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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndresTM (306) - Vienna, - SEP 26, 2012
Coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and caramel in the aroma. It is delicious. The taste is a bit underwhelming, as it doesnít deliver all the promises the nose makes. It is correctly bitter and not as sweet or strong in coffee favors as I had expected. The palate is more medium than thick and carbonation is adequate. If only everything else were as good as the aroma...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (1808) - 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 (4786) - 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 (1028) - 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 (844) - 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 (1203) - 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 (4843) - 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 (371) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (312) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Enjoyed 2 Sep 2012 at the Houston Flying Saucer -- I canít recall exact details but I did rate this beer high, so it must be pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1688) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 22, 2014
Can from Hazelís beverage world. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with coffee, nuts, hops, roasted malts and vanilla. Bitter finish with coffee, roasted malts, nuts and vanilla. Excellent imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2166) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a deep translucent brownish black from the can with fluffy tan brown head and bubbly carbonation. Aroma of lots of cold brewed coffee and a hint of sweet chocolate. Taste is like a Starbucks cold coffee that you get out of a gas station, hints of milk and sugar with lots of coffee. Hint of bitter earth, no booze at all, good carbonation, nicely done.


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