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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 116
Gots: 162 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of swhitt
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.

swhitt, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
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.

hoppymeal, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of shirfan
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.

shirfan, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
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.

kirok1999, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of trep
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.

trep, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
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.

goodbyeohio, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of orfeu
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.

orfeu, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of frazbri
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.

frazbri, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Higravity
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.

Higravity, May 22, 2006
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, May 17, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
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.

Lnedrive14, May 16, 2006
Photo of veggiemafia
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.

veggiemafia, May 04, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
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.

kmpitz2, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of JackStraw22
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.

JackStraw22, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of Viggo
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.

Viggo, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
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.

bjohnson, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of OldSock
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.

OldSock, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Sammy
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

Sammy, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
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.

nlmartin, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of tatterdash
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.

tatterdash, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
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.

warriorsoul, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of bultrey
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.

bultrey, Apr 06, 2006
Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.