Imperial Java Stout | Santa Fe Brewing Company

Imperial Java StoutImperial Java Stout
BA SCORE
87.6%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 1,004 ratings
Imperial Java StoutImperial Java Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by goochpunch on 03-31-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,094
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
1,004
Liked:
880
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
10.17%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
191
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,004 |  Reviews: 236
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque but clear very dark brown (almost black) in color with some minimal to light amounts of visible carbonation and a faint amount of cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of very roasted malts (almost burnt) with more moderate notes of coffee and some charred malts. Lighter notes of sugary sweetness including some hints of vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted, almost burnt malts and freshly roasted coffee. There are some lighter flavors of charred malts towards the finish. Additionally there are some lighter notes of milky/sugary sweetness (like what you would get if you had added sweetened condensed milk to espresso) and hints of vanilla + cocoa. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that fade rather quickly.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: A little sweeter than I normally prefer my bigger stouts - I like the coffee and roasted malt flavors but there was a little too much sweetness (though I am a black coffee drinker normally so I know that is specific to my palate). Definitely enjoyable and with a very nice coffee presence.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mtalley999
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of RandyPuckett
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LambicKing
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JEdmund
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of appetiteforparis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BeersAndBears
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wilke68ok
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of denver10
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a thick 2 thumbs width mocha head. A nice rich aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malts. The flavor is not quite up to par with the aroma but still quite good. Coffee beans hit the forefront, the middle is a weak roastiness, and then it picks itself back up with a nice chocolate and coffee finish. The aftertaste is quite good, tasting like mocha frappucino. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I really dig this beer. Gonna have to try this one fresh next winter 'cause if its this enjoyable at this age, I can only imagine what it'll be like fresh.

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Photo of ButterflyBethie
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Ajmorriso1
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87.6% out of 100 with 1,004 ratings
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