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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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89
very good

556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 54
Gots: 54 | 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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JohnBender

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

05-26-2012 17:13:24 | More by JohnBender
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n2185

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

01-22-2013 04:40:07 | More by n2185
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-02-2012 00:28:20 | More by Hopmodium
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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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markgugs

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2014 22:36:17 | More by markgugs
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

05-31-2012 22:48:22 | More by BeerHunter76
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Able to knock off NM from my list of states to try.

Poured from a 12oz can, best by 01/18/14.

Dark brown body, decent thick head, bit lopsided with nice fingers of lacing. Aroma is rich sweet chocolate, milky cocoa powder. Taste has roasted coffee beans milky a bit, good coffee base, flavor sustained. Medium feel, nice bitterness in the finish. An enjoyable stout.

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 18:09:08 | More by papat444
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bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

07-08-2012 19:37:41 | More by bbadger
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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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LambicKing

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-01-2013 00:23:02 | More by LambicKing
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2013 22:49:33 | More by uturn
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, best by 8/21/2014. Poured into a Surly goblet 7/25/2014.

A- Dark brown, nearly black body with a three finger offwhite head with a lot of retention time. Bits of bubbly lacing as the head recedes and the beer disappears.

S- Lots of coffee mixed in with roast malt. Not a ton else, maybe a bit of milk chocolate. Smells like a warm cup of coffee.

F- Acidic black coffee, milk chocolate (don't think there's lactose in it, but I wouldn't be surprised if it had some), cocoa, roast malt. Very tasty and just what I want out of an imperial coffee stout.

M- Creamy with a medium body, very good for the genre. Good carbonation, nice bitter acidic black coffee finish tempered by some lactose-like sweetness. No real hint of the 8% ABV, might actually be a good weekend morning beer.

O- Pretty tasty stuff for the coffee lovers out there in the beer community. Not necessarily worth trading for, but it's a nice treat if you trade with someone from NM. Locally, I can get Brewhouse Coffee Stout from Central Waters, which I feel is easily better than this one.

Serving type: can

07-26-2014 00:27:53 | More by Stevedore
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

06-07-2014 23:31:08 | More by DaveHack
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -25%

05-14-2014 01:34:02 | More by JISurfer
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

02-02-2013 00:57:12 | More by ystazi
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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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WillCarrera

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

12-30-2013 21:28:16 | More by WillCarrera
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev 0%

12-29-2013 23:33:48 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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brandon911

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

10-04-2012 22:05:33 | More by brandon911
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sd123

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

02-24-2014 03:21:33 | More by sd123
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katan

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - This baby is dark - black in all the thick spots. I could be convinced of some amber highlights. Strong head formation, mocha colored.

S - Strong roasted, almost burnt edge. As you get closer to it, some bittersweet chocolate appears. A little bit of bready malts in the background.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, malty, some chocolate, a little bit of coffee roast. Mid-stream turns heavily burnt, edge, almost astringent. Finishes with a little chocolate malts and some retained coffee acidity.

M - strong body, strong carbonation which serves to lighten it up. Lots of burnt and grainy flavors stick to the tongue.

D - Very slow drinker - the chocolate is the only thing that prevents this from being overly potent. ABV is strong, but manageable.

If you like an espresso, and a beer, then this is your thing.

Serving type: can

03-08-2011 05:50:07 | More by katan
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 20:36:32 | More by bump8628
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socon67

New York

4/5  rDev 0%

06-26-2013 23:57:34 | More by socon67
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claytong

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light coffee beer especially for 8 percent. Great for nights where you want to stay up and alert and drink beer. A great buy for me at 8 bucks a 6 pack. Coffee dominates, a bit simple of a beer but very enjoyable. Not a dinner beer unless you enjoy coffee for dinner.

Serving type: can

04-05-2011 23:01:23 | More by claytong
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev 0%

07-20-2013 01:41:12 | More by Eric908
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.