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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: 835
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 53 | 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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Photo of Blakaeris
1.61/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours opaque black. Head is a tan creamy mass.

Aroma is charred dark grain. Smokey with mild notes of coffee, chocolate, and sour dark fruit. unusual.

Taste is dominated by the same sour, musty dark fruit as in the nose. There is something wrong here. Dark grain, and stale coffee flavor offer some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

This is amazingly bad.... The strange, overpowering sour unripened dark fruit flavor has no place in a stout, and is something I just can't get past. Possibly the worst stout I've ever had. Just terrible.

Photo of bashiba
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown with a very thin tan head that was gone in a flash.

The smell has a big mocha latte smell with a touch of burnt grain bitterness.

The flavor is weird mix of sour and burnt black malts with a touch of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. It finishes slightly bitter with the initial sour flavor lingering on. Very off flavor.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for stout with a bit of oilyness.

Overall another dud from lakefront. Out of my 8pk sampler this was the one I had the most hope for, unfortunately it was not good.

Photo of BierFan
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Black body that has some hints of ruby/brown at the edges. Dark tan head.

Smell: There is something very offputting about the smell of this beer right after it's poured, but I can't exactly describe what it is. After it's had a moment to set it smells of roasted coffee.

Taste: Sweet roasted coffee. Some dark chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately thick mouthfeel.

Photo of coldmeat23
2.49/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

GLASS: Boddingtons Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Much like a Guinness, this pours almost black, with hints of brown around it's edges, and a slight trace of ruby. Solid one-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a thin foamy top. Quite decent lacing.

Dark fruits and roasted coffee beans. Slight maltiness. The coffee is not as prominent as I'd hoped it would be.

Light coffee notes mingle with a hint of chocolate. Very slight malt presence. Overall, this is weak.

Thin and waterey. Unimpressive.

This could be an easy session beverage. Then again, so could water. Just not much flavor going on here to tempt me to come back.

Photo of schellsbeer
1.12/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

WOW! This is my first BA review and for good reason.

This beer has to be one of the WORST beers if not the worst I have ever had. PERIOD!

I love a good Stout or Porter. Surly, Bell's, Summit, Sierra Nevada, etc. But this stuff.

Tastes like garbage, Smells like garbage...therefore it is garbage.

I am just glad that I purchased only 1 bottle of this junk. The only thing I want back is the $1.59 I spent on the bottle and the peanuts that I spent cooling it down.

Question for the brewery....What kind of coffee did you use in the brewing process? Tastes like something that you find in a hospital vending machine.

Horrible Stuff. 2 mouthfuls is all I could stomach. The rest I poured down the drain. Too bad for the drain.

Photo of Jwale73
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a standard pint. Looks just like cola with ruby highlights around the edges and copious tiny bubbles that adhered to the walls of the glass. Sizzling and popping off-white head dissipated immediately. No lacing present during the tasting. Nose is dark fruit, sour, malt and some cocoa. Also picked up a slight metallic character. Taste consistent with nose, but sour dark fruit overwhelms the cocoa. Not sure where the coffee comes in. Mouthfeel is watery. Some carbonation and a slightly sour/astringent finish. Not a drain pour, but one was definitely enough.

Photo of Greggy
1.75/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Pours a 2 finger tan head that recedes pretty quick. The body is black with no light showing through.

S- Chocolate, roastiness, slight dark fruit aspect, After some swirling, the coffee does come through.

T- Starts very sweet then moves to a very tart, acidic, almost funky note. I really hope this infected and not a true representation of this beer. I don't get anything other than funk in this.

M- Totally funky sourness coats the palette.

D- As noted above, I really hop this is just an infection and not the true representation of this beer. This was terrible.

Photo of joekfsu
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with 1 cm of tan head that diminishes in the time it takes me to walk to the other room. I think there is some stuff suspended in the beer. Aroma of malt and a hint of coffee. Initial flavor of sweet mat, light creamy coffee comes in towards the end. No carbonation, light body, no lacing, no alcohol presence. Overall, wondering if I got a bad bottle, disappointed with this one.

Photo of Goliath
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black and completely opaque with a thin light brown head. Poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is weak. Small coffee notes make an appearance accompanied by a bit of chocolate. Kind of boring.

The taste is not that good. Certainly a bit of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Weak flavored, kind of sweet and some fruity notes too.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is moerate. Poor flavors are uninspiring. Not the best coffee beer, but certainly not undrinkable.

Photo of tedsox31
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan creamy head that dissipates as I drink. There is some lacing down the side of the glass.

The smell is of chocolate malt, a small bit of coffee, and maybe a bit of alcohol? I'm not sure, but there is something in there that is a bit twangy. I thought there would be a stronger coffee presence.

The taste is first and foremost of coffee, and then chocolate comes to the fore. This is followed by a little bitterness at the end. I'm not sure if that comes from the remnants of coffee, or maybe there are some hops that I am noticing.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and a slight bit of carbonation.

A drinkable beer. I thought it would be more strongly coffee-flavored, but this is decent. It could also be a bit heavier seeing as how it is a stout, but I would drink a couple or possibly a few during a sitting.

Photo of czfreeman
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a fairly deep brown -light black color, super foamy tan head, settles down somewhat quickly. Body looks more on the lighter side of stout, not quite as thick as some of the best coffee stout(mikkeller beer geek breakfast)
Smells of, well, metallic is the first word that comes to mind. Light touch of coffee, whifs of cocoa malts, not really smoky. I would expect a more predominant coffee smell. Most of these styles usually have an almost chocolate-milk richness in the nose, but not so much here.
Flavor is actually better than expected. More of a roasted malt sweetness, caramels, some cocoas. Not extremly complex, but more of a lighter bodied version of this style.
Mouthfeel is actually on the light side of medium, low ABV goes down quite easily. If you are just beginning to try this style, give this one a shot.

Photo of Proteus93
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep, deep brown. Close to black. Some reddish notes, but not really cola like. Head is a light brown, kinda thin, and similar to sizzling grease in the pan.

S: Roasted coffee and malts - almost the same between the two, kind of strangely. Chocolatey with some pleasant coffee notes.

T: Strange flavours... kinda metallic. The coffee is almost artificial - or cheap. Roast malts, and a slightly sour flavour (close to sour fruits?). Maybe that's a hint that there is something wrong with it, but hard to say.

M: Prickly with a bit of creaminess. Medium body. Some slippery sensations

D: Not bad... just something a little off about it. Not one I could see myself going after again, though I might to see if I just got a bad bottle.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rumor has this may be an older bottle, but when pressed as to the exact date, my friend politely told me to "mind my own business."

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, wispy, beige head.

Smell: Malty nose smelling primarily of chocolate, with lesser notes of roast, nuts, and fruit.

Taste: Chocolate-covered coffee beans with a hint of licorice, almonds, and even prunes. Tiny, tiny blip of acidity. Mild hops with a small tingle of bitterness. Roasty, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent enough! Definitely easy drinking, particularly with the restrained ABV.

Photo of auxiliary
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Black color, tan head, that suck around for a bit. Nice lace on the glass.

smell - Roasted malts, coffee grains.

taste - Taste like old cofee, has a sour bitterness taste to it.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body.

drinkability - Not too fond of this. Some cofee stout, didn't like the sour bitterness to it though. Seemed more like a porter to me.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of sweet roasted malt with hints of molasses, chocolate and cinnamon. Pours to an opaque dark brown with a tan head that's not real foamy. Taste is a slightly roasted coffee flavor with a neutral dry bitterness. Good body, not too heavy, not too light. Carbonation seems a little high, and the beer would have more flavor with less carbonation. All said a tasty brew that has good flavor and is highly drinkable. I especially like the "stout" flavor yet the dry finish leaving one to take another sip. However the carbonation needs to be lower.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.42/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown, pretty much black. There is somewhat of a head that forms on the pour, but it's quickly gone. Nothing remains. Smell is slight coffee and cocoa. Taste is coffee bean. Which is very good and dark. However, there's a sweet, off flavor that's coming through and completely killing all that good flavor. A little more thin on the mouthfeel than I like as well. It's just not good enough, especially in an over crowded style.

Photo of kirok1999
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
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%
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
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
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%
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
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
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
4.37/5  rDev +29.3%
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 +3.6%
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.

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.