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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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89
very good

594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 60
Gots: 62 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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01-16-2014 00:47:37 | More by dmorgan310
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4/5  rDev 0%

01-11-2014 19:29:18 | More by jtoledo04
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bpasquini

California

4.44/5  rDev +11%

A: Pours more brown than black, but when sitting in the glass it is pitch black, left a small tan head on a heavy pour, leaves very little lacing around the glass, appropriate look for a stout

S: Huge amount of coffee! It's almost the only thing you can smell. I can notice some chocolate but it is very faint, also very slight booziness to it, the coffee smell is rather pleasing to the nose

T: The taste follows the nose, rich in coffee, some slight chocolate that gives it some sweetness, can't notice the alcohol at all, I made a mistake pouring this into a snifter, drink this out of a coffee mug!

M: Medium to thick bodied, has a nice oily/creamy mouthfeel to it which makes it very drinkable, easily one of the smoothest drinking stouts I have had!

O: Not much diversity to this beer, but with what Santa Fe gives you in this brew it is executed excellently, definitely a must try for every stout lover out there!

01-05-2014 07:34:42 | More by bpasquini
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Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-05-2014 03:44:52 | More by jaydoc
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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-04-2014 19:30:35 | More by throwback
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Armando_Perez

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-01-2014 19:08:29 | More by Armando_Perez
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev 0%

01-01-2014 01:34:48 | More by Phil_H
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New York

4/5  rDev 0%

01-01-2014 01:32:52 | More by Jlabs
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Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

12-31-2013 17:50:27 | More by prock180
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

12-30-2013 21:28:16 | More by WillCarrera
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Vermont

4/5  rDev 0%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-28-2013 22:08:57 | More by delta490
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Texas

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Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-26-2013 07:05:06 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-26-2013 02:53:31 | More by Flabbyjandro
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ChuckHardslab

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +9%

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.

12-24-2013 01:59:10 | More by ChuckHardslab
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Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%

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Oregon

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Pours a finger of tan head on an almost black body.
The aroma is dominated by the roasted malt and coffee but some lemon comes through to give it a rounded aroma.
The taste is cream, coffee, burnt malt and a mild lemon bitter finish. Excellent.
The texture is soft with crisp edges and moderate carbonation.
Nicely done.

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Missouri

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12-19-2013 04:31:05 | More by Punisher
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

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

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

12-11-2013 01:28:46 | More by wiltznucs
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Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.