Imperial Java Stout | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
1,004
Reviews:
235
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
191
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Sully19771
4.79/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of habaceeba
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwvman
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Garvey
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 HoodviewBrew
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong coffee flavor but very good.

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Photo of jsmith313
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khoff5
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBGordon
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Chris4937
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very rich and creamy. Chocolaty, coffee and very drinkable for being 8%. One of my favorites.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 1,004 ratings.
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