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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 67 | 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 Rhettbuck
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I snagged this beer at a liquor store in KC, MO. Actually drank it in the morning. Would highly recommend if you like either stouts or java beers.

Appearance: Dark like motor oil, good lacing around the glass with a foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. As a side note, the can design is very simple, which I appreciated

Smell: Strong, you can definitely tell that this is a java stout when you pour it. Some of the other reviewers have discussed the coffee beans that are used for this beer. If you love coffee as I do, then just the smell of this beer might be enough to justify purchasing it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Perhaps the least exciting part of the beer, which is not to say that it was anything but great. Maybe slightly over-carbonated, and the aftertaste is clearly coffee. Slight bite when you first take a sip, which makes it good too.

OVERALL: I would recommend that you pick up some of this beer, if you like either coffee or stouts.

Rhettbuck, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Chelseaw30
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Chelseaw30, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of zackward
4.25/5  rDev +6%

zackward, May 01, 2014
Photo of ANIMOUL
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

ANIMOUL, Tuesday at 09:11 PM
Photo of SGriner
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

SGriner, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of hundo
5/5  rDev +24.7%

hundo, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of msambita
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

msambita, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of The_Revisionist
4/5  rDev -0.2%

The_Revisionist, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of ldawg87801
4/5  rDev -0.2%

ldawg87801, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Zard
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Zard, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of StroppyMare
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

StroppyMare, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of YOSHl
4/5  rDev -0.2%

YOSHl, Today at 09:50 PM
Photo of LucasShrugged
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

LucasShrugged, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of holden303
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Duchesse de Bourgogne oversized wine glass.

A: Santa Fe's Imperial Java Stout pours a deep black with a finger of cream/tan head that dissipates almost instantaneously leaving a thing ring around the glass. Quite a few carbonation bubbles on the bottom of the glass.

S: Coffee grounds are dominating this one but can detect what seems to be roasted malts and/or chocolate malts.

T: Lots of coffee in this one but it compliments the beer nicely. Nice carbonation as well, typically I don't like too much carbonation in a stout but this works, it's almost as if drinking a really robust soda without the sweetness.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel, I'd guess this was a porter if I didn't know better. Very crisp, doesn't coat the mouth at all.

O: Nice coffee imperial stout. Very hard to detect the imperial ABV in this one, goes down very easy aside from the uncharacteristic high carbonation levels. I'd definitely recommend trying this beer if it's distributed to your state.

holden303, May 10, 2011
Photo of ButterflyBethie
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

ButterflyBethie, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of waprimrose
2/5  rDev -50.1%

waprimrose, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of wdeck9
4/5  rDev -0.2%

wdeck9, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jhitchco
4/5  rDev -0.2%

jhitchco, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jcarr405
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

jcarr405, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of rinsky
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

rinsky, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of allenc666
5/5  rDev +24.7%

allenc666, Sunday at 04:51 AM
Photo of dtresca
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

dtresca, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Liveupthere
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can. A little browner than I expected, but black in the glass. Mouthfeel felt more like an ale than a stout. I would have liked a bit more syrupy/thicker consistency. Taste matched the coffee aroma. Exactly what I was hoping for. The 8% abv hides well.

Liveupthere, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Matt_Quinn
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Matt_Quinn, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

AlmightyIrishman, Jul 22, 2014
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.