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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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89
very good

596 Ratings
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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 60
Gots: 63 | 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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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
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marct

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

11-08-2012 04:46:52 | More by marct
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

02-16-2012 03:52:07 | More by CarolinaKevin
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mmilyko

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

08-30-2013 01:39:10 | More by mmilyko
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-08-2013 02:42:59 | More by kingmaker
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dmnota

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-13-2012 19:42:06 | More by dmnota
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

04-15-2014 00:33:46 | More by beernads
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

05-16-2012 23:07:50 | More by Retail1LO
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Dontcounttoday

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-06-2012 04:30:19 | More by Dontcounttoday
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TFMyriad

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

05-16-2014 21:32:54 | More by TFMyriad
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Onemic

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-12-2012 17:43:16 | More by Onemic
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lancecenter

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

04-14-2013 05:44:21 | More by lancecenter
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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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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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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
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.