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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,273 |  Reviews: 694
Reviews by laintringulis:
Photo of laintringulis
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

brewed 11/22/2005. Sweetly cellared by hubby. Served in a wine goblet.

Pours a dark black with a 1 finger creamed coffee color head.

Smells of strong, bitter coffee laced lightly with smoke, oak, bourbon, and a vague spiciness.

Malty sweet, full of date, raisin, and maybe fig sweetness. Has the coffee bitterness without the coffee taste. Light caramel and chocolate flavors. Some sips were tasting more like spicy soy sauce. Alcohol/hops balance was off. Hops presence almost null and void.

Full bodied, but the soy taste was leaving a bad astrigent quality.

I have had this beer many times before (not cellared) and I was almost in tears drinking this cellared one. The fresh ones had great coffee flavor and a nice hop/alcohol balance and the hop taste was present with fruity malts. This was a sad, sad beer compared to what I had grown to love. I never could review it because I just wanted to drink it. It also made me sad that Jamican blue mountain coffee was abused in the beer I just drank.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Actually was lucky enough to have this twice today once on tap at the Pizza Plant,and one of the bombers I bought yesteday.Poured ink black with dark brown chocolate colored 1/2 finger head that stuck around for a short time.Well if you like dark roast coffee this one is for you it dominates the aromas along with bitter chocolate sweet alcohol.Mocha french roast coffee with a big sweet alcohol kick describes this beer its big,roasted,sticky,and sweet.Whoo this was a monster if you dont like coffee you likely wouldnt like this bad boy.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8 bucks for a 22 oz bomber at star liquor.

Appearance: dark brown with a healthy tan skim that fully covers the beer.

Aroma: Boozy coffee. Fresh snap pea like green fiber.

Taste/mouthfeel: Very boozy to the point that the other flavors are overwhelmed. The finish contains massive amounts of coffee bitterness and throughout the beer one can taste quite a lot of coffee, quality beans, but day-old and iced.

Drinkability: Low. This beer is too boozy and it's flavor is not interesting or bold enough to stand up to the big boys of the coffee stout world.

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Photo of ricke
2.74/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown with a small beige head that settles rather quickly and leaves some lacings.

S: Roasted malts, wood, powdered chocolate, some notes of coffee and some strange notes of leafy peppery hops, blue cheese and cardboard. I suspect that there's something wrong here, perhaps it's on it's way to oxidation and infection.

T: There's restrained strange flavors as well. The taste is very sweet, and I mean really sugary sweet with lots of coffee and chocolate notes. The flavors are not very rich, and I don't get a genuine espresso feeling from the coffee. Roasted malts and some notes of dark fruits. Hints of cardboard and leafy hops. The finish is very bitter with notes of warming sweet alcohol, coffee and blue cheese. This is one messy beer.

M: Full bodied and smooth. The mouthfeel is the highlight of this one.

D: Hard to tell if this bottle was ok, or if there was something wrong with it. Something seemed wrong, but it wasn't a horrible mess. It was just edgy and strange with some odd flavors and aromas. But either way, it doesn't seem to be a good imperial coffee stout.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, thick imperial stout. Barely translucent. Minor light tan colored head.

S: Classic coffee imperial stout scent. Rich coffee, some slight burned coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Possibly some subtle chili powder?

T: Not nearly as strong a coffee flavor as I was expecting. Not "burned" tasting at all. Nice and rich, sweet and deep flavor. I wouldn't call it "mocha" although there is a hint of chocolate in there.

M: Very rich, but not overly thick. Not at all syrupy or oily in texture. Very little carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable, given its 10+% ABV. It's got a fairly balanced flavor and was enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First impressions: A dark black pour with a lingering, caramel-colored head that gave off the aroma of cocoa and coffee. First sip reminded me of a sarsaparilla float, with coffee notes. There's a little bitterness and a bit of heat that warms the throat. The mouthfeel is above average for coffee stouts: It's creamy and full, like a scoop of ice cream was added. (Hmmm, that gives me ideas...) A very enjoyable, very drinkable beer, but I think it's enjoyed best after a big dinner and treated as a dessert.

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Photo of mykd
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of sgoodship
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at a little grocery store on North Avenue, Chicago.

A: Pours thick and black. Has some viscosity this one. There's a hint of brown but it's exceptionally dark. Nice espresso colored head. Only gave me a half finger head.

S: What you would expect. Roasted malt, coffee. It did have a strong believable espresso nose - really nice.

T: Like the smell but then boom - there comes the booze - kinda whisky-like. As it warmed, the alcohol become more balanced. It felt decently hopped and the combination of that and a kind of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee bitterness gave it a nice bite.

M: Massively thick and creamy - full. Some carb but silky in the mouth.

D: At a high ABV and a pronounced alcohol profile, this one was a sipper for me. I really liked it though. I prefer it to some of the boozier offerings in the style. A fine stout that would be worth revisiting.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Brewed with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee and hopped to an insane 125 IBUs which is probably needed being as this is a massive beer.
Is there a color that is darker than black? Towering brown head pushes to the top of the glass, it looks like magic because the beer is so dark you don't see the bubbles forming the foam. Huge dark-roasted coffee and roasted malt/grain aroma, mildly acrid with a very deep espresso or French roast with hints of dark baker's chocolate and carob. Syrupy viscous full body has a rolling smoothness within. Chewy. Bitterness both from the hops, roasted malt and barley, and the coffee fuses it to a single shot of sharpness. Some warmth off of the alcohol, but it stays very well hidden for the most part. Sweetened iced espresso comes to mind, coffee syrup and bitter dark chocolate overtones. Malt redux in the middle. Levels of mocha hit the tastes buds in waves. Lots of sweetness; molasses and dark cherry juice. Freshly-used coffee grounds on the breath. Finishes with a downward spiraling dryness.

It all is balanced in a chaotic way. Coffee lovers to extreme beer fanatics are who this beer is aimed at--we are both. At 12 percent it's certainly a slow sipper, which is fine because when it warms up a bit it is even more of a treat.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Vintage November 22, 2005. Dark, inky black pour with a 1/2" of deep tan head that slowly fades. Sticky lacing on the side. Aromas of dark roasted malts that are kind of sweet. Dark chocolate and a sturdy roasted coffee. Slightly burnt along with a puff of alcohol. So far so good!

First sip brings a rich dark roasted malt with a dark chocolate flavor that segues into a tasty roast coffee bean flavor. A touch of toffee and molasses works its way in with some hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol on the way down. A yummy coffee stout that's not overly sweet.

This brew is thick and viscous. It's not messing around at all, but still finds a way to be pretty drinkable at 12%. A damn tasty coffee stout. I can't wait to see this one in IL and pick up a few more bottles. Ages well.

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Photo of blitz134
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't had any Souther Tier brews up until about 3 or 4 months ago. Then I set up a trade for a few, received some in a BIF, and then had another trade set up. This is my 7th from them. So far all have been pretty tasty and in my mind a solid brewery making some really good beers.

I dont know why I even held this up to the light. Its BLACK. Initially had a half inch thick mocha colored head that reduced to a thin layer with good retention. Not really lacing...more like sheeting. Nice!

Semi-dark chocolate, dark toasted malts, hints of charcoal, and dry coffee beans. Slight citrus hints from the hops. Nice again.

Flavor is dark toasted everything all over again. Toffee flavors come in as opposed to chocolate, some biting chared bits. Coffee is well integrated and not over the top. Hops are still evident and show with a touch of citrus again. This one is pretty fresh from what I was told, so the hops are still showing through well. Some alcohol works well, and doesn't even come close to showing its actual strength. I'm not a hoppy stout person, but this one has just the right amount. Epitome of the American Double Stout style.

Body is creamy and full, coats the mouth and the flavor lingers for a little bit but slowly fades away. Just a touch of carbonation adds to the drinkability.

This is a superb beer. Nice full body and flavor profile. Really balanced on so many levels. Alcohol doesn't have any effect on the drinkability. Its probably dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nickadams2
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a slick oily black with a thin brown head that quickly disappears leaving no lacing behind. Looks pretty flat.

S_Milk chocolate,sweet malt,hint of coffee.

T_Sweet malt chocolate,sweet malt,touch of coffee,vanilla and hops. A little too sweet and cloying.

M_Slick,chewy and viscous. The only standout in this beer.

D_Not impressive. Too sweet and too flat. Got bored halfway through this bomber.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer after drinking Fuel Cafe. I was not terribly impressed with the latter, but found Jahva to be really tasty. Poured into a snifter, it was black in color with a thin tan head that resembled an oil slick. Coffee aroma, fairly strong. Very definite coffee taste, bitter, with a sweet chocolate finish. Nice depth. If not for the 12% ABV would drink a lot of these.

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Photo of DamDweller
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout, 2009

This beer had many great qualities. The poor was a nice thick ebony with a golden head. The smell was of sweet molasses and espresso. The taste was chocolate and espresso and had almost no alcohol presence, making it drinkable at any time of the year.

The only criticisms would be that the body could be a bit heavier. Considering the delicious flavors, it would be great to have the flavors hang out a bit longer in the mouth and on the tongue.

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Photo of funkyfritos
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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 Jason
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with a brew date of November 22, 2005.

A- Two fingers of semi-sticky head subside to a sturdy brown lace. A shade away from black and nearly opaque.

S- Chocolate and coffee liquor aroma, creamy with dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Very aromatic to say the least.

T&M- Creamy full body, just enough carbonation to roll a viscous crispness over the tongue. Iced coffee with chocolate liquor character. Blackberry and prune fruitiness, good amount of alcoholic warmth. Big chewy maltiness, juicy in the middle with overtones of roasted grain mixes well with the thick lining of coffee.

D- A sipper all of the way, but one I could sip through the night. Souther Tier is really pushing the envelope with this one, but this is what American brewing is about and I love it.

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours jet black and opaque, with a skimpy tan head that quickly vanishes with only some spotty lacing.

Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, anise, and some boozy alcohol.

Mouthfeel is almost full bodied, with a subdued carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

The coffee is much more apparent in the taste than the aroma. Bitter chocolate, licorice, hints of dark fruits, and alcohol heat are joined by an earthy hop bitterness. The malt provides a bit of nuttiness, as well.

A very good coffee stout, but I'm not sure if imperializing these is such a good idea. Thanks to mntlover for bringing this bottle by.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, "Brewed winter 2008" etched onto the bottle. Pours darkest mahogany, not quite black. A vigorous pour creates just a minor head, that quickly lays down and leaves a tiny bubble film and then very fine scattered lacing. Nose is mildly of light chocolate and cafe au lait. Rich, flavorful, complex and luxurious offering. Plenty of medium chocolate, coffee, roast beans, expresso, smoke,wood, chipotle. Yum. World class sipper, night capper, dessert accompanier. Great fresh, as this bottle was and I'm sure this one will age well for a year or two. Thick and muddy beer lovers, go get some and enjoy

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerPanther for recommending this one...
Pours a dense black with a full finger and a half of cocoa colored head after an agressive pour.
Half of the head remains and leaves some sticky lacing to the side of my snifter glass.
A couple of swirls to get a real nice scent out of this one...very subdued at first, but comes through with a generous amount of coffee beans, dusty chocolate powder and some earthy hops.
The taste is simply awesome if you enjoy agressive coffee stouts...in your face espresso beans and a malt sweetness that complements the chocolate/coffee flavors.
A touch of vanilla as well with a very clean finish.
Mouthfeel is thick and the carbonation is perfect IMO.
I am not sure how they can hide 12% abv so well, but it really helps the drinkability on this one and can be seriously dangerous if you are not careful to respect this one.
A solid offering from Southern Tier's "big beer" series...highly recommend.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 head, dark brown, moderate carbonation

Smell: coffee, burnt malt, and chocolate

Taste: huge coffee taste, cream, toasted malt, and a hazelnut finish

Mouthfeel: very smooth, sweet start with a bitter middle, and a sweet finish, heavy body, thick, with next to no carbonation

Drinkability: Wow does Southern Tier do a great job with big beers. The taste exceeded my expectation after coming off a so-so smell. I love the nutty aftertaste. The coffee taste is big and pleasant. This may be my favorite coffee stout. I will look for this again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for this bottle.

The beer pours black with a tannish head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, with chocolate being the more predominant. Not what I expected from an Imperial Coffee Stout. The flavor is more of the same, with chocolate being more forward and dominant than the coffee. You do get some bitterness towards the end that may be from the coffee. The mouthfeel is very silky.

This is a very good beer, just not as coffee-infused as I expected. It was sampled after having Speedway Stout and Black Xantus so maybe that muted the coffee some. Still, I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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