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RATINGS: 289   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.


3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbreer1 (17) - New Orleans, USA - MAR 29, 2011
The name says it all. Itís definetly a beer with complex character of coffee and stout. I picked up on a slight burnt taste. Lingering, but pleasent finish. Powerful in every sense. Though some people who are not adamant dark beer drinkers, may think its a little too powerful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9704) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Can poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, chilies, bitter chocolate and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt with a smooth dry lingering coffee finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (391) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Pours a clear dark brown with a nice frothy head that is light brown in color. Dark, but not as dark as some imperial stouts. Overwhelming coffee aroma with hints of dark chocolate. This beer is a nice combination of better and sweet and definitely has a strong coffee component to the flavor. Fairly creamy in the mouth. While a bit bitter, this is a very good coffee stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (4663) - Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Can shared during a RBWG stop at the Az Wine Co for some great food and beers
Appearance: Black with a small tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, coffee and chocolate
Taste: Sweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts
Ok, I got more chocolate than coffee. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Sampled @ AZ Strong Beer Fest. Dark chocolate pour with a creamy latte head. Nose of espresso, roasted coffee bean, and a Starbucks lobby. Flavor also shows cocoa, toasted oats, and nuts. Fairly thick...definitely not watery. Good and I hear we are getting these in the can!!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
From a can at the AZ Strong Beer Fest, February 2011. Pours near lack with a brown head. The nose is roast, lots of coffee and burnt chocolate. The taste is mostly coffee with some milk chocolate in the background. Medium bodied. A bit one dimensional for me but it definitely lives up to its name.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Pours a beautiful black with mocha head. Notes of malted milk and chocolate on the nose. Full mouthfeel with start of deeply roasted malt, moves into smooth chocolate, and finally coffee with a hint of alcohol. Well balanced and delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Tap at AZSBF.Pour is deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of coffee, chocolate, and roast malt. Flavor is coffee, coffee, coffee, with underlying notes of ash and tar. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - 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.


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