RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
starkmarvelo (36) - Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout A- Pours dark brown with a thick light brown 3 finger head. S- earthy, fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate. T- follows the nose very well. The earthy coffee flavor hits the palate first followed by chocolate flavors and slight hop bitterness to round out the finish. M- medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not much in the aftertaste. O- this is an excellent coffee stout. I like the dirty/earthy flavors of the coffee. It's definitely on the lower end of the Imperial ABV, but it makes it more drinkable. The price point is also excellent, $9-$11 for a six pack. -

brandon1989 (694) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2017
Pours a dark brown almost black color with a three finger khaki head. The aroma is cold roasted coffee, lactose, sweetness, and chocolate. The flavor is lightly roasted coffee, lots of sweetness, not sure if they add lactose but it sure taste like it, brown bread. Chocolate, and maybe even some vanilla notes. The mouthfeel is creamy and drinkability is high for a 8% abv.

radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2017
12oz can at the November DC Ratebeer tasting. Poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma was roasted coffee. COffee roast, some light chocolate notes. Creamy, easy to drink.

Cavie (4808) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Can. Dark brown color, ruby highlights. Clear. Beige head, foamy. Coffee aroma is strong. Bright. Roasty notes, dark bitter chocolate. Flavor is a strong bitterness, dark malts, roasty notes. Bitterness lingers in the finish. Slightly metallic, a bit ashy. Very strong aftertaste. Upon looking, I discovered this can is over 2 years old. Doesn't hold up over time.

magsinva (1433) - Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2017
Can from Bier Station - Pours dark red with a tan head. Aroma is burnt coffee, very thin for a stout. Pass.

PatrickYEG (62) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 9, 2017
It has good flavor but I just can't get into "Imperial" beers, whether it's the alcohol percentage I'm not sure but it's not a favorite ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

el_cap (1) - - JUL 18, 2017 does not count
This is a tasty beer, if you like coffee. It's pretty rich so you can only have a few. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ccex (1366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2017
12 oz. can pours an opaque black with decent beige head that persists and leaves good lacing. Aroma has coffee, roasted malts, molasses, licorice, and cocoa. Taste is bitter with a long finish. Body is full with just enough carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. This is a substantial stout that I’d love to find again.

Grovlam (4253) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2017
Can. Huge off white ever lasting head. Pitch black color. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, grain, pine, grape. Full body with a thick texture. Moderated sweet with good counter bitterness. Lingering roasted bitter malt finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DraftCaptain49 (42) - - JUN 26, 2017
A secret winner. Very well priced, an extremely good stout in the 8% range. It never lets down.

balloonbuffoon (605) - - JUN 18, 2017
12floz can, no freshness date present, paid about $1.50, and poured into a pint glass. Deep, dark brown in color with a retentive light brown head. Decent roasted malt aroma, which carries over to full-bodied palate of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee flavors. Good stout.

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