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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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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 bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -7.9%
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 Gkruszewski
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miami66
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jae61
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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 FadetoBock
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carlso_aw
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eziel
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of georgetz
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +8.7%
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 DrAnnaNemis
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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 JDW4195
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 1,052 ratings