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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: 725
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 czfreeman


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a fairly deep brown -light black color, super foamy tan head, settles down somewhat quickly. Body looks more on the lighter side of stout, not quite as thick as some of the best coffee stout(mikkeller beer geek breakfast)
Smells of, well, metallic is the first word that comes to mind. Light touch of coffee, whifs of cocoa malts, not really smoky. I would expect a more predominant coffee smell. Most of these styles usually have an almost chocolate-milk richness in the nose, but not so much here.
Flavor is actually better than expected. More of a roasted malt sweetness, caramels, some cocoas. Not extremly complex, but more of a lighter bodied version of this style.
Mouthfeel is actually on the light side of medium, low ABV goes down quite easily. If you are just beginning to try this style, give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 23:44:52 | More by czfreeman
Photo of Proteus93


3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep, deep brown. Close to black. Some reddish notes, but not really cola like. Head is a light brown, kinda thin, and similar to sizzling grease in the pan.

S: Roasted coffee and malts - almost the same between the two, kind of strangely. Chocolatey with some pleasant coffee notes.

T: Strange flavours... kinda metallic. The coffee is almost artificial - or cheap. Roast malts, and a slightly sour flavour (close to sour fruits?). Maybe that's a hint that there is something wrong with it, but hard to say.

M: Prickly with a bit of creaminess. Medium body. Some slippery sensations

D: Not bad... just something a little off about it. Not one I could see myself going after again, though I might to see if I just got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 01:24:35 | More by Proteus93
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rumor has this may be an older bottle, but when pressed as to the exact date, my friend politely told me to "mind my own business."

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, wispy, beige head.

Smell: Malty nose smelling primarily of chocolate, with lesser notes of roast, nuts, and fruit.

Taste: Chocolate-covered coffee beans with a hint of licorice, almonds, and even prunes. Tiny, tiny blip of acidity. Mild hops with a small tingle of bitterness. Roasty, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent enough! Definitely easy drinking, particularly with the restrained ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 04:30:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Black color, tan head, that suck around for a bit. Nice lace on the glass.

smell - Roasted malts, coffee grains.

taste - Taste like old cofee, has a sour bitterness taste to it.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body.

drinkability - Not too fond of this. Some cofee stout, didn't like the sour bitterness to it though. Seemed more like a porter to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 02:18:50 | More by auxiliary
Photo of mooseisloose


3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of sweet roasted malt with hints of molasses, chocolate and cinnamon. Pours to an opaque dark brown with a tan head that's not real foamy. Taste is a slightly roasted coffee flavor with a neutral dry bitterness. Good body, not too heavy, not too light. Carbonation seems a little high, and the beer would have more flavor with less carbonation. All said a tasty brew that has good flavor and is highly drinkable. I especially like the "stout" flavor yet the dry finish leaving one to take another sip. However the carbonation needs to be lower.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 20:01:03 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of FtownThrowDown


2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown, pretty much black. There is somewhat of a head that forms on the pour, but it's quickly gone. Nothing remains. Smell is slight coffee and cocoa. Taste is coffee bean. Which is very good and dark. However, there's a sweet, off flavor that's coming through and completely killing all that good flavor. A little more thin on the mouthfeel than I like as well. It's just not good enough, especially in an over crowded style.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 00:43:10 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of kirok1999


2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light black with a slight off white head.
Had a slightly metallic smell, really weird, very mild coffee.
Taste was very mild, very little coffee, just a little hint of paper. Really disappointed in the amount of coffee present. Thin and watery mouthfeel. All in all, not a very big or tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 02:03:07 | More by kirok1999
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color with a thick tan head. The head disappeared almost instantly. It had a strong coffee aroma, as well as some sweetness. Bitter coffee taste, with a sweet finish. Funny mouthfeel, I thought there was a real disconnect between the bitter coffee and the sweet chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 22:06:12 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Reidrover


2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz from LifeSource,Salem OR Nice looking stout, very dark brown almost black but not quite, nice tan head. Aroma is fine, as expected, coffee and roasty malts. Sweet malty flavour, with a hint of nice dark coffee, some fruity aspects also. Plate is quite watery, really watery in fact even for a sub-5% beer. OK but coulda been better had they improved the palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:00:58 | More by Reidrover
Photo of gford217


3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Homerbag poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown with mahogany hints around the edges. The head is fairly small, bubbly and short-lived leaving just a bit of lacing. The smell sweet roasted malts and burnt espresso and dark chocolate. There is also a little licorice in the nose as well. The taste is sweeter than the aroma would suggest. There is the sweet roasted malts and baker's chocolate with a milder coffee taste with a lingering bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thin with pretty high carbonation. The drinkability is pretty high on this one but it's probably just an average stout for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 02:39:46 | More by gford217
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with about a half inch tan head in my tulip. Nose is mildly tar-like with very little molasses in there. More noticed is the coffee. Flavor is a sustained bitter thing with definite coffee presence, but nothing really blowing away the palate. Feel is fairly thick on liquid and the carbonation is lower. Overall a nice enough stout to drink. No great shakes or anything crazy as far as the palate goes, but it's still worth going for.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 06:21:57 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan for $1.69...
"A stout brewed with coffee" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a modest tan frothy head that quickly dissipated and left a very minimal amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild, unassertive, faint malty aroma with slight mocha and coffee on the nose...
The taste was a conglomeration of coffee, mocha, espresso, and dark latte nuances...
Aroma and flavor strongly complemented one another...
Loose mouthfeel, yet very easily drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 11:36:47 | More by dsa7783
Photo of zeff80


3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a small, fizzy, caramel colored head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

T - It tasted of coffee with a bitter kick. Chocolate flavors added some sweetness along with a subtle caramel taste. Maybe a little vanilla taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth. Somewhat thick and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good coffee flavored stout. I enjoyed it better than some. The coffee flavor isn't overdone.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 02:48:25 | More by zeff80
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery's sampler 8-pack. Pours an opaque black body with a good inch of short-lived tan head. Smells roasty - like black coffee with dark chocolate notes. Tastes roasty and sweet, with strong coffee and chocolate notes. Full-bodied with ample carbonation, one sip definitely invites another. Nothing wrong with this brew - practically perfect coffee stout!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 01:50:09 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Gmann

New York

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

Pours a near black color with a smallish brown head. The smell is of stale coffee, some raisins, charred wood, and a light grain aroma. Not exactly big on the coffee, kind of unique. The taste is of stale coffee, woody, some roasted meat flavors, and a tad grainy. Not a true coffee flavor as it has other things going on. The feel is moderate with fairly active carbonation and finishes fairly smooth, perhaps a touch sticky and ends with a coffee bitterness. A solid stout down the board. I expected a blast of coffee flavor but this had other flavors that took away from the coffee.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 17:36:15 | More by Gmann
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuel Cafe pours from the bottle as might be expected, bringing up a full, frothy head of creamy tan over its dark brown-black body. The head holds well, especially given that the oils in coffee would normally kill it, and it leaves some very nice Brussels lace about the glass as it goes. The aroma is more of stout than Starbucks, but there is coffee there, and it is noticeable. In the mouth, the coffee flavor somes on strong with an almost expresso-like character. It acts as the centerpiece, and also the back bone, to the rich maltiness. Some notes of dark, soft caramel and rich chocolate bouy it, and it's quite pleasant and intriguing. Many coffee-flavored beers can push the beans really well, but all too often they end up being just a little too much on the palate as you progress through the glass - even a little too acidic at times, but that's not the case here. Instead, it's fairly well balanced between malt and coffee, and the roastiness and acidity never overpower. Very nicely rounded, I could see having more than one of these in a row, although not too often. Perhaps during a cold winter storm, or a night at the pub with the lads. And I'd certainly be up for buying a six-pack to keep in the fridge for special occassions. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 23:08:57 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of treehugger02010


3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got the Lakefront Variety Pack at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep brown, almost black, body with a monster tan head with great retention but little lacing.
Smell: Roasted malt, enough said.
Taste: Strong coffee flavor that seemed pretty roasty.
Mouthfeel: A bit to rigid.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 20:29:00 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of happygnome


3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice opaque brown color with about a quarter inch of tan head that dissapears quick leaving a good amount of lacing a
s: coffee and cocoa, maybe even sugar
t: coffee adn cocoa hints of sugar no hops
m: full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this brew and will look for it again

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 18:19:35 | More by happygnome
Photo of Patrick999


3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have high hopes for this one; I like a sessionable coffee stout.

A - Good. Head sticks up for itself well, opaque body.

S - Not much in the nose. A little light cinnamon, roasted coffee.

T - Coffee flavoring unmistakable, with more bitterness seeming to come from the java than hops. Tinge of mocha sweetness. Pleasant lingering iced-latte aftertaste.

F - OK. Not as snappy as a SN Stout, for one. But not bad.

D - An enjoyable, workable stout that gets the job done.

One more Lakefront to go. This mixed 8-pack of theirs is not a bad deal.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 17:08:36 | More by Patrick999
Photo of Sebletitje


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark-brown foam.
Offers a light smell of coffee and roasted malts. I found it to be lacking this full coffee smell and flavour. Remidned me too much of the watered down coffee you get at yr local gas station. The beer remains very drinkable and enjoyable, but I was disappointed by the lack of punch it offered for a coffee stout.

Not a bad attempt, but nothing that could compare to other offerings. Terrapin, Dieu du Ciel, Bell's and Founders come to mind.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 06:35:44 | More by Sebletitje
Photo of Mdog


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, tan head.

Smell: Creamed light coffee.

Taste: Seems pretty simple, moderate coffee flavor that is a little mocha-like, not bitter.

Mouthfeel: First few sips were too bubbly/carbonated but smoothed out later on.

Drinkability: Not too bad but not too special.

A decent stout from Lakefront. I was expecting a lot more coffee flavor from this than it delivered.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 22:25:29 | More by Mdog
Photo of Offa


1.63/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was much worse than I expected and was barely drinkable.

Black, it has a very big, light brown head slowly shrinking to a ring.

The aroma is steak sauce with wine, prunes, and a hint of onion or something like that.

The taste is sweet but sour and tart, mostly winey steak sauce and prunes, with a ltitle vinegar, before a short dark toast finish. Oddly, the feel seems slick and oily but the body is thin and watery.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 18:41:46 | More by Offa
Photo of Misfit138


4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Very nice, almost black with solid head that wanted to over take the glass.

S- This stuff smells very good. Coffee and more coffee and perhaps roasted malts

T- Solid flavor. Mostly like the scent, coffee, maybe some chocolate and roasted malt. Not as bitter as some coffee stouts I've had prior.

M- Fairly thick, moderate carbonation.

D- This is good, the best I've had from Lakefront so far. I could have this anytime. I got this in a variety pack from Lakefront in Alabama and I would buy again if I see it around Nashville.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 00:43:58 | More by Misfit138
Photo of indiapaleale


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours very dark and inky. It rushes into the glass like a fresh brewed cup of dark roasted coffee. Well, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration.

The head is a big, fluffy and a nice pretty tan (coffee?) color. In the glass this stuff looks pitch black. I like it.

The smell is fresh coffee, roasty malts and some bitterness. It honestly smells like a glass of iced black coffee.

The first sip has some acidity, dark roasted malt bitterness, some espresso notes and a small amount of citrus in the end. Its a very smooth drinking beer. It feels a bit light for the style, I like coffee stouts with a lot of malt backbone. This one is just missing a little more of the malt that would make it a more balanced beer.

Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 02:58:14 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Appeared to be bottle conditioned. Poured a deep brown/black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Roasted barley and coffee in the aroma. Some sweetness lots of coffee and chocolate in the flavor. A little thin on the body. Some hop bitterness in the middle. Long dry finish with more coffee and chocolate. Fairly easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 01:26:51 | More by homebrewhawk
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.