This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Lakefront Brewery's Fuel Cafe Stout.
A number of months ago, I was approached by a friend who was looking for a coffee flavored brew. At the time, I was unaware of the (yet unreleased) Samuel Adams Black & Brew, so I pointed Dan L. in the direction of the Lakefront Brewery Fuel Cafe Stout, which at the time was the only coffee flavored brew which I knew to be under kosher supervision. While Dan L. was unable to find the Fuel Cafe Stout, I noticed it on the shelf at Beverage Barn in Garden City Park and I picked up some up for a refresher course in this coffee flavored brew.
The Fuel Cafe Stout poured a deep black color, to the point that one is unable to see anything through the brew. There was some tan lacing after the pour which was mostly dissolved within ten minutes of pouring in the glass.
Although the color of the beer is dark, the beer itself is light for a stout. I did not notice much body in the brew and the one note is the heavy coffee flavor which hits you the moment that you bring the glass to your face. Although the beer claims to be close to 6% abv, its alcohol flavor is more akin to a light beer.
If you are looking for iced coffee served in a six pack holder, this brew is for you. However, if you are looking for a traditional stout with a little coffee flavoring, you would be better served with the Samuel Adams Black and Brew or even just drinking a Guinness (which Mrs KB thinks tastes like coffee anyway).
Lakefront Brewery Fuel Cafe Stout is under the kosher supervision of the Star-K (there is even a Star-K on the label).
For the experts' take on the Fuel Cafe Stout please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/741/2870. As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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