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Jive Espresso Stout - Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Jive Espresso Stout
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 38
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 26.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Two Beers Brewing Co.
Washington, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: deliriumfest on 02-21-2009

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 38
Reviews by deliriumfest:
Photo of deliriumfest
1.66/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Consumed 1/17/09 at January TCBA Gathering

Just like the Echo IPA, I received this beer in a trade from northwestmark who told me they don't bottle but decided to do about 50 of them as a trial run. Poured a dark black color with no head whatsoever. Smelled of bitter coffee, almost as if they used the grounds instead of the espresso itself. The taste was also very bitter and watery with a smooth mouthfeel. I wouldn't say this is very drinkable due to the lack of any real flavor. Would not ever try this beer again.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faunland
3.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jason_nwx
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of suncrust
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark cola, black coffee hue that has some shades of midnight purples. Nice one finger mocha had that leaves a slightly frothy lace.

S: Sweet, milky textures meet a misty fresh dark chocolate aroma. Toasted malts, roasted nuts, and a massive amount of roasted espresso beans. Coffee/espresso aromas are pleasant and not bitter. Less of a ground coffee smell and more of fresh, roasted bean aroma. Notes of caramel round out the smell.

T: Rich coffee and espresso textures match a smooth blend of toasted malts and powdery dark chocolate. Very smooth coffee and meticulously roasted espresso beans that follow the nose. As with the aroma, the taste is more of burnt/roasted coffee beans and less of actual brewed coffee. Sweet on the tongue, minor hop bitterness lingers in the throat. As it warmed the flavors reminded me of salted caramels, creamy coffee ice cream, and a velvety roasted character mashed with burnt espresso.

MF: Pretty creamy and smooth. Coffee ice cream comes to mind for sure. Finished really dry and astringent though. Not nearly as full-bodied as one would expect for a stout... a touch thin, but easily drinkable. Carbonation was okay.

O: I was impressed with the coffee notes being more of a burnt/roasted coffee texture, where a lot of other brews with coffee have a brewed and bitter coffee taste. It's almost like they added the beans in without grinding them.... which created a fresher and more "roasted" approach. This would be awesome on nitro, as it already was a little creamy with a lighter body. Roasted nuts and burnt coffee really shined when this hit room temp.

Still room for improvement overall though. I'd say, grab a growler and make a beer float....

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Photo of schad
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stratusjeans
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

A: near black, two finger tan caramel head

S: could be stronger, coffee and roast malt, a little sweetness

T: coffee right away. Brazilian and Ethiopian coffee beans were used and the bitterness from the coffee is balanced very nicely with the milk sugars. Sweet cream and caramel flavor but a little too much. Some toffee and chocolate. Lots of dark roast malt. Very tasty.

M: smooth and lingering. Not heavy but there is weight to it. Something that coats your tongue but doesn't make you feel full after half the glass.

Delicious beer and I'll definitely buy it again the next time I see it. I've compared it to Stone Coffee Milk Stout and this is better. I'm surprised by the low ratings.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of MiWolfman
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

Photo of Jameswoody
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Braz
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too much boozy aftertaste for me

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Photo of CaptainQ
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, oats, light cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee notes with light-moderate earthy hop presence; and solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, oats, light cream, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, oats, light cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee with light-moderate hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good oatmeal coffee stout. All around good balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of harrymel
2.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Post St Ale house

Dark brown with a nonconfluent etched surface of light tan foam. Smells of coffee, some toasted malts, dry nuts, toasted wheat bread and a bit of baker's cocoa. Flavor carries toasted malts, some raisin, a little metal, some burnt coffee (okay, quite a bit of this) and some piny, bitter hops. Thin bodied with hi carb and a dry finish - very low mouthfeel quality here. Overall, not a great offering from these guys.

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Photo of Moose90
2.27/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served On-Tap in a 16oz tulip

A — Pours a clear and rather light looking dark brown color into the glass. Quite a bit of light shines through the beer around the edges, very light in body. There is a cappuccino colored head on top initially, but it fades and doesn't leave much of anything behind it.

S — Smell is lightly assertive, and hints at the coffee aspect of the beer, not dominant. Other than that there is a light chocolate sweetness on the nose, but its mostly just dark malts here and a hint of coffee.

T — Very light here as well, drinks much more like a porter than it does a stout, very light notes of coffee and chocolate, not much else.

M — Light in body, high carbonation, quick & thin finish.

O — Disappointed overall, really a light and thin beer that missed the mark.

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Photo of sleazykeyz
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was suprised, pleasantly, with the strong coffee flavor in this stout. So many "coffee" stouts now a days only have the flavor in the aftertaste, if at all. Fairly light and not bloating. Very drinkable. I would recommend this to a heavy stout lover that is looking for a beer he could drink throughout an afternoon and not feel belly full during. Overall a very good beer for the price. I find it very comparable to CEO stout from Right Brain.

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2.46/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of da7rutrak
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark (as expected), mild carbonation, little to no head when poured into the glass pictured, even when pouring a second glass trying to generate a head.

Smell: Malty sweet; possibly the lactose from the milk additive.
Taste: Espresso on the front, but not overly bitter like many espresso beers. Calms down and smooths into that milky, creamy taste. Low IBU count and no discernible hop character.

Mouthfeel: VERY smooth and creamy. Almost like drinking a cool latte. I would like to taste this on nitro.

Overall: One of the more unique stouts I've had that wasn't super complicated (I love big imperial stouts with all kinds of weird things going on). Definitely drinkable, and doesn't taste like a 7.5%.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of Jive Espresso Stout in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black walnut color, with a modest tan head.

Smell is faint, sort of a sweet bourbon aroma

Taste is a dark roasted coffee flavor up front, with a sweet dairy flavor and a hint of bourbon whiskey on the finish. It's sweeter than expected and not as flavorful from the coffee perspective as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style, smooth, with a slightly cloying character and a somewhat sweetened charcoal aftertaste.

Overall not bad. I was expecting a bigger coffee presence.

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Jive Espresso Stout from Two Beers Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.