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A celebration of craft beans, craft brews, collaboration and innovation resulted in this rare and enticing brew. Together FCB and Jackies Java carefully cupped, sniffed, roasted and brewed three distinct varieties of coffee that resulted in an amber ale playfully infused with bold coffee notes.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2010
Clear orangey amber with decent head. Aroma of coffee, semi-sweet malt. Tastes exactly as described: red ale with coffee. The red ale part of it was decent, nice sweetness, decent body, the coffee half of the equation tasted more like used coffee grounds than it did fresh ground roasted coffee. The flavors didnt match up too well, but I appreciate the idea.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3646) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2010
22 oz. bottle, shared with Gabe. Pours a medium, beige long lasting head with slight lacing, over a light amber (SRM 6-7) clear body.....nose is light toffee/caramel, with coffee.....taste is fairly heavy coffee, light toffee, caramel, minimal hop bitterness, with a light sweetness throughout.....mouth feel is slightly watery, carbonation adds a foamy character. The coffee dominates too much and gives it an unbalanced character. BJCP 6/3/11/4/6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drpimento (3526) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2010
interesting. only coffee amber iVE EVER HAD. A friend remarked that it tasted like the dregs of a french press. I have to agree. Has this strange characteristic of the bitterness of fresh ground coffee minus the good flavor. body is ok, ditto carbonaton. Not sure that coffee goes so well with an amber, but here we have it. session? eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12386) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
@RichmondX Gathering Thanks yobdoog-22oz bottle-pours a tight foamy off white head and copper color. Aroma is coffee, chile peppers. Taste is coffee, chile peppers, medium/dark malt. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (6198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Deep gold with a hint of orange. Coffe, chili peppers, with earthy hops aroma. Chocolate, peppers, coffee, and oranges on the flavor. thin and watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle at the 10th Richmond RateBeer Gathering courtesy of jcwattsrugger on 01/16/2010. Clear pale golden body with a small frothy white head. Sweet coffee and spicy pepper aroma. Sweet coffee flavor with some light spicy pepper flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle from Maniacs Richmond Tenth Gathering. Coffee? not so much. Chili Peppers, yes! The aroma is like Cave Creek Chili Beer. As it airs out, it becomes more like nasty coffee grounds. Flavor is just not doing anything for me. Im not a coffee fan, and this one REALLY has everything I dont like about coffee. Not a fan.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger at Richmond 10th. Medium amber, slight head, clear. Smells like dirt, although others said coffee and peppers. Light coffee flavor apparent, some more dirt, and some hot spice on the finish. Better flavor than aroma by a mile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (13488) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2010
22 ounce bottle courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Thanks! Pours a light brown with a thin head. Aroma is bitter coffee with a bit of a chili pepper note. Taste is sweet coffee notes with a bitter finish. A bit of a peppery note but far less than the aroma. Thin-medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Bottle: Pours a transparent amber bronze with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of semi-sweet grainy pale malts with a touch of roasty coffee beans. Starts with a mild sweetness and some lightly oxidized caramel malt with a drier tinge of coffee before a bittersweet finish. The base beer could be a little more distinctive and fresher tasting and the coffee more prevalent, but its an interesting beer to try nonetheless.

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