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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
A celebration of craft beans, craft brews, collaboration and innovation resulted in this rare and enticing brew. Together FCB and Jackie’s Java carefully cupped, sniffed, roasted and brewed three distinct varieties of coffee that resulted in an amber ale playfully infused with bold coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bomber from the Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: This poured a clear amber/copper body with a tall & creamy off-white head. The initial aroma was coffee, followed by fruity sweet malt and a touch of toffee. The flavor is pretty much what is to be expected of an amber ale, malt-centric, caramelly with a touch of orchard fruit, and an earthy bitterness near the end. The coffee returns in the finish, giving it a dry roasty taste. I’m not sure why this is listed as a Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer. We’d lose a lot of Stouts if brewing with some coffee pushed all Stouts (and one Doppelbock that I’ve had) into that category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Pours a sparkling clear, amber color with an average, off-white, creamy, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and does leave some lace rings. Nose is very pleasant but not very complex; soft notes of coffee, light hazelnut, some chocolate, and some bready/biscuity notes reminiscent of waffles? Flavor is very similar but a bit more sweet than I would have thought; milk chocolate is prominent, mocha coffee frappuccino, similar waffle notes, light hazelnut, a mild acidity, and some hints of earthy hops near the finish. Palate is perfect for an amber ale, medium, nearly lively, creamy, and finishes with a mildly refreshing acidity. Finishes fairly long with the refreshing acidity, some lingering mocha coffee, and light earthy hops. Not your average coffee beer - not dark or roasty, very light and drinkable, and a very light acidity. In the same sense, not your typical amber ale - great palate, nice appearance, and chocolate notes. Before I knew it, the bomber was gone - extremely drinkable. I still can’t believe this beer is from this brewery. A bit like NB’s Giddy Up! but I actually like this better. Surprising to say the least.

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