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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)

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Ratings: 1206
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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
Photo of Beerlover


3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes 12/21/12.
pours black, thin quickly dissipating head.
smells strongly of coffee beans, sweetness and some booziness. medium carbonation, taste like coffee but still pretty balanced. sweet malty notes apparent. Gets somewhat bland tasting as it warms...?

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:44:43 | More by Beerlover
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an clear but opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation at the surface and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted coffee and dark chocolate over lighter aromas of roasted malts. The smell intensifies as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts and dark chocolate with a light amount of sweetness. Light amounts of alcohol in the finish as the beer warms up and hints of bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and it has an excellent flavor, especially for someone that truly enjoys coffee. The beer is strong and the alcohol is present so as the beer warms up it becomes a slower and slower sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:20:20 | More by dbrauneis
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3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottled on date is illegible, but I believe it to be 1-1.5 years old.

A: Deep brown in color, almost black. Clarity looks to be good. Even after an aggressive pour the head is short lived and fades into nothing fairly quickly. Minute spots of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, earthy coffee, some vanilla and sugary sweetness. Dark caramel, brown sugar. Berry fruit. Even with the time under its belt some earthy, oily hops still come out on the nose.

T: Medium roast coffee right from the get-go. Time has made this mellow and smooth out beautifully, so that the deep, earthy coffee tastes intermingle with rich flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, dark caramel, and brown sugar. Slightly nutty. Very tame coffee acidity and just a slight hint of oily hops. Bitterness is fairly restrained, but the beer is not overly sweet either. Red berries deep within. Vanilla and some sugary sweetness creep in and begin to tip the balance toward the end. Finishes semi-dry with a slight sugary flavor, semi-sweet chocolate, faint coffee, and a very subtle kiss of smoke.

M: Big in body. Mouthfeel is thick and very creamy and smooth with a slight sludgy weight. Low carbonation.

O: Drinking this young would probably be ideal, but time didn't hurt it too much either. Just a little more coffee flavor and acidic bitterness might have helped balance it a little better. At times the sugary sweetness of it comes through just a hair too much. Nicely done though, it was still a treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 03:49:36 | More by ryan1788a5
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West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle, served in snifter

A- pours dark black with just a bit of light creeping through, very small fizzy head dissapears almost immediately, leaving no head or lace, looks like coffee

S- lots of sweet & dark chocolaty malt; notes of chocolate ice cream, black licorice, toffee brittle, graham cracker, sweet cream and a big dose of coffee at the end. Very complex and inviting.

T- lots of dark chocolaty sweetness upfront, almost lactic sweetness. The coffe kicks in mid palate, but is not overpowering, a bit subtle. The sweetness continues from start to finish with more dark chocolate and black licorice near the end with some booze on the finish

M- heavy, syrupy body with low carbonation leads to a heavy foamy mouthfeel. Sweet finish with a big alcohol burn on the finish. Surprisingly still pretty boozy considering its over a year old

O- definitely the sweetest coffee stout I've tried. It's a big boozy sipper with nice chocolate and coffee notes. Hard to tackle the whole bottle alone

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 20:44:34 | More by Treyliff
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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/6/2012. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, dark bread, caramel, toffee, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate, toast, light char, dark bread, caramel, toffee, floral, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark/milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, toast, caramel, toffee, floral, dark bread, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of big chocolate/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent coffee stout!(even with the age). Great complexity and balance of roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:35:47 | More by superspak
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into tulip (not seeing a date)

Appearance- jet black, half finger of off white head

Aroma- A lot of coffee, not just coffee but good coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, there are some citrus kind of fruit like notes that i'm not sure are they coffee or from hops, it also a little earthy and floral. A little booze but very hidden for the abv. Complex

Flavor-Wallop of coffee, bitter up front, and slight sweetness, bright citrus notes, roasted malt, slight chocolate, a little booze still pretty well hidden though. Ends with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel- full and smooth

Overall- Excellent imperial coffee stout, very complex and hides the abv well. I am not sure how old this bottle is, but I heard they aren't making this any more, and I hope thats not true because I could see myself returning to this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:29:38 | More by LI_PO12
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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unsure of bottling date, assuming around 2 years old.

A: Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. Mid-sized but dense and frothy light brown head. Head fades fast with nary a trace of lacing. Decent retention at least.

S: Mild coffee, quite earthy and roasty in general (char, primarily) . Fairly mild aroma.

T: There's the coffee. Not very strong or bitter but it's there. Quite sweet (like all blackwater beers). Sweet chocolate mixes in. Finishes more with a chocolate and char and then a mild coffee flavor. Very sweet from start to finish, never get that bitter, acrid roasted coffee flavor. It's more like coffee syrup added to a big sweet stout.

M: Heavy, thick, viscous and smooth. Nice.

O: Definitely the sweetest coffee beer I've ever had. I don't know if the coffee is normally this subdued or if it's the age on the bottle but the coffee is very mild regardless. Honestly it melds quite nicely instead of standing out like 90% of the coffee stouts out there. Your (dis)like of coffee will probably determine whether you like this beer or not. If you're looking for a coffee bomb you've found the wrong beer. It's still good, just not what you'd expect a beer named "jahva" to taste like. Having said that, it's a nice big sweet stout and the coffee does add a nice layer of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:36:59 | More by Dope
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3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Snagged a last bottle from Beer Junction in West Seattle. Heard rumors that this and Mokah are going to be gone for good and wanted a taste before they've vanished completely.

A: Pours black as night, with a finger's worth of creamy espresso-colored head. Dissipates after half a minute, leaving behind thin, spotty lacing.

S: Dark, roasted notes of ground coffee and barley. Something about it almost smells burnt, but not unpleasantly so.

T: Follows the nose, accompanied by an unexpected sweetness that balances nicely with the bitter black coffee and roasted barley notes. Finishes nice and toasty with that sweetness following through. Dark chocolate notes appear as it warms - and I definitely suggest you give it the chance to warm.

M: On the full side of medium. Carbonation carries it through but I could have done with a little more.

O: This beer was going to be a win for me no matter what, as a lover of coffee and imperial stouts. Jahva presented with a complexity and sweetness that was a pleasant surprise and definitely distinguished itself from other coffee stouts I have sampled previously. If you love coffee and Southern Tier's Creme Brulee, this stout's for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 03:21:10 | More by KazzakusPrime
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a snifter. from notes.

a - pours black with a pinky or so of creamy, tan head. foam calms to a film pretty quickly. no lacing.

s - espresso, chocolate, faint cola.

t - massive dark chocolate flavor with espresso notes. faint dark fruits, faint cola. finishes bittersweet.

m - full bodied, adequate carbonation, finer co2 profile, faint alcohol warming.

o -solid beer and enjoyable, but if you're already familiar with coffee stouts, this likely won't be anything amazing. good enough to buy a bottle or two on a regular basis though.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 00:54:48 | More by divineaudio
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3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is unimpressive, it's a one finger light khaki color with poor texturing and retention. However, there is a bit of lacing left on the glass.

S: The coffee seems to have faded a bit, but there's a nice amount of licorice, roasted barley, and roasted nuttiness left in general. It's not quite FBS, but it works damn well.

T: I notice a lot of initial sweetness - then again, what else would I expect from a Southern Tier stout? Licorice fades out to light coffee, before being supplanted by a roasted (but not charred) barley finish. There's also a light hint of booze on the aftertaste. Generally, it's very sweet, and it can't quite get away with it the way Choklat did.

M: This beer is a weird mix of clean and slick. It tries to come across as dry on the finish, but there's a bit too much lingering sweetness for that to happen. This comes off as hard work at times, due to the strong booziness.

O: I don't know how old this bottle was, but it just wasn't nearly as enjoyable as Choklat to me. Still an okay brew, but far too hard to drink. I've said it before today, but I need a fresh bottle, stat!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 23:27:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 13 oz stemmed goblet at Sunset Grill (Boston, MA).

A: Black with dark brown rimming cap of head which leaves no real lacing.

S: Great stout aroma with dark maltiness and assertive coffee component.

T: The flavor is so smooth and creamy with a great balance of sweetness and dense dark maltiness with raisin and creamy marshmallow with a strong burst of coffee that stays in the second row but still makes itself known. THere is little to no bitterness in this brew but it is not overly sweet by any means.

M: Superbly creamy mouthfeel with just the right balance of body and density so that it avoids syrupy while not being at all thin. Carbonation is also spot on. Amazingly easy to drink with minimal alcohol presence.

O: A really phenomenal beer that I like for its overall mellowness but super-drinkable package. I should buy this more often.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 21:14:26 | More by argock
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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From notes taken on 9/9 at home:

A – Pours super dark as expected, but not thick. No head, just a little lacing on top.

S – Really lacking on the coffee. All I really get is dark malt and alcohol. Lots of alcohol on the nose which is usually a bad thing for me.

T – Whoa at the alcohol! I was expecting it after the nose but jeez. Coffee is very faint, maybe some chocolate notes but they are wiped clean off of the palate by the alcohol.

M – Body is way too light. Carbonation is crisp but the whole mouthfeel is a burning alcohol sensation.

O – Not impressed. As of lover of big & dark beers I was very disappointed. The coffee influence just wasn’t there for me. I’m hoping that I just happened to get a young bottle. I am going to buy another to cellar up for a while and revisit this review. After having the Crème Brulee Stout from the same series I was really looking forward to this one. Way too boozy for my likes!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 13:36:29 | More by SGDJosh
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a very small brown head that dissipates quickly. No much lacing to speak of. Just a thin rim around the top of the beer. Looks like oil.
Nice coffee smell (didn't expect that, did you?) a bit of rich cocoa as well. Tastes a bit like alcoholic black coffee. Coffee is definitely at the forefront. A bit of chocolate too, roasted malts, etc. Fairly sweet, but bitter as well. Good balance there. Thick body, low carbonation, and a bit of an alcohol presence.

A really good coffee stout, that could maybe use some more carbonation and mask the alcohol better. Maybe a tad less sweetness as well? Not every beer can be perfect though, and this one is certainly not bad. Actually, it's great. Another good one from ST's blackwater series.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:17:47 | More by Danny1217
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a 1/4" brown head that didn't last long and didn't really leave a lot of lacing.

Smells quite good, lots of roasted malt, tons of chocolate malt, plenty of coffee, a tinge of booziness.

Taste is almost a malt bomb of a coffee stout. You can taste the chocolate and roasted malts almost like you were brewing them up right now. Plenty of coffee comes through. A little bit of fruit and some vanilla too. A touch of astringency and some tobacco.

Body is quite typical of Southern Tier's imperial beers, slick, sweet, full bodied, alcoholic, lingering aftertaste that matches the flavor.

It's another very enjoyable beer, albeit primarily a dessert type beer, slow sipper. I really love this brewery. I have two other new bombers from ST to try and I'm excited already!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 23:47:49 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts and coffee, with some dark fruits, anise, vanilla, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts and roasted coffee with some light black licorice. Through the middle, the coffee flavor gets stronger with some dark fruits and light vanilla coming through. The finish is a mix of roasted cocoa and lightly bitter coffee beans with some dark fruit, molasses, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big coffee stout. Really nice balance of coffee and chocolate flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 04:59:47 | More by ngeunit1
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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd been quite excited for this one, and had been saving it. Finally deciding it would be a good way to wake up on my last day in the city (what with the coffee and all).

I poured it into a port glass (the closest I had to the suggested snifter). Pours a deep espresso brown bordering on black. the edges as I tilt the glass this way and that taper back across a gradient. No head to speak of, but still minimal lacing as I drink (?).

Sticking my nose deep into this makeshift beer I get primarily an espresso bitterness, with hints of bakers chocolate.

As I sip, the taste stays true to the promises made to my olfactory bulb. Dark espresso and chocolate. Many strong espresso beers opt for the alcoholic coffee route, but this one is balanced well, nuanced and pleasing all around. The taste is sweeter than the smell suggested, as the chocolate tends closer to chocolate syrup than it does the bittersweet chocolate my nose caught.

Very smoothe. Imminently drinkable. The 10% is masked quite well. This is an excellent example of a coffee stout done well. I mentioned in my preamble being quite excited to drink this one. Unlike certain other brews I've finally cracked recently, this one delivers and satisfies that anticipation. If you have even a passing interest in the style, definitely check it out. I am curious, however, now about their Mokah, as I felt that this one had a strong coffee chocolate to it, so I'm not sure what an even more chocolate-centric brew might present. A, but that's a (t)ale for another day...

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:42:26 | More by kemoarps
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown-black with an unfettered khaki head. Quaint. 4.0

Not too bright. Harsh roast and black coffee. Hint of cocoa and vanilla. 3.5

Boozy and deeply roasted. Notes of dusty cocoa and French roast coffee. More diminutive flavors of toffee, peanut brittle, and smoke. Acrid bitterness with big malty intensity. Not too shabby. 4.0

Nice and meaty in body, but the carbonation is weak and the booze is a major distraction. Almost a tough sipper. 3.0

Half-decent, but probably the weakest link of the Southern Tier stouts. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 04:35:18 | More by thecheapies
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.40 %

LOOK: Pours an oily black, no sediment, opaque, midnight black. Dense head of brown foam forms and leaves lace down the snifter.

SMELL: Premium dark roast coffee, dark chocolates, chocolate syrup, espresso, alcohol.

TASTE: Heavy on the roasted malts and coffee, there is alot of chocolate, mocha, and burnt flavors going on. Mellow coffee and a small presence of alcohol. Finishes with sugary sweetness and coffee flavor lingering.

FEEL: Full bodied, syrupy, well carbonated, smooth, and easy drinking. Nice coffee presence throughout.

OVERALL: Another fine offering from Southern Tier, makers of extreme beer of all sorts. A testament to the talent of their brewers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 21:59:57 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: draft pours a deep midnight mahogany with a fair amount of creamy tan head. Head dissipates slowly, leaving a nice lacing throughout.

S: nose is a pleasantly sweet blast of chocolate, malt and a sugary espresso.

T: sugary sweet. slight coffee roast that is muffled by a big malty chocolate taste, front middle and finish.

M: slick and smooth, this has a nice big taste for its medium body. Very balanced carbonation and only the mildest aftertaste.

O: the sweetness of this brew belies its alc. content. Very drinkable, I managed 3 while contemplating my notes and never lost my smile.


Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 21:21:40 | More by sirdrinkwell
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, actually take that back it is black with a tan head that rises to maybe 2/3", even lacing throughout.

Smell: An espesso scent that is very satisfying, wish it was more potent but overall still good.

Taste: Coffee bean, that comes off a litle sweet with the feeling of a touch of brown sugar. The barley is evident and in reality you thirst for more.

Mouth: Sticky and smooth, medium carbonation that still tickles the tip of your tongue.

Overall: This is pretty damn good. It is a little bitter but yet sweet. This is not an acquired taste, you will like it not because I said so but because it on that level of greatness...Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 06:43:57 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour results in a decent dark tan/cream colored head about a finger high. Recedes quickly and leaves some lacing, but not much. The beer itself is straight up murky black.

Lots of molasses, chocolate, deep roasted malts, and sweetness in the aroma, then comes the wonderful coffee and cappuccino notes, followed by some licorice, caramel, and hints of vanilla and cream. Though there's plenty of sweetness it doesn't smell any where near as sweet as the other ST imperial stout offerings.

The taste is nice, follows along nicely with the aroma. Molasses and chocolate, bittersweet coffee almost like a really good cup served black but not as strong, roasted malts in abundance, hinting at licorice, caramel, vanilla, and cream in the background. For this being an imperial coffee stout, it could have had more coffee flavor, but I thought the taste was still quite good.

The mouthfeel is straight up sticky, in one word. The carbonation is round, but smooth. The consistency is viscous, sticky, and a bit thick but in the way you'd expect an imperial stout to be. The body is medium-full, it's got some heft. And the finish is pleasant, but not too long.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I feel that this is the least sweet of the ST imperial stout offerings and that's a good thing. However, I think this comes in 2nd to Mokah in the rankings of their big stouts. Still a good hefty stout worth trying if that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 00:22:32 | More by matttttYCE
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Older Vintage with a painted label, I believe the bottle is from 2007. 12% abv Pours a solid black with a huge tan head that has great retention and lots of foamy lace. Smells of caramel and chocolate with hints of dark dried fruits a little bit of licorice and a slightly earthy edge in there as well. If there's coffee in there its faded into the background enough that it just seems like roasted grains now. The taste is like a big thick imperial stout. Lots of roasted grains and caramel and chocolate along with a fair amount of raisins and cherries. There's a nice warming alcohol as well as a bit of ash and a hint of bitter coffee bean flavor. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet creamy grainy mouthfeel. Nice brew, but the aging probably didn't help it much. The coffee aroma and flavor is all but gone but I think the body thinning effect of using coffee beans is still there. I've had this several times and I think this one is a bit past its prime, but I'm curious now to sit down and do a proper review on a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 00:14:57 | More by johnnnniee
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small head and thick black looking syrupy texture. Sweet smell of mocha coffee, a bit of sweet sugars. Tastes of verrry sweet coffee, some sweet molasses, more sweet, a little chocolate. Not much roast, mostly sweet like the rest of the ST stouts which is overbearing a bit on the coffee flavors I love. Heavy and low carbonation like the rest of this blackwater seris. Pretty good, but prefer the Mokah blend.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 12:20:33 | More by BMMillsy
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4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Other than the forgettable aroma, this brew is just to my liking. Which is to say sweet x 2 that tames the coffee bitterness to a round creaminess.

I've heard it is hopped to 125 IBUs, but you'd never know it. In a tulip glass the brown head lasts and lasts while the beer is cold. Which, btw, you'd think you would want to serve this beer at cellar temp, but that's a mistake, as the flavor fades the warmer it gets.

I don't get the hop bitterness that everyone else does. In fact, I'd be somewhat ashamed to let on how much I like this sweetness in front of my more hop-militant Wisconsin friends.

I don't know which of them I like better, this or MOcha, which I've had on tap during Mad Craft Beer Week (along w/ Creme Brulee Stout, which is more dessert than beer).

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 05:31:24 | More by martyl1000
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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.