Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John on 02-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of animal69
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of Nunya
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Small backstory on this one. I remember seeing this on Southern Tier's "list of offerings" and was always looking forward to it coming out. But alas, I was not in the beer scene before this was retired. One a drive to my parent's house a month ago, I come across this bottle in a gas station(a little more high scale gas station mind you...seriously, what gas station would ever carry bombers of Southern Tier) of all places. End of the day I left it at my parent's house because I forgot to bring it back. Fast forward another month and a half before I make it back down, and my dad and I crack the bottle. This time I actually look at the bottle, because I still haven't seen it in my neck of the woods. Bottle date: 3-26-12. Opened 4-22-16. This has been aging for 4 years.

And it still drank great!!!!!!!

Pours almost pitch black. First smells bring waves of roasty sweetness. The taste follows suit. This drinks more on the sweet side for a coffee stout. It could be the age, but I detected a slight raisiny aspect to the brew as well. The mouthfeel was excellent. The beer coats your mouth and the taste refuses to go away. Last of all, the alcohol is not just well hidden, it is non-existent.

Needless to say, I will be stopping by this gas station on the way home, and can only pray they still have some left, cause I'm going to buy them all.

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Photo of BrewSTL
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DASA10
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black pour, barely there brown head that was tan. Aroma was not coffee for the most part. Disappointing even if not 'wrong' or 'off'.

Taste also didn't drop the coffee like its hot. Chewy, massive malt combo hid the alcohol, but also hid the coffee. Southern Tier bombers are so hit or miss, this was one of the few that is really in the middle.

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Photo of CHickman
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from 4/6/12-10.6% ABV; pours pitch black, a slow sipper that was very robust and full of tasty coffee flavor; rich, complex and flavorful, any coffee drinker will love this beer. Smelled as good as it tasted and went down easier than it should have with the high ABV.

Oct. 2015 note: I enjoyed splitting this bomber both times I had this brew years ago, but I needed to review it on my own and missed the opportunity as they stopped making it…too bad, I thought it was excellent.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SCW
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Seabass1964
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Over three thousand feet above sea level in the misty mountains of Jamaica, some of the world's finest beans are hand picked on their way to becoming Blue Mountain coffee. Halfway around the world, plump spring barley grows to maturity in the loamy soil of North America while aromatic hops are cultivated to exacting standards. Here in our kettles, these three special ingredients are blended to create a heady mixture of sweet sugar, dark roast, and complex flavor." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout with coffee. Formerly available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft, retired by 2013.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin, sudsy head of a medium mocha brown color over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Faded coffee beans with moderate acidity, medium roast, a pinch of caramel breads and grain malts with a medium pinch of alcohol. Potency is moderate. 3.25

(Taste) Moderate roasted malt up front, light lactose, chocolate bread and faint coffee beans. Moderate grain alcohol profile present and fruit-like acidity, some mild oxidation present. A bit better composed than the aroma suggests, but still very lacking and poorly dated, not a great aging candidate. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately syrupy, lightly sticky, creamy and modestly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a moderate frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style and shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly acidic and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no significant off characters in this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Likely a phenomenal coffee stout shortly upon release, Jahva may be the only Blackwater series stout release in the series that has not aged as gracefully as the other bottle releases. The coffee impact is largely faded and broken down, generating strong acidity and tannins that draw a lot of attention to the graininess and alcohol in this beer. This beer hasn't been brewed in several years to date, but I hope to get the opportunity to revisit this ale if Southern Tier deems it worthy of a revival. In the meantime, I do not recommend even carefully aged bottles of this stout, as it does not fare well with time. 3.5

Southern Tier Brewing Company's
Jahva: Imperial Coffee Stout

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Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brabander
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good stout with really nice coffee notes. Was a pleasure to drink this one.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +1%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,273 ratings