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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: 819
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 7
Gots: 46 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Winter on 02-26-2002)
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Photo of kirok1999
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light black with a slight off white head.
Had a slightly metallic smell, really weird, very mild coffee.
Taste was very mild, very little coffee, just a little hint of paper. Really disappointed in the amount of coffee present. Thin and watery mouthfeel. All in all, not a very big or tasty beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color with a thick tan head. The head disappeared almost instantly. It had a strong coffee aroma, as well as some sweetness. Bitter coffee taste, with a sweet finish. Funny mouthfeel, I thought there was a real disconnect between the bitter coffee and the sweet chocolate.

Photo of Reidrover
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz from LifeSource,Salem OR Nice looking stout, very dark brown almost black but not quite, nice tan head. Aroma is fine, as expected, coffee and roasty malts. Sweet malty flavour, with a hint of nice dark coffee, some fruity aspects also. Plate is quite watery, really watery in fact even for a sub-5% beer. OK but coulda been better had they improved the palate.

Photo of gford217
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Homerbag poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown with mahogany hints around the edges. The head is fairly small, bubbly and short-lived leaving just a bit of lacing. The smell sweet roasted malts and burnt espresso and dark chocolate. There is also a little licorice in the nose as well. The taste is sweeter than the aroma would suggest. There is the sweet roasted malts and baker's chocolate with a milder coffee taste with a lingering bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thin with pretty high carbonation. The drinkability is pretty high on this one but it's probably just an average stout for me.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with about a half inch tan head in my tulip. Nose is mildly tar-like with very little molasses in there. More noticed is the coffee. Flavor is a sustained bitter thing with definite coffee presence, but nothing really blowing away the palate. Feel is fairly thick on liquid and the carbonation is lower. Overall a nice enough stout to drink. No great shakes or anything crazy as far as the palate goes, but it's still worth going for.

Photo of dsa7783
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan for $1.69...
"A stout brewed with coffee" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a modest tan frothy head that quickly dissipated and left a very minimal amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild, unassertive, faint malty aroma with slight mocha and coffee on the nose...
The taste was a conglomeration of coffee, mocha, espresso, and dark latte nuances...
Aroma and flavor strongly complemented one another...
Loose mouthfeel, yet very easily drinkable...

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a small, fizzy, caramel colored head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

T - It tasted of coffee with a bitter kick. Chocolate flavors added some sweetness along with a subtle caramel taste. Maybe a little vanilla taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth. Somewhat thick and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good coffee flavored stout. I enjoyed it better than some. The coffee flavor isn't overdone.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery's sampler 8-pack. Pours an opaque black body with a good inch of short-lived tan head. Smells roasty - like black coffee with dark chocolate notes. Tastes roasty and sweet, with strong coffee and chocolate notes. Full-bodied with ample carbonation, one sip definitely invites another. Nothing wrong with this brew - practically perfect coffee stout!

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a smallish brown head. The smell is of stale coffee, some raisins, charred wood, and a light grain aroma. Not exactly big on the coffee, kind of unique. The taste is of stale coffee, woody, some roasted meat flavors, and a tad grainy. Not a true coffee flavor as it has other things going on. The feel is moderate with fairly active carbonation and finishes fairly smooth, perhaps a touch sticky and ends with a coffee bitterness. A solid stout down the board. I expected a blast of coffee flavor but this had other flavors that took away from the coffee.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuel Cafe pours from the bottle as might be expected, bringing up a full, frothy head of creamy tan over its dark brown-black body. The head holds well, especially given that the oils in coffee would normally kill it, and it leaves some very nice Brussels lace about the glass as it goes. The aroma is more of stout than Starbucks, but there is coffee there, and it is noticeable. In the mouth, the coffee flavor somes on strong with an almost expresso-like character. It acts as the centerpiece, and also the back bone, to the rich maltiness. Some notes of dark, soft caramel and rich chocolate bouy it, and it's quite pleasant and intriguing. Many coffee-flavored beers can push the beans really well, but all too often they end up being just a little too much on the palate as you progress through the glass - even a little too acidic at times, but that's not the case here. Instead, it's fairly well balanced between malt and coffee, and the roastiness and acidity never overpower. Very nicely rounded, I could see having more than one of these in a row, although not too often. Perhaps during a cold winter storm, or a night at the pub with the lads. And I'd certainly be up for buying a six-pack to keep in the fridge for special occassions. Worth trying.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got the Lakefront Variety Pack at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep brown, almost black, body with a monster tan head with great retention but little lacing.
Smell: Roasted malt, enough said.
Taste: Strong coffee flavor that seemed pretty roasty.
Mouthfeel: A bit to rigid.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of happygnome
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice opaque brown color with about a quarter inch of tan head that dissapears quick leaving a good amount of lacing a
s: coffee and cocoa, maybe even sugar
t: coffee adn cocoa hints of sugar no hops
m: full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this brew and will look for it again

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.