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 sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am pouring a room temp bomber into a snifter. The beer pours jet black with a fizzy brown densely packed head of 2 cm foaming up easily. The aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malt, espresso bean and a bit of herbal hops in background.
First sip reveals a fairly thick and chewy body with very minimal carbonation, there is a sticky syrupyness to each sip and this coats my lips on each mouthfull I take from the glass. Flavor is sweet chocolate, plums, dry espresso bean, some molasses and a bit of brown sugar as well. No hops on the taste. I get a bit of hot booziness on the finish that reminds me to sip this beer.
This is a complex and ROBUST brew that I would not recommend to the faint at heart. The 12% isnt exactly hidden but isnt overwhelming at any stage. A sipping beer for sure that I believe may sneak up on me a bit by the end of the bottle.
Definitely buy this if you like big beers.

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Photo of nflmvp
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a very large mug....held most of the 22 ounces in one single pour. Formed a small dense tan head that didn't last long and left almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell was strong in the area of chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

Taste was sweet and chocolatey with heavy coffee overtones and plenty of alcohol on the back side.

Mouthfeel was VERY thick, with a good bit of alcohol tingle on the finish

Drinkability was good. So much so that I was still looking for more after I was finished with the first one....although a pillow was more appropriate.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


I bought this bottle for two reasons. The words "coffee" and "stout" were on the screen-painted label.

This is one informative bottle! Brewed November 22, 2005.12.0 % abv, 125 ibu's. Even ingredients, the most intriguing of which is the last one on the list: Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. By no means am I a coffee connoisseur, I mean they could put Folgers in this beer and I couldn't tell you the difference, but I'm interested nonetheless.

It pours like motor oil, dead black, with a dark coffee-colored head, which appears to be a tad sticky. And guess what, it smells like coffee! Also some hop presence, surprisingly.

It's big and creamy, like a cup of Joe, and tastes strongly of the obvious ingredient as well as whiskey. Was this aged in a whiskey barrel? The more I drink, the more I think it's morning and I should be getting ready for work. Seriously, if you love coffee and beer, this is where it's at. This stout was really a pleasant surprise for me.

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

Poured from a bomber into a chalice. Brewed November 22, 2005.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany. On the second pour a 1/2 inch head of redish-brown foam formed, which reminded me of the foam of a cuban espresso. Cherry-tinted edges fill with tiny speckles of carbonation that almost look like coffee grinds. Thin cashew colored foam settled around the glass.

Smell: Blown away by huge punches of coffee and cocoa.

Taste: Immediately taste dark roasted coffee, sweetened with light molasses or dark fruit. Muted cherry-like tartness. Earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly heavy body. Very chewy and rich. Slight alcohol burn in the finish.

Drinkability: I don’t think I’ve ever had a heavier beer in my life. However, it’s addictively delicious in a thick chocolate moose kind of way. I could easily drink many servings. The alcohol is only slightly noticed in the finish. It’ll take a while to get through the glass, so the 12% ABV probably won’t be too overwhelming.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

brewed 11/22/2005. Sweetly cellared by hubby. Served in a wine goblet.

Pours a dark black with a 1 finger creamed coffee color head.

Smells of strong, bitter coffee laced lightly with smoke, oak, bourbon, and a vague spiciness.

Malty sweet, full of date, raisin, and maybe fig sweetness. Has the coffee bitterness without the coffee taste. Light caramel and chocolate flavors. Some sips were tasting more like spicy soy sauce. Alcohol/hops balance was off. Hops presence almost null and void.

Full bodied, but the soy taste was leaving a bad astrigent quality.

I have had this beer many times before (not cellared) and I was almost in tears drinking this cellared one. The fresh ones had great coffee flavor and a nice hop/alcohol balance and the hop taste was present with fruity malts. This was a sad, sad beer compared to what I had grown to love. I never could review it because I just wanted to drink it. It also made me sad that Jamican blue mountain coffee was abused in the beer I just drank.

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Photo of jmatthew
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A thick oily black pool of liquid in the glass with very little head retention. Faint hints of ruby in the highlights but mostly just dark and intimidating. The inviting smell is earthy with chocolate roasted malts and a pronounced coffee aroma. Absolutely overpowering sweetness upon tasting. Sweet dark chocolate with more of a syrupy coffee liqueur flavor than actual bitter coffee beans. Thick, oily and medicinal with a touch of dark fruit, but the coffee does however bring things back in check with a touch of bitterness towards the very end. Finishes with warmth. I had to set the 22oz bottle aside, and it was much better later on in the night as a dessert beer, but I simply found the sweetness overly dominant and unsatisfying.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass pitch black with a brown, almost black, frothy head which rose slowly and tall to fall just as leisurely and lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate through the dark brown head, silky smooth chocolate. As the head retreated the aroma became coffee, roasted beans and caramel, with, you guessed it, chocolate. Later in the head retreating process the aroma picked up a hoppy note that was slightly grassy, but throughout the aroma remained similar to freshly roasted green coffee beans (city or better). As the beer warmed dark fruit character emerged even stronger with raisins and prunes.

The flavor was wonderful with coffee and chocolate melded in a dark and sultry brew. The beer contained a nice light bit of sweetness that kept everything in check and cause the complexity of flavors to be unequaled. Coffee was present, as coffee bean roasty character, coupled with dark fruits, raisins, and even hints of alcohol which caused the beer to be even more intriguing and enticing.

The finish was heading toward dry and eventually getting there with roasty coffee, nice caramel, dark fruits and chocolate lasting in a wonderful mix long into the aftertaste. The body was full and viscous with a strong mouthfeel and a moderate carbonation. Alcohol was present in this beer yet restrained, only a slight warming after consumption was notable. A truly great beer, drink it slowly so it doesn't get the best of you!

22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing! Brewed Nov 22, 2005 on back of bottle.

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

22 oz brown bomber with a brew date of November 22, 2005.

A- Two fingers of semi-sticky head subside to a sturdy brown lace. A shade away from black and nearly opaque.

S- Chocolate and coffee liquor aroma, creamy with dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Very aromatic to say the least.

T&M- Creamy full body, just enough carbonation to roll a viscous crispness over the tongue. Iced coffee with chocolate liquor character. Blackberry and prune fruitiness, good amount of alcoholic warmth. Big chewy maltiness, juicy in the middle with overtones of roasted grain mixes well with the thick lining of coffee.

D- A sipper all of the way, but one I could sip through the night. Souther Tier is really pushing the envelope with this one, but this is what American brewing is about and I love it.

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Photo of swhitt
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber from the Wine Gallery in Kenmore Square, brewed November 22, 2005.

The bottle on this one is fantastic. 650ml. Southern Tier always does a great job with their packaging. Poured into a tuilip glass. It's nice and dark, with barely no head (which is expected with alcohol percentages this high). It looks nice but it's not perfect. Not quite completely opaque but close.

Smell is delicious and malty, with hints of chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Kind of similar to Stone IRS or Alesmith Speedway Stout (I like Speedway, better though).

First sip is full of coffee and alcohol. The alcohol isn't bad, it's nice and balanced withthe rest of the flavors. I taste some chocolate and tons of malt, but mostly coffee and alcohol. This is definitely a sipper. It's not very drinkable but it is tasty.

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

Pours black with a caramel colored head. Smells big, some roastiness with a slight tanginess and a good size sweetness, some milk-dairy aroma and a large bourbony alcohol. Taste is some major sweetness, some chocolate, some roasted malts with their acidic and lactic flavors, and finishing with a nice warming alcohol flavor. This beer is much more like a RIS than many of the coffee stouts out there and tastes like it may age well. Mouthfeel is heavy in body, fairly thick and creamy and smooth, like an oatmeal stout. The alcohol content is easily balanced within this beer and makes just the right amount of presence. A very good beer, it would be nice to have in a 12 oz with the size and sweetness.

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Photo of shirfan
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber brewed Nov 22, 2005 --

Moderate tan head sits atop a tar-black absence of light.

Rich aroma of blackened malt, molasses, baker's chocolate, and smoke.

Taste is huge. A smooth mouthfeel like heavy cream paints sweet, roasty mocha and latte flavors onto every taste bud, with a strong warming and lightly piney bittering in the finish. This isn't a big beer; it's a juggernaut...almost a stout-and-coffee flavored liquer.

Southern Tier has outdone themselves with this brew... definitely seek it out.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a thick near black with a small tan head that quickly dissapates.

Smell- Deep coffee notes, Sweet malts ring through with thick caramel and slight coffee notes too.

Taste- It's all about coffee here, and that isn't a problem. Mildly carbonated, just enough to not let it feel too slick. There is caramel sweetness, deep roasted malts and a slight hop presence. Don't spend a lot of time hunting for hops though. The coffee dominates it all.

Drinkability- Very good coffee stout. I prefer Speedway myself, it seems more complex, as does Dark Lord. Still, a good offering at a reasonable price.

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Photo of trep
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black as night, murky as hell. Dark body wears a mocha crown that is merely a ring around the glass. No light penetration.

Earthy hops, almost like freshly cut grass. Obviously a huge coffee malt presence alongside dark chocolate background. Very earthy smelling but very rich and hardly any alcohol that is noticable.

Thick as oil. Huge coffee and chocolate presence. Stunningly smooth, and the alcohol is no where to be found. 12% are you kidding me? Reminds me alot of Expedition but not as rich. Definitely a world class beer here. Alot of dark over-ripe fruits as well.

Superbly thick mouthfeel with a reasonable amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth like pepto bismol and is about as easy drinking as milk.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

purchased from julio's in mass., 22oz silkscreen. nice!

brown luminescent mass in my glass, leathery tan foam dwindles to thin swirls and rests in its sugary strength. lacing is pretty much nonexistent, strangely, and the brew sits hard and moves slow like a beer of its abv should. looks very much like a barleywine.. perhaps one of a coffee bean variety?

nose yields, to me, more berry-like dark chocolate and slight hop additions over the subtler coffee ground aroma that tries to exist. continued deep breaths get a steady stream of alcohol vapors running through my sinus system, which has a vicks effect. there are moments where i get both peanut butter and rum-soaked chocolate cake from the inhalations as well. complex, interesting, just not what i expected.

first sip of slightly below room temp beer blasts me through the door with an unbalanced sweetness, barely cut by any bitterness. not much showing from the hops (aromatic, not bitter) and the coffee effect. the best coffee grab i can get from this beer is a coffee-flavored, sugar-loaded syrup that you might add to milk for coffee craving kids or something. in the end, i'm left with an imperial stout that can't handle itself and indulges too much in the big malt bomb aspects. perhaps this beer needs to be more aggressively flavored. i mean, for a 12% coffee stout, i'm expecting something that will taste more like dirt than candy.

drinkability, despite the sweetness, is high. this does NOT seem like 12%, even on a hot day in july (or was it june?). my lips are left stuck together after every tummy-burning, thick sip.. reminding me that this is probably not a beer i'll adventure to again. although, i had it on tap about 6 months ago and really loved it. c'est la vie!

note to self: buy more unearthly dipa.

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Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 17-ounce snifter, Jah-Va Imperial Stout is molten coffee black with a thin layer of mocha foam. Initial aromas of boozy dark-chocolate covered cherries and an underlying espresso roast. Sweet and vinous dark berry flavors reign over the beginning of the sip, after which dry, chocolate truffles make a stand only to be wiped out by a massive dark-roasted espresso finish. Earthy hops make a showing midway as well. A few months in the cellar has tamed the alcohol presence just a bit, but the 12% abv is still quite noticeable on the swallow as a creeping, sludgy warming. Mellow cascade hop burps. As it warms, bitter dark chocolate characteristics emerge. Aftertaste becomes more predominated by gritty coffee grounds. The mouthfeel is heavy without being syrupy -- oily and slick from high alcohol content. Such a big beer. When thoughtfully paired with an appropriate chocolate (say, Wild Oats chocolate truffles), this is truly a decadent dessert. With a year or more of aging, this could become quite excellent.

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

Jah Va Imperial Coffee Stout from Southern Tier Brewing poured black that let just a little light shine through at the edges, and was topped by a short tan head. Aroma had notes of cherries and chocolate with a little bit of coffee. Flavor started with cola, then proceded to french roast coffee and dark rye bread, all tied with solid bitterness. Jah Va was full in body with fairly low carbonation.

Jah Va stout is a very nice stout. It's a very rich, flavorful beer best shared with friends. If I had a complaint, it would be that the bomber size might be too much for one man.

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Photo of Higravity
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2005.

Into a DT chalice at near 55F. The bottle tels me that 48F is the right temp but I was tempted to drink it at the ambient 70. I like my imperials still moving. This was damn near boiled down coffe mixed with chocolate syrup stirred up with some eoth and set to scarring people. Black with minimal head. Smells of syrup roast of coffee with plenty of alcohol too. The taste is smooth for such a roasted behemoth and the roastyness melded well with the alcohol, but the thickness was the neatest part of the beer. I could split a bottle every so often but still pretty drinkable in small doses.

Better than DL IMHO.

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Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured with a short, brown head that reduced quickly to a ring. Little lace and retention was a little spotty - could have been the glass. The beer itself was very dark, bordering on black. Decent aroma with a combination of caramel, roast, and toffee. Malty and sweet with moderate bitterness. Some roast, molasses and fruit towards the end. Mild coffee in the finish, where the alcohol gets a bit hot. Full body with moderate carbonation. The texture's a bit sticky and syrupy. Not bad at all, but the coffee character is quite muted and the alcohol's a bit aggressive.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, I think this is the first beer I've had that I have no idea whether I liked or not. I'll do my best to review.

Pours an an opaque black. Big, thick, head. This ain't your grandmother's fluffy head - this bad boy is cappucino thick. I think the general trend i realized as I drank this is that it really is more of a carbonated, alcoholic, cappucino than anything else.

Smell is strong on espresso, maybe some malts, and even a bit of hops shine through. Taste is relatively the same - very strong on espresso. Not really coffee flavored - this is strong, italian, un-Americanized, put hair on your chest and keep you up all night espresso. Strong, no extra sweetener, and bitter.

The body of this brew is nothing less than unique. I've never had a beer this thick. The best way I can think to describe it is that it is like drinking a bitter, coffee-flavored milkshake. No hyperbole folks - this is one thick beer. I personally love the texture and the way the thickness clung to the palate, but I could totally see someone not falling for it.

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Photo of veggiemafia
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber.

Pours blacker than black with a dark tan head that lingers for just awhile.

Smell is big on coffee, which dominates the entire beer. A mild hop spine that kind of comes off as earthy and muted compared to the intense coffee/espresso bitterness.

A kind of strange fruity thing like blackberries appears in the finish of the taste. I'm not sure that I like it. Other than that, big coffee thing, espresso, intense malty sweetness balanced with the coffee bitterness and hop presence. Reminds me A LOT of Bell's Batch 7000.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and really excellent.

I'm satisfied with just one of these.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Pours a jet black color with absolutely no light making its wey through. A finger of tan head sits atop the beer, maintained by a solid cascade of bubbles up the side of the glass. Good looker. Nose is definately about the coffee, with a solid underlying chocolatey sweetness. Not a lot going on, but more would muddle it up I think. Flavor is interesting. Its very sweet, with big notes of dark fruits, molasses, moving towards a sweet mocha finish. There is a moderate herbal hoppyness in there that manifests in a mild bitterness that compliments the coffee finish. I think the sweetness is way to big on this one. Its a touch cloying before it moves to the coffee finish. Mouthfeel is super thick and chewy with just a touch of slickness in there. The carbonation is light, but still detectable. Pretty good. Just checked the ABV, and at 12% it is not detectable at all. The sweetness definately helps with that. Its tasty and is growing on me as I drink it. Definately a sipper. but it will definately find a good home in my stomach over the next hour or so. Solid beer.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz, poured while watching the Cavs in the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

Appearance: Dark, black body, pours well. Dark caramel colored head. The head wasn't very big, I felt like I had to force it with the pour. Maybe it was too cold.

Smell: Nice roasted barley aroma. The coffee comes through an some real big whiffs. Nice mocha/dark chocolate aroma too. As it warms, the coffee becomes more pronounced.

Taste/mouthfeel: This is one bitter Impy stout. It definitely lets you know they added some hops to it. Smoky and woody with a pleasant mocha aftertaste. Mouthfeel feels thin at first, then really coats mouth and gets chewy. Warming as it goes down. The taste is nice, but there's no "wow" factor.

Drinkability: I'd certainly have this again. I might enjoy this with a meal, whereas most imperial stouts I'd probably drink by themselves.

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Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Volo. Pours a deep black, no colour in the edges, small brown head forms, settles to a ring but laces well, head disappears eventually. Smell is fruits, alcohol is up front, caramel, roast, no much coffee in the nose. Taste is toffee, lots of roast with some coffee and chocolate, fruits, alcohol, figs, vanilla, some molasses in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick, very full bodied, with low carbonation, very aggressive alcohol. Pretty hot going down but could improve after some aging. Not too bad, but I would have liked some more coffee in it.

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

22oz. bomber. $7.95 from Liquor World, Porter Sq.

A: Pours black as night black with a caramel to brown colored initial one finger head that has pretty good retention.
S: Aromas of strong coffee hit the nose first with a sweet chococlate and caramel smell also.
T: Sharp and strong--Abv is very noticeable and overpowering. Noticeable enough that it drowns out the coffee taste too much. Coffee is the predominant taste--like a thick iced coffee. A little bit sweet also. Nice coffee aftertaste. Taste is like an escalator as it's complex and takes you on a journey.
M & D: Coats the mouth with a smooth milky like layer. Thick and full-bodied. Packs a wallop and warms the throat as it goes down. Great tasting double stout but not very drinkable beyond one bomber. With the abv being so high I couldn't have but one.

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