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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 70
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of Netdigger2
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra, Thanks IR!

Pours foggy black with a very nice mocha head, mild brown highlights, and mild lacing.

Smell has a lot of roasted malt, some burnt coffee, hints of wood, charred toast.

Taste is large amounts of roast and bitter, high SRM malt- how this doesn't look like used motor oil is beyond me with all of the roasted barley character. I pick up some coffee, high cacao chocolate and toasted oats.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated without feeling like rootbeer.

This is good, not near Peche Mortel or WnB, but very drinkable. I think a better quality coffee character would make this exceptional

Netdigger2, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of StroppyMare
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked these up on a recent trip to Albuquerque. If they brew as well as they cook, I'll be in heaven...

Appearance: Inky and dark, like I like. Cream-colored head that didn't stick around long and left some trace lacing.

Smell: Promising. Very coffee and roasty, but seems balanced.

Taste: OMG, did someone say coffee? I expect grounds at the bottom of my glass. But there's also some roasted (almost burnt) malt, vanilla at the end. None of the flavors stick around or round out. No alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I would like. Prickly carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. A very drinkable beverage. Not exciting. I wouldn't turn another one down if it were offered, but there are other beers out there I'd buy first.

StroppyMare, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

MeadGuyfromMD, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

TheBishopco, Mar 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

CAcker, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

IrishColonial, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Canti4341, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Sarge3130, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

msambita, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Adamshantz, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

kew, Aug 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

dalittleton, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

3sheets2wind, Jul 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

leftoverburrito, Jun 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

marct, Nov 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

CarolinaKevin, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

mmilyko, Aug 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

kingmaker, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

dmnota, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

beernads, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Retail1LO
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a small snifter. Pours a jet black hue with a thin, bubbly, effervescent head that recedes quickly, and knows nothing about lacing. Smell is a pretty decent coffee note with a hit of dark fruit/cherries. Sweet nose, regardless. The taste is nothing to write home about. Some moderate coffee notes, but nothing that wows you. There's again, a pervasive sweetness to this that's just not right. The mouthfeel is thin as hell, something I'm not fond of in coffee beers, especially ones that are declared "stouts." Overall, this is "meh" at best. Another easily forgettable beer.

Retail1LO, May 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Dontcounttoday, Mar 06, 2012
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.