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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 71
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of beergoot
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, dark brown body with a clinging, foamy dirty head. Big charred grain and dark, freshly roasted coffee bean aroma. Flavors include cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, mocha and coffee, malt sweetness, and a low-key hop bitterness. Rather lightweight body; smooth and silky; semi-sweet finish.

Coffee stout fans should be very fond of this beer. The coffee aspect is very upfront with the aroma and flavor with classic milk/sweet stout character providing a solid backbone. Surprisingly light mouthfeel for such a big beer (personally, I'd like a little more body), yet this may make the brew easier to drink for many. A great find and an excellent beer.

beergoot, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Able to knock off NM from my list of states to try.

Poured from a 12oz can, best by 01/18/14.

Dark brown body, decent thick head, bit lopsided with nice fingers of lacing. Aroma is rich sweet chocolate, milky cocoa powder. Taste has roasted coffee beans milky a bit, good coffee base, flavor sustained. Medium feel, nice bitterness in the finish. An enjoyable stout.

papat444, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jaymo18, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

khargro2, Nov 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

hooliganlife, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

uturn, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of bennetj17
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

bennetj17, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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WillCarrera, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

socon67, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

EyePeeAyBryan, May 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

JISurfer, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

oldvines, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Bilco, Jun 25, 2014
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.