JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from wavers1 - thanks, Baker! Big lively pour with an active carbonation that blooms improbably from this thick oily body. Huge chocolate notes in the nose, and I’m talking straight Hershey bar rather than just chocolate malts. Lively palate, slight chalk on the finish (which I dig). Slight char and roast coffee in the taste, with a dash of fruit for complexity. But even though this is a fairly straightforward brew, it succeeds in what it wants to do. Really enjoyable.
Rustyham (1728) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really dry mouthfeel, very chew malt and strong coffee, Bottle from Daknole at a tasting with Chris Montelius
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 on the big hookup! Dark brown pour, tan head. Chocolate and coffee with some very dark fruit notes...raisins, prunes. flavor is a little bitter with chocolate and raisin notes. Nice damn beer. Thanks baker.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Homer rating #1: bottle 3060/3708, among several others. black pour with a 1 finger brown head, 1/2 of which lingers nicely. huge bitter choclate and smoke aroma with hints of dried dark fruits and sweet malts, very nice. this has an uber creamy mouthfeel and very full body thats hangs on your tongue for a good while. big chocolate and caramel malt taste, with a hint of burgundy wine in the middle and a nice woody finish. very nice harmony between the oak and wine flavors, sweet malt flavors and bitter hopped chocolate. well balance, def santa fe’s best beer to date.
1-13-10 rerate: adjusted nose from 8 to 9.
9-8-10 rerate: adjusted from 4.5 to 4.9. i love this beer, and its undeniable that its aging terrifically. big, i mean huge tastes of smoke, peat, and grain, oily body and finish, very thick, drinking better than a lot of imperial stouts after 2.5+ years. very nice brew, i only hope to find more!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle (#2185 of 3708) I bought at Papago last year - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger thick dark tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is dark esters and a bit of chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is full of dark esters, chocolate, molasses, light vanilla, and sweetened roasted malt. A very pleasant surprise. Finish is fairly smooth and a touch dry. I think a year in the bottle has done this beer wonders. Very nice.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by BrianK, thanks homie. Pours a black body with a coffee tan head. Rich chocolate malt with a coffee bitterness that lingers. Chocolate roast y finish nice beer.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt with a little bit of chocolate. Similar flavor with a little dark fruit also. A little thick and syrupy.
Ungstrup (29528) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of both sweet and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, alcohol that tickles the tongue, and roasted malt, leading to a dry bitter finish.
pepsican (1447) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
black with a thick tan head. Aroma was heavy booze and a bit of smoke. Flavor was chocolate, over roasted coffee, and a bit of wood. Astringent boozy finishes. Do not want again.
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle acquired in trade with FlacoAlto (thanks!). Bottle # 2175 of 3708. Poured a dark, dark brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, light smoke, light woodiness, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, very light dark fruitiness (raisins and plums), caramel, smoke, and some coffee. Alcohol content well hidden.