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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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Photo of Bennettrox


4.2/5  rDev +5%

Big thanks to optimator13 for this one!

A - Jet black, like pouring a morning cup of joe. Half finger khaki head the slowly dissipates.

S - Smells of roasted coffee. If I didn't know any better I would think that I was just poured a great local coffee! Bittersweet chocolate and a little wood.

T - Following the nose this is full of burnt roasted coffee. Deep flavor of heavy malts. The more this warms up the more I'm enjoying the deep dark coffee taste, not much sweetness which I think I like. Coffee is the star!

M - Light but chewy at the same time. This goes down very easy with almost a tiny burn at the end. Medium carbonation.

O - Life would be sweet if I could start my morning off with a cup of Imp Java Stout. As a coffee head I really enjoyed this one! Thanks Evan!

05-18-2011 16:41:51 | More by Bennettrox
Photo of Tozac


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-05-2013 09:54:26 | More by Tozac
Photo of VinceMig


4/5  rDev 0%

11-24-2013 00:22:01 | More by VinceMig
Photo of scarfield


3.63/5  rDev -9.3%

App- pours dark brown to black with a 1" khaki head. moderate lacing through the glass

Smell- sweetness and dark roast coffee. Smells like "cold" hot chocolate.

Taste- there is definitely some alcohol coming through and an aftertaste that is quite bitter and earthy. Malty sweetness and the roasted coffee flavor and bitterness are not quite in balance, but it is not unpleasant.

MF- creamy/oily, and the very long aftertaste and high abv make this a sipper

Overall- this beer tried to Pull off something difficult and almost pulls it off. The balance just isn't there and the bitterness is perhaps too strong. Still it is quite a good beer despite this.

06-08-2012 02:07:54 | More by scarfield
Photo of Heischman


4/5  rDev 0%

Beer/Brewery - Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company
City/State- Santa Fe, New Mexico
STYLE – American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV – 8%
IBU – 50?
DATE – 4 JAN 2012 (#005 of 365 Beers of 2012)
GLASSWARE – American Pint
APPEARANCE – Black non translucent ½ inch creamy head cocoa brown in color nice lacing on the glass
AROMA- coffee with cream and a hint of hops
TASTE – Coffee with notes of cream, almost a cappuccino very mild though. There is a hint of hops in the after taste
MOUTHFEEL – Creamy and smooth with very mild carbonation level. Leave a wonderful warming sensation in the chest.
CONCLUSION – Good stout was worried because of the can thing, but a wonderful brew!

01-05-2012 00:50:29 | More by Heischman
Photo of ZorroMulder


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

08-26-2012 16:02:36 | More by ZorroMulder
Photo of JonathanG


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from an undated can, into a Lion tulip. I actually really like the simplicity of the packaging. Seems like it could be a can for some sort of chocolate soda, or more likely a pre-mixed coffee drink. I also like the note on the can, "Not For Use With Donuts," as well as the monochromatic images of a coffee cup that says, "Before Noon," and a beer stein that says, "After Noon."

Dark brown, approaching black in color, with a tan, creamy head that leads to semi-sticky lacing.

Coffee is definitely present on the nose, along with mixed chocolate notes, as well as some dark fruits of plum and fig. Nice roasted malt notes without being overblown.

Tastes like liquid chocolate and coffee, again with some dark fruit on the finish. Sweetness is there, but it keeps the coffee notes in-check, which are not bitter or overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and easy-going and pretty smooth. I don't think it would be difficult at all to drink several of these.

Overall this is an easy-to-drink, pleasant stout. I'd drink this again.

02-02-2012 15:28:00 | More by JonathanG
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4/5  rDev 0%

06-02-2013 16:04:46 | More by Texas_Speed
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

10-17-2013 16:27:50 | More by Trish_NG5
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

08-03-2014 16:37:46 | More by ericchalifour
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4/5  rDev 0%

08-14-2012 22:05:02 | More by Tsrohnek
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4/5  rDev 0%

10-31-2013 14:48:41 | More by darthhamby
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

02-16-2012 21:42:44 | More by MeadGuyfromMD
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3/5  rDev -25%

04-27-2012 18:36:35 | More by aschdave
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-08-2013 20:45:01 | More by BrockLanders
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4/5  rDev 0%

05-25-2013 20:38:24 | More by TheBeerDog
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

09-27-2013 20:03:19 | More by S_C
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-29-2014 13:57:22 | More by steviesean
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

05-29-2014 23:49:20 | More by B_King
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

08-02-2014 04:51:03 | More by zgren
Photo of nsabo


3.08/5  rDev -23%

My first bit of praise is unnecessary and is in no way an indicator of this beer’s quality, but I gotta give props for the artwork. Totally brown can with its name at the bottom and a tiny nondescript picture of a coffee cup/beer pitcher. No big, flashy logo. If communists had state beer, this is about what their artwork would look like.
Okay, but on to the beer. The coffee is surprisingly balanced, it’s the dominant taste without taking over and becoming the only taste (unlike Bridgeport’s coffee porter, bleh). Each sip finishes with a crisp bitter blend of hops and coffee. Some baker’s chocolate, vanilla and cloves make this is a fairly sweet stout.
I like this, but I have to knock it for calling itself an Imperial stout. Thin mouthfeel, light shines through its dark brown color, and while tasty it’s not very complex. It drinks like a session beer, and when I drink an imperial stout I want to savor, not session it.
Call it a coffee stout and enjoy; just don’t expect anything imperial.

12-23-2011 04:59:17 | More by nsabo
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-24-2013 06:14:08 | More by lakesider1818
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4/5  rDev 0%

08-07-2014 23:29:13 | More by Intelbeerlord
Photo of RattleheadKV2

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured into goblet from 12 oz can.

Appearance: Pours a nice super dark brown, almost black, with about a fingers worth of thick tan head that dissipates down to ring of tight bubbles around the edge of the glass. No lacing left behind at all, some very slight alcohol legs.

Smell: Well they don't call this a Java Stout for nothing! Lots of roasty coffee, and chocolate notes, as well as some slight bready notes.

Taste: Coffee! The coffee here really shines through, without being overpowering, you still get a good amount of chocolate, and biscuit flavors. On the finish is a nice little bit of hop bitterness to round everything out.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick, just as a stout should be. Not really anything else to write about, pretty typical of the style.

Overall: Very good brew, wish Santa Fe Brewing would sell this stuff year round with the Happy Camper. Very good buy, only about $7-$9 a 6-pack around here. Will definitely be buying again.

02-27-2012 04:40:47 | More by RattleheadKV2
Photo of MoustacheHero


3.68/5  rDev -8%

A canned offering from New Mexico.

A- Looks like a fresh poured coke, from its dark cola colour to its very bubbly head.

S- A powerful coffee smell dominates with hints of barley.

T- Like an amazing cup of coffee with undertones of hot liquor. Roasty all the way through and finishes clean, not bitter like many coffee stouts.

M- Surprisingly light bodied, this beer drinks very bubbly and slightly slick.

O- Overall I was impressed by this brews balance, drinkability and simple presentation. I'd order this in place of coffee any morning. :-)

06-02-2011 05:49:45 | More by MoustacheHero
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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