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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewballs (190) - USA - FEB 16, 2014
Itís like if Starbuckís made a brew, it would look and taste like this. Caramel hue. Foamy head. Semi Hoppy. Hazelnut meets latte sensibility. Has some body but since the booze seems low it doesnít have a bottom. Good nonetheless. I like the idea and execution, but it needs a higher ABV or a residual bitterness to give it that oomph.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1200) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Santa Fe Imperial Stout has a medium, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (with reddish-brown highlights) appearance, and a heavy lacing sheen left on the class. The aroma is of predominately dark-roasted coffee, dark-roasted malts, and maybe some water. Taste is of all that, with dark cherry and slight hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is mostly light, and Santa Fe Imperial Stout finishes mostly dry, rich, and flavorful. No alcohol shows itself. Excellent stuff, this. RJT

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (915) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with fine, light brown head. Decent retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted, dark coffee, bitter coffee, roasted malt and mild dark chocolate. Flavor is roasted coffee, dark malt, toffee, with a chocolate finish. Coffee flavor is moderate, better and stronger than I recall. On the low end of imperial stouts at 8%, but pleasant. Moderate carbonation, medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltman53 (280) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours coffee-black with a lacy tan head. Not a big aroma, but a big coffee, chocolate on the palate. Slightly burnt roasted malt flavor, but mostly gobs of melted dark chocolate malt. Think pouring freshly brewed coffee and bars of dark chocolate in a sauce pan. Lacks a little framing structure, but for the hedonists in this style it wonít disappoint.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2737) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
6 pack of cans from Keg Liquors. Pours pretty dark with a very frothy tan head. Coffee is pretty potent in the aroma and this pleases me. It is pretty sharp with nutty notes and some earth. The flavor is surprisingly bitter, not in a bad way, but like some bright, acidic coffee. There are suggestions of walnuts, brown sugar and cacao. Itís got a creamy mouthfeel which does very well with whatís going on here. The aroma is even more pleasing as it warms. Pretty darn good coffee stout, though I could use a little more coffee character. I will likely be buying this again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (682) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 12oz can pours dark brown with a finger of head. Nose is nutty, coffee, earthy roast. Taste is almond, cream, nuts, coffee, bitter. Finish is a nutty roast, flavored coffee, chocolate syrup. OK.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkSanta410 (224) - Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Can to glass. Pours black with khaki head. Huge coffee aroma with chocolatey, roasted malt undertone. Taste is coffee forward with slight chocolate notes. Not very thick on the palate. Delicious beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3297) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is a load of chocolate and coffee and roasted malts. Very pleasant and very fresh coffee taste. Nice chocolate touches. Hoppy undertones. Quite nice and unexpected and tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (531) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Coffee!!! Holy cow. Pours a dark brown and the coffee just floods out of the can. Minimal head big mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Great breakfast beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours a finger of tan head on an almost black body. The aroma is dominated by the roasted malt and coffee but some lemon comes through to give it a rounded aroma. The taste is cream, coffee, burnt malt and a mild lemon bitter finish. Excellent. The texture is soft with crisp edges and moderate carbonation. Nicely done.


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