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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 02-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Packing a surprising amount of hop flavor, Southern Tier's Jahva still delivers all of the coffee that it promises!

It's very dark, almost-black mahogany body is capped by a creamy head of dark tan that hold fairly well and leaves abundant spots, splashes, and sheets of lace about the glass as it goes.

The aroma expresses dark roasted malts, but not so much coffee. It's rich and roasty, and nutty, and even somewhat sweetish, but always with a floral, grassy, and spicy hop edge. There's a bit of candyish fruitiness as well, which is probably coming from residual malty sugars and yeasty fruitiness.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium-full in body with a creamy edge. There's a tingle from the median carbonation, but the girth of the residual malt runs rough shod over that in the end.

Coffee appears upfront in the flavor, brash and bright, with notes of dark roastiness and nuttiiness. That's backed by a dark malt that's got a decent center of caramel to it, and the hops are completely infused throughout. Yeasty fruitiness, oddly, is able to make it's way through all of that bravado, and it ends up being coffee/dark malt/hops/yeasty fruitiness.... ending in lingering roasty dark malts with a smear of grassy and leafy hops and splashes of yeasty berry-like fruitiness. It lingers on the palate for quite some time, alternating between coffee, dark malts, hops, and yeasty fruitiness... immensely rich and enjoyable!

Certainly worth seeking out for purveyors of the roasted bean, but also for people who simply enjoy a complex dark beer. The coffee is not over-done here, and it's otherwise a superbly rounded large stout. There's nary a hint of alcohol throughout, and the full presence of hops and yeast gives it great depth.

For a coffee beer, EXCEPTIONAL!!!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a jet black, with 2 stiff fingers of smooth mocha colored head. This looks a good bit like the foam on top of a cappuccino. Thin layer of retention skims the surface, bunching up around the edges, and throwing a rich cascade of spotty lace and brown oils up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is hugely robust in the nose, with a surprising amount of floral hops and citrus hitting first. A massive blast of coffee and roast erupts next, being (especially as this hits room temp) extremely well balanced out by a heavy sweet dose of chocolate and caramel malts. I'm picking up even more citrus as well, making me wonder if this is a product of the Jamaican coffee that is used. A stiff waft of heat holds all of these big flavors together.

Huge coffee and roasted malts make for quite the intense combo, but much like the aroma, the bitterness is notably well evened out by chewy notes of chocolate and toffee (and citrus), giving this a thick tangy feel of java and sweetness in the mouth. Spicy hops and roast crunch up the back, leaving lingering bitterness and residual malt and coffee notes in its wake. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with an assertive firm carbonation up front, that then flattens out into a heavier slick feel. The alchohol content is greatly felt in this, never really becoming overly stinging but it does get to be a bit too much at times.

Wow, this is a high alcohol coffee-bomb of epic proportions! Lack of coffee isn't the problem here, but restraint of the alcohol in this is. The high ABV is what adds the intense ferociousness of this to the profile (which I like), but is what also holds the drinkibility back as well. Coffee lovers need apply but just make sure that you have someone to split it with.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very strong with the smell of coffee as you would expect, with touches of hops and alcohol.

T: Just like with the smell, a strong flavor of roasted coffee dominates the taste, which is very malty and thick with some sweetness and a mild alcohol burn. The after-taste has the typical slightly bitter back coffee flavor.

M: Very smooth, heavy body, light carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy but it’s definitely a sipper, slightly filling, this just flat out good beer, especially if you’re partial to coffee flavored beers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 versus 2008... go!

Appearance: The older brew has an oily, inky black body with a brief, tan-colored head. The new brew comes up lighter with a dark brown, reddish-hinted appearance and a thin, off-white head.

Smell: The vintage Jah-va displays a rich, dark maltiness smelling of semi-sweet chocolate and roastiness, much like a bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans. The current rendition, however, well, there is a dark malt presence along with embarassingly minor hints of chocolate and roast, but that's about it. This is a disturbing trend we have here, it's like the entire heart of the recipe was woefully watered down between 2005 and today. Pity.

Taste: Wonderfully roasty and sumptuously sweet, like a dessert featuring coffee and chocolate. A few drops of cherry liqueur. There's a very light hint of roasty bitterness and a touch of alochol. Sugar dosed coffee lingers beyond the finish. That was the '05, let's see what the '08 can come up with. Some dark maltiness, but only a light taste of chocolate, and almost no coffee. Again, some light bitterness and alcohol. Taste of burnt grains on the bittersweet finish. Yeesh.

Mouthfeel: The 2005 has a rich, medium-full body and medium-low carbonation, it's up-to-date counterpart, again, comes up a bit lacking with a lighter body.

Drinkability: The antique Southern Tier Jah-va was very, very good. The newer rendition came up far, far short, and I don't see any amount of time metamorphosing it into something better. So, I recommend getting your hands on an older bottle or not at all.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an clear but opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation at the surface and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted coffee and dark chocolate over lighter aromas of roasted malts. The smell intensifies as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts and dark chocolate with a light amount of sweetness. Light amounts of alcohol in the finish as the beer warms up and hints of bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and it has an excellent flavor, especially for someone that truly enjoys coffee. The beer is strong and the alcohol is present so as the beer warms up it becomes a slower and slower sipper.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Impenetrable onyx with no highlights. None. The chocolate nougat colored head (one of the darkest that I've ever seen) is milkshake thick and milkshake creamy. At the current rate of descent, it should be gone sometime around noon tomorrow. I was already completely blown away, but the thick curtain of lace, that is just now beginning to shred, is the icing on this masterpiece of a double stout.

The aroma is pretty much everything that a lover of coffee-infused stouts could ever hope for. It's a perfect marriage of hugely roasted barley and (Jamaican Blue Mountain) coffee. It's big and it's bold and it's fudge-like and it's crushed coffee bean-like and it's... well, it's just a treat for the nose.

Out-freakin-standing! The silk-screened label tells me that this bomber of Jahva was brewed on November 22, 2005 (thanks to Calico for a long-ago trade). I had a few minor doubts about how well it had held up, but those of you cellaring two year old bottles have no worries. This beer is drinking beautifully right now and tastes like it has another year or two on it. At least.

The only coffee stout that I can recall that I liked this much was AleSmith Speedway Stout. The thing that I like best about Jahva is the raging river of melted chocolate that floods my mouth each time the glass is upended. Coffee is present, no doubt about that, but there's a huge amount of fudgiliciouness present that puts this beer in a whole 'nother league.

I'm intrigued by the fact that Cascade and Columbus hops (two of my favorites) are in use, and by the fact that there are 125 IBUs reported to be present. The hop attack has faded to some extent, but they're still kicking and (muffled) screaming on the white grapefruit juice, chocolate, dark caramel and molasses finish. Roasted malt is still king by a mile and a half. Amazingly enough, a spreading warmth is the only evidence of alcohol.

I've used the chocolate comparison again and again, but, dammit, it fits. The mouthfeel is the beer equivalent of a melted Hershey bar. It's thick and rich and is as viscous as they come. Anyone who wonders what chewy beer feels like, take a gulp of this bad boy.

I knew that Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout would be great beer, but I didn't know that it would be one of the best beers that I've ever had. Of course, other than the less than stellar Tripel, these guys can do no wrong in my eyes. Maybe those two years in my cellar had something to do with it, who knows? What I do know is that if I see Jahva on my trip to Ohio next week, I'm cleaning out the store.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

A: Pours a very deep black with a small brown/mocha head on top. Very little retention or lacing.

S: Rather unremarkable. Some roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate and coffee. After the bottle was revealed I was surprised at how muted the aroma was for a bottle in the blackwater series.

T: Very similar to the aroma in terms of the flavors and how minimal they were. It came off like a rather generic imperial stout with some roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Alcohol hidden well.

O: Was extremely surprised when the bottle was revealed. Having had choklat and creme brulee I would have expected an in your face coffee beer, but this just did not live up to that. Age could have been a factor, but I wouldn't expect it to drop off that much.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this one on tap last night as well. I was very anxious to try it and and I actually put it side by side with the espresso yeti. Served in a ten ounce glass, this one was consumed on 04/03/2009.

Very dark pour here with a nice black color that was completely opaque. Small tan colored head on top that faded a bit too quickly and left behind nothing but a naked black top. The aroma was headed up by roasted coffee. Nice touches of molasses and hints of dark roasted malts all showing off very well. Smooth, mellow carbonation on a nice full bodied stout let the sure to be sipper melt over the tongue as I lean in for my first bit of it. Nice upfront coffee taste that faded into roasted malts and an almost licorice like alcohol touch as it warmed. Lots of flavor here, with a very well defined and sweet coffee flavor. The twelve percent is wonderfully hidden as barely any of it was noticeable as I went through it. I sipped until it was gone and really enjoyed it, though to be honest the coffee needed to be a bit bigger for me.

Overall very solid, not the best I have had, but very solid indeed. Would like to see what this one can do with a year on it as perhaps some more subtle flavor will develop, still very well done.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from beeronthebrain, who is MIA, cheers to Khen where ever he is.

Pours ebony with 3+ fingers of brown head. Average lacing & minimal head retention

S: Chocolate, coffee grounds, booze, & roasted grain

T: Burnt grain, coffee grounds, dryness & bitter chocolate up front. Some dryness, leafy hops, toasty malt & booze as this warms. Finishes very dry with, raisins, booze & astringent coffee. The finish hurt this a bit

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, becomes oily & chewy as this warms

Drinks good, the 12.0 abv, shows after a while, but still worth a a few pints. A good Imp stout

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden. Served chilled in a standard pint.

A - A thick black behemoth w/ only the faintest amount of light passing through. Very slim medium tan head, gentle coating of lace . The head does not retain except for a film

S - Huge coffee aroma w/ a lot of berry esters. Rich w/ yeast and plum and malt is like a dark chocolate cookie in the nose w/ mild rum-like sugary alcohol nose

M - Moderately full feel, sweet tip w/ a moderate amount of tingling carbonation and followed by a bitter hop texture on the sides w/ caramel smoothness and a warming alcohol middle and dark roasted coffee feel in the finish. Mainly the malt sweetness creates a ling sweet feel w/ residual sugar and mild bitterness giving a balanced effect

T - A rich roasted coffee flavor is noted right off, but not anway of really getting discerning Jamaiacan Blue in the taste under all the malt + hops. They could have just upped the roasted barley except there is a subtle bean creaminess in the taste w/ a more coffee forward taste as it warms. Undercurrents of toffee, pine hops and biscuits covered in honey w/ a dark brown sugar molasses edge. The taste has mild citrus element like dark ruby red and brownies together if you can imagine. A rich caramel no, more toffee & butter caramelized vanilla treatment as it nears cellar temp. The crisp brownie edges that are close to burnt arrive in the taste near the bottom of the glass. The bitterness of the both the bean and hop balance the flavor well avoiding an 11% cloying mess. The alcohol is not hidden, but layered into the mix that gives a warm spiced and sweet taste all at the same time like chocolate covered raisins.

D - A very tasty RIS - the Jahva is so good and I love the way the coffee and hops + stout are all in balance if not playing tug of war throughout w/ rich taste + over the top taste elements to keep you interested . A quality taste that is high in flavor and alcohol-done well

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Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Southern tier glass. Poured black with not much head at all. Showed little lacing on the glass.

Aroma has bitter coffee and chocolate with a decent amount of sweetness and caramel malts present. Taste has a moderate amount of bitter coffee flavor as expected but it also has almost an equal amount of chocolate flavor that wasn't expected. There is also a sweetness to it with some caramel flavor. It's good, just not the coffee bomb I expected. It's nothing like the coffee flavor in Breakfast stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's not too intense on any flavors including coffee that would make this tiresome of drinking.

Overall a nice flavored imperial stout with a light coffee flavor in relation to other coffee beers. A good flavor none the less though.

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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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