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RATINGS: 313   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 Ohoris Coffee House. Its heavenly flavor and aroma cant be beat or imitated.


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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brewsta (15) - Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Poured from a 12oz can. Massive, rocky, tan-brown foam atop a jet black viscous beer. The head size may be partly due to the struggle to dislodge it from its hard plastic carrier. Aromas are sting chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Flavors, much like the aroma. Highly carbonated, but not quite exploding in my mouth. Dark chocolate, bitter-sweet, coffee, not astringent. Warming alcohol, but not hot. The can says, "After Noon", but I can easily drink this brew in the morning hours. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (1987) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2015
Can. This is a nice smooth drinking brew. Like an alcohol laced cold brew coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdskinns (209) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2015
Can. Pours black with fizzy, foamy tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasty, chocolate, burnt popcorn, vanilla. Taste is coffee, some chocolate. Very good. Creamy, medium bodied. Hides the 8% well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
two7offsuit (307) - 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 (34) - 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 (3351) - 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 (4078) - Snohomish, 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 (482) - 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 (4071) - 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 (136) - 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 doesnt seem to be entirely malt-derived. Theres a hint of something akin to chicory lurking in there as well - Id expect that from a New Orleans-based brewery before a Santa Fe brewery, but Ill 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 cant 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 (8591) - 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.


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