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

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | 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 jeffmonarch
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a caramel tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Strong chocolate and coffee scents.

T - Strong chocolate flavors with strong coffee undertones.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

D - Great beer. I bought the variety 8 pack from Lakefront Brewery. I was not thrilled with any of the other beers. This is the first I haved really liked. This is really good. Buy it!

jeffmonarch, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was black as tar and had a nice tan head that was very lumpy, very poofy. The smell was of coffee and nut. The beer had a rich toffee coffee tast with a bit of nuttiness to it. I liked the beer and will try it again I'm sure.

Minkybut, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a tick black oily color with a thick brown head – unfortunately it isn’t retentive. The aroma is simply coffee. The taste is coffee with a hint of sweetness. The coffee flavor is strong – nothing else seems to make much presence. The mouthfeel is medium and could stand being a bit more full bodied to bring the brew together. Overall, this is an interesting beer and if you like stouts and need a jolt of caffeine, then this may be a good option.

barefootbrewer, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is small, tan, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of coffee, with a hint of milk chocolate, but is rather faint. The taste is like the aroma. It is very pleasant, but would be a lot more enjoyable if it were stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a higher level of carbonation than I like in a stout. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but there are a lot better coffee stouts out there. I don't think I will drink this again.

KarlHungus, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a very slight, tan head. Slightly fizzy. Aroma is sharp and metallic-amost smells of rust. Decent roasted flavor with a healthy dose of coffee thrown in. Coffee doesn't overwhelm like I was expecting it to. Body is somewhat thin-a slight boost would bring up the flavor some. Enjoyable and drinkable brew. I was afraid it would be all coffee and it wasnt. Nice effort.

lackenhauser, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an oily black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate coffee aroma with some burnt grain elements as well.

The taste was upfront coffee a light cafe au lait sweetness. Good residual roasted flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a creamy finish.

Overall a pretty stout. Seemed a bit processed flavorwise (perhaps some artificial sweetness), but tasty nonetheless.

plaid75, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've avoided this beer in my fridge lately during my nighttime drinking, but it looks like the perfect after work pick-me-up today. Pours a jet black hue, topped by a small finger's worth of tan head that doesn't stick around for very long. Aroma of roasted dark malt and pure fresh coffee beans. Palate is a sweet blend of roasted dark and chocolate malts, along with some dark fruity notes. The coffee flavors come through mid-palate, along with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Finish is a creamy coffee flavor that leaves a lingering sweetness. The creamy body is great for the style and for the flavor combinations in this beer - I wonder if they used any oatmeal in the brewing process. While I wouldn't want to drink one of these every day, this is a solid beer that packs a bit of a caffeine punch as well. Well done.

ElGordo, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of edchicma
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slight disappointment. I am a coffee stout fan, but this was lacking a rad. Appearance was fine, with a dark brown appearance and nice pillow head. Smell was roasted malt with just a hint of hops. Taste was tangy, almost a bit astringent, coffee and cocoa aspects were evident. Mouthfeel was light and a bit watery. Drinkability suffers due to sourness/astringency.

edchicma, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with fast disappearing cream colored head. There is a lot of carbonation present, almost looks soda like.
There are hints of coffee, chocolate, and some roasted malt. I was expecting more since the coffee used is usually pretty pungant.
Taste is of bitter chocolate, some coffee aftertaste.
This is carbonated like a soda. It's fizziness almost makes the falvors hard to recognize.
Overall, not bad but not good. I wouldn't search this out again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Homerbag, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of LarryV
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special about this beer to make me want to go back. Pours an inky black with a coarse head that subsides quickly. Smell of dark unsweetened chocolate, a slight coffee note, really a rather acrid aroma. Coffee doesn't come across well in the flavor either. Bitter in an sour way with a thin mouth feel for the style. Can't really say I like this beer, the sourness really puts me off.

LarryV, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of botham
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a very dark brown that lets no light through. a small tannish head sits atop, without much staying power.

smell is of toasted malts and coffee beans. malt notes include black and chocolate. the aroma overall is lightly sweet, without much hop character. there is an earthy base, with light notes of ale yeast and grassy hops.

taste is roasty up front, with chocolate and black malts prevailing. the brew is somewhat lacking in the finish, which does not have much character. aftertaste is lightly roasted.

mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with a creamy texture.

drinkability is good for a stout. this is not a rich or bold brew, but is more laid back and subtle. overall, it could use more character.

botham, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a four-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a nonic. left thick lacing and sheeting but the ring began to disappear towards the end. body was dark black with no light escaping.
s - roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.
t - burnt coffee and dark fruits.
m - thin, way too thin for the style.
d - easy sipper and enjoyable overall.

GPHarris, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served cool into a standard shaker pint.

A very nice pour, pitch black but with decent clarity, generating an attractive dark tan frothy head leaving just a touch of lacing.

Aroma is unremarkable, with a bit of molasses evident.

Taste is likewise bland, nothing really distinct in the aroma or flavor. Attempts at drawing out subtle notes failed, there's just not that much there, as far as beer or coffee.

Mouthfeel was unremarkable, no special feeling to make up for the empty flavor.

Sorry that this is such a miss. Not bad tasting, no serious flaws, but neither refreshing, filling or interesting.

BattleRoadBrewer, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thick chocolate milk head that dies quickly. Smells of roasted nuts, some chocolate and to my surprise just a touch of coffee. Tastes as it smells which is a big dissapointment. For a coffee stout this does not even come close to the mark. Mild flavors, minor hop bite at the end. Smooth in the mouth with some carbonation. Drinkability is high but Ive been thrown a curveball with no coffee to be found. Will not be trying this again.

franksnbeans, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle read Fuel Cafe, coffee flavored stout. Being a sucker for a good coffee stout I couldn't snatch this one up soon enough.

A: Pours a nice dark black with a nice fluffy khaki head. There is some bubbles, and very minimal lacing.

S: Burnt malt with very mild chocolate undertones. No real nice coffee aroma.

T: A nice mild stout. There is no coffee to be found in this one though. There is a gentle taste of chocolate, but mostly charred malt.

M: Pretty thin for a stout, goes down smooth, but way off base.

D: It's drinkable, but who cares, because it don't taste real pleasant.

Overall: Not a good version of a coffee stout at all. The coffee taste is lacking, and there is nothing really left behind worth a mention. To be honest I would not drink this one again.

tpd975, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - This coffee flavored stout poured deep black. The head was a medium tan color standing about a 1/2 inch. The head was strong but faded after a minute or so. This is a good looking brew.

Smell - The scent isn't very noticeable with this stout. There is a subtle chocolate aroma and a hint at coffee but difficult to distinguish.

Taste - There's really no distinct flavor or complexity here. The carbonation in the beer really controls the flavor. There is a weak chocolate/coffee taste here but nothing much of value in my book other than a subtle smokey flavor.

Mouthfeel - Like I said the carbonation is really the overwhelming characteristic in this beer. What flavor there is here is focused toward the middle outsides of my tongue.

~ I don't see myself looking to try this brew again. The simplicity and subtleties of what I think a beer like this should focus on are not accented in any way. I will not recommend this beer to my friends.

cdkrenz, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good start to the head although the head is non-existent. The color is just off-black.

Not much coffee aroma...far closer to dark chocolate.

OK, I like this more than their traditional Irish Stout, Snake Chaser. To me, it is richer and more flavorful. I'm not a fan of coffee and this doesn't have any discernable pure coffee flavor outside of the typical black patent tastes. A nice touch of hop for balance.

This is the stout from Lakefront that I'd like to try against other stouts.

smcolw, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Dark brew with a large brown head and no lacing.

S - Coffee and cold metal. Also smells sweet.

T - A strong coffee flavor with a touch of burnt malt. A bit of sweetness too. Rather sweet in fact. Almost an artificial sweetener flavor. I really hate artificial sweeteners.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, pretty refreshing.

D - I can't handle this. I absolutely can't stand artificial sweeteners and that is really the dominant flavor. Yuck.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in my Lakefront Variety 8-Pack. Coffee Stout. Now there's an image for you. Dark, rich and caffeine-laden. This is two of the three. I didn't read any caffeine amounts on the label, but the rich color, the soft carbonation, the smoky roasted (not coffee, but malt) smell and the moderate (refreshing) mouthfeel sure woke me up. Nice presentation. The taste was not disappointing either. Reminded me of a very well-done porter. Roasted malt through and through with a touch of bitterness to keep you drinking and give it an edge. Like some who have posted here, I really didn't taste coffee which, for me, was a good thing. I like coffee to be coffee (and beer to be beer) so this was a great!

tugdriver7, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A viscous pour with a thin cream head with fine small bubbles.

Smell of muted coffee and a little vanilla. Some roasted and burned maltbitterness.

Taste is coffee with a roasted maltbitter, also some roasted malt. There is some vanilla in the taste. Coffee is not as strong as in other coffee beers, but there is certainly a coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is soft and drinkability is good. Body is a bit too thin for this beer.

Absumaster, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle notched: May Wk4

A coffee stout for the masses. The unwashed masses that inhabit the countercultural Milwaukee institution that is Fuel Cafe.

Out of the bottle, there is a billowing mocha-tinged head of foam. Looks similar to a root-beer float, minus the root-beer and ice-cream. Very deep dark stout, with slight brown highlights in the light. Sadly, the head fades to nothing after a few swigs.

Smells like a malted milk ball, with an earthy, vegetal note when swirling.

The coffee is there, it may be the age, but it gives a more sour impression than i'm used to in a coffee stout (not a bad thing). There's a round, medium mouthfeel. Pretty malty. Easily drinkable, most likely better on tap.

emerge077, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of cichief
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown with a thin, light-brown head.

S- Scent of malt and coffee, no hops noted.

T- Very coffeeish, somewhat sour, a bit malty, somewhat dry finish.

M- Thinner than it should be on the tongue, well carbonated however.

D- A decent beer, but farr from great.

cichief, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a good initial head that fades to a ring. The aromas are of vanilla, roasted coffee beans, chicory, and perhaps a slight whiff of hazlenut. The taste is quite nice, and not too sweet. Initially, there is a hit of roasted coffee followed by some creaminess. The overall impression is of decent coffee with cream and a touch of sugar. Several reviews have mentioned the lack of coffee flavor. I can only surmise that freshness matters greatly with this brew. My sample was straight from the distributor as a new product and was markedly flavored by coffee.

Georgiabeer, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown color with moderate tannish head.
Smell is mainly of roasted malt with a bit of dark fruininess in the background.
Taste is roastes malty, with some coffee and chocolate notes also present.
Finishes with a stong bitterness with does a nice balancing act on the sweetness.
A very nice. easy to drink, stout.

tgbljb, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of dfried
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty solid black in color, light coco colored head is about 1cm, but retains quite well. The aroma is of a sweet chocolaty stout, with some light charred grains and coffee hints lingering, and some herbal hops detectable. The taste was again quite sweet, milky, and chocolaty. There are some bitter, lingering coffee notes that show up a little more in the aftertaste but are never strong or even all that obvious. A few dark fruity hints in the aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is pretty light, sweet, and dry.

Overall: I am a sucker for coffee stouts, so I picked this up right when I saw it. I wish it were more of a coffee stout. It's a decent beer, walking the line of a sweet stout and a porter, but the subtle coffee flavor of it lacks the edge I look for in a coffee stout. Decent beer, not what I was expecting.

dfried, Jun 12, 2007
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.