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

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)

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666 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Winter on 02-26-2002)
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Reviews by TheSSG:
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up while I was in Milwaukee from Discount Liquors (That place is as cool as you've heard).

It'd been awhile since the last time I thought I'd had this, I couldn't remember it.

Poured it out of the bottle into my nice little Chalice/goblet (which I got from Discount Liquor as well).

Has a nice, dark tone about it.

The smell....oh, the smell. The first scent had me salivating. It was such a rich and full coffee smell.

And it tasted as good as it smelled. In fact, it tasted a little too good. After a bit, I had my brother try it out. He normally hates stouts, but he couldn't put this down (an avid coffee drinker).
We started wondering if this was even a bier, or just coffee made with carbonated water.
Absolutely one of the tastiest Coffee biers I've ever had.
Some coffee biers have just a hint of coffee, and that seems pointless to me. I love it when the coffee is a strong, robust flavor...well, because it's coffee! It's not a weak flavor to be relegated to the sidelines.

Was a very smooth, crisp drink. Went down nice, similar to a chilled coffee.

Drinkability is good and bad. I loved this bier, but it's a very flavorful coffee stout. I can see myself WANTING to drink several of these, but I can also see that fatiguing my palette VERY quickly. So, it's bad in that I could easily overindulge myself, and have a heavy belly of bier...which doesn't feel too nice...

Overall, this is a great bier for a brisk afternoon (don't drink it at night) or perhaps while I am doing something (like a hobby). Not sure if it was a coincidence, but I had it a bit late in the evening, and got to bed a few hours late... Overall, I enjoyed it quite well.

Not sure on the "vinegar" thing previously mentioned.
I imagine, more than other biers, this bier would be horrible if it's a bit old/skunky. Can't imagine the flavors/acid/oil of coffee would do wonders for a bier long-term.
Mine was fresh, maybe a month old or so...but I bought it right in Milwaukee, so....

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 17:18:12 | More by TheSSG
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3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown in color with a fairly limited amount of light breaching this beverage. The khaki colored head quickly dissipates to the point that it only just covers the majority of the top. Aroma is faint but is a blend of roasted barley and coffee. The flavor is predominantly bitter dark roasted coffee and yet the back of the palate is a bit on the sweet end with plum like notes. The mouth is a bit oily and viscous.

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3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Cost Plus World Market.

The Coffee flavor grows more noticeable the more you drink and closer to room temp it gets.
It's not overpowering with stout flavor or mouthfeel. Medium to light body with lots of carbonation. Like another reviewer said could be considered a "sessionable" coffee stout. As much as that's a buzz word in this situation.
If you like coffee and beer and coffee stouts you'll enjoy the drinkability of this one, don't expect to be wowed with stout attributes. More of coffee brown ale or porter.

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3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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Pours seal brown with peripheral transparency and a thin cap of beige foam. Aroma smells of coffee, toffee, and salted caramel.

The taste is surprisingly mild compared to the aroma, with gentle flavors of coffee and roasted malt, and a semi-sweet, slightly nutty finish. The body is relatively thin and the mouthfeel slightly overcarbonated, lending a drinking experience more akin to a brown ale than a stout. The bitterness of the coffee is held in check well, avoiding the cloying acridity that so often accompanies coffee-flavored beers.

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3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bit thin looking, with a crackling, active head that manages to stick around for longer than expected. Deep dark hazel brown color, a deep garnet/reddish hue to light. Decent looks, smell is a bit odd, almost a smokey-fish smell initially. Hint of peppers in there, but devoid of heat. Grainy smells, a bit of coffee in there, too. Taste offers more than the aroma, with some decent coffee flavors and dark roasted grains. I still taste a sort of hollow peppers, no heat just the pepper essence. Is that the hops? The hops in this beer, seem buried, with only a bit of their potential peeking out from beneath the malt and roasted tastes. Taste is a bit scatterted, directionless. Wide array of flavors that don't quite mesh together. A "coffee stout" is a stretch.

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Pours a deep brown with a foamy brown head. Smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of malt. Big dark-roasted coffee taste that overpowers everything else. Very little bitterness. Slightly sweet. Medium mouth, but not very oily. Coffee stouts have to strike a good balance to be noteworthy. This one is missing the stout.

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4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with minimal mocha head and retreats to the rim and lasts. Wispyness on the top.

The aroma steals the show here. First beer that came to mind was Peruvian Morning by Central Waters in all it's creamy chocolate goodness smattered with quality coffee as you would smell from a fresh ground bag.

Not as sweet as the aroma but I can appreciate the slightly bitter coffee with hints of dark chocolate. An artificial sweetener like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel thin for a stout and the carbonation holds well throughout. Lacking in the malt department. Coffee does linger well also.

I was Jonesing for a coffee stout tonight and wanting something new so I bought this. I got home, saw the score and became disappointed immediately but jumped in with an open mind. IMO this brew is soooo underrated. This is a straight forward, no frills, no nonsense coffee brown, although it claims stout. Only two things hold this back for me-one is the sweetener aftertaste and the other is the thin structure, but hey, neither bother me. This you can literally have in the morning and get a nice buzz to carry you-if you were inclined to do so. Hell, Mikkeller could put this brew in bourbon barrels for a week and sell this for about 6 bucks @ 12oz and receive accolades-I think you get my point. This Fuel Cafe sixpack is at a great price, a Mikkellerish like coffee stout (c'mon some of those overrated), Peruvian Morning aroma, not infected make this a click to pick!

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02-14-2014 23:46:42 | More by joeseppy
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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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