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
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Ratings: 1,004 |  Reviews: 236
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into Spiegelau glass

A: super dark big head but it disappeared quickly some light escapes the corners

S: tons of coffee some light caramel lots of roast

T: pure coffee its a better coffee taste than most beers it actually tastes like coffee rather than the way roasted beans smell the coffee has a rich slightly sweet taste

M: medium to slightly fuller its not super thick but its still pleasing maybe its oily so it still coats the tongue a little

O: This is probably one of the easiest drinking coffee beers I've ever had and the best overall coffee taste. It puts FBS to shame.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: The beer is an espresso bean black with a faint dark brown hue on the edges -- if that. An oatmeal colored head dissipates quickly to a nice thick film with a thick collar around the glass. A good amount of webbed lacing sticks to the glass, despite the high ABV.

Smell: Delicious burnt malt aromas abound here, with bitter chocolate and some dark roasted coffee on the back side. The coffee really smells good.

Taste: I'm really impressed with this. A nice bitter chocolate dominates this beer, and it blends well with the malts. There's plenty of roast in this, which leads right into the coffee notes. A fine balance between dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, rich, and on the thicker side. Dry.

Overall: Really delicious, and the alcohol is hidden rather well. I can't tell which emerges more -- the coffee or the dark chocolate.

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3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into Lawson's snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears jet black with a finger of beige head that has nice retention and recedes slowly leaving no head and a thin layer of lacing along the top of the glass.

S- Coffee, espresso beans, roasted malts, hint of caramel. Fairly sweet, about average aroma strength, pleasant but not as pleasant as some of the coffee stouts that I've had.

T- Bitter coffee, caramel, a bit of licorice, fairly sweet. A little bit too much licorice and a bit on the sweet side for my liking in a coffee stout.

M- Medium bodied, easy drinking, nice carbonation.

O- This was a decent coffee stout that wasn't anything too exciting. It had decent flavor, but was a little bit too sweet with a licorice flavor that controlled the coffee too much. It wasn't bad, but I probably won't be drinking this again in the near future.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of bump8628
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Imperial Stout in a can - that's pretty kick ass. Looks like the real deal with a death pit black body and a swamp-bubbled espresso-colored topping of froth. The coffee is in the forefront and it seems like Santa Fe sprung for the good stuff. It's roasty as expected, but it's difficult to tease out what portion is from the coffee and which is from the malt. Chocolate and char are here too, as is a supporting smack of earthy hops. The only minor drawback to my full enjoyment is a twiggy woodiness that seems to be contributed by the coffee. This is good stuff nonetheless and great as a dessert beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 hockeypuck
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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