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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
vyvvy (6476) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has cream, heavy coffee, roasty malt, light berries and is overall coffee heavy on the aroma. It has a medium / thick body that’s fairly smooth with soft gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate, smoothness, roastiness, coffee and a bitterness that seems like it is from coffee or hops, doesn’t seem like it’s from the roasted malt. The finish has more coffee, bit of berries and a hint of apple. While I’ve mentioned coffee a lot in the review and it was heavy on the aroma, the taste was quite balanced and pleasant. Nice beer.

4
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2012
33cl can, courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Cheers Dave for bringing this one to Belgium. Brune foncée, col épais moka. Arôme présent une bouquet généreux de café ainsi que de levure avec une pointe houblonnée perdurant. La part belle reste tout de même pour le café. Palais est malté avec un plein de café onctueux le tout se terminant sur une pointe d’amertume typique du café. La bière me rappelle bien la Wake-n-Bake de Terrapin, malt grillé, fini biscuité voire de massepain et au final un soupçon d’amertume. Solide.

4.2
gdrydenc (8) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2012 does not count
The coffee kicks you in the teeth on this one. Great flavor, the one issue is that it’s a little bit thin for an imperial I feel.

3.7
unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Black color. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Moderate roasted coffee/java and malt aroma. Flavor of the same. Avg duration. Lasting coffee finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing

3.9
Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Aroma of coffee with notes of chocolate and malt. Pours an opaque brown with a short lived tan head and nice lacing. Taste Is overall bitter. Strong bitter coffe flavor with hints of dark bitter chocolate and malt sweetness. A bitter coffee aftertaste persists. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, an excellant imperial stout.

3.4
phaleslu (10267) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 Draft at the brewery, served in a pint glass. Pours an opaque coffee brown with a small beige head. The aroma is virtually nothing but coffee. Same with the flavor. Like cold coffee. The body is a bit thin and has a metallic note late. Moderate carbonation. Not really my thing. Re-Rate: So this tastes better from a can than on tap at the source. Go figure. The coffee pops more, and everything is smoother. Upgrade.

3.6
Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
1/2 pint @ draught house. Appearance is black, translucent, small khaki head fades. Aroma is definitely coffee, that’s about it! The taste is dark rich coffee, burnt, medium-bitter, and just a tiny bit hoppy. Long aftertaste, lingers. Heavy body, but fizzy on the tongue at the end.

3.5
jnkor (364) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Aroma was light beer with nice coffee notes, slight sweetness. appearance was dark color, caramel head bordering on white. taste was full of coffee, rich and slightly sweet nice finish, dry, well balanced.

3.8
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
(12oz can) Pours a mahogany body with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate with a dry finish.

3.6
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Can! Inky black pour! Nose is coffee, earth, dark roast malts! Flavor is coffee, bitter, dark bread, earth! Fantastic, full mouthfeel!


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