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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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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 120
Gots: 160 | 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 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
Photo of shroompod
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.

shroompod, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of bignick
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.

bignick, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
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!

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of WeymouthMike
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.

WeymouthMike, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Jredner
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.

Jredner, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of HappyHourHero
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!

HappyHourHero, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of dem
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.

dem, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of mcallister
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.

mcallister, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
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.

boulevard2, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured pitch black with no light getting through to its black hole core. It forme a medium tan foamy head that disappeared quickly and left circular lace. The aroma was of malt and coffee. The flavor was of malt and coffee with a touch of anise to it. The body was medium and light and slightly silky. The finish has a slight burnt coffee aspect to it. Not a bad beer.

Wildman, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Calico
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22-oz. bomber shared with my husband.

Appearance: dark as night. Definitely can't see through this beer. Though I doubt that is the point.

Aroma: Coffee and malt predominate.

Taste: Quite astringent with coffee. Malty, sweet, a little nutty. Very full.

Mouthfeel: Feels quite sweet on the tongue. Tingly and astringent. Full of coffee notes, not surprising given that this is a coffee stout.

Drinkability: One pint, that's it. Too big a beer for any more.

Calico, Feb 26, 2006
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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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