Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.9/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
11-13-2007 02:17:11 | More by ElGordo
3.48/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-30-2007 22:26:28 | More by edchicma
3.38/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
10-18-2007 22:41:30 | More by Homerbag
2.95/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
10-11-2007 23:45:38 | More by LarryV
3.65/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
09-27-2007 23:41:39 | More by botham
4.05/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
09-26-2007 21:20:53 | More by GPHarris
2.95/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
09-04-2007 02:18:37 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
3.4/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
08-29-2007 23:47:41 | More by franksnbeans
3.1/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
08-26-2007 17:41:34 | More by tpd975
2.9/5 rDev -13.7%
$9.99 / 8 Pack
Appearance - This coffee flavored stout poured deep black. The head was a medium tan color standing about a 1/2 inch. The head was strong but faded after a minute or so. This is a good looking brew.
Smell - The scent isn't very noticeable with this stout. There is a subtle chocolate aroma and a hint at coffee but difficult to distinguish.
Taste - There's really no distinct flavor or complexity here. The carbonation in the beer really controls the flavor. There is a weak chocolate/coffee taste here but nothing much of value in my book other than a subtle smokey flavor.
Mouthfeel - Like I said the carbonation is really the overwhelming characteristic in this beer. What flavor there is here is focused toward the middle outsides of my tongue.
~ I don't see myself looking to try this brew again. The simplicity and subtleties of what I think a beer like this should focus on are not accented in any way. I will not recommend this beer to my friends.
08-18-2007 18:45:29 | More by cdkrenz
3.85/5 rDev +14.6%
Good start to the head although the head is non-existent. The color is just off-black.
Not much coffee aroma...far closer to dark chocolate.
OK, I like this more than their traditional Irish Stout, Snake Chaser. To me, it is richer and more flavorful. I'm not a fan of coffee and this doesn't have any discernable pure coffee flavor outside of the typical black patent tastes. A nice touch of hop for balance.
This is the stout from Lakefront that I'd like to try against other stouts.
08-11-2007 01:58:43 | More by smcolw
2.3/5 rDev -31.5%
A - Dark brew with a large brown head and no lacing.
S - Coffee and cold metal. Also smells sweet.
T - A strong coffee flavor with a touch of burnt malt. A bit of sweetness too. Rather sweet in fact. Almost an artificial sweetener flavor. I really hate artificial sweeteners.
M - Medium bodied, smooth, pretty refreshing.
D - I can't handle this. I absolutely can't stand artificial sweeteners and that is really the dominant flavor. Yuck.
08-03-2007 17:16:43 | More by mrasskicktastic
3.4/5 rDev +1.2%
Came in my Lakefront Variety 8-Pack. Coffee Stout. Now there's an image for you. Dark, rich and caffeine-laden. This is two of the three. I didn't read any caffeine amounts on the label, but the rich color, the soft carbonation, the smoky roasted (not coffee, but malt) smell and the moderate (refreshing) mouthfeel sure woke me up. Nice presentation. The taste was not disappointing either. Reminded me of a very well-done porter. Roasted malt through and through with a touch of bitterness to keep you drinking and give it an edge. Like some who have posted here, I really didn't taste coffee which, for me, was a good thing. I like coffee to be coffee (and beer to be beer) so this was a great!
07-19-2007 22:16:17 | More by tugdriver7
3.55/5 rDev +5.7%
A viscous pour with a thin cream head with fine small bubbles.
Smell of muted coffee and a little vanilla. Some roasted and burned maltbitterness.
Taste is coffee with a roasted maltbitter, also some roasted malt. There is some vanilla in the taste. Coffee is not as strong as in other coffee beers, but there is certainly a coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is soft and drinkability is good. Body is a bit too thin for this beer.
07-13-2007 18:37:27 | More by Absumaster
3.68/5 rDev +9.5%
Bottle notched: May Wk4
A coffee stout for the masses. The unwashed masses that inhabit the countercultural Milwaukee institution that is Fuel Cafe.
Out of the bottle, there is a billowing mocha-tinged head of foam. Looks similar to a root-beer float, minus the root-beer and ice-cream. Very deep dark stout, with slight brown highlights in the light. Sadly, the head fades to nothing after a few swigs.
Smells like a malted milk ball, with an earthy, vegetal note when swirling.
The coffee is there, it may be the age, but it gives a more sour impression than i'm used to in a coffee stout (not a bad thing). There's a round, medium mouthfeel. Pretty malty. Easily drinkable, most likely better on tap.
07-05-2007 23:53:44 | More by emerge077
3/5 rDev -10.7%
Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.
A- Pours a deep brown with a thin, light-brown head.
S- Scent of malt and coffee, no hops noted.
T- Very coffeeish, somewhat sour, a bit malty, somewhat dry finish.
M- Thinner than it should be on the tongue, well carbonated however.
D- A decent beer, but farr from great.
06-30-2007 04:00:41 | More by cichief
3.8/5 rDev +13.1%
Pours black with a good initial head that fades to a ring. The aromas are of vanilla, roasted coffee beans, chicory, and perhaps a slight whiff of hazlenut. The taste is quite nice, and not too sweet. Initially, there is a hit of roasted coffee followed by some creaminess. The overall impression is of decent coffee with cream and a touch of sugar. Several reviews have mentioned the lack of coffee flavor. I can only surmise that freshness matters greatly with this brew. My sample was straight from the distributor as a new product and was markedly flavored by coffee.
06-28-2007 04:05:23 | More by Georgiabeer
4.33/5 rDev +28.9%
Poured a very deep brown color with moderate tannish head.
Smell is mainly of roasted malt with a bit of dark fruininess in the background.
Taste is roastes malty, with some coffee and chocolate notes also present.
Finishes with a stong bitterness with does a nice balancing act on the sweetness.
A very nice. easy to drink, stout.
06-20-2007 23:00:25 | More by tgbljb
3.53/5 rDev +5.1%
Pretty solid black in color, light coco colored head is about 1cm, but retains quite well. The aroma is of a sweet chocolaty stout, with some light charred grains and coffee hints lingering, and some herbal hops detectable. The taste was again quite sweet, milky, and chocolaty. There are some bitter, lingering coffee notes that show up a little more in the aftertaste but are never strong or even all that obvious. A few dark fruity hints in the aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is pretty light, sweet, and dry.
Overall: I am a sucker for coffee stouts, so I picked this up right when I saw it. I wish it were more of a coffee stout. It's a decent beer, walking the line of a sweet stout and a porter, but the subtle coffee flavor of it lacks the edge I look for in a coffee stout. Decent beer, not what I was expecting.
06-12-2007 19:58:11 | More by dfried
3.33/5 rDev -0.9%
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) pours an opaque black that is brown around the edges with a thick light brown head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is kind of funky, there is a touch of what I guess could be coffee in it, but really just kind of smells like burnt malt. To me, the coffee flavor seems quite strong at first. I see others don't feel that way, but most java stouts to me seem to have a green pepper flavor, and this one doesn't. There are some chocolate notes too. Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I would like. An interesting beer, worth a try.
06-11-2007 00:20:35 | More by Drew966
3.1/5 rDev -7.7%
12ozer bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Bottled Week 4 of Feb, hopefully this year...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head holds nicely, with thick slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark grains with some tartness. No coffee? Taste is lightly of dark malts to start, but quickly gives way to moderate tartness, and that's about it. Again no real coffee here either. Mouthfeel is creamy, and drinkability is alright, but the lemony character just doesn't belong here.
06-09-2007 16:00:24 | More by ppoitras
3.53/5 rDev +5.1%
poured from bottle into pint glass.
A- This beer pours night black with a rich oatmeal colored head that lingered thru tasting.
S- The roasted coffee is in balance with the nice roasted malts.
T- This beer has a nice balance between the coffee and the stout. The coffee aftertaste holds up well after repeated sips, but does not overwhelm the stout.
M- The beer is smooth and creamy.
D- I found this beer to be very drinkable.
06-04-2007 19:47:46 | More by mobud
3.3/5 rDev -1.8%
The pour into my Murphy's glass raises a thin, appropriately coffee colored head that falls to a ring with considerable alacrity. The beer seems to have no motivation to leave lasting lace; the modest amounts slide quickly back into the fold. Below, the beer opaque (except for at the very top and bottom), which is appreciable for a beer of such modest ABV (relatively, in the company of great stouts).
The nose has a sharp, burnt, acrid coffee aroma which is initially off-putting. It's slightly sweet, quite acidic, and perhaps touched just slightly by caramel. But, the coffee leads the way by far.
The taste actually tastes quite balanced, like a sweetened coffee without cream, and some molasses. This works pretty well, although it's simple.
The mouth is fairly thick, with too much carbonation, unfortunately. If smoother, this would be better.
Overall, this is a pretty tasty coffee stout that I might order at a pub for a change of pace, but I won't be buying it for home again anytime soon.
06-03-2007 22:46:45 | More by mjc410
3.1/5 rDev -7.7%
12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a deep dark black color with a tan colored head that leaves a decent amount of lacing arond the edge of the glass. The aroma is extremely faint and it is hard to pick up much at all. The few faint flavors that do escape from the aroma is dark roasted malt and a touch of coffee. The taste begins with a bittersweet roasted maltiness and some coffee flavors present in the finish. Overall, I am not a huge fan of this stout and will steer clear of it in the future.
05-15-2007 01:18:39 | More by cjgator3
3.45/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a rich black color with a mocha color head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.
Aroma is quite roasty with light coffee smell and a hint of somethig bitter.
Taste is roasted malts upfront leading into an instant coffee flavor. Finishes with a blend of roasted malt and coffee with a hint of cocoa.
Thin body, mild carbonation.
Coffee stout is made or broken by how well the coffee blends with the stout and the method in which it is used. This particular brew has some redeeming qualities, but it falls just short of being more than average. I could probably drink a few in one sitting, but there are better coffee stouts to be had.
04-28-2007 03:04:28 | More by MaltyGoodness
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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