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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Imperial Java StoutImperial Java Stout

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BA SCORE
90
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602 Ratings
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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 63 | 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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czechsaaz

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -28%

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.

06-12-2012 04:13:42 | More by czechsaaz
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mactrail

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

02-03-2012 05:08:53 | More by mactrail
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -25%

04-04-2013 21:31:39 | More by largadeer
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3/5  rDev -25%

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.

08-14-2014 23:40:10 | More by Karibourgeois
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HavasuDG

Arizona

3/5  rDev -25%

11-28-2012 01:31:50 | More by HavasuDG
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ATXRyan

Texas

3/5  rDev -25%

10-07-2012 19:55:19 | More by ATXRyan
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krl2112

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25%

09-08-2013 22:12:05 | More by krl2112
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -25%

06-18-2014 03:09:25 | More by BarrytheBear
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -25%

05-14-2014 01:34:02 | More by JISurfer
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25%

06-11-2014 17:22:39 | More by ChicagoNick
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aschdave

Colorado

3/5  rDev -25%

04-27-2012 18:36:35 | More by aschdave
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andrewkgray91

Colorado

3/5  rDev -25%

11-20-2012 19:55:39 | More by andrewkgray91
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Lincoln


3/5  rDev -25%

05-10-2012 15:17:02 | More by Lincoln
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -25%

06-28-2013 19:59:37 | More by redleg411
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nsabo

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -23%

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.

12-23-2011 04:59:17 | More by nsabo
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kojevergas

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -22.5%

12 fl oz can acquired at Davidson's Liquors in Lone Tree, Colorado and served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I fancy the style but I've never tried a beer from this brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The can cracked open and immediately started surging, indicating overcarbonation.

A: Pours a five finger khaki head of nice cream, nice thickness, and impressive retention for the high ABV. Colour is a predictable nontransparent solid black. No yeast particles are visible - but it's nontransparent. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy coffee bean, coffee roast, cream, and dark malts. Coffee is definitely dominant, but it seems overdone; I worry about the balance. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavy coffee with a touch of roast, accompanied by some cream. Dark malts comprise the unobtrusive foundation. Hints of chocolate here and there don't amount to anything distinct or particularly impactful. Full-bodied.

Mf: Strangely syrupy and viscous - hot damn. Entirely too smooth and wet for the style - which demands dryness and coarseness. Adequate carbonation. It complements the flavours fairly well, but is far from ideal.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but far from complex or simple. The ABV is well disguised. Coffee is handled well here, but the base requires much more roasted barley. I'd have it again preferably on nitro-draught. Fairly priced. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

C+

05-31-2012 01:22:23 | More by kojevergas
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

02-05-2013 14:05:20 | More by rkcrozier
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

08-15-2013 02:03:04 | More by PieOhMy
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jrbuckt

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

03-15-2014 21:22:36 | More by jrbuckt
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amalburg

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

08-05-2014 17:11:13 | More by amalburg
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cmoody91

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

02-02-2013 02:09:13 | More by cmoody91
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Liondiscs

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

06-11-2013 01:47:37 | More by Liondiscs
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

04-10-2014 23:57:06 | More by mmulebarn
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%

12-ounce can shared by yourefragile in line at the BA Sexual Chocolate release. Really nice design on the can; very appropriate for the day and time. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a light tan head and a ring or two of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings loads of coffee along with a bit of cream and some chocolate. The flavor consists of the same, with the coffee taking the front following by a bit of cream and dark chocolate. Could have been a big hit, though the mouthfeel takes things way back, as it was terribly over-carbonated, ruining what I imagine otherwise would have been a nice creamy mouthfeel. Roast is there in the flavor as well. Pretty good.

07-19-2011 10:58:54 | More by Thorpe429
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -16.8%

Poured like used motor oil, black and opaque, and not thick like some stouts. Cocoa head about 1/8 inch thick dissipated rapidly. Smells like chocolate and coffee. I know this is not too creative, but it is all I could come up with. Taste: chocolate cake, chocolate covered coffee beans. The coffee was not as prominent as I had expected. I enjoyed this. It was somehow refreshing, which I do not expect from a stout.

I’ll have another.

07-23-2012 19:48:36 | More by XicanoBeerRun
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.