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

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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 Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +9.5%
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 -10.7%
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 +13.1%
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 +28.9%
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 +5.1%
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
Photo of Drew966
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) pours an opaque black that is brown around the edges with a thick light brown head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is kind of funky, there is a touch of what I guess could be coffee in it, but really just kind of smells like burnt malt. To me, the coffee flavor seems quite strong at first. I see others don't feel that way, but most java stouts to me seem to have a green pepper flavor, and this one doesn't. There are some chocolate notes too. Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I would like. An interesting beer, worth a try.

Drew966, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12ozer bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Bottled Week 4 of Feb, hopefully this year...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head holds nicely, with thick slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark grains with some tartness. No coffee? Taste is lightly of dark malts to start, but quickly gives way to moderate tartness, and that's about it. Again no real coffee here either. Mouthfeel is creamy, and drinkability is alright, but the lemony character just doesn't belong here.

ppoitras, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of mobud
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- This beer pours night black with a rich oatmeal colored head that lingered thru tasting.

S- The roasted coffee is in balance with the nice roasted malts.

T- This beer has a nice balance between the coffee and the stout. The coffee aftertaste holds up well after repeated sips, but does not overwhelm the stout.

M- The beer is smooth and creamy.

D- I found this beer to be very drinkable.

mobud, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of mjc410
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my Murphy's glass raises a thin, appropriately coffee colored head that falls to a ring with considerable alacrity. The beer seems to have no motivation to leave lasting lace; the modest amounts slide quickly back into the fold. Below, the beer opaque (except for at the very top and bottom), which is appreciable for a beer of such modest ABV (relatively, in the company of great stouts).

The nose has a sharp, burnt, acrid coffee aroma which is initially off-putting. It's slightly sweet, quite acidic, and perhaps touched just slightly by caramel. But, the coffee leads the way by far.

The taste actually tastes quite balanced, like a sweetened coffee without cream, and some molasses. This works pretty well, although it's simple.

The mouth is fairly thick, with too much carbonation, unfortunately. If smoother, this would be better.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty coffee stout that I might order at a pub for a change of pace, but I won't be buying it for home again anytime soon.

mjc410, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a deep dark black color with a tan colored head that leaves a decent amount of lacing arond the edge of the glass. The aroma is extremely faint and it is hard to pick up much at all. The few faint flavors that do escape from the aroma is dark roasted malt and a touch of coffee. The taste begins with a bittersweet roasted maltiness and some coffee flavors present in the finish. Overall, I am not a huge fan of this stout and will steer clear of it in the future.

cjgator3, May 15, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich black color with a mocha color head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is quite roasty with light coffee smell and a hint of somethig bitter.

Taste is roasted malts upfront leading into an instant coffee flavor. Finishes with a blend of roasted malt and coffee with a hint of cocoa.

Thin body, mild carbonation.

Coffee stout is made or broken by how well the coffee blends with the stout and the method in which it is used. This particular brew has some redeeming qualities, but it falls just short of being more than average. I could probably drink a few in one sitting, but there are better coffee stouts to be had.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mountdew1, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of oberon
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

oberon, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of Beeryce
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Brother’s 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.

Beeryce, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mmmbeer, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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')
Tasted: 02/14/07

($8.69 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

shadow1961, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of BrewDrinkRepeat
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BrewDrinkRepeat, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

gmfessen, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Braudog
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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 Columbia’s 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)

Braudog, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of Sjixxxy
1.95/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Sjixxxy, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Ricochet
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Ricochet, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 it’s not too bad, but it’s just not what I expected. First of all, it has all these strange flavors that didn’t really do it for me. Secondly, the bitter, roasted coffee character was disappointingly mild. Not recommended.

arguemaniac, Jan 06, 2007
Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.