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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This is the kind of beer that gives the word "stout" a reputation. Extra generous quantities of barley malt, followed by vigorous fermentation leaves this "imperial" heavy weight with 8% alcohol A.B.V. and a body as full as chocolate bread pudding. A complimentary and complex array of bitter notes comes form potent American hops, earthy British hops, black-roasted malts and, of course, coffee. Santa Fe Brewing Company uses only top-quality ingredients like organically grown East Timor coffee beans blended with New Guinea coffee beans, locally roasted by O’hori’s Coffee House. Its heavenly flavor and aroma can’t be beat or imitated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2013
From a 12 oz can in Breckenridge CO. Pours black with a tan head. Coffee aroma. Flavors of coffee, toasted malts and licorice. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2013
12oz. can. Plenty of strong coffee in the nose, as expected, along with a copious amount of roasted, almost charred malt, dusty cocoa, faint citric and earthy hop and a touch of caramel. Almost completely black in color, just a highlight of dark brown around the edges of the glass, and a very fine, fading head. Flavor profile is likewise full of coffee character, dark and roasty, with a moderate amount of caramel/toffeeish malt sweetness to go along, as well as a fairly strong bitterness that seems to be derived from both the hops and roasty black malt character, finishing dry and with just a hint of alcohol, drying out substantially on the finish. Finely effervescent and smooth on the palate, a bit thinner than the majority of Imperial Stouts but this may also be implied by the relatively low alcohol content for the style (8% abv.), body is fairly full. This was pleasant enough, but lacking in complexity to an extent, and sort of "just another coffee stout" for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3441) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle; very dark brown to black in color with a light brown head; some lacing. Aroma of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, fruit, peppers and fresh veggies. Flavor was really smooth and very drinkable. Maybe not as complex as the aroma, but better. An obvious java/coffee component, but not overpowering to the detriment of the flavor. Slight sweetness, some light bready and caramel notes, a bit of an earthy hop finish. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Heavy coffee and chocolate aroma. Pours a very dark brown (or black coffee) with thin head. Slight bit of tartness up front...substantial roasted notes right before the huge coffee flavor hits you. Finishes with a slight alcohol flavor. Lighter mouth feel than you would expect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3537) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Pours deep brown/black with a medium tan/mocha head. Aroma has coffee,burnt/roasty notes, and just a touch of faint smoke. Flavor is nice and roasty with plenty of coffee...you better like coffee to drink this one...good coffee bitterness too. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a dry coffee/bitter/roasty finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TizzleJizzle (743) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Can thanks to thirdeye11. Beautiful pour: deep maroon borwn and a pleasant khaki head. Taste is overkill of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Palate wrecker! Far too much coffee for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2013
12 oz can poured at 10 AM. Black with a big tan head that lingers and laces the glass. The aroma is mostly strong coffee, with some roasted malts and earthy hops. Full bodied, creamy and carbonated well. Roasted smooth coffee flavor and light herbal hops. Light sweetness and mild bitterness. Tasty stuff and very affordable. (~$9/6-pack)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2013
I like coffee stouts. It should taste like coffee, and stouts. This one is almost right on, but the overall experience is marred by a weird cooked cabbage note in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3098) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2013
The beer is the color of my morning ritual cup of coffee. Dark brown, nearing black. The beige head is thick and leaves sticky residue in its wake. The aroma offers a potent dose of coffee right off the bat. Certainly aimed at the coffee aficionado. Some roast and chocolate notes, which is to be expected. Coffee takes center stage, however. Dark roast leads the way, then transitions to a chocolate bread flavor lingering in the finish. Very good. Rich and creamy feel with none of the unpleasant bitterness sometimes found in a bold coffee beer. A solid beer. I would definitely have this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (833) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
12 oz can. Pours a clear, dark brown with mohagony hues. Aroma of coffee, peat, dried fruit, dark chocolate. Flavor is coffee, pine, very dark chocolate, molasses, prune. Has a bitter, dry finish.

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