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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

649 Ratings
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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 65
Gots: 75 | 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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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

Razorback09, Sunday at 01:40 AM
Photo of TownDunkel
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Albertsons in Carlsbad new Mexico on a trip. A beautiful dark brown pour with low light brown head. Smell is of coffee and hops. Taste is amazing. This may be my favorite coffee stout out there. Almost hard to describe mix of coffee malt deal fruits and earthy undertones. Great lasting mouthfull make this a beer I would drink daily. As it suggests in the morning not with donughts!

TownDunkel, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

shawnohall, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of andrewkgray91
3/5  rDev -25.2%

andrewkgray91, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of PissWarmChango
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

PissWarmChango, Aug 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

TokyoCO, May 30, 2013
Photo of WhoDatMatt
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

WhoDatMatt, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of ZoomanCru
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Java Stout – Imperial Stout (8.0%) - Santa Fe Brewing Co. (New Mexico)
☆☆☆☆

App: Utterly and completely black. Pours a dark, syrup like color very indicative of the style. Allowed to warm before pouring, this beer forms a two and a half finger head with fine bubbles that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a good amount of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: Smells immediately like pretty good dark coffee. Some maltiness,volatility, and a slight hop character compete, but coffee reigns supreme. Roasted malts compliment the coffee notes and add their own level of diverse characteristics.

Taste: Deep coffee character supported superbly by malt profile that sweetens. The first coffee beer I've had that wasn't overly bitter or extracted tasting. (Grew up in a coffee roastery) The balance achieved here is remarkable. Though coffee takes the predominant flavor role, much is to be said for the heavy malt profile too, which make this beer highly enjoyable. Lingering bitterness that is decidedly like coffee and not hops. This might be sacrilege, but it would make a great beer float.

Mouth: Creamy and heavy bodied as a result of the significant malt profile, but with enough cofee added to make it crisp and dry. Whereas most stouts leave a lingering sweetness on the palate after swallowing, this brew instead leaves a persistent and pleasant roasted taste.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Pint Glass. 12/15/13

ZoomanCru, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Koufax21
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. The beer pours a deep dark brown and settles to black with ruby red edges when held to the light. A nice tan head sits on top and laces the glass well. The smell is coffee, big coffee. It tastes very similar to founders breakfast stout. Some bitter chocolate flavors and a solid roasted malt backbone. This is somewhat light in body for an imperial stout, but at 8% it seems to fit the bill. This could be the easiest drinking imperial stout I've ever had. Great carbonation and medium bodied. Another great beer from a solid brewery.

Koufax21, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Dontcounttoday, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass. It pours an opaque black coffee color with a 1 to 2 finger cappucino colored head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cap that stayed until the bottom of the glass. It left moderate amounts of sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma: The smell is of quality dark roasted coffee with some roasted malts, brown bread and mild earthy hops.

Taste: Black coffee, bitter roasted malt, slight toffee, chocolate and sweetness. It finishes with coffee's bitterness and slight acidic twang. There's enough hop presence to balance it out. It's a smooth finish with a pleasant bitterness that lingers a bit on the back of the tongue. The high alcohol content is very well tucked away inside the complex flavors and only gives the slightest hint of warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full bodied creamy stout with moderate carbonation.

I bought this because it's the holidays and the weather has actually been cool enough for me to enjoy sipping on a stout while sitting on my front porch. This is an excellent example of a coffee stout that I will be purchasing again, highly recommended.

ChuckHardslab, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

NjalThorgeirsson, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

davemarc87, Apr 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Rosiex7, May 28, 2014
Photo of mastodonj
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yet another reason to say that canned beers have caught up with bottled beer.

A deep dark brown color with a beige head, fairly minimal in extent. Good lacing though.
Excellent smokey nose.

A wonderful complex taste with smokey, oakey, chocolatey coffee flavors. And somewhere, somehow, a little bit of spiciness works its way in.

The excellent mouthfeel makes this very drinkable and is topped off
by a real clean finish.

Altogether, this will be something i'll look for although with the
minimalist labeling, you may have to really keep your eye out.

mastodonj, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

laglocal, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

GrumpyBeer, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

CRon_T, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

StrongAleSkeptic, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MrWilliams, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

irrgalaxy, Mar 28, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

RAC81, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

KingFizz, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

agammon, Jan 31, 2014
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.