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

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Added by John on 02-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a thick milk chocolate brown head that does reduce rather quickly. Surprisingly big berry fruit nose and expected notes of coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and a little hoppy esters. Lots of roasted espresso here and adequately balanced with an assertive dose of fruity, twangy hops. Dark bitter chocolate addition is at a high cocoa percentage and there seems to be some barrel aging too. Some kind of mossy, dusty flavor is a tad distracting. Full body and thick syrupy mouthfeel manages to make room for a slight carb fizz. The finish is dry dark chocolate and a descent alcohol burn but not too bad for a 12 ABV. Some intense flavor and thick body makes it a bit difficult to finish and entire bottle...a good desert beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle - Brewed in Winter, 2007. Poured into snifter.

Pours pitch black with a sizeable (just over one-finger) creamy, dark tan head that descends to a lasting, thin, creamy cover. Some trailing lace sticks to glass. Nice retention for high abv.

The smell is of caramel, bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

The taste is of caramel, chocolate, dark and tropical fruits. Espresso-like coffee really comes out. Nicely balanced - bittersweet, though leaning more towards sweet. Alcohol gives it a peppery spiciness.. Alcohol is certainly noticeable, but not overwhelming or too sharp. Very long finish.

The body is full (almost too thick), creamy, silky smooth. Flavors hang on in the mouth for a long time.

A slow, complex sipper. Well-done! If you like caramel, chocolate and coffee, this one is for you!

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Photo of auxiliary
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance -Nice dark brown with a tan creamy head, and no lace.

smell - Chocolate, java, cocoa.

taste - Dark roasted coffee with a hit of alcohol at the end.

mouthfeel - Body was on the heavy side, no carbination, and ting of alcohol

drinkability - You know it is 12% after you drink half the glass. Very nice, was going to buy it in a bottle, but then heard where I could get it on tap.

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Photo of drseamus
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a mug of this on draft at Mahars. I had already had it in the bottle but when I saw it on draft I got it immediately.

A: This beer has a beautiful jet black body with a dark one finger mocha head. The head falls very slowly and evenly leaving only a rim on the edge.

S: The aroma was not as strong as I would have liked, but was great none the less. It has powerful chocolate and coffee flavors with some roasted malt in the background. This is one of those aromas that draws you in and forces you to drink immediately.

T: The first thing I thought of as I sipped this beer was how creamy it was. Everything was blended perfectly and I could only start to pick out the specific flavors at the end of the flavor. Of those flavors, very strong coffee and chocolate dominated.

M: It has a perfectly heavy body and leaves a great aftertaste.

D: This might be my new favorite beer. Directly after I finish this review, I am going to buy a case of this to keep. The only reason it's not a 5 is that the ABV is a bit high to drink a lot of.

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Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love a coffee stout and I love this beer.

Appearance Pours a perfect black with a chocolate brown head and strong lacing.

Smell: Rich coffee chocolate warm bittersweet caramel fudge boozy molasses rum and full cocoa aromas.

Taste: Coffee, rich bittersweet chocolate and warm boozy flavors cover every single millimeter of my mouth. Roasty coffee bean and dark fruits linger long after the beer is in my belly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth rich thick heavy viscous and warm roasty and boozy, with a soft chocolate milk feel.

Drinkability: This is a monstrous beer and certainly a sipper. Took a few hours to sip my way through a bomber but is was a very enjoyable evening.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Gavage
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a thin milk chocolate colored 1/2" head filled with large bubbles. The head falls quickly.

Smell: large roasted malt tones with chocolate and hints of coffee and alcohol.

Taste: chocolate and roasted malt are the dominant flavors. Raisins, weak coffee, and a decent bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Heavy bodied beer. Long chocolate and roasted toned aftertaste glues itself to your tongue and hangs around a while.

Drinkability: the strong alcohol level knocks this down a notch, and all in all this is a slow sipper that you can easily have a few glasses of in a long session.

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Photo of beerphan
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap -> goblet
@ Vintage Estate Beer and Wine, Boardman, OH

Pours oily thick black with a small chocolate head that settles to a lopsided glob of soap suds.

Nose: Big nose, dark fruits, coffee, burnt malts

Extremely rich flavors of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. More and more dark fruit flavor toward the bottom of the glass. A light stinging bitterness on the finish is quelled by roasted burnt coffee aftertaste that lasts. Warms the belly and may make the back of your neck sweat.

Chewy mouth with some bite.

Drinkability is high for the style, but you're not gonna wanna session this boy, unless your session is gonna be late and fast. Sit back, sip this baby and enjoy. Imperial coffee stout? Seems that Southern Tier likes to throw that 'imperial' title on alot of their brews. This one definately earns that distiction.

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Photo of Vancer
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy shit, whata great brew sent by dmeadows and mcallister – MAN ! Am I glad I can save one for later.

This SOB poured a jet black motor oil, one of the thickest pours I’ve ever seen. Not much tan head, of course, too much booze in the bottle.

Aroma? SHOCKER! Not much coffee, but a RIS wanna be – it packed a punch of anise, dark fruit and chocolate. The coffee sneaks in during the quaff, but light and delicate (and much as possible in this hammer brew).

Fully death bodied texture, NO idea this leathel bomb is packing a 12% smack in the face, until I tried to get up. I say great drinkability, but you need to sip.

Thanks again, I’m a better man today because of this beer.

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Photo of NJBeerguy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Jah-Va packs a punch at 12% ABV and in my mind needs some time. This is one beer I'll need to keep and try again later. The young version I tried had a limited head to it. It poured as suggested on the ethched bottle into a snifter. The snifter barely created a head while providing a great amount of surface area to enjoy the coffee - roasted barley nose that greets you at first sip. Right out of the frig the mouthfeel was light but as this big beer warms the mouthfeel has a better viscosity. The coffee flavor is well pronounced but seem to morf into a winey taste that lingers heavy on the tongue. The aftertaste stay on the back of the tongue just too long. The appearence is jet black, and lace rings the glass nicely with a coating on the far side of the glass with each sip. So I'm headed back for another bottle to be added to my stash of big beers to be laid down for another day, that day might be two, three or even five years from now. The bottom line, if it's big coffee and alcohol warmth you seek drink it now, but if it's taste you seek I'd wait for another day.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 22oz bottle a pitch black with a very small head of foam. That soon shrunk toi just a small island...is that Java? ;^)

The smell is huge! Lots of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel malt, and some alcohol but the first thing I thought of when I took my first whiff was how much it smelled like a fine Port.

The taste is kind of overwhelmingly sweet on first sip. There's a ton of sweet caramel malt, chocolate and molasses and a very strong alcohol presence followed by a good coffee flavour. Further sips in and the coffee becomes a bit more assertive while the sweetness is offset by roasted malt and some hop bitterness, especially near and through the finish.

Bottom line: At 12%abv, this one is definitely a sipper but it's a good sipper and one that I would enjoy again if given the opportunity.
Thanks to Nutbrown for this sample!!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my delirium tremens tulip. Pours a thick viscous dark brown almost black with only a slight head. A nice ring of froth sits atop the beer. Smell is very good coffee bean, roasted malts and there was some alcohol coming through as well. Taste is much of the same. This is a very, very good beer that belongs in the same category as Expedition Stout and Speedway Stout. By far my favorite Southern Tier offering.

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Photo of BlastTyrant
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours thick, viscous black with a thick, creamy brown head. Aroma of coffee of course, but with an underlying chocolate sweetness, with just a twinge of grassy hoppiness. Coffee and chocolate in the flavor, with a bit of caramel and perhaps maybe a touch of rum. Slighly citrusy hoppiness pairing with the coffee bitterness is quite interesting. Thick, chewy mouthfeel, though not quite as thick as the ST Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Just a tiny hint of alcohol hotness in the finish. A bit of time will mellow that out and this will be perfect! Coffee is very well done in this- definitely takes center stage, but does not overpower, and allows other qualities of the beer to show through. Another superb Imperial Stout from Souther Tier.

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

Executive Summary: Wow. Southern Tier isn't kidding around with the coffee additions on this one. It's a beautiful mix of flavors. Texture is wonderful. This is one fantastic dessert sipper. Highly recommended.

Appearance: Deep brown/black, opaque as a brick. Fairly prominent coffee ice cream head. Wonderful lacing.

Smell: Roasted and caramel malts, coffee, chocolate and even some rich berry notes.

Taste: Holy smokes. I've never encountered this much coffee flavor in a beer before, and I'm in love. Also getting some faint fruit flavors. Obviously a deep, roasted malt presence as well. I don't think I'm actually tasting the cascade or columbus hops here; rather, it's likely the bitterness of the roasted malt or coffee beans.

Mouthfeel: Viscous without being overly so. Slight stickiness, but it's not detracting. Low carbonation levels allow the flavors to take center stage. This is one smooth drinkin' bastard.

Drinkability: For an imperial stout? HIGHLY drinkable. Lots of good flavors going on here. I can easily knock back a bomber of this - maybe even two if I've had a light dinner ;)

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black as night, no highlights at all. Thick, wonderful looking dark tan rocky head. Solid head retention, especially for a beer of this size. The amount of lace left on the glass when the beer was gone was most impressive.

Strong dark roast coffee aroma, maybe a bit of floral hops and chocolate, but they certainly take a back seat to the bean. Roasty, roasty, roasty!

Very rich roast coffee flavor, a good amount of sweetness, milk chocolate, and a bit of cream. Great layer of flavors here. Not quite an espresso flavor, and some of the coffee gets lost among the chocolate, and dark malt flavors. Good balance, as this is not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is very thick, and creamy. Lower carbonation, which seems to work perfectly.

Alcohol seems well hidden for a beer of this size. Overall, this one was so very enjoyable. A great amount of coffee, with a super mouthfeel. The size of this may lower drinkability slightly. Solid!

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Photo of EStreet20
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Opaque black with a fairly small brown head that stays pretty well. No light penetrates this brew whatsoever. Rings of lace are sticking to the glass as I sip.

S - Strong aromas of coffee. Chocolatey, roasty malts.

T - Very interesting taste. Sips hit your mouth with a TON of flavors all at once. You get some chocolate and caramel sweetness, along with fruit flavors that range from sweet to tart. The finish has HUGE coffee taste and bitterness. I'm talking strong coffee here, like an espresso shot after dinner or some of Starbucks' darkest brew. Very complex, layered flavors.

M - A gorgeous full body. The flavors of this beer call for a big, thick body and Southern Tier delivers big time in this department here.

D - This is an excellent after dinner or late night sipper. A snifter of this really hits the spot and the flavors keep you coming back.

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Photo of cbl2
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/21/2007 $7.49 22 oz. 12.00% Brewed Winter 2007 (Blackwater Series).


Initially pours a still syrupy pitch black, but then a quarter inch of dark tan tight foam magically appears from the ether to sit atop this think inky black brew.


Man, this is pure coffee liquor. Smells like the time in college cooking class when we made coffee ice cream from scratch using fresh ground coffee (I don't drink the stuff, so this is my only experience handling it).


Nice thick viscousy mouthfeel followed by some burnt coffee bitterness (125 IBU's are claimed on the label, though it doesn't seem that high). Flavors transition into a nice sweet cream and sugar sensation by midsip. This is pretty much dessert in a bottle! Very well balanced considering the 125 IBU's aren't that noticeable, creditted to the abundance of roasted caramel and chocolate malts.

I'm also surprised the label says 12% alcohol, as there is no presence of alcohol burn whatsoever, which I would expect from a beer this high in ABV, and so young to boot.

This one hits on all cylinders, with a beautiful presentation, appealing aroma and slick and appealing flavors. A nice little treat to while away the end of winter.

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Photo of Ego
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

imperial coffee stout? ok.. you have my attention southern tier (even if you are north of me)

word to the wise: if you don't like BITTER coffee (aka Starbucks etc) you probably will not enjoy this as much as some. If you like Folgers.. er, stick to something else. This is aggressive in the coffee department.

at first I was like "eh, no head", I turn around and this sneaky bastard is reverse cascading into a beautiful deep dark foam of about one finger. as this settles down a nice lacing appears (insert legend of zelda sound in here dadadadaaaa), light can't escape this like twinkies near the black hole that is rosie odonnel's mouth. pitch black, black on black, night on dark.. this is oil after 300,000 local miles. nice looking stuff here, not perfect but some damn good points.

deep roasted aroma, like starbucks instead of dunkin', some sweetnes of a creamer or two, maybe a shot of hazlenut, really this smells like a cup of really really really good iced coffee, there are choc notes as well.. oh man, get me a new pair of hanes mr jordan...

taste etc...
this almost drinks like an imperialized Old Rasputin... the ABV is well cloaked save for the hint of warmth in the ole belly. Moderately thick to chewy at the end. This sticks around the mouth for awhile depositing parcels of sweetness to interplay with the dally-ers of bitterness orphaned by the swallow. the carbonation add 'pop' like the foam on a cappuccino, you know, first you get that sweet foam but then it gives way to the lovely bitter/burnt/sweetness of the coffee. this is so much like a good cup of high end joe it is scary. Don't throw Joe into the volcano, throw joe my way... this is delicious.

can I legally marry a beer if I move to vermont ? This is a great beer for coffee heads. The flavor is deep and rich... southern tier knocks it out of the park on this one (and they didn't use human growth hormones)

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.66/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on-tap in a 12-ounce glass at Sunset in Boston.

Pourevery dark brown. Like liquid chocolate. Not quite like black coffee but a slight brown hue was present. A wafting aroma of coffee and bitter malts rose out of the tulip glass.

The flavor as over-the-top. When making this beer it was as if tey wanted to jump on the band wagon of coffee stouts and make a big ass version. I was looking for cream and sugar it was so bitter with coffee grinds. Thought I was gonna be picking the grinds out of my teeth. Completely out of balance with not much of anything else going on. Perhaps a little bit of nuts. Medium to full body that seemed to thicken as the beer warmed. Really had to force myself to finish the glass.

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Photo of lovesoutherntier
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The thickest of beer i have ever had. The coffe stout was thick with a consistant flavor of coffe and the strongest alchol flavor i have ever had in a beer. This stout is more like a lite Irish wisky with a hint of hops . They dont go cheap on the coffe flavors, brewed with real blue mountain coffe beans in the tank. I would only suggest this beer to someone who has had a broad range of stouts and truly enjoys a good imperial stout. This beer can only be sipt due to the heavy alchol flavors. I wouldnt suggest this beer with any type of food due to the filling characteristic of the beer. If you like stouts and coffe than give this one a try.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, capped.

This coffee stout poured a jet black color with creamy brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was dark malt with a hint of sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness. The taste was dark malt and very rich coffee! There was a slight sweetness, but overall the flavor was very rich and full of coffee. The mouthfeel was thick and rich with full body and medium-low carbonation. It was slightly warming. The dark malt and coffee flavors lingered in the finish. This was a great coffee stout, but it was so rich and full that it was not as "drinkable" as it might have been, though this did give it a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of auntfloyd
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass. Brewed November 22, 2005.

Pours an inky jet black, thick, and with the smallest amount of tan head.

The smell is roasted (Jamaican?) coffee and chocolate,

The taste is wonderful.. full of rich coffee flavor, slightly sweet, but never cloying or overpowering, and buoyed by notes of chocolate, espresso, and brown sugar. Despite the over-the-top a.b.v, there is virtually no hint of alcohol. Very smooth and very tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is full, but smooth. Very drinkable for a beer of this style and strength.

This is an excellent ale... great for coffee lovers and stout lovers alike. Very highly recommended; this is easily in the top tier of great American stouts, and I am very pleased to see such a great product from a New York brewer.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on May 22, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Fest. Rich aroma of coffee, oaked tannins, and Mexican vanilla beads. Pour of deep dark oily black, with fine frothy top of sun darkened tan. Flavor is an invigorating and intense coffee, hazlenut, and dry melted belgian chocolate. Nose is warming and sweet, with hits of bourbon and toast. Mouthfeel is tops, with plenty of creamy, sweet goodness to go around. Outstanding! All around a classic. Any beer with Blue Mountain coffee is bound to be good. RERATE. Sharp acerbic and incredibly intense coffee bean roast. Flavor is a highly restrained chocolate, yet lending to a light chocolate nib presentation in a sweet, astringent coffee roast bite. I find it a bit less shallow than I expected. The coffee character is so phenomenal, yet melds with the malt character to create a uniformly impressive presentation. There’s some nicely charred sweet barbeque sauce that lends to the taste. It’s one of the most unique coffee flavors. Hops lend a nice touch. A most admirably noted beer as having such sophisticated coffee tones, from a fresh hot french press cup, to a steaming shot of dark espresso to a lacing of gourmet liquer. All around awesome!

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Photo of Evilgrin72
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Talk about your BIG stouts - this is one. Head was virtually non-existent, just a tease of deep brown and then gone. Each sip starts with a sweet chocolate/roasted malt flavor, then slowly... the coffee flavor asserts itself. Strong, bitter (without being overwhelmingly so) and lingers in the aftertaste. The 12% ABV is assertive, but not overpowering, which was really nice. They did a really good job of making a huge beer drinkable - nothing overpowers you, and the flavors and alcohol are in perfect balance.

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Photo of delicious
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a short-lived coffee colored head.
Smells like alcohol, coffee liqueur, dates, and roasted malt.
The flavor is rich and powerful, and tastes of roasted malt, bittersweet hot chocolate, espresso, and warm alcohol. The roasted coffee lingers on like a full-bodied espresso that will put hair on your chest. It's bitter like a hot cup of Joe brewed at twice the recommended strength, similar to what one would find in an engineer's break room. Needless to say, the profound flavors insist upon sip-sized tastings. It packs quite a punch, and is great after dinner.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Everything listed on the label leads me to anticipate an incredible experience from the contents of this bottle. 125 IBUs? 12 %abv? Cascade & Columbus? Pale, chocolate, black & caramel malt? Jamaican coffee? Yeah, mon!

On disgorging the original vessel and entering the tulip glass, it spills out a full stygian hue, dark as they come, wiuth a creamy, richly roasted cooca-tannish head above, a nice 1/2", and staying.

Aroma reeks of maple, anise, dark rum, molasses, a bit of bourbon, and then, maybe, coffee. It's hidden under the layers of flavors that accompany a typical, no, exceptional imperial stout. Very invigorating, it stimulates the senses as it invades the olfactories.

Full, rich, massive. Enormous. Thick, slick, and delicious. I can feel the coffee, but, again, underneath all the other incredible flavors. Chocolate sings out, decadent, opulent, amazing...bitter espresso flavors emerge underneath the cocoa richness.

Imperial barely begins to describe the domination this stout has over the mouth and all aspects of the senses. Majesterial doesn't do it...omnipotent? Vishnu-esque? Odin-like? Yehweh-ish? I'll leave wiser minds to divine the closer comparison, but it is an astounding acheivement in the area of immense flavor deployment.

Fullest body, longest finish, rich, everso bitter, yet richly sweet, luxurious in every way, this is just astounding. Sticks long on the palate, and is roundly enjoyed.
Last time I had a 12% abv coffee stout, it was Alesmith Speedway Stout, but I might actually like this one better than that.

It's nearing bedtime for yours truly, and I couldn't think of a finer send-off on this chilly late October night than a few more swigs of this. Ain't I the luckiest duck?

much thanks to D. Chatfield!

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