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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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BA SCORE
90
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691 Reviews
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Reviews: 691
Hads: 1,264
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 133
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:
Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, actually take that back it is black with a tan head that rises to maybe 2/3", even lacing throughout.

Smell: An espesso scent that is very satisfying, wish it was more potent but overall still good.

Taste: Coffee bean, that comes off a litle sweet with the feeling of a touch of brown sugar. The barley is evident and in reality you thirst for more.

Mouth: Sticky and smooth, medium carbonation that still tickles the tip of your tongue.

Overall: This is pretty damn good. It is a little bitter but yet sweet. This is not an acquired taste, you will like it not because I said so but because it on that level of greatness...Salud! (694 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour results in a decent dark tan/cream colored head about a finger high. Recedes quickly and leaves some lacing, but not much. The beer itself is straight up murky black.

Lots of molasses, chocolate, deep roasted malts, and sweetness in the aroma, then comes the wonderful coffee and cappuccino notes, followed by some licorice, caramel, and hints of vanilla and cream. Though there's plenty of sweetness it doesn't smell any where near as sweet as the other ST imperial stout offerings.

The taste is nice, follows along nicely with the aroma. Molasses and chocolate, bittersweet coffee almost like a really good cup served black but not as strong, roasted malts in abundance, hinting at licorice, caramel, vanilla, and cream in the background. For this being an imperial coffee stout, it could have had more coffee flavor, but I thought the taste was still quite good.

The mouthfeel is straight up sticky, in one word. The carbonation is round, but smooth. The consistency is viscous, sticky, and a bit thick but in the way you'd expect an imperial stout to be. The body is medium-full, it's got some heft. And the finish is pleasant, but not too long.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I feel that this is the least sweet of the ST imperial stout offerings and that's a good thing. However, I think this comes in 2nd to Mokah in the rankings of their big stouts. Still a good hefty stout worth trying if that's what you're looking for. (1,448 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Older Vintage with a painted label, I believe the bottle is from 2007. 12% abv Pours a solid black with a huge tan head that has great retention and lots of foamy lace. Smells of caramel and chocolate with hints of dark dried fruits a little bit of licorice and a slightly earthy edge in there as well. If there's coffee in there its faded into the background enough that it just seems like roasted grains now. The taste is like a big thick imperial stout. Lots of roasted grains and caramel and chocolate along with a fair amount of raisins and cherries. There's a nice warming alcohol as well as a bit of ash and a hint of bitter coffee bean flavor. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet creamy grainy mouthfeel. Nice brew, but the aging probably didn't help it much. The coffee aroma and flavor is all but gone but I think the body thinning effect of using coffee beans is still there. I've had this several times and I think this one is a bit past its prime, but I'm curious now to sit down and do a proper review on a fresher bottle. (1,076 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small head and thick black looking syrupy texture. Sweet smell of mocha coffee, a bit of sweet sugars. Tastes of verrry sweet coffee, some sweet molasses, more sweet, a little chocolate. Not much roast, mostly sweet like the rest of the ST stouts which is overbearing a bit on the coffee flavors I love. Heavy and low carbonation like the rest of this blackwater seris. Pretty good, but prefer the Mokah blend. (410 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Other than the forgettable aroma, this brew is just to my liking. Which is to say sweet x 2 that tames the coffee bitterness to a round creaminess.

I've heard it is hopped to 125 IBUs, but you'd never know it. In a tulip glass the brown head lasts and lasts while the beer is cold. Which, btw, you'd think you would want to serve this beer at cellar temp, but that's a mistake, as the flavor fades the warmer it gets.

I don't get the hop bitterness that everyone else does. In fact, I'd be somewhat ashamed to let on how much I like this sweetness in front of my more hop-militant Wisconsin friends.

I don't know which of them I like better, this or MOcha, which I've had on tap during Mad Craft Beer Week (along w/ Creme Brulee Stout, which is more dessert than beer). (775 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at Yardhouse Hallandale Beach, FL.
Pours a deep black with thin tan head. Smells of sweet cappucino milk like stout. Taste is very sweet...like their creme brulee...but not quite as sweet. Its good...but its too sweet. I wish they would dial down their sweetness! Decent if not closer to a good brew. Worth a visist. (343 characters)

Photo of Taylor8189
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this beer on tap tonight

looks pitch black just like the mocha stout as it should

smells great, chocolate, coffee, toffee, sweet malts

taste is fantastic, lots of chocolate and a bitter coffee taste...the only reason i gave a 4.5 for taste is that i feel like it should have a stronger coffee taste...the beer is called "jahva", therefore, it should have an overpowering coffee taste rather than coffee

mouthfeel is right on; low carbonation, syrupy but easily drinkable at 10.whatever % alcohol, i could easily drink three or four of these in an hour but i may be an alcoholic

this beer is a must try and if you are a fan of interesting stouts, i'm sure that this beer will make your record books (716 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours black in color with a mocha-brown head that initially stood 2 fingers tall, but settled extremely fast. When I held it up to the light, I could see plenty of brown around the edges of glass as well as near the top of the beer. Minimal lacing and retention on the glass.

AROMA: Unexpectedly mild aroma with suggestions of Molasses, Lactose, Toffee, Malt Extract, Coffee, and subtle Chocolate.

TASTE: There’s some bitterness up front from the coffee beans along with mild roasted flavors. I’m also getting that signature Southern Tier sweetness that I find in all of their Stouts. The coffee has a very soft presence in this beer. Thankfully, I started to get some hints of chocolate as the beer warmed up some. The sweetness comes back for more on the finish, but it’s not strong enough to be cloying at all.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and a bit thin for the style. Fairly light level of carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: I was expecting more coffee, as well as a bigger feel and taste overall. I started to get a little more flavor as the beer warmed up, but just not enough to put this up their with best Coffee Stouts, Imperial Stouts, or Double Stouts. Not a bad beer by any means, but I can’t help but feel slightly let down here. Choklat gets my vote for the best of ST’s Blackwater Series. Cheers! (1,335 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black brown with a dense mocha half inch head that dissipates into a ring of foam.

Aroma is heavily coffee, breadcrust, roast malt, and chocolate. Bourbon and vanilla add intrigue.

Flavor is fairly boozy, with echoes of roast malt and burnt toast. Sweet chocolate and vanilla carry into the slightly bitter coffee finish. Hints of nuttiness are evident. Malted milk balls and bourbon balls come to mind.

Body is syrupy, thick, with almost no carbonation. There's a hint of astringency and significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, like most brews in this series, it's fairly sweety and alcoholic, but it's not as coffee dominated as some coffee stouts I've had. (676 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ink black color. Descent head for the style but relatively poor retention. Also, no lacing on the glass.

Rich aroma of dark fruits, molasses, cooked corn and mild coffee.

Complex and interesting flavor. Starts and finishes with a malty sweetness suggestive of maple syrup. Subtle coffee notes creep in mid way along with some dark chocolate. Dark fruits, including prunes and black currants, attempt to balance the roasted malts and pine-like hop bitterness.

Thick, nearly syrupy body. Moderate carbonation. Sticky texture in the finish.

For an imperial stout its not bad. For a coffee stout, it is average at best. If it were not labeled a coffee stout, I would not have known the difference. They really didn't incorporate much coffee into this at all. Only other complaint is that the body is a bit too syrupy. Other than that, its descent. (847 characters)

Photo of irish174
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ABV: 10.6%

FERMENTATION: Ale yeast, four varieties of malts, two varieties of hops, locally roasted coffee, roasted barley

EFFERVESCENCE: Lightly carbonated

NOSE: Sweetness is apparent, bittersweet coffee, rich, toasty malts

FLAVOR: Deep and robust, caramel, coffee, burnt toast, a bit sweet, espresso

BITTERNESS: Medium-high

BODY: Creamy, heavier bodied

GLASS: Tulip glass

Overall a delicious beer! Great on tap and from the bottle. ABV will sneak up on you. enjoy! I recommend all of the Blackwater series beers from Tier all solid beers. (548 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 8.99. No date on the bottle- I assume it's from spring 2011. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours black with 2 fingers capuccino head. Head recedes quickly but leaves small spots of lacing. 

Subtle nose. Sugar, cocoa, coffee. 

Nice coffee taste, like a sweet capuccino. Carmel, cherry and cocoa. Not near as sweet as those flavors might imply. The 10+% abv hides well in the mix. 

Medium bodied and creamy with faint carbonation.

Another fine offering from the Blackwater series. Not my favorite coffee stout or even my favorite from Southern Tier but a well done beer that ages great and I'll definately have several more times in the future. (696 characters)

Photo of MichPaul
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Southern Tier I have ever tried. This is a top notch stout. Not one of my favorites really, but it is very flavorful.
It poured from the bottle to the glass with about a medium thickness as far as Stouts are concerned.
Black as black can be. Not a bit of light shines through this when held up to the window.
Not much of a head at all to speak of, and no lacing at all left in the glass while drinking.
There was a good amount of carbonation in this, and I enjoyed that. It goes down very smooth especially for being over 10% ABV!
Overall, I probably won't search this out again, and I would buy a few other stouts over this. If I was somewhere, and there wasn't much of a selection other than this, I would take it and also recommend it to others. (757 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A - Pitch black with a thin mocha head. Little lacing is left behind.

S - Soft and warm notes of java, some cocoa adds some sweetness and there are some subtle dark fruits as well.

T - Big coffee taste upfront, perhaps a bit too bitter for my liking. A very warm stout that does not show a large amount of ABV on the palette, yet the heat makes its existence evident.

M - A bold and smooth stout which while having a big medium body, is somewhat thin. Carbonation is low, which helps this beer out quite a bit.

O - A good coffee stout, but I have had much better. Not worth the $17 price tag for a full growler. Will not buy again. (666 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a rich, dark brown/black with a tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing.

nose leads with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate and is flanked by secondary notes of booze and caramel... tastes follows the aroma: all the above-mentioned, but i get more coffee and alcohol than was evident in the smell. the latter of which IMO is a shade too much - not as well-hidden as i would normally like. mouthfeel is decadent; rich, full-bodied, and creamy. overall it's flawed but still very nice. i would definitely have it again. would probably make a good dessert beer.

original review on: 08-01-2010 02:51:14 (664 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jahva pours a completly black color, with not very much head. The smell is very boozy, with hints of smoky malts. The taste is very complex, very creamy and has a nice sweetness to it, then a strong bitter coffee taste, and finishes dry, with hints of coffee. A nice strong complex flavor, the bite from the alchool prevents a higher score. Overall a very nice coffee beer, a bit different and very enjoyable. (409 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, hint of tan. 1/2 foamy creamy head with some lacing.

Smell - Strong coffee aroma, roased malts, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, some molasses and syrupy sugars. A little cocoa and caramel to round this out.

Taste - Big hit of coffee, malts and a little chocolate at first sip. Sweet Caramel and some cocoa mixed in with some dark fruits add some more flavors. Sugars and some alcohol come in at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, coats mouth with malts, coffee and alcohol. TOunge gets alot of malts, were palette gets more sugars and chocolate. Aftertaste is coffee with some chocolate

Overall - Pretty nice coffee stout. Lots of coffee, but not sickly bitter like alot of coffee stouts ive had. Nice sweetness but not too sweet or overpowering. Malts are nice also, this is relaly balanced and quite enjoyable. Alcohol does sneak in a little too much at the end by other then that, this is really good. Must try this. (977 characters)

Photo of Celtics76
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a sample into a 6oz. Red Hook glass.

Dark brown in color with basically no head. Taste is of black coffee with a hint of chocolate. I'm not sure what the other reviewers are talking about, I can clearly taste the 10.4% ABV here. Generally I don't mind this, but it is slightly overpowering.

This is a nice after dinner drink. Though given the price and high ABV clearly present in the taste, I prefer Berkshire Brewing's coffee porter over this one. Still recommended. (477 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep blackish brown with a creamy mocha tan head.

It has some nice hoppy scents and a good imperial stout base. Thick rich black malts with some cocoa and caramel. The coffee lingers over with some bitter earthiness and some fruit.

The mouthfeel is thick but with prickling carbonation. This time coffee is more dominant. Lots of burnt flavors and some slightly tartish fruitiness.

It is decent but nothing mind blowing. (450 characters)

Photo of KingEdward
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer aggressively from a bottle into a chimay glass and the result was a small head that was gone quickly. Very dark with a reddish brown almost black color when looking through with light. The smell is of coffee, malt, and dark chocolate. The Taste is almost the same with the hops giving it a dark chocolate bitterness. The mouth feel is silky and thick. I am drinking and typing and have noticed almost no lacing. I like this beer alot thought i feel the price should be a little lower than 8.50 but i bought it at a specialty store called bruisin ales which i feel can be a little pricy. Maybe a less expensive 4 pack is on the way. (648 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: spot-on stout blackness; head thinned quickly and actually looked like a mily froth around the edges once it had settled (made me think of a milk stout)

S: fairly low-key: some coffee scents, some malts, and some cocoa, but nothing too impressive under the nose

T: nice roasted malts ans coffee, some cocoa; not decadent in the sweetness - a more balanced sweet-to-dry balance than I expected, and it worked well for the beer

M: rich, little sticky, teensy bit of alcohol astringency, hint of acidity

O: great stout - more subdued than the Bourbon County coffee stout, less classy than the Peche Mortel (my only other true coffee stouts), but in general, a really good stout (681 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22fl oz bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Very dark copper in color. Beige, creamy , slowly dissipated, crown. Lacing collars. Caramel malt, choco malt, sweet fruit, strawberry syrup aromas. High profile sweet upfront. Smooth flavors of toasted malts & subtle underlying coffee. Full flavor, full body, medium carbonation. Dry bitter finish. Chocolate & sweet coffee on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden but after a while it is definitely there. (449 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.77/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/12
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: If I wanted a Brown Ale, I'd buy one. Sadly, this is much lighter in color then your average brown, and a big pour disappoints - yielding no real head, lacing or collar to speak of.

S: Peanut butter and unseasoned oatmeal.

T: Again, lots of oats. Not a lot of coffee or residual sugar. I'm not too fond of this one.

M: Thin and uninspired. It lacks not only carbonation, but body too.

O: Don't age this beer, folks. I write this review to tell you that putting this one in the cellar was a mistake. Ok, so I lost the bottle in there for much longer then originally expected, but be warned: unlike a lot of ST's Impy Stouts, this one must be consumed as fresh as possible. As it is, you ask?

Not good. (785 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a thick brown colored head consisting of large bubbles. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, bit of tobbacco and alcohol and grassy hop in the background.

T: Pretty much identical to the aroma with a more intense roasted malt and coffee flavor. There is a sweetness to the finish that goes well with the chocolate, coffee and hop.

M: Very smooth with a heavier, syrupy feel to it. light carbonation and a burn on the tongue.

O: One of the better coffee Imperial Stouts. Some have a wicked bitter bite from the mixture of roasting and hop, however, this beer has a nice sweetness to it. (633 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

A: Pours a very deep black with a small brown/mocha head on top. Very little retention or lacing.

S: Rather unremarkable. Some roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate and coffee. After the bottle was revealed I was surprised at how muted the aroma was for a bottle in the blackwater series.

T: Very similar to the aroma in terms of the flavors and how minimal they were. It came off like a rather generic imperial stout with some roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Alcohol hidden well.

O: Was extremely surprised when the bottle was revealed. Having had choklat and creme brulee I would have expected an in your face coffee beer, but this just did not live up to that. Age could have been a factor, but I wouldn't expect it to drop off that much. (853 characters)

Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.