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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2012
Pours black with a tall, tan head out of a 12 oz can. Sweet. Coffee and chocolate on the nose with a slight astringency. Light-bodied and not overpowering, but tasty and smooth. Good for morning or afternoon. Can design is badass as well.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2012
Aroma- black coffee, chocolate, roasted notes Appearance- black with an off-white head, intense lacing, big white bubbles Taste- nice coffee upfront, caramel sweetness upfront, hop and coffee bitterness on the backend Palate- moderate body, right mouthfeel for the body Overall- Better than I expected. Pretty solid coffee stout that is extremely smooth and well-crafted.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Courtesy of craftycarl21. Super black pour with a massive tan frothy head. Huge brownie and cocoa nib in the nose, with prolific espresso and coffee in the flavor. Big bitter chocolate and creamy latte with mild bitter roast in the finish. Medium to full body for the style with ample carbonation and a roasty finish. Delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2012
12 oz can, big thanks to my friend Brett for grabbing this for me!! Black pour with a gorgeous, gigantic frothy tan head. Nose holds gorgeous clean, pure coffee grounds, espresso, dark chocolate, and some beautiful roasty bitter tones. Flavor much of the same, with some increased earthiness, a touch of metal in the bitterness, cream, and more of that real coffee presence. Reminds me of a blend of Coffee Bender and Breakfast Stout. Damn good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Thanks to Jack for this 12oz can. Settles in as a dark chocolate brown, just short of black, under a huge frothy beige head that shows excellent lacing. Lots of roasted coffee and cocoa beans in the nose with some hints of lactose. The roasted black malts are the most dominant aspect. Taste is sweet lactose and fresh roasted coffee with faint chocolate notes. It tastes a bit like a watered down iced mocha but with half the chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied for a standard stout and on the lighter end if we’re considering this one imperial. It’s got strong carbonation and leaves a roasty bitterness on the palate. I love coffee stouts but this is not one of my favorites. The coffee is subtle and doesn’t really pop. It’s a drinkable stout overall but not up there with the best coffee stouts or impy coffee stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
Can. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma is of of freshly ground coffee beans, lactose like aroma, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark caramel and some sugary notes. Flavor follows the nose with lots of fresh ground coffee beans, dark chocolate, soy sauce, dark caramel and toffee, roasted malts and sugary notes. The body is on the bigger side of medium with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a great Coffee Stout!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (671) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Wow, definitely surprised by this one. Split a can with a friend and it stood up to the hype he talked about. Really nice coffee notes, all around. Dark coffee with lights notes of creaminess throughout. Slightly bitter, but not overpowering. Smooth malts, lightly roasted flavor and aroma. As noted by a fellow bartender, it’s coffee just how he likes it. Slight cream and richness

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Can shared by brew3crew. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate, coffee and alcohol aroma. Medium sweet roasted black coffee flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a good sweet beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2012
From a can! Brown body with a creamy white head. Smells of actual coffee, not the kind that is forced. Sweet coffee. Taste is sweet coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. goes down so smooth. Could drink can after can of this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2464) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2012
12 ounce can into snifter, no canning date. Pours pitch black with some brown on the edges; with a huge 2-3 finger khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of big roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, and some herbal hops. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, roasted malt, toast, and light spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and herbal spiciness. Nice balance of flavors with a good amount of robustness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a decently creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very easy to drink for 8%, and there is really no alcohol presence noticed. Overall this is a great coffee stout! I am guessing this was at least over a year old, but it has held up the coffee flavors quite nicely. Nice balance of flavors and easily drinkable.


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