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RATINGS: 380   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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4.1
starkmarvelo (29) - 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. -


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balloonbuffoon (269) - - 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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adancer (9) - - MAY 19, 2017 does not count
One of the best smelling beers I've ever laid my nostrils to. Not a fan of coffee, definitely taste the java, yet still amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Lubiere (13796) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2017 A deep dark imperial stout with a thick frothy lacing mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with light pepper notes, light coffee grind, musty character, nice and smooth. In mouth, a sweet mocha chocolate malt with light vanilla, light powdery character, silky mouth feel, light milk character, coffee grind, alcohol warmth, very nice. Can, about 3 years old.

3.3
mcberko (17190) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2017
On tap at Tap & Bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out subdued coffee and medium roasted malt. Flavour is along the same lines, with subdued coffee and medium roasted malt. Surprisingly restrained for an impie. Pleasant but lacking oomph.

3.8
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Can. Dark brown pour, with a shortly lived tan head. Lots of coffee, espresso, chocolate, and caramel. Nice, tasty coffee beer, but not too complex.

3.9
Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Can. Black with an average tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and dark roasted malts. Taste is loaded with coffee. Cocoa, vanilla, lactose, and dark roasted malts. Average thickness and lingering coffee flavor.

3.6
dwyerpg (6076) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2016
The coffee in this beer is very pronounced. The roast is too strong for me. Appropriate thickness just too much coffee for my taste.

3.4
wombat23 (1362) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Shared 12 oz. can. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste follows nose with a dash of lactose. OK.

4.1
hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours from the12 oz can dark brown with a tan head and gorgeous lacing. Nose of coffee and lactose. Full body. Flavor shows some burnt chocolate malt with lactose, but coffee still dominates. Finishes with a lot of the coffee and chocolate and just a hint of bitterness. This is a nice drinking beer.

3.3
darbeer75 (887) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Aroma: lots of dry classic stout notes; not much coffee but a little rubbery; Appearance: pitch black with fluffy tan head; some lacing; Taste: follows nose; still not much coffee; slightly watery; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet/dry finish; Overall: okay but nothing special.


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