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  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MartzMimic
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on Nitro. It was pretty good. When a stout is on nitro, the coffee taste stands out. My girlfriend didn't try this one. She pouted and got mad. We went to comet cafe after this and I bought her a canvas bag. This kind of changed her mood.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +11.7%
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 -19.8%

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 1,046 ratings