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

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 7
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Winter on 02-26-2002)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of soze47
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of bump8628
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.