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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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90
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626 Ratings
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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 64
Gots: 67 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

nick_asian, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

uturn, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

LuckyJohn, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

kingmaker, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%

Thick cup of coffee black! Smells like a good, strong cup of coffee too! Taste and mouthfeel are a bit of a let down, but not bad. This feels like a beer that would be great to wakeup to after a night of camping! Overall, I'll look for this again. Perhaps a hidden gem!

DenverHopHead, Jul 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

socon67, Jun 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

MeisterMayhem, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Morey
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.

Morey, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

deadliest, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

metter98, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Pours an opaque but clear very dark brown (almost black) in color with some minimal to light amounts of visible carbonation and a faint amount of cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of very roasted malts (almost burnt) with more moderate notes of coffee and some charred malts. Lighter notes of sugary sweetness including some hints of vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted, almost burnt malts and freshly roasted coffee. There are some lighter flavors of charred malts towards the finish. Additionally there are some lighter notes of milky/sugary sweetness (like what you would get if you had added sweetened condensed milk to espresso) and hints of vanilla + cocoa. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that fade rather quickly.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: A little sweeter than I normally prefer my bigger stouts - I like the coffee and roasted malt flavors but there was a little too much sweetness (though I am a black coffee drinker normally so I know that is specific to my palate). Definitely enjoyable and with a very nice coffee presence.

dbrauneis, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Hopinista, Jun 19, 2013
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3.49/5  rDev -12.8%

Picked these up on a recent trip to Albuquerque. If they brew as well as they cook, I'll be in heaven...

Appearance: Inky and dark, like I like. Cream-colored head that didn't stick around long and left some trace lacing.

Smell: Promising. Very coffee and roasty, but seems balanced.

Taste: OMG, did someone say coffee? I expect grounds at the bottom of my glass. But there's also some roasted (almost burnt) malt, vanilla at the end. None of the flavors stick around or round out. No alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I would like. Prickly carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. A very drinkable beverage. Not exciting. I wouldn't turn another one down if it were offered, but there are other beers out there I'd buy first.

StroppyMare, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

12packpoet, Jun 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25%

MaddDogg84, Jun 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Liondiscs, Jun 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

msturek, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

BrockLanders, Jun 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

leftoverburrito, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

BMart, Jun 07, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz can dated best by July 2013 poured a very dark brown color; clear, with a light brown head.

Nose: more hops than expected, matched in strength by coffee, with dark malts more in the background.

Flavor: mild-moderate bitterness until the moderately bitter finish and aftertaste. Good balance of hops, malts and coffee. Lot of coffee in the aftertaste. Some very dark roast flavor but only a hint of char.

Feel: carbonated is a bit more lively than expected, but works well; smooth; medium-full body. The ABV is well hidden.

O: an attractively priced, high quality, robust coffee stout. Recommended.

chinchill, Jun 06, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Quite black with a huge 2-inch frothy and thick head; decent lacing

S: Earthy coffee beans dominate up front; some chocolate and dark fruits linger underneath but this is a coffee bomb

T: The coffee, of course, is the star here but this is also hoppy up front with a balanced sweet malt base--chocolatey and yummy

F: Medium body and creamy with a sticky texture on the back end

O: This is a really nice coffee beer and the 8% abv is well masked; nice work, Santa Fe

dbossman, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Texas_Speed, Jun 02, 2013
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.