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

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout)
1,031 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,031 |  Reviews: 441
Photo of ckk527
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of rderedin
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TomAtoMusic
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +7.6%
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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Photo of calcio360jrd
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Reaper16
2.67/5  rDev -21.9%
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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Photo of u2carew
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger brown head. Settles quickly to a thin lacing on top. Opaque body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Coffee. Roasted malts. Bready.
T) A weak flavor profile. Mostly roasted malts but not even that robust. Hints of coffee and chocolate.
M) Thin body. Gritty / chalky feel.
O) The weak coffee flavor makes this a disappointing brew. The thin body makes it feel like a light ale with dark color.

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Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of coldriver
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours opaque black, head and lacing are lacking. Coffee, toffee, and alcohol aroma. Coffee is very present in the flavor - masking the lack of significant stout complexity. Very thin mouthfeel. Coffee aspect is not bad - without it you have a really wimpy stout.

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Photo of fizzyted
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Label says it was brewed in the 4th week of July.

A- Pours an almost fully opaque black with a full inch of head that wastes no time slipping down to a thin ring around the glass's edge and moderate surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Roasty nose doesn't display as much coffee aroma as I was expecting. Just smells sweet and actually has more chocolate notes.

T- Coffee comes through better in the taste but is still mild. Nothing to complain about since it's tasty overall. I'm honestly getting way more chocolate than coffee. Tastes like a Tootsie Roll. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Little to no metallic aftertaste. Not overly bitter. Good. Near the end, I get a faint raisin aftertaste.

M- Substantially thick but nowhere near chewy. Medium-low carbonation.

O- If anything's wrong with the beer, it's that it has a bit of an identity problem, since it claims to have mainly coffee flavor when it exhibits more of a chocolaty tendency. Other than that, it's not especially exciting but I guess they can't all wow ya.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of wilfonzo
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of bootsdomino
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma of burnt coffee. Appearance was a dark ruddy brown with a pale beige head. head lasted about 3 seconds and droped to an oily slick. no lacing.Taste of acidic chocolate and burnt french roast coffee. Funky, biting aftertaste. Why do brewers keep trying to mix beer and coffee?

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Photo of tsauce2
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a snifter

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Semi-translucent. Head is dark tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the rim. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Hoppy with light notes of coffee.

T: Mild flavor with a slightly metallic note. Light coffee. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

M: Light body. Light malts and coffee.

O: Something missed the mark here. Not horrible, but not much coffee presence and not much else going on with this beer. Would not try again.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass. This beer is a deep rich chocolate tinted black. The dark cream head dissipates to a wisp with a ring of cocoa cream bubbles around the edges. Light lacing. Smells delicious: milk chocolate and cocoa, burnt malts. This beer tastes like it smells. A real milky chocolate comes through, and finishes with a dry, bitter chocolate malt note. It's sweet, too. The mouthfeel is just right for the American stout style. Overall, a really delicious beer. It's not cloyingly sweet, but enough to be a dessert beer. Easily drinkable, and very milk-chocolatey.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark black with nearly no light at all shining through on this one. Rich tan colored head of about two inches quickly settled down to about a half inch of tan that thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. This was what the style is all about!

The aroma was just loaded down with coffee. Rich notes of mocha mixes in with a rich, and sweet coffee note. A tiny bit of bitterness and an earthy flare lying down underneath of it, but the majority of this one was hands down, rich brewed coffee. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes just rolled over the tongue in waves and thoroughly coated the inside of the mouth. Sweet with touches of chocolate and vanilla to highlight the coffee notes,

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ColSanders123
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of cfinch2
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 1,031 ratings
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