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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
lakefrontbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,026
Reviews:
440
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.07%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
128
For Trade:
1
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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slightly acidic coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the coffee presence is better in the smell in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking black color with a tan colored head. The lacing wasn't too bad on the glass. The smell of the beer was full of coffee and other roasted aromas. The taste of the beer had a good amount of coffee flavoring along with some chocolate bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer was average, there wasn't too much in way of complexity in this brew. Overall it's ok but I wouldn't have to buy it again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I don't get to try too much from Lakefront brewery (only their sorghum beer is available in my own town). Pours black.. and I mean black, with a nice light brown head. Smell is of roasted nuts.. smells like coffee.. what a surprise!! Taste is.. a lot of coffee. While I'm not a big coffee person, I don't necessarily hate the flavor. I'm sure this beer would taste a lot better if I did enjoy coffee more. As it is, it is pretty smooth with a nice creamy mouthfeel but its quite heavy on the coffee flavor. Also, the flavor of coffee does linger in your mouth for an unusually long time.. nice to try if you like coffee.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured practically near black in color (a hint of amber was showing at the edges) with a finger-sized mocha head. A thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a light aroma of dark roasted malts in the nose with some notes of coffee.
T: The overall taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with some hints of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and very creamy and smooth, yet very much thin.
D: The beer is very easy to drink; the flavor is good but it doesn't have a lot of body.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A simple yet flavorful Coffee Stout that showcases a deliate balance between coffee and malt.

The beer pour very impressively. Dark brown and completely opaque. A lightly browned head forms and retains in a very sturdy and moussey way. Great lacing and light legging.

Aromas of wet grain and earthiness are a bit distracting at first. But after the beer breathes for a bit, the malty and coffee notes emerge. The roast from the stout-like grains are subdued. No real ester or hop profile.

Flavors of coffee rise just ahead of the roasted grains, giving the balance tilted slightly toward the spicy and bitter coffee flavor. Toast, roast, and campfire notes give complexity to the beer and keeps the coffee from complete domination. Bitter mostly from the coffee, but in complimentary ways from hops and the acrid roast. Cocoa and light ash also give background flavors.

Medium body sometimes seems lighter because of the coffee thinning. Creamy carbonation keeps the beer from completely loosing its texture. The roast sometimes seems astringent and bitey without the extra firmness of a more malty base beer.

Like many other Lakefront beers, the maltiness waivers a bit at mid-palate, allowing for a grain character to a bit more of an impact than I prefer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single procured from the only store currently around that breaks down expensive Yankee import six-packs. In Calgary. Shame, Edmonton.

This beer pours a rather opaque black, with slight basal cola highlights, and one finger of thinly creamy beige head, which leaves some low-lying shoreline lace around the glass as it slinks away. Weirdly Guinness like.

It smells strongly of bitter, astringent espresso, chocolate malt, a bit of dark sugary fruit, and sort of acidic, leafy hops. The taste is more pungent bittersweet coffee grinds, 2 creams, 1 sugar, caramel malt, understated milk chocolate, a bit of overwhelmed earthy hops, and a mild alcohol warming.

The carbonation is well on the soft side, the body a decent medium weight, and deftly smooth. It finishes off-dry, as the coffee, tempered malt, and dry chocolate still predominate.

Not being a fan of coffee in any of its myriad forms, I still find this to be a pleasant enough stout - flavourful, and enjoyable. Worthy of picking up, for javaheads and anyone else.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black/dark brown color with a modest and quickly fading tan head; some splashes of lace

Smell: More like a dark fruit aroma than coffee - prune juice, perhaps?

Taste: Starts with a black bread flavor; after the swallow the prune fruitiness jumps in, followed by a hint of coffee; the finish is surprisingly sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I can finish this one but would not seek out another

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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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a small, fizzy, caramel colored head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

T - It tasted of coffee with a bitter kick. Chocolate flavors added some sweetness along with a subtle caramel taste. Maybe a little vanilla taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth. Somewhat thick and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good coffee flavored stout. I enjoyed it better than some. The coffee flavor isn't overdone.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/12/2015. Pours fairly clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, compelxity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice coffee porter. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. It is labeled as a stout, but the malt profile feels much more like a porter; but still a nicely enjoyable offering as it is.

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Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Darkness snifter

Pours a half finger of tan head that fades down very fast to a ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves a slight amount of lace. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: Espresso, chocolate, and coffee. Lots of roasted malts and earthy hops. Some syrupy caramel notes as well.

Taste: Lots of sharp coffee with bright earthy hops. Chocolate and roasted malts as well. Some caramel in the background. I also got some raisins and cherries.The taste seems to be a little light. It is good, but needs to be bigger for a stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, bubbly, and a tad crisp. Very roasted feel to it. A medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, this beer has potential, but it is just too light. I loved the aroma, but then I got to the taste and it was just didn't pack the punch I was expecting. Still, fairly decent.

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Photo of nickfl
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a minimal layer of brown foam and an opaque, black body.

S - Light aroma of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Distinctly nutty with some wet earth undertones.

T - Flavor of sweetened black coffee up front, mostly roast flavor without much chocolate. Some nutty chocolate flavors appear in the middle. Coffee and toffee in the finish with some lingering acidity.

M - High carbonation and a medium to thin body. Heavy sweetness in the body, but a reasonably dry finish.

D - Ok drinkability. The coffee character in this beer leaves something to be desired. It is assertive but nondiscript and lacks the depth of coffee character that the few excellent coffee stouts possess. The weakest point is its almost artificial tasting sweetness, but that flaw is mitigated by a quite pleasantly flavored coffee finish. The overall impression is a bit strange; this beer isn't really all that great while you are drinking it, but the finish and lingering coffee aftertaste are very nice.

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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 chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle bottled in November 2010 and served in a pint glass.

Pours opaque and nearly black with a towering head that quickly settles to a rather thin, creamy, resilient, dark tan top

Aroma has coffee and dark roasted malts in about equal strengths. However, the coffee component becomes dominant in the taste and even more dominant in the aftertaste.

T- As advertised, there is plenty of coffee flavor this brew. Too much black coffee in that it doesn't allow the dark malt to shine as it should in a stout. Aftertaste of coffee with some faint roasted malt and fainter hops and smoke. More bitter and sour than sweet.

M - smooth but with some hops/carbonation tingle; semi-dry finish. Near medium body.

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