Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.05/5 rDev -9.2%
Poured into a standard pint glass. Notched as bottled Wk4, Feb. Poured a dark brown color with a brown bubbly head. The head was heavily carbonated, mostly big bubbles, and disappeared quickly. Couldn't place anything special in the aroma when I smelt it. Possibly very very slick undertones of coffee, but nothing really noticable. The flavor was reasonable, in such it had no major flaws, however, it also had nothing to make it stand out. Try as hard as I might, couldn't taste any coffee at all. Felt fine in the mouth, absolutely no problems. Easy to drink, however no real compelling reason to drink it. Overall, just an average beer.
04-22-2007 23:52:57 | More by mountdew1
2.25/5 rDev -33%
My first offering from Lakefront and to be honest it likely wont be remembered,poured an ink black with a thin quick to fade mocha colored head that left no trace as it settled.Hmm something is off in the nose it has almost a sour lactic quality to it wich isnt very appealing in a stout some roastiness and mocha java qualities show thru as it warms a bit but still that sourness never really fades.Way to thin and prickley in the mouth pretty much water fizz,no depth in flavors light roastiness and earth.Ouch this is really bad and I hope to forget about it quickly this is a drain pour.
04-02-2007 22:29:15 | More by oberon
3.13/5 rDev -6.8%
From a 12oz. brown bottle, bottled in the first week of September.
One finger of dark tan head theat very quickly disappears to only a ring. The beer is opaque black with ruby-mohogany edges when held to light.
Nice rich nose, balanced but the roasty coffee is in the lead with a touch of toffee-like sweetness. The latter flavor, to me, is the slight malty sweetness combining with the roastiness of the coffee. Very slight citrus hop aroma detected on the back of the palette.
The taste starts with a slight sweetness and sour citrus hoppiness, and then the acrid coffeeness cuts in nicely. Unfortunately there is no maltiness to either complement or balance this flavor. Because of this the taste turns bitter and bland, finishing like old stale coffee.
Carbonation is low, which I like in a stout, and fits the flavor and character of the beer. The mouthfeel is a little watery and could be more substantial. The finish is dry which I like in a stout.
Drinkability is not too bad despite the overall bitterness of the flavor.
I was excited about this beer, as other coffee stouts I have had I really enjoyed. I saw the Brothers review, and glanced at other reviews, before reviewing. I really was as objective as possible, but the consensus is spot on. This is an okay brew, but lacks depth and complexity.
03-21-2007 00:21:14 | More by Beeryce
3.33/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my Sly Fox shaker glass. Appears a medium dark brown with barely a finger of tan foam. Smells of roasted caramely malts, and coffee. Tastes of bitter coffee beans, vanilla and bittersweet cocoa. Thin in body and mildy carbonated. Worth a try if you like the style.
03-20-2007 14:13:29 | More by ClockworkOrange
2.78/5 rDev -17.3%
12 oz., bottled during the second week of November. It pours quite black with a thin, dark khaki head which swiftly forms a small collar before eventually reducing to nothing. Rich coffee and roasted malts in the nose at first, but soon an imposing sourness shows up. On the palate there is strong coffee with roasted/burnt malts, along with some sweetness, yeast, lactose?, and a distracting sour character. The body is drying, light/medium with comparable carbonation, and it leaves a medium finish. Overall it seems a little out-of-whack - not sure if the sourness is intentional or if this beer oxidized too quickly; and the coffee didn't meld well with the lactic/sour quality. A disappointment, but luckily I've got a Java Stout waiting for comparison.
03-19-2007 22:34:32 | More by mmmbeer
3.48/5 rDev +3.6%
Pitch black with a decent brown head and some lace. Mocha/chocolate aroma and flavor stand out the most; definitely more chocolate than coffee. Already showing signs of oxidation in the nose and mouth. Light-medium bodied with a mocha chocolate and oxidized finish.
I just bought this but would love to taste again fresher...
Per Label: "A stout brewed with coffee" & "Brewed esp. for Fuel Cafe"
Per LB website: Lakefront Stout and Fuel Cafe blend Alterra coffee. 5 specialty grains and generous use of two row malted barley.
Bottled: Week 2, Nov (notched) - ('06')
($8.69 / 6-pack)
03-16-2007 15:39:37 | More by RBorsato
3.48/5 rDev +3.6%
Lakefront Brewery's Fuel Cafe pours out a thin tan head over a black brew.
Carbonation is pretty sedate, and the nose is roasted malt. The flavor is a
bit sweet and has a definite bitter chocolate flavor, with a bit of coffee in the
finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, but also crisp and pleasant. If
you're looking for an amiable sweet stout this is a good place to start.
03-14-2007 07:15:56 | More by shadow1961
2.98/5 rDev -11.3%
A: Pours black, with no highlights. Half-inch beige head which completely disappeared before I took the first sip.
S: Surprisingly little aroma, not even coffee on the nose. I was expecting a lot more, given the name of this beer.
T: A mild example of an American stout. The roasted character is subdued, with just a hint of coffee in the finish as well as some nice malty sweetness that lingers long after the swallow. I was expecting much more coffee/espresso character to this beer, but if you didn't tell me what it was *supposed* to be I would certainly enjoy it as a non-flavored stout.
M: A fairly typical mouthfeel for an American stout, non-nitro. Slightly under-carbonated, with a firm bitterness that nicely offsets the malt. Nothing exceptional here, or unexpected.
D: A pleasant stout, not disappointing on its own although I would have preferred a more forward coffee presence. Would probably make a decent pairing to a platter of fish & chips.
03-06-2007 02:20:51 | More by BrewDrinkRepeat
4.05/5 rDev +20.5%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is almost black in color and has a one-finger, bubbly brown-tan head. Smell is not as coffee dominated as I had expected although it is there. There are also some chocolate notes and a malt presence. The taste is also not as dominated by coffee as I had expected, the coffee seems more like an aftertaste than anything. This is good though, a sweet chocolate/amber maltyness balanced nicely and just a touch of coffee at the end. The mouthfeel is also a bit lighter than I would have expected and it has a light mouth-burning carbonation. This is a very drinkable stout, in the time it has taken me to write this review I have almost finished my pint. Excellent taste, although it could be stronger in some areas, it's a winner.
02-23-2007 00:23:56 | More by gmfessen
2.8/5 rDev -16.7%
This poured from the 12 oz bottle with a black, maroon-tinted hue and a nice rolling-hills head of tan froth. The aroma was vaguely roasty, but not as buzz-inducing as a Starbucks -- which is what I expected. More disappointingly, the flavor had barely the lightest twist of Columbias finest bean. In fact, the more I drink, the less I sense any java. Instead I get a vaguely roasty brew with a bit of a milky aspect ... pretty much a let down. (#2690, 2/7/2007)
02-08-2007 00:44:18 | More by Braudog
1.95/5 rDev -42%
12oz bottle. Label nicked to indicate it was bottled during the 4th week of December. (2006 I really hope)
I don't think I've ever bought a six pack before where looking to the last five was something I really didn't want to do.
The idea of a coffee mixed with stout was intriguing enough, but in the end the only part of the coffee I can taste is a strong acidic sourness, and that is pretty much all I could taste. I was hoping for a nice stout flavor with a hint of coffee, but what I got was so strong that every swig feels like drinking a citrus soda after brushing my teeth.
Drinkability is very low for me. Given the difficulty of getting through one, I may have to save the rest as pawns to sacrifice if someone too drunk to care about quality attempts to raid my stash.
01-30-2007 00:11:53 | More by Sjixxxy
3.85/5 rDev +14.6%
Another 6 pack of wierd beers to try, and this was first.
I could smell it from where it was poured, coffee is thy name and coffee is thy smell, along with the toasted malt. It had a small head and average lace and was black as black. Average for style? Anything this dark gets a 4 but it was typical like any other stout.
Mouth was exceptional. It was a typical stout wash with a creamy swallow but the end, where the aftertaste grabbed hold and let me know I was drinking coffee stout. Very nice.
Well, all coffee, all roasted malt, lots of hops but a little thin on the backside, but the aftertaste caught this one. There was an odd bitterness to this too, like it stuck to the roof of my mouth. Still, very nice.
Well, compared to the best I've had, this one adds up to really good but the six of Brooklyn's Chocolate Stout in my fridge, the best wins.
01-28-2007 10:24:39 | More by Ricochet
2.8/5 rDev -16.7%
Pours a completely opaque black with a creamy, light-brown head that reduces but never disappears. The aroma features an unexpected fruitiness. Heavy notes of roasted coffee in the palate but not the usual burnt bitterness to go along with it. There is also this strange sort of fruity sweetness and a mild astringency, and a touch of roasted grain. Surprisingly mellow coffee in the finish with a somewhat thin mouthfeel.
I guess its not too bad, but its just not what I expected. First of all, it has all these strange flavors that didnt really do it for me. Secondly, the bitter, roasted coffee character was disappointingly mild. Not recommended.
01-06-2007 06:32:44 | More by arguemaniac
3/5 rDev -10.7%
The cap of foam is very large after a vigorous pour almost overflowed the glass. A very frothy head that slowly disappeared about halfway through the drink. Looked very thick during the pour.
Smell : Not very pronounced. Some coffee but mostly roasted malt.
Taste : I was surprised that the predominate taste was sour.
Mouthfeel was much thinner than I anticipated (based upon the pour)
Interesting brew - Would try it again. Glad it was part of gift pack.
12-29-2006 22:30:08 | More by pmatz2
2.42/5 rDev -28%
Not sure what went wrong here - struck me as too much coffee and not enough stout. Thin with a slightly acidic sour note that vied with some smoke/roasted malt for control. A little astringent at the finish, like cold coffee. If the malt presence had been pumped up a bit and a touch of sweetness in the malt to balance the acidty had been added, this might have been pretty good. As it was, it was drinkable, but not particulary enjoyable. One where you sigh as you contemplate the five left in the six-pack. Wonder how this would be in chili?
12-27-2006 15:14:50 | More by Brent
1.55/5 rDev -53.9%
A - Pitch black brew with slight brown highlights around the edges. A thick and fluffy chocolate milkshake head creates tons of nice wet lacing down the side of the glass.
S - Coffee shop smells of coffee, chocolate, and baked goodies. My only complaint is that the smell is very weak and salty.
T - Confusing mix of soy sauce, chocolate, old stale coffee, and (honest to god) french fries. A salty failure on the taste buds. This sucks.
M - Thin and greasy with some carbonated sting.
D - I love coffee so I thought that I would like this one. But this is about the nastiest beer I've ever tasted.
This looks damn good and smells pretty nice....just don't put it in your mouth.
12-15-2006 18:45:39 | More by pmcadamis
3.2/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark brown with some mild carbonation. The head is small tan but foamy.
The smell is sour bitter, lots of cold black coffee.
The taste is much of the same. I can see how this is one of the biggest hit or misses out there. Warm is defiantly better.
The mouthfeel is thinner then most stouts more like a porter. Could use more carbonation.
The drinkability improves as it warms. But for me The one was enough. MK
12-13-2006 06:34:14 | More by MuenchenerKindl
1.3/5 rDev -61.3%
Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a room temperature pint glass.
It poured tar dark with a brown one inch head that quickly shrank down to almost nothing and which left no lacing on the sides of the glass.
It smells like cold boiled over coffee. Man it made my stomach turn.
A medium body that left a very bitter burned coffee taste in my mouth.
Yuck, not very drinkable in my opinion.
12-07-2006 06:59:43 | More by Rennpferd
3.78/5 rDev +12.5%
This beer pours incredibly dark with a thick, yet suprisingly frothy and light head that dissipates farily quickly. Despite its billing as a coffee-brewed stout, the smell of this brew is fairly unremarkable and is perhaps a bit yeasty. What this beer lacks in smell, however, it makes up for in taste. This brew drinks very plesantly--appropriately heavy yet very smooth. The coffee flavor of this beer remains an undertone and does not dominate. I am able to taste both roasted malt AND roasted coffee notes in this beer. I highly recommend this beer as one that is suprisingly drinkable, given its heavy appearance and one that is uniquely tasty.
12-07-2006 01:53:19 | More by scherbs
2.3/5 rDev -31.5%
Dark nearly black. A off white tan head fades quickly and leaves no lace. An average looking stout.
A very lackluster attempt at aromatics. The only thing I can really pull out of it are some dark fruity aromas mainly anise. No hints of coffee maybe some dark chocolate.
A thin feminine stout. Lacks body, complexity and balance. The coffee is very latte esque and has hints of sweet dark chocolate. Lactose is very prevelant. It wouldn't be bad if they made it more robust and complex. Unfotunately it's not.
11-27-2006 23:32:41 | More by mcallister
3.03/5 rDev -9.8%
Dark brown beer, but ruby colored around the edges. Dry, fluffy, persistant head. Thin smell is bitter -- little bit roasted malt, little bit porter-like hops.
Taste is light burned coffee. Pretty darn bitter and boozy. It's watery, with plenty of carbonation.
Not a whole lot going on in the Fuel Coffee Stout. It's light, and not really bringing much coffee flavor.
11-26-2006 19:01:36 | More by maundythirsty
2.88/5 rDev -14.3%
The pour was deep brown almost black with small head. Aroma was uninteresting and flat with just a very light coffee scent. Flavors were also a bit flat with light coffee and almost no hops presence. Mouthfeel was watery and bland. Drinkability was that of water. You can drink it all day, but why. Overall, a rare disappointing review for me. Not impressed with this one. But, I do look forward to sampling some of the other brews from my home town Lakefront Brewery in redemption of the brew city.
11-08-2006 04:58:44 | More by MrVisegrips
2.6/5 rDev -22.6%
*did not like would not buy*
app: nice coffee color, sept I never had coffe with a head like this.. I poured hard, I will admit it.. light juuust peaks through to let you see the black/brown color.
smell: smells mostly like beer, a touch of boozy beer smell, bland malts, yeast.. not that impressed.. where the coffee? i smell little hints of dark raosty malts, but come on. . I thought I would be in coffee land..oh well LETS TASTE THE COFFEE, sense smell is only a fun game to play anyway.
Taste: uh, water is the first flavor then bitter soy.. and some strange back of the mouth tart sourish thing that I would expect as part of an ipa, odd out of place hops, weak bland malts.. little to no coffee flavor, to much water. drinking this I would not think coffee or stout.
mf: body seems ok, rather have thicker.. a little to much carbonation for my mouth and a stout..
drinkability: it is not that good, and not what it says it is, but if i liked these flavors, there is nothing about it that makes it slow to drink.. not to thick, not to sweet not to bitter not to boozey it goes down easy, but i just dont like it.
10-17-2006 21:15:20 | More by AndoBrew
3.08/5 rDev -8.3%
A - Pours an acidic black with a very small minimal head that dissolves quickly into a tiny little lace around the glass with good retention.
S - Smells ratehr bland in comparison to other beers of its style. It smells of light roasted coffee, a light sweetness to it with no noticable hops at all.
T - This beer is rather unimpressive as it has a very light coffee character that really does not stick out. The coffee flavor is there but it is very light and the beer has no noticable malt or hop characteristics to compliment the coffee which for me is to bad.
M - Acidic and smooth with a slightly sweet finish and almost no finish to it.
D - Due to this beers rather unimpressive taste and character its hard to palate more than one of these beers in one sitting. While it is not bad it just simply is not unique and does not stand up to most other beers of its style.
10-15-2006 01:49:48 | More by ryantupy
2.58/5 rDev -23.2%
A one and a half finger head after a hard pour. No retention or film. black, slightly syrupy molasses. A decent aroma of Folgers coffee beans with some caramel malts trailing off at the end. The tartest tasing American stout I've had. Almost like they brewed this beer with Brettanomyces yeast. Why would you want a tart coffee stout? An almost sour palate. Very tart to say the least. acidic, and drying. I woould not recommend this beer to the served with anything if you like sour coffee and beer.
10-05-2006 03:17:49 | More by scruffwhor
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.