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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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90
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602 Ratings
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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
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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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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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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blakelive784

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -8%

12 fl oz can served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly black color with a light tan, 2.5 finger head. The head is decently creamy, and retention is very good considering the relatively high ABV.

S - Ground coffee, espresso, light roasted barley, yeast, cream and a bit of peppery spice. Surprisingly mild in strength, though.

T - Nice fresh coffee and cream open over the roasted malt, though I wish it had more roast character. Has an almost mocha-esque taste to it. Dark fruit notes come through along with light spice. Subtly complex and well balanced. I dig it. No alcohol comes through at all.

M - Full bodied and silky smooth. Compliments the flavors nicely.

D - It's well built and well balanced. May not be for those who don't like unflavored coffee, but I'll certainly have it again.

02-07-2012 01:08:50 | More by blakelive784
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MoustacheHero

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -8%

A canned offering from New Mexico.

A- Looks like a fresh poured coke, from its dark cola colour to its very bubbly head.

S- A powerful coffee smell dominates with hints of barley.

T- Like an amazing cup of coffee with undertones of hot liquor. Roasty all the way through and finishes clean, not bitter like many coffee stouts.

M- Surprisingly light bodied, this beer drinks very bubbly and slightly slick.

O- Overall I was impressed by this brews balance, drinkability and simple presentation. I'd order this in place of coffee any morning. :-)

06-02-2011 05:49:45 | More by MoustacheHero
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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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vande

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

A: A real thick, dark looking pour that seems suitable for a chilly night. It also has a nice, sandy colored looking layer of head resting peaceful as I sit out on my patio.

S: If I liked actual cold coffee, this is what I should think it to smell like. Roasted, java [yes I know its the name] aromas float easily from the glass.

T: Coffee right away, with a lingering but light bitterness or sour note...grainy with chocolate flakes.. but mostly, the roasted coffee surrounds this one..

M: Thicker than some I've had, but nice and creamy...to the point of it reminding me nearly of a sonic mocha shake...

O: Out of a can, this is a pretty good coffee stout. It had been buried in my fridge for some time now from a trade a while back....and tasted delightful! If you like coffee, stouts, or cans out of the beer...this would be one to put on your list.

08-10-2011 03:21:37 | More by vande
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-19-2014 03:16:46 | More by tbryan5
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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GOBLIN

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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PopGun

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-06-2014 21:06:03 | More by PopGun
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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rinsky


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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n2185

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Sazz9

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-21-2013 00:07:57 | More by metter98
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mcdsports

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Puerto Rico

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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swaghawk

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.