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

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

Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Nitro-tap, 6oz sampler from brewery tour
Served: 3 January 2014

Appearance: Magnificent nitro-head when this one pours. Takes what seems to be an eternity to finally settle into something other than nitro-foam. Dirty white one finger head that sticks around for an eternity. Lacing evident even in the plastic sampler cup they give you. Looks spectacular.

Smell: Not much of a nose on this one. Faint coffee smells and some sweetness but that's about it. Maybe the nitro head just doesn't let the same sort of bouquet come through?

Taste: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Almost tastes like coffee ice cream melted down. Not really able to taste much "stout" here at all, actually. Odd.

Mouthfeel: Stouts on nitro are always damn smooth and delicious.

Overall: Generally, I can't see why this beer is rated as low as it is here. It's a solid offering, but one that could use just a little tweaking. More roasted malt would really make this beer take the cake- there just isn't enough "stout" happening in this beer for me. An offering with a higher proportion of roasted/smoked malt would make this one golden.

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3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black pour with a thin brown foam. Pours relatively thin. Minimal lacing and carbonation.

S - Scents of roasted malt and coffee. Nice aroma, but not particularly complex.

T - Rich malt that has notes of chocolate. The finish has some coffee flavors, and gives a mild bitterness & roasted taste.

M - I find this thin for a porter, let alone a stout (the whole porter\stout debate not withstanding). However it is a sessionable beer, and one that is good to finish the night with in your mug.

O - The first time I had this was at the Brickskeller in DC and it holds some nostalgia for that reason, although even at that time I knew there were much better coffee stouts out there. Coming back to it I appreciate Fuel for what it is as an easy drinking stout with some coffee flavor. It is worth trying it you frame it from that perspective.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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Photo of dacrza1
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: December 20, 2013... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint...OCCASION: let the Christmas season celebration season begin!... APPEARANCE: jet black body--no daylight--with a dominant, three-finger brown head that settles to a beautifully even line'; no lacing, though .. AROMA: peppercorn, vanilla bean and coffee; creamy latte also works its way in; the combination is not altogether appealing... PALATE: a warming, rather thin body; slickly moves down the throat; mellows and remains drinkable, but not an impressive strength...TASTE: whoa--complex and intense--the coffee isn't pronounced, but creates a funky, briny stringently medicinal quality; a bit of a downer... OVERALL: surprisingly, a Lakefront bummer--the overall effect neither promotes the coffee or the stout aspects...

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is dark with ruby highlights when held to the light. It is capped with an inch of tan head the disappears quickly.

S - It get a big nose full of coffee aroma. After it warms more I smell some chocolate.

T - It has a huge coffee flavor. It is bitter at first, but some sweeter coffee flavors come in later.

M - Medium which I think is thin for a stout.

O - I am not sure why this beer is rated so poorly. I thought the flavor and aroma were great. It was pretty thin for a stout, but other than that I enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.36 out of 5 based on 1,030 ratings.
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