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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: 762
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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 DrummerDan
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
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 -6.8%
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 -3.9%
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 +14%
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 +5.1%
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
Photo of EGledhill
4.53/5  rDev +34.8%
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

EGledhill, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
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!

jeffmonarch, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Minkybut, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

barefootbrewer, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

KarlHungus, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev +11%
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.

lackenhauser, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

plaid75, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

ElGordo, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of edchicma
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

edchicma, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Homerbag, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of LarryV
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

LarryV, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of botham
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

botham, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

GPHarris, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

BattleRoadBrewer, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

franksnbeans, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

tpd975, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

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.

cdkrenz, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smcolw, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

tugdriver7, Jul 19, 2007
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.