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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 69
Gots: 76 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

aphamer, Oct 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

NjalThorgeirsson, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MrWilliams, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Koufax21
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. The beer pours a deep dark brown and settles to black with ruby red edges when held to the light. A nice tan head sits on top and laces the glass well. The smell is coffee, big coffee. It tastes very similar to founders breakfast stout. Some bitter chocolate flavors and a solid roasted malt backbone. This is somewhat light in body for an imperial stout, but at 8% it seems to fit the bill. This could be the easiest drinking imperial stout I've ever had. Great carbonation and medium bodied. Another great beer from a solid brewery.

Koufax21, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Dontcounttoday, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass. It pours an opaque black coffee color with a 1 to 2 finger cappucino colored head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cap that stayed until the bottom of the glass. It left moderate amounts of sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma: The smell is of quality dark roasted coffee with some roasted malts, brown bread and mild earthy hops.

Taste: Black coffee, bitter roasted malt, slight toffee, chocolate and sweetness. It finishes with coffee's bitterness and slight acidic twang. There's enough hop presence to balance it out. It's a smooth finish with a pleasant bitterness that lingers a bit on the back of the tongue. The high alcohol content is very well tucked away inside the complex flavors and only gives the slightest hint of warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full bodied creamy stout with moderate carbonation.

I bought this because it's the holidays and the weather has actually been cool enough for me to enjoy sipping on a stout while sitting on my front porch. This is an excellent example of a coffee stout that I will be purchasing again, highly recommended.

ChuckHardslab, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

davemarc87, Apr 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Rosiex7, May 28, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yet another reason to say that canned beers have caught up with bottled beer.

A deep dark brown color with a beige head, fairly minimal in extent. Good lacing though.
Excellent smokey nose.

A wonderful complex taste with smokey, oakey, chocolatey coffee flavors. And somewhere, somehow, a little bit of spiciness works its way in.

The excellent mouthfeel makes this very drinkable and is topped off
by a real clean finish.

Altogether, this will be something i'll look for although with the
minimalist labeling, you may have to really keep your eye out.

mastodonj, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

laglocal, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Intelbeerlord, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

GrumpyBeer, Jun 27, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

RAC81, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

CRon_T, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

StrongAleSkeptic, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

irrgalaxy, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Santa Fe nails it once again. Such a subtle Stout, perfect balance of all elements. Easy drinker, good introduction to the style as interpreted in the Southwest. Plus it's in a can. Get some!

OsoRojo, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

KingFizz, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

agammon, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

12 ounce can into a glass. Served at refrigerator temperature.

This is one of the two best coffee stouts I've ever had, along with Founders Breakfast Stout.

It's much more of a Coffee Stout than an Imperial Stout. If you're looking for a really big Imperial Stout, with huge body and huge flavors, look elsewhere. Santa Fe Java Stout is a perfect example of a marriage between a terrific iced coffee and a wonderfully balanced roasty stout. I guess the ABV makes this "Imperial", but the ABV is well hidden.

Appearance is beautiful - dark brown with a lovely foamy head that persists quite a while, with traces of lacing.

The aroma is roasty, both from the coffee and the malts. Taste is roasty, coffee, just a bit of sweetness, and hardly any bitterness.

The beer has medium body and a creamy mouthfeel ... more substantial than lots of ales, but less than you might expect from the imperial stout label.

My only regret is that I don't get to the Southwest more than once or twice a year. If they marketed this in Seattle, it'd be a staple in my fridge.

VashonGuy, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Mikevicgates, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

DividedAvery, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

VinceMig, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

3sheets2wind, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

DuckDodgers, Sep 07, 2014
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.