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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout A- Pours dark brown with a thick light brown 3 finger head. S- earthy, fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate. T- follows the nose very well. The earthy coffee flavor hits the palate first followed by chocolate flavors and slight hop bitterness to round out the finish. M- medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not much in the aftertaste. O- this is an excellent coffee stout. I like the dirty/earthy flavors of the coffee. It's definitely on the lower end of the Imperial ABV, but it makes it more drinkable. The price point is also excellent, $9-$11 for a six pack. -


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
two7offsuit (292) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is coffee. Flavor is dark roast coffee.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scola729 (32) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Had in Aspen, can poured into snifter. Pours with a light head that dissipates rather quickly, beer a deep red and brown. Strong coffee aromas with some caramel and hop coming through. Light and carbonated mouthfeel with crisp finish. Coffee flavor up front and lasting at the end. A bit more coffee than my liking but it's pretty clear of that in the name! Still a solid stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3338) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2015
Can at home. Pours an opaque black with a small beige head. Quite sweet with aromas of coffee and burned malts. Also aromas of burned caramel and hints of dried fruits. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Bitter finish. Bit too sweet... like a crossover of a porter an a white Russian.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4035) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Can. Pours a near-black color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose is dominated by some dark-roasted coffee in an entirely pleasant way. Taste has a hint of sweetness to it, but has that pleasantly bitter taste you get from black coffee. Some hints of chocolate are there as well. Me gusta.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamnowek (455) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2015
Deep dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is cocoa then coffee. Taste is malty espresso.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3984) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Can. Pours opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that dissipates fairly quickly with good lacing. Aroma is coffee coffee grounds, roasted malts, a bit of ashtray. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, tons and tons of coffee. Medium body, some acidity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2015
12 oz can, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a slightly clear dark brown,rather light for a coffee stout, and forms a massively thick light tan head that hangs around for a while. It leaves lacing on the glass while it slowly dissipates down to a cap. Eventually, the head vanishes completely, and the beer looks almost exactly like a cup of light roast coffee sans any form of cream. Smell: Deep roast and rich coffee scents mingle above a sweetness that doesn’t seem to be entirely malt-derived. There’s a hint of something akin to chicory lurking in there as well - I’d expect that from a New Orleans-based brewery before a Santa Fe brewery, but I’ll take it. Taste: The aroma does not disappoint here, as the beer delivers exactly what was promised by the nose. The flavor profile opens with roasted malt and light coffee in abundance, mingled with a slight touch of bitter baking chocolate. Notes of chicory echo around the edges as the brew moves along the palate, and the coffee bitterness fades as a sugary sort of sweetness begins to manifest. It never quite overtakes the coffee bitter, but balances it out by the finish. I can’t find any alcohol taste at all, so well done there, Santa Fe! Mouthfeel: Aside from temperature, this beer actually feels like drinking black coffee. Overall: Not a bad go at a coffee stout, with the emphasis on coffee rather than stout. I would drink this again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8500) - Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Nice coffee aroma. Its also got nice cocoa and caramel flavors a balance of bitter coffee.and malt sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ctplt777 (251) - - DEC 24, 2014
Awesome coffee and chocolate in this one. Not overpowering amounts of coffee, just right. The sweet chocolate comes through perfectly with the coffee to make a nice sweet balanced beer. Super smooth. Exactly what you want in a stout. Awesome stuff!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Namespayne (60) - - DEC 3, 2014
Can to snifter. Black pour, tall off white head, medium lasting. Robust, smooth, bold, bitter finish, sweet coffee aroma and flavor. A little bit boozy, definitely wiry. A big bodied stout. Score: A+ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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