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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4164) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2014
12 oz. can. Pours opaque with a lasting film of cream. Nose is coffee, cocoa and a touch of vanilla. Taste is the same mix with a bit of toasted nut and a touch of booze. Medium-heavy body is nearly harshly dry with the roast and coffee. Mostly smooth medium carbonation, but shows a bit more warmth than necessary for only 8%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HIGHB4LL (835) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2014
12 oz. can. Appearance: finger of tight light brown head, great lacing, dark brown-black color, clear. Aroma:coffee, chocolate, nuts, light pine, light alcohol. Palate: creamy texture, full body, soft carbonation, light alcohol. Taste: heavy heavy coffee, light sweet with bitter coffee finish. Overall, a little unbalanced for me, but other than that, great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (5501) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2014
Thanks to StefanSD for this can! Roasted coffee-nose, slightly malty. The beer starts roasted-intense, Espresso, dark roasted malt. But still easy to drink. The aftertaste is long, coffee-intense, malty. Nicely bitter in the aftertaste, round and balanced.
Great roasted coffee-brew! --> 14/13/14/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Machinari_Diem (58) - - FEB 23, 2014
Pours thick black oily with thick brown head that is slow to dissipate. Aroma smells strongly of roasted malt and coffee. Strong coffee flavor chased by aggressive Hop flavor and bitterness (or is that the coffee?). Metallic notes from roasted malt dissipated after the beer warmed. Mouthfeel and flavor were too light to call this an imperial stout but I drank it in the 40 - 45 degree temperature range. I suspect it is much better over 50 degrees.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
12 oz can. Pours black with full head. Aromas of freshly ground coffee (acidic), licorice, and roasted malts. Flavors are similar with extended flavours of oily fresh pressed black coffee. Very nice but a bit of coffee overkill limits where/when to use.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewballs (212) - USA - FEB 16, 2014
It’s like if Starbuck’s 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 doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1523) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (957) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltman53 (432) - 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 won’t disappoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2964) - 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. It’s got a creamy mouthfeel which does very well with what’s 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.

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