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 Rhettroactive
2.77/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/12
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: If I wanted a Brown Ale, I'd buy one. Sadly, this is much lighter in color then your average brown, and a big pour disappoints - yielding no real head, lacing or collar to speak of.

S: Peanut butter and unseasoned oatmeal.

T: Again, lots of oats. Not a lot of coffee or residual sugar. I'm not too fond of this one.

M: Thin and uninspired. It lacks not only carbonation, but body too.

O: Don't age this beer, folks. I write this review to tell you that putting this one in the cellar was a mistake. Ok, so I lost the bottle in there for much longer then originally expected, but be warned: unlike a lot of ST's Impy Stouts, this one must be consumed as fresh as possible. As it is, you ask?

Not good.

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

A: Pitch black with a thick brown colored head consisting of large bubbles. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, bit of tobbacco and alcohol and grassy hop in the background.

T: Pretty much identical to the aroma with a more intense roasted malt and coffee flavor. There is a sweetness to the finish that goes well with the chocolate, coffee and hop.

M: Very smooth with a heavier, syrupy feel to it. light carbonation and a burn on the tongue.

O: One of the better coffee Imperial Stouts. Some have a wicked bitter bite from the mixture of roasting and hop, however, this beer has a nice sweetness to it.

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

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bomber this beer was an opaque black color with one finger of dark tan head. The retention of the tight collar was ok and it left lacing as small spots. The aroma was of coffee, chocolate, molasses, a hint of caramel .The flavors were, well, just plain delicious. The coffee, the flavorful and distinct was not overpowering and allowed the more subtle elements of chocolate, Belgian candi sugar and roasted malt to shine through. I also tasted toasted marshmallow and toffee as it warmed up. Rich and inviting yet dangerous in how well the booze was covered up by the flavors. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body full and the carbonation delicate. A joy for anyone who loves the coffee/stout combination.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes taken on 9.6.11. served on-tap in a pilsner glass.

A - deep brown, almost black; thin tan head withdrew to a trace of a cap; fair amount of lacing left around top half of glass

S - light overall, more so than i expected; coffee, dark and roasty; maybe some bread

T - not overpowering with the coffee; dark, malty tones quickly followed by dark, french pressed coffee; some sweetness but semi-sweet at that; the 10.4% is hidden pretty well and is not noticeable

M - light-medium body for a stout; thin but noticeable carbonation; drys slightly toward end with short coffee aftertaste

O - a little more light-handed than some other ST beers; a bit thinner than i expected but not really a problem actually ups the drinkability factor

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Photo of atr2605
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a tan head with good retention
S-coffee, plums, milk chocolate, rum
T-the plums and coffee mix up front with the alcohol coming in giving it a bit of the rum flavor, finishing with the milk chocolate and more coffee in the finish
M-full bodied
O-lots of flavor and plenty of layers. A great beer that can be enjoyed like a dessert wine. Highly recommend

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

Arrives in a a Cigar City snifter with barely 1/4" of space for the head. A ring of around the rim of dark tan head is all that tops this exceedingly dark brown liquid love.
Smell is rich and well balanced with notes of roasted malt, rum, coffee, vanilla, caramel and dark fruits.
Taste is the same. Roasted malts, rum, fermented dark fruit, coffee, caramel and a smoky peat note. Warming from the start.
Full-bodied with a light effervescence. Smoooth and de-freaking-licious. Not the coffee heavy brew I expected and for this coffeephobic drinker that's a happy thing.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, thin 1/8" ring of tan head on it, maybe a little bit darker than tan. Aroma was poor in terms of representating the coffee (the bottle was over 6 months old). For those of you who will blast me/the review for it being an older bottle of coffee stout, I offer this: The great coffee beers retain their coffee flavor for a long time. Hence, your beer is not a great coffee beer if it has a short shelf life, I don't like dainty beers that can't hold up. This is a good imperial stout, just doesn't impart enough coffee. It did hide the alcohol in the aroma quite well though.

The taste, again, missing enough coffee, tasted like a huge stout, rich, decadent, everything was big except the coffee and alcohol taste, hid 11% greatly. Not an immense amount of chocolate, if any, maybe it came entirely from the chocolate malt.

Ultimately, this was a good imperial stout, but was lacking for the coffee component. But then again, when stuff is this heavy all around, I find it difficult for the coffee to standout, unless your name is Speedway Stout. Would try again. Drank before the start of the Super Bowl.

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Photo of Merkur
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours very dark wth very little head.

Beer smells of dark, sweet fruit and roasted coffee. Also, a very strong booze smell.

As far as taste, the beer follows the smell. Very sweet and not very coffee tasting up front. The coffee flavor is on the backend with a good amount of booze afterburn.

Moutfeel is a bit thick, but drinkable.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 6 oz. snifter. Color is completely black with a creamy head and thick lacing. Smell is wonderful--dark fruits and booze. Smells more like a bourbon stout than a coffee stout.

The taste is a bit surprising. There's really not a lot of coffee here. I get more of the dark fruits--some raisins, dates, and fig. This is quite sweet for a coffee stout as well. The finish is sweet with a slight booziness.

Again, this is pretty easy to drink. I quite enjoyed this brew, though I was looking for more coffee in the profile. Still a quality beer that out performs most of the competition.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout in a bottle store. $8.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a jet black opaque color with a small bubble tan head.

Smell is strong, a sweet coffee aroma with molasses or brown sugar, maybe a little bourbon scent along side.

Taste is a dark chocolate and molasses flavor, with a little bitter dark roasted coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and silky and oddly not cloying. There is a bit of an alcohol heat on the swallow.

Overall an incredibly smooth and tasty imperial stout. Maybe just a bit long on sweetness, and to high on ABV to be sessionable, but a very good imperial stout just the same.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the deepest black into our tasting snifters. It holds a one finger head of light brown bubbles. This shows medium retention, but leaves massive bubbles atop the liquid. Lacing is spotty around the glass. Carbonation appears higher for such a syrupy brew. No sediment is observed. The nose is full of the dirtiest, earthy and metallic malts. There is a handful of spicy jalapeno peppers thrown in the mix, with some deeper malts surfacing with warmth. These are in the form of chocolate and chalk. The coffee comes through on the back as raw metals, slickness, mud, and crude oil. There is a dash of earthy hops to complete the picture. As we sip, the mouth meets thick and drying roasty malts. There is chalk, chocolate, and blackness. These hang heavy with steely, bittering raw coffee bean. The middle moves with more sugars and cleaner malts. The grain is still mineral and earthy, but they are cut by a melon sweetness. A char rumbles up, mixing with earthy citric hop resin and more waxy malts in the finish. There is additional chocolate, coffee, honey, heavy creamer, and milky coolness. The aftertaste breathes of hot peppers and heat. There are also notes of raw coffee, more drying chocolate, booze, and a carbon char. The body is fuller and the carbonation is average. Despite the body, the feel is lighter and thinner at times. There is nice slurp, smack, with okay froth. The mouth ultimately gets coated with metallic slick astringency. The abv is appropriate and the beer warms significantly. The beer sips for sure.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was how raw and earthy the nose was. The coffee inclusions were nice, and so was all the chocolate balance. The degree to which this beer is “coffee” is less so than Southern Tier’s Choklat is “chocolate. As a negative we wish this beer was thicker and stickier through and through, but less sweet, rather than leaving us some thinness around the edges.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - Black with a minimal tan head. Considerable alcohol lacing, but little in the way of head lacing or head retention. Can see through the beer as I pour, but in the glass it is fully opaque. Head is gone entirely in 2 minutes.

S - Dark fruit and deep roast coffee, some roasted malts and a little cocoa. Some grassy hop character.

T - Intense sweet coffee, black with sugar added. A tiny bit of raisin, but only a little. Some roasted malts and booze. Finish is incredibly good, with a bit of chocolate joining the coffee to round it out.

M - Surprisingly just medium bodied. Wet throughout, very wet in the finish.

O - Overall a nice coffee stout. Not as good at being a "Coffee stout" as Choklat is at being a "Chocolate stout" but it is probably better at being a stout in general, as this beer is more well rounded, and the coffee is balanced by some other flavors.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Appearance - Black/brown colour with an average size light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fairly good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, hops, roasted/toasted nuts, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/toasted taste. There is also some hops and of course coffee flavour. It ends with a sweet coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

Overall – There wasn't as much coffee flavour as I expected there to be. It also didn't seem as sweet and cloying as some of the other ST beers are. Still a good beer for sharing as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of jegross2
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Javha Imperial Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company.
Score: 82

Unknown vintage bottle purchased Fall 2011. Enjoyed 12/15/12 an served in an oversized brandy snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/black brown color with dark caramel/red highlights at the top of the glass. One finger of creamy mocha/chocolate colored head at pour, settles into a layer of head that is so thin that it barely covers the top. Average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Alcohol, bitter chocolate and coffee. Has a faint oxidized/sour aroma. 3/5

Taste: Espresso beans and bitter chocolate. Some earthy hoppiness too. This beer is very acrid with a sharp, lingering chocolaty bitterness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Very acrid mouthfeel. Medium (maybe slightly lighter) bodied, medium carbonation. Bitter, but not dry, finish. 3/5

Overall: I remember Southern Tier being one of my favorite breweries before I started regularly drinking craft beer, but recent experiences seem to have soured past memories. Like the Unearthly and Oak Aged Unearthly, I distinctly remember Jahva being better when I had it several years ago. Nowadays, however, I am finding it to be a very bitter, one dimensional stout.

Recommendation: Worth trying once, but I wouldn't buy a bomber of this again.

Pairings: Smoked turkey croissant with Swiss cheese.

Cost: $7.99 for 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of nbree00
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stoked to try my first Southern Tier beer!

A: Not exactly jet black but a deep rich brown with some black undertones. Light carbonation.

S: Wasn't getting much from the nose at first so I let it warm up a bit. Aromas of espresso, toasted coconut and bitter chocolate. I became super engaged as I let it sit and open up.

T: Flavors of double chocolate cookies, french pressed coffee, vanilla and maybe a touch of tannins. Some what simple but so easy drinking it doesn't matter.

M: Kind of thin on the mouthfeel but just the right amount of carbonation for the style. A nice earthy leathery feeling on the tongue as it finishes.

O: Overall a great offering from Southern Tier, glad I finally got to try one from them. Not particularly complex but soft and lush enough to make up for it.

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Photo of Pjev11
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall bottle into a glass. Super almost pitch black with coffee brown tinges towards the top. Small cream colored head that did not last long.

Smells of coffee.

Taste is robust to say the least. Strong coffee flavoring. My uncle, who is far from a beer junkie but loves coffee, loved this beer. It is strong, dark and full flavored. Pretty flat in the mouth, as you would expect for a stout. If anything, more carbonated than I would have expected, though not very carbonated at all.

Overall, a really top notch coffee stout. Best consumed after you are done eating, though. It fills you up.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a great beer, even with a few years on it the coffee is still there.

This beer pours dark dark brown to pitch black with a nice thick coffee colored head that lasts. the smell is obviously coffee up front with a mix of slight roastiness and sweetness after that. the taste of coffee is not as prominent as in the smell but it is still there and the beer is a little roasty and slightly sweet as well. the mouthfeel is full and well carbonated. overall an excellent stout, will definitely grab more of these

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

Felt like finishing the night with an imperial I've been saving for the opportunity. Pour is a slower than usual midnight freakin' BLACK, head barely blinks.

Definitely smell the coffee, plus dark chocolate. Bit of citrus peaks out momentarily -- I assume that's cascade hop saying hello. "what's up, C?" I respond. Must be a serious fruit characteristic to make it though all this blackness. Enough talk, swig time...

This brew just called an all-out roast blitz, dark malts and even darker coffee meeting at once to sack your tongue. Yet, there's a surprising sweetness as it warms. The hop character acts more as a citrus break on everything else than as a star in its own right, yet I get the feeling the amount of hop they used just for that subtlety would strangle a weaker brew. Here it melds something ridiculous.

Goes down like a latte, fittingly enough. Carbonation went bye-bye a long time ago, and frankly I don't miss it.

For use of coffee as a beer ingredient, this damn near challenges KBS (!!!), though it errs harder on coffee than that particular brew does. Jahva is another example of Shameless Overkill done right -- and with that, goodnight.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Jahva, part of a pretty epic Southern Tier tap takeover at Pony Bar in Manhattan. I had the Jahva along with Mokah, Crème Brulee, Oak-aged Unearthly.

Appearance: Served on their eight-ounce glass, Jahva looks like fresh tar on a city street. Minimal head, barely any lacing. Black tar pit of hell- you will find dinosaurs at the bottom of your glass.

Smell: Smoky! Ham, bacon. Cold coffee, dirty grounds tossed in the sink. Bitter end.

Taste: A strange spice kick appears first, sort of like pickled jalapeno- then the coffee and a hop burst.

Mouth: Well-balanced but not outstanding. A little thin on the body but alright. Carbonation could be better. Almost full flavor.

Overall: Nice but I have a better memory of Jahva. Drinkable and a treat for those like me who love pitch-black big stout-y beers, but a bit one-dimensional. Would like to revisit it on a bottle.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle that I've had for quite some time. Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a dark, rich looking, black color. Totally opaque. No real head forms at all other than a light tan color collar and minimal cap.

S - Strong roasted coffee, chocolate, and caramel notes comr through first. Roasted malts and some ash-like aromas as well. Sweet, but that was totally to be expected from ST.

T - The taste follows the nose quite well. Strong roasted coffee that is bitter at times. Chocolate covered espresso beans are there as well. Caramel and roasted malts come out as well. Ever so slightly astringent here.

M - My favorite thing about this beer. It is smooth, creamy, and heavy bodied. It really coats the tongue and mouth. Lower carbonation makes this one nice and velvety.

O - Not bad at all! I really enjoy the ST big stouts, and this was no exception. It was not my favorite of the series, but not a bad stout at all.

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Photo of matthewalee
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium goblet. Bottle says "Blackwater Series brewed Winter 2008" -at 50 degrees

looking forward to this 12.0 abv. (what the bottle says) bomb on a football Sunday!

A - dark dark brown, not quite black. Head that goes down pretty quickly.

S - smells of slight coffee, some chocolate, and a good amount of sugar. And there appears to be a oaky, kind of older smell to it. not bad at all

T - decent taste with sugary tongue but a bit astringent. Coffee really not in the picture anymore but chocolate and roasted malts certainly are. Very easy to pick it right back up again and go for another. More flavors as it warms up. gets more syrupy.

M - good but not as thick as I maybe had thought. Goes down easy and makes you want more. Taste of sugar for sure in this brew. After about 5 drinks, I can feel the effect...which is nice.

O - I don't think age had too much of an effect on this one, but was psyched to find a couple bottles at a local shop. It is much better fresh when the coffee is present as in any coffee stout.

Anything ST does is really good and intense anyways and I am a fan of this brewery! Was glad to try an older black series beer for sure!

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Photo of jsprain1
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Not black, but pretty close. Head is tan but doesn't last very well.
S- Aroma has a good bit of coffee, but there is a fair bit of milk chocolate milk. A faint roasted grain aroma.
T- The coffee is pretty assertive. There definitely is a chocolatey presence as well. The alcohol presence is quite strong in the finish.
M- For an imperial stout it's medium-light. Carbonation is low. The alcohol is overly warming.
O- It's decent, but in this series I like Mokah better.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark body with only slight hints of red in the black. Head poured about 1 finger and is a nice khaki color with some copper in it.

S - Sweeter than I was expecting but I guess that's how ST rolls.

T - Wow this is quite wonderful. The bitterness of the coffee is complimented nicely by some sweet caramel and milk chocolate. The caramel is strong and some vanilla. If this flavor was an option at starbucks, I would get it everytime. Well balanced.

M - A little light on the carbonation and medium body. The flavors cover this lightness well so you don't really notice.

O - A great beer that is easy to drink despite the 10% abv. Would make a good breakfast beer or summer afternoon sipper. Refreshing when cold.

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Photo of bristei
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a Tulip

A: Dark, opaque, very little head, pours black

S: Strong malt scent, heavy alcohol vapors, not much else...

T: Very apparent alcohol taste, sweet, some coffee flavor but it is subtle, tastes almost like something you could get at Starbucks (yea it's coffee, but you're really getting a cup of other stuff with some coffee in it)

M: Real smooth (likely from the higher alcohol content) with a nice long lingering flavor

O: Most of the flavor from this beer comes post-nasally; I couldn't smell a damn thing until I tasted it. But once I did, the flavor really kicked up a notch. Lots of intense flavors, mainly sweet ones. A really strong imperial stout, great for a cold evening. Well done.

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Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,271 ratings.
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