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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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90
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604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/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.

(Beer added by: goochpunch on 03-31-2007)
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -8%

An Imperial Stout in a can - that's pretty kick ass. Looks like the real deal with a death pit black body and a swamp-bubbled espresso-colored topping of froth. The coffee is in the forefront and it seems like Santa Fe sprung for the good stuff. It's roasty as expected, but it's difficult to tease out what portion is from the coffee and which is from the malt. Chocolate and char are here too, as is a supporting smack of earthy hops. The only minor drawback to my full enjoyment is a twiggy woodiness that seems to be contributed by the coffee. This is good stuff nonetheless and great as a dessert beer.

03-02-2012 20:36:32 | More by bump8628
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%

Dark brown body is just short of black, the head is creamy and light tan colored.

The aroma is one dimensional, but if you are a coffee fan, that won't be a problem.

The flavor is malty with a dominating coffee flavor with roasty bitterness on the finish. Some undertones of cocoa and some toffee maybe, but the java flavor is the central focus.

Medium body, moderatly creamy.

There is a touch of alcohol on the finish, but for the most part this is a really drinkable stout with farely well masked ABV. Imperial Java Stout doesn't hold a candle to Peche Mortel, Espresso Yeti, Beer Geek Breakfast or other notable coffee stouts. Its not in the same league, not even the same sport really. But it doesn't have to be. It is a fraction of the price of those beers. At $7.99 a 6pk and 7% ABV, it is an absolute steal, a must buy for coffee beer fans. I highly reccomend it.

01-16-2011 00:12:58 | More by BradLikesBrew
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scarfield

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%

App- pours dark brown to black with a 1" khaki head. moderate lacing through the glass

Smell- sweetness and dark roast coffee. Smells like "cold" hot chocolate.

Taste- there is definitely some alcohol coming through and an aftertaste that is quite bitter and earthy. Malty sweetness and the roasted coffee flavor and bitterness are not quite in balance, but it is not unpleasant.

MF- creamy/oily, and the very long aftertaste and high abv make this a sipper

Overall- this beer tried to Pull off something difficult and almost pulls it off. The balance just isn't there and the bitterness is perhaps too strong. Still it is quite a good beer despite this.

06-08-2012 02:07:54 | More by scarfield
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Tafyob41

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%

Tastes like coffee. As the beer warms hints of vanilla emerge. Very lightly carbonated unlike Schlafly's coffee stout that I'm more familiar with. It's very crisp. At times I feel like I can drink a ton of this in one sitting, but one might be enough. Pours with a tan head that didn't last long. Served at 54 degrees in a snifter. The coffee taste will stick with you and is not too overpowering.

02-28-2014 04:40:09 | More by Tafyob41
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mabermud

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -10%

After a hard pour, this beer has a dense, off white, persistent head. The head forms a halo as I drink the beer, and the lacing is light and sticky along the glass. The beer appears black, but when held up to the sun, it is a dark boysenberry color.

The aroma is of light roasted malts, light coffee, and faint dark chocolates.

There is a light balanced taste of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolates. Nothing sparkles or stands out.

The mouthfeel is fair and substantial.

The ABV is mediocre and the taste is right there...in the middle. This is a solid mediocre imperial stout. I would drink this again as a standby, or if I couldn't find any of the top tier stouts on my list.

05-31-2014 04:19:04 | More by mabermud
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, a touch of chocolate. Taste is of strong espresso, the most coffee I have ever experienced in a beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall if you are a coffee lover this beer is for you, otherwise it may be a bit to overpowering.

09-09-2012 06:14:15 | More by tone77
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

A- pours a dark chocolate brown with burgundy highlights. Wispy white head settles in quickly. A little thinner looking than I'd prefer.

S- Java for sure. Raw coffee bean aroma leads the way. Dig deep for chocolate and other roasted notes. Very straight forward.

T- Certainly more character than the nose led me to believe. Coffee forward again, but also has some espresso, toffee, roasted nuts, caramel, and pine flavour.

M- More body than expected from the pour. Mid body, but with a decent level of creaminess.

O- The coffee dominating aroma fooled me into thinking this would be more of a cold coffee stout, like Schlafely's, but I was fooled. Doesn't have the layers of depth to be world class, but a very solid value stout.

$9 for a 6 pk

03-01-2014 05:52:00 | More by Bosoxfan20
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

12oz / 355ml can with no date poured into a Three Philosophers mini wine glass.

Appearance - Black body. Light brown pancake batter head with decent to low retention and low stick.

Smell - Smells and feels like a Starbucks Java chip frappuccino in my hands.

Taste - Tastes better straight from the can. Do not pour this beer! I don't know if it just oxidizes quickly or what the deal is.

Mouthfeel - Astringent -- like the solvent taste you get in your mouth when you put raw coffee grounds in your both. Sort of thin and sharp.

Overall Drinkability - Tastes okay but the mouthfeel sort of kills it.

12-18-2011 23:07:16 | More by ZenAgnostic
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

This was an okay coffee stout but not spectacular. It was very drinkable and the coffee was present but it didn't blow me away. This is a style I really like so I probably have a high bar for what I expect for a coffee beer. One thing that was interesting was that the nose had a bit of cola which reminded me of Trader Joe's Vintage Ale.

04-10-2014 02:32:22 | More by mjpolzin
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz can poured into Lawson's snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears jet black with a finger of beige head that has nice retention and recedes slowly leaving no head and a thin layer of lacing along the top of the glass.

S- Coffee, espresso beans, roasted malts, hint of caramel. Fairly sweet, about average aroma strength, pleasant but not as pleasant as some of the coffee stouts that I've had.

T- Bitter coffee, caramel, a bit of licorice, fairly sweet. A little bit too much licorice and a bit on the sweet side for my liking in a coffee stout.

M- Medium bodied, easy drinking, nice carbonation.

O- This was a decent coffee stout that wasn't anything too exciting. It had decent flavor, but was a little bit too sweet with a licorice flavor that controlled the coffee too much. It wasn't bad, but I probably won't be drinking this again in the near future.

12-29-2012 22:02:00 | More by jaasen64
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MeadGuyfromMD

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

02-16-2012 21:42:44 | More by MeadGuyfromMD
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

08-04-2012 17:20:28 | More by bonbini26
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

11-01-2013 23:46:03 | More by OregonGrown7
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-24-2012 04:05:28 | More by TheBishopco
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kerry4porters

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

08-10-2014 12:56:38 | More by kerry4porters
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CAcker

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-04-2013 18:46:44 | More by CAcker
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

11-13-2013 02:30:07 | More by IrishColonial
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Canti4341

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

02-05-2014 17:25:52 | More by Canti4341
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

04-18-2014 02:00:39 | More by Sarge3130
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msambita

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-09-2014 05:14:36 | More by msambita
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Adamshantz

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-29-2014 06:01:02 | More by Adamshantz
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kew

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

08-10-2012 14:19:04 | More by kew
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dalittleton

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-01-2013 00:05:54 | More by dalittleton
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3sheets2wind

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-25-2013 05:23:22 | More by 3sheets2wind
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-08-2013 19:44:15 | More by leftoverburrito
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.