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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 BradLikesBrew


3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled during the 4th week of May.

a: Jet black body, just a hint of dark brown at the edges. Thin off-white head, no lacing to speak of.

s: Mild aroma of smoke and roasted malt. If there is coffee in the nose, it is masked by smoke.

t: Strange. Shouldn't the overwhelming flavor in every coffee beer be well...coffee? As in the nose, smoke and roasted malt, some chocolate too. Coffee is detected more in the form of bitterness in the finish than anywhere else. A strange coffee stout indeed.

m: Slick, maybe a bit thin.

d: An odd coffee beer. Lots of coffee bitterness, not much coffee flavor. Some odd sourness. Don't know if my bottle is off or this is as it was intended. I like coffee beers, but this one is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 22:38:00 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of McDiddyPop


3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

The beer was very dark brown, almost black in color. Opaque, with a small tan head that quickly thinned out. The smell was of rich coffee and chocolate. Very nice. The taste was of strong coffee, with dark roasted malt notes, however the mouthfeel was much thinner than I like from a stout. The alcohol was very apparent as well. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 04:26:38 | More by McDiddyPop
Photo of budsboy


2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opaque black with a healthy, frothy and thick tan head that subsides slowly. Looks great.

Sweet-sour smell with hints of coffee and my dirty socks. Altogether unappealing.

Hmm. Coffee flavors come through, and I like it .. almost. Those roasty, toasty flavors are coming through a wall of sourness that is like coffee with soured milk. Odd. And not in a good way.

Thin, but not too thin for the style.

Looks great, but doesn't hold up. This beer should shed the sour and embrace the large, fat belly of the American stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 22:59:52 | More by budsboy
Photo of budgood1


3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out an opaque jet black; some crimson edges when held to the light. thin tan coloured head. thin wisps of lace. charred malt, dark roasted coffee and lactic influenced tart ripe fruits. great nose. flavour follows suit of what was discovered in the nose...some smoke/char notes mixes nicely with the dark roasted coffee beans and thus makes a nice accompaniment to the sweet stout nuances of lactic laden, sour, yeasty, chocolate covered cherries. interesting mix to say the least. the body is ample on this one with a puckering mouthfeel due to the sourness. drinkability is ok. might be more of a morning stout, than an evening quaffer. (might be perfect for those late fall, early sunday morning lambeau field days?)

the intermingling of two distinct styles of stout is commendable, but when i see "coffee stout", i want a straight up, no frills, espresso and black, burnt malt stout bomb.

i'll happily deposit the rest of my six pack in my belly, but will pass in the future when the chance to purchase this lakefront offering occurs.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 00:27:55 | More by budgood1
Photo of DrummerDan


4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As soon as the bottle is poured, I notice this beer smells good! Slight coffee aroma, more the beans than brewed coffee with a touch of malt.

Solid black filled my glass with a nice tan head on top. There was a beautiful lace along my glass during the entire session.

Well rounded malt and bitter, nothing offensive. Not overly coffee-flavored. This is not a cream stout, it is a regular stout that is slightly lighter than others, but still good.

Easy drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 02:56:13 | More by DrummerDan
Photo of Pauly2X


3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Black with a thick one finger head, after it faded it left a solid wisp.

S- Spicy hops, roasted malts, and of course coffee. The coffee aroma is quite buried however and one might miss it if it werent on the label.

T- For not being a huge coffee fan this is pretty good. You can taste the coffee but it plays well with everything else and doesn't bully the other flavors out.

M- Pretty standard per the style, albeit a little thin.

D- I'd definetly grab this if I got dragged along to Fuel Cafe, otherwise I probalbly wouldn't seek it out.

Although not my cup of tea, this is quite good for what its trying to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 17:20:58 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of DrJay


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

Received from aprilluvsbeer as part of BC2. Thanks April!
Quite dark with a bit of fine, tan foam, some lacing. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa and roast, light coffee and a hint of cherry. Low bitterness with considerable sweetness, lingering fruit, some roast and sour cherry. Fizzy carbonation, medium bodied with a fair texture. Pleasant enough, but a little too fruity.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 02:30:38 | More by DrJay
Photo of JayQue


3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with a big tan head that hangs in there for a while. Minimal lacing. Smell is surprising, in addition to malt, I detected a Belgian beer kind of dark fruit aroma..very nice. Taste was average for a stout...some malt and dark chocolate, the coffee was the predominant taste. The taste was just ok, nothing memorable. The relatively thin mouthfeel affects the taste. Drinkability is good...but just not that great a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 03:49:17 | More by JayQue
Photo of MillRat


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

A very deep black stout with a thick cocoa-colored head that eventually fades. The aroma is all about roast coffee, roast barley, and drk chocolate malt. The flavor is true to the aroma, with a little malt sweetness to balance the roasty elements, but mouthfeel retains an unrepentant bitterness like a a straight shot of espresso. If, as I do, you like your espresso without all the sugars, flavoring syrups, and other crapola that the coffee joints seem to believe is necessary, this will be a great beer for you. If your idea of great coffee is a strawberry grande latte with extra sprinkles, fuggedaboutit, and while you're at it get out from between me and my coffee and admit that what you really want is a milkshake. The flavors in this brew are a little too intense to qualify as a session brew, but a second or third wouldn't be overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 20:49:26 | More by MillRat
Photo of EGledhill


4.53/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into snifter.

A. dark. very dark with a tan head that dissipates pretty quick

S. smells damn tasty sweet chocolate, coffee and malts. makes me look forward to drinking this

T. strong coffee and chocolate taste. not too bitter.

M. decent mouth feel nothing too impressive

D. very drinkable. would go great with dessert or a good cigar would definitely have again

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 04:24:58 | More by EGledhill
Photo of jeffmonarch


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

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a caramel tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Strong chocolate and coffee scents.

T - Strong chocolate flavors with strong coffee undertones.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

D - Great beer. I bought the variety 8 pack from Lakefront Brewery. I was not thrilled with any of the other beers. This is the first I haved really liked. This is really good. Buy it!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 07:01:17 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of Minkybut


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

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was black as tar and had a nice tan head that was very lumpy, very poofy. The smell was of coffee and nut. The beer had a rich toffee coffee tast with a bit of nuttiness to it. I liked the beer and will try it again I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 00:12:58 | More by Minkybut
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a tick black oily color with a thick brown head – unfortunately it isn’t retentive. The aroma is simply coffee. The taste is coffee with a hint of sweetness. The coffee flavor is strong – nothing else seems to make much presence. The mouthfeel is medium and could stand being a bit more full bodied to bring the brew together. Overall, this is an interesting beer and if you like stouts and need a jolt of caffeine, then this may be a good option.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 01:10:40 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of KarlHungus


3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is small, tan, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of coffee, with a hint of milk chocolate, but is rather faint. The taste is like the aroma. It is very pleasant, but would be a lot more enjoyable if it were stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a higher level of carbonation than I like in a stout. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but there are a lot better coffee stouts out there. I don't think I will drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 01:31:56 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of lackenhauser


3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a very slight, tan head. Slightly fizzy. Aroma is sharp and metallic-amost smells of rust. Decent roasted flavor with a healthy dose of coffee thrown in. Coffee doesn't overwhelm like I was expecting it to. Body is somewhat thin-a slight boost would bring up the flavor some. Enjoyable and drinkable brew. I was afraid it would be all coffee and it wasnt. Nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 02:12:59 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an oily black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate coffee aroma with some burnt grain elements as well.

The taste was upfront coffee a light cafe au lait sweetness. Good residual roasted flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a creamy finish.

Overall a pretty stout. Seemed a bit processed flavorwise (perhaps some artificial sweetness), but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 02:21:37 | More by plaid75
Photo of ElGordo


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

I've avoided this beer in my fridge lately during my nighttime drinking, but it looks like the perfect after work pick-me-up today. Pours a jet black hue, topped by a small finger's worth of tan head that doesn't stick around for very long. Aroma of roasted dark malt and pure fresh coffee beans. Palate is a sweet blend of roasted dark and chocolate malts, along with some dark fruity notes. The coffee flavors come through mid-palate, along with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Finish is a creamy coffee flavor that leaves a lingering sweetness. The creamy body is great for the style and for the flavor combinations in this beer - I wonder if they used any oatmeal in the brewing process. While I wouldn't want to drink one of these every day, this is a solid beer that packs a bit of a caffeine punch as well. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 02:17:11 | More by ElGordo
Photo of edchicma


3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slight disappointment. I am a coffee stout fan, but this was lacking a rad. Appearance was fine, with a dark brown appearance and nice pillow head. Smell was roasted malt with just a hint of hops. Taste was tangy, almost a bit astringent, coffee and cocoa aspects were evident. Mouthfeel was light and a bit watery. Drinkability suffers due to sourness/astringency.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 22:26:28 | More by edchicma
Photo of Homerbag


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with fast disappearing cream colored head. There is a lot of carbonation present, almost looks soda like.
There are hints of coffee, chocolate, and some roasted malt. I was expecting more since the coffee used is usually pretty pungant.
Taste is of bitter chocolate, some coffee aftertaste.
This is carbonated like a soda. It's fizziness almost makes the falvors hard to recognize.
Overall, not bad but not good. I wouldn't search this out again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 22:41:30 | More by Homerbag
Photo of LarryV


2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special about this beer to make me want to go back. Pours an inky black with a coarse head that subsides quickly. Smell of dark unsweetened chocolate, a slight coffee note, really a rather acrid aroma. Coffee doesn't come across well in the flavor either. Bitter in an sour way with a thin mouth feel for the style. Can't really say I like this beer, the sourness really puts me off.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 23:45:38 | More by LarryV
Photo of botham


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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a very dark brown that lets no light through. a small tannish head sits atop, without much staying power.

smell is of toasted malts and coffee beans. malt notes include black and chocolate. the aroma overall is lightly sweet, without much hop character. there is an earthy base, with light notes of ale yeast and grassy hops.

taste is roasty up front, with chocolate and black malts prevailing. the brew is somewhat lacking in the finish, which does not have much character. aftertaste is lightly roasted.

mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with a creamy texture.

drinkability is good for a stout. this is not a rich or bold brew, but is more laid back and subtle. overall, it could use more character.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 23:41:39 | More by botham
Photo of GPHarris


4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a four-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a nonic. left thick lacing and sheeting but the ring began to disappear towards the end. body was dark black with no light escaping.
s - roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.
t - burnt coffee and dark fruits.
m - thin, way too thin for the style.
d - easy sipper and enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 21:20:53 | More by GPHarris
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served cool into a standard shaker pint.

A very nice pour, pitch black but with decent clarity, generating an attractive dark tan frothy head leaving just a touch of lacing.

Aroma is unremarkable, with a bit of molasses evident.

Taste is likewise bland, nothing really distinct in the aroma or flavor. Attempts at drawing out subtle notes failed, there's just not that much there, as far as beer or coffee.

Mouthfeel was unremarkable, no special feeling to make up for the empty flavor.

Sorry that this is such a miss. Not bad tasting, no serious flaws, but neither refreshing, filling or interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 02:18:37 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of franksnbeans


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thick chocolate milk head that dies quickly. Smells of roasted nuts, some chocolate and to my surprise just a touch of coffee. Tastes as it smells which is a big dissapointment. For a coffee stout this does not even come close to the mark. Mild flavors, minor hop bite at the end. Smooth in the mouth with some carbonation. Drinkability is high but Ive been thrown a curveball with no coffee to be found. Will not be trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 23:47:41 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of tpd975


3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle read Fuel Cafe, coffee flavored stout. Being a sucker for a good coffee stout I couldn't snatch this one up soon enough.

A: Pours a nice dark black with a nice fluffy khaki head. There is some bubbles, and very minimal lacing.

S: Burnt malt with very mild chocolate undertones. No real nice coffee aroma.

T: A nice mild stout. There is no coffee to be found in this one though. There is a gentle taste of chocolate, but mostly charred malt.

M: Pretty thin for a stout, goes down smooth, but way off base.

D: It's drinkable, but who cares, because it don't taste real pleasant.

Overall: Not a good version of a coffee stout at all. The coffee taste is lacking, and there is nothing really left behind worth a mention. To be honest I would not drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 17:41:34 | More by tpd975
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.