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 chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of horshack7
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes:

Appearance: Black as outer space with a beige head only about a finger thick.

Aroma: Dark fruits, molasses, caramelized sugar, dark bread, very dark roasted malt and hops. Cocoa, dark roasted coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste: A little bit of a smooth mouthfeel but it still has a nice smoothness. Chocolate malts, dark roasted coffee, lots of roasted hops and malts with a touch of breadiness.

Notes: Solidly drinkable top to bottom. Cheers.

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Photo of IlludiumQ36
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of russwbeck
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black pour with about a finger of brown head. Decent retention, but not a lot of lacing going on.

S: Basically like a cup of coffee with some roasted malt and chocolate thrown in. Seems a bit light as far as stouts go.

T: A bit light in taste overall. Light roasted malt, decent amount of coffee, and a slight chocolate note.

MF: Light, low carbonation, really nice drinkability.

O: For the price, this wasn't bad. I would probably skip it next time though, just nothing really special about it.

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Photo of Beertracker
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of fox227
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: no freshness date. This beer could be faded for all I know.

A: Black, with a thin wisp of tan head, and no retention to speak of.

S: The aroma is good: coffee, chocolate, dark fruits.

T: This is subtle grape soda and cola flavor that slightly overrides its coffee flavors, and the flavors are notably light on the palate. I could drink these all night because it's thin and inoffensive. However, it's not what you'd expect out of premium craft coffee stouts.

M: As noted above, thin and watery to an extent that you know it's not a full bodied stout. I've had 5% stouts that seemed fuller, and this one falls into that easy drinking catagory.

O: Inoffensive, easy drinking, but not worth paying considering that it's craft and you actually have to pay for it. Sierra Nevada Stout, on the other hand, worth every penny.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black brown creamy head.

S: rich black coffee, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruit, vanilla, slight nut.

T: delicious rich coffee upfront. Vanilla chocolate middle. Nut like finish.

M: nice and thick. On the sweeter side.

O: excellent coffee stout. Really rich with multiple flavor levels and complexity. Really nice. Not too dry at the end which is exceptional.

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Photo of gluglug
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of SarahMackAttack
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Kadonny
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A dark brownish color with a 2 finger light brown head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Coffee note with some chocolate and fruit? I get a very distinct yeasty smell too.

T: Coffee first with some milk chocolate flavors. I then get this fruity flavor that mixes with a yeasty flavor that just doesn't seem to sit right. Body is sweet and finishes that way. This reminded me of a Belgian stout with coffee, not quite appealing if you ask me.

M: Thin, flavor doesn't linger and no alcohol.

O: A very average to below average coffee stout that I just didn't get. Sorry.

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Photo of pavpav12
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of stealth
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark with a thick, tan head. Looks pretty nice at first but dissipates fast. Smell has some coffee, some roast, some malts. Nothing crazy. Taste is very blah. Nothing much going on. Coffee is just an undertone. Feels watery and is just too thin.

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Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of rderedin
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

The one I had must have been better than the one you did because mine was fantastic.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TomAtoMusic
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A: poured a quite opaque, dark brownish black with a thin, dark brown head that dissipated quickly and left a minimal amount of brown lacing on the glass.

S: Nose was a roasted coffee and chocolate fragrance, but not very strong. Definitely not as robust as was expected. Not much else detected.

T: The taste consisted of a mild coffee flavor with a chocolate finish. Not very robust, but when coupled with the smell it was a pleasant experience, though a seemingly subdued one.

M: A fairly thick feel with very little carbonation to it. Pleasant, but not quite what I expected from the appearance.

O: Tasty, but it hit a bit below the mark for me. The fragrance and taste both seemed a bit too subtle for what the name and appearance suggested. Very chocolatey with a good coffee flavor, but neither were sufficiently strong enough for my liking. It tasted surprisingly mild for such a dark beer, which is not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion, just not what I was hoping for. In the end I feel it is worth drinking as long as you're not expecting too much.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Reaper16
2.67/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a snifter

Pours a dark brown color (but nowhere near black) that is pretty uninspiring; basic. Barely any head at all, just wisps of beige foam like sea spray. For a stout that is under 6% ABV I expect a more lively head.

It smells like a basic, average stout. It's got some brown malts, some roast, a little bit of actual coffee aroma. There's a acerbic twinge here too, like what happens when the acid from coffee negatively affects the malts.

This is a below average beer on the palate. The initial flavors are fruity twinges from the coffee and malt profile that border on blueberry. Off-putting. Not much malt body here; it tastes hollow. The finish has a slight coffee flavor before yielding to a soft roast. This beer's flavors make little sense when taken together.

The body here is pretty thin. Not too thin for a regular ol' stout, but perhaps not as hefty as you'd think for a coffee stout (coffee has a tendency to thin out the mouthfeel, so the body is usually designed to be thicker as a means of compensation).

Overall, this is a substandard beer. I purchased this bottle in Kansas City -- a market that has numerous other coffee stouts that are better (Schlafly's comes to mind immediately; let alone imperial stouts like Founders Breakfast Stout). This beer is kind of incoherent. I'd avoid it.

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 1,049 ratings