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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.

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pDev:
11.82%
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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, Star Liquor

been wanting to try this one for a while - thrilled with the southern tier distribution to wisconsin thus far

appearance: pours a very dark mahogany shade into a bells tulip, nice light chocolate cream head and nice lacing, tones of cola and garnet appear in the light

smell: huge roasted malts, molasses, double espresso, robust dark chocolate...i expected more coffee, but there is a nice powerful nose here

taste: again, i expected more coffee. this beer doesnt spit out beans like the latest central waters coffee offering but it presents a strong imperial stout profile...thick roasted malts, licorice, molasses, stinging espresso, twisted hop bite. this drinks like a forceful beer

mouthfeel: i've had creamier but this is smooth with a big hop backlash

drinkability: on the tougher side

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Photo of Wonka
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml.
Alc. 12% by Vol.
Served at 50 degrees in a Troegs pint glass
Bottle is stamped with '17 0 07' near the bottom rim
Vibrant poof of carbonation at open...

Appearance - thick pour sets a black base and an inch-thick tan head that breaks back to a thin skin at the top; lace starts impressively considering the abv; lace cuts back later but I wasn't expecting much

Smell - I like coffee but I rarely drink it so I had to consult some experts and espresso it is; roasted malts; prune; dark chocolate

Taste - if coffee is what you seek, its coffee that you get; the bite of an 80%+ cocoa chocolate bar; there's a bit too much sugary sweetness (which hit me on Choklat as well); chocolate-dipped cordial cherry late; the aftertaste is really something - good shot of dry-hopped rich coffee with some of the cherry running through

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - the pour gave me the hint; its richness is approaching Gates level; the body is massive on a slow sip but its not overwhelming; pleasant oil; some hop bite late; a bit of palate stick but it was expected; sip it slow; warming enough for playoff hockey 'warm-ups'

Southern Tier has created lunch in a bottle. Its all about one word - massive. Massive malt. The hop has to be massive to cut the malt. The alcohol is massive and thankfully its concealed. On a slow sip, there's a massive feel. This beats Choklat hands down. On tap, its even better. When Southern Tier states 'Please enjoy this beer in moderation' on the bottle, they mean it.

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Photo of mhewes
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark brown/black with a nice head the disappears pretty quickly. It has some coffee overtones in the smell but not as much as I was expecting. It as a little on the cold side when I started tasting it and I picked up a little coffee flavor but not too much. More of a straight stout taste. Once it warmed up to the right temperature, bam, there was the coffee flavor full force. It was an excellent coffee stout and was exactly what I was expecting. Not being much of a coffee person, it's not one that I'd go out of my for but well worth drinking.

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

Appearance
Black with a deep seductive red showing through when held up to light. Tan 1 finger head with a straight pour. Was hoping for a bit more head development.

Smell
Coffee, chocolate with a bit of cherries mixed with alcohol. The beer overall isn't very aromatic and I really had to get my nose down in the glass.

Taste
Subtle creamy smooth coffee up front with sweet roasted malt taking charge in the middle. Bittering coffee finish with some definite hop assistance. A little sweeter than my tastes prefer on the coffee side, but then again I drink my coffee black. The balance doesn't quite work out as the sweet and bitter tastes occur at entirely different periods.

Mouthfeel
Velvety smooth medium to heavy body with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
Paired it with the trusty butter pecan ice cream and it went down fast enough. It's a very smooth beer but the bittering finish rather destroys the palate. It's abv is detectable but it still sneaks up on you rather quick which necessitates limiting my consumption after the bomber. I was a bit disppointed with this beer after reading about it on the forums. A decent beer by all means but nowhere near the best coffee stout/porter.

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Photo of cokes
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to darkest brown that more or less equates to black. The head is low but enduring as a tan skim.
The nose ekes out sweet cream, burnt pine cones, dark rum booze tendrils, and a vague semblance of coffee beans. It's not bad through the nostrils, but I'd never have though a 12% Imperial Coffee Stout would smell so lazy, small, or hollow.
It's bolder through the mouth, but still not up to the bar I set in my preconceptions. Burnt brown sugar, sweet cream (again, and it's probably the most endearing flavor), dark chocolate, and caramel candies. The beans hits with some medium roast coffee, inching possibly towards darker roasts. They also tote a lingering twinge of acridness, though that could well be from the following chocolate-coniferous hops. Booze rears up and fires volleys of flavor-rending heat. At 12% this is expected to a degree, but it appears here in flavorless Everclear-like detonations, as opposed to a boozy nuance that might find a niche within the other things present. It aborts everything even without being ridiculously hot on its own and concludes the beer with plain alcohol allowing nothing else to pass through or linger.
It's a full bodied beer, but seems at many points much thinner due to the bracing and rampant booze-slick notions. On the whole, it is a body that could support much larger flavors, but they simply aren't here.
This is an antithesis of their Choklat. That took it's hallmark flavor and ran with it nearly to absurdity. Oppositely, this direly needs more "jah-va", more roast, more stout, and more flavor in general. With that in place, the alcohol might not be such an issue.
As it stands, it's unbalanced, unsettling, and ungood.

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Photo of younger35
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure this is still the original bottle that I received from DrSeamus in the Big Black Booty BIF. I absolutely loved Choklat and OAT so I'm pretty sure this thing is a homerun. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a deliciously dark black with no light around the edges. A fairly decent half finger super dark tan head forms that recedes quickly leaving a very spotty cap and thick collar with a bit of lacing.
Smell- I thought the nose would be a lot like Choklat with more coffee and less chocolate. Wrong! The supposed 123 IBUs have to come from somewhere and I think I found the source. The hops jump out of the glass into my nostrils with loads of berry's, citrus and red licorice. Chocolate, caramel and coffee are all present but just not as much as I was hoping for.
Taste- Hmmm... Maybe this should be called "Car'mel" (or whatever other weird spelling Southern Tier would come up with). Loads of sweet buttery caramel is present along with a bit of bitter chocolate and some dark roasted coffee (can't believe I listed that last). Plenty of dark citrus hops are present in finish along with a bit of an alcohol sting. The finish is semi sweet with a bit more coffee.
Mouthfeel- Like it's brethren it's got a very full body with a almost chocolate syrup feel and light, crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Well although this beer tasted absolutely nothing like I was expecting, it was still very tasty. The coffee in it pretty much takes a back door to the caramel and chocolate notes but whatever I guess. Good is good! Another great beer from Southern Tier!

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served at 50 degrees F.

Inky black-brown coffee stout body with a large, immovable, bright khaki head. Great lacing. Dark chocolate malts on the nose with moderate roasted coffee aromas. Sweet dark fruits and alcohol linger. Roasted barley and coffee bitterness greet the tongue. Dark fruit sweetness flirts with bold bitter espresso roast coffee flavor. Coffee bitterness works well with dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Some warming alcohol in the finish, but doesn't taste like 12%. Full-bodied with a creamy feel. Very nicely done--another winner from Southern Tier!

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Freshie
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As per the style, dark as crud color. Frothy tan head denotes the viscosity of the brew.

Smells of dark rich malt, some coffee, and the slightest raw yeast.

I taste a bit more of chocolate, than coffee, up front. Very rich. But the coffee kicks in as you imbibe. Some sweetness. BITTER hops show the strength of the stout. Alcohol warms as you drink.

A sipper no doubt. Savor the flavor!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with barely a tan head that melts to a ring of tan very quickly.

Aroma is more cork than coffee.

Taste is dark roasted malt, dark roasted or burnt sugars, and only a bit of coffee. For a Java stout, there should be much, much more. Coffee and chocolate do come through with the finish making it very delectable.

Aftertaste is mostly chocolate and a hint of hops. Not enough coffee, IMHO.

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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 Beertracker
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Commercial Description: Three thousand feet above sea level in the misty mountains of Jamaica, some of the worlds finest Arabica 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 cutivated 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. Please enjoy this brew in moderation.

Brewed on Nov. 22, 05'

Southern Tier's Jah*va (Imperial Coffee Stout) [Blackwater Series] pours up intrepidly with a frothy brownish head that seemingly lasts forever atop a jet black body. The aromatics are simply divine with a rich dark chocolate malt character reminiscent of sweetened cocoa supported by generous amounts of caramel & roasted malts with hints of freshly roasted arabica beans and hot espresso. Moderate fruitiness, vinous, and complex. The deep, rich, warming flavor starts off with a big chocolate (hot cocoa, chocolate mousse, malted milk) blast that gives way to an intense roasted malt character that stops short of being burnt. A moderately bitterness keeps the sweetness in check while some fruitiness (black currants, ripened blackberry, roasted figs), cherry tobacco, and vanilla bean adds to the overall complexity. The coffee character is well intergrated as the flavor gradually evolves into an incredible stout. The Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee combines with the alcohol to give an almost liqueur-like e.g. Tia Maria, Kahlúa finish. This full-bodied mocha java stout monster is creamy & smooth with a velvety, luscious texture. Here's to Southern Tier..., we're not worthy!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for the opportunity to partake in this fine beverage.

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Photo of mully
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick brown head falls leaving a nice lace -- black in color no ligt comes in around the edges
Coffee, Chocolate and hop structure blend together to provide a nice aroma
Roast malts and some astringency fades to a nice coffee finish
Good mouth feel, good carbonation dry close
12% is well hidden, not an overly large or heavy beer, could drink a couple and be messed p

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

The beer poured a darker black with a small brown head.

Mad coffee aroma - it was bursting with fresh roasted coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and some faint vanilla were also there. The high alcohol helped carry the aroma.

The flavor of the beer was in-your-face coffee! Damn. The guys at ST really know how to do extreme beers well. This beer was full of intense coffee flavors mixed with deep roast, vanilla, and sweet caramel malt. The hops provided a sturdy bitterness that complimented the chocolate. In the finish there was a little bit of that boiled coffee staleness that I've found in other coffee beers. This took a little away from the beer's overall flavor.

The mouthfeel was thick and heavy. It really coated my mouth with a big layer of flavor. The carbonation was medium and appropriate for an imperial stout. Drinkability was good, but a bit much for more than a single glass in one sitting.

I've had 3 vintages of this beer: 2006, 2007, & 2008. 2007 seems to be the best balanced and my favorite. Perhaps the 2008 will get there with a little age.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RFD
Pours a not quite opaque black with mahogany highlights in the corners. A light cappucino like head is formed that soon yields a trace. Aromas are pretty mild for a beer like this; I first got a sense of alcohol soaked cocoa powder followed by some dark fruits, a hint of coffee and a touch of citrusy hops. On the palate, things improve a little; lots of roasty flavors come through, though not a lot of coffee. It was quite surprising as Choklat had a ton of chocolate flavor, while this one is quite quiet on the coffee. It finished bitter and dry with a sense that was reminiscent of coffee without an actual coffee flavor. On the mouth it was rather heavy though I found it overly carbonated for the style (could be the bar's fault), but nice and creamy. Overall, it was an easy drinker for 12% abv, but I found it one-dimensional, and compared to Choklat, and especially Oat, a pretty drab RIS.

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Photo of JDV
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Miketd. Thanks!
Pours a deep, dark black with a lasting big brown head on a vigorous pour into a snifter. Smell is musty, dark roasted malt, some burnt coffe, but lightly so, and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick and gooey with a slightly prickly carbonation as well. Taste is rich, roasty chocolate, some light coffee that is somewhat subdued, I thought, but nice. Pretty good bittersweet balanced flavor, and for 12%, the alcohol is hidden very well. One of the better Southern Tier beers.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine beer from RblWthACoz! Thanks!

Pours black with nice thick foamy head. Decent head retention that leaves behind nice lacing.

Not really very aromatic but it might be a little cold. Really have to get your nose in there to get a good whiff. Smells of malt, molasses, licorice and alcohol.

Licorice & molasses really hit you upfront and fades to burnt espresso, unsweetened chocolate & alcohol. Not as well balanced as some other stouts I have had recently but I still really like it.

Excellent mouthfeel. Great viscosity!

A little over-powering. Not as well balanced as I am used to. Still, it is an excellent stout.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black. Creamy brown head. Lace is plentiful enough. This definitely looks the part.

Aroma: There's a mix of chocolate, char, roasted malts and slight coffee bean. All in all, a LOT lighter in the aroma department than what I was expecting from a 12% Imperial Coffee Stout.

Flavor: Bittersweet chocolate. Bitter coffee bean. Ethanol (and other fusel alcoholic) heat. Some nice milk chocolate and roasted malt tones. Char and bitter hops linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to light-medium. Way too light for this style. There's a definite alcoholic presence, though not too overbearing in light of the fact that this is 12%. Somewhat creamy body. And some slight tannic like astringencies.

Drinkability: This one is really a letdown from what I was expecting from this brewery. Body's too light. Alcohol is a little too much. Coffee is too light. Etc....This is a brewery that was itching to crack my personal Top 10, but this one doesn't help the cause.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An aggresive pour revealed what I thought would be a lame, tiny head. After about 2 seconds, a brooding, slowly rising head emerged. I almost began to panic as it wouldnt stop rising after a couple seconds. The thick syrupy liquid beneath it is black to the point of sucking in light. Lacing drapes 80% of the glass, very impressive.

A massive dose of dark roast coffee beans fills the air around the glass. chocolate, citric hops, hot cross buns and a whisp of soy sauce add to the richness of the nose. The first sip explodes with strong espresso, smokey, freshly roasted beans and pure cocoa. Chocolate mousse and cookie dough provide some sweet balance. The heavy handed used of both roasted barley and PacNW hops give this beer a formidable bitterness throughout. The resiny hop character is like a schizophrenic second personality, hiding behind the onslaught of thick stout flavors. The finish is very bitter but well balanced with cappucino and milk chocolate noticeable. The mouthfeel is syrupy thick.

An incredibly immense stout. Its like distilled imperial stout flavors with a double shot of esspresso. The alcohol is also dangerously well hidden, providing only some warmth. This is definitely a beer to share, or nurse very slowly.

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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 Aaron58
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz at Julios Liqours in for 8.99

A- Poured a deep, dark brown. Not much of a head, although it could be my novice pouring. the head i got was creamy and tan colored.

S- First scent i got was actually a little chocolate. As it warmed, the coffee came through along with some dark fruits and just a touch of alcohol.

T- Mmmmm coffee and chocolate. Pleasantly surprise to find that the alcohol was there but not overpowering. The coffee is really good but well balanced and there really is a nice hit of chocolate.

M- Smooth and creamy.

D- Its certainly a sipping brew, but one that was definately worth it. I would love to try this on draft.

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

Pours thick and syrup like. Impenetrable to light, a creamy cocoa head diminishes to a wispy layer of lacing. A sticky ring holds around the sides of the glass. Chocolate cherry liquor aroma's meld with dark berry coffee and hints of fusel alcohol. One sip and you know you are in for quite a ride. Sweet chocolate and dark coffee meld together, neither dominant over the other, dark berry and molasses finish. Chocolate cherry sweetness left on the tongue. Coffee astringency is kept low by the chocolate flavors. Alcohol only noticable by a warming effect in the chest after a few sips, wich keeps me in check. Make no mistake, this one's a sipper. Chewy, with a smooth moderate thickness. If your thinking about all that's going on while drinking this one, you won't consume it to fast. However if you decide to take this on a little faster, keep your seat for the duration and make a reservation for the evening.

A complex, sweet and smooth sipper. Recommended.

Thanks jjayjaye for the opportunity on this one.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this with a visiting friend and my wife, and everyone absolutely loved it.

Appearance is black, deep deep black, with a brown collar.

Aroma brings in coffee (surprise, surprise), mocha, dusty cocoa, and a hint of anise. Alcohol underscores it all, giving a wilder edge.

Flavor is unbelievable. If I could rate it higher, I would. I want to live in this beer. I want to be this beer. The coffee used would probably make an incredible cup of joe all by itself; must be a ridiculously high-quality bean. Along with it comes a soothing lactic/steamed-milk sweetness and light touch of black licorice. Finish offers further depth, bringing in hops, chocolate-covered espresso beans and a light alcohol touch. Makes for a bright, exciting, soothing, comfort-beer experience.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Fluffy...frothy...creamy...milky...

One of the smoothest, most drinkable beers above 10% that I can recall. I'll give it exceptional drinkability because it's just that frickin' good. No way would I ever turn this down. Would make an equally good breakfast or evening dessert beer. [Addendum: the suggested drinking temp on the label is way too low...this is perfect at cellar temperature and no colder...]

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Photo of joepais
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my tulip glass produced a small coco colored head that turned into a ring of lace around the glass on top of the black coffee colored body

Aromas of coffee and roasted malts some sweetness of fruit to the aroma as well

Flavors of coffee of course as well as sweetness from the malts and a good hop presence

A good full mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep it interesting

I'm having this one for brunch so it is going down great I think the bomber will do it for me but I will grab another bottle for another brunch sometime

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