Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.03/5 rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Pours a dark brown, edging on the corners of complete darkness, with a 2-fingered, mocha-colored head. Retention is pretty good, and although the lacing is spotty, it does seem to cover most of the glass, albeit it sparsely. Carbonation can be seen streaming from the sides of the glass.
S - Wow. This thing is all coffee. Although this is to be expected for this beer, as the name would imply, it takes it to a whole new level. Think freshly pressed ice coffee before heading to work. Rich in aroma, but also basking in bitterness. Not much balance here, as I would come to expect from Southern Tier's Blackwater series (for better or for worse).
T - Yep, that's coffee. I think I am even getting some coffee grounds in the finish it reminds me that much of a cup of joe. I am an avid coffee drinker, so I was really looking forward to this, but it seems to be a bit much for my liking. It comes off as over-extracted, acrid, bitter coffee with little else in the taste profile to compensate. I am seriously considering going to the fridge and adding a touch of creamer to this. All coffee, but unfortunately quite bitter.
M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with high carbonation. This was another aspect of surprise for me. I have had Chokolat and Creme Brulee by Southern Tier before and both were rather thick and syrupy, so I was expecting that same type of consistency. I can't fault it for being more of a featherweight, especially for the huge coffee flavors in this, but I can't help to wonder if more of a palate presence wouldn't have helped this go down a bit easier. But when in doubt, go light.
D - Drinkability is moderate. I was really impressed with the smell, but the flavors are much too bitter for my liking to really savor this. I am on vacation, so I am pretty much stuck with drinking the entire bomber myself or drainpouring it as no one else in my family is really into craft, so with hesistance I embark on downing all 22oz solo because I hate wasting beer. I just wish this had a bit more going on in the flavor, but for what it's worth, this is easily the most coffee-tasting beer I've had to date!
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2011 04:28:39 | More by nhindian
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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 1,203 ratings.