Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
4.8/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Impenetrable onyx with no highlights. None. The chocolate nougat colored head (one of the darkest that I've ever seen) is milkshake thick and milkshake creamy. At the current rate of descent, it should be gone sometime around noon tomorrow. I was already completely blown away, but the thick curtain of lace, that is just now beginning to shred, is the icing on this masterpiece of a double stout.
The aroma is pretty much everything that a lover of coffee-infused stouts could ever hope for. It's a perfect marriage of hugely roasted barley and (Jamaican Blue Mountain) coffee. It's big and it's bold and it's fudge-like and it's crushed coffee bean-like and it's... well, it's just a treat for the nose.
Out-freakin-standing! The silk-screened label tells me that this bomber of Jahva was brewed on November 22, 2005 (thanks to Calico for a long-ago trade). I had a few minor doubts about how well it had held up, but those of you cellaring two year old bottles have no worries. This beer is drinking beautifully right now and tastes like it has another year or two on it. At least.
The only coffee stout that I can recall that I liked this much was AleSmith Speedway Stout. The thing that I like best about Jahva is the raging river of melted chocolate that floods my mouth each time the glass is upended. Coffee is present, no doubt about that, but there's a huge amount of fudgiliciouness present that puts this beer in a whole 'nother league.
I'm intrigued by the fact that Cascade and Columbus hops (two of my favorites) are in use, and by the fact that there are 125 IBUs reported to be present. The hop attack has faded to some extent, but they're still kicking and (muffled) screaming on the white grapefruit juice, chocolate, dark caramel and molasses finish. Roasted malt is still king by a mile and a half. Amazingly enough, a spreading warmth is the only evidence of alcohol.
I've used the chocolate comparison again and again, but, dammit, it fits. The mouthfeel is the beer equivalent of a melted Hershey bar. It's thick and rich and is as viscous as they come. Anyone who wonders what chewy beer feels like, take a gulp of this bad boy.
I knew that Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout would be great beer, but I didn't know that it would be one of the best beers that I've ever had. Of course, other than the less than stellar Tripel, these guys can do no wrong in my eyes. Maybe those two years in my cellar had something to do with it, who knows? What I do know is that if I see Jahva on my trip to Ohio next week, I'm cleaning out the store.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2007 22:12:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Bomber > Mason Pint
A - Pitch black with half a finger of fizzy tan head, a little spotty lacing.
S - Weak coffee in the aroma, maybe it just didnt take well to the aging, vanilla, dark chocolate, very sweet caramel and toffee malts.
T - Super sweet stout, this is like an imperial milk stout with more of a hinting at coffee, lots of toffee flavor in this, vanilla, milk chocolate, definitely alcohol too.
M - Cloyingly sweet, viscous, silky.
O - Decent, but not what I remember it being like, I'm thinking it just didnt age well, but ohh well, thats the last I'll be having of this.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2014 02:22:30 | More by Omnium
Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.