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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3270) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2012
12 oz can from secret Santa 2012 - blutt59. Pours clear dark brown color with light head. Aromas of espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts. Coffee flavor is a little green. Milk chocolate and roasted malt flavors also. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Thanks Bob.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Solid stout. Pours thick, with just the right amount of froth. Plentiful malty flavors with a hint of coffee as well as chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3504) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2012
12 oz can at Bogeys in Leawood, Kansas. Was happy to see this beer here, generally they have squat for selection. The pour is a murky brown, with a 1/2 inch light tan head. The aroma is roast coffee, additional char roast malt, and a light cane sugar sweetness behind the roast. The taste is primarily the coffee roast, along with a bit of the sugar sweetness of the nose. Some caramel. Think iced coffee with cream. The coffee flavor is a bit stale. The palate is medium bodied, with above average bright carbonation. There is some mineral, though it shows a bit metallic. The coffee flavors are very lingering. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (16429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Draft at the source. Extremely dark briwn color, beige head. Aroma of dark roast coffee. Taste is similar. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has cream, heavy coffee, roasty malt, light berries and is overall coffee heavy on the aroma. It has a medium / thick body that’s fairly smooth with soft gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate, smoothness, roastiness, coffee and a bitterness that seems like it is from coffee or hops, doesn’t seem like it’s from the roasted malt. The finish has more coffee, bit of berries and a hint of apple. While I’ve mentioned coffee a lot in the review and it was heavy on the aroma, the taste was quite balanced and pleasant. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (7908) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2012
33cl can, courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Cheers Dave for bringing this one to Belgium. Brune foncée, col épais moka. Arôme présent une bouquet généreux de café ainsi que de levure avec une pointe houblonnée perdurant. La part belle reste tout de même pour le café. Palais est malté avec un plein de café onctueux le tout se terminant sur une pointe d’amertume typique du café. La bière me rappelle bien la Wake-n-Bake de Terrapin, malt grillé, fini biscuité voire de massepain et au final un soupçon d’amertume. Solide.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gdrydenc (8) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2012 does not count
The coffee kicks you in the teeth on this one. Great flavor, the one issue is that it’s a little bit thin for an imperial I feel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2578) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Black color. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Moderate roasted coffee/java and malt aroma. Flavor of the same. Avg duration. Lasting coffee finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerenberger (1567) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Aroma of coffee with notes of chocolate and malt. Pours an opaque brown with a short lived tan head and nice lacing. Taste Is overall bitter. Strong bitter coffe flavor with hints of dark bitter chocolate and malt sweetness. A bitter coffee aftertaste persists. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, an excellant imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7668) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 Draft at the brewery, served in a pint glass. Pours an opaque coffee brown with a small beige head. The aroma is virtually nothing but coffee. Same with the flavor. Like cold coffee. The body is a bit thin and has a metallic note late. Moderate carbonation. Not really my thing. Re-Rate: So this tastes better from a can than on tap at the source. Go figure. The coffee pops more, and everything is smoother. Upgrade.


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