roder60 (1279) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had from bottle at Pines Tavern in Gibsonia, PA. Poured a hazy red brown with medium frothy offwhite head. Aroma is lots of bitter roasty coffee with slight sweet, even fruity notes. Flavor is extremely interesting. Definite coffee roasty flavors but it doesnít overpower the beer and it isnít too in your face. Coffee flavors accentuated by nice caramel sweetness and tad bit of grapefruit citrus. Overall, really nice beer. Definitely worth a try.
LiteWait (267) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Shared with AirForceHops. Color is hazy apple cider color with big carbonation bubbles. Very minimal head. Aroma is espresso beans, sweet malt and a hint of hops. Taste is all coffee. Slightly bitter upfront like an amber ale. But the coffee flavor floats over your taste buds from middle to end. But donít let it warm or it will lose the coffee flavor to the bitter red backbone of this brew. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. I was not expecting much when I bought this. But I would buy again.
AirForceHops (2560) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
- Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Color hazy amber, well carbonated producing quarter inch off white head. Great lace in the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Nose is delightful freshly ground coffee bean. The carbonation dances across your tongue leaving a lively hint of coffee bitterness. A finely done amber with copious amounts of coffee throughout the brew. I will buy this again. LiteWait shared her bottle with me, excellent choice!
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: A very different take on a coffee flavored beer, and I liked it a whole lot. Iíd been getting a little bored with rating beer because every thing had been so similar within certain styles, but this turned an amber ale on its ear and opened up new doors for coffee in beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium amber with and average to large, tan head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma had heavy caramel and coffee; lighter nutty and roasted malt; and a hint of chocolate. The initial flavor was rather sweet and ever so slightly bitter; while the finish was rather to heavily sweet, light to somewhat bitter and lightly acidic. There was caramel, coffee, slight citrus (lemon), toasted malt, burnt caramel, a little hop bitterness and hints of chocolate. The medium body was a bit syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a slightly chalky finish.
NachlamSie (2612) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Appalachian Vintner. I donít know that Iíve tried a coffee amber ale before. This makes sense. The coffee character in the aroma as well as the flavor is very genuine and well rounded and easily steals the show though it isnít overwhelming. There is a little grassy hoppiness that adds some pleasing citrus notes to the roasty qualities. The finish is earthy and dry like a good cup of coffee. I like.
yackery (150) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2011 12oz Bottle at Whole Foods for $1.50. Color is a 50/50 mix between red and white wine - a pretty, clear amber. There is lacing, but the trace layer of sandy head dissolves in under fifteen seconds.
Aroma is delicious: malty and watery coffee like the washing of a metallic coffee pot even some floral soap and a smokey note. Like opening a box of assorted chocolate candy. Really good in a beer.
Taste is medium salty and bitter but carries the nose most deftly.
Palate is a balance between lively and fine and is a bit astringent finishing quickly.
An extra point for doing such a world-class beer with organic awareness.
jtclockwork (6911) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with tan head. Nose and taste of espresso beans, vanilla and caramel malt. Lightish body. Very smooth and much better than expected.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
"Not really a bad beer, actually it was pretty decent. Maybe just a tad decieving. The name led me on to thinking it would be a coffee beer of some sort, when in reality, it just has slight espresso notes and coffee grounds on the nose. Little bit darker of amber, brownish-reddish... Taste is light, creamy and not as full as I was expecting. A little whiskey i think in the aroma. Had two of these before bed, slept like a baby."
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a lovely shade of rich brown with a short-lived khaki head. The aroma picked up moderately-roasted espresso over soft nutty notes.. deeper earthy character as well.. really interesting stuff. The flavor found sweeter coffee and nutty notes at the core, with dirty earth and espresso bitterness around.. finished with coffee roast bitterness and more nutty notes. Light-medium bodied, dry, and a bit scratchy on the palate.. OK flow.. this was surprisingly good.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, dry, toasty porter aroma. Dilute medium brown color, clear beer. Interesting, thin, leggy suds on the sides of the glass. OK label. Roast and a little creosote all the way. A subtle sweetness and nuttiness. The coffee twang threatens, but that never materializes. By the way, Fair Trade is whatever the buyer and seller agree that the price should be - damn sanctimonious do-gooders. The body is actually a little on the light side for the flavor, definitely session weight at least. Aftertaste is coffee all the way. Good deal for $3.49/bomber. New Leaf Market.