Southern Tier Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout
Tonight I wasn’t actually going to write a beer review since tonight is the night of my monthly homebrewers club meeting at Andy’s Corner Bar in Bogota NJ. But, after sharing a tasting of my spiced holiday ale with the owner, he suggested a 22oz bottle of the Southern Tier Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout and said I should to try it, so I will make the ultimate sacrifice and try it.
Give this beer a good hard pour to wake up the head an open up the aroma and all the flavors.
Very nice look, very dark with a slight ruby hue around the edges. Very little head, but what is there was retained for a good amount of time.
Surprisingly mostly caramel notes, for a coffee stout I would have expected more coffee aroma, while very subtle it was barely there.
Definitely the high point of the beer, it was nicely balanced with lots of hops and coffee flavors. A strong zest from the alcohol rounds out the sweet perfectly. There were also some tiny under notes of chocolate, which gives this beer a very luscious complex flavor.
At 12% alcohol this stout has a warming feeling that hits you right in the chest, but doesn’t have that pervasive alcohol flavor many beers have. It was quite a complex beer that I really enjoyed drinking.
Tasting Method: 22oz Bottle
My Rating: 9.2