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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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Photo of Bierguy5
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black as night, no highlights at all. Thick, wonderful looking dark tan rocky head. Solid head retention, especially for a beer of this size. The amount of lace left on the glass when the beer was gone was most impressive.

Strong dark roast coffee aroma, maybe a bit of floral hops and chocolate, but they certainly take a back seat to the bean. Roasty, roasty, roasty!

Very rich roast coffee flavor, a good amount of sweetness, milk chocolate, and a bit of cream. Great layer of flavors here. Not quite an espresso flavor, and some of the coffee gets lost among the chocolate, and dark malt flavors. Good balance, as this is not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is very thick, and creamy. Lower carbonation, which seems to work perfectly.

Alcohol seems well hidden for a beer of this size. Overall, this one was so very enjoyable. A great amount of coffee, with a super mouthfeel. The size of this may lower drinkability slightly. Solid!

Photo of EStreet20
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Opaque black with a fairly small brown head that stays pretty well. No light penetrates this brew whatsoever. Rings of lace are sticking to the glass as I sip.

S - Strong aromas of coffee. Chocolatey, roasty malts.

T - Very interesting taste. Sips hit your mouth with a TON of flavors all at once. You get some chocolate and caramel sweetness, along with fruit flavors that range from sweet to tart. The finish has HUGE coffee taste and bitterness. I'm talking strong coffee here, like an espresso shot after dinner or some of Starbucks' darkest brew. Very complex, layered flavors.

M - A gorgeous full body. The flavors of this beer call for a big, thick body and Southern Tier delivers big time in this department here.

D - This is an excellent after dinner or late night sipper. A snifter of this really hits the spot and the flavors keep you coming back.

Photo of cbl2
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/21/2007 $7.49 22 oz. 12.00% Brewed Winter 2007 (Blackwater Series).


Initially pours a still syrupy pitch black, but then a quarter inch of dark tan tight foam magically appears from the ether to sit atop this think inky black brew.


Man, this is pure coffee liquor. Smells like the time in college cooking class when we made coffee ice cream from scratch using fresh ground coffee (I don't drink the stuff, so this is my only experience handling it).


Nice thick viscousy mouthfeel followed by some burnt coffee bitterness (125 IBU's are claimed on the label, though it doesn't seem that high). Flavors transition into a nice sweet cream and sugar sensation by midsip. This is pretty much dessert in a bottle! Very well balanced considering the 125 IBU's aren't that noticeable, creditted to the abundance of roasted caramel and chocolate malts.

I'm also surprised the label says 12% alcohol, as there is no presence of alcohol burn whatsoever, which I would expect from a beer this high in ABV, and so young to boot.

This one hits on all cylinders, with a beautiful presentation, appealing aroma and slick and appealing flavors. A nice little treat to while away the end of winter.

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

imperial coffee stout? ok.. you have my attention southern tier (even if you are north of me)

word to the wise: if you don't like BITTER coffee (aka Starbucks etc) you probably will not enjoy this as much as some. If you like Folgers.. er, stick to something else. This is aggressive in the coffee department.

at first I was like "eh, no head", I turn around and this sneaky bastard is reverse cascading into a beautiful deep dark foam of about one finger. as this settles down a nice lacing appears (insert legend of zelda sound in here dadadadaaaa), light can't escape this like twinkies near the black hole that is rosie odonnel's mouth. pitch black, black on black, night on dark.. this is oil after 300,000 local miles. nice looking stuff here, not perfect but some damn good points.

deep roasted aroma, like starbucks instead of dunkin', some sweetnes of a creamer or two, maybe a shot of hazlenut, really this smells like a cup of really really really good iced coffee, there are choc notes as well.. oh man, get me a new pair of hanes mr jordan...

taste etc...
this almost drinks like an imperialized Old Rasputin... the ABV is well cloaked save for the hint of warmth in the ole belly. Moderately thick to chewy at the end. This sticks around the mouth for awhile depositing parcels of sweetness to interplay with the dally-ers of bitterness orphaned by the swallow. the carbonation add 'pop' like the foam on a cappuccino, you know, first you get that sweet foam but then it gives way to the lovely bitter/burnt/sweetness of the coffee. this is so much like a good cup of high end joe it is scary. Don't throw Joe into the volcano, throw joe my way... this is delicious.

can I legally marry a beer if I move to vermont ? This is a great beer for coffee heads. The flavor is deep and rich... southern tier knocks it out of the park on this one (and they didn't use human growth hormones)

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.66/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on-tap in a 12-ounce glass at Sunset in Boston.

Pourevery dark brown. Like liquid chocolate. Not quite like black coffee but a slight brown hue was present. A wafting aroma of coffee and bitter malts rose out of the tulip glass.

The flavor as over-the-top. When making this beer it was as if tey wanted to jump on the band wagon of coffee stouts and make a big ass version. I was looking for cream and sugar it was so bitter with coffee grinds. Thought I was gonna be picking the grinds out of my teeth. Completely out of balance with not much of anything else going on. Perhaps a little bit of nuts. Medium to full body that seemed to thicken as the beer warmed. Really had to force myself to finish the glass.

Photo of lovesoutherntier
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The thickest of beer i have ever had. The coffe stout was thick with a consistant flavor of coffe and the strongest alchol flavor i have ever had in a beer. This stout is more like a lite Irish wisky with a hint of hops . They dont go cheap on the coffe flavors, brewed with real blue mountain coffe beans in the tank. I would only suggest this beer to someone who has had a broad range of stouts and truly enjoys a good imperial stout. This beer can only be sipt due to the heavy alchol flavors. I wouldnt suggest this beer with any type of food due to the filling characteristic of the beer. If you like stouts and coffe than give this one a try.

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

22 oz bottle, capped.

This coffee stout poured a jet black color with creamy brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was dark malt with a hint of sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness. The taste was dark malt and very rich coffee! There was a slight sweetness, but overall the flavor was very rich and full of coffee. The mouthfeel was thick and rich with full body and medium-low carbonation. It was slightly warming. The dark malt and coffee flavors lingered in the finish. This was a great coffee stout, but it was so rich and full that it was not as "drinkable" as it might have been, though this did give it a great mouthfeel.

Photo of auntfloyd
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass. Brewed November 22, 2005.

Pours an inky jet black, thick, and with the smallest amount of tan head.

The smell is roasted (Jamaican?) coffee and chocolate,

The taste is wonderful.. full of rich coffee flavor, slightly sweet, but never cloying or overpowering, and buoyed by notes of chocolate, espresso, and brown sugar. Despite the over-the-top a.b.v, there is virtually no hint of alcohol. Very smooth and very tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is full, but smooth. Very drinkable for a beer of this style and strength.

This is an excellent ale... great for coffee lovers and stout lovers alike. Very highly recommended; this is easily in the top tier of great American stouts, and I am very pleased to see such a great product from a New York brewer.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Photo of Evilgrin72
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of delicious
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.67/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of nflmvp
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of edskirk3
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

Photo of bwyker
4.82/5  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.

Photo of laintringulis
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of jmatthew
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of swhitt
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of shirfan
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of kirok1999
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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