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RATINGS: 308   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 Oíhoriís Coffee House. Its heavenly flavor and aroma canít be beat or imitated.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Lucky enough to get one of the last of these. Excellent and I wanted more. Coffee flavor was good but not overdone. Good job.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3958) - 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 (402) - 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 (3830) - 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 (109) - 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 doesnít seem to be entirely malt-derived. Thereís a hint of something akin to chicory lurking in there as well - Iíd expect that from a New Orleans-based brewery before a Santa Fe brewery, but Iíll 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 canít 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 (8330) - 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 (241) - - 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 (58) - - 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

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jsmanigold (51) - - DEC 3, 2014
A little more carbonation than I was expecting. Had a decent chocolate malt flavor. The coffee flavor was pretty weak. While drinking the Stout, it seemed a little watery for my taste. I might drink this again.
Earlier Rating: 10/24/2014 Total Score: 2.2
A decent java stout. A little thin in the mouth compared to others. Will review again later.
Earlier Rating: 10/4/2014 Total Score: 1.5
A really weak java stout. Very slight hints of chocolate and coffee. This stout taste very watered down.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhilJackson80 (419) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 30, 2014
12 oz can. Tasted on 11/30/14. Beer from Total Wine Lewisville, TX. Great espresso/coffee aroma with some light chocolate notes. The taste is big on espresso & coffee followed by a a great bitter finish. A great coffee stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (840) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Dark brown, almost black pour with small tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, and leather. Taste of strong bitter coffee, roasted malts and creamy chocolate. Full bodied, medium carbonation, bitter long finish. Not all that complex but a nice solid imperial stout, coffee forward.


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