Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)
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Stout - American Imperial
4.09 | pDev: 11.74%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)
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nickadams2 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Aug 15, 2010
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WeymouthMike from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll start off with the pros of this one. First off the presentation, the bottle has a great design and the info provided is awesome. Everyone should provided the info provided on this bottle including ABV,gravity, malts, barleys, and hop types as well as special ingredients, jamaican blue mountain coffee in this one. Also, a background story on the offering is also provided. Back to the beer, pours a thick black with a nice creamy brown head. Smell and taste match well as black licorice and alcohol are predominant. Moutfeel is smooth with little to no carbonation but the beer leaves a bit of a film in the mouth. I could probably only drink one bomber as the taste and the alcohol would prohibit me to do more.

Mar 25, 2006
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Rainintheface from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into large snifter

A: dark. dirty motor oil with a one+ finger tan head. i love that tan/coffee/mocha looking head

S: creamy coffee aroma. milk chocolate and faint vanilla

T: coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malt and caramel

M: full body, creamy smooth with a little bitter aftertaste

D: a tasty sipper. the abv is well hidden but I still find it enjoyable over a period of time. The more it warms, the tastier I find it.

May 13, 2008
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CHickman from New York

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Oct 09, 2015
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vfgccp from New York

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Black with sharp ruby red highlights. Nice off-white head builds about a finger high and the settles into a nice halo.

S – Raw, medium roasted coffee beans; dry and mildly bitter.

T – Fantastic medium roast coffee bean flavor. It’s not necessarily a brewed coffee note, it definitely feels more like taking a handful of fresh roasted beans and breathing deeply. Cream, molasses and a soft oaky dryness frame the coffee notes. Dark chocolate comes through as it warms.

M – Soft with a rolling roast coffee flavor through the finish. Medium body. Incredibly job of hiding the 11%.

O - I’ve had coffees that taste less like coffee than this brew.

Apr 30, 2011
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Zbeetleman from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 09, 2013
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a rigorous pour resulting in a bubbly head of light tan that last for a bit.

S- The earthy dark coffee aroma has the strong aroma of potatoes and a earthy note in the finish. There is a strong aroma of capsicum like green peppercorn without any heat or the smell of a hot house.

T- The cold coffee taste has a smooth mellow flavor with blue mountain bean qualities and a caramel sweetness mixed in. There is an earthy bitter note in the finish that blends with a green hop bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft slippery texture and a tight little fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is all coffee and not much stout qualities with lots of odd characters with the hot house character really overpowering other qualities. The bitterness was the only thing that could compete with the sweetness trying its best. It was tough to get through a full bottle.

Jun 24, 2011
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gwong from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a thick, persistent tan head. A good amount of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted coffee beans and malts in the nose. Slight hint of chocolate as well.

T: Bittersweet roasted coffee flavor with a sweet finish.

M: Heavy body and smooth on the tongue with very little carbonation.

D: Didn't know the ABV until looking it up when I got home - couldn't believe it was 12%! I certainly felt it though. Great flavor and body make it very drinkable. High ABV makes it a cautionary drinkable beer.

Feb 27, 2008
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Jahva, part of a pretty epic Southern Tier tap takeover at Pony Bar in Manhattan. I had the Jahva along with Mokah, Crème Brulee, Oak-aged Unearthly.

Appearance: Served on their eight-ounce glass, Jahva looks like fresh tar on a city street. Minimal head, barely any lacing. Black tar pit of hell- you will find dinosaurs at the bottom of your glass.

Smell: Smoky! Ham, bacon. Cold coffee, dirty grounds tossed in the sink. Bitter end.

Taste: A strange spice kick appears first, sort of like pickled jalapeno- then the coffee and a hop burst.

Mouth: Well-balanced but not outstanding. A little thin on the body but alright. Carbonation could be better. Almost full flavor.

Overall: Nice but I have a better memory of Jahva. Drinkable and a treat for those like me who love pitch-black big stout-y beers, but a bit one-dimensional. Would like to revisit it on a bottle.

Dec 09, 2011
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jstewart1130 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Apr 21, 2012
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dec 15, 2013
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Douglas14 from California

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Melted chocolate bar anyone? But seriously, this beer is down right chewy and awesome.

Pours completely black with an extremely thick, tan head. It has a nice aroma...pretty much everything I expected coming into this one. The taste...well...the taste is amazing. Chocolaty, coffee-y, and for some reason i'm picking up a chile flavor (anyone else get this or am I loosing it). The mouthfeel, as I said earlier, can only be explained as chewy...way chewier than any other beer I've had - makes for a great experience. Overall awesome beer.

One thing I wish they would do with this though: sell it in 4 or 6 oz. bottles so you can enjoy just a glass whenever you want it...that would be amazing.

Nov 16, 2007
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webmanspidey from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. This is a nice dark brown/black color with a light foam head. Smell is interestingly not coffee but more of a dusty dark chocolate and sweet malt. Taste is very sweet with more dark chocolate, cocoa, and light coffee, although not nearly as much coffee as I expected given the focus. Very sweet all around... rich and heavy. Alcohol is masked well for the most part.

This is decent but not quite what I was expecting.

Apr 14, 2011
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown-black with an unfettered khaki head. Quaint. 4.0

Not too bright. Harsh roast and black coffee. Hint of cocoa and vanilla. 3.5

Boozy and deeply roasted. Notes of dusty cocoa and French roast coffee. More diminutive flavors of toffee, peanut brittle, and smoke. Acrid bitterness with big malty intensity. Not too shabby. 4.0

Nice and meaty in body, but the carbonation is weak and the booze is a major distraction. Almost a tough sipper. 3.0

Half-decent, but probably the weakest link of the Southern Tier stouts. 3.5

Jul 29, 2012
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%

Sep 09, 2014
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jnolan from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 13, 2012
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movingtrain from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber sampled from a Piraat glass.

Pours a nice coffee-black. Head is minimal, like a weak espresso crema.

Smells of coffee grounds (used), chocolate malts, caramel, brown sugar.

Taste is bitter-sweet...with a very bitter finish. Tastes of coffee, but also some vanilla, brown sugar, dates, raisins, chocolate. The alcohol is very present.

Overall, I like this beer, but I don't love it. I remember having this about a year ago, and it was excellent. This bottle has been sitting in my cellar for a few months, which may have caused some changes in the beer. It would be great with a cigar, or maybe some vanilla ice cream...or even with an extra shot of espresso poured in.

It isn't incredibly drinkable, but a beer that would be good to savor over an evening with a fine cigar. The flavor lingers, and what sticks around is that bitter, coffee-like taste...which I suppose is the point...with some sugar and cream mix into the background.

Oct 18, 2009
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ommegoose from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods in Evanston. I should preface my review by saying that I am essentially a coffee addict, and I am desensitized to coffee flavors and aromas to a large degree. I'll probably hold this one to unrealistic standards. It's also going to have to be compared to it's excellent brother, Choklat.

Extra black with hints of nothing. Initially. Towards the end of the glass it has kind of a dark motor oil color. Not really any head or head retention, as is to be expected with 12% abv. Extremely fine carbonation leaves a ring and a spattering of lacy streaks in the middle. A few spots stick to the sides.

The coffee used in here is a Jamaican roast. Slightly earthy, but also rather clean. Does not have the burnt characteristics of a French or Vienna roast. In a sense it's a very "pure" coffee aroma. It is not nutty or chocolately, or acidic. Actually smells sweet and a little milky, like extremely fresh coffee. Suggests high quality beans were used. The malt character is either buried or so well integrated with the coffee that I cannot really say anything about it that I didn't say about the coffee aroma. Alcohol is detectable, but only when you really look for it. I just kind of wish that the aroma was bigger. The general sense of "coffee" is big, but the details are subtle. A little curious how a 12% beer does not have a more potent aroma.

The palate is similar to the aroma. The same coffee characteristics are present, but with a mild bitter finish that wasn't really in the nose. There's plenty of sugary sweetness. The overall package is more coffee with cream and sugar than black coffee. They've done a good job here of getting me to interpret all of the dark maltiness as coffee flavor. There are distinguishable hops on the back of the palate and finish. They do come off as slightly piney and oily (cascade?). This actually doesn't detract from anything, and is really only noticeable when the brew gets close to room temperature. Milky sweetness balances it out well. Oh yeah. Should mention that this is very hot and boozy at first. Once you catch a buzz it mellows a lot. Best sipped very slowly. I enjoy the flavor here considerably more than say, Old Rasputin. That beer has a decidedly espresso tilt, but this one is coffee for sure. Jahva is probably the best tasting coffee flavored beer I've had.

The body is medium-light. It is a bit on the slick side, but the fine carbonation helps soften it up. Similar to Choklat, but the first few sips have too much alcohol burn.

I wanted to love this beer - and there are several things to like about it - but it does not excite me the way Choklat does, and I'm not going to go out and tell all my friends that they have to try this beer the way, as I did with that beer. I certainly can't knock it too hard though. It is a very well made beer. One gripe is that the heavy alcohol just seems too much. The 10% range is the style, but less might have been more in this case. While the nose and taste are good, they are dwarfed in potency by other beers of this booziness. A result of the high abv is that this beer is way more drinkable when you've caught a good buzz and don't notice the alcohol attributes as much. Drinking a bomber by itself was a full evening's work (and not difficult), but as a dessert beverage shared with friends after a night of drinking, 4-6 oz. would be nice, and this is probably the best way to serve the beer.

Mar 22, 2008
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Mar 24, 2013
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Christov from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 31, 2012
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Drucifer from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Jun 01, 2013
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

purchased from julio's in mass., 22oz silkscreen. nice!

brown luminescent mass in my glass, leathery tan foam dwindles to thin swirls and rests in its sugary strength. lacing is pretty much nonexistent, strangely, and the brew sits hard and moves slow like a beer of its abv should. looks very much like a barleywine.. perhaps one of a coffee bean variety?

nose yields, to me, more berry-like dark chocolate and slight hop additions over the subtler coffee ground aroma that tries to exist. continued deep breaths get a steady stream of alcohol vapors running through my sinus system, which has a vicks effect. there are moments where i get both peanut butter and rum-soaked chocolate cake from the inhalations as well. complex, interesting, just not what i expected.

first sip of slightly below room temp beer blasts me through the door with an unbalanced sweetness, barely cut by any bitterness. not much showing from the hops (aromatic, not bitter) and the coffee effect. the best coffee grab i can get from this beer is a coffee-flavored, sugar-loaded syrup that you might add to milk for coffee craving kids or something. in the end, i'm left with an imperial stout that can't handle itself and indulges too much in the big malt bomb aspects. perhaps this beer needs to be more aggressively flavored. i mean, for a 12% coffee stout, i'm expecting something that will taste more like dirt than candy.

drinkability, despite the sweetness, is high. this does NOT seem like 12%, even on a hot day in july (or was it june?). my lips are left stuck together after every tummy-burning, thick sip.. reminding me that this is probably not a beer i'll adventure to again. although, i had it on tap about 6 months ago and really loved it. c'est la vie!

note to self: buy more unearthly dipa.

Jul 03, 2006
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jnikkel from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Nov 27, 2011
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DawnL from New York

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep brown with red tinges and minimal lacing.

Smells like Manhattan Soda. The question remains: will it live up to the nose or will it join the ranks of Intensified Coffee Stout from Brooklyn Brewery?

Roasted malts and coffee on palate. It does become more bitter as you drink it, but it also retains enough of the caramel-like syrup quality to balance out the brew nicely.

The beer coats the mouth nicely.

The bitterness and high abv makes it not the most drinkable ever, but it is an absolutely delicious beer!

Sep 18, 2009
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CaptDavyJones from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Apr 06, 2013
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