Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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3.79/5 rDev -5.3%
Appearance: Dark-brown coming out of the can, but basically turns black in the glass. The head is light brown in color and has a bit of staying-power. When held to the light, you can definitely get some dark red and brown hues around the edges of the glass.
Aroma: Roasted coffee beans right up front followed closely by a sugary sweetness. Maybe a touch of chocolate in there as well. Not very complex, but nice.
Taste: Really nice coffee flavor on the front end. The sweetness that I was pulling out of the aroma isn't far behind. There's a nice bitterness mid to late palette that keeps the sweet flavors from becoming cloying.
Mouthfeel: This is my biggest knock on this beer. It just needs more body in my opinion. I would say it's medium for the style with the carbonation coming in on the lower side, which is appropriate.
Morey's Bottom Line: A pretty good coffee stout overall, but I could use a little less sweetness and a bigger mouthfeel. I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again, but I won't be searching for it either.
06-23-2013 20:24:11 | More by Morey
4.08/5 rDev +2%
Shared by the lovely Bryna. The brew is brown-black, and is capped with a mocha head that collapses into a wispy film and encircling collar.
The nose screams Dunkin' Donuts coffee and the flavor delivers. This tastes almost as much like an iced coffee drink as it does a beer. At any rate, it is quite delicious. Further notes that appear include a perfect flavor of roastiness that is so crisply, pleasantly acrid as well as hints of bittersweet chocolate and some fruity and toffee-like maltiness. Creamy feel. I like it. A lot. It really does remind me of iced coffee as much as beer.
06-06-2011 18:09:36 | More by ktrillionaire
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
12oz can. Pours a dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that quickly goes to a collar that laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet chocolate malts and lots of roasted coffee.
The flavor is sweet chocolate with a lot of nice coffee and some bitter roast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low but smooth carbonation.
Overall, not very complex (all about the coffee), but a great beer for coffee lovers. One of the best coffee beers I've had...yum!
01-15-2011 01:18:45 | More by Beaver13
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
Picked up a single from Total Wine in mid-August for $1.79. Best by 10-19-13.
Beer poured dark brown with a nice brown head.
Nose is all coffee to me and not much else.
Taste is coffee forward, some dark chocolate, and a decent amount of hopping to keep the sweetness at bay.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth.
Overall this is a nice brew at a nice price. Be ready for some heavily roasted coffee if you do get the opportunity to try this.
10-05-2013 01:07:30 | More by arizcards
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Out of the can and into my kickass new russian river pint glass. Thanks byrd for the glass and drmattyb for the brew.
A- a firm pour really gets the head going and I have to wait a second for it to settle so I can pour the rest of the can. Two fingers of coffee and lots of cream head that does hold for a good bit before settling to a sudsy cap and a ton of lace all over the glass. Super dark brown bordering on black in color with a bit of a brown glow at the edges.
S- dark roasted malts and a good coffee hit. Touches of a molasses like sweetness and some earthy undertones.
T- lots of coffee and chocolate going on here. The malts dark and well roasted really playing off the coffee nicely. Sweet chocolate milk in there with some brown sugar as well.
M- a few steps above medium in body and well carbed keeping things very drinkable.
O- this is a tasty stout and super drinkable. Full flavored and very clean. Ill have to trade for some more I totally dig this stuff.
05-11-2011 23:36:40 | More by oglmcdgl
4/5 rDev 0%
Santa Fe Imperial Stout has a medium, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (with reddish-brown highlights) appearance, and a heavy lacing sheen left on the class. The aroma is of predominately dark-roasted coffee, dark-roasted malts, and maybe some water. Taste is of all that, with dark cherry and slight hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is mostly light, and Santa Fe Imperial Stout finishes mostly dry, rich, and flavorful. No alcohol shows itself. Excellent stuff, this.
02-11-2014 18:11:36 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a shaker pint.
The brew resembles java not just in name, but in appearance. Pitch black and watery thin, the liquid is capped by a pillowy head of cascading bubbles the color of brown sugar. Frothy trails of lace coat the sides of the glass like latte foam.
Because their dark, toasty, burnt flavors often overlap, few ingredients work together so well in a beer as roasted malt and coffee beans. For Imperial Java Stout, Santa Fe makes use of organically grown East Timor coffee beans blended with New Guinea coffee beans, both of which are roasted by Ohori's Coffee House in Santa Fe. The result is a stout that's huge in coffee aroma and flavor. The scent is akin to burying your nose in a cupful of java -- it's packed with espresso and sweet cream. Touches of sourdough and a shot of chocolate syrup mingle in the background.
The flavor delivers a similar dose of roasted beans, though it's a little more acidic. A complex blend of American Bravo and English Fuggle hops lend subtle spice and earthy qualities, while touches of burnt toast play off the coffee. It's a bit harsh -- like very, very black coffee -- until the the swallow delivers oats and cream, sweetening and smoothing things out.
If you're not a fan of coffee, you'll probably hate this beer, because the flavor is riddled with it, and the coffee actually overpowers the underlying stout. But the beans are quality, and if you're looking to swap out your morning joe with something a little more alcoholic, pour this in your mug. No one will be the wiser.
05-31-2012 05:05:02 | More by Phelps
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
This pours a rich, thick, coffee-colored mocha black with a light foam ring. The aroma is reminiscent of a coffee roast, with a flavor that’s big, bright, and full of java. Great coffee flavor profile with a crisp body and a nice kick at the end. I enjoyed this one tremendously.
03-31-2013 07:10:00 | More by elNopalero
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.