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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Java Mac is a Scottish style brown ale that has been infused with fresh locally roasted Kuai coffee from B Java Coffee right here in Indianapolis. Java Mac is the same easy drinking brown ale the Wee Mac is, but with the added deliciousness of coffee. The Kuai blend has a nice nutty character that compliments the existing hazelnut and toffee character and adds even more depth to our delicious Scottish Ale.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11684) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Draft sample at Sun King. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt and coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet and coffee flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Smooth and drinkable beer that is coffee brown ale.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
crossovert (8849) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
473ml can. Murky brown pour. This one has a huge amount of green pepper note, oxidized stale coffee i suspect.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8750) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Strong coffee and caramel malt aroma. Medium brown with moderate head. Black coffee, light caramel malt and hay flavor. Decent body. Nice coffee flavor but not a great deal else.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8470) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy dark orange pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of bitter coffee, earth, coffee grounds, slight roast into a bit of caramel. Taste is a mix of big coffee, vanilla, nice green coffee into some slight cocoa, touch of caramel, finishing sweet. Nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (7707) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Growler from the brewery. Poured a clear amber brown with a small brown head. Aroma had a nice acidic note from the coffee. Flavor was coffee through out without much else.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6377) - Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a transparent orangish brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells of bitter coffee. Tastes like it smells, but more balanced. The toffee comes through a bit too. Good on the palate. Finishes better than it starts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4596) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Clear, dark brown with a small, off-white head. Coffee, caramel aroma. Taste is sweet, mild coffee. Brown ale-like.....nice flavour but a bit watery. Very mild.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3717) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2010
tap at the brewery - Pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is dominated by the coffee. The coffee goes fairly well with the flavor. It’s not a real strong coffee flavor but it’s still pretty dominate because the caramel malt profile is mild. It’s light to medium bodied with some mild hops and a finish that leaves lingering coffee flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2011
growler by way of stfun 1/16/11. clear auburn color with an almond paste tinted head. it smells like day old coffee, whole beans, cocoa butter, vanilla, sweet grain and caramel. the flavor is full of buttery caramel coffee... much like a cold brew (w/o the bitterness). it is medium bodied and oily but prickly carb helps out. neat. 8/3/7/3/15+

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
On tap in Bloomington (IN)
This meeting of Hawaiian and Indianapolis tastes sounded much better on paper. It is drinkable though if you have the option of going with Sun King’s more hoppier alternatives I’d pick those instead. Four ounces was enough to convince me that this needs some improvement.

Aroma / Appearance - The reddish brown color of the body is the color of freshly brewed iced tea. Wisps of ivory head curl around the glass. Straight black coffee, burnt malts, and a strong profile for the ABV almost pull off a positive experience.

Flavor / Palate - Black coffee is accented by a slightly hoppy kick. Gas station grade coffee feels weak and a little watered down. Tasting a bit like a heavily malted brown ale this was an interesting experiment that just doesn’t work. Scroll past unless you have to tick every single draft.


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