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RATINGS: 263   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.


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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. -


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2041) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2014
Draft - Dark roast coffee and some dark chocolate. Jet black with a thin beige head. Dark roast coffee and a bean bitterness. Lots of coffee through and through.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (589) - Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2014
On tap at Rock and Run Pub. Dark brown in color with a finger of off white foam and good lacing. Big mocha and coffee aroma with charred roasted malt and some cocoa. Taste is similar with a slightly sweet mocha flavor with some vanilla and nice coffee flavor. Roasty with some nutty character, cocoa and just a hint of alcohol. Some roasty bitterness in aftertaste. Finishes semi dry with smooth roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and carbonation. Very tasty and drinkable coffee stout. Would definitely have again.

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
val_Garcia (8) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2014 does not count
Tasty good coffee taste not too sweet would buy again.................................

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (2825) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Une canette de 355 ml. Un beau corps brun avec sa coiffe bien montée et sa dentelle impressionnante. Des arômes très invitants de café torréfié et terreux avec du caramel foncé croquant et du chocolat aux noix grillées. Des saveurs très plaisantes. Je goûte un café vanillé, du chocolat, du caramel aux amandes, des malts brûlés et des houblons terreux. Au palais, je découvre un liquide bien crémeux et assez dense. En finale, le café amer se mélange à des notes adoucissantes de caramel cristallisé. Très bon! Idéal pour le partage.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2014
Dark beer with a mahogany hue when held against the light. Thin tan head. Great coffee bean nose. Big sweetened coffee flavor with large doses of chocolate, molasses, burnt toast and a long green finish. Very rich coffee beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmmbeer (1213) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2014
12 oz. bottle served in a shaker- poured a burnt motor oil black from my wife’s old Neon color-black is the best color to describe until something darker comes along. Creamy and foamy tan head with scores of tiny frog eyes upon the liquid surface, and it laced very nicely upon the vessel. Aroma of a burnt to hell and back malt (but it loved every moment of it), some light baker’s chocolate, smoke, and the coffee that I have to order once a month from a roaster in Michigan because these TexUGHtucky fucktards can’t do a damn thing right. Hits the mouth with a wide and hard body, malt actually tastes like it was just lightly roasted- I’ll be damned, middle has some dark chocolate, finish is zesty, lightly acidic, and finely sweet. Now that’s a beer- from NM? Oh... REALLY!?!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3436) - 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%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gvaughn (16) - Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
The first thing you notice on pouring is the coffee aroma along with hints of caramel and toffee. It pours with a nice tan head and has the expected dark color of a stout. The coffee dominates the stout and along with the hops it provides a very nice amount of bitterness. The mouth feel is full and creamy. This is among the best coffee stouts I’ve tried and I would definitely have another.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Purchased in six pack form at Spec’s in Austin, TX; enjoyed after a great day gallivanting around the city. Appearance is a rich, thick black with a nice tan head that curdles ala Guinness, pretty cool to see. Aroma is huge on the bitter coffee notes, with notes of oatmeal, chocolate malt, very subtle lactose. Taste goes down lightly bitter, rich in chocolate and coffee, very thick, definite dessert brew. I’m really enjoying this one, nothing too overpowering but still potent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wordsworth (127) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Aluminum can poured into snifter. Pours a darkest brown, opaque and almost black. Sticky, soapy lacing follows a pencil thin khaki head that dissipates into a collar. Aroma is of coffee, heavy roast, malt, and a hint of cocoa. Flavor is mostly the same, but with an emphasis on roasted coffee. Pretty decent stout, especially since it came out of a can. 8% ABV is tolerable and makes this more drinkable than some other, stronger stouts.


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