I Believe In Santa
Zaftig Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #175
Ranked #17,716
4.1 | pDev: 4.39%
Zaftig Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
I Believe In SantaI Believe In Santa
Notes: Formerly IBS X-Mas Ale
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Libby globe porter glass. Batch # 176 2017.

Appearance: Slow pour left the sediment behind, giving a most clear dark cola brown beer. Thin off-white head died back very quickly with no residual foam or lacing noted.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma. Toasted malts and caramel mostly.

Taste: The beer bottle says this beer has vanilla, orange peel, and cinnamon in it, and if this beer is from 2017, it turns into a very different beer with aging. The taste is sweet, with lots of caramel and toffee, a bit of bitter orange peel, and roasted malt bitterness. There may be some vanilla in all of this, but it's hidden. The cinnamon is just about completely gone - I get a tiny bit of it at the finish, but overall, it's quite a malt monster.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, light prickly carbonation, a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Assuming this beer is from 2017, it ages well, but becomes something very different than what the label suggests. I would not call this an imperial porter - too much caramel and toffee notes. It's more like a lightly spiced English Barleywine or a wee heavy. A very interesting slow sipping beer. I will have to see if I can get this fresh - I suspect it's an entirely different beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This most excellent porter pours a
muddy cola brown with a nice head of khaki foam that subsides to a
thick ring, thin layer, and shows some decent light lacing. Nose of
subtleties---light cinnamon, subtle vanilla, and subtle chocolate.
Flavors far surpass the nose with aplomb--mild cinnamon dusted
chocolate notes wash over vanilla and a light traditional chocolate
orange (as in the old fashioned candy!) flavor with a dark rum like
note on the rear. Very nice mouth feel; medium body, light carbonation,
and a balanced culmination of the above description on the finish
that is superb.

Overall, a fantastic little brew and one that I will look forward to
revisiting next year as well as more this year.

Zaftig always gives a great performance of a fine strong
and well balanced style. Worth trying and buying multiples of.


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Photo of puck1225
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a fluted glass. Very dark brown with little head and decent lacing. Strong bourbon smell. Nice taste with dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and nice warm spicy notes. A nice holiday beer!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, Batch #129, bottled on 11/08/2016. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is mostly sweet, the brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some orange peel, caramel and a bit of coffee noticeable. It's a good holiday porter that's not overpowered by the spices. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good, enjoyable brew. I wouldn't mind picking up another bottle or 2! $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this one at the Brewery. It poured an opaque black with thin off white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste was nicely balanced between holiday flare, dark chocolate and roast. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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I Believe In Santa from Zaftig Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 11 ratings