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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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1,227 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 113
Gots: 157 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on May 22, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Fest. Rich aroma of coffee, oaked tannins, and Mexican vanilla beads. Pour of deep dark oily black, with fine frothy top of sun darkened tan. Flavor is an invigorating and intense coffee, hazlenut, and dry melted belgian chocolate. Nose is warming and sweet, with hits of bourbon and toast. Mouthfeel is tops, with plenty of creamy, sweet goodness to go around. Outstanding! All around a classic. Any beer with Blue Mountain coffee is bound to be good. RERATE. Sharp acerbic and incredibly intense coffee bean roast. Flavor is a highly restrained chocolate, yet lending to a light chocolate nib presentation in a sweet, astringent coffee roast bite. I find it a bit less shallow than I expected. The coffee character is so phenomenal, yet melds with the malt character to create a uniformly impressive presentation. There’s some nicely charred sweet barbeque sauce that lends to the taste. It’s one of the most unique coffee flavors. Hops lend a nice touch. A most admirably noted beer as having such sophisticated coffee tones, from a fresh hot french press cup, to a steaming shot of dark espresso to a lacing of gourmet liquer. All around awesome!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 03:23:31 | More by CharlesDarwin
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Evilgrin72

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Talk about your BIG stouts - this is one. Head was virtually non-existent, just a tease of deep brown and then gone. Each sip starts with a sweet chocolate/roasted malt flavor, then slowly... the coffee flavor asserts itself. Strong, bitter (without being overwhelmingly so) and lingers in the aftertaste. The 12% ABV is assertive, but not overpowering, which was really nice. They did a really good job of making a huge beer drinkable - nothing overpowers you, and the flavors and alcohol are in perfect balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 16:51:06 | More by Evilgrin72
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delicious

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a short-lived coffee colored head.
Smells like alcohol, coffee liqueur, dates, and roasted malt.
The flavor is rich and powerful, and tastes of roasted malt, bittersweet hot chocolate, espresso, and warm alcohol. The roasted coffee lingers on like a full-bodied espresso that will put hair on your chest. It's bitter like a hot cup of Joe brewed at twice the recommended strength, similar to what one would find in an engineer's break room. Needless to say, the profound flavors insist upon sip-sized tastings. It packs quite a punch, and is great after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 06:00:55 | More by delicious
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Everything listed on the label leads me to anticipate an incredible experience from the contents of this bottle. 125 IBUs? 12 %abv? Cascade & Columbus? Pale, chocolate, black & caramel malt? Jamaican coffee? Yeah, mon!

On disgorging the original vessel and entering the tulip glass, it spills out a full stygian hue, dark as they come, wiuth a creamy, richly roasted cooca-tannish head above, a nice 1/2", and staying.

Aroma reeks of maple, anise, dark rum, molasses, a bit of bourbon, and then, maybe, coffee. It's hidden under the layers of flavors that accompany a typical, no, exceptional imperial stout. Very invigorating, it stimulates the senses as it invades the olfactories.

Full, rich, massive. Enormous. Thick, slick, and delicious. I can feel the coffee, but, again, underneath all the other incredible flavors. Chocolate sings out, decadent, opulent, amazing...bitter espresso flavors emerge underneath the cocoa richness.

Imperial barely begins to describe the domination this stout has over the mouth and all aspects of the senses. Majesterial doesn't do it...omnipotent? Vishnu-esque? Odin-like? Yehweh-ish? I'll leave wiser minds to divine the closer comparison, but it is an astounding acheivement in the area of immense flavor deployment.

Fullest body, longest finish, rich, everso bitter, yet richly sweet, luxurious in every way, this is just astounding. Sticks long on the palate, and is roundly enjoyed.
Last time I had a 12% abv coffee stout, it was Alesmith Speedway Stout, but I might actually like this one better than that.

It's nearing bedtime for yours truly, and I couldn't think of a finer send-off on this chilly late October night than a few more swigs of this. Ain't I the luckiest duck?

much thanks to D. Chatfield!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 10:01:42 | More by feloniousmonk
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am pouring a room temp bomber into a snifter. The beer pours jet black with a fizzy brown densely packed head of 2 cm foaming up easily. The aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malt, espresso bean and a bit of herbal hops in background.
First sip reveals a fairly thick and chewy body with very minimal carbonation, there is a sticky syrupyness to each sip and this coats my lips on each mouthfull I take from the glass. Flavor is sweet chocolate, plums, dry espresso bean, some molasses and a bit of brown sugar as well. No hops on the taste. I get a bit of hot booziness on the finish that reminds me to sip this beer.
This is a complex and ROBUST brew that I would not recommend to the faint at heart. The 12% isnt exactly hidden but isnt overwhelming at any stage. A sipping beer for sure that I believe may sneak up on me a bit by the end of the bottle.
Definitely buy this if you like big beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 02:50:39 | More by sulldaddy
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nflmvp

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a very large mug....held most of the 22 ounces in one single pour. Formed a small dense tan head that didn't last long and left almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell was strong in the area of chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

Taste was sweet and chocolatey with heavy coffee overtones and plenty of alcohol on the back side.

Mouthfeel was VERY thick, with a good bit of alcohol tingle on the finish

Drinkability was good. So much so that I was still looking for more after I was finished with the first one....although a pillow was more appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 01:15:15 | More by nflmvp
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL.

I bought this bottle for two reasons. The words "coffee" and "stout" were on the screen-painted label.

This is one informative bottle! Brewed November 22, 2005.12.0 % abv, 125 ibu's. Even ingredients, the most intriguing of which is the last one on the list: Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. By no means am I a coffee connoisseur, I mean they could put Folgers in this beer and I couldn't tell you the difference, but I'm interested nonetheless.

It pours like motor oil, dead black, with a dark coffee-colored head, which appears to be a tad sticky. And guess what, it smells like coffee! Also some hop presence, surprisingly.

It's big and creamy, like a cup of Joe, and tastes strongly of the obvious ingredient as well as whiskey. Was this aged in a whiskey barrel? The more I drink, the more I think it's morning and I should be getting ready for work. Seriously, if you love coffee and beer, this is where it's at. This stout was really a pleasant surprise for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 02:13:09 | More by edskirk3
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bwyker

New York

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice. Brewed November 22, 2005.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany. On the second pour a 1/2 inch head of redish-brown foam formed, which reminded me of the foam of a cuban espresso. Cherry-tinted edges fill with tiny speckles of carbonation that almost look like coffee grinds. Thin cashew colored foam settled around the glass.

Smell: Blown away by huge punches of coffee and cocoa.

Taste: Immediately taste dark roasted coffee, sweetened with light molasses or dark fruit. Muted cherry-like tartness. Earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly heavy body. Very chewy and rich. Slight alcohol burn in the finish.

Drinkability: I don’t think I’ve ever had a heavier beer in my life. However, it’s addictively delicious in a thick chocolate moose kind of way. I could easily drink many servings. The alcohol is only slightly noticed in the finish. It’ll take a while to get through the glass, so the 12% ABV probably won’t be too overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 21:20:55 | More by bwyker
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laintringulis

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

brewed 11/22/2005. Sweetly cellared by hubby. Served in a wine goblet.

Pours a dark black with a 1 finger creamed coffee color head.

Smells of strong, bitter coffee laced lightly with smoke, oak, bourbon, and a vague spiciness.

Malty sweet, full of date, raisin, and maybe fig sweetness. Has the coffee bitterness without the coffee taste. Light caramel and chocolate flavors. Some sips were tasting more like spicy soy sauce. Alcohol/hops balance was off. Hops presence almost null and void.

Full bodied, but the soy taste was leaving a bad astrigent quality.

I have had this beer many times before (not cellared) and I was almost in tears drinking this cellared one. The fresh ones had great coffee flavor and a nice hop/alcohol balance and the hop taste was present with fruity malts. This was a sad, sad beer compared to what I had grown to love. I never could review it because I just wanted to drink it. It also made me sad that Jamican blue mountain coffee was abused in the beer I just drank.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 10:31:49 | More by laintringulis
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jmatthew

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A thick oily black pool of liquid in the glass with very little head retention. Faint hints of ruby in the highlights but mostly just dark and intimidating. The inviting smell is earthy with chocolate roasted malts and a pronounced coffee aroma. Absolutely overpowering sweetness upon tasting. Sweet dark chocolate with more of a syrupy coffee liqueur flavor than actual bitter coffee beans. Thick, oily and medicinal with a touch of dark fruit, but the coffee does however bring things back in check with a touch of bitterness towards the very end. Finishes with warmth. I had to set the 22oz bottle aside, and it was much better later on in the night as a dessert beer, but I simply found the sweetness overly dominant and unsatisfying.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 17:22:31 | More by jmatthew
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 16:03:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass pitch black with a brown, almost black, frothy head which rose slowly and tall to fall just as leisurely and lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate through the dark brown head, silky smooth chocolate. As the head retreated the aroma became coffee, roasted beans and caramel, with, you guessed it, chocolate. Later in the head retreating process the aroma picked up a hoppy note that was slightly grassy, but throughout the aroma remained similar to freshly roasted green coffee beans (city or better). As the beer warmed dark fruit character emerged even stronger with raisins and prunes.

The flavor was wonderful with coffee and chocolate melded in a dark and sultry brew. The beer contained a nice light bit of sweetness that kept everything in check and cause the complexity of flavors to be unequaled. Coffee was present, as coffee bean roasty character, coupled with dark fruits, raisins, and even hints of alcohol which caused the beer to be even more intriguing and enticing.

The finish was heading toward dry and eventually getting there with roasty coffee, nice caramel, dark fruits and chocolate lasting in a wonderful mix long into the aftertaste. The body was full and viscous with a strong mouthfeel and a moderate carbonation. Alcohol was present in this beer yet restrained, only a slight warming after consumption was notable. A truly great beer, drink it slowly so it doesn't get the best of you!

22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing! Brewed Nov 22, 2005 on back of bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 23:25:54 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with a brew date of November 22, 2005.

A- Two fingers of semi-sticky head subside to a sturdy brown lace. A shade away from black and nearly opaque.

S- Chocolate and coffee liquor aroma, creamy with dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Very aromatic to say the least.

T&M- Creamy full body, just enough carbonation to roll a viscous crispness over the tongue. Iced coffee with chocolate liquor character. Blackberry and prune fruitiness, good amount of alcoholic warmth. Big chewy maltiness, juicy in the middle with overtones of roasted grain mixes well with the thick lining of coffee.

D- A sipper all of the way, but one I could sip through the night. Souther Tier is really pushing the envelope with this one, but this is what American brewing is about and I love it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 02:09:18 | More by Jason
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swhitt

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber from the Wine Gallery in Kenmore Square, brewed November 22, 2005.

The bottle on this one is fantastic. 650ml. Southern Tier always does a great job with their packaging. Poured into a tuilip glass. It's nice and dark, with barely no head (which is expected with alcohol percentages this high). It looks nice but it's not perfect. Not quite completely opaque but close.

Smell is delicious and malty, with hints of chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Kind of similar to Stone IRS or Alesmith Speedway Stout (I like Speedway, better though).

First sip is full of coffee and alcohol. The alcohol isn't bad, it's nice and balanced withthe rest of the flavors. I taste some chocolate and tons of malt, but mostly coffee and alcohol. This is definitely a sipper. It's not very drinkable but it is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 21:47:30 | More by swhitt
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a caramel colored head. Smells big, some roastiness with a slight tanginess and a good size sweetness, some milk-dairy aroma and a large bourbony alcohol. Taste is some major sweetness, some chocolate, some roasted malts with their acidic and lactic flavors, and finishing with a nice warming alcohol flavor. This beer is much more like a RIS than many of the coffee stouts out there and tastes like it may age well. Mouthfeel is heavy in body, fairly thick and creamy and smooth, like an oatmeal stout. The alcohol content is easily balanced within this beer and makes just the right amount of presence. A very good beer, it would be nice to have in a 12 oz with the size and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 23:04:38 | More by hoppymeal
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shirfan

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber brewed Nov 22, 2005 --

Moderate tan head sits atop a tar-black absence of light.

Rich aroma of blackened malt, molasses, baker's chocolate, and smoke.

Taste is huge. A smooth mouthfeel like heavy cream paints sweet, roasty mocha and latte flavors onto every taste bud, with a strong warming and lightly piney bittering in the finish. This isn't a big beer; it's a juggernaut...almost a stout-and-coffee flavored liquer.

Southern Tier has outdone themselves with this brew... definitely seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 23:35:45 | More by shirfan
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a thick near black with a small tan head that quickly dissapates.

Smell- Deep coffee notes, Sweet malts ring through with thick caramel and slight coffee notes too.

Taste- It's all about coffee here, and that isn't a problem. Mildly carbonated, just enough to not let it feel too slick. There is caramel sweetness, deep roasted malts and a slight hop presence. Don't spend a lot of time hunting for hops though. The coffee dominates it all.

Drinkability- Very good coffee stout. I prefer Speedway myself, it seems more complex, as does Dark Lord. Still, a good offering at a reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 23:18:30 | More by kirok1999
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trep

West Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black as night, murky as hell. Dark body wears a mocha crown that is merely a ring around the glass. No light penetration.

Earthy hops, almost like freshly cut grass. Obviously a huge coffee malt presence alongside dark chocolate background. Very earthy smelling but very rich and hardly any alcohol that is noticable.

Thick as oil. Huge coffee and chocolate presence. Stunningly smooth, and the alcohol is no where to be found. 12% are you kidding me? Reminds me alot of Expedition but not as rich. Definitely a world class beer here. Alot of dark over-ripe fruits as well.

Superbly thick mouthfeel with a reasonable amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth like pepto bismol and is about as easy drinking as milk.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 01:36:14 | More by trep
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

purchased from julio's in mass., 22oz silkscreen. nice!

brown luminescent mass in my glass, leathery tan foam dwindles to thin swirls and rests in its sugary strength. lacing is pretty much nonexistent, strangely, and the brew sits hard and moves slow like a beer of its abv should. looks very much like a barleywine.. perhaps one of a coffee bean variety?

nose yields, to me, more berry-like dark chocolate and slight hop additions over the subtler coffee ground aroma that tries to exist. continued deep breaths get a steady stream of alcohol vapors running through my sinus system, which has a vicks effect. there are moments where i get both peanut butter and rum-soaked chocolate cake from the inhalations as well. complex, interesting, just not what i expected.

first sip of slightly below room temp beer blasts me through the door with an unbalanced sweetness, barely cut by any bitterness. not much showing from the hops (aromatic, not bitter) and the coffee effect. the best coffee grab i can get from this beer is a coffee-flavored, sugar-loaded syrup that you might add to milk for coffee craving kids or something. in the end, i'm left with an imperial stout that can't handle itself and indulges too much in the big malt bomb aspects. perhaps this beer needs to be more aggressively flavored. i mean, for a 12% coffee stout, i'm expecting something that will taste more like dirt than candy.

drinkability, despite the sweetness, is high. this does NOT seem like 12%, even on a hot day in july (or was it june?). my lips are left stuck together after every tummy-burning, thick sip.. reminding me that this is probably not a beer i'll adventure to again. although, i had it on tap about 6 months ago and really loved it. c'est la vie!

note to self: buy more unearthly dipa.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 14:01:07 | More by goodbyeohio
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orfeu

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 17-ounce snifter, Jah-Va Imperial Stout is molten coffee black with a thin layer of mocha foam. Initial aromas of boozy dark-chocolate covered cherries and an underlying espresso roast. Sweet and vinous dark berry flavors reign over the beginning of the sip, after which dry, chocolate truffles make a stand only to be wiped out by a massive dark-roasted espresso finish. Earthy hops make a showing midway as well. A few months in the cellar has tamed the alcohol presence just a bit, but the 12% abv is still quite noticeable on the swallow as a creeping, sludgy warming. Mellow cascade hop burps. As it warms, bitter dark chocolate characteristics emerge. Aftertaste becomes more predominated by gritty coffee grounds. The mouthfeel is heavy without being syrupy -- oily and slick from high alcohol content. Such a big beer. When thoughtfully paired with an appropriate chocolate (say, Wild Oats chocolate truffles), this is truly a decadent dessert. With a year or more of aging, this could become quite excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 04:22:21 | More by orfeu
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frazbri

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Jah Va Imperial Coffee Stout from Southern Tier Brewing poured black that let just a little light shine through at the edges, and was topped by a short tan head. Aroma had notes of cherries and chocolate with a little bit of coffee. Flavor started with cola, then proceded to french roast coffee and dark rye bread, all tied with solid bitterness. Jah Va was full in body with fairly low carbonation.

Jah Va stout is a very nice stout. It's a very rich, flavorful beer best shared with friends. If I had a complaint, it would be that the bomber size might be too much for one man.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 04:16:47 | More by frazbri
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Higravity

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2005.

Into a DT chalice at near 55F. The bottle tels me that 48F is the right temp but I was tempted to drink it at the ambient 70. I like my imperials still moving. This was damn near boiled down coffe mixed with chocolate syrup stirred up with some eoth and set to scarring people. Black with minimal head. Smells of syrup roast of coffee with plenty of alcohol too. The taste is smooth for such a roasted behemoth and the roastyness melded well with the alcohol, but the thickness was the neatest part of the beer. I could split a bottle every so often but still pretty drinkable in small doses.

Better than DL IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 18:40:12 | More by Higravity
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured with a short, brown head that reduced quickly to a ring. Little lace and retention was a little spotty - could have been the glass. The beer itself was very dark, bordering on black. Decent aroma with a combination of caramel, roast, and toffee. Malty and sweet with moderate bitterness. Some roast, molasses and fruit towards the end. Mild coffee in the finish, where the alcohol gets a bit hot. Full body with moderate carbonation. The texture's a bit sticky and syrupy. Not bad at all, but the coffee character is quite muted and the alcohol's a bit aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 03:05:24 | More by DrJay
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, I think this is the first beer I've had that I have no idea whether I liked or not. I'll do my best to review.

Pours an an opaque black. Big, thick, head. This ain't your grandmother's fluffy head - this bad boy is cappucino thick. I think the general trend i realized as I drank this is that it really is more of a carbonated, alcoholic, cappucino than anything else.

Smell is strong on espresso, maybe some malts, and even a bit of hops shine through. Taste is relatively the same - very strong on espresso. Not really coffee flavored - this is strong, italian, un-Americanized, put hair on your chest and keep you up all night espresso. Strong, no extra sweetener, and bitter.

The body of this brew is nothing less than unique. I've never had a beer this thick. The best way I can think to describe it is that it is like drinking a bitter, coffee-flavored milkshake. No hyperbole folks - this is one thick beer. I personally love the texture and the way the thickness clung to the palate, but I could totally see someone not falling for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 02:37:34 | More by Lnedrive14
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veggiemafia

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber.

Pours blacker than black with a dark tan head that lingers for just awhile.

Smell is big on coffee, which dominates the entire beer. A mild hop spine that kind of comes off as earthy and muted compared to the intense coffee/espresso bitterness.

A kind of strange fruity thing like blackberries appears in the finish of the taste. I'm not sure that I like it. Other than that, big coffee thing, espresso, intense malty sweetness balanced with the coffee bitterness and hop presence. Reminds me A LOT of Bell's Batch 7000.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and really excellent.

I'm satisfied with just one of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 18:29:58 | More by veggiemafia
Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.