HIGHB4LL (823) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Erzengel (5078) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
Machinari_Diem (58) - - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Gerbeer (2268) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
brewballs (210) - USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ronaldtheriot (1467) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
maltman53 (429) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
NachlamSie (2918) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JBPortland (1100) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.