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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

684 Ratings
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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 70
Gots: 82 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

beernads, Apr 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

mmulebarn, Apr 11, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was an okay coffee stout but not spectacular. It was very drinkable and the coffee was present but it didn't blow me away. This is a style I really like so I probably have a high bar for what I expect for a coffee beer. One thing that was interesting was that the nose had a bit of cola which reminded me of Trader Joe's Vintage Ale.

mjpolzin, Apr 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mrebeka, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

brianmandell, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

InspectorBob, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

davemarc87, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Apr 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

woooobeer, Apr 03, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with a half inch khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Dark roasted coffee and and roasted barley aroma greets my nose. There's an abundance of dark bitter coffee flavor in this beer. The mouth is a bit chalky and thick. If yo are looking for something more so on the bitter end of the coffee stout spectrum,this is your beer.

Franziskaner, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Zaximus, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bloodbuzz99, Mar 29, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The most nose-on coffee present beer I've had in a couple years, feels exactly like I'm drinking a cup of Colombian coffee left to cool with a little sugar added in. Appearance could fool people as well, I would like to do a side by side comparison and see if my friends could definitely tell the difference. I'll have it on hand next time I go to a beer brunch.

bambam2517, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

irrgalaxy, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

bigfnjoe, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

shawnohall, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ldhughes3, Mar 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Chelseaw30, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

moarmare, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tylerstravis, Mar 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

IpeeA, Mar 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

jrbuckt, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Flashyspoons, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

closisinthehouse, Mar 12, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color, with hints of light about the edges. Not really thick or viscous looking for stout. Leaves a thin tan foam after pour, but doesn't last long. Straight up coffee aroma, sweet, but lacks depth and is a bit one dimensional perhaps.

Flavor has a bit more roasted bitterness than the smell suggests, but I'm not sure it stacks up against the cloying sweetness of vanilla/cola like malt. The coffee taste is somewhat heavy, almost like it dominates the overall flavor instead of complementing the beer. There isn't much contrast from start to finish in the sip either. Alcohol seems pretty mild actually, not really understanding the "Imperial" title here. Moderately thick body, decent carbonation.

Overall a slight disappointment. Not a well refined Coffee Stout, and a little too sweet. Considering the abundance of options in the Coffee beer arena these days, this one will be easily forgotten.

bennetj17, Mar 11, 2014
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.