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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 Jackieís 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
Dark copper-amber. Almost no head. Cold coffee and no beer aroma. Watery coffee and strong caramel. Caramel grows on you a bit and you forget the coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Poured a relatively clear amber-brown color with a thin off-white head that faded to a ring. Aroma is dominated by coffee with some faint notes of caramel and brown sugar also making their presence known. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some light caramel quickly transitions into a lightly bitter array of coffee flavors that spend most of the time on the tongue. Finishes lightly sweet with some soft brown sugar and faint notes of vanilla. Moderate carbonation and thinner mouth feel than expected. Overall, this beer was different than expected. I figured the body would be heavy after sniffing it, and was actually relieve it seemed to be lighter, making it an easier drinking coffee beer. While it has itís flaws, it was better than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3847) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2009
22oz bottle 10/5/09 (Samís Wine & Spirits)-Pours a clear light amber with a moderate loose off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of coffee. Taste of coffee, sweetness, chocolate, and caramel. This light bodied brew is not what I was expecting but still came out to be very tasty. Coffee fairly mild. A thin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber body with a yellow white head. Coffee aroma a bit thin and light but still very attractive in terms of the coffee expression. A lighter stale coffee flavor with not much else coming thru. Light and a bit thin but iím a fan, to bad it doesnít have thicker oatmeal body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palidor19 (3163) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2009
not quite what I expecting. the beer is a weak attempt at amber ale. the coffee that is brewed is very weak. their not much to enjoy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2009
When I first picked this up I thought it was going to be dark like a porter or stout but upon further inspection i realized itís a much lighter amber ale. The aroma is like badly brewed coffee meaning its acidic with adjunct malt. The appearance is amber with a normal head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin bit OK. Overall this is not a bad beer but a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Crystal clear copper beer, with a sticky, well-sustained lace - this beer really does showcase the character of the coffee beans, without a whole lot getting in the way of their character - the aroma prepares you for this, with loads of freshly roasted beans, and not much else going on - fairly creamy in the mouth, light to medium bodied - the full character of the coffee beans is in here, but their acidity and bitterness is suppressed skillfully, with a moderate toffee and vanilla sweetness to keep anything that remains of these qualities in balance - itís really not terribly complex, but their ability to harness the flavor of the coffee and make it work in such a light beer is impressive - reminds a bit of Furthermore Oscura, only not as artfully done (that beer has bolder coffee flavor that is more balanced and integrated) - still quite good, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 19, 2009
22oz bottle. clear orange/copper under a small white head. robust fresh ground coffee aroma. thatís about it. at first i thought an amber ale would not suite the acidity of coffee bean but somehow they have managed to infuse the coffee without the bitter "raw" bean taste. the amount of sweet caramelly malts help to achieve this erasing any astringency. i am quite impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2009
22 oz. from Greens on Ponce De Leon. I was surprised to have found this beer. A very singular beer indeed. Dark caramel copper/brown color. Nice fluffy head that actually sticks around for quite some time; looks like a pretty good beer to me. Wow, the aroma is trying. I feel like I am smelling a fresh bag of fíin Peetís. Not much to the aroma other than the STRONG aroma of fresh ground coffee. Other aromas seem as though they are trying to come throught, but the coffee just dominates. The beer is pungent, but to me, it is the wrong way. The taste is dominated by coffee. I may drink way too much coffee to be able to notice this, but I donít really get much more than the fresh ground coffee beans. I hope this keeps me awake. Doesnít have much more than the coffee bean aroma/flavor. Fresh coffee ground flavor, and beyond that there is nothing much

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4801) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2009
16 ounce pint - $4.00 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Appearance: Served up a clear, dark amber-gold body with a large, dense layer of light beige foam. Continued stream of bubbles throughout. Smell: Sweetish nose of toasted bread crusts, brown sugar, and light caramel with splashes of fresh-brewed Colombian coffee and a minuscule amount of background fruitiness. Taste: Toasted bready maltiness interspersed with a crisp grain taste and a sweet touch of light caramel syrup and light brown sugar. Then in come some basic mocha tones and eventually a full taste of added coffee beans. Small hint of fruit. Earthy, vaguely herbaceous hop character that, along with the roasty coffee, provides a medium amount of apparent bitterness thatís exacerbated by the carbonic bite. As it warms it takes on a Snickerdoodle quality, though this couldíve readily been some misconceived notion wrought from my alcohol ravaged brain. Only time will tell. The effervescent finish is lightly sweet with a light persisting roasty undertone. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus, somewhat lively carbonation. Drinkability: Indeed, it is an amber ale infused with coffee. Though itís by no means bad, it is initially off-putting, as it took a few moments to acclimatize myself to the mixture of an amber ale with coffee - Iím just so accustomed to coffee in stouts. Iím sorry for that. Even sixteen ounces later I wasnít sold on the notion and already itís one for me to revisit.

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