Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +2%
Aged for nearly 2 years, poured from their now retired bomber...
Appearance - Had sediment in this aged bottle, I incorporated this back into the beer and let it rest for a bit. Poured nearly 2 fingers of medium tan colored head, body is a completely opaque dark chocolate brown, a strong light will reveal a few deep maroon brown edges,
Smell - Rich soy sauce, molasses, liquid smoke, roasted malts, warm dark chocolate, rich dark roasted coffee
Taste - Very much like the nose, I get strong flavors of soy sauce, barely sweetened molasses, rich roasted malts with some liquid smoke, semi-sweet dark chocolate, also some dark fruits in the back, a very light sourness like plum skin, and then deep into the finish I get a small amount of very rich and full bodied black coffee.
Mouthfeel - Almost full, very smooth and nearly creamy, carb is very low and what is there feels very soft and smooth with an occasional edge way on the back of the tongue. The end result is that this is a sipper, and requires a good pause between sips - the flavors are so bold here that with out any cleanse/scrub from the carb you need to let the flavors finish after each sip - don't think I could chug this if I tried,
Overall - I'm enjoying this beer immensely, but I personally don't find this stout especially coffee forward. The coffee is there, but only asserts long after the sip. Not a complaint, as I love all of the other flavors, and they are very big and bold - crushing the coffee nuances until long into the finish. With that said, if I had to choose a member of the Blackwater Series to discontinue, I'd pick this one. NOT because it is a bad beer, it is excellent, extremely bold in flavor and complexity, but does not warrant the name Jahva. If you want a couple of great representatives of the Blackwater Series, look no further than Oat and Choklat. If you come across this one, you will not be disappointed, you just may not quite get the name, as I do/don't ;o)
06-22-2014 05:14:41 | More by blackcompg
3.89/5 rDev -4.4%
Wow, had no idea this was retired. Been sitting in my cellar for a while, waiting for me to get around to it. Now that winter has snuck back, figured it might be time. Quite a few years old, but not date.
Pours a darker colored fizzy slight creamy smaller head covering that fades fairly quickly, typical for this high abv, bits of lacing, and long legs, just about pitch blck beer with hints if light barely sneaking through the thin parts.
Nose brings some fudgey chocolate at first, mild cocoa dust, into roast, some roasted malts and roasted coffee beans, some espresso like coffee notes but not a lot, I think most of it has faded over time, but so has the booze and sweetness I think so far. Some syrupy notes, like a coffee syrup, bit toasty, with some mild aged aromas with aged malt softness but also a hint of oxidation in there, touch of burnt brown sugar covered raisins as well, and some stale coffee.
Taste starts with sweet syrupy malts, but also that aged soft malt effect on top of it. Nice creamy feel with more cocoa, little fudgey chocolate on top, into coffee, coffee syrup at first, into stale brewed coffee, little espresso note, and some roasted coffee beans. Then more malts, a little roast and toasted malt notes, little caramel and some burnt brown sugar, hints of raisiny notes too, and more of that aged notes little oxidation and stale flavors, but also soft malt characters, nice attenuated booze that is barely warming, sweetness is died down a bit too. A hint of a bready cake like note too, with the caramel, espresso, and syrupy notes it almost has a little tiramissu like character. Finish is a bit sticky syrupy but not as much as I expected, bit of warming booze, more cocoa fudgey notes, coffee syrup, shaved baker's chocolate actually, little sweet syrupy flavors too.
Mouth is fulled bod, bit syrupy and chewy like, lighter carb, mild warming booze.
Overall not bad, not what it once was as the age took a beating to it, but both good and bad. Good is that the booze is much less as well as the sweetness, and a bit of that aged malt feel. However bad is that it has a touch of oxidation, and the coffee is much less than it used to be. Still a nice beer, very big beer, not one you drink quickly on an afternoon lounge, this is a slow sipper for sure.
04-19-2014 00:47:36 | More by jlindros
Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.