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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 65
Gots: 75 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

MatthewD4, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

AJ01923, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jtoledo04, Jan 11, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours more brown than black, but when sitting in the glass it is pitch black, left a small tan head on a heavy pour, leaves very little lacing around the glass, appropriate look for a stout

S: Huge amount of coffee! It's almost the only thing you can smell. I can notice some chocolate but it is very faint, also very slight booziness to it, the coffee smell is rather pleasing to the nose

T: The taste follows the nose, rich in coffee, some slight chocolate that gives it some sweetness, can't notice the alcohol at all, I made a mistake pouring this into a snifter, drink this out of a coffee mug!

M: Medium to thick bodied, has a nice oily/creamy mouthfeel to it which makes it very drinkable, easily one of the smoothest drinking stouts I have had!

O: Not much diversity to this beer, but with what Santa Fe gives you in this brew it is executed excellently, definitely a must try for every stout lover out there!

bpasquini, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

throwback, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Armando_Perez, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Phil_H, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jlabs, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

prock180, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

WillCarrera, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

delta490, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Stroma, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Flabbyjandro, Dec 26, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass. It pours an opaque black coffee color with a 1 to 2 finger cappucino colored head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cap that stayed until the bottom of the glass. It left moderate amounts of sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma: The smell is of quality dark roasted coffee with some roasted malts, brown bread and mild earthy hops.

Taste: Black coffee, bitter roasted malt, slight toffee, chocolate and sweetness. It finishes with coffee's bitterness and slight acidic twang. There's enough hop presence to balance it out. It's a smooth finish with a pleasant bitterness that lingers a bit on the back of the tongue. The high alcohol content is very well tucked away inside the complex flavors and only gives the slightest hint of warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full bodied creamy stout with moderate carbonation.

I bought this because it's the holidays and the weather has actually been cool enough for me to enjoy sipping on a stout while sitting on my front porch. This is an excellent example of a coffee stout that I will be purchasing again, highly recommended.

ChuckHardslab, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

condorsim, Dec 23, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of tan head on an almost black body.
The aroma is dominated by the roasted malt and coffee but some lemon comes through to give it a rounded aroma.
The taste is cream, coffee, burnt malt and a mild lemon bitter finish. Excellent.
The texture is soft with crisp edges and moderate carbonation.
Nicely done.

Fatehunter, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Punisher, Dec 19, 2013
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.