Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
12 oz can pours a rich, silky black color with a rather large, stiff head. Fades uber-slow and leaves nice lace. A good looking brew...
Nose is charred malt and strong black coffee. Just a hint of sweetness and the hops are pretty tame. A little nutty yeast comes out as it warms.
Alot of coffee to be sure, but it is pretty smooth and the velvety mouthfeel helps quite a bit to take the edge off. The ABV is astonishingly hidden, I would never have guessed it was more than 6% or so if it didnt have the word 'imperial' on the can. There is just enough sweetness to keep it from being astringent. A very good bargain at 8 bucks a sixer these days, unfortunately. Not everything tasty has to come out of an overpriced bomber. This is one of those beers that is best consumed fresh, and I cant seem to find a date on their cans.
06-09-2012 23:26:12 | More by twiggamortis420
3.45/5 rDev -13.8%
Thanks to Jack for this 12oz can.
Settles in as a dark chocolate brown, just short of black, under a huge frothy beige head that shows excellent lacing.
Lots of roasted coffee and cocoa beans in the nose with some hints of lactose. The roasted black malts are the most dominant aspect.
Taste is sweet lactose and fresh roasted coffee with faint chocolate notes. It tastes a bit like a watered down iced mocha but with half the chocolate.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied for a standard stout and on the lighter end if we're considering this one imperial. It's got strong carbonation and leaves a roasty bitterness on the palate.
I love coffee stouts but this is not one of my favorites. The coffee is subtle and doesn't really pop. It's a drinkable stout overall but not up there with the best coffee stouts or impy coffee stouts.
03-23-2012 04:15:39 | More by gford217
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
On cask at Anvil in Houston, TX.
A: Pours a near opaque black color. A large tan and rocky head rises with excellent retention. Sticky, spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, cream coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The coffee and sweetness work well together.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of roasted malt. Coffee comes next, but not acrid or over barring in any way. A big chocolate flavor is present along with some sweet vanilla. Fairly simple, but very nice.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy, velvety, and smooth. So easy to drink. No alcohol in sight, and a joy to drink.
An excellent beer on cask. I really enjoyed this, and something I would recommend. A well done stout on cask.
01-26-2012 02:56:19 | More by champ103
4/5 rDev 0%
a: poured into a wide chalice, producing a nice khaki head that retains a thin layer and ring, the beer itself a deep chestnut brown in color
s: lovely coffee bean aromas - mostly medium roasts without any touch of char or burn, fresh, woody, and earty - really quite nice, the malts provide dusty chocolate and a nice toasted grain sugar, hops kept to a minimum, dig this
m: carbonation on the lighter side of things, with a body riding the line between medium and heavy, not thick but with a nice weight
t: the great coffee character carries over from the aroma, loads of light and dark roast coffee flavors, fresh and vivid, the malt body complimenting well with baker's chocolate and toasted sugars, nice grain flavor, not as "stout" as a stand-alone version of the style might tend to be, allowing the coffee to shine through, dries somewhat to coffee and cocoa with a mild bittering
o: a great coffee stout that came as a bit of a surprise, not hugely complex or deep, but the bean character is fantastic and really makes the beer
can from the Liquor Mart in Boulder
05-14-2011 05:47:39 | More by blackie
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a very nice deep, rich dark brown nearly black. There was a good one finger mocha head that faded to leave almost no side lacing but did have nice retention/haloing.
S - Aroma pops with coffee and chocolate. Its almost, almost up there with the likes of other stellar coffee beers, thats how much it jumps out when you breathe deep. Its just doesnt explode in the surrounding air like some of those others do. Still, damn good.
T - Wow, this might be my favourite canned stout...Excellent coffee flavors along with light chocolate. Great black coffee. No joke, this is almost drinking like a poor mans FBS so to speak.
M - Mouthfeel is almost excellent. Stuff drinks like a mug of cold ice coffee. Goes down super easy. Just delicious.
O - Overall this is a shocking beer from New Mexico. Really, really enjoyed this one. In full agreement with WoodyChandler here, this is something special and I wish I had a donut.
09-07-2012 20:53:30 | More by rudzud
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
Very dark brown in color, black to the untrained eye. Nice tan finger of head, laces well.
Big coffee aromas that dance with roasted malts and chocolate sweetness. I've bold and I'm diggin' it!
Nice coffee flavours, with roasted, toasted malts and some bittersweet chocolate notes. Good, but just not as in your face as the aroma.
Feel is nearly full, could be a bit heavier to really give it that RIS feel. Carbonation is good, and it's nice and creamy and slick.
The drink is great. Very enjoyable coffee stout, abv is lower, which really makes it easy to put away!
03-03-2011 02:25:41 | More by EgadBananas
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a dark thick brown, nice two inch creamy tan head.
Smells of rich sweet coffee...and really not much else. Smells great though!
Taste is rich coffee again, fairly bitter, more rich coffee, some burned cocoa. This is very good.
Good carb, rich creamy mouthfeel, but fairly light body for such a rich taste and really pretty drinkable. Not enough sweetness to be cloying and too much coffee flavor to taste any booze.
Great beer! Fairly one dimensional but really good.
04-16-2013 03:13:47 | More by AlexFields
3.96/5 rDev -1%
12 oz can poured into pint glass. Appearance is opaque and black with a layer of tan head that retains nicely. The smell has bold roast espresso with some assertive hops present as well. Taste is chocolatey up front and is followed up by dry bitter espresso. Nice bold and beany finish. Mouthfeel is relatively light for style and abv. Overall, tons of espresso in the nose and flavor, missing a little in the way of body and depth.
03-08-2013 04:49:51 | More by homebrew311
District of Columbia
4.16/5 rDev +4%
My man Huzuhbendah slipped me one of the these the other day to take home after a tasting. Thanks Matt!
Split with my wife.
A: Poured as black as night and with a fairly sticky mocha head that was a mere ring around the brew.
S: Intense smell of high grade coffee, burnt caramel, and vanilla. Really nice.
T: Nice coffee flavor as well as sort of a chocolate donut-like component. Very dessert-like in its disposition overall which suits me fine.
M: I really like the marriage of the sweet and coffee components here. It was definitely more of a Heath bar as opposed to a bitter java.
O: My wife just said, "I wish I had about 6 of these for tonight." Yep, I'd definitely have this one again.
09-04-2013 22:28:44 | More by Chaney
4.28/5 rDev +7%
Picked up a six pack of cans of this one today for less than 8 bucks. An incredible deal for an above average coffee imperial stout. Pours a rich, opaque black color, with a huge fluffy tan head. Aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans, espresso and roasted malt. On the palate, smooth and flavorful, with loads of coffee, slightly burnt, chocolate and a hint of hops on the finish. Very good.
01-07-2011 04:25:00 | More by emmasdad
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
nice extra from daniloknezic! Thanks
I followed the directions on the can that say enjoy before noon; so i am drinking this beer at 8am central standard time!
poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black body with a mocha colored head. Nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Head faded down into a ring capping the top of the beer.
Smell: Massive roasty coffee note. Malt and a mild astringency noted to the nose.
Taste: Nice coffee flavor its just so roasty, fresh, clean, and crisp taste. Its even got a refreshing quality to it. No bitterness from the coffee its all the perfect amount of roastiness that just remains during entire tasting experience. WOW! Almost reminds you of a cold and carbonated expresso.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that drink like a light bodied beer. This beer is really carbonated well for an Imperial Stout. It has more carbonation than one would expect, but this brewery just nailed it on this beer.
Overall: Fantastic. Must try, if you love good coffee stouts. This is the real deal!
06-07-2011 13:13:59 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
12oz can into a stemless Hennessy snifter (my pimp hand is strong tonight, bitches!)
Nice appearance, with a rich mahogany brown core that fades outward to a ruddy amber color. The head is a dusty taupe hue, and the quarter inch of foam quickly settles to a ring and a thin veneer of bubbles. A very earthy aroma brings forward freshly ground coffee beans, fresh roasted, too. Dark malts lend notes of chocolate and bread crust, while the hops add a bit of balance to the ensemble.
The flavor matches the aroma's earthiness, and then some. Lots of roastiness to the coffee beans, verging on charred but the base beer dials in the balance just enough that things don't get too carried away. Alcohol is well-hidden. My only knock against this beer is the body--a bit thin for an 8% Imperial Stout. Still, good carbonation level and a clean finish. Overall, a tasty release from Santa Fe that any coffee beer lover should look forward to trying.
06-01-2012 02:53:53 | More by wagenvolks
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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