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

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 64 | 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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Ratings: 857 | Reviews: 426
Photo of mandoskippy
2.02/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I picked this up as part of Lakefront Brewery Sampler Pack. To be honest, I was very disapointed in this beer. The coffee stout is one of my favorite beers, however, this speciman was thin and coffee flavored rather than coffee "brewed" I think you coffee stout lovers know what I mean.

A: Very little head and carbonation, pretty flat coffee color.

S: It smelled like coffee, but not complex coffee, more a folgers smell.

T: It really didn't do it for me. The coffee was like and addon flavor to a very thin stout rather than a integral part of this beer.

M: Thin thin thin. I can not endorse an American Stout that seems so thin.

D: This was pretty easy to drink, but that's not what I am looking for a in a style like a coffee stout. I want rich, complex, not thin and "pound them back".

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black color. One and one half inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, sweet malt, hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Photo of endincolorado
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Thick, black body with red-brown highlights. Nice, tan head with decent lace.

Smell- Some coffee and roast. Strange light crisp (almost minty) aroma lingers in back.

Taste- Again, malt and coffee, but with a crisper, more bitter edge than usual for the style. Good, but maybe too much hop presence- not enough coffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium body- a little unsatisfying.

Drinkability- though I was a little disappointed in this as far as coffee stouts go, I might pick it up to have around for it's drinkability.

Photo of Goldfish19
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

~ Purchased this 12 oz bottle from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. This beer pours black with a healthy tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma I get out of this is chocolate, followed by hints of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is slightly sourish, and I did not really pick out any of the coffee. For a stout, the body is a little on the thin side. Overall, this is an interesting beer (interesting in a weird sort of way). Thank God for the Mix-a-Six! ~

Photo of TheSSG
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up while I was in Milwaukee from Discount Liquors (That place is as cool as you've heard).

It'd been awhile since the last time I thought I'd had this, I couldn't remember it.

Poured it out of the bottle into my nice little Chalice/goblet (which I got from Discount Liquor as well).

Has a nice, dark tone about it.

The smell....oh, the smell. The first scent had me salivating. It was such a rich and full coffee smell.

And it tasted as good as it smelled. In fact, it tasted a little too good. After a bit, I had my brother try it out. He normally hates stouts, but he couldn't put this down (an avid coffee drinker).
We started wondering if this was even a bier, or just coffee made with carbonated water.
Absolutely one of the tastiest Coffee biers I've ever had.
Some coffee biers have just a hint of coffee, and that seems pointless to me. I love it when the coffee is a strong, robust flavor...well, because it's coffee! It's not a weak flavor to be relegated to the sidelines.

Was a very smooth, crisp drink. Went down nice, similar to a chilled coffee.

Drinkability is good and bad. I loved this bier, but it's a very flavorful coffee stout. I can see myself WANTING to drink several of these, but I can also see that fatiguing my palette VERY quickly. So, it's bad in that I could easily overindulge myself, and have a heavy belly of bier...which doesn't feel too nice...

Overall, this is a great bier for a brisk afternoon (don't drink it at night) or perhaps while I am doing something (like a hobby). Not sure if it was a coincidence, but I had it a bit late in the evening, and got to bed a few hours late... Overall, I enjoyed it quite well.

Not sure on the "vinegar" thing previously mentioned.
I imagine, more than other biers, this bier would be horrible if it's a bit old/skunky. Can't imagine the flavors/acid/oil of coffee would do wonders for a bier long-term.
Mine was fresh, maybe a month old or so...but I bought it right in Milwaukee, so....

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
1.57/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I've read a few reviews for this beer and it seems that the problems I found in my bottle were common enough to warrant a rating pending a re-rate. Label says bottled on week 2 of July. Presumably this year, with this beer I'm not too sure.

Appearance straight from the bottle was very nice. It was a pitch black with a nice mocha head that disappeared almost as soon as it formed. I waited a few minutes to drink and sediment appeared throughout the beer in lieu of carbonation. Disconcerting. It's disappointing to look at a beer and be able to say, "I'm not going to drink that."

Ok, it smells mostly good. Nice coffee tones, some chocolate, and... what's this?... who's the asshat that put vinegar in my beer? This can't be good.

The taste is like the smell, only minus the coffee and chocolate. Even then I've had vinegar that tasted better straight.

In the mouth this feels like a watery mess. Carbonated cheap vinegar. I have vinegar in my kitchen with more body and character.

Maybe with some olive oil this could make a passable salad dressing? Eh, probably not. Let's just hope it doesn't cause too much damage to my plumbing. Drinkability, no. I don't think I've even had a macro this bad. Anyone have a "normal" bottle??

Photo of SLeffler27
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous dark mocha head blooms , but never really settles, over a truly black beer with sediment on the bottom of the glass. That impressive head appears to have put all it had to development, as it quickly diminishes, leaving clouds of patchy lace on the walls of the glass.

Whiffs of bread are more prominent than anticipated from a stout, but there is the telltale coffee complimented by roasted malt. Unfortunately, there is no complexity or layering, as is common to a stout.

The flavors follow the nose, with an emphasis on the roasted malt. There is some bitterness, and a quick finish. This one opens up a bit as it warms, but there is really not much to report.

A full body beer, with an oily texture and fizzy carbonation, Fuel Café has a hint of alcohol, and a lite astringency.

This beer is easy to consume from a tulip glass with friends and pub food, and is well suited to consumption while watching a ball game.

Photo of Jayli
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had 8/15/09
This beer pours an opaque black with a creamy 1/4 inch head that recedes rapidly. Nice lacing left on the glass. Nose is rather muted, some coffee and faint floral hops but that is it. Taste is of sweet malts up front, followed by faint coffee flavoring, touch of chocolate but I really had to look for that, with a hop bitter finish to it. Light bodied, high carbonation, carbonation is almost distracting in this brew. If you are looking for a stout, there are numerous other offerings that would be a better representation.

Photo of beerwolf77
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this beer is dark chocolate brown. A small smattering of head dissipates and leaves a bit of lace. If looks mean anything I'm liking it so far. The nose is less impressive. I get a hint of coffee but for a beer named for an actual coffee shop in Milwaukee it's not exactly full blown java. The flavor is an even bigger let down. Uber smoked malt is the main profile player here. It tastes more like smoked meat then coffee. Hints of caramel and bitter hops can be percieved if you really try. It just comes back to smoke though. The beer is medium to light bodied. Very thin with moderate carbonation. This is maybe the weakest offering from a brewery I expect alot from. Well they can't all be winners. I will stop by the brewery in the near future and sample this straight from the cows udder. Maybe if it's fresh it will come across a tad better.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Six pack from New Beer. September BBD. I seem to have a thing for this beer.

Poured into a pint glass. Big cascade of mocha, tightening up into hard insulation.

Huge stiff roasted coffee, vanillan, dark chocolate & alcohol.

Taste is all coffee grounds & sweet, if very charred malt. Ashy, & quite watery. Bitterness is green & leafy. Alcohol is apparent, but tolerable. Finish is grainy.

Not the most pleasant of things, but it fills the need sometimes.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -23%
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 +20.4%
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 +10.6%
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 +11.2%
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 -5.3%
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 +4.1%
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 +9.4%
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 -4.1%
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 -20.9%
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 -5.6%
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 -30.4%
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 +24.8%
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 +4.4%
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 -20.6%
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.

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.