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

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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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 Patrick999
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Patrick999, May 11, 2008
Photo of Sebletitje
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Sebletitje, May 10, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Mdog, May 08, 2008
Photo of Offa
1.63/5  rDev -51.6%
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.

Offa, May 08, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Misfit138, May 03, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

indiapaleale, May 01, 2008
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

homebrewhawk, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bought from Hi-Times, always interested to try a new coffee stout,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a medium tan head into a pint glass, poor head retention and no lacing.

S: Smells of fresh coffee and dark chocolate, has a soothing, calming effect.

T: Sweet notes of coffee and sugar hit the palate, relatively light flavour, but tasty and unique.

M: Quite fizzy, I thought it could use a bit more body, high carbonation.

D: An interesting beer from Lakefront, would have again, but there are certainly better coffee beers to be had.

Halcyondays, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Lupe
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a black body with a huge foamy tan head. Pretty good retention after settleing down to a one finger head and leaves sporadic lace.

Fairly mild aroma of coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a touch of nuttiness.

Flavor is pretty one dimensional. Roasted coffee and brown sugar, with roasted and sweet malts. Not much depth in the flavor, no chocolate - just roasted malt. Finishes dull, sweet and almost cloying in the front, dry with acidic roast towards the back.

Light-medium in body, thin and a little watery. Too much carbonation takes way from smoothness. First few sips are great, but it just gets boring. I didn't finish the bottle as I just lost interest. Not horrible, but just dull with not much depth or flavor.

Lupe, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of kkipple
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This came outta nowhere at a tasting, notes were taken.

A. Dark black, thin looking, 1 finger thick creamy head, but it doesn't last.

S. Roasty, old coffee... y'know how if you make a weak pot of Folgers and reheat it after 12 hours? That. Not the best coffee aroma. Not sure what they were shooting for but it could / should be more robust and fresh smelling. There's some chocolate malt and a hint of sweetness here too.

T. Alas! Sour, stale coffee, bitter and with the chocolate and roasted grain, a bit of a mess. Not offensive, just not very engaging. Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery, carbonation is ok.

D. So-so, really.

I hate to do it, but there's really no reason to go out of your way to try this one... get Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout or Meantime Coffee first. This is a very average coffee stout.

kkipple, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a minimal layer of brown foam and an opaque, black body.

S - Light aroma of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Distinctly nutty with some wet earth undertones.

T - Flavor of sweetened black coffee up front, mostly roast flavor without much chocolate. Some nutty chocolate flavors appear in the middle. Coffee and toffee in the finish with some lingering acidity.

M - High carbonation and a medium to thin body. Heavy sweetness in the body, but a reasonably dry finish.

D - Ok drinkability. The coffee character in this beer leaves something to be desired. It is assertive but nondiscript and lacks the depth of coffee character that the few excellent coffee stouts possess. The weakest point is its almost artificial tasting sweetness, but that flaw is mitigated by a quite pleasantly flavored coffee finish. The overall impression is a bit strange; this beer isn't really all that great while you are drinking it, but the finish and lingering coffee aftertaste are very nice.

nickfl, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of rowew
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, nice looking label reminiscent of coffe. Bottled month and week, but not year. This one has been in the fridge for a while, but kept under good conditions.

Appearance: Vigorous pour yields about a fingers worth of dark tan head that fades to just a bit of lacing. Almost completely black with just a hint of ruby around the edges.

Smell: Bitter coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Just a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Thinner mouthfeel than I expected, but it definitely tastes strongly of coffee. Not as bitter as I expected from the aroma, but plenty of coffee and a bit of chocolate in the finish.

Overall impression: Smooth, pretty drinkable. This is a nice offering that I could definitely drink a few of.

rowew, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
1.23/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours out thick and very black with a thick frothy brown head that leaves decent lacing.The smells are like a almost empty coffee pot left on the warmer all day,its borderline offensive.It tastes bitter and burnt,and not in a good way.Sorry but this just doesn't mix very well,it also tastes like cheap gas station coffee,with no sweetness at all I found myself actually wanting to add sugar,it really needs some help.If there was a .5 on the drinkability I would score it lower than 1.0!

orangemoustache, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of JamesS
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, but with almsot no head and no lacing at all. It has a slighlty sweet scent to go with its slightly burnt grain flavor, but I detected an off-bourbon scent instead of coffee. A very odd and off taste, it seems like they brewed stout and poured brewed black coffee in at a 2-1 stout/coffee ratio, and it didn't mix well. It's fairly smooth, but it's one of the least well flavored stouts I've ever had.

JamesS, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of dogger6253
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Dark brown, nearly opaque with lots and lots of floaties. There is a ring around the top, swirls of head tossed around in the middle. It looks like chunks of chocolate dumped into my coffee, and then my coffee was dumped into a glass of beer.

The smell has an earthy quality along with bits of chocolate and coffee beans and a little bit of rum. However, the taste is pretty gross. There are some bits of chocolate and toffee that come in along with the roasted malt flavor, but there's an overpowering catsup taste, very vinegary. It makes this nearly impossible to finish.

The body is fairly moderate, there is a little bit of carbonation going on. I liked everything about this beer except for the taste. I will never get this again. Maybe mine was skunked or something, but there was definitely something I didn't like in the flavor.

dogger6253, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown, nearly black as coffee. A super nice light chocolate brown colored head that faded to fast and has some spotty lace. Smell is faint of black coffee and darkened malts a bit chocolatey. Light coffeeish taste, dark and earthy and espresso-like. Some coffee-like dryness and very light hop dryness as well. Feel seems to light, I needed more body and heftyness. Its a little to quick to end, I wanted more body and longer lasting effects and flavors. It's a nice light stout, not bad, not great, so so, could be better I think.

barleywinefiend, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.2/5  rDev -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.

BradLikesBrew, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of McDiddyPop
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

McDiddyPop, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of budsboy
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

budsboy, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of budgood1
3.2/5  rDev -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.

budgood1, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of DrummerDan
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

DrummerDan, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Pauly2X, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

DrJay, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

JayQue, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of MillRat
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

MillRat, Jan 13, 2008
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.