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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: 731
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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 mcallister


2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 23:32:41 | More by mcallister
Photo of maundythirsty


3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 19:01:36 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of MrVisegrips


2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 04:58:44 | More by MrVisegrips
Photo of AndoBrew


2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

*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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 21:15:20 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of ryantupy


3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 01:49:48 | More by ryantupy
Photo of scruffwhor


2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 03:17:49 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black/dark brown color with a modest and quickly fading tan head; some splashes of lace

Smell: More like a dark fruit aroma than coffee - prune juice, perhaps?

Taste: Starts with a black bread flavor; after the swallow the prune fruitiness jumps in, followed by a hint of coffee; the finish is surprisingly sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I can finish this one but would not seek out another

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 01:29:55 | More by brentk56
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.6/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a four finger dark brown head that fades instantly leaving no lace. Black color. No carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee/sour cherry nose. Roasted/burnt coffee, sour cherry syrupy flavor, no aftertaste. Not what I was expecting, Redhook had a much better coffee stout. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from Blue Max Liquor Burnsville, Mn. I agree with Beaver13s comments, brewed in March and should be good now.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 22:24:39 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Beaver13


2.08/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle - I just bought this, but it looks like it was bottled in March. Pours an opaque black with a very thin dark brown head that quickly fades to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet lactic cream, grains, some sour tart fruits and a little roasted chocolate. I don't get any coffee.

The flavor is sweet cream with sour tinges and some earthy grains. As it warms there is some slight coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium and watery.

Overall, I'm not impressed. I've liked the coffee stouts I've had in the past and this is a very sub-par example. I get very little coffee out of this. I wonder if this bottle might be bad with the sour notes. I have had this once before and remember not being too impressed, but I don't remember it being this bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 01:14:29 | More by Beaver13
Photo of granger10


4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mohagany color with a capuccino head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing left behind. Roasty aroma. More stout like than coffeeish. Smokey and a touch sweet. Coffee smell seems to be more remnant of malt used than actual coffee. But I still really like the smokey characteristics of it. Taste has more coffee present in a quality made stout. This is no Breakfast Stout, or Java Stout, but it has its place. Solid coffee backing, touch of smoke, good amount of sweetness. Caramel frappucino-ish. An enjoyable beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 23:05:30 | More by granger10
Photo of hanco005


3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in the last week of December (I assume 2005), 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid brownish black, a few clumps of sediment are seen sinking to the bottom, the thin fizzy cocoa colored head is gone almost instantly, no lacing is produced

S—coffee and chocolate are strong, some dark fruits linger along with hints of alcohol

T—weaker coffee flavor than I expected, but its still good, the chocolate that I smelled isn’t coming out very much in the flavor, it’s bittersweet throughout, but there is a slight tartness in the finish

M—a bit flat, but otherwise smooth and medium/full bodied

D—not bad, but not great, overall flavor is pretty mild, I doubt I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 13:38:59 | More by hanco005
Photo of hoppymeal


2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a light cola like head. Strong coffee aroma has me salivating, it is mixed with a lighter chocolate aroma, this beer smells rich with hints of bourbony alcohol. The taste is where I was thrown, there is an extremely lemony tartness in the flavor which may be fine in another style, but not what I was expecting here, especially after the inviting aromas. I'm not sure if the tartness is a result of roasting the malts and the tangy acidity that follows or something else, but it masked most of the flavors and was very prevalent. Mouthfeel was good for the style, smooth and creamy with a nice dry finish. I have more of these and will sample again with the hope that the taste in this bottle was a singular event as I usu love coffee stouts and this one was otherwise quite promising.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 02:42:05 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of phisig137


3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with a one finger head that falls quickly. Only a ring around the glass is left, and no lacing.... Almost flat, just the way I like my stouts.

Aroma is dominated by coffee, but has some vegetal DMS overtones, which are somewhat unpleasant.

The flavor is a bit better. Good coffee flavor, backed by a nice amount of roastiness in the stout. Ever so slightly sweet, and has good balance of flavor between the beer and coffee. Unfortunately, as this one warms, that cooked veggie flavor of the DMS comes through again, and becomes pretty annoying. I find it pretty apparent that this was made with coffee extract, and not actual coffee beans.

Mouthfeel is full, and tiny bubbles dance on your tongue after you swallow. Drinkability is pretty good.

Not a horrible beer by any means, but it could use a little bit of work. I will enjoy the rest of this six pack, but I don't think I'll be buying it again anytime soon. There are just better coffee stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 00:09:23 | More by phisig137
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours an opaque black with fizzy tan head shrinking to a sparse foam. Decent lacing. Aroma is lots of coffee and roasted malt, some chocolate, maybe a little nutty. Taste is less coffee, more roasted malt, chocolate mixed with a mild hop bittering, and I want to say I taste some raisin in there. But the body is too thin, too carbonated, and I have to burb up way too much gas it pisses me off. I probably would have liked the taste better if the mouth weren't so ridiculous. Overall, glad I traded for it, cause it was an interesting taste, but not again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 03:51:50 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightless dark walnut with dusky gold edges. In fact, the beer looks like iced coffee except for the head. The cap of foam is large after a vigorous pour, is coffee-with-cream in color and is impressively frothycreamy, like hazelnut mousse. Arcing strands of soapy lace decorate the glass and add to the attractive appearance.

It seems to me that a coffee-flavored stout should smell more like coffee than this. The nose is low on power and consists primarily of roasted black malt and smoke. I was a little surprised by that second one, but I detect a definite hint of bacon grease. Mmm... bacon. Even more reason to consider this a breakfast beer.

Fuel Cafe is more sour than expected and not quite as stout. Man oh man, the smoky bacon is now rampant on the palate. I can't believe that actual smoked malt was used, but I'm here to say that this beer is more rauch-like than many rauchbiers. I'm still not impressed with the coffee, especially since I'm having trouble detecting it.

The flavor profile is interesting even if it isn't all that delicious. There's something to be said for interesting though, it keeps me drinking and thinking, drinking and thinking... trying to sort out the oddities and idiosyncrasies of this most unconventional stout. Upon further reflection, the sourness is somewhat phenolic, almost like Islay whisky without the peatiness or the alcoholic power.

The body is just barely able to mingle among the other stout bodies in the stout locker-room without being embarrassed by its size. It's just about where I like my porters to be, but then I have a big body bias (with beer, not women). The low level of carbonation keeps it in the realm of acceptable.

Fuel Cafe Coffee Stout is a strange beast in that it isn't very coffee-like at all. An ounce of Peche Mortel per bottle ought to fix it right up. My two other experiences with Lakefront beer (Organic ESB, Pumpkin Lager) were less than happy ones. This beer though, while a bit bizarre, is worth a purchase if only to see just how bizarre it really is. Don't worry, there's still some enjoyment to be had.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 14:42:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of tempest


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant, but unimpressive stout. Pours pitch black with tan head, like a good coffee stout should but lacks head retention. Smells mostly of roasted barley. The coffee flavor really comes out in the aftertaste, which is nice. Too bad thats the best thing this beer has going for it. Reminds me of a slighty dumbed Kalamazoo Stout. Fairly close in flavor, heavy on the roasted malts with a touch of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 21:01:15 | More by tempest
Photo of bearrunner44


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black. The head is light brown, thin, and quite fizzy.

Smell: My local shopping mall used to have a coffee shop. Whenever you walked by, you could always catch a wiff of soft, slightly nutty coffee aromas. That's what this smells like. Coffee, coffee, coffee. Very beany.

Taste: Strong coffee flavors, but not the usual kind found in stouts. This is a raw coffee flavor, a bit more wet and grassy. Dark, assertively dry malt flavor floats around beneath the beaniness of the coffee. Vague hints of dry, herbal hops show up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, with too much carbonation. Rough and soda-like.

Verdict: Judging by the label, I expected this to be a gimmick beer. I guess that's what it is, but it's still tasty. The flavor is bold and unique. I just wish the mouthfeel could be smoother.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 07:54:12 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The pour produces three+ fingers of frothed creme head, just like you would expect to see sitting on top of your espresso. It is almost gone in ten minutes but leaves great lacing. The beer is opaque black. The nose is chocolate, sugar, and faint hop.

The taste creeps onto the tounge and leads with a bitter, roasted, almost metallic flavor which goes to a milky sweetness followed by just a second of hop bitter, and then a chocolatey sweet finish. Though a wonderful roasted character is maintained throughout, I've had many stouts which did not refer to themselves as "coffee stout" and tasted much more like coffee. The coffee issue aside, this is one of the best damn stouts I've ever had.

The mouthfeel loses points for being rather stingy in the beginning, but a bout halfway through the pint that fizzled out to reveal something more pleasant. Quite drinkable none the less, especially for such a flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 21:06:49 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of jettjon


3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highs: Appearance
Lows: Nose

Nice pitch brown pour, extremely dark. Creamy, dark, thick head of moderate thickness that fades slowly. Nose is obscure when cold, but boldens when warmed, where light hints of malt and sorghum become apparent along with a bit of coffee. Flavor is in a word interesting, with something sweet like cherry. There seems to be some vanilla there, along with a mild coffee flavor, but hardly enough to warrant the name “Coffee Stout.” Mouth is somewhat (and uncharacteristically) thin, with a lightly bitter finish. Drinkability is average.

Overall: A decent stout with a somewhat unusual flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 00:52:37 | More by jettjon
Photo of Jredner


3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like your classic stout, but the clasic-bness ends there. Rich black color with a decent, but quickly fading head. Very rich and bitter fore but that is the best part it goes down hill from there. Something watery in the middle and aftertaste ruins the overall effect. The coffee is there as is some roast and chocolate, but that watery flavor just kills it. It is still decent enough just doesn't live up to that FUEL hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 00:42:07 | More by Jredner
Photo of neonbrown82


3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks great when it's poured, but everything else was kind of a letdown. The liquid is a nearly completely opaque black with a massive brown head that sticks around for quite a while. Lacing is decent.

The smell is very weak for a coffee stout. I've had brown ales that smelled more robust and rich than this. Has a very light and cheap chocolate malt nose and no trace of coffee.

The taste is no better. Tastes like it is brewed with the absolute cheapest possible grain bill. And the coffee... where the fuck is it? A hint of smoke, though. Too mild to be considered anything over a brown ale.

The mouthfeel is thin. Not very drinkable, and falsely advertised as a stout (much less a coffee flavored stout).

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 06:20:25 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a towering tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is decent. It has a stale roasted malt scent along with light hints of coffee. It's sweet and toastey with a slight metallic aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth roasted malt flavor with a sweet finish. It has a mild coffee flavor, but nothing in you face. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It is a little thinner than what I prefer, but it drinks well. This is a fine brew. It has excellent flavor, but the aroma is weak. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 01:25:34 | More by WesWes
Photo of russpowell


2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured ink black with a hige tan head that retained well ans showed great lacing on the bottom side of the pint glass

Smell: Roasted coffee and slight roasted grain smell

Taste: Reminds me of coffee that's been cold after being schorched for 4+ hours, nasty. Some sweetness in the finish, not enough

MF: Thin and under carbonated

This is by far the worst coffee stout/porter I've had ( out of about 6). The one that work, well like the red hook expresso stout use the coffee as an enhancer, this tastes likes the coffee with beer added as an afterthought. Plus it did a terrible job of waking me up!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 04:03:21 | More by russpowell
Photo of TastyTaste


2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 12 oz brown bottle. Small head that fades fast into nothingness. Pitch black body with lots of tan sediment.

Smell: Musty, sour coffee smell, slightly smokey. Light cocoa.

Taste: For a coffee stout, pretty lackluster. The coffee is there, but not dominant or robust. Sour and bitter, not a very good stout.

Mouthfeel: Watery, ok carbonated.

Drinkability: It has been a long time since i have been this bored by a stout, pass.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 18:30:13 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of dirtylou


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's, apparently bottled in the 3rd week of april

I'm not sure exactly what Fuel Cafe is, or if it is even really a cafe at all. Nevertheless, Wisco locals are always welcome in my fridge.

appearance: very dark body, almost black, foamy chocolate brown head and very nice lacing

smell: a bouquet, for lack of a better word, of dark roasted coffee beans, roasted black malts, slightly grainy, a hint of sour fruit- perhaps cherries buried below

taste: dark roast coffee beans, some mild and dry chocolate flavors... im definitely picking up a slightly sour feel from the acidic hops. roast malts, creamy espresso similarities

mouthfeel: creamy with a fresh hop dryness in the aftertaste

drinkability: pretty drinkable

ehh, this was far from moving, glad i tried it though

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 03:24:36 | More by dirtylou
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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