Anyhow, SOUTHERN TIER JAH-VA is a dark roasted, very deep coffee-flavored beer. It is somewhat thin-bodied, with the malts mingling well with sugars. Not too sweet, though – those sugars interact with what tastes like straight-up pure 100% coffee very well. It has some tingling hops, and a long, lingering aftertaste. I’m impressed with how well it hides its 12% alcohol. It may be a big beer, but it doesn’t strut around like one, you know what I mean? It’s been said before, and it’s been said before that it’s been said before, but these guys know how to make some really impressive ales. 7.5/10.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
COFFEE IN MY BEER: SOUTHERN TIER “JAH-VA”
I won’t repeat again how enthusiastic I am about the beers of New York's SOUTHERN TIER BREWING – oh wait, I reckon I just did. Now it’s on to their coffee imperial stout, just because. Do you think naming it JAH-VA means that there’s some Birkenstock-clad hippie reggae fan lurking in the brewhouse? Or that the word just looked cooler with an H and a hyphen? These are bits of minutiae we may never know.
Posted by Jay H. at 6:00 AM