Imperial Java Stout | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
993
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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87
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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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 +1%
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 +6.7%
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 +4.5%
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 +1.3%
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 -0.2%
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 -1.5%
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 -3.8%
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 tlema1
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +2.5%
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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Photo of mdagnew
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml can bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of strong espresso coffee and toasted malts, lots of sweet milk and dark chocolate, oats, molasses, treacle, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, toasted nuts, cocoa, leathery, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Lots of sweet creamy chocolate and rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, faint smokey notes, some licorice, some peppery hops, lots of toasted nutty notes, molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 8%

Overall - An outstanding brew and up with the best of the Americans impy coffee stouts..

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Photo of Radome
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted from 12 oz can.

L - Beer is pitch black and opaque in the glass. Head is light tan in color, moderately active on the pour and then fades to just a few whisps. "Legs" on the side of the glass like a strong wine, along with light lacing.

S - Aromas of coffee, scorched grain and light smoke. Not overly complex for this style of beer.

T - Initial flavors are of strong, almost esspresso-like coffee. This later is replaced by sharp, slightly acrid, burnt notes mixed with substantial bitter earthy hops flavors. Late in the palate the sharp flavors fade and leave milder chocolate notes just before the finish.

F - Heavy body. Moderate, mouth-filling carbonation. Very strong hops bitterness that leaves the tongue tingling. Some alcohol presence, but the ABV is well-hidden.

O - This is a big, enjoyable beer that emphasizes the coffee. Not a world-class example of the style, but well-executed.

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Photo of Benish
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer from New Mexico. It poured a jet black and presented with a nice beige head. Aromas were slightly weak, mostly aromas of mocha and chocolate. The taste however is superb. There is dominant flavors of coffee, yet it's not overpowering. I find that some beers have added coffee but with no added complexity. However in this beer, the coffee was rich and decadent. Picked of notes of vanilla and chocolate that seems to come more from the coffee rather than the stout itself. It's a dessert in a glass. For a beer that's only 8%, this is a winner.

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Photo of thebeers
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black with two fingers of thick mocha-colored head that leaves heavy lacing. Strong roasted coffee aroma, with some nuttiness, a little chocolate and a touch of cream. Heavy, lush, viscous mouthfeel that's surprisingly creamy and only somewhat cut by carbonation. Bigger chocolate and sweet cream flavors in the taste than expected -- huge really -- with the coffee taking a backseat until the aftertaste, where it lingers. Very, very tasty.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours black as night, not much head. As expected, smells of coffee, sweet. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, lingers on the palate. Goes down smoothly, feels creamy. Favorite so far from this brewery.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark with a light brown head. Head last for quite a while, disappears cleanly.

S: Smells delicious. Heavy malty scents with strong coffee complimenting it. Can't smell anything of the high ABV.

T: Malt, malt everywhere and plenty of drops to drink. The malt and coffee smells did not fail to deliver on taste. Thick, roasted malt, with some hoppy bitterness dashed in goes great with dark coffee flavors. Strong and bitter, the flavor hides the high ABV perfectly. Taking a sip of this beer like like biting into a piece of bread and somehow drinking black coffee at the same time. Great representation of the American stout.

F: Heavy, thick and strong. Definitely a beer to sip. If the ABV comes out anywhere, its in the mouthfeel, not the taste.

O: Great stout. One of the best I've had as far as coffee stouts or Imperials are concerned. Gets to that perfect spot past too little flavor and before a high ABV. Will buy again on sight.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent American Stout. Nice tan head that lasts a long time for CO2. Complex smell with coffee, malt, and smoke. Complex flavor, with the malt and hops nicely balanced. The high ABV is hidden pretty well by everything else going on. Well done, Santa Fe!

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Photo of damello1
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell of fleshy ground coffee beans is very pleasant. This beer almost taste like the perfect cup of coffee with just enough sweetness to mellow it out with round mocha tones.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown pour, dark brown, tan head almost a full inch. Aroma dropped heavy and fresh coffee, dark.

Drops more coffee tones on the tongue without harsh bitterness or alcohol burn. Drinks real easy but dangerously as this is still a very strong beer alcohol wise compared to the mouthfeel. Right amount of sweetness to counterbalance everything else. Best stout in a can I think.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black, with very little light finding its way through. The head is a medium khaki, which sits for a decent amount of time.

Smell: Malt heavy smell with a hint of coffee aroma mixed in. Absolutely lovely.

Taste: Thick malts and alcohol come out first. Maybe a tinge of coffee throughout the taste. The coffee aroma is just a bit more present than the coffee taste.

Feel: Smooth, but not as bold or creamy as I might expect a similar world-class stout to be. Nonetheless, good, just not the best aspect of this beer.

Overall: Quality beer. I've overlooked it several times on the shelf due to its mundane packaging. Considering it's a fairly cheap, hard hitting coffee stout on the shelves year around, it's a lovely beer for hard drinking, or enjoying with breakfast for dinner. Don't make the same mistake I did, pick a can up and see what you think.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as a 6 singles wow I wish they were all like this
Looks pitch black with a dab of head that leaves the slightest trace of lacing
Smells malty , very malty
the hops get through in the taste but it is about the malt
thick, ample mouthfeel
A really nice stout, like TenFiddy slightly milder cousin

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Photo of JeffBlue
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Draft, Santa Fe Brewery, Santa Fe NM) Coffee smell quite apparent. Super smooth to the finish.

Others:
Pale Ale - Lagerish and not too hoppy, 3.0
Happy Camper - Hopped nicely at first, but a bit underwhelming after a full beer, 3.25
Black IPA - Super dark malt flavor up front, very good but hard to distinguish in this category, 3.75
Adobe Igloo - yeasty mushroom, brown ale tasting, 2.8

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can - 2 cans actually, one for before noon, one for after noon.
It pours a deep, dark brown color with a tall, off white head.
First smell is like a cup coffee, rich and bold.
Taste has the same strong, bitter, roasted coffee flavor.
Some beers just have added flavoring, but this is more like coffee than beer.
Still has a solid stout beer base to hold up to all the strong flavors.
8% alcohol is well hidden, the mouthfeel is smooth with no hot alcohol burn.
An excellent beer, especially if you like this style.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can, no readable date on can, but presumably brewed this year. Pours dark brown like any other stout, yet it has a creamy texture to it, nice lacing, with a decent amount of caramel-colored head. Aroma is strongly of both coffee and booze. Taste is of dark, malts, coffee, and chocolate. Medium mouth-feel, and creamy.

Definitely one of the better coffee stouts I have had. For the price, this one is worth having on hand, often.

Jan. 2017 UPDATE: This is an amazing beer; it's like drinking chocolate-covered espresso beans. Increasing taste and mouth-feel from 4.00 to 4.25.

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Photo of phrimplepoot
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is amazing, taste is a little off. It's a little too intense on the coffee flavor. I'm not going to immediately follow this six pack with another, but I'm glad I bought this one. Worth getting off the beaten path a bit. Not boozy at all - digging that. Overall outstanding.

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