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

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)
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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #938
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,093
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 15.61%
Reviews:
453
Ratings:
1,066
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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Year-round
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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)
Notes: This unique stout combines the flavor of roasted malts and Milwaukee's renowned Fuel Cafe coffee. Pours a deep, dark color with a beautiful creamy tan head.

Coffee aromas dominate the nose, with a background of roasted grain. The fine balance of mild hops, the gentle acidity of choice coffee and the full mouth feel from roasted malt barley make this an unforgettable brew.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/2/14; drank 12/12/14 @ the Yarchives. Dark brown/black/purple hue. Big dark tan head; frothy, tree-rung lace. Spicy roasted coffee nose. Medium mouthfeel. Spicy black coffee with cream added in the flavor; one-note, & very boring for a black coffee drinker like myself. Forgettable.

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Photo of German-Helles
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With an aggressive pour into the glass, I had two full fingers of tan foam that receded to a thin layer, then after a couple of minutes just a bit of lacing. A very dark brown, but I could watch the carbonation when I held the glass to the light.
The smell was faint, a little roasted malts.
The taste is a nice roasted coffee with a bit of chocolate, a little sweetness, followed by the dryness from the coffee flavor.
The feel is on the thin side for a stout and a very slight fizzle from the carbonation.
I like the taste, maybe it is a bit better as it warms. I like the 6.4 ABV.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/21/2018. Poured into a snulip glass. It pours almost black. The initial half finger of light mocha-colored head dissipated rapidly leaving only a trace of lacing inside the glass. Not much to the nose: roasted malt and a whiff of freshly-brewed coffee but it's not nearly as fragrant as I'd hoped. The taste opens with more roasted barley than coffee. The barley provides sweetness and the coffee is fairly acidic. There is also a nutty char. It is medium in body and light in carbonation and the 6.4% ABV is high enough to give it substance without impacting the drinking. Overall, Fuel Cafe is an acceptable stout but could use more of the advertised coffee in the taste.

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Photo of jkblr
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 11/24/18 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 6.4% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and a pencil thin ring. The aroma is baker's chocolate and cold brewed coffee. The taste is dark roasted malt and coffee, although watered down. The roasty bitterness is very strong for the body and is prevalent throughout. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, ok. I am rating this as an American stout, but it needs a little more body, feel and depth of taste to score higher.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 7/23/18
L- dark opaque black with thin tan head, lacing
S- coffee, black licorice
T- roasted malts, cream, with a bitter coffee finish
F- medium-bodied, average carbonation and has a nice tingle
Overall I would consider this a session stout so drinkable and fully flavored

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Dark brown clear body with only a thin ring of head.

Aroma – Light coffee and faint roasted malt. Not very strong.

Taste – Light coffee and roasted malt but again, not very strong.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat thin for a stout.

Overall – Although they bill themselves as a coffee flavored stout, it is not very prominent. Not the best.

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Photo of MNAle
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant aroma: coffee and chocolate. Deep ruby, nearly opaque. Short tan head, receding quickly to a thin cap and ring. Feel is smooth, a bit thin. Roasted coffee flavor, chocolate malts, with a nice bitter balance, leading to a clean, dry finish, only slightly bitter, a bit puckering. Enjoyable stout: good flavor, nice looking, coffee aroma, and dry finish.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard poured and the head was about a half inch, which remained pretty good. Dark black with tan head. Very strong coffee scent. I thought the carbonation and mouthfeel was very appropriate for a stout. The coffee flavor was strong and distinct, and I thought it was good. I got this on a whim with a mixed pick 6 because I love stouts, and I was not disappointed. Will definitely have to score some more. If you like a coffee stout, this one is worth a try. I was impressed.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed, 2017.

Appearance : Deep, rich dark brown with a 1/2 finger of head.

Smell : Coffee beans, hint of cocoa, roasted barley, fresh coffee.

Taste : Smooth and much like iced coffee. Cocoa and malts first, followed by a rich, barley-assisted fresh coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - A little on the light side for a coffee stout, but still fits the bill. Medium plus bodied. Suggestions of acidity but never crossing the threshold.

Overall - A fantastic, genuine-tasting coffee stout full of great flavors.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this from a mixed 12pck I got in Brookfield outside of Milwaukee whilst there for a hockey tournament. It poured an opaque dark with thin ercu head that is not leaving any lace. The scent and taste had coffee presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black color with not much head to speak of, smell is definately coffee like. Initial taste is coffee and slight dark chocolate bitter, then mellows out at finish, not hoppy what so ever. The feel is smooth but not as silky as a cream ale. Overall, it is a solid brew if u want that coffee flavor, well done

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had everything a stout should have but was just a little weak. Aroma didn't come off very strong but the taste delivered roasted malt,coffee,semi sweet cocoa finish. I liked it but couldn't rank it among the best

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Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by 13 DEC 2017. I had this one time years and years ago. Time for a retry with a review.
Cola colored ale with a thin light brown head. Coffee aroma with roasted barley, chocolate, and earthy hops. Coffee and chocolate malt marry on the palate with notes of caramel, nutty grain, and earthy hops. Medium body, creamy and smooth, finishes balanced with a nice coffee aftertaste. Overall, good coffee stout but nothing special.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy black color with a finger’s worth of eggshell white foamy head that slid off at a decent pace. Sly lace. The aroma had a hefty dose of milk chocolate melding with some dark roasted malts and intertwining with a little bit of butterscotch and coffee creamer. Some roasted coffee beans trying to present a light balance. The flavor leaned towards the sweet side slightly with a presentable roastiness sliding in right before the aftertaste. Semi-sticky little finish, somewhat sweet. The palate was just a touch under medium bodied with a fair sessionable quality about it. Carbonation felt good, seemed to rub right into the grab of the roastiness fairly nice. ABV seemed a bit under than what was projected. Overall, pretty good sweet stout, a bit more balanced than others of it’s style.

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Photo of bwood06
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My father in law bought several different beers to celebrate Christmas with and this was one of them. He knows my love of dark beer (stouts, porters, lagers, doesn't matter) so he threw one of these in and I was more than happy to give it a shot.

This beer pours an ebony hue with no visible carbonation. The creamy, khaki colored head dissipates ultra slowly to a rocky layer that is retained. 4/5 The aroma is very dark and malty with a bit of smoke. It is very heavy on coffee and dark chocolate, both of which come across as quite bitter to the nose. 3.75/5 The flavor profile is really just like the aroma with a hint of toffee and vanilla but with the focus being on smoke, char, coffee, and dark chocolate. There is no hop profile to speak of. Bitterness is light, surprisingly, and doesn't linger after swallowing. 3.75/5 This is a full bodied stout that is creamy with just a light carbonation tickle right up front. It is slightly wetting up front before becoming just a hair dry at the end but this dryness does not linger. 3.75/5 This is a good stout that is definitely heavy on the char and heavily roasted malt. I'm not sure the fact that it is flavored with coffee is really needed since the malt seems to be so heavily roasted. I do like the combination of flavors and the interplay between those notes. It is definitely not a sweet stout by any means, although there is a hint of sweetness due to the grain. 3.75/5

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Cola body, light tan fine head with some dots of lace. Looks a bit thin, but w/e. Nose is incredible- plenty of vibrant freshly ground coffee beans, supported by rich dairy caramel, like a flan dessert, a bit of dark chocolate, and a touch of roasted malt. Flavor also brings a lot of coffee, with a good amount of acidity, supported by dark malts. Mildly sweet, but the acidity and solid bitterness more than distract from that. The body is thin and leaves a lot to be desired for a stout, but I suppose it's not too far off from actually coffee (except for the moderate carbonation).
Not sure why the rating here is so bad, this brought out the essence of coffee very nicely. I feel like I just had a fresh cup of Joe, caffeine and all. Aroma and flavor had just enough beer components to remind me of what it actually was, and apart from the body this was a great Saturday morning treat, Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

When you want some punk ass chili and attitude, you hit up the fuel cafe in Milwaukee. Riverwest if I recall correctly. The beer itself is dark brown rather than black. Small thin head. Aroma isn't as nice or pungent as the fuel coffee itself. That stuff is turbo.

Taste definitely yield heavy malt roasting and some coffee notes. Priced well, toffee mouthfeel is a little different. I think a sturdier base might support bringing out more of the coffee instead of the heavy roast.

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Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Not a lot of lacing, though.

S: A very average aroma of coffee, chocolate, malt, and some vanilla.

T: Tasted of a hint of vanilla, a fair amount of coffee, a little bit of roasted malt, an off-putting chalky quality (especially evident in the finish), and a slight burnt quality. One of the problems with the flavor is that the advertised coffee isn't as prevalent as it should be; its chocolate content is more potent. On the whole it's a pretty thin flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer isn't as bad as the average score suggests, it's still an underwhelming brew. Could have been better.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.75] Beer looks dark but with red hues on the edges when held tot he light. The head is a khaki color and has medium bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (6.4%) and there is a really clear best by date (08/23/2016).

S: [3.75] Really pleasant coffee scent. Dark brew but not overpowering.

T: [3.50] The taste is dark roasted malts, coffee and toasted marshmallow. There is a slight hoppiness at the end and a dry burnt finish.

M: [2.75] The beer is watery. It is too thin for this style and seems over carbonated.

O: [3.25] The body is the biggest ding on this beer. It is a decent brew as it looks, smells and tastes good - but there are a lot of other options that have more heft in the body. 6.4% is not a high ABV but it is enough to produce additional body.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark brown approaching black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate cola brown + garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly brewed coffee.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malt and chocolate malts with a light hint of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of freshly brewed coffee. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin/slightly watery.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and enjoyable flavors/aromas but way too thin in the mouthfeel in my opinion.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours jet black, tan head is a quarter inch thick and firm, dissipates to a film.

Smells of dark chocolate, coffee beans, licorice, and vanilla.

Flavor is of toasted bread, charcoal, brown sugar, vanilla, and roasted coffee. Mild oakey finish.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Decent stout, pours beautifully and smells delicious. Flavor is a bit bland and flat. Good body. Overall pleasing to drink and worth trying.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, opaque except a subtle light on the edge, light off white head, some lacing.

S - Mostly ash. Harsh acidity. If it tasted like this, I'd be seriously disappointed.

T - But it doesn't follow the nose. The flavor is full of roasted malt, toast and cocoa nib, and all kinds of coffee, with espresso beans and dark roast forward, and a back end hitting the acidity of standard American brews. A mild sweetness in the middle keeps things from tipping to bitterness along.

M - Despite the acidity and bitterness, this is moderately bodied and pleasant as a drinker.

O - A solid coffee forward stout with a lot of coffee without getting too sharp. I like it.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 05/03/16:

Fairly opaque and extremely dark brown. Foamy even light brown head of great retention. Interesting melted pepper cheese aroma, works well with booze heat and general roastiness. Not what I would call on off-aroma. It isn’t terribly strong and is therefore pleasant. After settling, overall smell is like dark, sweet bread. Milk chocolate, caramelized fruit or vegetable, medium roast coffee, toasted rye bread, smoke tartness, spicy and soily hops, warm booze. A lot going on here but none of it really gets me. Definitely tastes more like a coffee stout but almost seems like a chili beer, not sure what is up with that. Medium-bodied, oily, finer carbonation throughout, sometimes prickly, sometimes velvety.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An excellent coffee stout from one of my favorite home-state breweries. Strong coffee nose and taste, not too bitter. Many coffee stouts have bitterness that overpowers all else, bit this doesn't.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I recall having this several years back and said "never again." (Hence, no review and a 3.25 rating.)
But, I tried again and you see I liked it more.

While Fuel Cafe still doesn't Look like much for long, I Smell coffee more; combining two favorite beverages.
Taste has a sourness to it that I remember from before, but don't seem to mind. (Am I maturing?)
And rare for me, my highest rating comes the way Fuel Cafe sits in my mouth.

I probably don't need to have this again to lead a fulfilling life, but I'm glad I gave it a second chance. I learned something about my buds.

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