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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Imperial Java StoutImperial Java Stout

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683 Ratings
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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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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
Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerHunter76, May 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

brandon911, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

DaveHack, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

sd123, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

uturn, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jaymo18, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bbadger, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

WillCarrera, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

socon67, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jklecko2, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

stampfler07, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

LambicKing, Feb 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

JISurfer, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

EyePeeAyBryan, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Bilco, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

mmulebarn, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Imperial Stout in a can - that's pretty kick ass. Looks like the real deal with a death pit black body and a swamp-bubbled espresso-colored topping of froth. The coffee is in the forefront and it seems like Santa Fe sprung for the good stuff. It's roasty as expected, but it's difficult to tease out what portion is from the coffee and which is from the malt. Chocolate and char are here too, as is a supporting smack of earthy hops. The only minor drawback to my full enjoyment is a twiggy woodiness that seems to be contributed by the coffee. This is good stuff nonetheless and great as a dessert beer.

bump8628, Mar 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

oldvines, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - This baby is dark - black in all the thick spots. I could be convinced of some amber highlights. Strong head formation, mocha colored.

S - Strong roasted, almost burnt edge. As you get closer to it, some bittersweet chocolate appears. A little bit of bready malts in the background.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, malty, some chocolate, a little bit of coffee roast. Mid-stream turns heavily burnt, edge, almost astringent. Finishes with a little chocolate malts and some retained coffee acidity.

M - strong body, strong carbonation which serves to lighten it up. Lots of burnt and grainy flavors stick to the tongue.

D - Very slow drinker - the chocolate is the only thing that prevents this from being overly potent. ABV is strong, but manageable.

If you like an espresso, and a beer, then this is your thing.

katan, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ralphw56, Mar 17, 2013
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.