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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 69
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

wtkphoto, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark thick brown, nice two inch creamy tan head.

Smells of rich sweet coffee...and really not much else. Smells great though!

Taste is rich coffee again, fairly bitter, more rich coffee, some burned cocoa. This is very good.

Good carb, rich creamy mouthfeel, but fairly light body for such a rich taste and really pretty drinkable. Not enough sweetness to be cloying and too much coffee flavor to taste any booze.

Great beer! Fairly one dimensional but really good.


AlexFields, Apr 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

lancecenter, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

craigmj7, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of gtermi
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

gtermi, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Beerontwowheels, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

deanhead, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -25.4%

largadeer, Apr 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

vonnegut21, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

elNopalero, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

deapokid, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Devi0us, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Beerandboards
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap

A - black, cola type color. Little light on head, but most, of not all of that is the fact that it was out of a plastic cup at a food festival.

S - chocolate espresso beans. Little bit of vanilla.

T - smooth coffee bomb. Dark chocolate. They should do themselves a little bit of a favor and change the label to "stout" as opposed to "imperial stout." It just lacks a little bit of depth to hold up the imperial label. That being said, very tasty coffee stout.

M - a little on the thin side, carb is good, if not a little high.

O - great coffee stout. The only gripe is in the labeling, nothing on the beer front. If this were a stout, as opposed to an imperial stout, the numbers would be higher. That being said, don't let the numbers fool you, this is a great beer.

Beerandboards, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tim28, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of MCain04
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Extra from a trade with Dimenhetfield thanks! Can poured into a 12 oz Half Acre snifter.

A: Root-beer brown body with a healthy kahki head of 2 fingers, good retention, moderation lacing.

S: Burnt coffee and roasted malts. Not much in terms of toffee or caramel or anything else, but decent nose.

T: Roasted malts and coffee are present. Not a lot of hops or bitterness, which is fine. Not much of a malty backbone. Taste is kind of thin.

M: Moderate carbonation, thin body, watery finish.

O: Not a bad coffee stout, but not great either. To thin on the taste and mouthfeel. This would have been a better coffee porter than imperial stout. Just not enough body to cash that check.

MCain04, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ralphw56, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

mcdsports, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GetTheYayo, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

sandiego67, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Cvescalante
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark brown cola color, with a medium sized head of foam that fades quickly.

S- Coffee forward, some sweet chocolate, very roasted almost burnt malt aromas.

T- Coffee bomb! Roasted coffee and sweet, sugary, chocolatey flavors balance very well.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, wet finish, not much carbonation. Pretty great for what the beer is supposed to be like.

O- I really enjoy this one! Perfect price point, and great quality for a wonderful coffee bomb of a stout... Did a blind tasting with similar beers in this style and it definitely hangs with the best according to our group.

Cvescalante, Mar 10, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass. Appearance is opaque and black with a layer of tan head that retains nicely. The smell has bold roast espresso with some assertive hops present as well. Taste is chocolatey up front and is followed up by dry bitter espresso. Nice bold and beany finish. Mouthfeel is relatively light for style and abv. Overall, tons of espresso in the nose and flavor, missing a little in the way of body and depth.

homebrew311, Mar 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

blindpiggie, Mar 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

RudnicsMEB, Mar 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

CAcker, Mar 04, 2013
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.