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Jingle Java - Bent River Brewing Company

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very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sprucetip on 12-16-2008)
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Photo of Sunn
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%

Normally I haven't been a big fan of anything Bent River has put out until I met Jingle Java. This one blew my Santa Hat to the moon when I first tasted this beer on tap. This was at a beer festival with multiple well-known breweries from around the world and Jingle Java even turned out being my favorite beer of the entire event.

Just pure coffee/java sweetness when you give the beer a whiff. I gave the beer a sip considering my past with their beers, but I was greeted by one of the best sweet stouts I've ever had in my life. There is a PERFECT amount of coffee and java sweetness that does not overpower the beer in any way whatsoever. Plus, the creaminess of the the mouth feel is absolutely incredible and compliments the beer amazingly.

This beer is an absolute treat. To compare it to something more well known it would be Three Floyds Moloko, but every aspect of it being upped a notch. I never had any interest in going to this brewery and it's only 45 minute drive away. This beer's already got my weekend visit in order. Christmas came early. Jingle Java is up there with ANY stout, it's phenomenal. Kudos to Bent River!

Sunn, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of mjs814
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%

mjs814, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Rowold27
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

Rowold27, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

geneseohawk, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of senselessinsanity
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

senselessinsanity, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of ffshore545
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

ffshore545, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

alostplot, May 12, 2014
Photo of aubzachsyd
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

aubzachsyd, May 10, 2014
Photo of martyl1000
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the most stunning coffee flavor I've ever had in a beer. It really is an iced-Americano, with carbonation. The aroma is pure cold coffee with milk.

Flavor in the mouth is uncannily straight-up coffee grounds. There's a tart, tinny hop bitterness that tries to remind one this is beer. But the pronounced roasted coffee flavor resists such a notion. There's a nice sweet vanilla in the background that helps a milk chocolate undercurrent emerge from the dark depths.

Best coffee stout I've had. Blows doors on New Glarus Coffee Stout. There are better coffee-infused double stouts out there (Central Waters Brewhouse, Lagunitas Capuccino). But at a mere 6.5% abv, this one takes the cake.

martyl1000, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Cubsfan1087, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of bismarksays
3/5  rDev -25.6%

bismarksays, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of SouthSider14
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

SouthSider14, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Dactrius, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of boomdigs
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

boomdigs, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Grinky
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Grinky, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of stogirelli
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

stogirelli, Jan 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

BiomedHawk, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

durlta, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

jsh420, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of HawkeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath chalice

A: Not quite black, but very dark brown.

S: Immediately after opening the bottle, aromas of coffee fill the area. Also, notes of chocolate.

T: Huge coffee flavor, not subtle at all. May as well be drinking coffee with a stout added, complete with notes of caramel, vanilla and chocolate.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, not very thick of a body

Overall, I enjoyed this beer but would've preferred it to be a little thicker and maybe a less prominent on the coffee side, as you can get that with the Uncommon Stout.

HawkeyeNation, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of scottwurst
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

scottwurst, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - near black, creamy beige head
S - plume of coffee and rum fills the room, vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate are present with a closer sniff
T - sweet, coffee, rum, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, nutty, caramel
M - creamy, smooth, ample carbonation
O - good idea, but I feel like it could be better. More alcohol? I don't know, it seemed a bit convoluted for what it was; which I guess could be taken as a compliment. I know everything doesn't have to be a huge beer, with a big ABV, and barrel aged, but with all that is involved with this beer I think all that big stuff could have made this something special.

barnzy78, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

guytyping, Dec 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

zoolou, Dec 16, 2013
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Jingle Java from Bent River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.