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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 1,260
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 126
Gots: 163 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with lessening heads following successive pours of the bomber. Clean coffee aroma. Intense and smooth, very creamy coffee taste with high alcohol. Suprising I could do the bomber me own self. Medium to full mouthfeel.The bewery has produced a praiseworthy effort

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque dark crimson/brown with a small 1 inch tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small spots of glass randomly dot the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, sweetened coffee, and slight malted milk. This is a very sweet beer but the coffee flavor that I was expecting is very subdued. I get some dark fruits, milk chocolate, roasted dark malts, with the coffee flavors coming more in the aftertaste. The bitter roasted coffee bean flavor lingers on the palate after each sip. Very thick and creamy in the mouth. The beer coats the mouth with a sticky feel. Overall, this is an above average beer but I was disappointed in the overall lack of coffee flavor. Instead of being the prominent taste, it only seems to come through on the finish and aftertaste.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly disappeared and left delicate lacing and just a few bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and coffee in the nose. The smell intensifies as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has flavors semisweet chocolate along with some notes of bitter coffee beans. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish once the beer gets warmer.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, silky smooth and somewhat viscous on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: Once the beer warms up you'll need to sip this one since the taste of alcohol will become noticeable.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger chocolate brown head. Very dark ad black. Nice amount of sustained lace.

S: coffee comes through

T: sweet toffee up front with sweet and coffee taste.

M: very smooth. Full bodied. oily and coats the mouth.

Overall: I love coffee infused beers. My one knock is the 10+ ABV means fewer to enjoy so I don't pick it up often but this is my second go at this beer and I may have to pick one up to enjoy later. Another solid southern tier brew. Manhy of these get knocks for drinkability but its basically like drinking beer and black coffee. Most everyday coffee drinkers don't even drink coffee straight black. For what it is, it is very good.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 11/22/05; tasted 8/17/08

Appearance: Pours a thick midnight brown color with a sturdy, well-tanned head; good retention and some shards of lace

Smell: I am a sucker for a great coffee aroma and this one delivers with a nice acidity, too; lots of dark chocolate and roasty elements and, even at this late date, there is still some fruit

Taste: Opens with loads of dark chocolate that add fruit (citrus and black cherry) as the flavor develops; after the swallow, the chocolate continues to dominate but the coffee kicks in to provide a long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Right up there with Speedway; a top tier offering from Southern Tier

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey...I thinks someone put a stout in my espresso! Certainly not for the frail or weak, this beer packs a punch! An already serious Stout is compounded, and complicated, by a heavy espresso (not meerly coffee--that would make way too much sense). This Stout combines roasted flavor of coffee with that of Stout. Chocolates of Stout with oils and robustness of coffee beans. Acidy of the stout compliments that of the espresso. Both add a light sour: coffee from the beans, stout from fermentation. Froathy, creamy, and oily from coffe and viscous, thickness from the stout. The beer never lacks sweet malt character, but is overwhelmed from the other complexities. You never see the 12% abv comming. Have a buddy nearby when poppin this one open. The 750 bomber is too much for one person. Kmpitz2, you've got to try this!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with average retention. Aroma of coffee with some roasted malt and some bitterness. Some roasted malt, medium bitterness and some coffee thought not nearly as much as expected, also dominates taste. Alcohol is well hidden and body is above average but lack some of the creamy texture I would have liked. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout thought I would have expected and loved a more prominent coffee flavour.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with an intense midnight black flow, the head rises into a creamy look brown that laces the glass fairly well. The aroma smells like a coffee shop or Starbucks mixed with booze and some heavy roasted malts. The taste to me fell short of my expectations though. The taste to me seemed to be more like a regular imperial stout than a coffee one. I regret to say it but the coffee just wasn't as flavorful I thought it would have been. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, very enjoyable for me. This beer was good and definitely deserves another try.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this one on tap last night as well. I was very anxious to try it and and I actually put it side by side with the espresso yeti. Served in a ten ounce glass, this one was consumed on 04/03/2009.

Very dark pour here with a nice black color that was completely opaque. Small tan colored head on top that faded a bit too quickly and left behind nothing but a naked black top. The aroma was headed up by roasted coffee. Nice touches of molasses and hints of dark roasted malts all showing off very well. Smooth, mellow carbonation on a nice full bodied stout let the sure to be sipper melt over the tongue as I lean in for my first bit of it. Nice upfront coffee taste that faded into roasted malts and an almost licorice like alcohol touch as it warmed. Lots of flavor here, with a very well defined and sweet coffee flavor. The twelve percent is wonderfully hidden as barely any of it was noticeable as I went through it. I sipped until it was gone and really enjoyed it, though to be honest the coffee needed to be a bit bigger for me.

Overall very solid, not the best I have had, but very solid indeed. Would like to see what this one can do with a year on it as perhaps some more subtle flavor will develop, still very well done.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black, more of a dark brown with slight opacity around the edges. A nice frothy tan head forms from a gentle pour and retains well for a beer of this size.

Smell: Chocolate covered coffee beans come to mind immediately. Undertones of molasses cookies and earthy hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich and chewy with a great coffee backbone that never completely leaves the palate. Flavors of molasses and creamy dark chocolate blend wonderfully with the bitter coffee. Moderately sweet but nicely balanced by an earthy bitterness in the finish.

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Actually was lucky enough to have this twice today once on tap at the Pizza Plant,and one of the bombers I bought yesteday.Poured ink black with dark brown chocolate colored 1/2 finger head that stuck around for a short time.Well if you like dark roast coffee this one is for you it dominates the aromas along with bitter chocolate sweet alcohol.Mocha french roast coffee with a big sweet alcohol kick describes this beer its big,roasted,sticky,and sweet.Whoo this was a monster if you dont like coffee you likely wouldnt like this bad boy.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 versus 2008... go!

Appearance: The older brew has an oily, inky black body with a brief, tan-colored head. The new brew comes up lighter with a dark brown, reddish-hinted appearance and a thin, off-white head.

Smell: The vintage Jah-va displays a rich, dark maltiness smelling of semi-sweet chocolate and roastiness, much like a bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans. The current rendition, however, well, there is a dark malt presence along with embarassingly minor hints of chocolate and roast, but that's about it. This is a disturbing trend we have here, it's like the entire heart of the recipe was woefully watered down between 2005 and today. Pity.

Taste: Wonderfully roasty and sumptuously sweet, like a dessert featuring coffee and chocolate. A few drops of cherry liqueur. There's a very light hint of roasty bitterness and a touch of alochol. Sugar dosed coffee lingers beyond the finish. That was the '05, let's see what the '08 can come up with. Some dark maltiness, but only a light taste of chocolate, and almost no coffee. Again, some light bitterness and alcohol. Taste of burnt grains on the bittersweet finish. Yeesh.

Mouthfeel: The 2005 has a rich, medium-full body and medium-low carbonation, it's up-to-date counterpart, again, comes up a bit lacking with a lighter body.

Drinkability: The antique Southern Tier Jah-va was very, very good. The newer rendition came up far, far short, and I don't see any amount of time metamorphosing it into something better. So, I recommend getting your hands on an older bottle or not at all.

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with ruby highlights. It had a caramel colored head that was thick and foamy. It left sitcky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. Also, a nice roasted malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted of rich dark chocolate and strong coffee. It had a roasted malt flavor with a sweet kick.

M - It was soft and smooth with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied beer that was surprisingly easy drinking.

D - Here's a good coffee stout that is very easy to drink. I didn't notice the high ABV (which might be a bad thing).

Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

So, after Mokah and Choklat, comes the missing piece of the cosmic puzzle: Jahva! It pours straight dead black topped by a short-lived half-finger of light tan foam. The nose is unsurprisingly heavy on the coffee, backed by some light chocolate, roasted malts, slight smoke, and a vague sense of molasses-y goodness. The taste does not deviate too far from this plan of attack: The coffee is still dominant, but right behind it is a sense of smoked brisket, along with some chocolate syrup, roasted malts, and a bit o' black leather (that's right, I can taste the difference between the colors...bow to me!). It's all good, but seems a bit off nonetheless. Hard to explain. The body is a light heavy, with a light carbonation and a relatively chewy feel. Overall, another great stout from the ST folks. If you ask me, it may not be their best, but it is still worth a return visit every now and again.

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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,260 ratings.