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

A: Pours jet black with a thick, persistent tan head. A good amount of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted coffee beans and malts in the nose. Slight hint of chocolate as well.

T: Bittersweet roasted coffee flavor with a sweet finish.

M: Heavy body and smooth on the tongue with very little carbonation.

D: Didn't know the ABV until looking it up when I got home - couldn't believe it was 12%! I certainly felt it though. Great flavor and body make it very drinkable. High ABV makes it a cautionary drinkable beer.

Photo of GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Brewed Winter 2008.

A: Pours a dark charcoal black. Khaki-colored two finger head leaves creamy, bubbly chunks of lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, cherry, coffee, and alcohol.

T: Very large flavors of coffee, spice, charcoal, dark roasted malt, spicy hops, and alcohol.

M: Spicy and peppery on the tongue. Spicy hops, alcohol, and dry dark roasted malt make for a fantastic brew.

D: Sweet and creamy at first that quickly turns bitter. Alcohol not very intrusive. Awesome!

Photo of aerozeppl
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bomber

A: Motor oil pour. Quite a bit of head for the style. Mocha-tan in color. Tons of lacing.

S: Roasted coffee beans. Some brown sugar. Hints of chocolate. Lots going on. Weakest part of this beer.

T: Wow this is rich. First sip is overpowering. Cocoa powder. Then just 5 stages of different aspects of coffee. The finish is really something. I don't like coffee but I love this. Some hints of booze.

M: Heavy body. The taste is so strong to have a thicker body would take something away.

D: This is about as drinkable as a monster like this could be. Reminded me of a supped up version of Big Boss' coffee stout. This one is richer. If this is too much for you seek the boss out. Great desert beer. Or morning eye opener depending on your lifestyle.

Photo of joekfsu
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz on tap at Vintage. Pours nearly black with less than 1 cm tan head. Aroma dominated by coffee with some hints of roasted malt and alcohol. Initial flavor is bitter coffee and light chocolate and not much else. Flavor ends much the same way and is lasting. Lots of lacing, minimal carbonation, medium/heavy body, and alcohol is well hidden considering its 12%. Very drinkable, but I prefer the Bell's Java to this one.

Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Side bottle logo claims this sample was brewed with "Some of the world's finest Arabica beans from Jamaica"... Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a tan, reddish, frothy head that soon receded but left a fair amount of lacing on the glass... Aroma was replete with cocoa beans, dark latte nuances, and slight chocolate... taste strongly mirrored the flavor, with a very rich, thick, and creamy cocoa essence dominated by roasted malts and a very characteristic espresso taste... this is the ultimate wake-you-up brew... strong, dark, robust, and bursting with intricate and rich cocoa and coffee flavors... "Brewed Winter 2008" on the back logo, this Imperial Stout boasts a very rich and satisfying mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability that only took a hit due to the ultra-thick and complex flavors as well as the very hefty 12% ABV, that, although it struggles to make itself known, soon becomes apparent with a warm, glowing feeling... Very good stuff from Southern Tier... Recommended...

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

Pours a nice dark brown/black with a thin but tall brown colored head with some nice lacing down the glass. It smells of sweet dark roasted malts and some coffee to finish off the aroma. The taste is good. A good dark roasted malt backbone layered with some light hop bitterness and then a really good coffee taste that follows to the aftertaste. It has a really nice smooth mouthfeel and an extremely drinkable stout. Definately worth it.

Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an inky, obsidian black I want to say is actually deep brown but reality prevents me from suggesting. A finger of rich tan crema head slips to loamy froth. Frescoes of lacing art the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants slightly charred roasted malt, dark chocolate cake, long-brewed coffee, and dried sloe fruit. Along for the ride are molasses, cocoa, biscuit, and malt syrup. Oh, and a wee bit of alcohol thrown in for good measure.

Upon sipping, deep roasted malt is thick and treacle brown sugar sweet with a dark chocolate accompaniment. Earthy fruitiness is meshed with a dense black coffee bitterness. Cocoa powder, Goya malt beverage, and even a dribble of vanilla face a rumbling front of alcohol. All the while a sneaky, growing, charring bitterness creeps further along until the finish delivers a surprisingly paradoxical cloying-meets-crisp close. This is sheer complexity with a coffee twist.

Full bodied, the thick, oily flow is a soothing yet notable presence.

Thick, dense, impressively complex and deftly blended, it's a grand piece for those who like a stout with fertile earth hominess and anti-dry sweetness. It doesn't so much defy the more common stout conventions as it dares to be bold and ballsy, yet pleasingly drinkable, even if it is slightly hindered by the snaky and surreptitious ABV. I'll be smacking my lips long after this bottle is gone.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Columbus hops, tons of cascade and blue Jamaican coffee.

A: Pours a dark opaque red with a thin cherry red head.

S: rich dark coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso hints.

T: Huge coffee and dark chocolate for flavor. Very dark, and very rich roasted malt and coffee taste is highlighted and finished with a spicy citrus finish. Great oak woody notes with some smokiness. Bid pungent dry flowers from Columbus adds great hop bittering. 12.0 abv is well hidden.

M: Big hearty body, malty mouthful full of dark roasted coffee and chocolate with a dry finish. Oily texture on tongue.

D: very drinkable per style and is balanced nicely with a great complexity and use of malt, hops and specialty grains. Must try.

Photo of dbatch
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass...

A: Pours thick, dark and syrupy, truly opaque, no light going through this one. Dark tan head that dissipates quickly. It looks like I poured Hershey's syrup in my glass.

S: Rich roasted malts up front, chocolate/dark cocoa aromas follow quickly. Hints of hops follow. Espresso/dark roasted coffee cleans it up at the end. Very rich.

T: Chocolate is strong up front, with dark cocoa, leading to an espresso flavor that is outstanding. Malts are strong, but not overwhelming. Very little alcohol taste, but it doesnt distract from the coffee flavor.

M: A little grainy, like a strong ground coffee. Leaves the mouth clean.

D: Despites its strong alcohol content, this one goes down very easy. Its sweet, reminds me of chocolate milk. Keep em coming!

Photo of Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Brigand chalice. Poured an extremely dark-brown, but not quite black; red highlights apparent during pour as brew mingled with the light before settling into the bowl of the chalice. Half inch mocha-colored head quickly dissipated into little more than an oily skim of foam. Lacing expressed as a quarter inch ring around the rim that slowly trickled down the sides of the glass. Extremely strong scent of coffee and roasted malt. Taste similar to nose (wow there's a lot of coffee in this brew), as well milk chocolate, molasses and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is outstanding - very full-bodied and silky in the mouth with a little bit of a carbonation tingle apparent and a milky finish. This is a really great imperial stout and in my opinion, superior in its taste and complexity to ST's Choklat. This is definitely a sipper though because the 12% abv catches up to you quickly.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- You can see how thick this one is just by pouring it as it slowly comes out of the bottle. Body is a deep motor oil black that is almost unforgiving when held up to the light. A 2-finger foamy dark brown head emerges near the end of the pour and has decent retention. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- There is a big robust nose here of coffee beans, chocolate malt, and mocha.

T- Some toffee, mocha, and coffee bean flavor upfront with a subtle dark chocolate malt flavor in the background. The brew becomes somewhat bitter on the swallow where the toasted malt and coffee beans really come through. A roasted bitterness and hints of coffee beans linger. The overall flavor is much milder than I expected and is similar to what one would find in a lower ABV stout.

M- Low carbonation and a thick, dense, syrupy body that still goes down smooth.

D- I was surprised by how well hidden the alcohol is here. At 12% you would expect at least some alcohol warmth (most are overwhelming) but its barely detectable here. I liked this one-but the flavor was much milder than I expected. This is a good offering by Southern Tier, and I will have it again-but I prefer Oat to it. I also have Choklat in the fridge and I can't wait!

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Foodery in Philly.

Extremely black pour with a pinky of tan-brown head into a Stone
RIS glass. Aromas of espresso, chocolate cake. Coffee anyone?

Taste was simply sublime. I got a hoppy nose at first then cherries and cake when the huge coffee notes hit. My pal and I looked at each other in amazement.
Sweet, syrupy mouthfeel with an emphasis on the syrup. Very nice in the mouth and extremely drinkable for a 12% 'Coffee' Imperial Stout.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dark brown head. Good retention and lacing. The color is pitch black, no light gets through.

Smells of sweet roasted (almost burnt) malt, chocolate covered coffee beans, very shy hops and molasses.

The mouthfeel is so thick, chewy and creamy I need a knife and fork. This is one of the richest beers I have had. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, molasses and a sweet bitter finish. WOW!

Photo of aaronh
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Rich, dark body topped by a dark cocoa colored head. Smeel has lots of roastiness and espresso notes with some alcohol sweetness. Smells fanatstic if you like good coffee. Taste is powerful. First it hits you like a jolt of sweet espresso, then the really solid Imperial stout malt profile comes in. The base would be a great stout in it's opwn right. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and the drinkability is really great. I can't get enough of this beer. One of my most memorable in recent months.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005

Pours opaque black with barely translucent mahogany edgework. Barely a trace of head steps up, and brown in color.
Aromatics are a blend of dark chocolate and rich, oily coffee beans. Akin to a fudge-spiked espresso atop an imperial stout sundae. Certainly imperial in nature, and lucious.
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, rich and thick.
The pallet is massively laden with chocolate syrup and rich coffee. The coffee essence is not of a "grounds" nature, but a well brewed, strong, and non-astringent variety.
Alcohol is warming, but negligent behind the enormous flavor profile.
Finishes with lingering Hershey's syrup, Kona roast beans, and Kahlua.
Super decadent and very well integrated after two-plus years. Well worth the wait if you can sit on this one.

This flavor of this beer blows the doors off the Mikkeller Black Hole I had over the weekend.

Photo of caminiti
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is what it says it is.
Poured into the generic pint glass, stolen from some bar years ago, dark, dark, dark, and no head to speak of, which Im ok with.
Smelled, again, like it says it does, coffee, Jah-va, Joe, etc.
Tasted bitter, very bitter. This is coming from a coffee drinker, no sugar, thanks.. Not even with the occasional espresso, and Im not even sure I have sugar in the house, but if I did, this could have used it.
Overall, not one of the better coffee stouts Ive had, but reasonably priced, and with the need to stay up and watch Dick Clark-Bot, it came in handy.

Photo of RblWthACoz
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like molasses, thick and almost slow. Pitch black. Small tan head that forms after a few seconds. Amazing. Nose is minor coffee with an extremely full fragrance of dark chocolate. I could take a whiff of this one for hours on end. If it is as good on the flavor as it has been to now, this might just be one to remember. Flavor. Oh my. Hearty like you don’t even know. Massive malts. Molasses is there too. Just a thick funky presenting…I mean, hello! Feel is thick on the liquid but smooth. On the carbonation it is a bit thin, but just right I think. What? Could it be? Another straight 5 beer? Man. This is what I love. I am just sitting here, and I decide to have one more beer before I pass out for the night, and what do you know; a perfect scored beer. If you haven’t tried this beer and you willingly pass it up, I have to say I have to question my respect for you. This is a beer that is crafted so well, it absolutely must be tried. I can’t believe I waited so long to try it myself.

4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a vigorous pour you get a beautiful effect. Almost two fingers of rich foamy milk chocolate colored head, that lasts long and leaves lace as it fades. body is motor oil thick and jet black. Nose is a musky mix of fresh coffee beans, zesty spice, and grain style alchol. Enters the mouth silky but thick with roasted malt sweetness. Coffee presence is strong throughout the palate. Mouthfeel is very sweet and malty thick. As the beer warms you get developing tones of chocolate cake, overipe alchol soaked cherries and espresso. A very good stout, that at 12% alchol is super drinkable. This beer is a good night in a bottle.

Photo of geexploitation
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very dark in body and head; the head is thick and small-bubbled, but fades to a collar in time. Aromas of creamy, cold coffee, acidic hops, clay and vanilla-blueberry. On the palate, sweet mocha malts first off, then the bittering hops kick in. Nicely balanced in the second half between bitter coffee ground flavors, sour stout notes, and ale berry-fruits. Mouthfeel is, as expected, thick and viscous, but it betrays a touch too much of hot alcohol to be scored at the highest level. Overall, a very good example of a coffee stout; the coffee is used as a complementary flavor here, and never gets over powering. Well done.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed Winter 2007 with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

A - Pours black with a hint of ruby red highlights when held to the light. Thin chocolate brown head with a ring of creamy lace.

S - Roasted malt, black coffee, sherry like notes, dark fruits and green hops.

T - Strong roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, dark cherries, raisins, some bitter hops in the finish and a bit of hottness from the alcohol.

M - Thick, creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Sweet with a drying finish and a warming alcohol feeling. Sticky to the point that my lip stuck to the glass a few times

D - Just like Oat, this one might improve a touch if the abv is toned down. A very good stout, but the hotness/abv makes it tough to finish a bomber.

Photo of rye726
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'07 22oz bottle poured into a snifter at 45F

Near black color and thick motor oilish consistency. Thick brown head that settles to a thin cover.

The nose is of coffee, roasted chocolate malts and alcohol. There is also a spicy hop character and mild sents of molasses, maple and caramel. A dark fruity smell comes out more as it warms.

Amazing, once again I am very impressed by this New York brewery. Like their Oat, the flavor outshines the aroma. There is roasted coffee with bitter sweet chocolate and floral hops. Big roasted malts, carmelized dark sugars and ripe fruits.

Full body and mild carbonation, thick and chewy .

Another great brew from Southern Tier and one of the better coffee stouts around. Perfectly balanced and very drinkable. The 12.5% is well hidden. This will age well for years to come.

Photo of briman
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, basically black, and completely opaque. About a quarter inch dark brown head, with average retention, and average lacing.

Aroma has a distinct raw coffee bean character, along with dark roasted malts. Tough to pick out any hops behind the coffee beans, but when it's colder you seem to pick up some elements of a cascade hop contribution.

Flavor is roasted malts, dark fruits, maybe a hint of bittersweet chocolate, and a load of coffee beans. Finish is all coffee beans, leaving you with a mixture of a coffee and black malt bitterness. Bitterness is moderate, and lasts well into the aftertaste. Maybe a hint of alcohol as well.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, thick and coating. Nice balance, though the hops take a back seat and it's tough to notice them. The coffee beans are the star of the show. Alcohol is really well hidden other than a very faint appearance in the finish. Subtle warming effect makes this a great winter beer. Very easy to drink, but high ABV limits this to one at a time.

Photo of jmz62565
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black motor oil with a giant,for the style, tan head. This is very impressive with a huge head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is very pungent with raisins,prunes,molasses,making this a very sweet scent. The taste has a full flavor with coffee,dark fruit,chocolate,alcohol,some "woodiness",and expresso. The m/f is soooo thick. This is like a milk shake or slugging down some motor oil. The multiple flavors mix very well making this a real treat. Another superb brew from a great brewery.

Photo of genog
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a light brown head. Excellent lacing that lasts a long time. Smell is molasses, and chocolate with strong coffee coming through. Taste is sweet and sticky sweet. Mouthfeeling is a full creamy, syrupy, with a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an incredibly low viscosity. As the last bit pours into the glass, there is a slow-moving wave that pushes to the side of the glass before settling in a gelatin-like fashion. Very little head, just a brief rising of dark, reddish-tan bubbles. The rest is jet black. The smell is rich and dense. I smell espresso, black patent, chocolate, and sweet nutty-fruity alcohol. The taste is sweet, but not sticky sweet. The alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. It's just a warming sensation. There is a slight bitterness from the black patent, but the alcohol's nutty character lightens it so that it isn't the least bit offensive. Great flavor profile formed with a well-placed hop addition. Not so much coffee taste to me, but it is one of the smoothest IMP stouts I've ever encountered. The mouthfeel is rich and chewy which forces this to be a sipping drink. The balance between the black patent and other malts is so good that it is bearable throughout the entire drink. I am having this on the night of the first accumulative snow fall in my new apartment. Perfect setting.

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