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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 71
Gots: 93 | FT: 5
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 +5.7%

oldvines, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

mmulebarn, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

bump8628, Mar 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ralphw56, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Arsenal0328, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

katan, Mar 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Belittle, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Kahlerbock, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Tiernan, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

SFC21, Apr 22, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

claytong, Apr 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Eric908, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

deadliest, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Mikecap, May 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

leftoverburrito, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

BarrytheBear, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

kew, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ldhughes3, Mar 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Coal black pour with a light brown one-finger head. Really nice aroma of fresh coffee beans with a hint of chocolate. Very sweet flavor of chocolate and light roast coffee upfront. Medium body also has a hint of roasted malt and french roast coffee bitterness in the finish. Was kind of expecting more from the flavor as the smell was amazing.

Karibourgeois, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Danielr26, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

thebouch01, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a full, dense, brown head. The head lasts a while then slowly develops frog eyes

S: Coffee is the first thing that comes out on this guy. Following the coffee is a semi-sweet chocolate & rich dark fruit bread.

T: Coffee and chocolate up front, a slight bitter earthiness to the middle. Faint notes of vanilla and licorice, the coffee comes through from start to finish.

M: Medium to medium thick. Carbonation is low. The beer emulates coffee in the finish.

O: Overall very nice, especially if you missed your cup of joe this morning. Do yourself a favor, grab your favorite coffee mug and pour yourself some.

Beejay, Jul 18, 2013
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.