wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
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! JohnSluis (4) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 21, 2011 does not count
Enjoyed from a tulip glass. Dark as night with a good half inch brownish head. My nose is picking up chocolate, espresso, and some smokeyness to it. Amazing. It still has a touch of hops initially and then evens out to a lot of chocolate and some espresso on the tongue. A very pleasant amount of carbonation. It feels like a cool shot of creamy espresso rolling through my mouth. Very easy drinker. Let’s just say it left me wanting more. It’s been a while since the last time I had this and it really seems to be aging really well. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2012
750mL bottle, #749 of 3708. Poured mahogany with a tall, creamy medium brown head. The aroma picked up burnt black patent malts, light smoke, and licorice, accented by some broken down hops and essence of spruce.. great, despite seeming past its prime. The flavor opened with lightly-sour smoked malts, with toasted chocolates, biscuity notes, and licorice behind.. peppery alcohol and earthy notes on the long, dry-roasted, tasty finish. Medium-plus bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it moving.. great balance, and I’d love to drink it again (please make more!). Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2013
From bottle #2890, courtesy of Mike R. Ruddy chocolate malt, dusty grist and light stale coffee grounds. Alcohol vapors, malted milk, and Twizzlers. Black opaque with thin tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium-high carbonation and alcoholic warming. Starts sweet and smooth, lightly smoky, with tons of rich malt and Twizzlers. Mellow with light nutty bitterness. No off flavors or oxidation notes - has held up well. joergen (28164) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Bottle.
Black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Roasted aroma of dark chocolate and liquorice with notes of smoke..
Sweet and roasted flavour dark chocolate, liquorice and hops.
Roasted and hoppy finish.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
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. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2010
750 bottle thanks to Linda in the ABQ. Shared at the January RB tasting. Black with a tan head. Nose is oaky and whiskey. Sweet, malty, chocolately and alcoholic. Very big heavy body. Stoutish for sure and easy to drink. Very good beer. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
bottle thanks to Baker! Pours pitch black with a medium tan head. Aroma is very barrel forward, earthy wood notes and brown sugar. Flavor is mild licorice, roasted malts, burnt sugar and vanilla with lingering oak notes in the finish. This is a great beer. bigbish (712) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Got hooked up with bottle 129 by a friend. Boy am I glad. This is probably the best porter I’ve ever head. The aroma is very strong. Very sweet, complex aroma. The flavor is powerful. Caramel, some hints of dark fruits, roasted notes, and a perfect balance of bitterness. This is an amazing beer. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2008
bottle # 1933/3708... pours opaque and a touch more brown than black. it’s topped by a root beer float/hot cocoa foam colored head. lots of webby, foamy and spotty (yep, all of ’em) lacing. the aroma is oddly floral and hoppy at first but turns quickly to high roasty grain, scalded cream, berries, chocolate, savory smokiness and a bag of whole coffee beans at ten feet away. metallic maltiness fades out to reveal flavors of vanilla, woody/oaky spicy funk, brown sugar, high roast, rich malt, unsweetened cocoa powder and it’s bitterness, light char and a dry almost sour/sharp grainy finish. spiciness and alcohol vapors cut through the richness while the aftertaste shows more chocolate and coffee. it’s heavy and thick on the palate, smooth and luscious... sweet but not cloying. it’s seemingly dry from the massive roast bitterness, abv% and hops. nice. i wish this was a regular offering...