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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 69
Gots: 78 | 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 PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

PicoPapa, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Kmlund, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

tpaetow, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Davepoolesque, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of KingFizz
4/5  rDev -0.2%

KingFizz, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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

Bosoxfan20, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of bmurray10
4/5  rDev -0.2%

bmurray10, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Tafyob41
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Tafyob41, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +6%

sd123, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

SadMachine, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of TaylorBrake
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

TaylorBrake, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

CGMLS3, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of lordofstarside
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can to a snifter, best by 12/20/?

Pours black with two fingers of micha colored foam. No light gets through when held up to the window. Moderate carbonation helps this thing keep good retention, good lacing. Not a single thing not to like

Smells of upfront roasted espresso that eclipses dark chocolate notes, a little bit of hoppiness, and finishes with some alcohol

Taste is right with the nose, strong espresso that is pretty dominant over chocolate malts and hop undertones. A little bit of alcohol on the finish, but the coffee is the main flavor. Not necessarily a bad thing

Feel is bitter with a full body and dry sticky finish. Alcohol is concealed well, very drinkable

Overall this has more coffee in it than any other coffee stout I've had. Excellent even two months past it's prime. I saved one out of the six to throw in the cellar to see what happens. Six for $10 is a great deal, must buy for anyone who likes 'em dark

lordofstarside, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe Imperial Stout has a medium, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (with reddish-brown highlights) appearance, and a heavy lacing sheen left on the class. The aroma is of predominately dark-roasted coffee, dark-roasted malts, and maybe some water. Taste is of all that, with dark cherry and slight hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is mostly light, and Santa Fe Imperial Stout finishes mostly dry, rich, and flavorful. No alcohol shows itself. Excellent stuff, this.


RonaldTheriot, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of datphoo
4/5  rDev -0.2%

datphoo, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

akang, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

CasanovaCummins, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

bkeller04, Feb 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Canti4341, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

agammon, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

cultclassic89, Jan 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

steviesean, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

KCBeerNerd, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

jason_nwx, Jan 28, 2014
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.