Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 02-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,272
Reviews:
694
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
160
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with lessening heads following successive pours of the bomber. Clean coffee aroma. Intense and smooth, very creamy coffee taste with high alcohol. Suprising I could do the bomber me own self. Medium to full mouthfeel.The bewery has produced a praiseworthy effort

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger chocolate brown head. Very dark ad black. Nice amount of sustained lace.

S: coffee comes through

T: sweet toffee up front with sweet and coffee taste.

M: very smooth. Full bodied. oily and coats the mouth.

Overall: I love coffee infused beers. My one knock is the 10+ ABV means fewer to enjoy so I don't pick it up often but this is my second go at this beer and I may have to pick one up to enjoy later. Another solid southern tier brew. Manhy of these get knocks for drinkability but its basically like drinking beer and black coffee. Most everyday coffee drinkers don't even drink coffee straight black. For what it is, it is very good.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque dark crimson/brown with a small 1 inch tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small spots of glass randomly dot the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, sweetened coffee, and slight malted milk. This is a very sweet beer but the coffee flavor that I was expecting is very subdued. I get some dark fruits, milk chocolate, roasted dark malts, with the coffee flavors coming more in the aftertaste. The bitter roasted coffee bean flavor lingers on the palate after each sip. Very thick and creamy in the mouth. The beer coats the mouth with a sticky feel. Overall, this is an above average beer but I was disappointed in the overall lack of coffee flavor. Instead of being the prominent taste, it only seems to come through on the finish and aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with an intense midnight black flow, the head rises into a creamy look brown that laces the glass fairly well. The aroma smells like a coffee shop or Starbucks mixed with booze and some heavy roasted malts. The taste to me fell short of my expectations though. The taste to me seemed to be more like a regular imperial stout than a coffee one. I regret to say it but the coffee just wasn't as flavorful I thought it would have been. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, very enjoyable for me. This beer was good and definitely deserves another try.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly disappeared and left delicate lacing and just a few bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and coffee in the nose. The smell intensifies as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has flavors semisweet chocolate along with some notes of bitter coffee beans. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish once the beer gets warmer.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, silky smooth and somewhat viscous on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: Once the beer warms up you'll need to sip this one since the taste of alcohol will become noticeable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey...I thinks someone put a stout in my espresso! Certainly not for the frail or weak, this beer packs a punch! An already serious Stout is compounded, and complicated, by a heavy espresso (not meerly coffee--that would make way too much sense). This Stout combines roasted flavor of coffee with that of Stout. Chocolates of Stout with oils and robustness of coffee beans. Acidy of the stout compliments that of the espresso. Both add a light sour: coffee from the beans, stout from fermentation. Froathy, creamy, and oily from coffe and viscous, thickness from the stout. The beer never lacks sweet malt character, but is overwhelmed from the other complexities. You never see the 12% abv comming. Have a buddy nearby when poppin this one open. The 750 bomber is too much for one person. Kmpitz2, you've got to try this!

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 11/22/05; tasted 8/17/08

Appearance: Pours a thick midnight brown color with a sturdy, well-tanned head; good retention and some shards of lace

Smell: I am a sucker for a great coffee aroma and this one delivers with a nice acidity, too; lots of dark chocolate and roasty elements and, even at this late date, there is still some fruit

Taste: Opens with loads of dark chocolate that add fruit (citrus and black cherry) as the flavor develops; after the swallow, the chocolate continues to dominate but the coffee kicks in to provide a long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Right up there with Speedway; a top tier offering from Southern Tier

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with average retention. Aroma of coffee with some roasted malt and some bitterness. Some roasted malt, medium bitterness and some coffee thought not nearly as much as expected, also dominates taste. Alcohol is well hidden and body is above average but lack some of the creamy texture I would have liked. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout thought I would have expected and loved a more prominent coffee flavour.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black, more of a dark brown with slight opacity around the edges. A nice frothy tan head forms from a gentle pour and retains well for a beer of this size.

Smell: Chocolate covered coffee beans come to mind immediately. Undertones of molasses cookies and earthy hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich and chewy with a great coffee backbone that never completely leaves the palate. Flavors of molasses and creamy dark chocolate blend wonderfully with the bitter coffee. Moderately sweet but nicely balanced by an earthy bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with ruby highlights. It had a caramel colored head that was thick and foamy. It left sitcky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. Also, a nice roasted malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted of rich dark chocolate and strong coffee. It had a roasted malt flavor with a sweet kick.

M - It was soft and smooth with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied beer that was surprisingly easy drinking.

D - Here's a good coffee stout that is very easy to drink. I didn't notice the high ABV (which might be a bad thing).

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/6/2012. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, dark bread, caramel, toffee, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate, toast, light char, dark bread, caramel, toffee, floral, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark/milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, toast, caramel, toffee, floral, dark bread, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of big chocolate/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent coffee stout!(even with the age). Great complexity and balance of roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium-brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head receedes quickly and leaves light rings of lace in its wake.

S - Sweet malt and dark chocolate with lots of nutty, earthy coffee.

T - Dark, bready malt up front with some dark caramel and boozy brown sugar notes. More dark caramel in the middle with some nutty notes and a bit of sweet coffee. Lots of molasses and caramel in the finish with earthy, pine hop flavors and dark chocolate. The coffee only really comes out in the aftertaste where nutty, earthy coffee is balanced by molasses.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, sticky finish.

D - Thick and sticky sweet, as expected from ST, with lots of caramel and molasses character. There is without a doubt a good dose of coffee character in this beer, but it is not as upfront as I would have expected. Where Creme Brule and Choklat both beat you over the head with their advertised flavor, the coffee is less out in from here. It isn't so much that the coffee is restrained, restraint would be completely out of character for Southern Tier, as it is that the other flavors of dark caramel, molasses, and other dark sugars are strong enough to push back against the coffee and give the beer a sort of balance between over the top flavors. I enjoy the beer, but I am a bit overwhelmed by the idea of finishing the 22oz bottle that is sitting on the table in front of me. It is just a bit too muddy in character to be at all drinkable and this fault is compounded by the completely inappropriate package size. They really need to start putting these beers in smaller bottles, it is a good beer, but I really think I might have enjoyed it more if I had only had 12oz of it.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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 jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, had no idea this was retired. Been sitting in my cellar for a while, waiting for me to get around to it. Now that winter has snuck back, figured it might be time. Quite a few years old, but not date.

Pours a darker colored fizzy slight creamy smaller head covering that fades fairly quickly, typical for this high abv, bits of lacing, and long legs, just about pitch blck beer with hints if light barely sneaking through the thin parts.

Nose brings some fudgey chocolate at first, mild cocoa dust, into roast, some roasted malts and roasted coffee beans, some espresso like coffee notes but not a lot, I think most of it has faded over time, but so has the booze and sweetness I think so far. Some syrupy notes, like a coffee syrup, bit toasty, with some mild aged aromas with aged malt softness but also a hint of oxidation in there, touch of burnt brown sugar covered raisins as well, and some stale coffee.

Taste starts with sweet syrupy malts, but also that aged soft malt effect on top of it. Nice creamy feel with more cocoa, little fudgey chocolate on top, into coffee, coffee syrup at first, into stale brewed coffee, little espresso note, and some roasted coffee beans. Then more malts, a little roast and toasted malt notes, little caramel and some burnt brown sugar, hints of raisiny notes too, and more of that aged notes little oxidation and stale flavors, but also soft malt characters, nice attenuated booze that is barely warming, sweetness is died down a bit too. A hint of a bready cake like note too, with the caramel, espresso, and syrupy notes it almost has a little tiramissu like character. Finish is a bit sticky syrupy but not as much as I expected, bit of warming booze, more cocoa fudgey notes, coffee syrup, shaved baker's chocolate actually, little sweet syrupy flavors too.

Mouth is fulled bod, bit syrupy and chewy like, lighter carb, mild warming booze.

Overall not bad, not what it once was as the age took a beating to it, but both good and bad. Good is that the booze is much less as well as the sweetness, and a bit of that aged malt feel. However bad is that it has a touch of oxidation, and the coffee is much less than it used to be. Still a nice beer, very big beer, not one you drink quickly on an afternoon lounge, this is a slow sipper for sure.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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