Featured Beer #16 – Santa Fe Brewing Imperial Java Stout

But It’s Not Thursday, It’s Friday?

Let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, it is Friday. Doesn’t it feel great?!

The truth of the matter is that there was a beer being released tonight, which by now means last night, at my favorite bar, the Flying Saucer. The beer, Santa Fe Brewing Imperial Java Stout, came recommended to me by the bartender when I was there Monday night. It’s a beer they don’t normally carry and one that I’ve never had. He told me about the rare beer being available on Thursday and so here I am, like a liquid-crack head, postponing VHT until it morphed into VHF, ready for my fix.

VHF? Just doesn’t sound right. It’s temporary, trust me.

As it turns out, delaying VHT until it became VHF not only allowed me to try one of the best beers I’ve ever had, but it granted me to opportunity to shake hands with an immortal.  I mean like literally, a fellow human being that will live forever.  Now, it should be noted this immortal’s immortality was self-proclaimed.  I did not witness him enduring a trauma that would have ended the life of a mere mortal, but rather took him at his word when he proclaimed that given his drinking habits and dangerous life choices, him being an immortal is the only explanation for why he still is able to be counted among the living.

As much as he likes beer, from what he told me, he enjoys straight whiskey even more.

This is where things get impressive; given his love, admiration and immortal reliance on whiskey, he was relatively easy to talk into trying Santa Fe Brewing Imperial Java Stout.  I chalk it up simply to my power of persuasion when it comes to all things beer.  He bared witness to my excitement over trying the Imperial Java Stout for the first time, and let me tell you, it seemed as if for a brief moment, the whiskey took a backseat to the Java Stout.

Maybe it’s because at the Flying Saucer, they serve only beer and no whiskey.  I prefer to think it was my contagious attitude.

Santa Fe Brewing Imperial Java Stout

The Imperial Java Stout from Santa Fe Brewing Co. Coffee mates with a stout. We’re all grateful.

Alright, so forget the immortal, let’s focus on the beer.  Santa Fe Brewing is located in well, Santa Fe New Mexico.  I have only had a couple of beers by them but this is by far the best of theirs I’ve tried.  We’ve been over imperials and stouts, but this is the first time we’ve introduced java into the mix.  Stouts in general usually contain a wide variety of ingredients, including chocolate and caramel, and sometimes, coffee.  A lot of the times those ingredients are merely subtle flavors; sometimes, they are the overwhelming flavor.
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"Cup of coffee"

Coffee and beer. Together. It’s a wonderful thing.

Over the years I’ve become a fan of coffee.  Not some pretentious mocha latte with cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon shit, but just plain coffee.  I’m not sure I’m proud of the fact that I drink coffee, but it’s true.  In fact, coffee has become a sometimes point of tension for my wife and I, but that’s for another post.

For now, let it be known that if you like coffee, the smell, the taste, and you dig dark beers, you’re going to be hard pressed to have one better than Santa Fe Brewing Imperial Java Stout.  It’s 8% ABV (alcohol by volume), which is pretty high, but it’s such a good balance of coffee and a well-made stout beer that the alcohol isn’t overpowering.  It has a distinct coffee smell and it just tastes great.

It’s literally one of the best beers I’ve ever had.  Now, you have to like coffee, but if you do, this is your beer.

Whether or not combining coffee, a stimulant, with alcohol, a depressant, negates any affect one way or the other so if you drink a six-pack you just stay as cool as the other side of the pillow, I cannot say.  I only had one and as the dark liquid started running low in my glass, I slowed my intake down because I didn’t want it to end.  I’ll say it again, this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

It should be noted that I’m not exactly the harshest grader when it comes to beers.

So there you have it, Santa Fe Brewing Imperial Java Stout.  I cannot say enough good things about this beer.  Delaying VHT all the way to VHF was totally worth it.

By the way, the immortal was highly impressed as well, so take our recommendation and go find it.  You’ll be glad you did.

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