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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 71
Gots: 91 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.1%

BGsWo22, May 26, 2013
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1/5  rDev -75.1%

bghozali, Oct 14, 2012
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1.98/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had it on-tap at the brewery about a week ago. Come to me in a 16 oz. plastic cup. Body was a translucent brown and seemed very thin, not viscous like it should be. No head at all, not even some bubbles popping up to the top. Smelled like an old soggy coffee filter filled with spent grounds. I got some faint roasted malt in there and some fruity esters, but the stale coffee smell overpowered all. Taste was about the same, actually, but it didn't have so much of that stale coffee characteristic. This leaned way too much towards coffee. Tastes like a sweet coffee drink from Starbucks. Body was way to thin with hardly any carbonation. This is the rare instance when I would have preferred a stout to be on nitro. I wasn't too enthused to finish this, but it was easy enough with its light body.

I was going to add this as an American Stout or something, but if the brewery wants to call this an Imperial Stout, then so be it.

goochpunch, Mar 31, 2007
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2/5  rDev -50.2%

waprimrose, Feb 12, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.2%

chocosushi, Jul 18, 2012
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2.32/5  rDev -42.3%

Buttstallion, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Bluedog1211
2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark brown to black with about an inch of head that quickly dissipates lacing remains on the glass with every sip.

Tastes like a day old Starbucks coffee which is not a terrible thing. Besides the stale coffee taste it finishes with a black licorice taste that remains in your mouth. Maybe some vanilla as it warms.

A lighter mouth feel than I expected but not a smooth swallow.

Bluedog1211, Mar 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

IpeeA, Mar 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Brown120, Jun 07, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Really malty smelling, nice roast and a little bit of coffee. Fruity yeast too.

Deep black. Half inch tan head that lingers as a little layer and leaves a touch of lacing.

Very sweet flavor but with a nice coffee aftertaste. Black and sweet maybe? Overall, it's too sweet for my taste. I have a hard time focusing on anything else. There's a bit of toasty stout and yeast but it doesn't get through unless I'm really trying.

Slightly warming and not as full bodied as most Impy Stout.

Not one I'll be stocking in my fridge.

czechsaaz, Jun 12, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells just like old, cold coffee. Hard to make it smell steamy and aromatic. Black in the glass, not a particularly big foam. Quite bitter, like espresso. Hard to tell the hops from the java. Winey and strong with alcohol. Rich with malt and slightly sweet.

Kind of an oddity, but if you llike coffee beers, this one is about as coffeed-up as any I've had. I can't get too far into this-- it just taste like iced coffee needing some cream.

mactrail, Feb 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

bulldogg915, Nov 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

largadeer, Apr 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Coal black pour with a light brown one-finger head. Really nice aroma of fresh coffee beans with a hint of chocolate. Very sweet flavor of chocolate and light roast coffee upfront. Medium body also has a hint of roasted malt and french roast coffee bitterness in the finish. Was kind of expecting more from the flavor as the smell was amazing.

Karibourgeois, Aug 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

HavasuDG, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

ATXRyan, Oct 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

krl2112, Sep 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

BarrytheBear, Jun 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

JISurfer, May 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

ChicagoNick, Jun 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

aschdave, Apr 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

andrewkgray91, Nov 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Lincoln, May 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of nsabo
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first bit of praise is unnecessary and is in no way an indicator of this beer’s quality, but I gotta give props for the artwork. Totally brown can with its name at the bottom and a tiny nondescript picture of a coffee cup/beer pitcher. No big, flashy logo. If communists had state beer, this is about what their artwork would look like.
Okay, but on to the beer. The coffee is surprisingly balanced, it’s the dominant taste without taking over and becoming the only taste (unlike Bridgeport’s coffee porter, bleh). Each sip finishes with a crisp bitter blend of hops and coffee. Some baker’s chocolate, vanilla and cloves make this is a fairly sweet stout.
I like this, but I have to knock it for calling itself an Imperial stout. Thin mouthfeel, light shines through its dark brown color, and while tasty it’s not very complex. It drinks like a session beer, and when I drink an imperial stout I want to savor, not session it.
Call it a coffee stout and enjoy; just don’t expect anything imperial.

nsabo, Dec 23, 2011
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Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.