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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Ratings: 1,025 |  Reviews: 440
Photo of u2carew
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
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 -10.7%

Photo of coldriver
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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 -10.7%

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
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 -10.7%

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of wilfonzo
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bootsdomino
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.1/5  rDev -37.5%
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 -21.1%
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 barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
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 +28.6%
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 +19%

Photo of ColSanders123
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of cfinch2
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jsprain1
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours very dark. Nice color. Head retention is pretty poor.
S- For a coffee stout, this is pretty mild. Roasted grain, and a faint chocolate/coffee.
T- The coffee comes through pretty nice, but beyond that, there's just a faint roasted malt. Not much going on.
M- Too thin. Carbonation is pleasantly medium or just on the low side, but the body is lacking.
O- Just an average beer, or maybe a little below average. I'd pass.

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Photo of sleded
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of paulmcm
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of HardTarget
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque black glass drops it's dark tan head pretty quickly holding only a thin collar that fails to lace.

Smell: Mild roasted grain, not much else here.

Taste: Sweet base with a sour mash twist. No real coffee flavors, the stout side is a bit thin as well. A slight medicinal alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, low carbonation, slick texture.

Overall: Not a horrible beer, but not a lot of bold flavors going here. A thin stout with a dash of coffee.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a syrupy dark brown almost black color with a cola colored head that recedes to a thin lace rather quickly. Smells immediately and strongly of dark roasted coffee with subtle scents of dark chocolate.

Medium body and more carbonation then I expected, almost like a coffee flavored soda. Tastes of dark chocolate malts and caramel with a huge amount of bitter coffee flavor upfront masking almost all of the other flavors. Interesting but the flavor is almost entirely coffee. Not much balance, and the perceived bitterness is a coffee like bitterness not a hoppy one.

This beer is strange in that it has flavors you'd expect to come across as sweet but they dont. At the same time there is no lingering bitterness either. Unique for sure.

You definitely have to like coffee to enjoy this brew. I wish some of the other flavors were pronounced more as the combination of the flavors is nice just not balanced enough.

If you like drinking black coffee though you'll love this. I'd also like to add that the beer exceeded my expectations so that was nice. Not a bad beer at all.

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Fuel Cafe (Coffee Flavored Stout) from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.36 out of 5 based on 1,025 ratings.
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