especially if you like coffee. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 05:00:21 | More by scottoale
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2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin black with a fluffy head. The crown receded mostly and didn't lace much.

Aroma is mild. I really struggled to pull any smells for better or worse.

Taste is mild, watery, bland. Caramel, Toffee, Not much coffee here.

Mouthfeel is thin with moderate to normal carbonation.

I really wanted to like this beer and I'm a huge fan of coffee infused beer but this one really didn't deliver.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 20:41:04 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of bjoyce12


4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice! Finally a coffee stout that tastes like, you guessed it, good coffee. Not the Dunkin Donuts coffee nor the watered-down, syrupy coffee, but honest-to-goodness, quality, roasted bean coffee. Was hesitant at first but found this a refreshing surprise. Would have liked the nose to be stronger, and you can't have too many of these as they are on the heavy side, but it packs a great deal of coffee flavor for just 6% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 16:19:35 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of splat215


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, flat, doesn't appear very lively - but that's consistent with most stouts I've seen. Nothing special. Heavy coffee scent that I like. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side, kind of syrupy and sticky. Heavy slightly-burnt coffee taste that overpowers the beer a bit. I probably couldn't drink more then one of these without getting bored with it, but not a bad offering. This is my first coffee stout and I imagine there's probably better ones that taste a little more like beer and less like an espresso.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 00:01:48 | More by splat215
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2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: good appearance good head retention
S: Smelled as it should but very nice deep coffee smell
T: Not what I hoped for it tasted like someone took a woke up took a lighter stout and poured coffee into it. Which is great if you really like coffee that much that you need to add it to everything. I was just really not that impressed.
M: It was alright but the acidity of the coffee made it a little rough
D: You could drink it if you want to but honestly I really wouldn't care to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 01:25:55 | More by storksonm
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2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hey! I'm the 200th review for this beer.

Too bad it's not a good one.

Poured this into the in-law's version of a pint glass in South Georgia. Pours a watery brown with little head. Almost no lacing on the glass. Smell is very medicinal. I didn't get any coffee taste at all. Taste was a tart taste, almost like dark cherries and medicinal as well. Tastes like a dumbed down jaegermeister. Almost no coffee notes, which is odd since this is a "coffee stout". Not a fan of this one. Tastes too much like medicine and its coffee notes are nearly non-existent. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:55:58 | More by jdubjacket
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2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon first getting the bottle I see it was bottled 2nd week of March leading me to believe that the beer was just under a year old. But then when I saw the cap it was dated 2007. mmm. Well beer is beer right?

a-Pours with a head but YOU must make it pour with a head, and when you do so it goes away quite quickly

s-I instantly thought to myself what am I getting into. Sour, coffee, vinegar like scent

t-You get used to it, I am a big fan of bitter beers and stouts and being a coffee lover probably helps to. However, it doesn't not resemble a stout at all and the company should really consider labeling it differently. Calling it a porter at the most.

m-the aftertaste however is surprisingly good, like you just finished a gulp of your favorite coffee.

d-one at a time. this is definitely a sit down beer. Avoid if you are looking for the slightest buzz because it will require much mental strength to do it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 21:40:59 | More by lutheransoda
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3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I don't get to try too much from Lakefront brewery (only their sorghum beer is available in my own town). Pours black.. and I mean black, with a nice light brown head. Smell is of roasted nuts.. smells like coffee.. what a surprise!! Taste is.. a lot of coffee. While I'm not a big coffee person, I don't necessarily hate the flavor. I'm sure this beer would taste a lot better if I did enjoy coffee more. As it is, it is pretty smooth with a nice creamy mouthfeel but its quite heavy on the coffee flavor. Also, the flavor of coffee does linger in your mouth for an unusually long time.. nice to try if you like coffee.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 23:24:07 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apearance: pours a black color with a one finger head that last quite a while. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: coffee and roasted malt are the lone dimensions you can pick up.

Taste: coffee flavors are way up front with this beer. Roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and a mild bitterness reside in the background and create a bit of an unblanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the coffee flavors linger in the mouth for what seems like minutes.

Drinkability: one bottle was enough for me. The coffee flavors are a bit overpowering creating a one dimensional beer. If you are a coffee lover this beer may be for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 13:45:04 | More by Gavage
Photo of bluejacket74


2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, bottled August 2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, and unfortunately a good amount of vinegar. And even more unfortunately, the vinegar is pretty noticable in the taste too, along with coffee, roasted malt and a weird sour taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick but also a bit thin. Drinkability isn't good, pretty much because of the off flavors of this beer. Looking at some of the other recent reviews, it seems there was a bad batch or two of this beer that was sent out. I can tell there's a decent brew behind the vinegar/sourness, but this bottle isn't good. The appearance was good, but just got worse from there. On the bright side, I only bought a single of this and not a six pack. I'll have to revisit this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 00:44:01 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of association330


1.75/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I don't know what the heck happened to this beer, but it wasn't for the better. Bottle was notched for the second week of June, but it was a newcomer to my local co-op's shelf within the last month. I have to presume it was June of 2008.

It starts out fine...

A - Pours very dark brown to black with a thick, light tan head. Dissipates to a thick cap with fairly nice lacing.

This is where this brew goes south very quickly.

S - Ridiculous amounts of grapey, vinegary sourness overwhelm a faint espresso note.

T - More sour, grapey vinegar. If not for the appearance, I'd swear I was drinking red wine and not beer.

M - Carbonation is moderate to pronounced. The "beer" is medium-bodied and the carbonation results in a very foamy, creamy texture.

D - It's hardly a beer at all, let alone a stout, but finding red wine to be a decent beverage from time to time, I can probably stomach these.

I paid for them, so I'll try to finish them. But jeez, this brew was bad, and not even close to what I was expecting from a coffee stout. Clearly something went wrong in bottling and/or distribution, unless this is what the brewer really intended to produce. I'm doubting that this particular bottle is actually ~6% ABV too, as there is a warming effect starting to envelop the back of my throat. I'm also noting a wine-like alcoholic astringency as it goes down. I wish I had some way of measuring the ABV of this one.

Note also, this was bottle one from a six-pack. Hopefully they aren't all like this, though I have my doubts if they came from the same batch.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 02:41:16 | More by association330
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3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark and almost completely black brown with a small tan head that turns into a bald-spotted crown. Lacing is present and abundant.

Smells very strong and appealing! Roasted coffee is present, but it seems to be hiding in the background of chocolate and cream.

Taste is another story, the coffee is very much up front and the other flavors are relegated to aftertaste. The coffee flavor unfortunately tastes a bit stale. A bit watery and singular in it's taste.

Body is thin with medium carbonation which doesn't work really well here, which hurts the drinkability. For my "coffee" stouts, I'll be sticking with Founders and Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 03:10:00 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of OlieIPA


1.53/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: A very dark brown stout with just about no head and lacing; not very appealing.

S: Straight up espresso with no other entities to balance it out.

T: Sour espresso! Yes, I said sour espresso. I just don't understand why this beer has a sour/tart flavor mixed with coffee quality. Do you? I think Budweiser could probably come out with a better stout...and that is saying a lot for me.

M: Over carbonated and very thin.

D: Horrible. I don't know what else to say about it.

Overall: Very disappointed and was expecting something completely different. Avoid this beer. Cheers!...or in this case...no cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 07:24:43 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of Bung


2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured fairly dark brown, with a cream colored head. Strong coffee aroma, slight roast malt. Taste is mostly bitter coffee, maybe some mocha, finishes a bit bitter. Medium body with some carbonation that borders on too much. Not real stoutesque. All around a bit too watery and timid. Wouldn't even say it's all that drinkable because of the bitterness. Just OK.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:57:52 | More by Bung
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3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured heavy and somewhat stiff, some bubbles clinging to the glass upon first inspection. Otherwise a clouded black in color with a soft-whipped mocha colored head. Zig-zags and a few streaks of lacing

S: roasted malts and stronger smelling dry grains. Not a huge nose of coffee but a sweeter coffee cream smell and a delicate smokiness

T: darker roasted malts, a bit sour, and nimble coffee flavors. A bit of smoked gusto in the mix that amplifies the malty feel. Slight acidic oily coffee vibe that seems to find its way after the swallow. Otherwise, mostly sour and smokey flavors in the mouth, with lacking dark malt profile

M: a few shades above a mild body but not heavy. I have had heavier porters that this stout. It is not bad as far as feel, lush and soft are the two words that come to mind

D: enjoyable brew. I still find it lacking in coffee presence and would consider throwing a shot or two of espresso in the mix. As far as stouts in general, I find it very timid. i would like a little more malt presence as well

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 19:29:02 | More by Magpie14
Photo of MPLS


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront here we come.

A: Very dark brown brew, with a very average head that settled quickly.

S: Where is the coffee? I smelled some roast and a smidge of chocolate, but was expecting more coffee.

T: Taste is kind of bitter, but not in a coffee way? Not a lot of flavor here.

M: Was light-medium body, low specific gravity, where da stout @?

D: Drinkable, sure. The bitter acidic aftertaste kept me from wanting to drink another, good think I only bought one.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:53:40 | More by MPLS
Photo of Amalak

New York

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this out of a bottle in an assorted 8 pack. This has to be the blackest beer I have ever seen. It was pure black. Even held up to the light, I could see any movement behind it. Limited head. I don't know if it was cover I was smelling, but it was strong and I didn't care for it, though not awful.

The taste of coffee is intense. Very bold and rich. Too be honest, it's a bit too intense. There's a strong sourness and the coffee aftertaste basically makes you feel like you just had a coffee. It's an interesting beer in a very short dose.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 02:27:39 | More by Amalak
Photo of matty


3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is dominated by coffee.Taste is coffee bean,chocolate and molasses.Lightly carbonated with a pretty decent smoothness.I would recommend to try at least once.It's not something that is really going to wow you but it is still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 05:03:56 | More by matty
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, nuts, sweet malt. Flavor of sweet roasted malt and nuts. Extremely sweet! Not much coffee though. Weakish palate. This wasn't terrible but I won't be having it again.
6/4/5/3/13 (3.1/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 17:35:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of DoubleJ


2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Coffee stout...those beers catch my eye and never dissapoint. I have some late-night studying to do for finals, but why not get a does of caffeine to keep me awake? On to the beer:

A large bubbly head, slightly tanned, forms on top this black beauty with hues of brown. The aroma isn;t too bad, it's solid. The coffee is most noticable, some molasses is hiding underneath, same with Cocoa-Puff like chocolate. Taste and mouthfeel...the first thing I noticed was the thin mouthfeel. The bubbly feel is fine, but the liquid is thin. There is some bittersweet coffee flavor in this beer, it just isn't robust from what I've come to expect. There isn't much stoutness here either. Very mild at best. First it's coffee with hazelnut, then off-guard the toffee flavor hits. No astringent roasted malt, no smoked flavor, no stoutness.

Overall, it's low on firepower and has an odd echoing flavor that may get in the way. Making a coffe stout wasn't a bad idea, making a beer taste this way was.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 07:29:50 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, very thin tan ring around the glass

S- Dark chocolate, coffee beans, dark malts, hint of dark fruit

T- Freshly brewed coffee, milk chocolate, creamy, vanilla, roasted malts, slightly sweet

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, rich, smooth, silky

D- Great session stout

Good full flavors but not too overpowering. I could put down a few of these brews very easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 00:49:59 | More by iceball585
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.