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RATINGS: 278   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Kenny brought it. A ruby red beer with a tan head. A big coffee nose and flavor. Very good if one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Almost black with no head. Floral roasted grain and drip coffee aroma and taste with a vegetal finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angelmonster (112) - Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours an extremely dark brown color with hazelnut highlights. Head is a 1/4 inch and is tan/milk chocolate in color. Head retention is above average and lacing is good. Smell is of strong, roasted coffee/espresso. Sweet caramel malts come through next followed by more bitter coffee. Hops and alcohol are pretty much non present here, the aromas are all about coffee. Taste is very similar to smell, dark roasted strong coffee mixed with a typical stout. Chalky, Biscuit malts are also there but the coffee really shines in this beer. Bitterness from coffee paired with the hops does a nice job to contrast the rich dark malts. Alcohol is not really detected. Mouthfeel is a bit light for an imperial stout and strongly carbonated. Body was very smooth though on the lighter side. Head contributed some cappuccino frothiness for about half the beer. Overall this beer is a total coffee bomb and I love it. My favorite style is Coffee stout and this brew is definitely on the heavy side of coffee flavoring. Only downsides to this beer were that it was a bit too thin to be classified as a imperial stout and I would have liked to taste some different flavors like chocolate,vanilla, smoke etc to complement the onslaught of java. That being said at 8 bucks for a six pack, this beer is a steal and shall become a staple in my fridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (780) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Can. The pour was an espresso jet black with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting and produced some excellent sheeting on the glass. The aroma was extremely strong of a fresh ground French Roasted coffee, a burnt black bread malt and an earthy doughy yeast with notes of bakers chocolate and a hint of toffee and black licorice. The taste was lightly sweet and quite malty with notes of chocolate and toffee early on and then progressed into a strong bitter coffee flavor with a mild alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, and had a nice espresso taste that was left to linger. Mouthfeel was bold and full in body with a dry, oily texture and a mild carbonation. Overall this brew is very well balanced and quite tasty. It could very well be put into an espresso cup, and would be enjoyed immensely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6070) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pour is thick black with a very thick creamy tan head that dissipates into a nice lacing, aroma has big notes of chocolate covered espresso bean, hints of roast, sweet milk chocolate, touch of coffee grounds, but really blasts you with a delicious coffee aroma. Taste is a really nice espresso, chocolate, cocoa powder, hints of caramel and toffee, with a smooth albeit a bit thin, coffee, slight roast finish. Delicious, delicious stuff, really used the coffee well and didn’t get the nasty grounds you get in a lot of coffee brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Dark brown. Very rich coffee character. Quite smooth. Good balance, rich coffee. Light stouty character. Not super well-balanced but there’s a little sweetness and I actually like the coffee character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2011
can consumed 3/13/11. thin pour... looks like black coffee with a short lived aggressive pale brown head. it smells like coffee, cream, roast, vinous berry-like fruitiness, chocolate, green hoppiness and vegetal. the flavor has a strange tartness in it similar to when brews start to sour and go bad (not the sourness of over steeped coffee) and some lactic business. it does share the notes from the aroma along with chalky dryness but they become secondary. light bodied for the ’style’, dry and roasty. if it weren’t for the oddities this would be a decent somewhat sessionable ’imperial ’ stout. 7/3/6/3/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5212) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Draft @ brewery, rich black some scant head. Aroma is of mellow medium roast coffee, as are the flavors. The pocket of coffee is a nice one. Freshly ground beans in the aroma. Flavors very smooth and the alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is smooth and lively but not creamy or velvety. The aftertaste combines medium roast medium acidity non-chocolatey coffee with a bright black barley roast finish. Balanced and highly drinkable, impressive for a style that is too often rendered poorly. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: APR 9, 2012 Wynkoop Parade of Darks 2011. Black appearance with a tan head. Aroma is almost completely dominated by an intense, acidic, black coffee ground smell. There’s some hints of the roastiness of the malts- I think- but it’s hard to say over the coffee. Roasty chocolate malty, potent black coffee ground flavor. I’m usually not a fan of these overly assertive coffee beers but at least in this case, I didn’t get the rough coffee ground texture. Kind of weird to drink this from a can.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (3938) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Black pour from a can, has a nice smooth luxurious light tan head, leaves lots of lace. Awesome aroma of fresh coffee, chocolate, some earthy toffee, perhaps a little bread pudding, and black malts. Body is full and deep with a prickly carbonation. The taste hits first with some coffee beans covered in chocolate, relents a little to reveal some earthy toffee, some bitterness from hops, roasty black malts, turns bitter again at the end. A little on the bitter side, but otherwise outstanding.

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