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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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1,260 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,260
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 129
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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Ratings: 1,260 | Reviews: 691
Photo of bosco7
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black and sticky. Tan head that leaves quickly.

Coffee, dark chocolate, cardboard, heavy handed alcohol, liquorice, and sugary aromas.

Sweet upfront with tons of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Big cherry flavors in the middle; I don't know if this is due to oxidation or from the fermentation, either way it's pleasant. Some liquorice in there as well. More coffee in the finish. Bitter aftertaste lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is big, heavy, chewy, and viscous. Very nice. Overall a nice beer, I am not a fan of the acrid finish and some of the aromatics but still a good choice for a bitter cold night.

Photo of hellcatsjg
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black with a tiny bit of tan head that disappears quite quickly. Very good looking stout.

Smell: Coffee in a big way up front. Sweet coffee with a lot of sugar added. Very nice smell.

Taste: Very flavorful. Coffee up front again. A bit of roasted chocolates in there as well, with an alcohol flavor in the background. Comes together in a very sweet way, very tasty brew here. Not the most complex beer in the world, but one that I think deserves a perfect score.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. Sweet coffee flavor coats the mouth, only to switch to an alcohol flavor that is not overpowering and actually comes across very nice.

Drinkability: Very high. This beer comes close, as many Imperial Stouts do, of being too big, but stops right at the edge. About as powerful as you can get without being too much. Very good job done here by Southern Tier.

Photo of Douglas14
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Melted chocolate bar anyone? But seriously, this beer is down right chewy and awesome.

Pours completely black with an extremely thick, tan head. It has a nice aroma...pretty much everything I expected coming into this one. The taste...well...the taste is amazing. Chocolaty, coffee-y, and for some reason i'm picking up a chile flavor (anyone else get this or am I loosing it). The mouthfeel, as I said earlier, can only be explained as chewy...way chewier than any other beer I've had - makes for a great experience. Overall awesome beer.

One thing I wish they would do with this though: sell it in 4 or 6 oz. bottles so you can enjoy just a glass whenever you want it...that would be amazing.

Photo of iceball585
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black color, non-transparent, thin tan ring of head around the glass

S- Roasted coffee beans, dark malts, chocolate

T- Roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark malts, roasted nuts, alcohol

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, warming feeling of alcohol throughout

D- Definatly worth trying

This beer has really great flavors but it will also kick your ass if your not careful.

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

Appears a motor oil black with ruby highlights dark mocha tan head forms thick and even. Roasted marshmallow with deep fruit undertones slightly burn charcoal roasted malts some salty soy sauce tones with deep roasted espresso roasted black coffee beans. Flavors really stick to the palate creamy palate full of roasted nearly burnt malts. Super sweet syrupy chocolate with coffee notes bring fruits like ripened plums the flavor really has sweet milk chocolate flow going on. Mild herbal hops but bitter dark roasts take the stage. Alcoholic syrupy texture burns and weighs me down at the same time full bodied with dark syrupy caramel malt chocolate flavors. Drinkability is quality a slow sipper, incredible level of enjoyment comes with this one especially with some age I had it fresh and never reviewed and now this beer has really come around even more complex depth to it.

Fresh Bottle Winter 2008

Appears a dark near black mahogany brown hue with ruby edges when held to the light head forms thick and creamy with large bands of even lace formed as the head dwindles down. This is my fresh bottle review of the Blackwater Series winter 2008 version. Aromatics brown sugar glazed with spices, nuts, and an earthy quality with mineral water and dark chocolate roasts. Coffee beans bring out the high acidity in the nose not quite tart but a mild astringent acidic quality that complements the caramelized sugar and dark chocolate qualities already working together. Flavor brings out creamy mild tart fruits with a roasty coffee bean acidity in the mix. Some earthy and wood like characteristics among the herbal and floral hop presence thrown into the boil. A well orchestrated mix of dark roasted malts, Jamaican coffee beans, and Cascade & Columbus hops. Mouthfeel is slightly oily in texture with a medium to full body overall, carbonation tickles the throat but eases up as the beer settles. A fine beer that I truly enjoyed but felt with time it was a few notches higher on the complexity and cohesion scales, I love Southern Tier this beer is no different from that trend. Enjoy it slowly let it warm up and go through all the stages that it has to offer.

Photo of hero27
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed Winter 2007
22 oz bomber

12% abv, 125 IBUs...wtf am I consuming?

Pours an opaque dark brown with a frothy tan head.
If I could wake up to the smell of this every morning...my lord. I swear I could SEE the aroma pouring out as soon as I popped the cap...I sure as hell could smell the bold, rich coffee & chocolate malts that were indicating what I was about to taste..
Chocolate, caramel, chewy dark malts, roasted nuts..and (from the noting on the bottle) a hefty dose of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee..mmmm....
The alcohol is noticed, but not at all overwhelming..I would maybe guess this at being 8-9% in a blind taste.

An ambitious beer that did not disappoint me in any way. Everyone should try this stuff.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glugs out a brownish black with a finger of chocolate milk head that dies slow. Smells of big coffee, chocolate and molassas. Taste is unreal. Not hot at all. The alcohol hides behind wonderful roasted coffee beans, chocolate, cocoa, molasses. Everything blends together in a delicious elixer. Very full in the mouth. If I have one complaint its that its a little too sweet and syrupy. Very easy to sip but more than one is impossible. A great treat.

Photo of mapofhawaii
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had been waiting to try this beer for a special occasion. This weekend came around and there was a full Sunday of football and I was smoking a 9 lb pork shoulder, so why not? I grabbed the last one New England Beverage Co. had, the store associate had to go into the depths of the cooler to retrieve the last available bottle for me. I had bought one earlier in the summer for an old friend's 30th birthday party and was jealous from the moment of purchase. This beer basically lived up to what I was expecting... a heady, high alcohol stout with sweet and strong coffee flavors abundant throughout. I shared this 22 oz monster bottle with 3 great friends on a beautiful Indian summer October afternoon and was impressed with the drinkability (12% is none too easy to go down after a big meal) and overall character. I'd suggest this to anyone as a fine example of "altered" Imperial Stout, as long as you're not drinking it on your own or driving for several hours. Prost!

Photo of joeskirkie
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL

Brewed Winter 2007

It's got all the info on the screen printed bottle: ABV, °plato, ibu's, °L, and all the ingredients.

And it says serve at 48°F in a snifter. Whatever you say, bottle.

Pours thick, syrupy black. I could swear I'm looking at a snifter of coffee right now except it looks thicker.

I get coffee on the nose, no doubt there. Chocolate? yes. Caramel? yes. Having the grain bill on the bottle helps, also theres some sugary alcohol hints (like bourbon)

Oh wow, thick and creamy, a nice bitterness, both of coffee and hops, some alcohol too. Chocolate and caramel malts arrive on the finish and the alcohol and coffee bitterness lingers. It leaves me very relaxed. I love it, simple as that.

It has the heavy mouthfeel of a nightcap and the "happiness inducing" presence of coffee. Simply wonderful, I shall seek out more.

Photo of number1bum
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This Winter 2007 vintage 22oz bomber pours jet black, dark as night, with a billowing super creamy coffee colored head. At first pour it had very little head but then it started to billow and climb the glass, ending up with a solid two fingers. Even slower on the way back down, with incredible retention and awesome stick. This one looks amazing.

Smell is very pungent with huge chocolaty and coffee aromas, some caramel too.

At first taste the first thing I notice is that this is crazy thick. Wow, this is as full-bodied and creamy as they come. Taste has strong dark chocolate and coffee flavors like the nose, and the sweetness is definitely there with some caramel joining the chocolate but its not overdone to the point of being syrupy. There's some definite dark fruits in the taste as well, and it's a little bit boozy. It has a little bit of a bite and odd flavor that hits right before the finish, where those dark fruits and alcohol come out, and that's the only thing holding me back from a 4.5 or higher on taste.

This brew is awesome, but at 12% and as thick as it is it takes awhile to get through. But man is it good.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Vintage November 22, 2005. Dark, inky black pour with a 1/2" of deep tan head that slowly fades. Sticky lacing on the side. Aromas of dark roasted malts that are kind of sweet. Dark chocolate and a sturdy roasted coffee. Slightly burnt along with a puff of alcohol. So far so good!

First sip brings a rich dark roasted malt with a dark chocolate flavor that segues into a tasty roast coffee bean flavor. A touch of toffee and molasses works its way in with some hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol on the way down. A yummy coffee stout that's not overly sweet.

This brew is thick and viscous. It's not messing around at all, but still finds a way to be pretty drinkable at 12%. A damn tasty coffee stout. I can't wait to see this one in IL and pick up a few more bottles. Ages well.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cool evening in September called for a powerful beer. This Imperial Stout held up well to the task.

Bottle notes that this was brewed in Winter of 2007 and contains a blurb about the exotic hand picked Arabica beans. Sounds lovely, but how does it fare?

Pours an extremely viscous used motor oil syrup. I was worried at first seeing no head and little carbonation that this was a bottle gone bad, but other reviews and my taste buds claim otherwise. The three hundred and sixty degree dark brown collar led to no lacing, but this can be expected for the extreme abv.

Smells of massive amounts of chocolate and sugar sweetness. The hand picked beans are there in the background, but don't hold up to the massive chocolate nose. Also behind the wall of chocolate is a hint of vanilla and alcohol. This portends to be a massive stout.

Time for a taste. Massive sweetness, roasted malt and chocolate, but its balanced well by a bittering hints of the "jah*va" and alcohol bite at the end. Hops (cascade and columbus) are there, but aren't as extreme as the listed 125 ibu's decree. The alcohol is noticeable, but provides a well placed warming effect at the end to warn you of drinking too fast. That said the massive taste tends to deter any large swallows. As it warms bitter espresso and vanilla flavours begin to stand out. A very complex and impressive double stout.

Mouthfeel is extremely thick. Carbonation is nearly nonexistent. A big massive sipper, but it all comes together nicely. This may be too sweet for some to handle, but I enjoyed it. Recommended extreme brew that I would like to get my hands on again to let it sit and see what develops.

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

Thanks to MrBURTON55 for the trade.

The back of the bottle claims that this was “brewed winter 2007.”

Jah-Va pours very dark and syrupy, thick and dark like used motor oil. There is very little foam and the faintest sports of bubbles here and there. Big coffee aroma, roasted barley, chocolate malt, bitter-sweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla, wood, and chocolate milkshake. The taste is even more intense than the aroma! Mouthfulls of dark and bold coffee, maple syrup, molasses, chocolate, earthy tasting hops, maybe? The bottle says that Jamaican blue mountain coffee is used and, although I have not tried that coffee yet—too damn expensive!—it tastes and smells like top quality coffee. The mouthfeel is rich, velvety and thick. It’s like drinking a sticky, syrupy coffee. The most minimal trace of alcohol is detected in the aftertaste. Truly an Imperial Stout, fit for big beer lovers and coffee lover alike. Would go great with some coffee cake.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing to follow. This sucker is big on coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel malts, and vanilla. The upfront taste is sweet, then the big dark flavors kick in, very malty. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body, very well rounded, big ass flavor. Very drinkable, this is an awesome American Double Stout, very easy to drink for such a big beer. Highly Recommended.

Photo of slagle9480
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pure darkness. Decent sized head.

S: Roasted coffee beans with some serious chocolate.

T: Wow. This is awesome. Very coffee-ish taste. There's a chocolate taste that completes this beer.

M: Very full. Very smooth. Very satisfying.

D: I could drink this brew all day. Southern Tier is f'in amazing. This is a perfect dessert/bedtime beer. You can't go wrong with Jah-va.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a completely midnight black with a dark brown 1 finger head. Head dimished to 1/4 finger and left ample amount of lacing. Smell is very strong coffee with slight chocolate malt and alcohol is definately present in scent alone. The taste is unbelievable! One word:COFFEE! That's not all though: chocolate is lingering with a nice earthy/woody followup, and a very pleasant hop finish. For 12 abv, I'm amazed by the lack of any alcohol taste in this brew. Scent had it, but taste definately hides it well. Leaves a nice warm feeling in your stomach, as if you had just taken a shot of liquor! Amazing!! Mouthfeel is great as well. Perfect balance of malt and carbonation. Drinkability is a definate 4.5, although it is 12 abv, I could have easily taken a couple of these, but I know my limits. All in all, a very extraordinary brew, and a great twist of an american dub stout.

Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2007 version purchased at Bierkraft.

A- Pours a near obsidian black. Mocha/coffee colured .5 finger head has decent staying power. Lacing coats the glass.

S-roasted coffee, dark chocolate smell. not as powerful as I was hoping.

T-Sweet and slightly sour on first sip. Then comes the espresso and chocolate in droves. There is a hop character as well, hard to determine much more about it as it is drowned out by the espresso which is strong. Slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste but surprisingly mellow for something so strong. The roasted coffee is what dominates. Only complaint is the coffee tastes slightly burnt. Other than that this is stellar.

M-Viscous to say the least. Mild carbonation. Slighthly chalky as can be expected. Very good for the style.

D-An above average stout. I have been impressed with Southern Tier thus far. Very sweet and very bitter which is what they were aiming for. This is a must for those that drink espresso. A feast for the taste buds.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz Bottle (Brewed Winter 2007, from the "Black Water Series") into a pint glass. Serving temperature around 60F,straight from the cellar. Thanks to chilzwel for sending one recently and to MRBURTON55 for the one I'm currently finishing.

Clocks in at 125 IBU.

A: Deep ebony, virtually opaque. Crowned with a 1-finger cap of dense cream, a rusty, cinnamon-orange color. A mesmerizing swirl of that cream lingers from start to finish and clinging bits of lace are strewn up and down the glass. A lovely stout.

S: Loads of dark chocolate, burnt caramel, ripe pit fruit, bitter citrus hopping and coffee beans (surprise!). All these, along with vanilla and tannic oak chips, lend this a complex aroma in line with some of the best Imperial Stouts I've enjoyed.

T: Sweet caramel and molasses up front with a developing vinous/raisin quality. A warming layering of bitter chocolate and coffee builds slowly, deepening with each wave. Moments of alternating citric, lightly oxidized souring, syrupy sweetness and hop-laden bitterness.

M: Creamy, thick - a full mouthfeel. There's a warming booziness that hits early on and a clinging, dark-roasted bittering. Needs some time for mellowing, as it still seems a bit young and imbalanced to me. Sticky maltiness lasts on the lips.

D: A big, intense wallop of flavor and alcohol that I, honestly, took a long time to finish. Maybe too soon to drink? The 12% ABV was way too easy to detect and sometimes I felt the astrigency was getting overbearing, so I back off from sipping for a few minutes. Still pretty tasty, well-made and one I'll return to - but will give this other bottle at least 6 more months. A 3.5 now, may revise later.

Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure this one came in a trade with BeerTruth. Put it in the fridge awhile ago with the intention to drink. Decided to finally pour it as a good luck drink while playing an online poker tournament.

A: Pours as dark as night with a nice 2 finger head. The head dies down to just a small ring on the outer edge of the glass but there is some very wide lacing and oily residue left behind on the outside of the glass.

S: Big dark aroma. I smell coffee, toffee, and chocolate covered cherries. This one malty masterpiece. Can’t wait for the taste.

T: Love it! Very malty brew right from the start. Dark espresso, bakers chocolate, and cherries. It finishes with a hint of charcoal and the bitterness of fresh hops. The alcohol is present, but not over the top. A very well crafted beer no doubt about it.

M: Very thick and oily. You could pass it off as brownie batter, very good brownie batter at that.

D: Yeah I love big bold stouts and this is one of them. I almost hate that I drank it on one of the hottest days of the year in early August. This one would be so nice and filling on a cold winter evening... Well as cold as it gets here in Florida. Anyway... Yeah its drinkable hot or cold weather I could pound it.

Overall: I love stouts of all varieties. Being an espresso lover (cafe cubano especially) any coffee stout almost always takes my heart away. This one is bigger and bolder than most which is a good thing. The brewers claim to use Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee and Fresh Spring hops. It really shows. I love my Jamaican Blue and it gives this baby all the kick it needs. There is a great deal of care to balance the malt and hops in this beer and it really shows.

Southern Tier has brewed a perfect Coffee Imperial Stout. They say to drink it in moderation but I say to hell with that. If I could get my hands on a case of this bad boy I would pound it until I passed out.

By the way I just got bounced out of the tournament with pocket Aces. Some lucky soul caught a straight on the river… damn them. Oh well at least I still have half a glass of this beer to relish.

BeerTruth... Send More Please!

Photo of Franchise
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black color leaving a thick brown head. The aroma is sweet, coffee, caramel, chocolate, espresso, brisk spicy hops. The taste mirrors the nose, chocolate upfront, sweet caramel, syrupy mouth feel, and the coffee dominates this stout in a good way leaving a chocolate syrup finish in the back of the throat. This is one delicious stout from start to finish with a surprising minimal alcohol feel on the palate for a 12% stout.

Photo of gpcollen1
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is the 2007 variety poured from a bomber.

This one pours dark as night into my and the wifees matching Chimay Chalices. Head rises a 1/2 inch cocoa wave and then settles down rather quickly. Aroma hits some alcohol notes and quickly rises to roasted cocoa and coffee beans.

This one is thick on the mouth, but not too much so. Rich coffee and chocolate dominate initially, with a bit of the alcohol rounding out the sip. As this one warms, fruit becomes more apparent in dry sweet cherries and warm blackberry Jam prior to jarring before it is cooled. Sometimes detecting some hops...then again maybe not.

This one was pretty good all around but something about it just did not make it great. It may have been a bit too hot or too bold without some blancing act in their. Regardless, i will drink it again.

M - thick, rich, full bodied mouthfeel, full of flavor, sweet sticky finish.

D - drinkability is very good, but 'beware the drinker' - 12% abv will eventually catch up with you.

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

22 oz. bomber served in a pint glass.

A - black brew with a big dark tan head that backed off after a while, leaving nice glass lacing.

S - roasted malt and coffee bean aroma.

T - very good, roasted barley malt and coffee flavors dominate throughout and the after taste is sweet, with only a hint of mostly very well hidden abv as the brew warms.

M - thick, rich, full bodied mouthfeel, full of flavor, sweet sticky finish.

D - drinkability is very good, but 'beware the drinker' - 12% abv will eventually catch up with you.

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

November 2005 bottling date, Sampled June 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, creamed-chocolate, brown colored head that sits atop a pitch black colored brew. The aroma is interesting; it definitely is coffee influenced. It even has the acidity that the nose on cup of French roast would have. It is almost smoky at times, with notes of espresso beans, dusty-blackened barley, something that is sort of spicy, maybe even musty or something like rotting ancient vegetation (something like peat perhaps).

The beer is quite thick and rich; the burnt malt sugars just coat the palate and cling to the tongue in an almost syrup-like fashion. It is like drinking a rich, deeply chocolate & coffee flavored cream. Fairly sweet tasting, this really brings out a chocolate-like flavor. Notes of blackened espresso mix in with the chocolate; they add a touch of acidity and a roast bitterness that struggles to be noticed under the thick, creamy texture & sweetness. This is so big that it is almost simplistic in its dark malt flavors. I suppose one doesn’t ask for much more in an Imperial stout though. A hint of the off note from the nose is in the taste, but the massive body really helps to mitigate this.

Wow, based on the aroma, I was just not expecting this beer to be so thick and rich. The flavor really outshines the aroma, as there seems to be something that is just a touch off-putting there. This thing really hides the alcohol well, I never would have guessed it was 12%, but with such a massive body I guess it would have to be. This is definitely a sipping brew, it is going to take me quite some time to kill off a 22oz bottle of this. This is quite tasty, if that off thing in the aroma was cleaned up, this would be a fantastic example of a coffee Imperial Stout.

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

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Brewed: Winter 2007.

Pours a syrupy black oil slick. Creamy, inch-high brown head with good retention as a firm sheet. Dimpled lacing with an equally lasting hold.

Rich, roasted chocolate malts; sweet, heavy cream joined by an intensely fragrant hazlenut, mocha, and espresso.

Rich, chewy mocha and dark chocolate-flavored malts. Heavy tones of espresso, toffee, and robust cofvfee. A slick finish aided by a warming alcohol presence leaves an aftertaste of dark fruit, pine hops, and a lingering smokiness.

Full bodied; silky smooth. Rich, creamy, with an inviting slickness.

A fabulous, full-flavored double stout. As great as it is, it's a bear to finish a 22 oz bottle alone. Best to split this with a friend over dessert.

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