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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 64 | 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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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, burnt caramel, chocolate, vanilla, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice flavor and body in this stout, could drink a lot of these

05-29-2013 20:14:59 | More by MDDMD
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

08-04-2012 17:20:28 | More by bonbini26
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2014 22:36:17 | More by markgugs
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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

12-22-2013 22:19:44 | More by Fatehunter
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-24-2014 17:31:36 | More by thufflife
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4/5  rDev 0%

01-16-2012 03:59:02 | More by GilGarp
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

01-22-2013 04:40:07 | More by n2185
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3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz can poured into Lawson's snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears jet black with a finger of beige head that has nice retention and recedes slowly leaving no head and a thin layer of lacing along the top of the glass.

S- Coffee, espresso beans, roasted malts, hint of caramel. Fairly sweet, about average aroma strength, pleasant but not as pleasant as some of the coffee stouts that I've had.

T- Bitter coffee, caramel, a bit of licorice, fairly sweet. A little bit too much licorice and a bit on the sweet side for my liking in a coffee stout.

M- Medium bodied, easy drinking, nice carbonation.

O- This was a decent coffee stout that wasn't anything too exciting. It had decent flavor, but was a little bit too sweet with a licorice flavor that controlled the coffee too much. It wasn't bad, but I probably won't be drinking this again in the near future.

12-29-2012 22:02:00 | More by jaasen64
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-02-2012 00:28:20 | More by Hopmodium
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3.48/5  rDev -13%

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.

03-11-2014 05:24:18 | More by bennetj17
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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

07-26-2014 00:27:53 | More by Stevedore
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4/5  rDev 0%

05-31-2012 22:48:22 | More by BeerHunter76
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Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5%

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.

11-14-2013 18:09:08 | More by papat444
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4/5  rDev 0%

02-02-2013 00:57:12 | More by ystazi
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-19-2014 03:16:46 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev 0%

07-08-2012 19:37:41 | More by bbadger
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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

03-08-2014 01:45:31 | More by beergoot
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4/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2013 22:49:33 | More by uturn
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4/5  rDev 0%

06-07-2014 23:31:08 | More by DaveHack
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

10-04-2012 22:05:33 | More by brandon911
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-01-2013 00:23:02 | More by LambicKing
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4/5  rDev 0%

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

3/5  rDev -25%

05-14-2014 01:34:02 | More by JISurfer
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

02-24-2014 03:21:33 | More by sd123
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4/5  rDev 0%

12-29-2013 23:33:48 | More by iatethecloudsfor
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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