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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Coffee amber is not a normal style. Dark ruby amber orange with a sticky thick lacing off white head. Aroma is roasty but light amber sweetness, caramel. Taste is mild coffee, not roasty, but then thin malty caramel, apple fruitiness. It sorta works but not really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (6101) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Interesting amber/copper coloured body with a thinnish tan head - I was expecting darker, but looks fairly good. Aroma of tobacco, malt, coffee, raisins and plums. Medium-bodied; Sharp pungent coffee and malt flavours roam through with a touch of caramel and nuts finishing off the taste. Aftertaste leads more into the sweet and nuttiness aspects and leaves the coffee behind. Overall, not such a successful beer in my mind - more malt and bitterness needed, closer to a porter - but this was interesting to try. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 03-October-2009 sampled at home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 24-October-2009.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7628) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, coffee), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Theres a very good reason most coffee beers are dark beers. Dark roasted malts are simply better matched to roasty coffee character. In this example, there is nothing underneath the coffee aroma to support its assertive, bold character. The other elements are thus made more flimsy and end up clashing with the roast. The vanilla, chocolate, and roasty grain character of dark beers is the anchor for coffee, and this lacks that anchor. The weak, watery body does not help. An unfortunate design choice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2009
bottle. copper with clarity. off white head. rich malts, caramel, dark roast aroma. smooth and moderately creamy body. nice rich amber with nice coffee.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 Pours a clear, copper color. Aroma is a strong old coffee note, not much else. Flavor mimics the aroma exactly, strong coffee flavor with almost nothing else. Density is medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Overall the flavor is cold coffee with almost no other worthwhile flavors that stand out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (682) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Pours clear amber, with a medium beige head, fine lacing. Aromas of caramel , grass, hazel nut, and a hint of earthy coffee grounds. Medium light body, creamy and crisp. The flavor is uncharacteristically deep for an amber with notes of toffee, toast, some light coffee notes, and a grassy and earthy finish. Well balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14526) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Bomber. Pours a crystal clear copper-amber color with a medium, fading head of beige tinted froth. Jagged rings and broken sheets of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is quite simple, notes of caramel and mocha cake icing showing mostly sweet, with little in the way of hops or bittering roast. Flavors, too, fall towards the sugary side of balanced, resembling a hop-deficient amber steeped with stale coffee beans as an afterthought. The palate falls short of medium bodied and comes across as sticky, coating the mouth with excess residual sugar. Sloppy and thrown together, this one disappoints. See Peak Organics Espresso Amber for a better, more balanced example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1773) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours an orange amber with a small frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is strong slightly stale toddy coffee with a little chocolate.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with a touch of fruits blended with a lot of coffee. The finish has light grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly watery.

Overall, an OK, rather one-dimensional, coffee beer. It is a bit interesting that its on the lighter side (color and alcohol). From what I remember, its similar to NB Giddy Up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
light coffee and slight peanut aroma. Pours clear amber, no head. Light and watery coffee flavour. Not a standout.

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