Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

1,273 Ratings
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

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Added by John on 02-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber for $7.99 at Goodrich's. Brewed Winter 2008 according to the bottle.

Pours perfect, not fully black but close, with an inch or so of chocolate head. Smell is nice for a rich stout, but not as much coffee in the nose as I expected.

Taste really threw me. A full, rich, roasted chocolatey beer, with a discernible coffee flavor. Nowhere near what I expected, but what is there is clearly the strongly brewed Blue Jamaica the bottle claims, and not just some Folger's tossed in. And after all this, the hops rip through. Wasn't expecting that! Easily one of the hoppiest stouts I've ever had (up there with Bell's 7000).

There's almost too much going on here for me. Also, I feel like ST is mis-marketing this a little with the "Imperial Coffee" moniker. If you buy this for huge coffee flavor, you're going to be disappointed. If you go into it looking for a big bold hoppy RIS/double stout with coffee as one of the elements (as it is in many) then you will likely enjoy this. Another great beer from ST, who is quickly becoming a regular for me.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this after trying the Oat and Choklat, figured I'd complete the triumvirate.

a. Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of tan head and some very slight highlights. Medium lacing. Nice looking brew.

s. Nose is crazy strong, tons of dried fruit, spicy malt, raisins, cookies, some lighter oatmeal and candy. A very mild coffee aroma, not nearly what you'd expect given the name. Nonetheless, it smells incredible.

t. Taste is similar; lots of sweet malt, breadiness, and cookies, with some nice caramel notes too. It's a very unique flavor, as the coffee tastes blend nicely into a surprisingly strong hop presence (the combination makes this a very bitter beer). Chocolaty as well. Highly drying, because of the hops, and almost no alcohol presence.

m. Body is thick and creamy, with solid carbonation for the style.

d. Overall, a tough one to rate. Not really an Imperial Coffee Stout, as it claims, but an exceptional imperial stout, nonetheless. If you're going in expecting coffee, you might be disappointed. If you're going in expected a delicious and aromatic brew, you'll be pleased.

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Photo of shabbtastic
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a jet black color into an imperial pint glass. Mouth watering tan fluffy head with incredible stature.

S - Yum, roasted coffee bean (Jamaican Blue Mountain) with notes of chocolate and molasses / syrupy scent. Again, Yum.

T - Out-of-this-world. Roasted smoothness and bitterness blend perfectly. Creamy up front, alcohol bite to warm your sole.

M - Full bodied, thick and oily that coats the palate. A very complex balance beer with a nice coffee finish.

D - I would drink this any chance I get; the high ABV on the other hand reserves a sippers approach. Very recommended.

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

A- A very dark brown liquid with a very small head. There is almost no retention of any kind. Kind of bland.

S- Chocolate, some coffee, and very sweet smelling. The alcohol is slighly apparent. Where is all the coffee?

T- There's the coffee... some of it. I've had lots more coffee in beers before. Sweet with lots of chocolate and hints of oatmeal. Slightly roasty.

M- Creamy and just thin enough to keep things from getting too rich.

D- For the ABV and style, this is very easy to drink. Not the best coffee beer I have had, but it is enjoyable none-the-less.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass. Pours a pitch black w/ no head.

S- Dark coffee grounds and alcohol. Some definite sweet malts at the back also. I get hops notes also.

T- Does not scream coffee as much as I expected. I actually get a decent amount of hops in this. I get some coffee flavor in this but not a handful of coffee shoved in my mouth.

M- Nice thickness for this stout. Good carbonation also.

D- I like this beer but it is not the coffee equivalent of Choklat. I really love Choklat and I was hoping for the same thing with coffee. I have to say a bit too hoppy for this beer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huh...I wasn't as impressed by this beer as many others on this site. I was really expecting this beer to be quite "big," and I didn't find it to be that exactly. I thought it a decent beer but it wasn't as coffee-ish or as malty or as hoppy as I might've expected from the billing on its packaging. Nothing wrong with it specifically, it was just a little thin and not very exciting for a bold style from a great brewer that's 12% ABV.

As with most Southern Tier beers, appearance is quite appealing. Body had a dark opaque color, and head was tan and plentiful. Aroma was pretty minimal, but had some dark roastiness and faint coffee smell. Flavor was a bit on the watery side, and had some faint roastiness and coffee flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

I thought this beer was OK, but I couldn't help but be a bit disappointed in the level of intensity I found inside the bottle.

I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of prototypic
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a very dark, chocolaty brown color. Head is mocha and about two fingers deep. Retention and lacing were top notch.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malts are strong and blend well with a coffee aroma. It's not quite as heavy of a coffee-like smell as I was expecting. Nonetheless it's very good. Very faint dark fruit aromas and a slightly smoked smell round it out.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts are apparent initially first and give it sweet taste. A wave of coffee flavor emerges and really dominates in taste. The coffee flavor is excellent and is no doubt the best I've had in this type of beer. Dark fruit and alcohol are not apparent in taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and a little thinner than I expected. But, it doesn't diminish it in any way. Carbonation is very good. It is strong at 12% and drinkabilty is somewhat limited by that factor. But, it is very smooth and easy to drink. Excellent beer. Recommended.

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Photo of abankovich
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely an opaque beer. Even holding it up to the light, nothing passes through and the color does not change, it is very, very dark. The head that pours out stays nicely, a light brown color that compliments the darkness of the beer very well. A nice lacing stays on top and if it ever lessens more than you like, a quick swirl in the glass brings back a healthy head.

The first thing I noticed while smelling this is that it just seemed smooth. The pour was smooth and silky, the aroma wasn't harsh at all. Cream is what really came to mind. Further aromas I noticed were definitely the coffee and bitter chocolate hidden behind it.

True to the name, the coffee flavor really comes through upon sipping this beer. If you love coffee (and of course you love beer already or else you wouldn't be reading this), you will appreciate everything Jahva has to offer. A very toasted taste is present throughout, along with the bitter chocolate. I almost want to chew what I'm tasting in my mouth. Quick tastes of alcohol are noticeable, but not overpowering, and a bit of harshness is added to the mouthfeel from this. Overall, the feel is rather full-bodied with lots of strong flavors jostling each other.

The drinkability is excellent on this one. The only thing that may make it hard to drink more than one is that it's a 22oz bottle, 12% by volume, and you can definitely feel it sitting in your stomach.

I came home from work early because of a snow storm today and knew this was the perfect beer to crack open. A great choice for a cold, snowy day.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into cabernet glass (why not?) 2-finger, sour mash-like head with staying power laces nicely. Jet-black body with moderate carbonation.

Carbonation gives off a slightly tinny scent. Overall deep-roasted espresso-chocolate malt with slight grassy, earty bitterness. Opens more with time and warmth.

Slate-like taste in front. Deep hop bitterness with strong malt and alcohol sweetness. Good but a little shallow and empty.

Nice tang creates solid mouthfeel. This is a little too heavy for me to drink without the exceptional flavor profile I would have expected.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of ejquin
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with white head that fades quick leaving the smallest bit of lacing

S: Coffee and vanilla with some alcohol. Chocolate milkshake and some espresso.

T: Nice creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Taste starts with chocolate and vanilla. Fades to coffee and then the alcohol hits into the finish. Everything in great balance, nothing leaping out at you. In fact, the coffee notes are more restrained than I expected and offsets the alcohol nicely. Slight espresso bitterness on finish.

D: Highly drinkable for a beer of this magnitude.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cool into a nonick pint, approximately at the brewer's recommended temp of 48F according to the silkscreened bottle. Often I drink beers cooler than recommended, but this one works best according to the brewer's spec.

Visually attractive, with a thick, black pour, not even a hint of light coming through until I crank on the bright beam, then a crystal clear mahogany reveals itself. Modest head, not as dark as I expected, dissipates quickly, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma at the bottleneck is strong with yeast. You'd think something named after coffee would be dominated by coffee, so this is unexpected. After the pour, the coffee really comes out, and this is definitely a DARK roasted coffee. No delicate espresso here, more like a pound of Charbucks. Still picking up the yeast, smells like the dregs left behind in the bottom of a homebrew bucket after siphoning off a coffee stout, maybe even a little fishy. Plenty of roasted barley and black patent, too, on close inspection.

Flavor is surprisingly mild, and decently balanced. Plenty of caramel, coffee, roastiness and toastiness. Coffee is too much. But, hey, it's called jah-va, not by accident.

Mouthfeel is really good, thick syrup over the palate, balanced hop bitterness, helped along with the barley and coffee bitterness. Not burping hops, unlike other big impy stouts--props for that. As a matter of fact, I just burped scorched wood. Go figure.

Drinkability is marred at every whiff, the aroma is a turnoff for me. But the flavor is really good and Southern Tier does a great job making big beers not taste like big beers. I am feeling my cheeks get numb from the buzz, but can't smell or taste the 12% alcohol. Well done!

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with a thin off white head that leaves some thin lacing. Smells of roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is sweet roasted malts. A good balance of sweet and bitterness. There is some coffee in there as well. I would call this the "educated older brother" of the Choklat. The flavors are more sophisticated and complex. The mouthfeel is not too thick which makes it go down smooth. I really liked this one but not as much as the Choklat.

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Photo of gwong
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Brewed Winter 2008.

A: Pours a dark charcoal black. Khaki-colored two finger head leaves creamy, bubbly chunks of lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, cherry, coffee, and alcohol.

T: Very large flavors of coffee, spice, charcoal, dark roasted malt, spicy hops, and alcohol.

M: Spicy and peppery on the tongue. Spicy hops, alcohol, and dry dark roasted malt make for a fantastic brew.

D: Sweet and creamy at first that quickly turns bitter. Alcohol not very intrusive. Awesome!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bomber

A: Motor oil pour. Quite a bit of head for the style. Mocha-tan in color. Tons of lacing.

S: Roasted coffee beans. Some brown sugar. Hints of chocolate. Lots going on. Weakest part of this beer.

T: Wow this is rich. First sip is overpowering. Cocoa powder. Then just 5 stages of different aspects of coffee. The finish is really something. I don't like coffee but I love this. Some hints of booze.

M: Heavy body. The taste is so strong to have a thicker body would take something away.

D: This is about as drinkable as a monster like this could be. Reminded me of a supped up version of Big Boss' coffee stout. This one is richer. If this is too much for you seek the boss out. Great desert beer. Or morning eye opener depending on your lifestyle.

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Photo of joekfsu
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz on tap at Vintage. Pours nearly black with less than 1 cm tan head. Aroma dominated by coffee with some hints of roasted malt and alcohol. Initial flavor is bitter coffee and light chocolate and not much else. Flavor ends much the same way and is lasting. Lots of lacing, minimal carbonation, medium/heavy body, and alcohol is well hidden considering its 12%. Very drinkable, but I prefer the Bell's Java to this one.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Side bottle logo claims this sample was brewed with "Some of the world's finest Arabica beans from Jamaica"... Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a tan, reddish, frothy head that soon receded but left a fair amount of lacing on the glass... Aroma was replete with cocoa beans, dark latte nuances, and slight chocolate... taste strongly mirrored the flavor, with a very rich, thick, and creamy cocoa essence dominated by roasted malts and a very characteristic espresso taste... this is the ultimate wake-you-up brew... strong, dark, robust, and bursting with intricate and rich cocoa and coffee flavors... "Brewed Winter 2008" on the back logo, this Imperial Stout boasts a very rich and satisfying mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability that only took a hit due to the ultra-thick and complex flavors as well as the very hefty 12% ABV, that, although it struggles to make itself known, soon becomes apparent with a warm, glowing feeling... Very good stuff from Southern Tier... Recommended...

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Photo of erosier
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/black with a thin but tall brown colored head with some nice lacing down the glass. It smells of sweet dark roasted malts and some coffee to finish off the aroma. The taste is good. A good dark roasted malt backbone layered with some light hop bitterness and then a really good coffee taste that follows to the aftertaste. It has a really nice smooth mouthfeel and an extremely drinkable stout. Definately worth it.

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Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an inky, obsidian black I want to say is actually deep brown but reality prevents me from suggesting. A finger of rich tan crema head slips to loamy froth. Frescoes of lacing art the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants slightly charred roasted malt, dark chocolate cake, long-brewed coffee, and dried sloe fruit. Along for the ride are molasses, cocoa, biscuit, and malt syrup. Oh, and a wee bit of alcohol thrown in for good measure.

Upon sipping, deep roasted malt is thick and treacle brown sugar sweet with a dark chocolate accompaniment. Earthy fruitiness is meshed with a dense black coffee bitterness. Cocoa powder, Goya malt beverage, and even a dribble of vanilla face a rumbling front of alcohol. All the while a sneaky, growing, charring bitterness creeps further along until the finish delivers a surprisingly paradoxical cloying-meets-crisp close. This is sheer complexity with a coffee twist.

Full bodied, the thick, oily flow is a soothing yet notable presence.

Thick, dense, impressively complex and deftly blended, it's a grand piece for those who like a stout with fertile earth hominess and anti-dry sweetness. It doesn't so much defy the more common stout conventions as it dares to be bold and ballsy, yet pleasingly drinkable, even if it is slightly hindered by the snaky and surreptitious ABV. I'll be smacking my lips long after this bottle is gone.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Columbus hops, tons of cascade and blue Jamaican coffee.

A: Pours a dark opaque red with a thin cherry red head.

S: rich dark coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso hints.

T: Huge coffee and dark chocolate for flavor. Very dark, and very rich roasted malt and coffee taste is highlighted and finished with a spicy citrus finish. Great oak woody notes with some smokiness. Bid pungent dry flowers from Columbus adds great hop bittering. 12.0 abv is well hidden.

M: Big hearty body, malty mouthful full of dark roasted coffee and chocolate with a dry finish. Oily texture on tongue.

D: very drinkable per style and is balanced nicely with a great complexity and use of malt, hops and specialty grains. Must try.

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Photo of dbatch
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass...

A: Pours thick, dark and syrupy, truly opaque, no light going through this one. Dark tan head that dissipates quickly. It looks like I poured Hershey's syrup in my glass.

S: Rich roasted malts up front, chocolate/dark cocoa aromas follow quickly. Hints of hops follow. Espresso/dark roasted coffee cleans it up at the end. Very rich.

T: Chocolate is strong up front, with dark cocoa, leading to an espresso flavor that is outstanding. Malts are strong, but not overwhelming. Very little alcohol taste, but it doesnt distract from the coffee flavor.

M: A little grainy, like a strong ground coffee. Leaves the mouth clean.

D: Despites its strong alcohol content, this one goes down very easy. Its sweet, reminds me of chocolate milk. Keep em coming!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Brigand chalice. Poured an extremely dark-brown, but not quite black; red highlights apparent during pour as brew mingled with the light before settling into the bowl of the chalice. Half inch mocha-colored head quickly dissipated into little more than an oily skim of foam. Lacing expressed as a quarter inch ring around the rim that slowly trickled down the sides of the glass. Extremely strong scent of coffee and roasted malt. Taste similar to nose (wow there's a lot of coffee in this brew), as well milk chocolate, molasses and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is outstanding - very full-bodied and silky in the mouth with a little bit of a carbonation tingle apparent and a milky finish. This is a really great imperial stout and in my opinion, superior in its taste and complexity to ST's Choklat. This is definitely a sipper though because the 12% abv catches up to you quickly.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- You can see how thick this one is just by pouring it as it slowly comes out of the bottle. Body is a deep motor oil black that is almost unforgiving when held up to the light. A 2-finger foamy dark brown head emerges near the end of the pour and has decent retention. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- There is a big robust nose here of coffee beans, chocolate malt, and mocha.

T- Some toffee, mocha, and coffee bean flavor upfront with a subtle dark chocolate malt flavor in the background. The brew becomes somewhat bitter on the swallow where the toasted malt and coffee beans really come through. A roasted bitterness and hints of coffee beans linger. The overall flavor is much milder than I expected and is similar to what one would find in a lower ABV stout.

M- Low carbonation and a thick, dense, syrupy body that still goes down smooth.

D- I was surprised by how well hidden the alcohol is here. At 12% you would expect at least some alcohol warmth (most are overwhelming) but its barely detectable here. I liked this one-but the flavor was much milder than I expected. This is a good offering by Southern Tier, and I will have it again-but I prefer Oat to it. I also have Choklat in the fridge and I can't wait!

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Foodery in Philly.

Extremely black pour with a pinky of tan-brown head into a Stone
RIS glass. Aromas of espresso, chocolate cake. Coffee anyone?

Taste was simply sublime. I got a hoppy nose at first then cherries and cake when the huge coffee notes hit. My pal and I looked at each other in amazement.
Sweet, syrupy mouthfeel with an emphasis on the syrup. Very nice in the mouth and extremely drinkable for a 12% 'Coffee' Imperial Stout.

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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,273 ratings.
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