Imperial Java Stout | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the kind of beer that gives the word "stout" a reputation. Extra generous quantities of barley malt, followed by vigorous fermentation leaves this "imperial" heavy weight with 8% alcohol A.B.V. and a body as full as chocolate bread pudding. A complimentary and complex array of bitter notes comes form potent American hops, earthy British hops, black-roasted malts and, of course, coffee. Santa Fe Brewing Company uses only top-quality ingredients like organically grown East Timor coffee beans blended with New Guinea coffee beans, locally roasted by O'hori's Coffee House. Its heavenly flavor and aroma can't be beat or imitated.

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Reviews: 247 | Ratings: 1,052
Photo of Arizona
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I set up a account to review this beer. I am a hug stout fan and this one might be the best. The perfect buz per beer. The coffee taste is just right. Slight coffee notes. The label is incredibly bland and doesn't give you any idea of how incredible the flavor is. Ive cycled thru many favorites with the latest being Old Rasputin but this one seems to be the best. It has everything I've wanted in a beer except the bottle. Couldn't recommend it enough.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional coffee flavor. Brilliant head. This beer I recommend if you love coffee. I get excited for coffee porters and stouts and this one is fabulous. Not too dang bad. I'd buy this a lot if it were local and I'm so jealous of you if you are local to me a favor and drink this beer and die happy if you are local too it! If not local it often comes old and is flat but it's worth a try. Dang good coffee flavor. I love it and wish it was local.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Solid dark brown/black with good head retention, excellent cling-to-glass lacing.
S - Very nice, roasty, coffee malted hops with some chocolate notes on nose.
T - Very good, follows through on the aroma, but a little more muted on palate than expected given the weight.
F - Good carbonation, not hot, fills the mid-palate - nicely rounded.
O - perhaps STILL the best beer that SFBC makes to this day. Stays consistent and interesting and holds up against other breweries in terms of the style here.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, thick, moderate tan head, lots of fine bubble lacing.

S - Chocolate nose, coffee and dark bread toast.

T - Following the nose, with stronger coffee overtones, leaning toward the acidic aspect of well-sourced beans, bread notes with lines of sweetness and caramel, and a dry finish.

M - Very round feel, soft and full, and a brisk finish.

O - Bright coffee-forward Stout, quite delicious.

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Photo of NicolasBird
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one consistently this past winter so I guess it's a proper time to rate it! Pours like a stout should, nice dark dark brown, not quite black, with a finger of head. Watching the pour it looks like a medium viscosity. Smells gorgeous, a sweet iced coffee smell with a bit of booziness, I would wear it as a cologne if available. Tastes great too, extremely balanced with a lovely creamy mouthfeel. I usually only drink stouts in the colder months, October-March maybe, but like this one so much decided to pick up just a can right now in May. This really is a great beer and this winter when I discovered it was a favorite of mine. I keep coming back to it and am very glad I took a chance on it. Could be one of my "signature" beers that I drink. Very highly recommend this one!

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Photo of huthuty
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Abysmally black when held to light it the corners are tan as opposed to ruby like most stouts
Smells fiercely dark, coffee and a little bit of spice maybe?
Taste is rich and chocolatey, a bit tangy, delicious and abrasive

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Photo of qjholler
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers overall. I will update with a more comprehensive review the next time I have it, but I love this beer because it is dark and rich with a strong coffee smell and taste and little hint of its high ABV.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark black with a light tan head. Smells of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of loads of coffee (like serious dark and slightly sweetened medium roast), sweet chocolate, and roasted malts. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall an absolutely insane coffee stout. Easily one of the best of the style that I've had.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours midnight black with a tan head and a lot of lacing. The beer taste better than it smells. Has a strange smell but the flavor is deep roasted malts and chocolate. A smooth beer overall really good.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours completely black with roughly one finger worth of tan head. The aroma is of intense coffee, roasted barley, and with some nice burnt notes. The taste is bittersweet upfront with a late and prolonged bitterness much like a strong black coffee on steroids. If you love coffee then this beer is for you. Not as chewable as one would expect for an imperial stout but it definitely offers a satisfying degree of viscosity.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pleasing coffee aroma with a shot of sweetness. Not harsh but quite smooth.
Dense tan head, dark body with red highlights.
Sweet coffee again which leaves a sense of creaminess to it as well. Moderate drying and a little less in the bitterness, but there is a nice long finish. A little shot of warmth in the gut otherwise little indication of the alcohol.
Moderate body and smooth soft feel.
This is solid. Nicely done.
Thanks to novomexicano for this fine sample.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Java Stout is a really nice beer. Lovely black color with a tan head. Great coffee smell, malty, bready? Little bit of a subdued flavor but what's there is just what the smell suggests - a nice coffee stout that doesn't overpresent itself. Refreshing, tasty, to the point. Good feel, aftertaste is just that without any negative impact on the palate. Maybe not a showy beer, but certainly a good option when it comes to value, price, and being included in a six versus just a lame four pack. Really is an enjoyable alternative to overpaying for something that only delivers sometimes. I've had Java Stout 2 or 3 times, and it's always great. Cheers

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Photo of Chasegator
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- dark cola with a tan head
Smell- coffee, toasted malt, a little char
Taste- coffee up front with a sweet roasted malt finish
Feel- lighter than expected. Overall medium bodied
Overall- good beer. Bitter coffee followed by a sweet roasted malt finish.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a deep brown with a thick tan head that left a lot of patchy lacing.

The smell is tons of coffee and light roasted malts. I'm also getting some deeper char further down.

The taste follows with tons of coffee up front and some nice roasted malt for balance.

The mouthfeel is great. It's been thick and smooth. This is what I expect an 8% stout to feel like.

Overall this is a very nice beer, although the coffee is a little too burnt tasting for me.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark brown for the color. I could barely pick up any coffee notes in the smell and I think it smells more like your average lager, but the taste more than makes up for that with dominating coffee flavor.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this one. I have a soft spot for coffee beers, but this one delivered. Aroma had a good dose of coffee with a hint of alcohol and roasted grains. Full bodied with coffee on thflavor profile as well. For an eight percenter, an easy drinker. Good carbonation makes this one smooth ro ingest and digest. I call it a winner.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a glass

Dark brown liquid with a creamy one finger taupe foam head , good lacings

Aroma of roast malts and coffee

Taste of coffee, roast malts

Smooth , almost creamy sweetness

Good beer

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Photo of Popadeaux
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another good one from Santa Fe Brewing & I do think this one would be very good with donuts,> As a matter of fact, I think I'll have one in the morning with an applesauce or apple fritter! This one really opens up as it warms, the head and lacing are very good. The 8% alcohol is present, but not overpowering. Drink on!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with nice tan head and sticky lacing. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, and malt. The taste is very good, full blast of coffee up front with a nice sugary malt blend, notes of bitter chocolate and light hops. Finish is medium with mild bite of alcohol and a lingering coffee taste. Overall this a terrific stout.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. no freshness dating.

black, black body. small oatmeal colored head. excellent lacing

very strong coffee aroma. nothing else coming through.

one of the most coffee dominant stouts I've ever had. nothing else at all.

between medium and full on the mouth, a slightly bitter coffee finish in the back of the mouth.

well, i enjoy coffee stouts, and this one certainly delivered in the coffee department. would be interesting to try one that has mellowed a little.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is a good balance between roasty malt, coffee, and cocoa.

Flavor is chocolatey throughout, with a fairly roasty bitter coffee finish. Alcohol heat at the finish.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.15 (Including tax)/12 oz can ($ 0.180/oz) at Total Wine, SATX
Undated 12 oz can at 45 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma- coffee and chocolate, lasts
Head large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to an irregular five to seven mm ring and layer of varying thickness
Lacing poor – just a few tiny islands of tinier bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – chocolate with just a hint of coffee and coffee bitterness; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

An unremarkable coffee stout.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Myotus
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz can (no date) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 19Jul16.
SMELL: Intense aromas of spicy and earthy coffee are backed by mild aromas of bittersweet chocolate and subtle vanilla, caramel, toffee, earthy hops, and floral hops.
TASTE: Massive waves of spicy and earthy coffee initially erupt on to the taste buds. Some balanced is achieved when mild flavors of bittersweet chocolate immediately follow as the coffee flavors develop a mild, roasted bitterness. The sweetness of the brew is slightly augmented as subtle vanilla, caramel, and toffee flavors step on to the palate. Mild flavors of earthy hops and subtle flavors of floral hops flow in last while all previous flavors persist, except for caramel and toffee, which grow slightly stronger in an effort to boost the sweetness. The coffee flavors at this time also grow a slight acidity to them.
NOTE: This was a good Imperial Stout that could have been great if more balance was established. The coffee flavors took dominion over everything else. This resulted in an overly bitter beer. The second strongest flavors, the chocolate, were not sweet enough to present a proper balance between bitter and sweet. The hop profile was perfect and somewhat fought off the bitterness. I would recommend this to people who love a little beer with their coffee.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: jet black with a thin tan head
S: tons of roasted coffee aroma
T: coffee, of course, but roasty malts are there too
F: slightl bitterness on the finish
O: a quality coffee stout, the bitterness prevented me from scoring this higher

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Trader Joe’s in (Uptown) Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $1.34
Purchased: May 6, 2016
Consumed: May 30, 2016
Misc.: Best by Aug. 14, 2016

Picked this up with a bunch of other beer on a recent work trip to Albuquerque, N.M. Not like I’ve been saving it to last (which it was), but it just happened to be like that. Imperial. Java. Stout. All three things I like in a beer. Hoping for somewhere in the 4.20-to-4.30 range.

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Very good lacing. Good-to-above average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled just as good as I hoped it would be. Just dark black coffee malts, java, dark mocha, dark cocoa, ashtray, charred wood, chocolate milk, roasted nuts and roasted toffee. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose, maybe slightly darker. Really it was those ashtray, charred wood notes coming up first. Also black coffee, java coffee beans, dark mocha, dark cocoa nibs, hints of vanilla, roasted nuts and dark chocolate. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, smoky, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Not as good as I hoped, but still delicious. I need to start drinking coffee. (Overall - 4.00)

4.10 | 92 | A-

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Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1,052 ratings