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Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 68
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Tozac, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of scarfield
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App- pours dark brown to black with a 1" khaki head. moderate lacing through the glass

Smell- sweetness and dark roast coffee. Smells like "cold" hot chocolate.

Taste- there is definitely some alcohol coming through and an aftertaste that is quite bitter and earthy. Malty sweetness and the roasted coffee flavor and bitterness are not quite in balance, but it is not unpleasant.

MF- creamy/oily, and the very long aftertaste and high abv make this a sipper

Overall- this beer tried to Pull off something difficult and almost pulls it off. The balance just isn't there and the bitterness is perhaps too strong. Still it is quite a good beer despite this.

scarfield, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Heischman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Imperial Java Stout - Santa Fe Brewing Company
City/State- Santa Fe, New Mexico
STYLE – American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV – 8%
IBU – 50?
DATE – 4 JAN 2012 (#005 of 365 Beers of 2012)
GLASSWARE – American Pint
APPEARANCE – Black non translucent ½ inch creamy head cocoa brown in color nice lacing on the glass
AROMA- coffee with cream and a hint of hops
TASTE – Coffee with notes of cream, almost a cappuccino very mild though. There is a hint of hops in the after taste
MOUTHFEEL – Creamy and smooth with very mild carbonation level. Leave a wonderful warming sensation in the chest.
CONCLUSION – Good stout was worried because of the can thing, but a wonderful brew!

Heischman, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ZorroMulder
4.25/5  rDev +6%

ZorroMulder, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of JonathanG
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated can, into a Lion tulip. I actually really like the simplicity of the packaging. Seems like it could be a can for some sort of chocolate soda, or more likely a pre-mixed coffee drink. I also like the note on the can, "Not For Use With Donuts," as well as the monochromatic images of a coffee cup that says, "Before Noon," and a beer stein that says, "After Noon."

Dark brown, approaching black in color, with a tan, creamy head that leads to semi-sticky lacing.

Coffee is definitely present on the nose, along with mixed chocolate notes, as well as some dark fruits of plum and fig. Nice roasted malt notes without being overblown.

Tastes like liquid chocolate and coffee, again with some dark fruit on the finish. Sweetness is there, but it keeps the coffee notes in-check, which are not bitter or overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and easy-going and pretty smooth. I don't think it would be difficult at all to drink several of these.

Overall this is an easy-to-drink, pleasant stout. I'd drink this again.

JonathanG, Feb 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

ericchalifour, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of HugoSnyder
4/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Pours dark, almost black, with a brown coffee head. The head has decent retention that foams back up really nicely when agitated, even after it had completely dissipated. Great lacing throughout.

S - The aroma was of coffee and malt. Notes of caramel, bitter chocolate and mocha.

T - Tastes of coffee and chocolate. Also, detectable hop bitterness.

M - Surprising light bodied. Medium carbonation. Booze was well hidden.

O - Really enjoyed this stout. The only downfall for me, as others have stated here, was how surprisingly light bodied it felt. Would definitely drink again, especially on a rainy day like today.

HugoSnyder, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Texas_Speed, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Trish_NG5, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

YOSHl, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Tsrohnek, Aug 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

SGriner, Aug 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

B_King, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

darthhamby, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

MeadGuyfromMD, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

aschdave, Apr 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

BrockLanders, Jun 08, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

ackbar556, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

pholla666, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

TheBeerDog, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

zgren, Aug 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

S_C, Sep 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

steviesean, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of nsabo
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first bit of praise is unnecessary and is in no way an indicator of this beer’s quality, but I gotta give props for the artwork. Totally brown can with its name at the bottom and a tiny nondescript picture of a coffee cup/beer pitcher. No big, flashy logo. If communists had state beer, this is about what their artwork would look like.
Okay, but on to the beer. The coffee is surprisingly balanced, it’s the dominant taste without taking over and becoming the only taste (unlike Bridgeport’s coffee porter, bleh). Each sip finishes with a crisp bitter blend of hops and coffee. Some baker’s chocolate, vanilla and cloves make this is a fairly sweet stout.
I like this, but I have to knock it for calling itself an Imperial stout. Thin mouthfeel, light shines through its dark brown color, and while tasty it’s not very complex. It drinks like a session beer, and when I drink an imperial stout I want to savor, not session it.
Call it a coffee stout and enjoy; just don’t expect anything imperial.

nsabo, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of lakesider1818
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

lakesider1818, Apr 24, 2013
Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.