phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/2 pint @ draught house. Appearance is black, translucent, small khaki head fades. Aroma is definitely coffee, that’s about it! The taste is dark rich coffee, burnt, medium-bitter, and just a tiny bit hoppy. Long aftertaste, lingers. Heavy body, but fizzy on the tongue at the end.
jnkor (328) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was light beer with nice coffee notes, slight sweetness.
appearance was dark color, caramel head bordering on white.
taste was full of coffee, rich and slightly sweet
nice finish, dry, well balanced.
bu11zeye (12353) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz can) Pours a mahogany body with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate with a dry finish.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can! Inky black pour! Nose is coffee, earth, dark roast malts! Flavor is coffee, bitter, dark bread, earth! Fantastic, full mouthfeel!
SPDickerman (1075) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, dark ruby with a tiny light beige head. Smells of coffee, coffee, and coffee. Taste is coffee, coffee, and coffee, with coffee bitterness. Medium-to-full bodied with a smooth texture and lightly fizzed mouth-carbonation, Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout finishes with a touch of coffee bitterness.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Great coffee nose. Dark-roasted flavors. Syrupy sweetness (sweet cream, vanilla, caramel and taffy). Some burntness as well. Scorchy bitterness lingers on the tongue. A little stark in the middle, and the sweetness is a bit much, but it’s still a decent coffee stout.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lucky enough to get one of the last of these. Excellent and I wanted more. Coffee flavor was good but not overdone. Good job.
beerbastard (807) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is really good! Pours a rich dark blackish brown. Great coffee nose followed by some chocolate notes. Tastes of rich unroasted green coffee, earthy like. Followed by more coffee flavors mixed with dark chocolates. The malt sweetness blends well with these flavors. The finish is still dominated by coffee. When they say java they mean java. This is more than just a great breakfast drink!
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout
A- Pours dark brown with a thick light brown 3 finger head.
S- earthy, fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate.
T- follows the nose very well. The earthy coffee flavor hits the palate first followed by chocolate flavors and slight hop bitterness to round out the finish.
M- medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not much in the aftertaste.
O- this is an excellent coffee stout. I like the dirty/earthy flavors of the coffee. It's definitely on the lower end of the Imperial ABV, but it makes it more drinkable. The price point is also excellent, $9-$11 for a six pack.