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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 O’hori’s Coffee House. Its heavenly flavor and aroma can’t be beat or imitated.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Can from Susan’s fine wines. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Definite coffee on the nose. Tons of roasted malt on the tongue with a fair amount of sweetness. I can’t say I’m feeling this coffee roast. Hides the alcohol well. Solid but not spectacular.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GIJOE (621) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Pours jet black with a creamy, tan head and copious sticky lacing. Aroma is coffee and dark roasted malt. Taste is pleasantly bitter on a backdrop of molasses-like sweetness. Full bodied brew with a slightly astringent finish. Very nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1595) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 19, 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OKBeerFan (59) - - SEP 15, 2013
Wow! This Impy stout was a nice surprise! Never expected this beer to taste so good. Nice coffee and chocolate flavor with a creamy mouthfeel almost like a 3 musketeer candy bar. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Can. Pours dark brown with a big creamy head that fades slowly and leaves some lacing. Aroma has a nice fresh coffee bean scent with some chocolate too. Taste starts with some sweet milk chocolate but then fresh coffee just takes over. Very creamy. Finish is mostly coffee with just a touch of caramel and bitterness. Medium body. Really good beer and I could definitely understand why some people absolutely love it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bil4l (5) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 26, 2013 does not count
One of my favorite beers ever. Rich, intense coffee aroma, and full body. Not too hoppy, with a fantastic chocolate background to the coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (756) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2014 Pours clear dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee beans with hints of chocolate. Taste is heavy coffee with roasted malt, and chocolate. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a lingering roastiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikO (27) - London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
Very smooth coffee stout. Mild roast coffee flavour, cream, caramel, easy drinking at ABV 8. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1519) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
There’s something alluring about canned imperial stouts, and for this one to give off such a serious waft of coffee the moment you open it just adds to this beer’s tempting nature. Black in color with a light-brown head, this beer has practically no head retention, leaving behind some strong, sweet, sticky lacing. The aroma is soft, roasted, and chalk full of coffee grounds. In the mouth, well, it tastes like you put some soggy, used coffee grounds straight in your mouth. The mouthfeel is full, while the body is relatively light, yet just strong enough to support the almost bitter coffee and roasted malt flavors. Hops peek through as well, adding a little mystery to that bitterness. It almost seems like every sip is different, with different characteristics surfacing at different points of the drink. Chocolate, then coffee, then toasted grains, roasted malts, a little vanilla, then a little hops leading up to some burnt caramel. It’s a very balanced for as entertaining as it is. Alcohol is strong enough to keep it respectable, while at the same time tame enough not to interfere. It finishes clean for such a heavy beer, with chocolate and coffee balancing out in the end to give you an easy taste of a sweet mocha from your favorite coffee shop.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2013
12 ounce can. Pours a deep brown color with a medium beige head. A big coffee nose. The flavor is dry roast, huge milky and roasted coffee, some light vanilla. Big beer overall, light green pepper (coffee) slides in. Good.


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