Jive Espresso Stout | Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 46
Photo of Ottoj55
3.89/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bottle, served in a pint glass. Very dark stout, beige head. Slight coffee aroma, general stout aromas. Tastes mildly coffee like, expected a bit more flavor from espresso. Some dark notes of chocolate etc. Overall a very sweet lactose/malt beer. Mouthfeel is the standout, the oatmeal gives it a smooth creamy effect.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark chocolate, borderline black with a massive beige head and a beautiful bubble show as it dissipates. If I didn't know any better, I'd have thought I poured a root beer float. Aroma is mild, almost scentless except for a hint of sweetness. Taste is sweet up front, but not over bearing and the coffee shows up at the end, bitter but not over bearing. Mouthfeel is also creamy, this brew does a nice job of replicating an espresso drink, which I assume was probably the goal, considering the name. Nice job on that, you guys nailed it.

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Photo of Moose90
2.27/5  rDev -31.8%
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 stratusjeans
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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 da7rutrak
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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 snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split between two large snifters. Served about 41 F. If there's a best by or bottled on date, I can't find it.

Pours slightly lighter than I would have expected (brown as it pours, indistinguishable from black in the glass), with a ring of light tan head. Slow, fine carbonation. Smell is coffee, slight chocolate. Maybe slightly nutty.

Taste is very sweet. This would be a good candidate for a float. Coffee takes a back seat to the creamy, milky sweetness. Some smoky character.

Mouthfeel is thin, light, slightly dry, not sticky. Overall, it's too sweet, but not bad.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of Mitchster
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$6.69 for a 220z bomber @ Siciliano's.
Brewed with Base Malt, Vienna, Munich, Oatmeal (malt, per the bottle), Chocolate, and Black Patent malts and "locally roasted direct-trade espresso". Hopped with Super Galena. This is labelled as a milk stout, so I have to assume they brewed it with lactose as well, but they don't say this on the web site or the bottle.
7.5% ABV, 45 IBU's per the bottle. OG=1.074, 80 SRM.

Pours out to a clear near black, forming a nice tall creamy whipped dark tan mousse like head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. Almost nitro tap head. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is quite nice...black walnut, carob, roasted (but not pungent) grains, hint of coffee, and subtle dark fruits. A little bit of earthy hops (I smell Willamette guys). Mouthfeel is silken smooth and medium dense bodied. Taste is a recap of the aroma...all the flavors are nicely balanced and homogenous here. The coffee is subtle, which I like. I can't stand coffee beers that are loaded with poorly brewed coffee with the associated burning acidity and char. This is not that, thankfully. As a matter of fact, it might not be strong enough in the coffee department for those who would seek it out for this reason. There is a mild roast acidity in the finish, and a lingering mild sweetness that I would expect for a milk stout. Hops are quite mild and earthy, enough to balance the beer.

I think this is a textbook example of a milk stout and looking at the reviews, I think it's highly under-rated. No off-flavors or brewing faults, no style faults at all. Very easy to drink and enjoyable through the whole bomber. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of VincentFrey
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour / Appearance: Heavy, resilient head with beautiful lacing. One of the best looking stouts I've seen before. Opaque and reflective, which reflects the slightly higher alcohol content and the black beans of espresso. The lacing is really out of this world, and that's not something I usually care too much about as it varies so much. The thin head that remains on the beer is a white to tan coloring, and finishes off a beautiful beer.

Aroma: I can smell the coffee without picking up the glass, and could as it poured. Similar to Appalachian Brewing's Ragged Edge or Surly's Coffee Bender. However the actual aroma from the glass balances the roasted malts, hints of roasted barley and wheat, and coffee into a more traditional stout aroma, and it's all the better for it. Oats come through as well, which is pretty neat actually and likely contribute to the appearance. It's a thick, big beer by the scent, and I like it.

Taste: After glowing reviews above, the taste certainly works to match. Sadly it doesn't quite hit its (lofty) goals, settling for a more middle of the road coffee-infused stout. Does it taste good? Sure. But it doesn't capitalize on the espresso or the great balance the aroma seemed to hint at. There is coffee bitterness which outshines the hop schedule, and notes on the back of the tongue, but it's not much. However, the traditional brewing ingredients are there in spades. This is a well-crafted stout that I'd probably love if it didn't even have the coffee and just played with it's hop profile a bit. The oats lend a full body, the roast gives it a character, and the light crystal makes it an easy sipper. No alcohol notes to speak of.

Overall: I dig this, and kinda wish it wasn't coffee based. If people weren't expecting that in the taste, it might do a ton better.

Bottom Line: This is a fantastic stout that is trying to be a specialty stout. Enjoy the base beer and buy a bomber.

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Photo of sleazykeyz
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of harrymel
2.62/5  rDev -21.3%
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 suncrust
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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 grittybrews
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep black into a pint glass with a bit of dark khaki head. Slightly roasty aroma dominated by coffee.

Moderate carbonation and a surprisingly light mouthfeel that becomes a little watery on the finish. Bitter espresso up front followed by a hint of dark chocolate. Slight bitterness on the finish as well, but nothing too potent.

Easy drinking enough, but not as much flavor impact, complexity, or body as I'd expect from a stout. Came across a bit more porter-like.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured black, as you'd expect, with a nice thick dark tan head had medium retention and ok lacing.

The aroma was very coffee forward, hiding much of the actual beer scents. Typical for a coffee beer. The stout flavors came out more in the mouth than they had in the scent. the coffee wasn't so powerful as to mask a pretty good basic stout underneath.

The body was thin for such a solid beer. As a coffee hater, this was not the most drinkable beer for me, but the coffee did seem to meld with the beer flavors better than in a lot of coffee beers I've tried. Overall, not a bad beer, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brewed with plenty of locally roasted coffee, this chocolate brown winter seasonal pours with an expressive head of tan froth and emits strong coffee aroma. The taste is similarly coffee dominated with notes of bitter chocolate but its potency lacks sharpness and the relatively thin body detracts from its delivery. The brazen and lingering coffee finish is satisfying.

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Photo of deliriumfest
1.66/5  rDev -50.2%
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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Jive Espresso Stout from Two Beers Brewing Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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