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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: 847
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 59 | 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 WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears pitch black in body no light slips through when held in a bright room. Light tan head forms thick more than two fingers with and settles nicely. Head rises above the rim of my pint glass and dimples without loosing any liquid over the edges. Aroma has a touch of stale coffee with herbal hops, light fruitiness rises up as well. Flavor has a nice mix of malts and roasted coffee flavor, not a heavy espresso note think gas station black coffee. With fruit and herbal hops intermingling during each sip, pretty nice. Flavors aren't playing nice together actually a lot of clashing comes from the this pretty thin bodied stout, carbnoation level works but it's just not a big ol' coffee stout this is a dry irish with hints of coffee. Not bad just not my bag compared to some of the beer offerings out there. Drinkability overal is decent but definitely not a beer to beg for or carve anytime soon.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown that borders on black with a fizzy khaki colored head that quickly dissolves and leaves no remains. The nose has some chocolate, roasted malts and just a hint of coffee. The flavor is sweet chocolate upfront and is accompanied by some smoke and earthy hops and finishes dry. Its a medium bodied beer that has a hearty amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is completely lacking and the flavor is pretty faint as well and the body makes it seem more like a porter than a stout.

Photo of pandashaver
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous light brown head atop a black body poured from this one, kept a bit of head throughout and ok lacing. Smell hit pretty well, with the definite roast coffee and chocolate and malts up front.

Taste is bitter roast, just how I like my coffee to taste in the morning. Good aftertaste that lingers making you want more. Gets more pronounced on the palate as it warms. Mouthfeel is fairly medium, or even thin for a stout, making it very drinkable.

Dry, bitter, and roasty, not very sticky like other coffee/chocolate stouts I've had. A good cheap buy - a very tasty and not lacking brew!

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a deep, warm sable with a very thick, fine-bubbled and fairly persistent beige head. Rich aroma is like a fine coffee and has hints of unsweetened chocolate and smoke. Flavor is like a good mocha, but too thin to be first-class - it does not seem to live up to the appetizing aroma. There is just a hint of sweetness. Texture is smooth but rather watery, not like most stouts I have tried. Still, it's OK.

Photo of williamherbert
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super-dark brown. Bubbly light brown head. Completely opaque w/red at the edges. Nice crown of brown lacing.

The smell is coffee and alcohol, oily stout malt. Mocha coffee aroma. Really nice, mildly toasted. Cocoa powder. Hints of caramel, toffee, butterscotch.

The taste is raisins, plums, dates. Mocha and coffee on the back of the tongue. More sweet than bitter. A nice enough taste that could use a bitter balance.

The feel is oily at first, then dry and ashy. Still, it's lighter-bodied. It doesn't quite live up to the promise of its look and aroma, but it's a solid beer nonetheless.

Photo of carwreCk
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a tan head. Appealing.

Smell: Coffee and malt. Nothing special.

Taste: Coffee and malt. Not acrid like a dry stout.

Mouthfeel: Quite watery. This is probably the most negative aspect of this ale.

Drinkability: Pretty good. There isn't any characteristic that sticks out which would make it unfit for consumption in fair quantities.

Overall: I'm not very impressed, but it is drinkable.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.)

Photo of scottyshades
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
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

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of wiseguy142
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of scottoale
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of gonzo46and2
2.36/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of splat215
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of storksonm
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of jdubjacket
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of lutheransoda
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.24/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of association330
1.8/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of OlieIPA
1.6/5  rDev -52.7%
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!

Photo of Bung
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.33/5  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

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.