Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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3.35/5 rDev -16.3%
Imperial Java Stout
Doesn’t have the viscous thick cream look of say a ten fidy, but the color in the glass is deep black with small tiny bubbles that quickly fade away. The pour is deep brown and amber colored far darker than many of the lesser stouts, but still pretty dark.
One of the biggest coffee noses I’ve ever smelled. Somewhat more bitter and maybe a touch I dunno sour which I pick up on many of these strong java stouts. I think this odd flavor is a result of hops and coffee and the hops are really making themselves heard as this one warms up a touch.
Tastes like an overly sweet cup of coffee. I’m talking way over the top sweet, whatever happened to black coffee? I kid a bit as this is pretty darn tasty. It’s a bit too sweet as I think this coffee flavor should be showcased a bit more.
Very well carbonated for an 8% beer and surprisingly thin in body. Normally I want a bit more viscous and creamy body, but something about this beer just really works for me.
05-28-2011 17:47:45 | More by bobhits
3.38/5 rDev -15.5%
Appearance - Thick black body with a foamy, mocha colored head. Head is pretty sticky too, as it coats the glass substantially. 4.0/5.0
Smell - Coffee coffee coffee. The aroma is like sticking your nose right into a bin of coffee beans. Not just any coffee beans, but the uber-dark ones that will literally put hair on your chest. Any other smell is overpowered by the coffee. You get a hit of that coffee each time that you taste it too. 3.5/5.0
Taste - Like the aroma, coffee dominates the flavor, but it starts to smooth out a bit. The first time I had this beer, I was taken aback by the coffee flavor and almost had trouble finishing it. 2nd go around was much better with the toasted malt coming out. Very little sweetness, as the coffee's bitterness takes priority. It's like having a strong cup of Starbucks bold coffee...no cream...no sugar. 3.5/5.0
Feel - 1st taste is strong until your mouth adjusts to the beer. After that, you start to get some more of the flavor notes. 3.0/5.0
Drinkability - Jury is out. 1st time, probably wouldn't have bought it again. 2nd time, enjoying it. I'm guessing the 3rd time, I'll want to get a six pack or two for the fridge. 3.0/5.0
12-15-2010 04:47:56 | More by taxguyjase
District of Columbia
3.38/5 rDev -15.5%
12 oz can shared at BASC release.
Dark coffee color with a tan head, minimal lacing and retains a collar throughout. Aroma is strong burnt coffee, with mild cream and sweetness. Roast coffee, and faint hop bitterness are the focus of the flavor. Way too carbonated though, knocking this down a few notches in the rating. Not bad, could be better.
08-15-2011 00:32:14 | More by yourefragile
3.41/5 rDev -14.8%
Poured from a 12oz can into a Duvel snifter.
A: As per usual with a stout it pours deep dark brown almost black in color. Aggressive glug-glug pour leads to a growing 2 finger whipped mocha colored head that leaves plenty of lacing and nice rocky clouds on the top.
S: Over-brewed coffee and some dark toasted malts are the highlights of this one. Sometimes the coffee smells well blended and thoughtfully picked out. This is not one of those times. It doesn't really blend well and the bitterness really just overpowers.
T: Coffee and coffee grounds are what hit me the most with this one. There is a nutty flavor in the finish which is a pleasant surprise.
M: Creamy big finish. Just the right amount of carbonation for my liking with a stout like this.
O: A good, not great, beer. An easy drinking, nice touch putting it in the can.
08-04-2013 03:27:01 | More by suspect
3.45/5 rDev -13.8%
Thanks to Jack for this 12oz can.
Settles in as a dark chocolate brown, just short of black, under a huge frothy beige head that shows excellent lacing.
Lots of roasted coffee and cocoa beans in the nose with some hints of lactose. The roasted black malts are the most dominant aspect.
Taste is sweet lactose and fresh roasted coffee with faint chocolate notes. It tastes a bit like a watered down iced mocha but with half the chocolate.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied for a standard stout and on the lighter end if we're considering this one imperial. It's got strong carbonation and leaves a roasty bitterness on the palate.
I love coffee stouts but this is not one of my favorites. The coffee is subtle and doesn't really pop. It's a drinkable stout overall but not up there with the best coffee stouts or impy coffee stouts.
03-23-2012 04:15:39 | More by gford217
3.48/5 rDev -13%
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.
03-11-2014 05:24:18 | More by bennetj17
3.48/5 rDev -13%
Extra, Thanks IR!
Pours foggy black with a very nice mocha head, mild brown highlights, and mild lacing.
Smell has a lot of roasted malt, some burnt coffee, hints of wood, charred toast.
Taste is large amounts of roast and bitter, high SRM malt- how this doesn't look like used motor oil is beyond me with all of the roasted barley character. I pick up some coffee, high cacao chocolate and toasted oats.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated without feeling like rootbeer.
This is good, not near Peche Mortel or WnB, but very drinkable. I think a better quality coffee character would make this exceptional
02-10-2012 21:24:26 | More by Netdigger2
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.
06-18-2013 03:29:31 | More by StroppyMare
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.