MaBeer1972 (1309) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice deep amber brew. Lacy head (not frothy). Aroma is of tart coffee. Flavor is definately coffee and roasty malts. BUT, somehow this one has too much tartness to be super fantastic in my book. Nice try.
jrob21 (2560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Charlotte beer fest. Aroma is distincly coffee and the flavor is much more nutty and a little bittersweet. Surprised this works as well as it does. Decent malt body and bittersweet finish.
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Vermont Brewers Festival 2011 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe d’houblons. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe d’houblons et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #3802)
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a rich amber color with a one finger white head and light lacing. Has a very nice rich fresh espresso aroma. Taste is dominated by a very strong coffee bean flavor, along with a bit of chocolate and a nice fresh hop hit at the end. Has a crisp medium body with a smooth and light finish.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby/brown color with a white head. Aroma is definitely fresh ground espresso beans and some malt. What I loved about this beer is the body. It was a medium body so not terribly heavy to drink. Caramel malt hits you first then the espresso coffee taste comes in. Really nicely balanced. i even detected some chocolate flavors at the end.
roder60 (1284) - 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 doesn’t overpower the beer and it isn’t 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 don’t 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 (3174) - 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 (1463) - 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. I’d 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 (2765) - 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 don’t know that I’ve 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 isn’t 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.