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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brewsta (15) - Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Poured from a 12oz can. Massive, rocky, tan-brown foam atop a jet black viscous beer. The head size may be partly due to the struggle to dislodge it from its hard plastic carrier. Aromas are sting chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Flavors, much like the aroma. Highly carbonated, but not quite exploding in my mouth. Dark chocolate, bitter-sweet, coffee, not astringent. Warming alcohol, but not hot. The can says, "After Noon", but I can easily drink this brew in the morning hours. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


2.4
Cavie (4769) - 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.

2.5
magsinva (1423) - 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.

2.6
PatrickYEG (56) - 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

5
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

4.1
ccex (1349) - 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.

4
Grovlam (4252) - 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

4.4
DraftCaptain49 (42) - - JUN 26, 2017
A secret winner. Very well priced, an extremely good stout in the 8% range. It never lets down.

3.7
balloonbuffoon (523) - - 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.

4
adancer (10) - - MAY 19, 2017
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 (14133) - 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.


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