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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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89
very good

569 Ratings
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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 59
Gots: 58 | 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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shawnohall

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

03-27-2014 04:49:22 | More by shawnohall
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4/5  rDev 0%

03-26-2014 12:53:56 | More by ldhughes3
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Chelseaw30


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-23-2014 23:34:57 | More by Chelseaw30
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moarmare

Missouri

4/5  rDev 0%

03-21-2014 14:48:55 | More by moarmare
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tylerstravis

Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%

03-18-2014 04:00:50 | More by tylerstravis
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IpeeA

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

03-16-2014 05:39:02 | More by IpeeA
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jrbuckt

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

03-15-2014 21:22:36 | More by jrbuckt
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Flashyspoons

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-14-2014 02:11:39 | More by Flashyspoons
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closisinthehouse

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-12-2014 14:45:51 | More by closisinthehouse
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color, with hints of light about the edges. Not really thick or viscous looking for stout. Leaves a thin tan foam after pour, but doesn't last long. Straight up coffee aroma, sweet, but lacks depth and is a bit one dimensional perhaps.

Flavor has a bit more roasted bitterness than the smell suggests, but I'm not sure it stacks up against the cloying sweetness of vanilla/cola like malt. The coffee taste is somewhat heavy, almost like it dominates the overall flavor instead of complementing the beer. There isn't much contrast from start to finish in the sip either. Alcohol seems pretty mild actually, not really understanding the "Imperial" title here. Moderately thick body, decent carbonation.

Overall a slight disappointment. Not a well refined Coffee Stout, and a little too sweet. Considering the abundance of options in the Coffee beer arena these days, this one will be easily forgotten.

Serving type: can

03-11-2014 05:24:18 | More by bennetj17
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phooky

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-11-2014 00:58:02 | More by phooky
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Bluedog1211

New Mexico

2.63/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark brown to black with about an inch of head that quickly dissipates lacing remains on the glass with every sip.

Tastes like a day old Starbucks coffee which is not a terrible thing. Besides the stale coffee taste it finishes with a black licorice taste that remains in your mouth. Maybe some vanilla as it warms.

A lighter mouth feel than I expected but not a smooth swallow.

Serving type: can

03-09-2014 19:12:03 | More by Bluedog1211
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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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Zimm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-09-2014 00:59:21 | More by Zimm
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beergoot

Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, dark brown body with a clinging, foamy dirty head. Big charred grain and dark, freshly roasted coffee bean aroma. Flavors include cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, mocha and coffee, malt sweetness, and a low-key hop bitterness. Rather lightweight body; smooth and silky; semi-sweet finish.

Coffee stout fans should be very fond of this beer. The coffee aspect is very upfront with the aroma and flavor with classic milk/sweet stout character providing a solid backbone. Surprisingly light mouthfeel for such a big beer (personally, I'd like a little more body), yet this may make the brew easier to drink for many. A great find and an excellent beer.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 01:45:31 | More by beergoot
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GMUPatriot_inKansas

Kansas

4/5  rDev 0%

03-07-2014 16:15:56 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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rrski198

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-07-2014 16:12:30 | More by rrski198
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-07-2014 05:50:01 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BubalooBrewMaster for this one.

12oz can pours a pitch black color with an inch of tan head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is a huge whiff of espresso with some roasted malts and a hint of earth and dark chocolate. Big coffee/cappuccino flavor upfront followed by some nice roasted malts and dark chocolate. Slightly nutty. More coffee at the end. Medium bodied. This beer is very coffee forward but also has a nice amount of dark chocolate and espresso. Pretty drinkable with a minimal alcohol presence. Overall, this is an outstanding Coffee Stout I'm glad I got a chance to try.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 01:55:21 | More by PicoPapa
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-06-2014 21:54:54 | More by Kmlund
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tpaetow

Missouri

4/5  rDev 0%

03-05-2014 02:29:47 | More by tpaetow
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-04-2014 04:21:23 | More by Davepoolesque
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KingFizz

Kansas

4/5  rDev 0%

03-02-2014 03:47:04 | More by KingFizz
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 05:52:00 | More by Bosoxfan20
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bmurray10

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

03-01-2014 02:18:54 | More by bmurray10
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.