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RATINGS: 261   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 Oíhoriís Coffee House. Its heavenly flavor and aroma canít be beat or imitated.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Incredible coffee, nose, strong roasty, fresh, good coffee too. Light underlying sweetness in there. Pours black with a nice creamy tan head. The flavor is full of fresh good coffee, lots of roast, light sweetness. Fresh and not unlike good iced coffee. Nice medium to somewhat creamy body. Great drinkability. Really nice stuff here.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebarista (5) - USA - FEB 21, 2011 does not count
Was Meh coming into it got it on tap at the Bricklight Dive. This beer blew my mind, very dark very flavorful to completely hide the higher abv. It comes in cans too and is just a mindblower. It is pure stout but mutes the thickness of a stout with intense aroma and flavor or java, and not folgers but high quality small batch java. Overall one of the best stouts I have tasted and rates above Deschutes Obsidian for me.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Dark brown. Loads of coffee, burnt sugar, ash, tar, dry malts. Flavor is coffee, coffee and more coffee. Some chocolate, ashes and tar. Good stuff. I loved the guys pouring this beer...hilarious and really fun.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
thanks bvc! huge creamy coffee nose, dark, almost as a concentrate. thinnish and very dark brown. great coffee character, little sweet, becomes chocolately in the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Can. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (stale coffee grounds, roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, husks), with notes of alcohol, latex paint, and chalk. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. The nose is fairly unpleasant...overly burnt, with a chalky, phenolic, and vegetal-husky character. Lots of coffee character for sure, but not aromatically attractive...always the tricky bit with coffee stouts is the treatment of the beans (when/how to add), and this one just smells like spent grounds to me. The mouthfeel and flavor balance are decent enough, though. Tried two different cans, so itís just my tastes and not a fluke off can.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Permeable chestnut-ebony. Uneven off-tan head maintains a thin ring. Alluring aromas of bakerís chocolate, nougat, cola, toasted cocoa, burnt toffee, and seared malt hulls. Well-integrated smoky coffee overtones with a hint of road tar, as well. Softly prickly effervescence. Malts immediately unravel on the tongue in a savory roasted malt hull and acidic char interplay, bound together nicely by a deep-rooted silky java foundation. Potently earthy coffee profile latches onto the gritty roast/charcoal while the core is buttressed by a velvety hazelnut-tinged Chocolate malt stronghold which offers lovely contrast to the scratchy earthiness. Although it leans toward the dry end of the spectrum, the coffee, along with the sweet-grain stamp and residual brown sugar, fills in the gaps by packing an abundance of vibrantly complex smoky, earthy and succulent textures and flavors. Bittersweet finish features a subdued hop bitterness adorned with a chocolate-covered graham cracker and butter toffee tandem. An excellent, well-balanced strong stout from a neat brewery that excels at "simple" styles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Canned. Dark brown, near black, nice brown head. Lots of coffee in this one, french roast, backdoor chocolate, light vanilla, all backed by earthy hops. Awesome to slug out of the can, ill continue to buy this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Let me first say that I love the minimalist designs on Santa Feís new canned products - dark ruby, nearly black pour - frothy tan head - intense aroma of oily, freshly roasted coffee beans - smells of a dark roast - additional aromas are kind of washed out by this, but I donít mind - creamy mouthfeel - medium-full body - the coffee presents in full force first (the flavor, but not the bitterness just yet), along with some moderate sweetness - dries out moderately through the middle, as some hop bitterness comes together well with the now present bitterness of the coffee - just a touch of acidity extracted from the coffee - a bit of black malt - espresso finish - a touch of alcohol warmth - just enough - very balanced - Iíve been impressed with what Santa Fe has been putting out lately - undoubtedly, some later raters will make comments along the lines of "this isnít a real imperial because it isnít chewy and viscous and it isnít boozy and sweet and it doesnít burn my trachea when I drink it" - but we donít need to listen to those people - a quality imperial coffee stout...in cans...for 8 bucks a six pack - did you read that craft beer brewers of the world? - learn from this.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nikiel (870) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Pours a very dark brown with dark brown foam. Smells very roasty with coffee notes and tastes slightly hoppy, but primarily roasty both of coffee and barley. As a non-coffee drinker, there is too much coffee for me, but the body is good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2011
12oz can. Pours a dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that quickly goes to a collar that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malts and lots of roasted coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate with a lot of nice coffee and some bitter roast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low but smooth carbonation.

Overall, not very complex (all about the coffee), but a great beer for coffee lovers. One of the best coffee beers Iíve had...yum!


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