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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Not much coffee in the aroma, but oh wow is there a lot right up front. The coffee flavor fades towards the end, making it a somewhat light coffee beer, which would be expected with the amber label. Pretty good stuff.

   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 canít believe this beer is from this brewery. A bit like NBís Giddy Up! but I actually like this better. Surprising to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2010
pours light amber, beige head. aroma grainy, spices, coffee, malty and mocha. flavor, malty, grainy, wheat, lots of coffee goodness make this one a pleasure to drink. All the regular aspects of a good amber with extra coffee, not much bitterness, nice roasty finish, mild chocolate. Simple but wow this one was tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (5173) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pours a clear, pretty, appetizing amber with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, white head. Aroma has a strong coffee overtone, very unlike what I expect from an amber ale! There are some malty and even fruity hints as well. Flavor is rather like weak iced coffee with some malt flavor and a touch of fruit, mainly apple. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy. Overall, not too shabby and worth trying if you are into unusual beers.

   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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Bomber poured a clear amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of coffee, carmel and hints of cocoa and vanilla. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of coffee, carmel and light cocoa with a crisp lingering coffee finish.

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