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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 Tyrawlings
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A:Near opaque black in color. Craggy brown head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Dark fruits. Alcohol.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate are followed by a subtle hop presence. Candied dark fruits are taken over by rich malts and a burnt grain taste. Flavors of raw earth and warming alcohol.

M: Creamy and full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: Big time sipper here. Abundent coffee and chocolate flavors, but this one lacks balance and is a tad too hot for my tastes. All in all not a bad brew. Recommended.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - impenetrably and inky black, with a finger of dark espresso head that fades after a minute, far too dark to observe carbonation

S - the java dominates the aroma, a nice beany coffee type java aroma, not too over the top, but still powerful, there are faint chocolate and alcohol aromas as well

T - wow, theres the java power, i mean really powerful, at first its super sharp, even acrid, then it mellows out into a strong espresso/chocolate flavor, the secondary flavors and aftertaste are quite good, just a bit too sharp up front

M&D - to acrid to be drank in large quantities, too alcoholic as well, but smooth and tasty after the initial punch, darn well made though, well done Southern Tier

Photo of blitz134
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't had any Souther Tier brews up until about 3 or 4 months ago. Then I set up a trade for a few, received some in a BIF, and then had another trade set up. This is my 7th from them. So far all have been pretty tasty and in my mind a solid brewery making some really good beers.

I dont know why I even held this up to the light. Its BLACK. Initially had a half inch thick mocha colored head that reduced to a thin layer with good retention. Not really lacing...more like sheeting. Nice!

Semi-dark chocolate, dark toasted malts, hints of charcoal, and dry coffee beans. Slight citrus hints from the hops. Nice again.

Flavor is dark toasted everything all over again. Toffee flavors come in as opposed to chocolate, some biting chared bits. Coffee is well integrated and not over the top. Hops are still evident and show with a touch of citrus again. This one is pretty fresh from what I was told, so the hops are still showing through well. Some alcohol works well, and doesn't even come close to showing its actual strength. I'm not a hoppy stout person, but this one has just the right amount. Epitome of the American Double Stout style.

Body is creamy and full, coats the mouth and the flavor lingers for a little bit but slowly fades away. Just a touch of carbonation adds to the drinkability.

This is a superb beer. Nice full body and flavor profile. Really balanced on so many levels. Alcohol doesn't have any effect on the drinkability. Its probably dangerously drinkable.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer I've had from Southern Tier, hopefully it will be good! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours black with an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. It smells like coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. The taste is mainly coffee, but there's also a good bit of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some licorice in there too. The aftertaste lingers around a while. The mouthfeel is full, smooth, slick and a bit syrupy. Drinkability is good, the 12% ABV isn't very noticable at all while you're drinking it. It just hits you later! This is a sipping beer, but unfortunately for me I tend to drink stouts a little quicker than I should because I like them a lot. I'm impressed with this beer, in my opinion it's a very good stout. I'd definitely recommend it to others to try.

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

On tap at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH poured into a chalice pours an impressive syrup black with a minimal head that disappears but does leave a ring around the glass and leaves some impressive lace on the glass. Smell is of strong coffee with chocolate and malt as well, along as a bit of alcohol smell. Taste is pretty amazing if you like coffee, a bit bitter from the strong coffee taste and also has roasted notes and chocolate, very strong and indeed heavy. This is a good beer and would go nice after a good dinner. 2 thumbs up, thanks Ron for the great offer!

Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours nice thick and totally black - cant seem to get any color through it even in the brightest light never seen a brew so dark----its has a half finger brown head that disappears somewhat quickly except for a bit that hangs out right on the rim of the glass.

To me this beer smells amazing- sweet coffee with maybe caramel and alcohol nicely blended smell not overpowering ---mind you that im a coffee lover so I love anything coffee (and I like my alcohol) which is likely why i like this smell so much..only reason didn't give it a 5 is because of the strong alcohol smell that is inevitable with the imperial abv.

the taste on this brew is probably one of the best imperials I've tasted -just dark dark sweet coffee ---but not to sweet-- moving to bitter roasted malt with the taste of the alcohol moving with it from front to back mmmm complicated and delicious using all my taste buds.

As far as mouth feel the carbonation is just enough and it is thick thick thick only reason why I didn't give it higher for drink ability - took me 2 sessions to put away this growler down--most likely because of the alcohol content --Im very very impressed... will keep it on my favorites list and watch for it whenever it comes up on tap at my local beer store--I don't think I could ever rate any imperial over a 4 drinkabilty because the alcohol just makes it more of a sipping beer... great brew. bravo.

I want to find this in bottles to keep in the fridge for when i want a sipper (but some of the other reviews worry me that somehow the bottled version isn't quite as strong)

oh and this is definitely much better warmer than fridge temp- isn't a ice cold brew for sure... I had it cold 1st try and just chilled 2nd and was much more drinkable.

Photo of bruachan
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this brewery is new to me. picked up a couple of the offerings, so stay tuned for those

it's a deep black. black hole. ample carbonation amplifies the already impressive brown head. after descent a pangaea of thin foam mixes around

definite coffee aromas. woody, though without the vanilla that would normally accompany oak. some booze shines through

the flavor is rich and fairly mellow, yet punctuated by a significant hop punch that helps cut through the viscosity. the carbonation does a good job of that, too. it's a decent brew, though it's sometimes hard to really tell with this style—there's so much going on...

Photo of jaxon53
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature in a westvleteren chalice. Poured a very deep black that absolutely no light passed through. About a finger of head formed with vigirous pour. Settled into a thin ring of lace around the inside of the glass. Very strong aroma of bitter coffee wafted up from the glass. Subtle hints of chocolate, wood, and a touch of vanilla in the nose. This one has a ton of coffee flavor to it. Burnt, bitter coffee, chocolate, and maybe a hint of black licorice. This is a damn smooth drink. Thick, syrupy, almost chewy mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation. Some strong alcohol comes through and gives a little heat. Pretty well balanced, very good drink.

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of Weisguy.

A: The stout is thick and viscous, pouring in one long unbroken strand. The head is an off-white band floating atop the beer.

S: The nose is bready, thick with chocolatey roasted malts. There is also a dry, burnt coffee aroma and strong alcohol.

T: The first sip is a revelation. Dark, heady malts emerge at first, providing a chocolatey intense flavor that does not skimp on the alcohol. Interspersed with the big malts is a big coffee body. That body is fairly dry and bitter, adding an additional roasted element on top of the big malts. The finish is an amalgum of the malts and coffee and serves as a conduit for a heavy alcohol presence.

M: The mouthfeel is strong on both the malt and coffee fronts, so much so that it can easily overwhelm a drinker. The flavors are so varied that, at one point, I swear the mouthfeel was hot dog-esque (fresh off the grill, of course).

D: I split the bomber with my wife. I'm glad I did because the flavors are big and the alcohol is bigger. The coffee flavor is intense, well-nuanced and not just a spent grounds taste.

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

a: Pours a low, dark mocha head that soon recedes to a ring, though a swirl of the glass or a rough sip brings it out again. The beer is pretty black in color.

s: Mmmm deelicious. Smooth, milk chocolatey blend of ethanol, smooth coffee, chocolate, and deep roasted malt. Moderate hop spice. I could bury my face in here for awhile.

m: The carbonation is enticingly smooth, and the body heavy as hell...gently carbonated chocolate milk. Yet it cleans up perfectly, and quite mysteriously, after the swallow. An easy "exceptional". Maybe the finest stout mouthfeel I've come across.

t: Good stout flavor, thick and heavy with the roasts and dark chocolate. Coffee seems almost an afterthought, though it's there in great number. Like chocolate milk made with dark chocolate. Hop flavor seems light behind the wall of flavor, with a nice bitterness level. Warms the stomach a bit.

d: Easy...12% isn't invasive at all. A pleasure to sip. I put this at the end because I didn't want to turn anyone off prematurely...but I pick up on an undeniable hint of high-deet bug spray in the beer. I'm sure it's just how the beer comes together (might be the coffee/hop/ethanol combo)...it's really wierd, detracts a little.

part of my anny bombing from mcallister

Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at coles in Buffalo.

A: Dark black, dark tan head, very little retention, initially a great lace.

S: Dark roasted espresso, dark chocolate, mild fruityness.

T: Dark chocolate, espresso, some roasted acidity, warming alcohol, pleasantly assertive bitterness.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, slightly acidic & chalky.

D: At 10%, this is a big brew that demands to be slowly savoured.

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

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very strong with the smell of coffee as you would expect, with touches of hops and alcohol.

T: Just like with the smell, a strong flavor of roasted coffee dominates the taste, which is very malty and thick with some sweetness and a mild alcohol burn. The after-taste has the typical slightly bitter back coffee flavor.

M: Very smooth, heavy body, light carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy but it’s definitely a sipper, slightly filling, this just flat out good beer, especially if you’re partial to coffee flavored beers.

Photo of cabsandking
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a thick milk chocolate brown head that does reduce rather quickly. Surprisingly big berry fruit nose and expected notes of coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and a little hoppy esters. Lots of roasted espresso here and adequately balanced with an assertive dose of fruity, twangy hops. Dark bitter chocolate addition is at a high cocoa percentage and there seems to be some barrel aging too. Some kind of mossy, dusty flavor is a tad distracting. Full body and thick syrupy mouthfeel manages to make room for a slight carb fizz. The finish is dry dark chocolate and a descent alcohol burn but not too bad for a 12 ABV. Some intense flavor and thick body makes it a bit difficult to finish and entire bottle...a good desert beer.

Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle - Brewed in Winter, 2007. Poured into snifter.

Pours pitch black with a sizeable (just over one-finger) creamy, dark tan head that descends to a lasting, thin, creamy cover. Some trailing lace sticks to glass. Nice retention for high abv.

The smell is of caramel, bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

The taste is of caramel, chocolate, dark and tropical fruits. Espresso-like coffee really comes out. Nicely balanced - bittersweet, though leaning more towards sweet. Alcohol gives it a peppery spiciness.. Alcohol is certainly noticeable, but not overwhelming or too sharp. Very long finish.

The body is full (almost too thick), creamy, silky smooth. Flavors hang on in the mouth for a long time.

A slow, complex sipper. Well-done! If you like caramel, chocolate and coffee, this one is for you!

Photo of auxiliary
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance -Nice dark brown with a tan creamy head, and no lace.

smell - Chocolate, java, cocoa.

taste - Dark roasted coffee with a hit of alcohol at the end.

mouthfeel - Body was on the heavy side, no carbination, and ting of alcohol

drinkability - You know it is 12% after you drink half the glass. Very nice, was going to buy it in a bottle, but then heard where I could get it on tap.

Photo of drseamus
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a mug of this on draft at Mahars. I had already had it in the bottle but when I saw it on draft I got it immediately.

A: This beer has a beautiful jet black body with a dark one finger mocha head. The head falls very slowly and evenly leaving only a rim on the edge.

S: The aroma was not as strong as I would have liked, but was great none the less. It has powerful chocolate and coffee flavors with some roasted malt in the background. This is one of those aromas that draws you in and forces you to drink immediately.

T: The first thing I thought of as I sipped this beer was how creamy it was. Everything was blended perfectly and I could only start to pick out the specific flavors at the end of the flavor. Of those flavors, very strong coffee and chocolate dominated.

M: It has a perfectly heavy body and leaves a great aftertaste.

D: This might be my new favorite beer. Directly after I finish this review, I am going to buy a case of this to keep. The only reason it's not a 5 is that the ABV is a bit high to drink a lot of.

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

I love a coffee stout and I love this beer.

Appearance Pours a perfect black with a chocolate brown head and strong lacing.

Smell: Rich coffee chocolate warm bittersweet caramel fudge boozy molasses rum and full cocoa aromas.

Taste: Coffee, rich bittersweet chocolate and warm boozy flavors cover every single millimeter of my mouth. Roasty coffee bean and dark fruits linger long after the beer is in my belly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth rich thick heavy viscous and warm roasty and boozy, with a soft chocolate milk feel.

Drinkability: This is a monstrous beer and certainly a sipper. Took a few hours to sip my way through a bomber but is was a very enjoyable evening.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Gavage
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a thin milk chocolate colored 1/2" head filled with large bubbles. The head falls quickly.

Smell: large roasted malt tones with chocolate and hints of coffee and alcohol.

Taste: chocolate and roasted malt are the dominant flavors. Raisins, weak coffee, and a decent bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Heavy bodied beer. Long chocolate and roasted toned aftertaste glues itself to your tongue and hangs around a while.

Drinkability: the strong alcohol level knocks this down a notch, and all in all this is a slow sipper that you can easily have a few glasses of in a long session.

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

on tap -> goblet
@ Vintage Estate Beer and Wine, Boardman, OH

Pours oily thick black with a small chocolate head that settles to a lopsided glob of soap suds.

Nose: Big nose, dark fruits, coffee, burnt malts

Extremely rich flavors of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. More and more dark fruit flavor toward the bottom of the glass. A light stinging bitterness on the finish is quelled by roasted burnt coffee aftertaste that lasts. Warms the belly and may make the back of your neck sweat.

Chewy mouth with some bite.

Drinkability is high for the style, but you're not gonna wanna session this boy, unless your session is gonna be late and fast. Sit back, sip this baby and enjoy. Imperial coffee stout? Seems that Southern Tier likes to throw that 'imperial' title on alot of their brews. This one definately earns that distiction.

Photo of Vancer
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy shit, whata great brew sent by dmeadows and mcallister – MAN ! Am I glad I can save one for later.

This SOB poured a jet black motor oil, one of the thickest pours I’ve ever seen. Not much tan head, of course, too much booze in the bottle.

Aroma? SHOCKER! Not much coffee, but a RIS wanna be – it packed a punch of anise, dark fruit and chocolate. The coffee sneaks in during the quaff, but light and delicate (and much as possible in this hammer brew).

Fully death bodied texture, NO idea this leathel bomb is packing a 12% smack in the face, until I tried to get up. I say great drinkability, but you need to sip.

Thanks again, I’m a better man today because of this beer.

Photo of NJBeerguy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Jah-Va packs a punch at 12% ABV and in my mind needs some time. This is one beer I'll need to keep and try again later. The young version I tried had a limited head to it. It poured as suggested on the ethched bottle into a snifter. The snifter barely created a head while providing a great amount of surface area to enjoy the coffee - roasted barley nose that greets you at first sip. Right out of the frig the mouthfeel was light but as this big beer warms the mouthfeel has a better viscosity. The coffee flavor is well pronounced but seem to morf into a winey taste that lingers heavy on the tongue. The aftertaste stay on the back of the tongue just too long. The appearence is jet black, and lace rings the glass nicely with a coating on the far side of the glass with each sip. So I'm headed back for another bottle to be added to my stash of big beers to be laid down for another day, that day might be two, three or even five years from now. The bottom line, if it's big coffee and alcohol warmth you seek drink it now, but if it's taste you seek I'd wait for another day.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 22oz bottle a pitch black with a very small head of foam. That soon shrunk toi just a small island...is that Java? ;^)

The smell is huge! Lots of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel malt, and some alcohol but the first thing I thought of when I took my first whiff was how much it smelled like a fine Port.

The taste is kind of overwhelmingly sweet on first sip. There's a ton of sweet caramel malt, chocolate and molasses and a very strong alcohol presence followed by a good coffee flavour. Further sips in and the coffee becomes a bit more assertive while the sweetness is offset by roasted malt and some hop bitterness, especially near and through the finish.

Bottom line: At 12%abv, this one is definitely a sipper but it's a good sipper and one that I would enjoy again if given the opportunity.
Thanks to Nutbrown for this sample!!

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

Poured into my delirium tremens tulip. Pours a thick viscous dark brown almost black with only a slight head. A nice ring of froth sits atop the beer. Smell is very good coffee bean, roasted malts and there was some alcohol coming through as well. Taste is much of the same. This is a very, very good beer that belongs in the same category as Expedition Stout and Speedway Stout. By far my favorite Southern Tier offering.

Photo of BlastTyrant
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours thick, viscous black with a thick, creamy brown head. Aroma of coffee of course, but with an underlying chocolate sweetness, with just a twinge of grassy hoppiness. Coffee and chocolate in the flavor, with a bit of caramel and perhaps maybe a touch of rum. Slighly citrusy hoppiness pairing with the coffee bitterness is quite interesting. Thick, chewy mouthfeel, though not quite as thick as the ST Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Just a tiny hint of alcohol hotness in the finish. A bit of time will mellow that out and this will be perfect! Coffee is very well done in this- definitely takes center stage, but does not overpower, and allows other qualities of the beer to show through. Another superb Imperial Stout from Souther Tier.

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

Executive Summary: Wow. Southern Tier isn't kidding around with the coffee additions on this one. It's a beautiful mix of flavors. Texture is wonderful. This is one fantastic dessert sipper. Highly recommended.

Appearance: Deep brown/black, opaque as a brick. Fairly prominent coffee ice cream head. Wonderful lacing.

Smell: Roasted and caramel malts, coffee, chocolate and even some rich berry notes.

Taste: Holy smokes. I've never encountered this much coffee flavor in a beer before, and I'm in love. Also getting some faint fruit flavors. Obviously a deep, roasted malt presence as well. I don't think I'm actually tasting the cascade or columbus hops here; rather, it's likely the bitterness of the roasted malt or coffee beans.

Mouthfeel: Viscous without being overly so. Slight stickiness, but it's not detracting. Low carbonation levels allow the flavors to take center stage. This is one smooth drinkin' bastard.

Drinkability: For an imperial stout? HIGHLY drinkable. Lots of good flavors going on here. I can easily knock back a bomber of this - maybe even two if I've had a light dinner ;)

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