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RATINGS: 323   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (816) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
12 oz can. Pours a clear, dark brown with mohagony hues. Aroma of coffee, peat, dried fruit, dark chocolate. Flavor is coffee, pine, very dark chocolate, molasses, prune. Has a bitter, dry finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1528) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2015
12 ounce can that one of my friends gave to me. No date that I can find on it. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head that stayed around for a bit. There’s also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like coffee but there’s also some burnt/charred malt, caramel and some bittersweet chocolate noticeable. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there’s also some vanilla flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good coffee stout. Glad I got to try it, but also disappointed I won’t get to try this again soon since Santa Fe Brewing doesn’t distribute here. Definitely worth picking up if you come across some!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
drjay44 (2932) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Draft. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, with hints of lacing, over a clear dark brown black (SRM 40) body......nose is heavy coffee, hints of cocoa chocolate, minimal herbal hops, balance to the coffee and roasted malts.....taste is lightly sweet, with heavy coffee, cocoa, chocolate, finishing with light hop but heavy coffee bitterness.....mouth feel, medium body, slight alcohol warmth, carbonation creates creaminess. This is quite overly dominated by the remarkably heavy coffee. The result is a very simple coffee flavored beer. None of the other elements in an Imperial Stout are allowed to come out. No fruits, no hops, no toffee/caramel, no umami, just coffee. BJCP 6/3/11/5/5

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7335) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Can. Blackish beer with a brown head. Coffee and light caramel aroma. Caramel and coffee flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Coffee and caramel lingers with light fruitiness.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmsloderb (4) - USA - MAY 2, 2015 does not count
Tried it in a can at Brookside Art Annual. It has a great coffee flavor, I could see myself drinking it in the morning once in awhile. Finds a good balance with the heaviness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (3027) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2015
Une bonne tasse d’espresso avec un chocolat noir fondant. L’astringence est ferme au départ mais s’atténue avec le temps. Très vif et enraciné ce café.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lawman834 (255) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2015
Entering from my scorecard after having sampled at the Big Texas Craft Brew Fest.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2015
12 oz can. Dark brown with tan foam. Nose is coffee bean, char, Baker’s chocolate and black licorice. Creamy almost full body with a roasty tang. Taste is big on coffee bean with vanilla, raisin, juniper and brownie.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (919) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2015
jey black pour, tan head. Nose is coffee, coco, little alcohol. Bittersweet. Middle is more soft coco, creamy malt, espresso. Finish is dark malt, woody hops.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4345) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2015
12 oz. can brought back from Willrunforbeer’s recent Vegas trip. Aroma is really nice bold and lingering espresso bean ( like standing next to a coffee grinder ) mild hints of chocolate.

The flavor is long lingering coffee beans. Earthy flavor with a good medium to full body of roast. The coffee lingers on and on but does have a slight vegetal hint but still awfully good. The texture is smooth and creamy with a soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1327) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2015
Can from my latest Vegas trip. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is vegetal, dark coffee, nut. Flavor is better than it smells. Caramel, dark coffee, nut.


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