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Fort Collins Common Ground



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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pour is clear orange with white head on tap at the brewery. Aroma has coffee grounds, smoke, hints of toffee, and more coffee grounds. Taste is some slight toffee and caramel notes, but the cheaply tasting coffee grounds didn’t do it for me and overran the taste, finished a bit sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
22 ounce bottle

A bonus from a Colorado swap this did not meet my expectations at all. Fort Collins has not made excellent beers (at least the ones I have tried) but they don’t usually flop. This one though is just meh.

Aroma and appearance - The semi-opaque body had a warm amber hue. Fizzing away the nothing the bubbly head dies within minutes. Peanut butter and coffee grounds make an odd combination that seems off in a way I couldn’t put my finger on.

Flavor and palate - Carbonated Lipton tea (like the kind you buy in the checkout aisle) hits the senses a few seconds after taking a sip. Coffee grounds create a foundation that again masks what would otherwise potentially be a good beer on its own merit. If it wants to be infused with coffee it should make up its mind instead of bouncing back and forth in a confusing mess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, coffee, slight caramel, and slight chocolate. Poured amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Ok lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of coffee, malt, caramel, light cocoa, and roasting. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Coffee, malt, caramel, cocoa finish is lightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
clear copper. caramel-heavy soaked coffee ground nose with phenolic spicy notes which resemble chile powder, but mostly clean and surprisingly enjoyable / tantalizing. tepid and transparent approach with slowly gushing froth across mid-palate and spice/wood/earthy notes late in a watery toasty finish. unsweetened stroopwaffles?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear copper pour with a thin off-white head. Super grainy nose to the point it just smells like wort. Grainy malt flavor with some coffee and green bell pepper character before a grainy malt finish. Interesting concept, but not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Tasting at Wine World. Clear amber with a thin tan head. Scent of coffee and caramel. Taste is sweet caramel and coffee. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bomber. Poured medium coppery-orange with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweet coffee and cacao with lesser nutty notes.. more of the fresh-roasted coffee on the nose as it warmed up.. husky accents.. soft and sweet overall, and quite pleasant. The flavor found sweet coffee, chocolate, and nutty notes at the core.. green coffee bean bitterness plus a little peppery character extended outward.. dry-roasted coffee plus lots of sweetness on the finish. Light-medium bodied and unfortunately sharp at too many points on the palate (combo of bitterness and carbonation).. not a great brew, but it was aiight.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (2389) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
aroma definitely is somewhat coffee like, with some faint whiffs of honey and floral notes. pour is dent with a fizzy head that is gone quickly. flavor is middle of the road amber with some caramelized coffee notes. the problem is the aftertaste with is way too sweet. its a decent novelty beer, but nothing id buy again or session with.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Tap at brewery. Light orange appearance with a light white head. Coffee and light amber malts. Mouthfeel is coarse. Strong coffe ground flavor on an amber body. Bitter finish. Good example of why coffee is better suited for a darker beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1959) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2010
22oz bottle poured into a snifter at 42°. Color is a golden amber with very light carbonation and only a thin ring for a head. Aroma is a mellow roasted coffee scent. It has a medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor comes in sweet with a caramel and malt taste then a smooth and mild coffee flavor. In the after taste the coffee flavors sharpen up a bit and lets a light bitterness come thought. Overall its a smooth and easy drinking brew.

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