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Jingle Java - Bent River Brewing Company

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Jingle JavaJingle Java

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BA SCORE
88
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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12-22-2013 03:15:52 | More by guytyping
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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.

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04-05-2014 03:50:36 | More by martyl1000
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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.

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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.

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bigbeerfan

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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As a big fan of Bent River's Uncommon Stout, this seemed like a no-brainer.

Appearance: Pours a deep-dark brown with mahogany edges. One-finger tan head that quickly dissipated leaving just a sparse ring around the glass.

Smell: This one is unique. It reminds me of Brach's Maple Goodies candy - vanilla, caramel, nuts, etc. with a solid coffee backbone.

Taste: Vanilla, maple and bitter coffee notes. Very dry. Nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as most stouts. Low carbonation.

Overall: It's a great holiday beer. Definitely not something I would want to drink in the summer, but really nice when it's winter-cold.

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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It really is a great stout for the holidays as you get all the spices and flavors that scream “holiday” right in your glass/bottle. The vanilla adds a hint of sweetness and the coffee and chocolate really shine in this brew. Add a bit of smokiness from the roasted malts and you have a real winner of beer here. Only available until mid-January I suggest giving this brew a shot if you’re a stout fan.

REVIEW

STYLE: Stout

ABV: 6.5%

PURCHASED AT: Hy-Vee Marion, IA

POUR: Deep brown pour with a small tan head.

AROMA: Vanilla, rum, coffee dominate the aroma.

TASTE: Coffee, vanilla, chocolate and smokiness from the malt.

Ratebeer.com rating: 84

Beeradvocate rating: 85

Overall: B

My recommendation: If you need a break from the big imperials this is the perfect beer to take that break with, enjoy it for dessert, watching the game, or it would be even better for breakfast! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 15:42:35 | More by iabeerbaron
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Jingle Java from Bent River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.