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RATINGS: 302   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate and roasted coffee. Itís a dark brown with faint orange highlights and a small beige head that eventually fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. There is some thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate with a touch of molasses. He finish has light coffee/espresso with a hint of vanilla. Itís medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2584) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Can shared by Pinkzambia nearly black light tan head. Plenty of coffee in the aroma and a nice spicy sweet roastiness. Some simar character of their "cigarette porter" nice sharp roast flavors with some sweetness as well. Fairly dry finish

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1530) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Can: Jet black with a tan head. Aroma of ash tray, coffee - a regular break room favorite at the factory. Bitter flavors of coffee grounds with sugar added. Thin feel even though some bitterness remains. Not bad, unique for a coffee imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2112) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Can to glass. Strong coffee initially but fades relatively quickly. Dark black pour with light brown head. More biscuit as it warms. Taste is burnt toast and bread crust. Coffee is there but is mostly muted. medium to full body. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2014
A dark brown body with limited clarity, under a coarse lacing sand-colored top. A distinct metal scent at first, followed by a big coffee aroma. Hint of alcohol. Supercreamy mouthfeel. Medium to full body. Coffee-flavored from here to eternity. Soft, rounded and creamed. Light bitter tones, and hint of dark dried fruits underneath. A very good one. Coffee-o-rama! [12 fl.oz. can, gift from yngwie. Thanks my friend!]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1125) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Near black with a nice beige head that slowly fades to a film. Tons of lacing. Aroma is coffee with cream and sugar and some chocolate notes. Taste is milk chocolate and slightly bitter coffee. Silky palate. Really nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1045) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Pours an opaque, very dark brown, with a creamy taupe head. Full, griddle grease, olive, and smoky coffee aromas. Smooth, moderately thick mouthfeel. A lot of balance in this coffee, chocolate, smoke, cooked grease on the griddle, and olive flavors. Very, very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Hearty, freshly ground coffee atop the roasty stout base. Balance of flavors is superb for an everyday shelf beer. Rivals Breakfast Stout in its level of refinement. Thrilled that this is widely available around here.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5078) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sampled from a 12 oz can this beer poured a black color with a small foamy tan head that faded and left decent lacing. The aroma was strong ground coffee and a bit of roasty malts. The flavor was strong ground coffee, vanilla, marshmallow with sweet toasty malts. Very long finish. Thick and creamy body. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (534) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Can to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, light coffee, chocolate, nutty. Flavor brings out a bit more roasted malt sweetness with a touch of coffee bitterness. Some cacao still shines through. Light to medium in body and very drinkable for an imperial stout. Maybe more along the lines of a stout. But who cares. Very tasty.


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