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 -10.7%

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3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fuel Café opens to a medium-strength nose of nuanced and varied aromas. The notes are split between sugars and dark, acidic coffees, with a noticeable advantage given to the sugars. These sweet notes bring black cherry, berry, prune, date, and fig fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, honey, touches of molasses and vanilla, and an almost candi sugar-like sweetness around the rim, which plays well off of the darker sugars. These sweet notes as a whole bounce off of the black coffee, ash, tobacco, and chocolate malt aromas, which sometimes struggle to be noticed. There are also thick, dark breads and toast crust adding countering factors to the sugars. As a whole, the nose is quite good, and surprisingly aromatic for a beverage of such low ABV. Even better, while the coffee notes are certainly present, they don’t overwhelm the nose, evidencing a good balance.

On the tongue, the beer opens far darker and blacker that the nose let on, with a huge rush of black coffee, coffee grounds, ash, tobacco, and chocolate and black malts washing over the tongue. Here the coffee is extremely noticeable, almost swallowing the other flavors at times. Even the heady sugars hinted at in the nose take a backseat to coffee, the fruit esters muddled into a darkly sweet fruity wash, and the brown sugar, molasses, honey, and vanilla having an equally hard time distinguishing themselves. In subsequent sips the sugars disappear further, as do many of the basic beer flavors, until strong, but somehow strangely watery coffee seems to overtake everything else. The aftertaste is a quickly fading coffee and ash remnant. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while there was much in the nose that was excellent, the flavors were much weaker on the tongue, and were largely washed out by coffee. The watery mouthfeel does not help here, giving the impression of someone trying to disguise a weak porter with a bevy of coffee grounds. And even the coffee grounds aren’t terribly flavorful, equivalent to perhaps pre-ground Folgers, as opposed to fresh-ground Peet’s. Better ingredients, and a better recipe, including several more pounds of good malt, would have done much to make this beer more rounded and flavorful.

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4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maybe it's because I drank this while eating a chewy chocolate brownie, but I loved this beer. Super match anyway. That was tonight, but I also had this a few months ago with a Cobb salad and that was a delicious match as well. It's a simple stout and seems like a great choice with food.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thin creamy dark brown head. Aromas of chocolate ice cream. Taste begins with a bit of acidic coffee bean flavor, followed by some schwarzbrot flavor, then a bit of earthy chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was watery and bland. Overall an average stout, pretty light tasting for how strong it is.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours well, with a finger or two of head. Very dark brown, almost opaque.

S: Coffee. That beer-coffee scent that reminds you of vanilla, cold-flat coffee, and chocolate. I really enjoy it.

T/M: Flat, sour, and brackish. It's like bad coffee that's been introduced to hops and...spoilt cream. Needless to say, I'm not a fan. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and not bad. Mouthfeel is thin and meh.

O: Decent beer. I guess. I would never have another or recommend it. Bah...I'm going to go drink an FBS now.

IBU: 18
Malts: 2-Row Pale Dingemans Cara 45, Dingemans Special B, Crisp Roasted Barley, Crisp Chocolate Malt, Weyermann Cara III
Hops: Zeus

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a snifter, it has a jet black body with not head but a real thin tan lace around the edge. The aroma of choclate and coffee beans come through nicely.
The taste has a burst of fresh brewed coffee flavor with a choclate coming after, i also pick up some roasted malt flavor. I don't detect any hops. The mouth feel is nice, well balanced, and rolls off the tongue very well, not to thick or to thin. Overall this is a a good coffee stout.

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.36 out of 5 based on 1,028 ratings.
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