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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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1,227 Ratings
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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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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Pours a jet black color with absolutely no light making its wey through. A finger of tan head sits atop the beer, maintained by a solid cascade of bubbles up the side of the glass. Good looker. Nose is definately about the coffee, with a solid underlying chocolatey sweetness. Not a lot going on, but more would muddle it up I think. Flavor is interesting. Its very sweet, with big notes of dark fruits, molasses, moving towards a sweet mocha finish. There is a moderate herbal hoppyness in there that manifests in a mild bitterness that compliments the coffee finish. I think the sweetness is way to big on this one. Its a touch cloying before it moves to the coffee finish. Mouthfeel is super thick and chewy with just a touch of slickness in there. The carbonation is light, but still detectable. Pretty good. Just checked the ABV, and at 12% it is not detectable at all. The sweetness definately helps with that. Its tasty and is growing on me as I drink it. Definately a sipper. but it will definately find a good home in my stomach over the next hour or so. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 00:54:44 | More by kmpitz2
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JackStraw22

Virginia

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

22 oz, poured while watching the Cavs in the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

Appearance: Dark, black body, pours well. Dark caramel colored head. The head wasn't very big, I felt like I had to force it with the pour. Maybe it was too cold.

Smell: Nice roasted barley aroma. The coffee comes through an some real big whiffs. Nice mocha/dark chocolate aroma too. As it warms, the coffee becomes more pronounced.

Taste/mouthfeel: This is one bitter Impy stout. It definitely lets you know they added some hops to it. Smoky and woody with a pleasant mocha aftertaste. Mouthfeel feels thin at first, then really coats mouth and gets chewy. Warming as it goes down. The taste is nice, but there's no "wow" factor.

Drinkability: I'd certainly have this again. I might enjoy this with a meal, whereas most imperial stouts I'd probably drink by themselves.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 00:31:28 | More by JackStraw22
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Volo. Pours a deep black, no colour in the edges, small brown head forms, settles to a ring but laces well, head disappears eventually. Smell is fruits, alcohol is up front, caramel, roast, no much coffee in the nose. Taste is toffee, lots of roast with some coffee and chocolate, fruits, alcohol, figs, vanilla, some molasses in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick, very full bodied, with low carbonation, very aggressive alcohol. Pretty hot going down but could improve after some aging. Not too bad, but I would have liked some more coffee in it.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 19:53:49 | More by Viggo
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber. $7.95 from Liquor World, Porter Sq.

A: Pours black as night black with a caramel to brown colored initial one finger head that has pretty good retention.
S: Aromas of strong coffee hit the nose first with a sweet chococlate and caramel smell also.
T: Sharp and strong--Abv is very noticeable and overpowering. Noticeable enough that it drowns out the coffee taste too much. Coffee is the predominant taste--like a thick iced coffee. A little bit sweet also. Nice coffee aftertaste. Taste is like an escalator as it's complex and takes you on a journey.
M & D: Coats the mouth with a smooth milky like layer. Thick and full-bodied. Packs a wallop and warms the throat as it goes down. Great tasting double stout but not very drinkable beyond one bomber. With the abv being so high I couldn't have but one.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 21:40:58 | More by bjohnson
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – 22 oz bottle from Wine Gallery, brewed November 22nd 2005. I drank this relatively warm to bring out all the big stout goodness. Beautiful, dense, three finger mocha head with great retention. This is what a stout should look like, opaque black with a nice big brown head.

Smell – Really dark roasted coffee jumps out of the glass. Its hard to tell where the coffee aroma ends and the malt aroma begins. The alcohol shows through adding a vinous quality. Occasionally I get a whiff of citrusy hops, but they are generally overshadowed by the rest of the aromas.

Taste – The first sip reveals a solid espresso flavor (sadly I like my coffee roasted towards the light side), to the exclusion of much beer character. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more apparent, it isn't hot, but it is still a bit unpleasant. Much like the aroma the flavor is full of coffee, but lacking in beer, sort of a mid point between beer and Kahlua.

Mouthfeel – Syrupy full body with low carbonation, like a thick coffee milkshake. This is probably a result of an OG of 1.139 and 12% abv, yep that calculates out to a final gravity of 1.050!

Drinkability & Notes – There are just so many fabulous big coffee stouts out there (Breakfast, Speedway, Darklord etc...). This is a solid beer just does not have enough complexity to deal with the big stouts and just isn't drinkable enough to warrant its existence. At half the gravity and chilled this would make a delicious iced coffee summer/spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 20:32:57 | More by OldSock
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

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

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 00:56:57 | More by Sammy
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dead black. The head is the coloration of creamed coffee two fingers high. The beer has good head retention. The beer left rings of lacing behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very good dark roasted coffee with bitter sweet chocolate and a vanilla/ bourbon combination. The alcohol is a bit loud but doesnt really negatively effect the smell.

Taste: The beer has a strong charred espresso taste. The semi sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors creep up on you. This is a very malty sweet beer. The alcohol gives it a bourbon type flair. A bit more hop prescence would have kicked this beer up abit.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is a full bodied beer. The beer is initially sweet then turns dry on the finish. There is a almost bourbon like burn to the alcohol. This is a very drinkable beer. At 12% it could be a very dangerously drinkable beer. A great beer for sharing with others.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 07:57:35 | More by nlmartin
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

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

Split this with my friend Barricade, who is rather fickle about what beers he likes. This stout made a believer of him.

Pours a thick black with a small mocha-brown head that dissolves into a ring in our stifters, but it never goes completely away. Smell was burnt toast and dark chocolate, not much coffee and a hint of alcohol, still above average for sure. Taste was a huge but not over-powering bitter dark chocolate, double double mochachino, with a very pleasent sweet finish laced with cascade hops. You'd swear there was cream in this. The mouthfeel was the smoothest and thickest I've had. It left my tongue dry as if it evaporated. Only after it is coating the throat do you notice the warming, almost numbing alcohol. I have no idea how they hid it so well. This is not just dangerously drinkable, is in murderously drinkable. Fastastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 21:32:32 | More by tatterdash
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerPanther for recommending this one...
Pours a dense black with a full finger and a half of cocoa colored head after an agressive pour.
Half of the head remains and leaves some sticky lacing to the side of my snifter glass.
A couple of swirls to get a real nice scent out of this one...very subdued at first, but comes through with a generous amount of coffee beans, dusty chocolate powder and some earthy hops.
The taste is simply awesome if you enjoy agressive coffee stouts...in your face espresso beans and a malt sweetness that complements the chocolate/coffee flavors.
A touch of vanilla as well with a very clean finish.
Mouthfeel is thick and the carbonation is perfect IMO.
I am not sure how they can hide 12% abv so well, but it really helps the drinkability on this one and can be seriously dangerous if you are not careful to respect this one.
A solid offering from Southern Tier's "big beer" series...highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 17:01:42 | More by warriorsoul
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blue Tusk. 20. oz pint (jesus, thats a lot)

Black with a fairly dark tan head. I had a little trouble with head retention and lacing, but that was the glass's fault, not the beer's. Big coffee aroma followed by chocolate. Flavor is again rich coffee and chocolate with a little American hops flavoring (probably one of the C's) here and there. Thick mouthfeel, but very smooth. I probably spent 90 minutes finishing this baby, and it never had any problems with warming up. I expected alcohol to come out eventually, but it never did.

What a beer. Strong, but anyone can enjoy this. Coffee+chocolate=awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2006 21:37:09 | More by tempest
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 01:49:02 | More by oberon
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bultrey

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy crap, what a crazy flavorful booze bomb. Poured into a large snifter glass, quite black, with a thin head that reduces to almost nil after a few sips. Heavy alcohol in the aroma, almost like a Kahlua coffee liqueur, and yeah, some coffee aroma, but not huge. I don't detect a whole lot of other typical stout or double stout aromas. What an enormous intense taste this thing has. For fans of AleSmith's Speedway Stout, this one is for you. It shares a lot of similarities with that beer, with perhaps a little less pronounced coffee flavor and with the alcohol not as well hidden. Actually, it also reminds me a bit of DFH Worldwide Stout, in that it is just so alcoholic. Alot of people are not going to like this because the stout flavors are masked by alot of alcohol and coffee flavor. Just as it smells like coffee liqueur, it tastes like one too. Quite an achievement actually, for a fermented product. Mouthfeel is very smooth, quite nice. This beer is pretty decent now, but needs to take a little edge off that enormous alcohol hotness by aging, say, 2 years at least

It should be noted that the first time I had this it was on draft at Brooklyn's Split Thy Skull, and I was not crazy about it at all. Not sure if the bottled product is that much better, or what.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 03:40:18 | More by bultrey
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shroompod

Ohio

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

22oz, poured cold. Very dark with a small tan head.

Aroma has some sweetness , malty, however slight.

Taste is upfront bitter , then melts into a dark chocalate , coffee , and malty goodness.

Moutfeel is thick , with minamal carbonation.

At 12 % takes a slight hit at drinkabilty , but I'll cellar a few of these for next winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 18:43:55 | More by shroompod
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with shippos. Thanks for the opportunity... Elaborate ingredient list on the bottle, along with tons of silk-screened art and words and what-have-you.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts reasonably well for the style, and lacing is dark brown and sticky. Aroma is sweet dark malt, coffee, and slightly fruity alcohol. Flavor is super sweet dark malts, slight coofee bitterness comes in midway, and alcohol warming cuts the sweetness on the end. A bit too sugary for my tastes. Mouthfeel and drinkability are limited by the sweetness as well for me. A bit more hops might have balanced it a bit more, but an enjoyable brew here nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 00:49:02 | More by ppoitras
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22 oz at Reservoir Wine and Spirits in Brighton for $6, poured into my St. Bernardus glass.

This is an exceptionally good offering from Southern Tier. I am so glad that they started sending their beers to Mass. This beers a very dark brown with a small head that recedes pretty quickly. It appears thick as I pour it, but it is suprisingly drinkable for a 12% abv, 125 IBU, Double Coffee Stout. The smell is all roasted coffee. The taste is also coffee, but there is also some chocolate and vanilla undertones with a pleasant biting hop finish. I would definitely recommend this beer, and at the price I paid for it, it will be a regular for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 23:23:15 | More by bignick
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Surly Girl Saloon. Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that does not last very long. Thin, stringy lacing. Loads of coffee and malt in the nose, as well as some dark chocolate. Rich chewy body with a big roasted coffee flavor. Malt and chocolate undertones too, with a simmering alcohol presence throughout. The finish is bold and flavorful with more coffee and some spicy hops. Very tasty and enjoyable from start to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2006 19:25:07 | More by Dogbrick
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 17:38:04 | More by BEERchitect
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll start off with the pros of this one. First off the presentation, the bottle has a great design and the info provided is awesome. Everyone should provided the info provided on this bottle including ABV,gravity, malts, barleys, and hop types as well as special ingredients, jamaican blue mountain coffee in this one. Also, a background story on the offering is also provided. Back to the beer, pours a thick black with a nice creamy brown head. Smell and taste match well as black licorice and alcohol are predominant. Moutfeel is smooth with little to no carbonation but the beer leaves a bit of a film in the mouth. I could probably only drink one bomber as the taste and the alcohol would prohibit me to do more.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 03:19:18 | More by WeymouthMike
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a midnight black with a small brown head that slowly fades. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of creamy, lightly lactic but enjoyable coffee.
Taste is of heavy coffee, rich cocoa, and mild cream.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet with rich coffee lingering smoothly along the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 17:49:24 | More by weeare138
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Jredner

Florida

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

Aroma is coffee, espresso, capuccino, more coffee and burnt malts. Deep black with a two finger thick mocha head. AGain...ESSPRESSO dominates the fore, middle and finish. Some chocolate sprinkled in, but you basically have a chilled cup of alcoholic Joe here. If you have ever had Starbuck’s Liquor you have had this beer. It tastes good, but it gets ridiculous after a little while and then starts not tasting so great. My wife, coffee freak that she is, thought it was the best stout int he world, but I personally thought another flavor OTHER than coffee might be nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 16:44:09 | More by Jredner
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WesWes

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt scent that boasts of crystal, chocolate, and black malts along with authentic coffee. It's warm with a robust character. The taste is great. It has a warm, roasted coffee flavor that is rich and creamy. It goes down slow and finishes satisfying. It's sweet with chocolate and caramel malts, but also dry and earthy in the finish. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a huge brew. It full flavored and quite warming. This one will knock you on your ass.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 22:41:33 | More by WesWes
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Based on the last two stouts in the series I'm expecting a lot. It poured a decent, dense, dark chestnut colored head that fade briskly to a film. Blackened malt and hints of coffee in the aroma as expected, but also a big dose of black licorice. I wouldn't say it's a bad aroma (because I like to think positive), but it took some getting used to. Sweet flavors of brown sugar, earthy tobacco, and spent coffee grounds. Sugary sweetness leads to a slick mouthfeel finaly gives way to a warming alcoholic finish. The coffee flavor is quite potent, and really sticks to the roof of your mouth. This is one huge beer with solid flavors that manages to hide the alcohol pretty well. That said the spent coffee almost has a smoked aspect that is just throwing me for a loop tonight. This beer won't dissapoint, and may even blow your mind, but it's not for me.

Bonus, I just burped up some Cascades!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 01:47:12 | More by HappyHourHero
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dem

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in 650ml bottle marked "Brewed November 22, 2005"

Pours thick and dark brown. A thin brown head fades after a minute with lacing that sticks around the whole time.

Smells like a good imperial stout. Sweet and malty. Not getting as much coffee in the nose as I expected.

The taste is aggressive and delicious. It fills your mouth immediately, a big surprise after not getting a lot of bouquet. A slight alcohol burn leads the charge. The burn fades quickly to reveal a malty complexity. It’s sweet, then roasted, then sweet again. The sugars fade, and in comes a wonderful coffee finish. Every sip is like four drinks in one.

It feels thick at first, but there’s just enough carbonation to keep it from being too syrupy. Not a beer to drink quickly though.

The price and alcohol content make this a once a month beer, but I will definitely buy it again.

Southern Tier has impressed me with their product. Their porter and Phin and Matt’s Ale are regular session beers for me when I go out with friends. I hope to find this one on tap at McGreggor’s someday soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 02:31:06 | More by dem
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mcallister

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite the imperial stout here. Big, bold and masculine. Smells of coffee, dark choclate with briary notes. This is a strong brew. Hard to drink more than one. The problem I had with it is I think that it shouldn't have had to use nitrogen on draft. Added a nitrogen taste that hindered the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2006 23:26:35 | More by mcallister
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boulevard2

New York

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

This came in a 22oz bomber reading November 22, 2005

The appearence was a dark and thick. Should be poured in a snifter or goblet like stated on bottle.

Smells like lots of chocolate with a hint of coffee and some alcoholic overtones.

Tatste: Chocolate, chocolate with some coffee characteristics

Mouthfeel is very chewy and smooth with minimal carbonation which is perfect for this IMP Stout

This is a smooth and drinkable beer. More than one might be to much especialy with the 12%abv. This is a great after dinnner or dessert drink.

One of the best I've had from Southern Tier. Props to the brewmaster for stepping up the bar on this IMP Stout. This will be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 23:19:23 | More by boulevard2
Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.