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

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

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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Winter on 02-26-2002

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Reviews: 437 | Ratings: 1,012
Photo of schellsbeer
1.12/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

WOW! This is my first BA review and for good reason.

This beer has to be one of the WORST beers if not the worst I have ever had. PERIOD!

I love a good Stout or Porter. Surly, Bell's, Summit, Sierra Nevada, etc. But this stuff.

Tastes like garbage, Smells like garbage...therefore it is garbage.

I am just glad that I purchased only 1 bottle of this junk. The only thing I want back is the $1.59 I spent on the bottle and the peanuts that I spent cooling it down.

Question for the brewery....What kind of coffee did you use in the brewing process? Tastes like something that you find in a hospital vending machine.

Horrible Stuff. 2 mouthfuls is all I could stomach. The rest I poured down the drain. Too bad for the drain.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.15/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - stout dark, pitch black, with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a rim

S - did thi skunk? can't tell if this is extremely ridled with very bitter coffee or has turned, its so very astringent, acidic, almost vinegary/grapey

T - ugh, so very sharp, almost red winey, with a touch a vinegar, i will try this again someday, hopefully this a skunked bottle

M&D - will update when i retry this, i can stomach another swallow

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Photo of orangemoustache
1.26/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours out thick and very black with a thick frothy brown head that leaves decent lacing.The smells are like a almost empty coffee pot left on the warmer all day,its borderline offensive.It tastes bitter and burnt,and not in a good way.Sorry but this just doesn't mix very well,it also tastes like cheap gas station coffee,with no sweetness at all I found myself actually wanting to add sugar,it really needs some help.If there was a .5 on the drinkability I would score it lower than 1.0!

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Photo of Rennpferd
1.32/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a room temperature pint glass.

It poured tar dark with a brown one inch head that quickly shrank down to almost nothing and which left no lacing on the sides of the glass.

It smells like cold boiled over coffee. Man it made my stomach turn.

A medium body that left a very bitter burned coffee taste in my mouth.

Yuck, not very drinkable in my opinion.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
1.57/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I've read a few reviews for this beer and it seems that the problems I found in my bottle were common enough to warrant a rating pending a re-rate. Label says bottled on week 2 of July. Presumably this year, with this beer I'm not too sure.

Appearance straight from the bottle was very nice. It was a pitch black with a nice mocha head that disappeared almost as soon as it formed. I waited a few minutes to drink and sediment appeared throughout the beer in lieu of carbonation. Disconcerting. It's disappointing to look at a beer and be able to say, "I'm not going to drink that."

Ok, it smells mostly good. Nice coffee tones, some chocolate, and... what's this?... who's the asshat that put vinegar in my beer? This can't be good.

The taste is like the smell, only minus the coffee and chocolate. Even then I've had vinegar that tasted better straight.

In the mouth this feels like a watery mess. Carbonated cheap vinegar. I have vinegar in my kitchen with more body and character.

Maybe with some olive oil this could make a passable salad dressing? Eh, probably not. Let's just hope it doesn't cause too much damage to my plumbing. Drinkability, no. I don't think I've even had a macro this bad. Anyone have a "normal" bottle??

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Photo of OlieIPA
1.6/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: A very dark brown stout with just about no head and lacing; not very appealing.

S: Straight up espresso with no other entities to balance it out.

T: Sour espresso! Yes, I said sour espresso. I just don't understand why this beer has a sour/tart flavor mixed with coffee quality. Do you? I think Budweiser could probably come out with a better stout...and that is saying a lot for me.

M: Over carbonated and very thin.

D: Horrible. I don't know what else to say about it.

Overall: Very disappointed and was expecting something completely different. Avoid this beer. Cheers!...or in this case...no cheers!

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Photo of Blakaeris
1.61/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours opaque black. Head is a tan creamy mass.

Aroma is charred dark grain. Smokey with mild notes of coffee, chocolate, and sour dark fruit. unusual.

Taste is dominated by the same sour, musty dark fruit as in the nose. There is something wrong here. Dark grain, and stale coffee flavor offer some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

This is amazingly bad.... The strange, overpowering sour unripened dark fruit flavor has no place in a stout, and is something I just can't get past. Possibly the worst stout I've ever had. Just terrible.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.66/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Pitch black brew with slight brown highlights around the edges. A thick and fluffy chocolate milkshake head creates tons of nice wet lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Coffee shop smells of coffee, chocolate, and baked goodies. My only complaint is that the smell is very weak and salty.

T - Confusing mix of soy sauce, chocolate, old stale coffee, and (honest to god) french fries. A salty failure on the taste buds. This sucks.

M - Thin and greasy with some carbonated sting.

D - I love coffee so I thought that I would like this one. But this is about the nastiest beer I've ever tasted.

This looks damn good and smells pretty nice....just don't put it in your mouth.

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Photo of Offa
1.66/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was much worse than I expected and was barely drinkable.

Black, it has a very big, light brown head slowly shrinking to a ring.

The aroma is steak sauce with wine, prunes, and a hint of onion or something like that.

The taste is sweet but sour and tart, mostly winey steak sauce and prunes, with a ltitle vinegar, before a short dark toast finish. Oddly, the feel seems slick and oily but the body is thin and watery.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.69/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a four finger dark brown head that fades instantly leaving no lace. Black color. No carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee/sour cherry nose. Roasted/burnt coffee, sour cherry syrupy flavor, no aftertaste. Not what I was expecting, Redhook had a much better coffee stout. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from Blue Max Liquor Burnsville, Mn. I agree with Beaver13s comments, brewed in March and should be good now.

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Photo of Greggy
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Pours a 2 finger tan head that recedes pretty quick. The body is black with no light showing through.

S- Chocolate, roastiness, slight dark fruit aspect, After some swirling, the coffee does come through.

T- Starts very sweet then moves to a very tart, acidic, almost funky note. I really hope this infected and not a true representation of this beer. I don't get anything other than funk in this.

M- Totally funky sourness coats the palette.

D- As noted above, I really hop this is just an infection and not the true representation of this beer. This was terrible.

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Photo of association330
1.8/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I don't know what the heck happened to this beer, but it wasn't for the better. Bottle was notched for the second week of June, but it was a newcomer to my local co-op's shelf within the last month. I have to presume it was June of 2008.

It starts out fine...

A - Pours very dark brown to black with a thick, light tan head. Dissipates to a thick cap with fairly nice lacing.

This is where this brew goes south very quickly.

S - Ridiculous amounts of grapey, vinegary sourness overwhelm a faint espresso note.

T - More sour, grapey vinegar. If not for the appearance, I'd swear I was drinking red wine and not beer.

M - Carbonation is moderate to pronounced. The "beer" is medium-bodied and the carbonation results in a very foamy, creamy texture.

D - It's hardly a beer at all, let alone a stout, but finding red wine to be a decent beverage from time to time, I can probably stomach these.

I paid for them, so I'll try to finish them. But jeez, this brew was bad, and not even close to what I was expecting from a coffee stout. Clearly something went wrong in bottling and/or distribution, unless this is what the brewer really intended to produce. I'm doubting that this particular bottle is actually ~6% ABV too, as there is a warming effect starting to envelop the back of my throat. I'm also noting a wine-like alcoholic astringency as it goes down. I wish I had some way of measuring the ABV of this one.

Note also, this was bottle one from a six-pack. Hopefully they aren't all like this, though I have my doubts if they came from the same batch.

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Photo of Bobheed
1.89/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a deep black with a tiny mocha head. By all accounts what a stout should look like

S: Got some roasted malts, not a whole lot of the coffee that I would've expected. Has a bit of a earthy smell, somewhat herbal

T: Pretty bad. Very little flavor. I at least got the coffee a bit, but overall it was really lacking here.

M: Way too thin for any kind of stout. Minimal carbonation and kind of left a film on my tongue

Not too good. I doubt I will revisit this one

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Photo of mandoskippy
2.02/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I picked this up as part of Lakefront Brewery Sampler Pack. To be honest, I was very disapointed in this beer. The coffee stout is one of my favorite beers, however, this speciman was thin and coffee flavored rather than coffee "brewed" I think you coffee stout lovers know what I mean.

A: Very little head and carbonation, pretty flat coffee color.

S: It smelled like coffee, but not complex coffee, more a folgers smell.

T: It really didn't do it for me. The coffee was like and addon flavor to a very thin stout rather than a integral part of this beer.

M: Thin thin thin. I can not endorse an American Stout that seems so thin.

D: This was pretty easy to drink, but that's not what I am looking for a in a style like a coffee stout. I want rich, complex, not thin and "pound them back".

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Photo of Sjixxxy
2.03/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black with a short tan head.

Nose is fruity coffee but simple and light and not assertive.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with no character or substance.

Flavors are simple citric bitter light coffee with a very short club soda water finish. Not for me.

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Photo of wac9
2.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

coffee coffee coffee the over powering smell of coffe the overpowering taste of coffe thats all i can say it gags me i cant get tatse out of my mouth i got nothing more to say about it skip it and try another beer they make others but this one doesnt work for me the coffee lingers too long in my mouth

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Photo of Beaver13
2.09/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle - I just bought this, but it looks like it was bottled in March. Pours an opaque black with a very thin dark brown head that quickly fades to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet lactic cream, grains, some sour tart fruits and a little roasted chocolate. I don't get any coffee.

The flavor is sweet cream with sour tinges and some earthy grains. As it warms there is some slight coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium and watery.

Overall, I'm not impressed. I've liked the coffee stouts I've had in the past and this is a very sub-par example. I get very little coffee out of this. I wonder if this bottle might be bad with the sour notes. I have had this once before and remember not being too impressed, but I don't remember it being this bad.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.1/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma of burnt coffee. Appearance was a dark ruddy brown with a pale beige head. head lasted about 3 seconds and droped to an oily slick. no lacing.Taste of acidic chocolate and burnt french roast coffee. Funky, biting aftertaste. Why do brewers keep trying to mix beer and coffee?

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Looks a somewhat thick brown. Good head. Nice and bubbly.
S: Doesn't really smell very strong. For a coffee stout I was expecting more.
T: Tastes pretty terrible. A gross bitterness that I think is supposed to be coffee prevails. I don't taste the coffee at all. There are other gross spice notes that don't compliment the beer.
M: Sits very light and bitter. Bubbles are weak and it was like drinking a soda water.

Overall a pretty bad showing here. The beer doesn't taste like coffee and the other characteristics don't compensate for this.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.24/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, bottled August 2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, and unfortunately a good amount of vinegar. And even more unfortunately, the vinegar is pretty noticable in the taste too, along with coffee, roasted malt and a weird sour taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick but also a bit thin. Drinkability isn't good, pretty much because of the off flavors of this beer. Looking at some of the other recent reviews, it seems there was a bad batch or two of this beer that was sent out. I can tell there's a decent brew behind the vinegar/sourness, but this bottle isn't good. The appearance was good, but just got worse from there. On the bright side, I only bought a single of this and not a six pack. I'll have to revisit this in the future.

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Photo of mcallister
2.29/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark nearly black. A off white tan head fades quickly and leaves no lace. An average looking stout.

A very lackluster attempt at aromatics. The only thing I can really pull out of it are some dark fruity aromas mainly anise. No hints of coffee maybe some dark chocolate.

A thin feminine stout. Lacks body, complexity and balance. The coffee is very latte esque and has hints of sweet dark chocolate. Lactose is very prevelant. It wouldn't be bad if they made it more robust and complex. Unfotunately it's not.

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Photo of oberon
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 12 oz brown bottle. Small head that fades fast into nothingness. Pitch black body with lots of tan sediment.

Smell: Musty, sour coffee smell, slightly smokey. Light cocoa.

Taste: For a coffee stout, pretty lackluster. The coffee is there, but not dominant or robust. Sour and bitter, not a very good stout.

Mouthfeel: Watery, ok carbonated.

Drinkability: It has been a long time since i have been this bored by a stout, pass.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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